Imagine taking an orchard stroll with your loved one on an early summers day. The birds sing, bees hum, roses everywhere and not a care in the world. In a secluded corner of the garden you spread your picnicking blanket and serve up some punch. It’s home made from sparkling rosé wine sweetened with pear nectar, complete with with slices of ripe pears, peaches and strawberries. As it’s cool and tasty, you soon get a little tipsy and cuddled up with your love. You giggle, talk, hug and kiss, as you spend the day in each others company.
The above scene is what Musc Intense by Parfums de Nicolai brings to mind. The intro is unusual, a slightly rubbery note, paired with strawberries. This is the same rubbery note as is present in the intro of L’Eau á la Folie, except there is paired with fresh peaches and citrus.
For a while things are balancing on the thin line between cloying and interesting but fortunately they take a turn for the better. The strawberries seamlessly transform into big, juicy pears and a beautiful, pink blushing rose emerges. I don’t get a lot of musk, but then again, I know I don’t feel all musks, so maybe it’s there, maybe it’s not.
I’d been very pleased if this was all there was to the Musc Intense, making it a possible candidate for being the love child of Parfums de Nicolais L’Eau á la Folie and Annick Goutals Rose Splendide, but there is more. From being a delicate fruity rose musk, all of a sudden, a base of warm spices is revealed. There is cinnamon and cloves, revealing more depth to the perfume than I’d ever thought I’d find, judging from the top and heart notes. In all, rose musks and fruity roses are categories I usually find challenging but Musc Intense is absolutely stunning. It shouldn’t be applied too lightly, it needs a hefty dose onto the skin, to really shine like the pink little jewel of love it is.
Official notes, according to Parfums de Nicolais homepage: Galbanum, pear, rose, violet, jasmine, sandalwood and a cocktail of synthetic musk
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