Black Musk

Black Musk by Monotheme
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7.6 / 10 17 Ratings
Black Musk is a popular perfume by Monotheme for men. The release year is unknown. The scent is woody-spicy. It is still in production.
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PatchouliPatchouli CardamomCardamom CedarCedar Gaiac woodGaiac wood GingerGinger VanillaVanilla
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Submitted by Chemist, last update on 23.11.2021.


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An Oriental Blow With Dark Floral Touches
Black Musk is a man's scent I came across in 2015. I remember I smelled it, and right off the bat, in the dry down, it reminded me of Obsession for Men Eau de Toilette, maybe the combination of patchouli, musk, and vanilla created the same accord in both.

That said, it was only a few weeks ago that I tried it anew and got it instantly. I've to confess that Black Musk is a name a bit misleading. I always associated it with a dark version of the feminine White Musk, yet it smells like anything but animal musk. After having worn it almost all day, I am inclined to describe the scent as oriental, amber, spicy, with dark floral touches. If you smell the scent directly from the cap or the sprayer, you'll get the smell of chrysanthemum flowers, a wonderful aroma kind of like earthy and herby, rather than the sweet aromas typically associated with bouquets.

That said, what's Black Musk all about then? Immediately after spraying it on my skin, a blast of boozy, spicy, and zesty notes reach my nostril. The opening is dense, dark, oriental. The freshly cut ginger root gracefully melts with the crunched green cardamom pods releasing a crisp yet spicy accord in the air.

It is right after a few minutes that the spicy tones of the opening fuse with a prized woody hint of cedar and guaiac. At this stage, the heart is warm, and you could feel the rosy, honeyed-sweet and slightly smoky aroma of the guaiac wood blended with the very clear and fragrant smell of pencil shavings with a softly camphoraceous background of the cedarwood. The heart is soft, woody, evergreen and balsamic.

And then comes the dry down, bittersweet, luscious of warm nuances of vanilla and patchouli. The two notes are neatly blended, and they well balanced the sweetness of the cosy vanilla orchid with the darkness of the earthy patchouli leaves. The oriental accord reaches the supreme beautifulness at this stage.

Overall, Monotheme did a great job here. The scent is soft and dark, the spicy and woody tones dance together, yet I do not get any animalic note from the musk. Perhaps it is just an accord of a few notes like the amber accord. The longevity is good, 5 to 6 hours on my clean skin after a morning shower, but it has quite poor sillage. Nevertheless, for less than 15euro this is a decent and worthy scent, which can be worn during the wet days of the cold seasons. Autumn is the best. Not too overpowering, it is a good pick up for business hours or aperò evenings with friends.

I base the review on a 100ml bottle I have owned since October 2018.

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