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Musc Impérial (2015)
by Atelier Cologne

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Musc Impérial information

Year of Launch2015
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 22 votes)

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HouseAtelier Cologne

About Musc Impérial

The company say:

Life is made up of encounters. Barcelona is one of those magical cities that has made its mark on the story of Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel, founders of Atelier Cologne. Combining the Mediterranean lifestyle and exuberant creative energy, this cultural capital radiates well beyond its borders. While at the Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona, an institution in the Catalan capital, the classic elegance of the suites “impériales” in which they stayed, coupled with the grandeur of this vibrant city, the idea of creating a new Cologne Absolue was born. Called Musc Impérial, a sophisticated yet bright elixir captures unique clary sage and bergamot in the warmth of seductive musk. For the first time, a Cologne Absolue to be worn will also become the olfactive signature of the Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona.

Musc Impérial fragrance notes

Reviews of Musc Impérial

ION-ONE Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Easily complimented! And I really like this stuff. Some reviews make an Aventus comparison - I may say it's a kind of hollowed-out Aventus, more ephemeral.

A great tutti-fruitti fresh opening (pineapple-cubes, blackcurrant, lime). Masculine, modern, clean. Apparently inspired by / created for a posh Barcelona Hotel - it is indeed urban smelling: think cold limestone plaster walls in an old apartment block. It must be the fresh fruit against the clean musk that goes alkali-chalky in this way.

Modern, fresh, masculine, above-all interesting!
79/100
18th April, 2018
The first thing i thought of was Aventus with a fig and wood note added. Not bad at all. Only smells a lot like Aventus the first ten minutes though. 7.5/10
29th September, 2017
Oh my, we have a scrubber! This doesn't happen to me very often, but this I have had to wash off about an hour after applying it.

Despite its name, Musc Imperial does not smell of musk to me, or maybe I never got to that part. It opened with a milky-fruity accord that reminds me of a virgin version of a tropical cocktail. After reading the notes, its probably the fig that's giving me this impression. Fig, especially when it's the creamy kind like in Philosykos, often gives me a pineapple and coconut association, and I usually like it. Here, however, it's become both sickly and watery, like someone attempting to make a Pina Colada with coconut flavored water and pineapple syrup rather than with the real deal.

This unfortunate fruity accord is made unbearable by something I would describe as an aquatic woody impression (think cheap mens' body spray) that increases in strength as time goes by. This squeaky clean accord merges with the faux cocktail and becomes a nausea inducing mess on my skin. I actually started to feel a bit queasy, so I tried to wash it off but it's quite persistent.

I layered a good spritz of Chanel Sycomore (blasphemy!) over it, which seems to mask the unpleasant olfactory remnants somewhat. Phew.

Compared to the rest of the Atelier Cologne's I've tried this is a big dud.
20th August, 2017
I totally agree with the Aventus comparisons in how Musc Imperial wears and feels. Not a clone but has some emphasis on certain notes shared with Aventus. Does not have the projection or longevity of what I've experienced with Aventus.
22nd July, 2017
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The fruity opening phase, with a slightly herbal twist, soon gives way to a floral stage, with a rather weak lavender combining with a faint fig and a light white musk note. The musk is sweetish, discrete and in the last coupe of hours adopts a woody undertone.

The sillage is weak, the projection limited and the longevity seven hours on my skin.

Like white musks go with their synthetic nature, here it fits in well with the other somewhat colourless and weak constituents of this composition that is apt for spring days. It is a pleasant scent all right, but nothing more that really entices me. Maybe it is one of those hotel fragrances that wants to please all guests and hence remains limited to timid shallowness. 2.5/5.
02nd January, 2017
Although Atelier get a bad press in some quarters for the perceived insipidness of their fragrances, I can't help liking their cheerful customer service and the way that all their samples come in an individual envelope, and an attractive postcard containing an often mystifying fragment of noir-ish prose. I ordered a consignment of samples long before it occurred to me to write reviews, so I was pleased to see that I had a few unused vials left for me to try with a properly critical eye. (Sadly, one of them is not Cedrat Enivrant, which I found to be an excellent citrus fragrance.)

The scents themselves take some understanding conceptually. The idea of the "cologne absolue" stands as an oxymoron for some, while the nomenclature of the fragrances hints at the showcasing of a single note or accord, which is sometimes certainly the case and equally as often no clue at all as to what comes out of the bottle. Such is the range of fragrances currently on offer by Atelier that it's difficult to see the link to the traditional EDC. But there you go.

Musc Imperial opens as an odd kind of fruit affair, with some sourness from the combination of bergamot and blackcurrant. It is not, as landshark notes, particularly musky until the end, when a sweetness becomes prevalent. The middle hours benefit from the fig, the dryness of which has the effect of smoothing over both the early sourness and the later musky sweetness with a pleasant overall outcome. I would not have said any leather was present other than via the power of suggestion. The effect is therefore one of deceptive linearity, another of the house's note features, as there is in fact a very distinct, although muted, arc of transition.

Landshark's comparison with Aventus I find to be a shrewd one, as, although the main accords have little in common, there is something in Musc Imperial that speaks of dessert fruits with something culinary done to it. I get average performance both in terms of sillage and longevity.

It's intriguing, and while I won't be rushing out to buy a bottle, I think I'd wear it over Aventus or a straight-ahead fig such as Philosykos. It might reward careful testing.
02nd October, 2016

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