Bois et Musc (Serge Lutens)

A look at commercially available synthetic musk compounds reveals the breadth of their use in perfumery.  Musks function as fixatives, scent diffusers, smoothing agents, or additives designed to boost what the industry calls "skin acceptance" of a fragrance.  A select few with pronounced, pleasant aromas are dubbed "blenders"; these may be deliberately featured in a composition for the sake of their scent alone.

Bois et Musc's cedar element is very plain.  Less apparent is its musk, which curiously appears not to be of the "blender" variety.  It vanishes quickly, or so your nose tells you.  You might think you're anosmic to it (and perhaps you are; musk molecules are the Sherman tanks of the olfactory world, forever getting stuck in the tollbooths of our nasal passages).  But rest assured, it's still there--projecting a warm, animalic, and above all invisible aura from the skin's surface long after the cedar has died away.

Perhaps there's a touch of so-called "blackberry musk" in the mix, as evidenced by a fruity note early on, but the rest is all clandestine-- not so much a perfume as an invisible blanket of comfort.  If your nose wishes for more diversion, spray another perfume on top of Bois et Musc.  But deep down, your soul will side with your skin-- I guarantee it.

Scent Elements: Moroccan cedarwood, musk