My search for the perfect musk has ended!! After experimenting with Lorenzo Villoresi Musk eau de toilette, Serge Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan, Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur and others, Montale Paris Musk to Musk can be called "my musk." Thanks to my August sample pack from Lucky Scent, I am relieved to find a love within the Montale Paris line as well. (I knew my readers were right about this house!)
After a slightly dry and medicinal beginning, most certainly due to the aoud note, Musk to Musk quickly softens and smooths into a simultaneously sexy and creamy musk. Previously described as spicy and resinous, I find it simply and utterly delicious. Perhaps the combination of nutmeg and woods lends greater coziness to the lustrous musk, appealing to my nesting sensibilities. After researching grey amber or ambergris, I discovered it is a precious fragrance originating from the sperm whale which produces a very strong amber accord and serves as a fixative for scent. In this case, it serves to intensify the already exquisite combination that has me swooning with delight. Staying power is fantastic with the sensual woodsy/musky accord lingering for hours.
This is musk for the fashion forward. Not too transparent nor too rich, it suggests sexuality without screaming it. Musk to Musk does so in very chic and classy form. It goes on my "to buy a large decant" list promptly.
Montale Paris Musk to Musk retails for $95 for a 50mL bottle. I have found it available only at www.luckyscent.com.Image source: parfemy-de-luxe.cz