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Clair de Musc (2003)
by Serge Lutens

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Clair de Musc information

Year of Launch2003
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 188 votes)

People and companies

HouseSerge Lutens
PerfumerChristopher Sheldrake
Parent CompanyShiseido

About Clair de Musc

Clair de Musc is a feminine perfume by Serge Lutens. The scent was launched in 2003 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Christopher Sheldrake

Clair de Musc fragrance notes

Reviews of Clair de Musc

Gorgeous honeyed musk. I recognize galaxolide, that Jovan musk that's simultaneously fecal, soapy, powdery, and floral. There's a pinch of laundry musk as well, especially in the beginning, with a petrol/coumarin Knize Ten-style sharp musk in the middle, while the drydown is more woody and floral, with hints of hawthorn and orange blossom. Of course, all of this happens in harmony with Serge's signature honey note, which is finally given a proper starring role here, remarkably balanced and quite beautifully done. I know Muscs Koublaï Khän gets all the attention, but this is very much worth a sniff if you like musks or honey perfumes.
23rd January, 2019
Clair de Musc is very linear with a slight dirty musk that is enveloped in soapy notes. It has some powdery and floral elements floating through it. When I smell it I think of an era I wasn't born yet, to me it evokes a woman in the 1900's.
15th August, 2018
Clair de Musc’s musk accord isn’t as much like Muscs Koublai Khan’s as Fleur de Citronnier’s is. It’s ‘cleaner’ and higher pitched and has the hallmarks of the ‘white’ musks: soap, sweetness and soft-cuddliness. But here’s also where you’ll find Clair de Musc’s resemblance to Muscs Koublai Khan. Muscs Koublai Khan has just enough cleanliness to it to make you realize how dirty it is. The honeyed rose creates a feeling of purity that gets completely run over by the bawdiness of the the musk. If there is a narrative of innocence lost embedded in the perfume, the story is told in about as long as it takes to say, “Wow. Innocence lost.”

Clair de Musc tips the balance way in the other direction. The clean musk accord aims to cover any errant animalism but every now and again something unclean pops through. The scent of scalp, a whiff of armpit. It makes you realize this perfume isn’t about cleanliness. It’s about hygiene not quite holding its own against the scent of the human body. Remember the story of the first use of historical eaux like Eau de Cologne and Florida Water? They were for covering up the funk of unwashed bodies. Clair de Musc gives you that experience without you ever having to have a funky body yourself.

Some of the best musk perfumes are a variation on the idea, though perfumes like Kiehl’s Musk No 1, Amouage Gold Man and Les Nereides Fleur Poudrée de Musc all land much further in the funk than Clair de Musc. The perpetual resurfacing of bodily scents emphasizes the degree of restraint needed to keep from falling into the indulgence of the flesh. There’s a sexiness to the perfume that’s easy to miss if it’s not your bag.

From the angle of 2018 Clair de Musc is an interesting alternative to the trend in women’s perfumery toward dull white musky drydowns. The perfume’s musk notes are more detailed than the default pillowy basenotes built into so many mainstream florals.

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27th June, 2018
A pretty floral accord and a big bunch of laundry musks.
Better than White Musk by the Body Shop, but at more than twice the price it ought to be. Still unpleasantly chemical though.

*
10th February, 2018
I have been sampling a lot of fragrances lately, that smell like make-up or lipstick; this is one of them. More musk than anything else, in this one. I did get some iris although it is very gentle. Neroli and bergamot just weren't there. Lovely, demure perfume.
18th December, 2017
A light, sheer musk fragrance with a hint of rose. A 100% clean musk if there ever was one. The good news is that it somehow manages to avoid laundromat / laundry musk associations. The bad news is that it is somewhat dull. It sits in the same group as Kiehl's, Nicolai, and Villoresi - but is the meekest personality. There is little development from start to finish, as the musk prevails gently. It is somewhat subtle, but quite long lasting at over six hours.

Clair de Musc is pretty, but somewhat middle of the road, and definitely not 'worth it' at Lutens retail prices. While it is well done, I find the other three (Kiehl's, Nicolai, Villoresi) more interesting, with Kiehl's perhaps being the most appealing. Even within its style and genre, it is a little too bare-bones. Clair de Musc is also quite unnecessary within the Lutens range, and redundant considering the alternatives on the market.

3/5
06th May, 2017

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