Molinard is a high quality brand that has been around since 1849, in the heartland of scent: Grasse in Provence. You may recall my recent review of Molinard Chypre D’Orient which I thought was fabulous, especially considering the low price for a 100ml bottle.
Musc is of a similar calibre but is worth examining for two reasons. One: Musk is such a complex genre that one musk may be nothing like another. Two: This contains some very interesting ingredients.
My first impression of Molinard Musc was that it is a delicious gourmand vanilla in the same calibre as Dior Hypnotic Poison. I don’t normally like gourmands as they make me smell like I’ve just finished baking, which I often have. However, for Dior Hypnotic Poison and its Battenburg/Playdoh accord, I’d walk a long way. In similar fashion Molinard Musc manages to radiate the toasty, creamy warmth of vanilla without all the sugary fluffiness. But that’s not all. Several Fragrantica users claim that this is the smell of a “Head Shop” and comment that it is the scent of Nag Champa. Nag Champa was much beloved by the hippy movement which may be where the Peace and Love “Head Shop” vibe comes from. It smells like incense, but with an aromatic, almost herbal sweetness that is instantly transporting.
As Musc warms up on my skins (and longevity is great- hours and hours), it starts to smell like the inside of a branch of LUSH. This is a divisive smell- people either hate it or love it. I can’t get enough. I sniff everything in there. Molinard Musc, in fact, starts to smell like a more incense-heavy version of LUSH Karma in the end, which is fine by me.
The actual musk by the way, is in there somewhere, but it is by no means dominant. You’ll be too busy enjoying the vanilla-y coumarin and nutty, woody accord of hazelnut and sandalwood to notice that the musk has a cameo rather than a starring role.
My bottle is on loan from dear chum Lisa Wordbird. They make this is in a more modern bottle now, and I’ve yet to find anyone saying that the formula is different, so it looks like the packaging doesn’t matter too much. For personal preference, I like the old heavy glass dressing table ones ( see top).
You can buy Molinard Musc from allbeauty.com and Amazon UK, as well as beautyspin.co.uk