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Musk Oud (2013)
by By Kilian


Musk Oud information

Year of Launch2013
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 32 votes)

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HouseBy Kilian
PerfumerAlberto Morillas

About Musk Oud

Musk Oud is a shared / unisex perfume by By Kilian. The scent was launched in 2013 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Alberto Morillas

Musk Oud fragrance notes

Reviews of Musk Oud

Another Oud and Rose combo that smells ok, there are too many of these fragrances out these days. The notes seem to be of good quality, but like like many of Kilian an fragrances.....Overpriced.7.5/10
17th July, 2018
By Kilian Musk Oud is my final try from the Arabian Nights collection, a mix of rose, oud, musk, and incense, mainly, with some other smaller contributors as well, which I don't really detect, such as geranium and rum.

Interestingly, it both opens very musky and dries down after several hours to be musky, with the middle few hours being more rose-dominant.

I quite like Musk Oud and find it pretty agreeable relative to Pure Oud given that Musk involves more of a mix of notes. I also prefer it to Rose Oud, though Pearl Oud, in my opinion, remains the class of the By Kilian "oud"-named fragrances so far (I've not tried any of the Middle East Exclusives, though).

As with the rest of the Arabian Nights collection, Musk Oud performs very well, but the steep retail price of $395 for 50ml is big ask, but deals can usually be found for bottles that omit the lavish By Kilian presentation that includes the coffin.

8 out of 10
26th January, 2018
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Oud and musk are the main determinants of the opening phase, with a rose the first floral developing in the earlier stages of the drydown. Here the oud and the musk are not particularly sharp or edgy; this oud is much more discrete and smooth that in many other products, and similar statement can be made about the musk.

The heart notes emphasise the floral more - with geranium added to the fold, whilst the base is characterised by a slightly boozy and woodsy incense - very subtle but nice. The rose still plays a role in the base, and here, with all the components in the base coming together as a result of masterful blending - the oud is nigh vanished at that stage - this creation is at its most delightful and satisfying.

I get soft sillage, adequate projection and eleven hours of longevity.

Quite restrained and at times rather faint, this is a very discrete oud/musk creation fit for autumn and the office. It could be a bit more vivid. 3/5
15th December, 2016
This is the very last fragrance I expected to love, but love it, I do. There is something intriguingly uplifting about this scent that I'm guessing is thanks to the citrus and cardamom up top. I also love the way that the oud and musk make this scent deeper and more aromatic than the top notes indicate. Perhaps it is the push-pull between the lighter and heavier notes that make this fragrance so fascinating. It is decidedly sexy in a fresh and off-kilter fashion, and I would absolutely follow any man I smelled wearing this scent. Ooh la la!
03rd February, 2016
Not impressed. I got a blast of mainly rose. Supported by many different notes, but mainly rose. The oud market is crowded. Kilian makes too many oud based fragrances for this to stand out. Just not worth the money.
31st January, 2016
Sometimes one needs to adjust one’s expectations in order to appreciate a thing for what it is. In the case of By Kilian’s Musk Oud, the first thing that one needs to do is forget its misleading name – neither musk nor oud define this fragrance. I’ll plump for Afternoon Reverie instead which conveys something of its lazy, pleasing mood.
Now that that’s out of the way, what do we have? A most beguiling opening for sure, marked by lovely zesty citrus (lemony but not sharp), an almost maternal cardamom note and languid layers of the most refined and gentle smoke. These elements are handled so well, there’s nothing that catches or jars, and with such an unforced sense of luxuriousness that they put me in mind of some of the better Amouages. Indeed as the rose reveals itself, inflected with the citrus and cardamom, thoughts of Lyric are not too far away. However this rose is slightly shyer, taking its place among the other players rather than elbowing its way to the front.
The backing consists mainly of some mould-tinged patchouli, wormwood and an array of aromatic woods – but it’s subtle, surprisingly lifting up rather than bedding down the gently spiced main theme.
I find it a fine, living, breathing thing, an impressive achievement which overcame the scepticism with which I often regard By Kilian offerings.
22nd June, 2015

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