Cotton Musk, at least on me, starts off as a bit of a mess. There's a very honeyed rose, coconut, almond-hued heliotrope, and some sort of dirty floral all fighting it out and all the undertones sort of clash, while the whole thing remains strangely dull. It eventually sorts itself out, ending up as that papery musk that smells like tobacco leaf mixed with baby powder and coconut, with the other floral elements acting as subtle strokes of watercolor, adding hints of added dimension. Given time, the florals make way for vanilla, and Cotton Musk ends up as that papery tobacco smell on top of powdery vanilla, but with that tropical coconut sticking around.
To be fair, fans of this sort of light clean flowery "musk" perfume may really like this, but it's not a style I enjoy. I think the tropical coconut is actually a clever addition, but I can't help but feel that the topnotes could have been sorted better.
Opens with "clean sheets" and musk scent. Lots of gardenia. It is nice, but too quickly turns to a baby powder. It is baby powder from then on...a shame.