Got to love perfume with stories! I have heard two versions of Kiehl's Musk stories. The one on the bottle says that it was created in 1920's and discovered as 'Love Oil' in 50's. Another one, according to the sales assistant is that it was produced in 1920's and it was too sexy that they actually had to ban it! In 1963, they had to bring it back by public demand. Well, I think its absence for some decades has got something to do with the kind of musk they used (nitro musk, which is now banned due to toxicity. I am deducing this fabulous article here) Geez, too sexy that it was banned?! I want to believe it because Kiehl's musk is very sexy!
I love this perfume. On me it smells similar Jovan Musk (more like Jovan White Musk in the floral aspect) and somewhat like The Body Shop's White Musk. But Kiehl's Musk is an amplified musk, big and bold. It is like Jovan Musk and TBS White Musk on steroids. So beautiful! I like everything about Kiehl's Musk, especially how delightfully dated it smells! I love the way it begins, like cheap floral incense, kind of like the musk in Montale Mukhallat, only bearable, less sweeter and so much more enjoyable. I am enchanted by the floral sweetness of the this Musk. It is intense without being harsh. I love the 'freshly washed skin' musk quality of the drydown.
Even though I like to smell dirty, animalic musks, I am not comfortable wearing them. Case in point Serge Lutens Muscs Kublai Khan. Contrary to the popular similarities between the two, I do not get any of the animalic, body odour (cumin turns vilely of BO on me) musk of Muscs Kublai Khan in Kiehl's Musk. The first few fleeting seconds from when it is sprayed from the atomiser to when it hits my nose, there is an animalic smell to it. It is intriguing but that is the end of it and I am happy to never smell it again, even in the dry down.
I was so happy when I bought the roll-on perfume after crushing on it for such a long time. Unfortunately, the roll-on has not worked in my favour. The oil is too thick and viscous for it to flow through the roll-on and reach my skin. The reason I can think of is that the cold weather which maybe solidifying the oil. It is absurd and unlikely because at the same temperature, my Amber roll-on is less viscous and flowing well. I have also tried rolling the bottle between my hands but it is still hard to get the oil out. I have taken the roll-on cap off and trying to get the oil out with little avail. I might have bought a faulty product. I will have to look for my receipt and take it Myer.
Another disappointing thing is that the oil doesn't seem to be as 'strong' as the EDT. I feel it is fainter and less dynamic. I also loose the momentary animalicness of the EDT in the oil. Sometimes I can barely smell the oil. Nothing wrong with my nose, I can smell the EDT very well. Then again, you do have to get the perfume out of the bottle to enjoy it, don't you? I might have gotten a faulty piece. I have only been trying the perfume in EDT form and I must have bought the EDT instead of the oil.
All these disappointments have made me sad because it is too much effort to enjoy the perfume. I may not enjoy the perfume like I expected to, even though I love the smell. I don't even have the urge to run and replace it with the EDT. My crush is disillusioned.