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I was given Vintage Muse as a present on my last birthday by a friend who loves this scent and thought that I would like it too. To be honest, I'm not one for giving people fragrances as gifts unless I know for sure they like that scent already, so I was a bit surprised to receive this as the friend who gave it to me has known me for well over 30 years since we were kids and should have known better.
I'm really not a celebrity scent wearer as a rule and Kate Moss is not someone I admire in the slightest (nor any other "super" or other type of model). And hopefully none of us are actually naive enough to imagine that these celebrities have actually developed ANY of their perfumes themselves... Celebrities they may perhaps be but they aren't chemists or perfumiers! Over the years I've had a sniff here and there of newly released celebrity perfumes and none of them have so far caught my eye, erm, should I say nose... This scent, Muse, sadly, was not the one to change my mind about my perhaps silly self-inflicted policy.
Kate Moss (she's a supermodel, for those not in the know) launched this perfume in 2010 and it's marketed as a perfume which exudes luxury, femininity and sex appeal. I can't say I agree with all of those, it's definitely a feminine scent but as to luxurious and sexy, I personally don't find it so.
The scent was apparently designed to be reminiscent of classics from the 1920s and 1930s but that mean nothing to me as I don't know what sort of scents were around back then. Aside from that I find this scent pleasant enough sometimes but more often than not I feel I shouldn't have applied it and can't wait to wash it off. I guess it just doesn't suit me personally.
I don't dislike Muse enough to give it away; I don't mind using it once in a while. It's one of those scents that I thought might grow on me, but it's unlikely to be replaced once my bottle is finished. I was given a shower gel with the perfume as part of a gift set and have found that showering with the gel is ok (does what it's supposed to, i.e. gets you clean) but then the scent lingers for ages so I have no choice but to use the perfume as the shower gel wouldn't sit well with another scent.
The perfume is presented in a pretty translucent purple bottle which is quite attractive to look at and the gold metallic bottle neck has pretty purple flowers around it.
~NOTES AND SCENT~
The top notes include blackcurrant cream, plum and rhubarb with mid (heart) notes of peony, purple violets and tiger orchid leaving the base notes of white musk, ambergris and chocolate. Now, to include chocolate and rhubarb in a perfume? Really?
I notice that the first aroma that is most obvious is very sweet and fruity which then settles into a more floral scent. Muse has fairly good staying power and is still evident 2 or 3 hours after applying which is good considering how cheap it is.
Considering this perfume includes white musk in its base notes I don't get why I don't like it more, as generally I'm quite fond of white musk. Muse just overalls reminds me of a something a young girl would wear, maybe a teenage girl's first perfume and I'm guessing the notes I'm about to mention might give you as clue as to why that's so.
The perfume is available in 15ml, 30ml and 50ml bottles. At the time of writing you can find a 50ml bottle online as cheap as £12 with an RRP of £29. Other products in the range include shower gel and body cream.
A rather average 3 out of 5 from me. I won't be buying this for myself when it runs out.
I have used quite a few Kate Moss fragrances over the years and this is my most recent acquisition. This is a new take on the original Vintage scent from the range (already reviewed). Vintage Muse is meant to be a luxury scent that speaks of femininity, sensuality and charm. I love feminine fragrances so you can imagine how excited I was to try this.
The perfume comes in a stunning art deco style bottle just like the Vintage perfume. This one is made from a pretty purple coloured glassy and has the same concentric square design in the glass which speaks of 1930s architecture so strongly. There is also a little decorative band around the pump, a silver coloured metal pump and a clear purple plastic lid. Much like the other bottle I think this is very stylish and luxury looking but the plastic cap somewhat lets it down.
This perfume is like a darker and more mysterious version of the Vintage scent. It has the same fruity floral smell to it but the contents is much darker and is evocative of the night. The top notes are plum, rhubarb and blackcurrant. The heart notes are peony, orchid and violets. The base notes are ambergis, white musk and chocolate. As you can imagine this scent is a veritable fruity chocolatey mix with a hint or florals which reminds me of eating a chocolate fruit pie on the veranda of a beautiful home in the twilight.
What I really love about this perfume is how different it is from anything I ordinarily wear. I personally really like very fresh, powdery floral scents but this has a much darker tone to it and a real sense of mystery. I love how intriguing each layer is and how each scent adds another sensual note to this fragrance.
I think this is less versatile than other scents from the brand because it is very much suited to night time wear rather than day time, where it would seem a little heavy. I think this is a very sexy scent and definitely makes me feel very feminine and alluring when I wear it. For those not keen on fruity smells though this is one to avoid as it has a real heady ripe scent.
This perfume is widely available for around £10 for a 30ml bottle and around £15 for a 50ml. This is such a decent price considering how much perfumes can be these days. This is definitely a perfume I would buy again in a flash and will continue to wear quite happily, though only in the evening.
Overall, a nice night time scent from this range.
Supermodel Kate Moss launched a new perfume in July 2010 / Sophisticated and stylish Vintage Muse exudes luxury and femininity as well as sex appeal matching Kate's multiple charm / Top notes are plum rhubarb and black currant cream with a heart of peony tiger orchid and purple violets finishing with a base of ambergris white musk and chocolate / Designed to be reminiscent of the classic perfumes from the 1920s and the 1930s Vintage Muse's bottle is faceted like a bEautiful amethyst - colored jewel /