So what’s all the fuss about? Musc Ravageur is a fragrance that evokes the either “I love it” or “I hate it” responses by those who have tried it. It’s also one of those fragrances that have been described as dirty, sexy, sensual (and many other things in which I won’t go into detail). Of course, given the discourse and the descriptors I too had to give this a try. And I can see what everybody is talking about. The first thing that comes to mind when I put this on is the phrase “plastics are the wave of the future!” There is truly an artificial plastic petroleum aspect to this scent. It’s heavy and it’s a heaviness that fills up your lungs. Musc Ravageur starts with a bitch slap to the senses. It’s moist and musky with hints of vanilla. As the slow dry down takes place, out comes more of a warmed peppered base. It mellows ever so slightly but not enough to take away it’s oomph. I would have a hard time seeing a woman pull this one off, because I think of this really as a man’s fragrance because of its heaviness. In going back and reading what I have written so far, you would think that I don’t like this. Wrong. I love it. It’s a fragrance that gives you power. There is nothing shy about Musc Ravageur, so much so that this may have to go on my wish list for a full bottle.
From the Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle website:
Sensual and sophisticated. Powerful yet perfectly controlled. Dramatic and mysterious. MUSC RAVAGEUR is a grown-up perfume, an uncompromising Oriental, which trumps current fads. Its explosive departure of bergamot, tangerine and cinnamon is set against a lusty backdrop of vanilla, musk and amber. No flowers, just a refined and exalted skin scent.
- Bone Rating: 5 out of 5 possible bones
- Scent Type: Oriental
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $165 for 50ml EDP
May 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm
It’s one of a few Malle’s perfumes which I haven’t smelled even on paper yet. I do not have a good reason why. Somehow the name wasn’t appealing to me when I saw it and I usually get overwhelmed with everything I want to try on those few occasions during the year when I get to Barney’s so this one stays somewhere behind. Of course, now, after your glowing review, I’m curious and will smell it at least on a paper strip the next time I come across it at a store.
May 2, 2012 at 6:13 pm
I’m just the opposite. This is the only FM that I have tried. After this first round I look forward to trying some more though. No Barney’s around here though, I wonder if they sell it at the Barney’s outlet? We have one of those.
May 5, 2012 at 6:28 am
Damn I wish I read this before I sent you my sample out, I’d have included a Malle or two.
I have a love/hate thing with Musc Ravageur, infact, I do with a lot of Malle’s.
The one that intrigues me the most is Dans Tes Bras. You must give it a try. It’s a salty, almost dirty skin scent with some violets, it’s really wierd and a little gag inducing at times, still, my favourite hahaha.
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