Musc Ravageur was created by prolific nose Maurice Roucel in 2000 and I think it’s safe to say that it has enjoyed cult success among perfumistas. Today and yesterday I have been wearing a roll on sample (thank you Lisa Wordbird) and here’s what I think:
Top notes: Lavender, mandarin and bergamot: you would think this would make for a cologne-y opening number à la Jo Malone Lime, Basil & Mandarin, but it doesn’t. In fact, it is warm and soft like blankets. I often find lavender quite a cold scent but I barely detect it here.
Middle notes: Cinnamon and clove: the faintest hint of cinnamon and no cloves.
Base notes: Sandalwood, tonka bean, vanilla, Guaiac wood, amber, cedar and of course, musk: It’s the base note that seems to last longest with me. In fact, the whole thing merges seamlessly into one long base note right from the get go.
When reviewing Miller Harris L’Air de Rien, Lisa Wordbird, who is a die hard fan of it, says it reminded her of flannelette sheets- you know those warm brushed cotton affairs that fall somewhere between fluffy and towel-y? Well that’s what Musc Raveguer makes me think of. There is a slept-in staleness about it that is not unpleasant. There are flowers peeking out (is that the lavender emerging finally?) and the musk has a muffled sharpness like skin after soap.
Sillage is close to skin. You could spray this liberally and only those who hug you would probably comment on your incredible smell. It’s the smell of someone up close, or the smell of someone who has got out of bed after retiring following a scented bath the night before. It is the smell of intimacy and closeness. It doesn’t smell of sex the way Worth Courtesan does, and although it has some faint, vague similarities to L’Air de Rien, Musc Ravageur stands alone as the comforting, intimate smell of longing and romance.
You can imagine a misty eyed lover sniffing his girlfriend’s coat and saying “ahh, it smells of HER”. And that, my dear friends, is Musc Ravageur.
Have you experienced Musc Ravageur? What did you think? Do let me know. I always love to hear from you.