Very helpful Review 8
Musky soap dream? Yeah, it's real!
I am still looking for an Etro fragrance to use under Vicolo Fiori. Vicolo is a beautiful floral scent with a (to me too strong) vanilla note. That's why I'm currently trying the "pure" basic scents of Etro: "Ambra", "Musk" and "Patchouli".
"Musk" starts like many Etros, with a surge of citrus - in this case bergamot, grapefruit, verbena. So with a slightly bitter component, which I like very much. The slightly citrus tang remains and continues to accompany the fragrance as a delicate touch. Actually the fragrance should be called "Musk-Sandalo", because sandalwood gives the equal partner to musk.
The fragrance is very unagitated, clean, straightforward and elegant. A small sandalwood box containing a love letter delicately perfumed with musk, a bouquet of a single white rose and three lilies of the valley. A wonderful clean scent, not animalistic, not heavy, not sweetishly opulent, but delicate, skin-tight. I can imagine to put it on after a bath in the evening, if I want to prolong this fresh and bathed feeling.
For me, the fragrance is surprising, because Musk always makes me think immediately of musk bombs of the 80s: What did I suffer from the choice of perfume of some of my colleagues, who, with a blatant overdose, took up all the air in the tiny office...
"Musk" by Etro is a completely different type of musk. Restrained, noble and clean-soapy. I find him solo very, very beautiful - whether he really fits under Vicolo Fiori - or whether the vanilla doesn't butcher him, I must test separately at the next opportunity!