White Musk, if you were around in the 80s and early 90s, was one of the predominant forces in the fragrance world. Similar to what Bath and Body Works fragrances are doing now with their young, fun, simple and affordable appeal, White Musk was doing in 1981 when it released.
In Bottle: Clean and scrubbed. This is an aldehyde and floral mixture that evokes the big hair of the 80s. It’s soapy, it’s sharp and it’s effective in its simplicity.
Applied: Don’t expect anything from white musk. It is what it is–a white musk evoking fragrance. I can sit here and stretch out on how it smells predominantly like a well trained soap that isn’t too soapy or too sharp and that it has some companion white florals that add a touch of girliness to it. But at the end of the day, this is just plain old White Musk. A very familiar fragrance that used to be much more popular than it is now. I can only assume people have gotten tired of smelling like this stuff. But White Musk has its place in the world as a simple, very well-blended, well-done fragrance that’s still appropriate to wear and wear anywhere. The opener is as a soapy and sharp aldehyde floral. The mid-stage is much of the same business with the soapiness calming down, giving those sharp corners a rounded feel. The dry down is a light faded scrubbed white floral and musk scent.
Extra: Aldehydes are popular components in fragrances like Chanel No. 5. Aldehydes are hard to describe. In general they are clean and sharp. They’re like the sparkle you add to a grin when you want to reinforce perfection.
Design: White musk is bottled in a cute little glass affair with a purple gradient slapped onto the glass. It has a metal cap to protect the sprayer with the fragrance’s name and The Body Shop’s logo on the bottle itself. There’s not a whole lot else to it than that.
Fragrance Family: Floral
Notes: Musk, lily, ylang ylang, galbanum, basil, jasmine, rose, iris, vanilla, amber, patchouli, oakmoss, vetiver, peach.
To be honest, I’m tired of White Musk too. I smelled this stuff everywhere when I was younger and once in a while, I’ll still catch a whiff of it. It’s good to know that such a relatively simple-smelling fragrance with a decent price tag is still selling like hot cakes. The Body Shop has several spin-off products with the White Musk scent.
Reviewed in This Post: White Musk, 2009, Eau de Toilette.