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


Kiehl's Original Musk information

Year of Launch1963
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 356 votes)

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Parent CompanyL'Oréal Group

About Kiehl's Original Musk

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

Kiehl's Original Musk fragrance notes

Reviews of Kiehl's Original Musk

I've been applying about .5ml during my experiment. This goes on lightly and fades quickly. What I can smell is urine. Is that what musk is? Blah.
Wore this half a day. Another reviewer mentioned he could smell it off and on throughout. I had the same impression, It would show up unexpectedly. More interesting than I thought when I first put it on. Girlfriend found it too powdery. I didn’t sense the powderyness much at all.
Longevity spotty (new classification) I smelled it on for almost 24 hours, but it was like an eye floater or a ghost, if you looked directly at it, it wasn’t there.. Projection poor
15th July, 2017
Cannot be overrated.

Simply, in proper quantity it's a 2nd-skin type scent, so close to the skin... whether using the edt, oil, or body lotion form. I find the edt to be a bit more floral, hints of lily and rose maybe, so I keep it to just a few sprays. I find the musk favorably similar to what is in MKK or Urban Musk and not that of the 'white' laundry detergent variety.

Since 2011 I've tried to use the SOTD feature to this site as much as possible. Over perhaps an overly zealous journey, at one point having close to 500 bottles in collection, I've worn this one more than any other... by secretariat-like margins. The perfect 2nd skin when I don't particularly want to smell like cologne.
29th May, 2017
This is a great musk fragrance.

Clean, fresh, deep white musk - as it should be. Light years away from the nastiness of countless fragrances (cheap and expensive) with clinical laundry white musk bases.

Initially there's some white florals, and then comes a delightful musk-rose accord. The musk is in the foreground, the rose in the background. There's the faintest sweetness coming through courtesy of the tonka. That's more or less it, with little evolution.

Other musk fragrances it reminds me of are Clair de Musc, Musc Intense (Nicolai), and Villoresi Musk. However, for some reason the Kiehl's has a more effortless 'grab-n-go' appeal.

If you're looking for a tamed down version of Muscs Koublai Khan (one of my favourites) - this is it. There is a only the barest animalic hint - but only if one looks for it after a heavy application.

I have no issues with how it wears - close but good sillage, and excellent duration of at least six hours from a generous application.

Very good throughout the year, and simply delightful in the summers.

Very, very nice.

19th April, 2017
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United States
Excellent "comfort scent"! Pretty strong opening of citrusy notes, but dries down to a smooth orange blossom & musk fragrance. It is a nice clean and casual scent that may be too tame for some.
31st March, 2017 (last edited: 22nd May, 2017)
I have to agree with what others have said. Somewhere in the middle of those oh-so-clean laundry musks, and something a little skanky like Muscs Koublaï Khän. Much safer though, with minimal skank. Pleasant enough that it could be a work scent, but could be worn for more intimate encounters. Hard to dislike something like this, but not really very exciting either. A mild thumbs up.
21st March, 2017
The natural sweaty-you enhancer.

At first spray and for the first minute and a half, you are an old lady wearing too many cosmetics. Then you are a creamy, flowery little forest creature. Adorable, doe eyed, earthy, pristine. obviously rosy, indolic, powdery, but the musk is more oily than soapy, keeping it nice and animalic.

The heart notes introduce something like caramel, but not syrupy or bright-sweet.

Base notes of sex. Mostly just sex. Yup, smells like sex. The hankerous pankerous, post nookie musty stank of coitus. But also like you just showered. Like showering with your lover, and then carrying them into the bedroom for some close proximity love making before either of you have dried off completely.

Projection is weak, longevity is inconsistent; you might not still be able to smell this in 30 minutes, or you might wake up tomorrow smelling like incense and honey. Very close to the skin, very intimate, but that's the polite way for this scent to conduct itself. If it was any louder it would be the fragrant equivalent to bragging about how good a sex life you have. As it stands, as sexy as it is, it isn't the least bit offensive.

It's never too dark or too bright, expertly crafted, subtle and elegant, but not girly.

Works best when you let it mix with your own natchy stink, so use unscented deodorant and squirt this on your pits and chest and let it dance with your natural chemistry.
18th November, 2016

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