This review is for the EdP spray, released in 2012.
This is a dirty musk, and by dirty, I mean not fecal nor animalic, but literally of, or from, the dirt.
Two quick sprays to the forearm. I get Musk, rose, ash, leather, dirt, cardboard, pepper, and more dirt. There is a green, celery note. And an oily, only slightly animalic musk. After a bit, a peppery tobacco notes comes forward to join the dirt. There is a sharpness to the scent, which must be the clove. 1.5 hours in, the rich, somewhat fruity rose note comes forward, blending well with the clove. As the scent develops, there is little change. The green celery note disappears eventually, but the other notes soldier on, in approximately the same proportions. There is a vaguely woody note in the background, but nothing recognizable to me as sandalwood, and the vanilla is so low key as to be nearly absent--a good thing, imho.
The principal note, the musk, remains as described—dirty, oily, organic, but only slightly "animalic." Projection is moderate, and longevity at least 16hrs.
Verdict: This is a WINNER. Fall, Winter, Early Spring.
01st September, 2014 (last edited: 11th September, 2014)
This is the opposite side of the coin from the justly celebrated Muscs Koublai Khan of Serge Lutens. That was animalic, dirty, and drop dead sexy with its heady warmth and honeyed depths.
Acampora's Musc is, to borrow adjectives from Barbara Herman's description, "sharp, earthy, green, camphor with a decided mushroom note." It certainly is complex and odd. For those who love green scents you could hardly get greener than this.
It's not for me - too pungent, too sharp and green. I far prefer the Lutens, but to rate it objectively, it certainly is a fine musk and deserves a thumbs up.
The Ashley Houbigant White Musk and the Coty Wild Musk, popular drug store brands, contain hardly any of their title ingredient and should be avoided at all costs. Acampora's Musc is expensive - $220 for 10 ml of the oil and $135 for 50 ml of the edp. For the latter concentration it parallels the cost of the Lutens.
So far it would seem that the Acampora line has produced 10 scents in 40 years, stretching from this first hit in 1975. I'd be curious to sample his others, now that I've had a positive introduction to his first.
Degree is the determining factor explaining why Bruno Acampora’s Musc is special. The immediate impression it gives is of cheap musk oils available on the Indian market which try to approximate the smell of real musk. They manage to harness some of the warmth and sweet sensuality of the real thing and thus bear a passing resemblance – like a grainy video grab of the perpetrator. This Musc takes that odour profile and elevates it into a luxurious and well-balanced invitation. World of difference.
So apart from this being an accomplished realization of the musk note of a particular pedigree, I should also point out a touch of salty spice (cloves, but not too clovey), some dry amber and quite an earthy, woody patchouli that marries well with the musk.
Review is for EDP.
There is a strange attraction to musk and the title Musk denotes somewhat of a mystery. What is musk, really? Originally musk was taken from the Musk Deer which unfortunately was obtained from the testes of the animal and then diluted considerably to get to a pleasant fixative perfume ingredient. Today synthetic musks have replaced the animalic musks but they still have that undefinable alluring fuzzy sweaty skin scented, sexiness to them that elicites such an allure and hard to understand attraction.
The musk part of Bruno's Musk smells to me like a babies skin. The other notes added to this Musk are: Rose, Violet, Vanilla, Cloves, Amber, Sandalwood. All of these are used very sparingly and the subtlety of this musk represents astounding restraint in use of defining elements allowing the musk to stay in the center stage. At times I smell some slight rose and I can notice where violet might fit in but really don't smell those notes at all most of the time. The whole is its own subtle but magnetic attraction musk and I find it very nice to wear.
The only other musk that I think has some similarity is By Killian Musk Oud. However, Musk Oud is stronger by a large margin in the use of oud and rose but the musk part has some similarities to Bruno Acampora Musk. Mixing very well with personal chemistry, this musk is neutral, natural and Nice!
I love this musk! It's unique and not a "pure" musk.I can smell the mushroomy opening,the violet and possibly patch with the musk but none of the notes overpowers the overall "musk" effect.It smells clean and pretty and not so spicy on me.
I think it would make a great signature scent for those who search one.