You may recall that I recently reviewed Lynx Urban Daily Tobacco and Amber. I loved it so much I bought my husband one and it smells amazing on him. Also, this way, I can borrow it in winter when the warmth will really bloom on cold skin. It’s a fragrance, not a deodorant by the way. I’d be here for everemore if I started reviewing those.
Today I tried Lynx Urban Daily Iced Musk and Ginger and it was equally good. The Iced Musk in the name makes this sound a more obvious choice in hot weather, and I wasn’t wrong. The musk is subtle white musk and the ginger spices it up in an astringent sort of way, that’s cool like menthol, but with more of a peppery flourish. I can also find a bit of amber in there as it settles and a pale woody finish.
Even in this heat, Iced Musk and Ginger won’t be too much for work wear or the all important commuter test. After three hours, it is subtle, but still there. At 3.95 you can afford a refreshing lunch time top up. Just putting it on felt cooling, like cologne from the fridge.
The Lynx Urban Daily range is a real bargain with classy packaging and a pleasantly non generic take on everyday male fragrance. My husband will be getting all three. And I will be “borrowing” them.
I found this in Superdrug, but you can also get it from Asda.
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 . Phew!).
Alyssa Ashley Musk is currently available for only £8.99 for a 100ml Eau parfumee cologen spray on Allbeauty.com (formerly Cheap Smells, and one of my favourite scent sites). There is always room in my bag for a drugstore classic.
What’s your favourite drugstore classic? Or Cheapie from the Chemist (if you’re in the UK)?