Kiehl's Original Musk (1963)
    by Kiehl's


    • Launched: 1963
    • Type: Shared / Unisex / Unspecified
    • Availability: In Production
    • Perfumer: Unknown - Let us know
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    Average Rating: 3.5

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    Kiehl's Original Musk is a unisex fragrance by Kiehl's. The scent was launched in 1963

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    ClaireV's avatar

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    I should start this review by saying that Muscs Khoublai Khan is my Holy Grail musk, and all other musks must necessarily fall in line behind it. However, based on versatility and wearability alone, I will say that Kiehl's Original Musk (the EDT) nudges ahead of MKK. This is a fantastic all-rounder musk that you can wear with total confidence in all types of situations and weather. It forms part of the true back bone of my wardrobe.

    Kiehlís Original Musk is kind of like a daylight version of MKK and not nearly as reminiscent of a manís sweaty undercarriage. It very nicely straddles the demilitarized zone between clean, white musks and dirty, dark musks. Somewhere in the Guide, Luca Turin gives a lovely explanation for the appeal of the grand old Guerlain perfumes Ė he says that their genius lay in summoning up the disparate smells of an entire household at once, so, for example, you get both peaches and floor wax in Mitsouko, and custard and cigarette smoking in Shalimar. I think that is a lovely analogy, and Iím going to use it here too. Kiehlís Original Musk smells like the entirety of a freshly cleaned public restroom in America, complete with two clean-cut American teenagers with freshly scrubbed faces taking each othersí underwear off in one of the stalls.

    In other words, it smells of clean, and it smells of sex. People will want to hug you and lick you, simultaneously. It lasts all day and merges with the scent of your own skin to make one of the most heavenly (and summer-appropriate) smells of all time. Perfect for family barbecues.

    17 July, 2014

    sjg3839's avatar

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    I really like this light musk and incense fragrance. Like others have mentioned, it has a light floral note with just the right amount of tonka to mellow out the fragrance. This would be considered musk 101 IMO. For the price, you can't go wrong with this one. Will be purchasing a bottle of this in the near future. 8/10.

    23 February, 2014

    gimmegreen's avatar

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    This straightforward perfume filled a gap in my wardrobe that I didnít realize I had until I smelled it.
    As a small child in a nondescript central Indian city, one of the highpoints of the day used to be the unusual peddlers who popped up occasionally. The tall turbaned Afghan man all the way from Kabul who turned up on a ramshackle bike with a disc-like woven reed basket on either side was one. He never visited more than once a year. With his impressive moustache, long kameez and voluminous pyjama-like bottoms, he cut an imposing if somewhat dusty figure.
    Showing a potential customer his wares was a performance, beginning with unwrapping the larger items, bags of almonds and dried fruit, moving onto smaller containers with more exotic wares. A round metallic box would be carefully opened to reveal packed strands of saffron, their mouth-watering scent curling out into the dry air. All kinds of tests would be performed to demonstrate its authenticity, one of which involved floating a strand on water, I seem to recall. And then just once he extricated a small tin from a ball of cloth. Here was something precious and rare, he said, kastoori. Slowly unscrewing the jar, the heady perfume hit me before I could peek at what lay inside Ė close, sweet, warm like a stabled animal. There lay three small balls, covered in bristle, radiating this hypnotizing scent Ė deer musk glands. I recoiled at the sight, but that brief exposure to their scent has stayed as an indelible olfactory memory. Which is why most of what passes for musk in contemporary perfumery bemused me until I got used to the concept.
    But smelling Kiehlís Original Musk, even though it is unlikely to have come near anything to do with a musk deer (and I wouldnít buy it for animal cruelty reasons if it had), raised an instant echo of that childhood experience. Itís a distant echo as it canít achieve the heady richness of the real thing, but bolstering with plenty of white floral indoles does achieve a passing effect to the warm radiance of musk. There isnít much more to it, but itís enough for me.

    20th February, 2014

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    The opening is superb, with a traditional bergamot mixed with dark roses, lilies and ylang-ylang notes to form a rich matrix. Soon the star takes centre stage: one of the most convincing musks that I can recall: rich, dark but not too heavy and never cloying; smooth but with edges at times and with elegant harshness. In the base a very elegant patchouli with a tonka note deepens the fabric of this scent, but the musk reigns supreme. Splendid silage and projection with an excellent longevity of nine hours. In all its traditional guise (created when JFK had just started to shape our history) this is nonetheless a modern scent that could have been launched very recently. Timeless, that's it. The mother of all musks. A winter favourite.

    18 January, 2014

    Echo777's avatar

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    The standard setter for musks.

    Smells very bold and spicy, yet very smooth and subtle. I don't know how they do that. Animalistic, yet tame. Pungent, yet casual. Dirty and clean all at once. Like a classier version of Azzaro. Smells like skin covered with high class suntan oil. I don't know how they got it to be so oily smelling, yet powdery. Some use it for layering, but I think she does just fine on her own. A must try; it sets the standard. Classic and modern at the same time? How do they do it?

    29 July, 2013

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    Sampled MKK didn't do anything for me (found it too floral, I must be anosmic to the Musk in MKK, because my wife says I smelt like 'dirty camel balls' when I had the sample on...), sampled Original Musk, fell in love... Just a really nice musk, long lasting on me, I get cosy musky wafts coming up over the hours. Just a really nice and comforting scent.

    Don't ignore this just because it's not from some French haute perfumerie. Well worth sampling and good value, if you've got a Keihls nearby... Quality stuff.

    03 March, 2013

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