Musk Pure just isn't worth the price tag, that simple. This is a simplistic combination of bee wax and some spices. A very clean interpretation of musk, not sexy or enigmatic at all. The smell isn't unpleasant at all, I must say that, but the combination in here is so pure, so linear in a boring way that this fragrance becomes a flat option inside the Tom Ford collection.
Musk Pure sits somewhere between Helmut Lang EDP and Helmut Lang EDC. While it completely lacks the lavender note of the HL fragrances, the overall effect it's still pretty similar. A white and soft (yet not dull) floral-musk that will appeal to anyone who's into cleaner interpretation of the musky theme. Jasmine, hints of pepper and a slightly metallic vibe laying on a moderately sweet resinous base. Simple yet satisfying.
Now that Helmut Lang's fragrances are getting ridiculously priced and very hard to find, Musk Pure is ono of the few valid alternatives...
10th February, 2012 (last edited: 06th April, 2012)
The "Pure" in this doesn't refer to musk extract in its natural (or even undiluted synthetic) state: rather it's meant to connote the fact that there is something exceedingly innocent and ... well, "pure" about this composition.
The official notes read "Ylang Opur, white pepper, bergamot, jasmine, Lily-of-the-Valley, orris absolute, tonka, beeswax, and musk", and indeed the first impression is one of soft white flowers and giddy white pepper, given a certain depth by the tonka and beeswax while the orris spreads its characteristic softness over everything. The musk is there, but it's almost a wallflower at what is already a fairly quiet party.
Which isn't to say that this is a dull fragrance; like a well-chosen guest list, each component is in perfect balance with the others. (The quality of materials is evident too, regardless of how you feel about spending $200 on a smallish bottle of perfume.) There are times when one doesn't want to be quite as come-hither and/or hairy-chested in one's choice of a musk perfume, and for those times Musk Pure fits the bill nicely. The party might be on the sedate side, but if you listen closely to what's going on it turns out to be pretty interesting affair after all.