Musc Tonkin (2012)Extrait de Parfum

Musc Tonkin (Extrait de Parfum) by Parfum d'Empire
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Musc Tonkin (Extrait de Parfum) is a limited perfume by Parfum d'Empire for women and men and was released in 2012. The scent is animal-floral. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production. Limited Edition

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Fragrance Notes

Muscenone®, Cistus, Hyraceum, Tuberose, Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Rose



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MUSC TONKIN by Parfum d'Empire
Marc-Antoine Corticchiato has taken his boyhood love for plant scents, combined it with his training as a perfumer, and the perfume house Parfum d’Empire was born. This house has a collection of some pretty memorable fragrances, which many of us have come to know and love. Some of my favorite perfumes from their library include Equistrius, Cuir Ottoman and Aziyadé. One of their relatively recent creation is called Musc Tonkin. This perfum extrait concentration was a limited edition release of 1000 bottles worldwide in 2012. It has come out of hiding for worldwide consumption again in 2014 as an eau de parfum. Tonkin musk is the secretion from a specific species of deer that live in the mountains of Southern Asia. It is considered the finest of all musks from an area called Tonkin. Since deer musk in no longer being harvested naturally, all scents containing musk or musk notes are synthetically engineered for our enjoyment. This is what makes Musc Tonkin unusual. This fragrance’s recipe is created without the use of real Tonkin musk. Musks, in generally, have been banned due to animal cruelty concerns since 1979. Musk perfumes have had an impressive run in popularity seen as early as ancient China, right through to modern-day fragrances. Thought to be an aphrodisiac and closely resembling the smell of testosterone, musk has played an important part in perfume history by adding depth.

Musc Tonkin opens with a bountiful profusion of skank. This skank is thick, sweet and painfully animalistic. Totally natural nonetheless, slightly leathery and somewhat urinous, making Tonkin Musk’s beginnings a guaranteed turn off to most unsuspecting individuals. For me, approaching this perfume was easy, proceed with caution. The “It looked terrible but tastes so good” adage comes to mind. I decided to give this perfume time to redeem itself before i gave up. Since the creator is doing nothing to assist us with a diagnosis of the notes for this fragrance, our noses are left to fend for themselves. Once past this general unpleasantness, the heart of Musc Tonkin is slightly sexy and definitely floral with just a bit soapy niceness. The fragrance moves slowing into floral venues with a touch of spice. I detect orange blossom, perhaps something less pungent, more spicy, like mock orange. This is where Musc Tonkin changes to something reminiscent of the smell of human skin. There is also a dusty or earthy attribute in the heart that associates this perfume with characteristics found in oakmoss. So, let’s add that to the list of unknown notes. I detect a good deal of smokiness, adding a sophisticated air with frankincense or myrrh as part of the concoction. The base of Musc Tonkin certainly contains tonka bean or a splash of vanilla, at the least, something sweet and slightly nutty. What would a perfume be without sandalwood? Yes, Musc Tonkin contain a healthy dose of wood. Can Musc Tonkin be classified as a floral chypre? Sure, Musc Tonkin display properties of soft, sweet and earthy qualities to earn the badge.

Off-putting at first, Musc Tonkin is not for the faint of heart. It is sexy, warm and naturalistic. It is fringed in white spicy flowers tied with earthly bounties of resinous woods. Longevity is fantastic with the fragrance’s zenith happening after the four hour range, after which it descends to a sweet nutty, still heavily noticeable skin scent. While the limited edition parfum extrait is no longer available, Musc Tonkin can still be enjoyed as an eau de parfum version
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Freshly showered skin
Today I got a small split of Musc Tonkin and curiosity killed the desire to wait till April when it was scheduled to be worn (season-wise).
Wearing it myself now confirmed my thoughts: it smells after a 'Mensch' (human being). I'd thought it would be animalic, just like the famous Musc Koublai Khan but no, it is a freshly showered clean smelling of flowery showergel human being, with more and more skin scent as it develops.

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Chic funk
Musc Tonkin doesn't flirt with category (ie. woody-floral aldehydic fruity musk.) It's an arrow to the bull's eye of musk and resembles the scent of strong human skin.

Contrary to the wisdom of soap commercials, you are clean beyond the first 5 minutes out of the shower. I think clean means more than soaped (antimicrobial), scrubbed, depilated and prepped for surgery. Clean to me implies the happy detente we usually have with our resident epidermal flora. Functional skin has scent--scalp, perineum, back of the knee, chest, under-arm. Clean, as pertains to a body, doesn't mean a faint or non-existent scent. It is identifiable. It's enticing.

Musc Tonkin is the amplified scent of 'behind the ear'. Waxy but not quite scalp. Strong, and identifiably corporeal, but not armpit. Very close to nape of the neck, but more potent. I'd like to say it's carnal, but that overemphasizes the sex. I can smell and enjoy a body without getting a hard-on. I'd say fleshy, but unfortunately that has more of a tactile implication. To claim a rather disassociated term, MT is somatic. But it gives a sense of cutting to the chase. No powder, no bouquet, no 'detergent musk'. Body.

If you have the confidence and the wherewithal to wear Muscs Koublai Khan, try Musc Tonkin. If I could afford to, I would.
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Alex1984 2 years ago
Gardenia on salted heated skin, sea breeze flowing. More ambergris than civet, very high on indole, with Lilly caressing the senses. Carnal!+3

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