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    Default Egyptian Musk oils report card

    You can call me a Woman On A Mission. *I was desperately looking for a good Egyptian Musk that smelled like the Egyptian Musk I remembered from days of yore, and got a mixed bag in return after some searching. *If you're interested, here goes:

    From worst to best:

    Sweetcakes – For all its fuss and advertising superlatives, advertised as "the *world’s best", this goes to the bottom of the barrel. *It doesn’t smell what I would be consider to be even a fair Egyptian Musk. *I find it annoyingly brash, not clean and gentle even after being diluted with a carrier almond oil. *Overkill of something, and it ain’t musk. *Grade: *E for effort.

    Body Time – What? *There's Egyptian Musk in this bottle? *From Tunesia????? *Sniff quick – oops it’s gone! *Grade: D for downright fraud. *This is 99.9999% almond or jojoba oil.


    www.foryournose.com - I’m always delighted with the friendly, prompt service from these people and their high quality of oils and fake designer perfumes. *Outstanding, and I go back again and again. *Their version of EM gets a C+ only because it smells more like Crème Brulee and vanilla instead of EM.

    http://www.goodscentsptown.com/ is fourth runner up, only because it’s pricey. *I bought some when I was in Provincetown, MA earlier this month. *Very high quality, delicious, but way overpriced. *Well, that’s what vacations are for…Grade: *B+.

    Belle Starr oils, third runner up. *Cheap, cheap, cheap and absolutely delightful! *Grade: *A-. *Packaging could be nicer, but ya can’t beat the price.

    Auric Blends Egyptian Goddess. *Picked it up on a whim in a local health food store. *Cheap and beautiful! *Grade: A

    Egyptian Musk by www.common-scent.com. *Beautiful, and everything Egyptian Musk *should be. *It fades, then comes back, fades, then comes back in a mysterious pattern on and off all day. *Just when you get disgusted and think it’s gone, you pick up a whiff of it. *Fabulous service from these people - you can feel them smiling through the mail, and you get a "Thank You" note to boot! *Grade: A+
    "Too much of a good thing is wonderful." -- Mae West

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    Thanks FuFu- great report!

    Used to wear a lovely roll on EM musk oil that I picked up off a street vender in NY ages ago. It too had that here again/gone again effect. I always thought it was just me, that I had a sort of olfactory overload with EM and couldn't smell it after a time. Perhaps it's not just me after all.
    Scent is such a lovely, simple pleasure!

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    Thanks for the reviews, Fufu! Love the report card style! I've never sampled any Egyptian Musk, but it's on my list of things to do! [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

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    Key, your vendor reference is right on! At www.common-scent.com, here's the description of their Egyptian Musk:

    Egyptian Musk
    "With a touch of fresh citrus and soft florals, this clean musk is accented by hints of precious woods. Inspired by New York City street vendors."

    Hound had mentioned in my first thread that Auric Blends was excellent, and she was SO right [smiley=2vrolijk_08.gif] I've been combining the EM daily with my SOTD and it seems to actually enhance whatever I use, especially Narciso Rodriguez. [smiley=smiley.gif]
    "Too much of a good thing is wonderful." -- Mae West

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    I've never considered myself a big fan of most musk-based scents, but it's amazing that I invariably
    receive compliments whenever I wear them. I've also noticed that some of my favorite oils are the
    ones I've picked up with very little fanfare at the local health-food store.

    Fufu, loved your report card-style reviews! [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

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    Wow! What fantastic reviews (and reviewing style!...) [smiley=thumbsup.gif] But...

    Quote Originally Posted by FufuLaRue
    ...Auric Blends Egyptian Goddess. *Picked it up on a whim in a local health food store. *Cheap and beautiful! *A...
    ...Yikes! The secret is outta the bag...!

    This one deserves a best-in-class award for just the plain ol' best smell on earth!!! It is sooo obscure and accordingly overlooked!

    The amazing thing to me is that you found one even better than Auric Blends!!! You can bet I'm going to check out the common-scent.com EM.

    Thanks, FufuLaRue!

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    I am digging thread graves for a very good reason. Egyptian Musk is an important scent and it's always good to be aware of the options. I have a few invaluable NYC street vendor varity EM oils and I'm afraid to use them up. However, oils eventually go rancid so I'll HAVE to use them. Now that I know common scent makes a good EM I might be okay. Only a trial will tell. Thanks Fufu
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    I am rather glad that you brought up that Sweetcakes musk and that someone else resurrected this thread, because it (and this in no way is an attempt to trespass on your thread) opens up a wider dialogue about an amusing, if troubling, phenomenon: the "lemming."

    Sweetcakes musk, along with such things as Davies Gate Cloudcake and Molinard Fraise and umpteen permutations of musk courtesy of Nemat, became an object of hype and heightened discussion: Was it really that good?

    Of course it wasn't. Sweetcakes musk, as you point out, is a disaster. It's so bad that you are tempted to utter that question forbidden on civilized forums: Who likes this stuff?

    Well, someone did, and someone raved, as someone will do when someone legitimately finds joy, and then the rest fell in line and the "lemming" was born, following each other, one after another, rodent to the sea in pursuit of the Davies Gate Cloudcake that was and will always be little more than a cheap cologne sold at Bath and Body Works and for sixteen dollars at that. And you, the victim of the hype (because we believe, we believe!) is puzzled, or disgusted, or just plain old disappointed, but confused mostly, because what on earth was that buzz about?

    We have seen the driest, flakiest mascaras heralded as that one that will deliver porn-star lashes (or Hollywood hooker lashes); we have seen desiccated described as silky and non-smudge destined for stain. We've tried really, really hard to like a niche scent that honestly is just about ordinary and maybe even a bit unfinished.

    We have all purchased technological breakthroughs that broke.

    But this discussion is about fragrance: How many times has one noticed an aside, let's say, about coconut (or incense or leather) in a scent, thereby followed by multiple remarks promoting that aside to a major statement: Yummy, creamy coconut! until some brave soul says, There is no coconut here. There is tobacco. And then the tides turn, the lemming is impaled on some rock that took far too long to reach. And this is the case with Sweetcakes (including some bastardization of a premium niche scent that is nothing short of crude) and most especially of that musk. It might make a dull soap, and that is what it was designed to do in the first place.

    Auric Blends Egyptian Goddess is better than average, except that there is no average fair to its quality.

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    FufuLarue,
    A friend of mine got me a beautiful musk oil from Cairo. It fits your description: "*Beautiful, and everything Egyptian Musk *should be. *It fades, then comes back, fades, then comes back in a mysterious pattern on and off all day. *Just when you get disgusted and think it’s gone, you pick up a whiff of it"

    Although it doesn't smell much like anything else I've smelled over here that sells as Egyptian Musk. It is a bit powdery floral, and not too over-powering for a musk. I am out of vials right now. But I'd be more than happy to send you a sample.
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    Fufu, (or anyone else)

    Have you ever tried the Egyptian Musk by Ava Luxe? I'm curious.

    Thanks,
    J

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    Auric Blends has lots of great scents--and so cheap.

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    I wanted to thank FufuLaRue for an insiteful evaluation of various egyptian musks. I bought some of the oil in a candle shop in LA (Olvera's Candle Shop) while vacation there, and I absolutely adore it. But alas, the bottle is empty, I'm back in NJ and the store is not returning my messages. So I just purchased some egyptian musk from www.common-scent.com based on assessment. I'll try it and let you know. Thanks for your help!

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    Zombie thread!

    That being said, Egyptian musks here do have a very distinct scent, or rather two main styles: clean-rosy-spicy ''white'' musks and heady-floral-ambery ( sometimes fruity ) ''dark'' musks, neither of which smell very much like the ''Egyptian'' musks I've smelled back home.

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    well suga, are there any "egyptian" musks in egypt?

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    Which stores sell Auric blend?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sarıpatates View Post
    well suga, are there any "egyptian" musks in egypt?
    So far yet to see any labelled as such. Among the local perfumes there is a focus on religious symbolism and associations with Mecca, though often doubtfully authentic ones ( not that it matters to me, personally, but offering musk ''from the ka'ba itself'' seems an unlikely proposition, despite the fact that I see that and similar labels everywhere ).

    There are things with Egyptian themes but these have been in my experience cheap knock offs sold to tourists. The better quality Egyptian goods seem mostly focused abroad - perhaps it's the way of perfumery always to advertise with the exotic?

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    Maybe they contain Amber, the trade in Amber was a specialty of Mecca.
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    "Egyptian" musk, to me, evokes cleanliness, as in the pristine white linens and cottons used for clothing. As for Mecca... it is in Saudi Arabia, not Egypt. But one a custom of many Islamic countries of north Africa and the Middle East was to mix musk in the mortar used to build mosques. When the sun beat down on the building, the heat would bring out the scent, causing spirituality and olfactory sensations to intermingle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FufuLaRue View Post
    Body Time – What? *There's Egyptian Musk in this bottle? *From Tunesia????? *Sniff quick – oops it’s gone! *Grade: D for downright fraud. *This is 99.9999% almond or jojoba oil.
    I read this thread when it was new, and after all these years I'm finally posting a comment!

    Body Time's oil does have a fragrance, and a very nice one at that. In fact, it's my favorite take on Egyptian musk. It's warm and rounded, providing occasional glimpses of a subtle, creamy peach. And although it wears close to the skin, the scent stays potent for about 24 hours. My guess is that the "fraud" comment comes from being largely anosmic to the fragrance. (And I acknowledge that it's nothing more than a guess.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nymph View Post
    "Egyptian" musk, to me, evokes cleanliness, as in the pristine white linens and cottons used for clothing. As for Mecca... it is in Saudi Arabia, not Egypt.
    Arab perfumery often centers around Hegazi associations the way western perfumery often centers around French ones. If you spend some time in Egypt you'll see quite a lot of the local musks have names based on the Muslim holy city.

    The style of most Egyptian musks in Egypt is, to my nose, split between the strongly rosy, often peppery "white musks" and the warmer, more ambery "dark musks". The idea of a bright, clean laundry Egyptian musk really doesn't exist there, though they do exist in laundry detergents there as they do worldwide. Even for home and functional perfumery, there was a distinct national preference for thicker, headier scents.

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    I bought Egyptian Musk oil based on it had A+ rating. I am very disappointed with the product. I have used Egyptian Musk oils from Auric Blends and wholefoods (kuumba made) and now I know the difference. I went for it because of the price and it is a waste of money. I don't know if I got a different oil than I ordered. The shipping and handling charges are too much for return and exchange. I would go with Auric Blends for the quality and pricing.
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    This is my first post ever!

    I've been wearing Egyptian Musk as my "everyday scent" for 14 years! I did the NYC Street Vendor-style in the beginning, then the Hippie-Witch shop versions (like Auric Blends - pretty nice for the price, I guess), and now I buy my Egyptian Musk from Aroma Sanctum Perfumes. In my opinion, it is the *best* Egyptian Musk perfume oil I have tried. Now - heads up: it's a very light musk - it can also be faint. Personally, I like that because it is never overpowering like a musk can get. And it doesn't smell "earthy" with those patchouli notes I don't like. Also, I can wear it alone, or I can layer it. So, I like that.

    All in all - it is not a "heavy/heady" version of the scent, its the bright, clean and fresh version - with only a hint of that dark sexxxy-mystery-whatever that Egyptian Musk tends to have (I'm new here, so I apologize for not having the right vocab for reviewing scents, yet!). But, if you are an Egyptian Musk fan I urge you to try it out. http://www.aromasanctum.com/houseblends.html

    I, for one, might try Ava Luxe or Common Scent, too... I mean, I feel like I found *my* Egyptian Musk - but I can't say I'm not curious about this one! ;-)

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    Welcome, superkid268!

    I've been enjoying some Ava Luxe Pearl Musk that a BNer sent me. It is a creamy/skin-scenty white musk (not Egyptian). I love it.

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    I placed an order for the common-scent.com version of EM a couple of weeks ago after reading FufuLaRue's review. I received my order last week, and yes, it's as beautiful as she described. It's light, yet manages to make its presence known to those around you. I'd describe it as airy clean and fresh, with a touch of floral, and slightly sweet with musky undertones.

    It's odd, though. After the first couple of days of wearing it, I noticed I became somewhat desensitized to the smell. It got to the point that I thought something had gone wrong with the oil because the fragrance had become so light. It obviously wasn't the oil, though. I spent about a day and a half away from it and noticed I could smell the aroma full strength after going back to it.

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    Thread necromancer '08 checking in. I've been wearing the Ave Luxe Egyptian Musk and it does the job, though it is cleaner-smelling than my old NYC oils. Also, as a bonus, with Ave Luxe you can get it as a spray-on, alcohol based eau de parfum. I prefer to wear my scent on my clothing because skin is really absorbent and I'd rather have as few cosmetics as possible running around my bloodstream.

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