Fragrances by Serge Lutens are always good quality. You may not like all of them, like me, but they are all made with high quality ingredients and usually have excellent longevity. Sadly, Muscs Koublai Khan smells utterly rank on me and I can’t get rid of the smell for love or money. Isn’t just the way? The Law of Sod rears its ugly head once more. If you love it , it will be fleeting. If you hate it, you will have more luck chipping barnacles off the bottom of a ship than you will have ridding yourself of a smell gone wrong. This was never intended as a “clean Musk”. Here’s what the website says about it:
Ultra-animalic musks and all kinds of tanned hides make a sensational debut in this fragrance. Pay no attention to their aggressiveness: once on the skin, they retract their claws in favor of padded paws
On me, this goes horribly bad and leaves a cloud of unwashed old man with a non stop Golden Virgina tobacco roll up habit. The kind of man with a 30 year old mac that has never been washed. His smoking habit is so out of hand that he gets up in the night to roll a few more and smoke them before going back to bed where he has an ashtray next to his bedside lamp just in case he can’t wait that long. Muscs Koublai Khan leaves me smelling like that very man. Cumin, Civet and the stale smoke of a roll up. Massively unpleasant. There are others who love it, but I am not one of them. On my skin, there are no redeeming features with this one.
It won’t be making it onto my Christmas Wish List but it will be joint first on my “Don’t You Dare Buy Me This” list, neck and neck with Thierry Mugler Womanity.