The name of this composition is possibly confusing, as the musk remains in the background throughout, and, at least on my skin, is more light and restrained than in any way intense.
Nevertheless, there is this very light white musk, synthetic of course, but not unpleasantly so, and also a bright musk it is. So the first word in the name is not put there without some justification.
The central experience here, however, is that if a floral drydown. Central is the rose, a lovely, quite natural sommer rose that is more on the bright side whilst not at all being a lightweight note. This rose co-operates nicely with a gentle violet, which is accompanied by a white carnation and, in the backgound, whiffs of oleander and jasmine. For the last 2/3 of the development the white musk is merely the canvas on which the white floral bouquet is displayed.
I get moderate sillage, good projection and a decent eight hours of longevity on my skin.
A white light and elegant floral spring creation with a thin gossamer-like layer of light white musk delicately spread over it. Pleasant, but nothing exceptional. The rose - just - pushes it across the line into thumbs-up territory. 3/5.
The very opening of Musc Intense is closer to a pear & peach ice cream than to musk, but it is not bad: it is as slightly tacky as quite vibrant, uplifting and rich. There is some really sophisticated whiff of tea-infused rose that tames down the sugary-fruity core blend and brings Musc Intense far enough from a “teen gourmand”, and more closer to a “classy delicate rose with fruits and vanillic musk unnecessarily acting as a teen gourmand”. Still quite sweet, mostly because of pear (and/or peach?) and just this close to a bubblegum, but also fresh, tart and elegant. It smells like an odd combination of a vintage floral like L’arte di Gucci, with a shabby fruity-lollipop gourmand. As for musk, well, I wouldn’t consider this a musky scent for sure, as musk seems here just providing a generic smooth soapy base accord emerging better on the drydown (which is finally drier, dustier, “muskier” indeed – but also lighter). Pear, violet and rose seem way more prominent to me. Still a bit juvenile especially for the fruity notes, but fun, decent and even somehow refined overall.
A Great Masculine Rose
As the third review... I can see that we all agree that this is beautiful, but see it in different lights. One as a detergent-like musc, another as COLD white flowers, and then me... feeling far more ROSE than musc with an added creamy warmth that is all-enveloping on the skin.
Granted, I like about everything this woman creates, and because there are so many sizes available, it is easy to sample (referring to the 30ml sizes at reasonable prices) and appreciate many variations on the Nicolaide that I can generally recognize. This one doesn´t smell so much like PdN, however.
Nowhere is the freshness of her noteworthy CITRUS, or the pastry-like quality of her many takes on VANILLA and TONKA. Most of these carry a wonderful spiciness or floral quality that feels more wildflower/countryside than deep petal oil. But, with this one the wildflowers are absent and a certain formality takes over. Essentially , I think this is her best ROSE. I find it dark and warm - not wet, not cool, not brightly projecting its sweetness. I don´t do much rose, but feel that this is a great masculine rose, approaching the richness of an Amouage. MUSC INTENSE carries the distinction and almond-like buttery smoothness of NEW YORK, and comes highly recommended to rose and musc-lovers alike.
Pros: Creamy, Sensual, Distinguished
Cons: Wait for it... wait for it.... (the dry down trumps the opening)
Musc intense is all about musk, it starts as synthetic as it only can be but still very beautiful, its like the finest detergent you can find but creamier and nicer then you have tried so far, it does smell familiar, but only because you can smell the musk
Drydown is gorgeous, its very long lasting and feminine scent, and becomes better and better, after 2 days synthetic feel to it is gone and it smells almost with animalic wibe to it, its sensual and rich and warm, colour: white! Harmonious simplicity done in a distinguished way....
I wasn’t expecting armpit musk from Patricia de Nicolai. For that I look elsewhere. I might have been expecting boozy-berry-sweet. As it turns out I got neither. Musc Intense is as much a white floral as it is a musk. It starts with snappy florals, starched rather than lush. Rosey, yet white. There’s a feel of alcohol, but not booze, if you catch my meaning. More like slivovitz than creme de cassis.
Musc Intense grows drier and crisper. Then it ignites. The heartnotes and drydown have the feel of flowers drying before your eyes. The crispness becomes brightness, the brightness grows glaring and in the end, Musc Intense has a cold-flame feel akin to Lauder’s White Linen. Where White Linen’s drydown reveals a warmed cheek of musky rose, Musc Intense stays blue-flame cold. This glaring tone suggests the corrosive feel of powdered laundry soap, but it does so with a wink. The implication of the cheap side of musk along with double-distilled flowers shows the humor of Musc Intense. It is simultaneously chic and cheeky.
Patricia de Nicolai is recognized for her taste and refinement. Kudos to her for spending her style-capital on a cocky and sassy yet modish little number like Musc Intense.