I first encountered my first musk botanical fragrance in 2008, with the introduction of Strange Invisible Perfumes Musc Botanique. So it is with great pleasure that the Natural Perfumer's Guild Mystery of Musk project, which CaFleureBon will participating along with 10 other bloggers, may change the perception of musk as strictly for blended fragrances.
To reproduce an all natural essential oil ’musk’ fragrance (not derived from the glands of deers) is deemed a daunting undertaking by most perfumers who choose the synthetic muscone instead. But true to the philosophy of Strange Invisible Perfumes, only natural botanical ingredients are used in their fragrances.
This is a crystalline musk, with a surprising hint of the animalic in its composition. Created by botanical perfumer Alexandra Balahoutis, Musc Botanique is unisex and is sheer, yet with a carnal allure.- in the way wild plants and flora ‘prey on our senses’ and draw us into their fragrant and seductive world. Composed of botanical distillates of geranium, amber, angelica and frankincense, Musc Botanique's alchemy lies in its abilty produce similar characteristics of deer musk and prove you can wear musk in all its sensuality without synthetics.
The scent only improves on the skin and the drydown (with the faintest hint of gourmand lemon custard) is exquisitely soft and sensual. Musc Botanique lingers on my skin throughout the entire day and into the evening. As someone who is not generally a lover of musk fragrances,(even the acclaimed Musc Ravageur), Musc Botanique blends seamlessly with my skin and enhances my own personal chemistry; as it unfolds it just keeps getting better and better.
Musc Botanique can be considered a triumph in sustainable and botanical natural perfumery, as well as stand proudly amongst all fine fragrances.
– Michelyn Camen, Editor-in-Chief.