5 SEP - 2022
Love at first sniff, I know it's not smart to blind buy, especially at this price point, but thankfully I am happy to add her to my stash.
Say hello to your new best friend. Feeling so lucky to be writing about Narciso Rodriguez’s newest perfume, Musc Noir Rose For Her, because this is the first NR fragrance that I have thoroughly enjoyed. Sweet perfumes haven’t seduced me much lately, but this blend has such an elegant sweetness, with a smokey sparkle that I am so buzzed for.
Top Notes: Plum, Pink Pepper and Bergamot
Middle Notes: Musk, Rose and Tuberose
Base Note: Vanilla
For Her Musc Noir Rose Eau De Parfum $174
From the first swatch, I was hit with the opening of plum. Is it sour plum with sweet rose or sour rose with sweet plum? It only takes a few minutes for the sweetness from these ingredients to start to rise. A warm and comforting musk and vanilla then begin to dominate the palate. The harsh musk common in NR fragrances is toned down by vanilla, making this an absolute win for my collection.
My first outing with the Musc Noir was on an anniversary date night. Oh yes, I was waiting for the perfect night to give this one its first whirl. To this point, I had only skin and air swatched the scent. Wearing it and giving it my full attention changed my tune as the scent evolved into a smokey candy floss – without being sickly sweet. The musk was downplayed a lot more and sweetened by the vanilla. The seasonings of bergamot and pink pepper were the stunning mature finish I long for in a perfume.
With any new purchase, I went directly to my flattie to show off the new goods.
Brooke was also a big fan of this one, loving the packaging and minimalism of the bottle in contrast to the complexly sensational scent. She spritzed herself for the day ahead and reported that the fragrance lasted well throughout her action-packed day. Often hitting her at unexpected moments with a flourish of sultry sweetness.
It’s such a soft and cosy scent, but still a fragrance I’d favour for evenings and winters for its sexy vibe. Maybe it's the brilliant balance between fruitiness and musk. While rose is a pretty prominent part of this blend, it is rather subtle. I will always lean towards a sweeter rose blend, which is why I’ve been so pleasantly surprised by this. It’s a common right-off for many young women when rose is part of their makeup. Old-fashioned nana-ery fragrances deserve another chance. I don't see a need to bother her when this rose blend is so perfectly balanced!
See this one loved by those who delve into sweet, rosy, and musky blends, or are fans of the Narciso Rodriguez line. Definitely give this one a swatch on your next nosy visit to the department store.