Musc Ravageur opens to me almost devoid of top notes, it’s instantly a mellow blend of deep vanilla bean, cinnamon, and a touch of warm clove (a touch of lavender just about in focus). It is dense and oily, and for some reason feels quite sparse whilst not being at all “thing”. It appears a very simple composition, simple but extremely effective.
Musc Ravageur is pretty much a linear fragrance, what you get at the beginning melts into the skin and continues to throw itself around you in a dreamy cloud of warm spices and oily vanilla. It is sweet, but not too sweet, it is gourmand, but not particularly foody, it can be masculine? I guess so. Maybe this is why Musc Ravageur is so popular, it is SO easy to wear.
I have tried this in both EDP (this review), and the oil form. I find them both too similar to write different reviews about. I actually think I prefer the oil (maybe that’s my subconscious because it’s cheaper!) but the fragrance to me almost smells like it belongs in oil form, and it feels great on the skin and just adds to the feel of density in Musc Ravageur.
Melting into the skin more and more, up close the scent is skin like, super soft, warm and comforting yet it manages to completely surround you when you wear it. A tonka and sandalwood base secures the vanilla, a labdanum seems to come in – mixing in with the already present vanilla to create an amber accord. The musk finally makes an appearance in the late drydown, and whilst be just a teeny bit raunchy – the vanilla oil manages to override this. It’s a clever fragrance, it manages to become something quite polarizing due to its “animalic” expectations. But it’s also a bit of a genre-defying fragrance, starting almost a little like a barbershop masculine and turning into a spicy gourmand. Oh and it’s sexy… there you go.
Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur 50ml EDP – £90, 50ml Oil – No longer available