I was really excited when I took a whiff of Tom Ford's Jasmine Musk from the White musk Collection at David Jones, love at first sniff as I adore jasmine scents. I sniffed the other three from the collection but was a little confused about what was what, like it happens to me most of the times! I came home to check on eBay and found a fantastic deal for all 4 samples from the collection. Of course I was out bid, but then I got a second chance offer from the seller at the price I originally bid. It was like meant to be, I had to have them, it was the verdict of the universe! The seller posted them in a snap and it landed in my post box a couple of days ago. He even threw a freebie of Black Orchid, I already have it, you can never have enough, but I wish it was Tobacco Vanille.
Reading so much about musk in Indian literature, Kasturi, musk as it is known to me has always fascinated me. Kalidasa, a Sanskrit poet describes how the musk deer falls in love with its own smell and frantically searches the whole forest to find the source of the smell, not knowing that it is from its own body. About the Musk Collection, being a fan of Musk in general I liked one, loved one, hated one and will give away the other one.
Jasmine Musk: It is just beautiful, my favourite of the collection. It is a soft, adorable jasmine with a hint of ylang ylang. The floral part of it is amazing, it is gentle and delicate. As beautiful as it is, it is quite short lived. The dry down also has hints of jasmine and sandalwood. I really wanted to experience more of the jasmine and even the musk is fleeting.
Musk Pure: Absolutely amazing! It is musk heaven, exquisite and subtle. it starts of with a touch of citrus and some nice floral notes and dries down to a fresh, pristine, crisp almost aldehyde like base. It is easy to wear and easy to like.
Urban Musk: I very much dislike how it begins. I like pepper and cumin, in my food, in this the combination smells weird, caustic and euphemistically speaking "organic" There is something ammoniacal about it. Dry down is ok, it is dry, warm and musky. Not fond of this one, at all.
White Suede: The musk in it has the most animalic quality to it. The animalic quality of the musk enhanced by suede which is leather like, makes it rich and full. The "whiteness" in it, I think refers to it its clean, plain, clear quality of its dry down and the quality of the musk. I would love to smell this on a man. I'll pass this off to hubby to see if he likes it.