Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kiehl's Musk Collection

Take a deep breath because this post is all about the smells. 
I am, as the UK ladies would say, "absolute rubbish" at describing scents but if you are a fan of musky woodsy fragrances then this needs to be on your radar and it needs to be on it fast. I was introduced to this branch of the Kiehl's scent tree by one of my best friends (hi, Blair!) a few years ago and I always stole a few spritzes of her bottle each time I'd go over her house. I figured it was about time I get my own bottle.

It's a delightful eau de toilette that has great lasting power and opening notes of bergamot and orange blossom. The opening notes are nothing to write home about but what really grips me about this fragrance is the dry down - it's floral (rose, lily, ylang-ylang, neroli) but wrapped around a sensual musk/white patchouli heart. *side note: can we take a moment to appreciate how ridiculous I just sounded describing this smell? I should stick to my day job.

The musky sweetness lasts several hours on me and faint traces can even be detected the next day. I guess this would depend on how it interacts with your body chemistry - musky/woodsy scents tend to grip more to me for some reason (it took two showers to get Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille off but that's another story).

Bottom line - I love this. This isn't necessarily a spring/summer scent but it's got enough of a balance between floral sweetness and muskiness to be a year-rounder. I love it so much I even got the shower gel. There is a body lotion in the set as well that I would have purchased but for some reason it was not available on the Kiehl's Canada site (which is where I ordered from). There is also an essential oil rollerball version!

You can find Kiehl's at several department stores in the US (Nordstrom, Saks, Neiman Marcus, etc.), Holt Renfrew, some The Bay locations in Canada and on the interwebz.

What's your current fragrance obsession?

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  1. Nina Ricci perfumes :)

  2. this sounds nice! ive never tried any of their products but have heard great things!

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  3. I'm pretty sure it takes two showers for any person to get any Tom Ford perfume of them. At least, they linger on me for ages too. I love them for it.
    I quite like the perfume by the way you described it, sounds like something I should check out sometime.

  4. i love musk-y scents and am a BIG Kiehl's fan so this is gonna be a "must buy" for me. Thank you for great review (and enabling) as usual Sandra :)

  5. This is something that I steal a spray of every time I pass the Kiehl's counter... or at least a surreptitious sniff.

    If you like this, you might like MCMC Hunter. That's what I'm currently loving, along with the Body Shop Moringa body mist.

  6. I am truly a musk fragrance kind of girl. It brings credibility when you went ahead and purchased the shower gel. I have heard a lot about Kiehl's but have never purchased one of their products. I am guessing I am really missing out on this brand - I will have to give it a try. Thanks for the post!

  7. Nice review...I even love the packaging....xoxoxo.......^_^

  8. I love musk fragrance! I should really try this. Been really a big fan of Kiehl's. Can't wait to buy this and see how I'll love it. Thanks for the review!
    xx, Malena

  9. I've been obsessed with Prada Candy L'eau. Usually sweet scents seem sort of adolescent or skanky to me, but I could not stop smelling this one. I thought I'd get home and hate it, but I still love wearing it everyday. I also impulsively purchased Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana during the 15% off sale at Sephora last week. It's really not a unique scent but it's just soooo pretty and clean and springy that I had to get it. Unfortunately it doesn't last very long (especially for EDP), but I still love it. Sigh, I love fragrances so much I can't stop buying them!

    Thanks for the post!

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