The Body Shop White Musk is such a well loved classic that they wouldn’t dare to discontinue it. Popular since the 1980s, it remains a steady seller and even those who don’t wear it have some nostalgia for it. I know this because whenever I wore it to meetings in my previous job I would often hear “that reminds me of my first girlfriend/ the student house I shared/my wife when we first met”. Personally, I am never without my little bottle of Body Shop White Musk oil, which lasts me about a year. (But then I am promiscuous when it comes to other scents)
The Body Shop has already launched two flankers, both of which I have reviewed on this blog: White Musk Libertine and White Musk Smoky Rose. Sadly neither blew me away, but the new launch for 2014 is Red Musk, and they could be onto something here.
Red Musk opens with vodka and spice and beds down into a very tobacco-y haze that reminded one Fragrantica user of Serge Lutens Chergui. A compliment indeed. In fact, although lacking in the hay notes of Chergui, there is a touch of Serge Lutens Louve in the dried scent of cherry tobacco as the drydown kicks in. Several hours later, this is White Musk with a hint of spiced fruit cake, but a sugar free cake, solid with dense dark spice and none of the sickly cakiness I get so tired of in scent.
This has a masculine tang about it which makes it a perfect unisex fragrance, and is rounded off nicely with a tobacco-y musk Final Act. All round, it’s not bad at all and I’m pleased to see this veer away from the sweet and further towards the rich. Longevity is good at around six hours so far on skin and its been making my coat sleeves smell delicious.