Les Muscs et Les Parfums : The Osmotheque Event

On Wednesday, May 27th, the perfume conservatory Osmothèque will present a new lecture on the role of musks in perfumery. Titled “Les Muscs et Les Parfums”, the event will explore different facets of musks and the reason they are an essential ingredient in the perfumer’s palette. The lecture will be led by Max Gavarry, the author of famous fragrances such as Molyneux Vivre (1971), Guy Laroche J’ai Osé (1977), Rochas Mystère (1978), and Caron Infini (1972).

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When: May 27th, Wednesday at 18h30 (1.5-2 hours duration)
Where: 8 Avenue de la Porte de Champerret, 75017 Paris
Online Order Fees: 22€ per person; the reduced fee for students and members of Société des Amis de l’Osmothèque is 16€. Entry for students of ISIPCA is free. To reserve your tickets, please click here.

If anyone goes to the event, could you please let us know your thoughts about it in the comments here? Of course, if you want to write up a short report, we would love it.

Extra: you can also read about different types of musks used in your favorite fragrances in my article, Musk : Salt and Butter of Perfumery. It was written 10 years ago (and updated); it’s still among the most visited posts on Bois de Jasmin.



  • angeldiva: J’ai Ose’ !!! I’m such a huge fan of this perfume, it’s very gratifying to see it mentioned here. How I would love to shake the hand of Maxx Gavarry.
    You can still find this at discounters, although I would recommend the perfume, more than the eau de parfum.
    It smells a wee bit like Shocking, or Gaultiers Classique. Now, I want to try this perfumers other fragrances! May 6, 2015 at 11:54am Reply

    • Victoria: It was hugely popular here in Ukraine when I was growing up, and I was chuckling the other day when I passed a beauty parlor called J’ai Ose (with proper accent marks!) in a small provincial town. I also love this mossy fragrance. May 6, 2015 at 12:54pm Reply

      • angeldiva: Hi!
        I’m so glad that you are familiar with it! It hasn’t gotten much attention, here. Yesterday I tried Dyptique- Tarocco.
        This scent is just amazing in the opening! Then my old friend- the smell of bandage adhesive- came along! lol It didn’t stick to the whole scent development, though.
        I was reading another review of this , and they referred to this smell as ,”Mustard Plaster,” so on the one hand I’m not alone. On the other hand I’d like to isolate what this medicinal gluey note is.
        A good question for you, V!
        A. May 7, 2015 at 11:25am Reply

        • Victoria: It’s an older perfume, and it’s not available easily in the US, so I imagine not many people have tried it.

          Tarocco has such a juicy opening, but it peters out too quickly, and it does have a weird drydown. May 8, 2015 at 3:56am Reply

  • Karen: Fingers crossed that someone can attend and write up a report! May 6, 2015 at 3:24pm Reply

    • Victoria: Yes, I also hope so. Max Gavarry is an interesting character. May 8, 2015 at 3:40am Reply

  • rainboweyes: To be honest, I try to avoid scents containing synthetic polycyclic muscs (as far as it is possible) because of their negative health effects. If I like a scent, though, it’s sometimes very hard to be firm… May 6, 2015 at 4:18pm Reply

    • angeldiva: Sounds like very good information. May 7, 2015 at 11:18am Reply

    • Victoria: I don’t recall that any negative health effect of polycyclic musks used today has been proven with certainty (nitro musks are another story). But then again, how would one even figure out which perfumes contain them? Everything gets reformulated constantly, and musks are never used alone, usually in a cocktail of several different ones.

      Actually, one gets little musk on skin with perfume. Most of our exposure comes from laundry products. May 8, 2015 at 3:43am Reply

  • Aurora: That article was very interesting, and so much research went into it, thank you.

    I have never tried Musc Koublai Khan and should rectify this as soon as I can.

    I have become acquainted with Souffle de Parfum recently and it is striking the difference in the drydown compared to Shalimar proper, no smoke at all, but I am enjoying it nonetheless (so far, I like all the shalimar flankers, they seem to me well done). May 7, 2015 at 7:57am Reply

    • Cornelia Blimber: Very interesting, very much research indeed!
      So, today I wear Ketone Musc, I suppose (Le Dix) (God bless Austenfan). May 7, 2015 at 11:09am Reply

    • Victoria: I liked Souffle de Parfum too, even though it’s very different from Shalimar. Or perhaps I liked it, because it’s different enough. I liked the orange blossom marshmallow inflection. May 8, 2015 at 3:54am Reply

  • angeldiva: Thank- You God,
    It’s Raining! Thank-you to all BDJ who visualized rain in California.
    God Bless YOU!!! May 7, 2015 at 10:02pm Reply

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