Kiehl’s Original Musk Blend No 1 (2004?)

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kiehl's no 1

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I have five musk-names fragrances:  Serge Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan, Annick Goutal Musc Nomade, Le Nereides Fleur Poudrée de Musc , l’Artisan Parfumeur Mure et Musc Extrème and Kiehl’s Original Musk Blend No 1 (edt).  The Kiehl’s is a nice balance of skin-funk, florals and that sweetness of musk that seems fruity but isn’t.  And while MKK is the rawest of the bunch, Kiehl’s is the most skin-like in that it actually smells like your lover’s scalp.

Many musks have a bodily smell, but it’s largely clean.  Not antiseptic.  A clean body has a smell.  But musk carries a skin sweetness that has none of the dirty, salty or acidic qualities that I associate with old sweat or uncleanliness.

Kiehl’s Original Musk Blend No 1 speaks to the simple intimacy of being physically close to somebody.  This is not the scent for people who wear perfume as a masking fragrance.

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