Alyssa Ashley Musk: A Pocket Money Perfume

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 Alyssa Ashley Musk  has been around since cavemen, or so it feels.  Cavemen knew a thing or two about the attraction of scent. Musk is so classic it’s almost a cliché, and Alyssa Ashley Musk is no exception.

This is a delightful and rather simple musk.  It’s warm on the skin, and has a clean innocence: there’s nothing dirty or civety to see here; this is no Worth Courtesan (that stuff is filthy!).

I may be trying to compensate for reviewing a £300 bottle of perfume earlier today (Marc Jacobs Ivy £299 a bottle). Maybe that’s why I am singing the praises of this happy drugstore classic that remains eminently affordable and, I am reliably informed, pretty much the same as it ever was. Many a happy hippie smelled of this during the 70s, and I’m all for a bit of nostalgia.

So what makes this different from other musks?  Well it’s less honeysuckle than Jovan White Musk, which is honey-sweet.  It’s a little similar to The Body Shop White Musk, but smells thinner. It’s not as floral or high pitched as Avon Soft Musk, and it smells a million times better than Serge Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan, which smells of  old roll up cigarettes in a dirty ashtray. (See my review elsewhere on this blog. Phew!).

Alyssa Ashley Musk is currently available for only £8.99 for a 30ml EDT on Allbeauty.com (formerly Cheap Smells, and one of my favourite scent sites). There is always room in my bag for a drugstore classic.

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2 Comments

  1. Just clicked on your Jovan White Musk review, which was very entertaining. Maybe if I wear some of that, and actually leave the house, I could get lucky.

    I do appreciate your something-for-every-price-point approach. There are other blogs that I enjoy reading, but “$100 is the new free” is certainly not true for everyone.

    • Hi Laurels, I”m glad I have a kindred spirit in you! I am a strong believer that you don’t have to be rich to smell good and after finding out the price of the Mac Jacobs splash, I felt duty bound to be more inclusive!

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