Pure Musc is a big, soft white flower fragrance, and the first thing that came to mind when I smelt it was something pristine. A bowl of tender white petals. Pure Musc feels more elegant and substantial than your average floral and musky scents. It's raw, carnal, earthy, sensual, soft, organic, flowery, powdery, and all so elegant at the same time—a calming yet very sophisticated fragrance, like the work behind each Narciso Rodriguez. Musk needs your warm skin to come to life; it needs to express itself on your skin.
Deep, radiant musk breathes through the entire composition. Soft, dusty jasmine takes on a slight indole chord, but it's a fresh flower, still on the hedge. Musk here creates the central accord, which is not rich and penetrating. Instead, it is soft, inviting. Imagine you are in a serene oriental garden with jasmine, hedges in full bloom, climbing the wooden terraces. As you walk, the sun warms your skin. The gorgeous flower aroma fills the air, blends in harmony with soft jasmine and a bright bouquet of fragrant orange blossom.
Pure Musc is beautifully done. And it influences my skin, which sets it apart from the rest, being relatively fresh and centred on greener white flowers. It unfurls with an aldehydic boozy accord, hairspray in the 70s, so it gives it a nostalgic feeling. He reminds me of when I was a kid, waiting outside the local hairdresser for my mom to cut her hair and dry, and I could smell the hair products all over the salon from the heat of the dyers. That sensation fades away a few seconds later, yielding the seat to sweet orange blossom, a rich bouquet of green and floral scent, so wet with a magnolia-like vibe. The white musk is already there as a top note; I get nothing animals. It is not as strong as #Rodriguez for him. Instead, it recalls the now rare White Musk Eau de Parfum
In the heart, it has a smooth musk note, sometimes soapy, which seems soft. Combined with the dewy flowers, it has a flair I've never felt with others. With the heat of the skin, the musk grows and grows; it turns dominant, demanding. Despite the fragrance characters of the white musk, it is not just another White Musk Eau de Parfum
, White Musk for Women
, or any other musk based fragrance. Instead, the musk turns out creamy, soapy, with a fresh laundry feeling, a sort of out-of-the-shower freshness.
When the scent approaches the dry-down, I can feel the glowing and creamy aspect of the cashmeran, with a smidgen of dirtiness added by patchouli. The delicate woody and amber note at the base hints warmth. It's a clean, powdery musk-centred fragrance, but I also almost sense a note of patchouli adding this light, earthy and comforting aura.
Overall, the flowers are sober and subtle, the moss clean and non-animal. It is like a breeze that you can feel brushing your skin. So sweet and so touching. It's raw, carnal, earthy, sensual, organic, powdery, and all so classy at the same time. A calming fragrance and yet very sophisticated, like every Narciso Rodriguez work, you can give time to his scent. Musk needs your warm skin to take life. It must express itself on your skin. It could be safe for daily use at work if used with a light hand or a night out in casual dining—a very inoffensive powdery musk scent, perfect for a subtle day when you're in a nothing-special mood. Pure Musc does not scream; it is a more intimate scent with moderate sillage and projection. Though it lasts longer on my skin and clothes, people near me can catch it even after several hours. I find it an ideal perfume for the mid-seasons. However, it doesn't smell too fresh and clean that it would be weird to wear it in all seasons. When you wear this perfume, it invites you to a hug. You get so many compliments, and everybody wants to know what you are wearing, and they always expect a secret niche perfume. Pure Musc will be my bedtime story, my pillow's scent.
I based the review on a decant I have owned since May 2021.