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.