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    Muscs Koublaï Khän by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido

    It certainly communicates. It lets itself be known clearly and solidly, but many of us seem to be hearing different messages. Well, regardless, the message we all hear is “potent.” I do get the animal notes, but I don’t find this fragrance nearly as dirty as some have described it. As a matter of fact, it seems I am one of an apparent small but firm minority who see this as an excellently rich, warm, captivating musk scent that only plays for a time with the dirty side of the force. Dark?…yes, it’s dark, but with balancing sporadic occasions of sweetness, smoothness, and rich, mellow ambrette seed and amber. Animalic? …ummm…sure. There are wonderful of interludes of sensual animalic musk and an excellent castoreum rising to the top, and what can only be civet occasionally showing itself. Bodily eminences?…nah…I don’t get them. To my nose Muscs Kublai Khan has a luxuriously full combination accord of musk, patchouli, labdanum, amber, and (a very excellent) rose, incorporated in a typically steamy, sultry, luxurious Lutens offering. It has a dry down that sends shivers up and down my spine. It is terribly sensual and exotic and wearably dirty. I admire this fragrance greatly—it is truly sensual and opulent

    18 January, 2007