Do you have a discontinued fragrance that you long to see back on the perfume counter, and failing that, to replace with something similar? I receive many emails about long lost favorites, and most of the time I respond to them with my personal suggestions. However, I’ve decided that it might be better to post such requests here on Bois de Jasmin, so that readers can include their own recommendations. So, going forward, if you are searching for a discontinued fragrance and need help, you’re welcome to email me (editor at boisdejasmin dot com), and we will do our best to help.
After receiving several emails about Narciso Rodriguez for Her Musc Oil, I’ve decided to look into it. The oil form of Musc for Her was a limited edition that focused on the creamy musk facet of the original Eau de Toilette. The citrus, sharp amber, and woody notes were sheared out, with the elegant, luscious musk brought center stage. Musc for Her Oil smelled deliciously of warm skin and apricot flesh, with a hint of honey. Musc for Her collection, which also included Musc for Her EDT and Musc for Him EDT (black bottle) was launched in 2003. In 2009, Narciso Rodriguez added Musc for Her Intense Eau de Parfum and Musc for Him Eau de Parfum (iridescent violet bottle). Then in 2010, Essence Eau de Musc (silver bottle) appeared on the counters. These days we also have a limited edition called Essence Musc Intense Eau de Parfum. That is exactly why I dislike flankers—figuring out how they are related makes me feel like I’m solving some cognitive reasoning game.
Currently, Sephora stocks Narciso Rodriguez for Her, Musc for Her Intense Eau de Parfum, and Essence Eau de Musc, leaving those of us who loved the plain Musc for Her and its oil version searching for a replacement. The floral musks are numerous, but few combine the sensual softness of musk with a milky sweetness, the way Musc for Her did. One of my current favorites is Guerlain Cruel Gardénia, which despite the name smells little of gardenia, but a lot of musk. The floral notes have the compelling impression of petals steeped in milk. Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely is a softer take on the original Narciso Rodriguez For Her, and it is polished to remove any rough edges. If Lovely is a tender embrace, Serge Lutens Clair De Musc is a passionate kiss. The musk is garnished with iris, sandalwood and neroli, making Clair de Musc a richer blend, but it stays close to the skin, creating an intimate aura. Les Néréides Fleur Poudrée de Musc smells like warm skin dusted with rose scented powder.
Among fragrances that place a stronger accent on musk, I highly recommend Kiehl’s Original Musk. It is a splendid rich musk, with patchouli highlighting the seductive warmth in the drydown. The Body Shop White Musk is clean and enveloping, a musk classic. Like Musc for Her, it has a delicate floral accent, but the main flavor is provided by the plush musk layers. Underrated Etro Musk is another memorable perfume I’ve discovered in my search. The drydown is embellished with sandalwood, and the creamy rose is infused into the rich musk accord. Finally, while Musc for Her is more understated than the original Narciso Rodriguez for Her EDT, it is the only fragrance from the current collection that gives me the same idea of warm skin and hot petals.
Do you have a favorite musk perfume? If you love Musc for Her, what else would you recommend to try?