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Narciso Rodriguez is a fashion brand. A range of male and female fragrances are also available.
~Essence Eau de Musc~
Eau de musc is part of the Essence fragrance collection. It offers an alternative to the original Essence and is available in the form of an eau de toilette. Narciso describe this fragrance as 'a fresh, sensual and luminous fragrance'.
No matching body products are available but due to the similarities between Essence and eau de musc, the Essence body cream and shower gel would fit the bill well.
The Narciso Rodriguez bottle designs leave a lot to be desired in my opinion. This eau de toilette is presented in a tall, clear bottle which is quite heavy. The bottle is complete with a click on lid. Personally, I find the design of the bottle a little bland and basic. It is uninteresting and quite unisex in appearance.
Eau de musc isn't just focussed on the musk fragrance note. It captures a citrus burst of bergamot zest before releasing a floral iris mist. A further inclusion is an amber note of benzoin balm. The various fragrance notes mingle with a sensual musc.
~Price and Availability~
35ml, 75ml and 125ml bottles are available. Stockists include www.escentual.com, Amazon and www.feelunique.com. Expect to pay around £30 for 35ml, £45 for 75ml and £60 for 125ml. Feel Unique offer a gift set containing a 75ml EDT and a 10ml purse spray for just £45.90.
Generally, I tend to sway towards fruity, sweet or spicy fragrances and usually avoid musky scents. When I think of musk, I think old fashioned and too mature for my young skin. Essence eau de musc was actually recommended to me so I thought I would give it a try and see if it was any different from typical musky scents!
A word to the wise - spray only a little as despite being an EDT, this fragrance can overpower and become really cloying if too much is used at any one time. My initial thoughts on this fragrance were quite good. Whilst the musk was present throughout the scent, it never overpowered or took over in anyway. It lingered gracefully in the background and simply complimented the other fragrance notes. It flows at a good pace and has a favourable strength on my skin for a short while.
Bergamot zest is quite different in this fragrance when I compare it to other fragrances. It comes across as being quite zingy but isn't as fresh and vibrant as it would normally be without the musk addition. The iris mist isn't particular memorable if I am being honest. There is a generic floral tone around an hour or so after application but nothing particularly interesting or special. It is quite light on the skin.
Essence eau de musc comes into its own after 3-4hours of wear on my skin. The fragrance takes a twist. Any fresh of floral notes take a backseat and allow the musk and amber benzoin balm to work alongside each other. I found the finishing fragrance to be quite pleasant and treasured it for the short while it graced my skin. The amber adds a beautiful warmth and combined with the musk, I can witness a sensual, slightly woody dry down. It doesn't last though and starts to disappear after less than 2 hours.
Whilst I found the fragrance of Eau de musc to be nice enough, it isn't one of my favourites by a long shot. The non descript bottle design combined with the poor staying power (even for an eau de toilette) put me off repurchasing. It needs topped up regularly and does get a little 'samey' after a while. I do not consider this fragrance to be anything amazing but if it can be purchased cheap enough, it does make for a light, Autumn scent. It probably wouldn't appeal to the younger generation due to the musk inclusion but I didn't find it too mature or heavy at all.
4 stars would be a fair rating from me.
Thanks for reading x
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Narciso Rodriguez essence Eau de musc Eau de toilette gift set contains: Narciso Rodriguez essence Eau de musc Eau de toilette 75ml / Narciso Rodriguez essence Eau de musc Eau de toilette purse spray 10ml / A fresh, sensual and luminous fragrance / The sensuality of musc, combined with the freshness of bergamot / A bEautiful streamlined mirror bottle to echo the spirit of the scent / Olfactory family: Fresh musky floral / Top notes: Citrus note: bergamot zeSt. Middle notes: Floral note: iris miSt. Base notes: Amber note: benzoin balm /