When I bought the Annick Goutal Les Orientalistes set of three in Paris last Spring, the SA gave me a few samples of Musc Nomade , the fourth one in the series, saying “ You will want this, too – c’est le plus sensuel”. She was right. I caved in and bought a big bottle just before Christmas.
An expert technician as well as an artist, Isabelle Doyen used several raw vegetal-based materials mixed with synthetics to produce a musk that smells like the real deal – skanky, erotic, animalic, but with a stripped down pure quality.
Angelica root contains natural musk – it has a boozy, musty, earthiness that comes right at you in the first few seconds. Then the woody rose unfolds, with the barest sweetness spiced and layered on incense, leading into the caress of the sensuous silk-fur-skin base-notes.
Musk is one of those notes which, for some people, is impossible to smell – they are anosmic to musk. Couldn’t smell it if their life depended on it. For others, like me, it seems that it can come and go, depending on the source and the strength.
Musc Nomade is an incredible skin scent that is like no other, an effortless sensual ambiance rather than a fragrance. As I sat down next to a friend in a restaurant last night, his head jerked up “What are you wearing? I love it”. He could smell it, and I couldn't.
But later at home, as I took off my sweater, a cloud of soft woody musk wafted up and reminded that this perfume really is "le plus sensuel".
Notes: Angelica, Muscone, Bombay Wood, Rose, Tonka Bean, Labdanum, White Musks.
Parfumeurs: Camille Goutal and Isabelle Doyen