Today I sampled ... Narciso Rodriguez (black bottle). Yum, this smells wonderful. If I ever wondered whether I was anosmic to musk ... now I know I'm not! It's all musky musky warm-fur musk, with just little whiffs of the fruit and flowers that are supposed to be in there. It is getting sweeter and more complex as time goes on, though -- it's starting to develop a more floral character. It's also pretty powerful, but it doesn't seem like the kind of scent that's going to annoy in the office.
It has been reminding me of something all morning, and now I think I recognize what it is. Am I crazy, or is this the same furry/animalic musk I get at the bottom of Chanel No. 5? They seem like such different scents, but there's that one whiff that I catch in No. 5 that makes it smell a little intriguingly dirty under the airiness ... this seems like a cleaner version of that note.