i love and wear both, but would pick mkk if i had to choose one. ravageur has a more floral drydown and the pungent musky part doesn't last very long. if it lasted longer i would probably prefer it. mkk stays strong the whole way through.
Musc Ravageur fo sure. Very sexy skin scent though I don't think of it as a musk.
MKK has two main notes that don't work well together--one is a sweet musk that would appeal to tween-agers and the other is too much like something my dog rolled in last Sarturday. I actually like skank, but it doesn't work well here.
My sister owns a very successful hair salon. Musc Ravageur smells EXACTLY like the hot oil treatment she uses on her clients.
To me, Musc Ravageur smells of chemically treated hair and heated scalps.
Not exactly my idea of a good time.
Muscs Koublai Khan...
I said it before.. and I'll say it again. I don't know how the hell I've managed all those years without it.
I feel more at one with myself when I'm wearing MKK.
MKK is the more interesting and original one between the two, and is more of a musk scent than MR. Though MR it more versatile and I probably could wear it on more occasions. Both have their positives and negatives, but I'd still go with MKK.
That said, I find Musc Ravageur just a little easier to wear in public. To my nose Muscs Koublai Khan is an extremely animalic floral musk, with obvious castoreum, civet and costus root. I experience Musc Ravageur as a sweet/spicy oriental that's more potent than blatantly animalic. My wife loves both on me.
MKK is pretty much identical too Kieh'ls musk. It's a little smoother, but I've sprayed both on at the same time and the difference isn't worth worrying about. So I'd get that for fifty bucks and then get a nice decant of MR, and now you don't have to choose!
I agree that when first applied, there is a resemblance between MKK and Kiehl's Musk Oil, but on me at least, Kiehl's was very linear, whereas MKK has a development that is nothing less than voluptuous.
While I'm dissenting, I will add that I don't think MKK is all that shockingly dirty smelling.
MKK is a total immersion in someone's poetic vision. MR, on the other hand, is so close to Shalimar, that it seems more like a "tribute" fragrance than an artistic statement. But, MKK is not for everyone and is much harder to acquire.