Puckrik on Perfume: Musc Ravageur (Part 1)

Mimi ON May 14, 2010 AT 12:48 pm

Katie Puckrik: Photographer Martin Shaw

By Katie Puckrik

When I first discovered Frédéric Malle Editions de Parfums, Musc Ravageur was the one that captivated me. I was deep into my anti-fleur phase, not the least interested in hearing anything a flower had to tell me. (I’ve since resolved that stand-off, with Frédéric Malle Une Rose now in my top five personal favorites.)

Musc Ravageur, all furry warmth and musk with a bit of cinnamon, clove and vanilla, is too emphatic a concoction to call a “skin scent”. Yet the oil version, which I prefer to the eau de parfum, does hover invitingly close to your body in a way that allows you to claim partial credit for the good smell.

The oil is pretty much all base notes, focusing on musk, amber and the smidge of vanilla which encourages the creaminess. The edp gets there in the end, too, but not before journeying through the land of lavender and clove. All very nice, but it has a masculine flourish that isn’t quite for me.

Frédéric Malle Musc Ravageur

I think of Musk Ravageur as a fraternal twin to Le Labo Labdanum 18m given that both are thick, cozy, animal-inspired scents created by Maurice Roucel. Once I discovered Labdanum 18, with its more powdery, less aggressive ambered musk, it became my preferred source of perfume purr.

I tried to share my enthusiasm for both MR and L18 with my Perfume Pen Pal Dan, but he merely shrugged at Labdanum 18. And then he let rip with the following tirade at Musc Ravageur:

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