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  1. #1

    Default Got My Muscs Koublai Khan Decant Today

    Well, it came from Germany today, instilled into a couple little lipstick-lookin' purse sprayers. That holy grail of MUSK, the infamous MKK by Serge Lutens.

    I have attempted, in the last few weeks, to try three of the purest musks that I thought I could get, and now that I have worn all three, I think I can render an opinion about what I like best.

    I had worn Tuscany today - a scent that is one of my very favorite daytime scents. I can't get enough or it's spiciness, but as I sit here snorting (inhaling is too mild a word) at my MKK spritzed wrist, the Tuscany is vulgar in it's naivety. My beloved Tuscany is riding a big wheel as the MKK plows it under with a Ferrari of distinction. (Note to self: Never get these two together again, or for that matter, expose any of your favorites to MKK - too much of a disillusionment.)

    Anyhoo.... When I first applied the MKK to my left wrist, it smelled like my girlfriend might after a couple days backpacking the Appalachian trail. Not unpleasant, but definitely unclean and primal and directly at me. Unmistakable armpit or (forgive me for saying this) groin aroma in this stuff somewhere. I am thinking "why wear cologne for this, just work out and hit the town". An hour later, however, the armpit/groin was fading (I will dearly miss it - couldn't get enough of it, actually) into a nude, freshly perspirated (real word?) firm, sexy body. Don't ask me how I knew it was this kind of body - the MKK said so, that's all! I felt like I was 13 again and sneaking through my dad's Penthouse collection. I couldn't believe this aroma was doing this to my head. Now, a couple hours later, it is not sweet (like Musk Ravageur gets on drydown with me) nor chemical and edgy (like Kiehl's tends on me) but simply a warm, clean, tanned body scent - like you would expect humans to smell in an ideal world without dirt and grime and that nasty old soap and water that we contaminate ourselves with daily. I do enjoy the other two musks in their own right, however.

    I have read reviews, mostly from women, who have enjoyed a similar experience, only from the female perspective (duh - obviously), so it must truly be a unisex scent.

    This stuff is an experience that one must have. If I could get a bottle of this in the USA, I would be going to get it now. As it is, I guess I will be looking for decants and buying them when I can.

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    Thanks for that interesting review. [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

    Now, may I ask where did you get that decant exactly..? (I wanna get some too :P)

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    Great post on musks. So you mentioned Tuscany and MKK in detail and briefly alluded to Kiehl's and Musc Ravageur, could you arrange these best to last and why.

    This would be very helpful, thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Got my decant from a very nice seller in Germany and when I did, I posted to this board about the ebay listing:
    http://www.basenotes.net/community/Y...1138560746/7#7

    Unfortunately, no more decants. *I think they ran about a week before they were gone.

    I guess I did ramble on a little and forgot to opine about Kiehl's and MR.

    To list the MKK, MR and Kiehls as my favorite to least favorite is:
    MKK
    Kiehl's
    MR

    But Kiehl's and MR are really too different to say one is favored to me. *The Kiehl's is sharp and biting at first - too much if oversprayed, but settles very dry and somewhat chemical. *The MR is very heady and almost alcoholic at first, and drys down much sweeter than either MKK or Kiehl's. *To me it loses it's musk for the most part after dry down. *BUT, it is a big favorite on this board, so this is just my opinion.

    I probably won't wear MR much, except as a curiosity. *The MKK, I will wear whenever the situation ARISES *, and the Kiehl's is an everyday kind of thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sqboy1
    Anyhoo.... When I first applied the MKK to my left wrist, it smelled like my girlfriend might after a couple days backpacking the Appalachian trail.
    oh nice.... lol... hahaha ;D

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    sq, i've got to say, excellent review. few basenotes reviews motivate me to actually want to try a scent, after reading that, i am very interested to try MKK - great job.

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    Hi Sqboy1,

    Very EXCELLENT review indeed! Welcome to the MADNESS!
    Oooh...how is MKK's lasting power ?

    Regards,
    SixCats!

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    This review sums this scent up beyond anything else I've seen (that even includes "liquid porn&quot from Laura! Well done, sir.

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    Thanks all for the nice compliments, but you know, I just "calls 'em as I sees 'em".

    The lasting power is another anomaly, in my opinion. When first put on, it seems to me to be more subtle than it is a half hour later. It seems to build to a crescendo and then settles into that "clean, nude" stage which lasts about half a day. I don't mind respraying though. :

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    this is one of my faves...thought the bf hates it...what to do? It relaly is all about the drydown isn't it?

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    Oh my God, this stuff is horrible. You guys probably have never been traveling and had to pee at a nasty truck stop bathroom that hasn't been cleaned in days. The smell is permanently tattood on my brain. MKK smells like a rank urinal. Heavvvvvy civet and sickly sweet urinal cake! Of course I am stealing this analogy from a fellow Basenoter but it smells like sex on a public bathroom floor (pretty sure I remember that one correctly although I think he was talking about another fragrance). I guess my past experiences with public bathrooms has completely ruined me and I don't know if I will ever grow to like MKK. Sorry Serge.

    Kelley

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    Oh my God, this stuff is horrible.
    *



    Concur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paintrman
    Oh my God, this stuff is horrible. You guys probably have never been traveling and had to pee at a nasty truck stop bathroom that hasn't been cleaned in days. The smell is permanently tattood on my brain. MKK smells like a rank urinal. Heavvvvvy civet and sickly sweet urinal cake! Of course I am stealing this analogy from a fellow Basenoter but it smells like sex on a public bathroom floor (pretty sure I remember that one correctly although I think he was talking about another fragrance). I guess my past experiences with public bathrooms has completely ruined me and I don't know if I will ever grow to like MKK. Sorry Serge.

    Kelley

    That is me you're paraphrasing, and I was talking about Kouros. Then again, I was trying to explain why that scent was growing on me despite my initial revulsion.

    MKK is another one that I was repulsed by. I traded my decant away after a few attempts at wearing it. I wish it reminded my of a hot sweaty woman - undoubtably one of the worlds finest aromas. Instead that topnote reminded me of a crowded 3rd world bus driving through the Sahara in July (I did a lot of that a few years back in Morocco.) A combination of sweaty men and goats. The drydown is unbelievably lovely, but I couldn't get past that blast of humanity in the opening. I probably need to revisit this one.

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    I like the nastiness of MKK sometimes, though I'm not keen on urinals in general... Hmmm....

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    Do you folks really get a urinal note in MMK?

    I can't get a urine/urinal cake/bathroom/bathroom floor note no matter how hard I try. I just get human body -dirty- but human body. I don't get any livestock either.

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    The more I read about this scent, the more I get interested. I was thinking of buying this one straight from salons shiseido site. Has anyone bought anything from their site? What I mean is that is it safely secured site? They don't even have paypal on their payment methods, just ''give us your credit card number''. Is there any other site on internet / shop or something that sells MKK ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sqboy1
    Thanks all for the nice compliments, but you know, I just "calls 'em as I sees 'em".
    You are modest, sqboy! Here is another thankyou for your detailed review, comparisons, and addenda. From day 1 of hearing about Musk KK (European reviews) I became interested. I think, by now I have an idea of what to expect when I finally open my bottle. Knowing the wide gap between the reality of Kouros and the never ending jokes and rumors about it, I am not the least bit worried about the men's room stink attributed to it.

    Your review is very enjoyable and informative. The best: you avoid language and style of the 19th century for one of todays most remarkable scents! Instead you create images that I can immediately translate into my own world. There is a perfect balance between information and personal opinion. All I miss is actually smelling MKK now!
    'Il mondo dei profumi è un universo senza limiti: una fraganza puo rievocare sensazioni, luoghi, persone o ancora condurre in uno spazio di nuove dimensioni emozionali' L. V.

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    I got mine yesterday (I wonder if it was the same auction..). It's funny; on me the animal notes are not at all pronounced. Not even slightly. As a matter of fact, I had thought that I had gotten diddled a few weeks ago when I got a smaller sample vial. The sample of Padparadscha that the seller included as a bonus was a lot more like what everybody was writing about than the sample of MKK.

    I do like it, though. I wish that the boutique delivered to the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MemoryServes
    The more I read about this scent, the more I get interested. I was thinking of buying this one straight from salons shiseido site. Has anyone bought anything from their site? What I mean is that is it safely secured site? They don't even have paypal on their payment methods, just ''give us your credit card number''. Is there any other site on internet / shop or something that sells MKK ?
    I have bought a couple of bell bottles from the site. It is secured and there is only the credit card option. It's the only place you can buy the exclusive line from. And they ship only inside Europe.
    "Wovon man nicht lesen kann, darüber muss man schreiben."

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    Sounds like "Sex Panther."

  21. #21

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    ordered MKK (decant) today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sqboy1
    An hour later, into a nude, freshly perspirated (real word?) firm, sexy body. I couldn't believe this aroma was doing this to my head. *Now, a couple hours later, it is not sweet (like Musk Ravageur gets on drydown with me) nor chemical and edgy (like Kiehl's tends on me) but simply a warm, clean, tanned body scent - like you would expect humans to smell in an ideal world without dirt and grime and that nasty old soap and water that we contaminate ourselves with daily.
    I got my decant today and could not wait to try it. I totally agree with sqboy1 that it is a warm, clean body scent. I could not stop myself from sniffing my arm constantly; the funny thing is, although it is a scent it is so human and I just want to snuggle up to it. I liked it from the first spray all the way through, nothing unpleasant at all. There was something at the beginning that was very powerful but sexy and pleasant, not dirty(after a few tries it hit me that it is armpit smell - nice armpit smell) ;D. I would prefer it to last a bit longer than 30mins though. The drydown comes too quick. *I find Miel de Bois/Kouros foul!

    Musk Ravageur was my favourite sexy scent before but now it is MKK. I do get some unpleasant feeling from MR at the beginning . In comparison MKK is more human and clean(drydown). MKK certainly gave me the biggest surprise from all my scents, I'm hooked and have to have some!

    I know the salons shiseido site only ships within Europe, I also hear that they only accept European credit cards, is that correct? Can I pay by credit card(Hong Kong) and ask them to send to a friend(Paris)?

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    I got my MKK decant yesterday. What first came to my mind, was that it smelled like a rodeo/orgy . On me, it's very animalic with a very slight grungy sweetness. I detected some cow in there, but it did'nt me off. I also picked on a crotchy smell. Again, no minus here. It surely smells natural and the animalic part stays with me all day! I'm wearing it right now and it's still going strong.

    I've been a fan of musk scents for years. My main musk right now is Kiehl's (the oil.) I've also worn Monseur Musk (Dana), but then switched to Alyssa Ashley's shit for men. Those two over-the-counter gems are no where near as smutty as MKK.

    I'd definitely fork out the cabbage for a bottle or two.
    A musk lover's trophy!!!

    S

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevolution
    I got my MKK decant yesterday. What first came to my mind, was that it smelled like a rodeo/orgy . On me, it's very animalic with a very slight grungy sweetness. I detected some cow in there, but it did'nt me off. I also picked on a crotchy smell. Again, no minus here. It surely smells natural and the animalic part stays with me all day! I'm wearing it right now and it's still going strong.

    I've been a fan of musk scents for years. My main musk right now is Kiehl's (the oil.) I've also worn Monseur Musk (Dana), but then switched to Alyssa Ashley's shit for men. Those two over-the-counter gems are no where near as smutty as MKK.

    I'd definitely fork out the cabbage for a bottle or two.
    A musk lover's trophy!!!

    S
    :-?

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    Sorry...Alyssa Ashley's MUSK for Men. It's really not bad!....Light and clean. It's the one in the frosted bottle with a sliver cap. Getting harder to find all the time.

    S

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    One of the most appropriately named fragrances on the market. It is exactly how you would expect a powerful Mongol warlord to smell like. Whether thats a good thing or not depends on you.

  27. #27

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    Received a decant today and what can I say, this fragrance is just .... starts with this animalish harsh scent, maybe I applied it too much on my wrist, because this was just pure a jungle beast for at least an hour. Finally after a while I started to sense the drydown, which is very aromatic & floral... *pheew* now it's been five hours since I applied this on my wrist and I have to say that at this stage it's at its best so far. I can imagine myself using this, but will be applying it hour or two before leaving the house, because otherwise it'll be just way too overpowering.

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    I know the salons shiseido site only ships within Europe, I also hear that they only accept European credit cards, is that correct? Can I pay by credit card(Hong Kong) and ask them to send to a friend(Paris)?
    Does anybody know whether this is true? I'd ike to order from the US and have it shipped to friends in Geneva.

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    Well, they took my American credit card and shipped to my friend in Geneva, and even sent me a very nice thank you note to the US for ordering. So I am looking forward to getting my bottle of Chene: MKK just wasn't working on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sqboy1
    Well, it came from Germany today, instilled into a couple little lipstick-lookin' purse sprayers. *That holy grail of MUSK, the infamous MKK by Serge Lutens.

    Anyhoo.... *When I first applied the MKK to my left wrist, it smelled like my girlfriend might after a couple days backpacking the Appalachian trail. *Not unpleasant, but definitely unclean and primal and directly at me. *Unmistakable armpit or (forgive me for saying this) groin aroma in this stuff somewhere. *I am thinking "why wear cologne for this, just work out and hit the town". *An hour later, however, the armpit/groin was fading (I will dearly miss it - couldn't get enough of it, actually) into a nude, freshly perspirated (real word?) firm, sexy body. *Don't ask me how I knew it was this kind of body - the MKK said so, that's all! *I felt like I was 13 again and sneaking through my dad's Penthouse collection. *I couldn't believe this aroma was doing this to my head. *Now, a couple hours later, it is not sweet (like Musk Ravageur gets on drydown with me) nor chemical and edgy (like Kiehl's tends on me) but simply a warm, clean, tanned body scent - like you would expect humans to smell in an ideal world without dirt and grime and that nasty old soap and water that we contaminate ourselves with daily. *

    I have read reviews, mostly from women, who have enjoyed a similar experience, only from the female perspective (duh - obviously), so it must truly be a unisex scent.

    This stuff is an experience that one must have. *If I could get a bottle of this in the USA, I would be going to get it now. *As it is, I guess I will be looking for decants and buying them when I can.
    Great review!

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    Musc Koublai Khan, so it's not just a clever name(imitating Wayne Campbell)
    Top faves: Aramis Devin,Balenciage PH,Zino Davidoff,Trussardi Uomo,BlackXS,Sybaris,Furyo,HoHangClub,Santos Sport,KriziaSpazio,CarverVetiverDry,GIT,AmberSulta n,TeaForTwo,Dzing.
    My drobe: www.basenotes.net/wardrobe/47

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