Clair de musc

Clair de musc by Serge Lutens
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Clair de musc is a perfume by Serge Lutens for women and men and was released in 2003. The scent is powdery-flowery. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Aldehydes, Bergamot, Iris, Musk, Neroli



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Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 13.04.2017
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Scent 9.0/10
2 Awards
Sweet Musk
Bergamot, iris and neroli turn this musk beautiful. Its Muscs Koublai Khan with the mongol removed, no horses and hides here. This musk dressed up to maraud through male hearts at a charity ball or symphony. To me it has a distinctly feminine and lush appeal but, yes, there's a silvery whip here--small, but naughtily present.
Sillage 2.5/10
Longevity 2.5/10
Scent 7.0/10
5 Awards
Clair de musc
A Lutens Light for everyday use, like wearing a modern platinum jewel: sumptuous yet modest.
The most sophisticated musc scent I ever met.
Bottle 7.5/10
Sillage 5.0/10
Longevity 5.0/10
Scent 1.0/10
1 Award
Clair de musc
This fragrance opens with a soft neroli note whose flowery sweetness is tamed by orris and musk. Orris adds a powdery quality to the accord, a gauze-like veil over the sparkly citrus note. Musk adds the impressions of cleanliness and freshness. The fragrance is nice, but rather pedestrian and intentionally old-fashioned. I agree it is the most accessible Lutens offering. Rather linear in its development, this fragrance lasts for six hours on my skin.
Bottle 10.0/10
Sillage 5.0/10
Longevity 7.5/10
Scent 8.0/10
Very helpful Review    6 Awards
tender is the musk
My first impression of Clair de Musc was that it is an unnecessarily expensive version of Bodyshop White Musk. After that it has been sitting in my perfume cabinet neglected until I decided to give it another try. My initial reaction to this was very hasty I admit. First of all the musk here is not white at al. It is of the same creamy, dusty variety found in Muscs Koublai Khan, treated on a more conventional and feminine way. The opening features a very beautiful, slightly rooty iris note kissed by the honeyed musk of Serge Lutens. Iris and musk are a match made in heaven and these first opening minutes are really amazing. The iris fades leaving a light shimmering trail of coolness under the warm musk. A floral note that to my nose is jasmine adds the feminine dimension and makes the difference to the most masculine MKK. As the base warms up on the skin the musk kicks in with all its animalic glory. In fact this musk seems a lot more raw and animalic than the salty, fuzzy, almost peach skin musk of MKK.

Clair de Musc translates as Clear Musk but is also play on words: clair de lune means moonlight so the name of the fragrance could also mean Musk Light. And although it is a light scent it has a nocturnal disposition. It reminds me a lot of Fleur Poudrée de Musc with less innocent florals and less dangerous musks. It is easier to wear and its deceptive name and similarity to a clean musk seems like a cunning game with the concept of musk as it has evolved in modern perfumery. The merest hint of true musk in a perfume rings alarms of “old lady smell”. The sexual connotations of musk have been dissociated from the interpretation of this note, as if we have lost our connections with our animal instincts. Clair de Musc offers a possible bridge to allow us to reconnect with this aspect of musk. Simple and airy on first inspection but sexy and secretive on hindsight.
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