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Musc Tonkin Parfum d`Empire for women and men

Musc Tonkin Parfum d`Empire for women and men
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male 25- 25+

I have it: 102 I had it: 13 I want it: 123

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A powerful, addictive, erotic aura... The scent of heated flesh, solar, feline, subtly leathery. This elixir reinvents in a novel, contemporary style the most suave note in perfumery, worshipped for millennia: Tonkin musk. More than a fragrance, an imprint. Musc Tonkin was launched in 2012. The nose behind this fragrance is Marc-Antoine Corticchiato.

Perfume rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 147 votes.

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Musc Tonkin Fragrance Reviews

luxbuyer
luxbuyer

مشک...

مشک تونکین؛نمایشی شکوهمند و ملموس از مشکه.
دوستمون به خوبی اشاره فرمودن که مشک طبیعی و گرفته شده از آهو؛به دلایل زیاد از جمله سیاستهای زیست محیطی و البته اقتصادی بسیار کمیابه و خیلی بعید هست این عطر هم از این سیاست تبیعیت نکرده باشه.
اما هر نوع مشکی که در این عطر استفاده شده؛خواه طبیعی باشه یا سینتیک؛
بسیار طبیعی و با کیفیته و نمایشی بیاد موندنی ارائه میکنه.

از همون آغاز عطر؛رایحه ای پودری و خاکی حس میشه که رایحه ای مثل بوی متساطع از دیوارهای گچی نمور خونه های قدیمی داره.حدود 10 دقیقه بعد رایحه ای کاملا حیوانی حس میشه که واسه من خیلی آشناست.تو باغ و حش به محل نگهداری بزهای کوهی و آهوها برید متوجه میشید!
دقیقا چنین رایحه ای هست!اما عمر این رایحه ی سنگین و حیوانی خیلی دوومی نمیاره که یه رایحه ی ادویه ای و نسبتا تند و یه بوی شیرین فلورال و شاداب؛اونو در بر می گیرن و ملایمش میکنن که رایحه ی گلی کمی قویتره و به همین خاطر فضایی شیرین و شاداب به عطر میده.
مثل این می مونه که گله ی بزرگی از آهوها در یه دشت سر سبز مشغول چرا هستن و بوی حیوانی و چرکینی که دارن با عطر گلها و گیاهایی که میخورن و یا زیر سمهاشون له میشن؛به مشام شما میرسه!
بعد از مدتی رایحه ی عطر شیرین تر میشه و یه حالت دودی و صمغی ضعیف به خودش می گیره که از قدرت اولیه ی فضای انیمالیک کم میکنه اما بالانس عالی کار و وضوح آکوردها موجب میشه که همچنان اون حس انیمالیک و طبیعی با کیفیت حس بشه.
کمی بعدتر شکوه و اون عصیانگری و حس انیمالیک به ظاهر رام نشدنی؛تسلیم نتهای فلورال و تند و شیرین میشن و باز فضای کار؛فضایی نسبتا پودری اما متفاوت از فضای پودری آغاز کار میشه.یه بوی چرکین ضعیف هم پشت این فضا به مشام میرسه.


مشک تونکن واقعا خاصه؛واقعا زیباست.با خودم میگم ای کاش روند کار طوری بود که اون فضای طبیعی انیمالیک بسیار با کیفیت؛بیشتر ادامه داشت؛اما یادم میاد محدودیتهای ساخت چنین کاری رو پس میگم زنده باد جناب مارک آنتونی!

مشک تونکن؛عطر تابستون نیست
عطر توی جمع و دانشگاه و اینجور جاها نیست!حتی عطر مهمونیای رسمی و بازخورد گرفتن نیست.
عطر لباس اسپورت و کفش کتونی نیست!
مشک تونکن عطر یه مرد مقتدره! چهره ای استالین گونه؛دستمال گردن؛کت شلواری فاخر و کفشهایی براق و چرمین!
و صد البته که عطر عاشقان روایح خاص و با کیفیته که تو خلوت باهاش غرق آرامش شن و خیالشون رو تا دور دستها؛تا دشتهای فراخ؛تا چمنزارهای بی انتها و جنگلهایی که کمینگاه آهوانند ببره...
معذرت میخوام که خیلی حرف زدم
فقط لذت ببرید!
کامنت:م.ع

(سایت لوکس بایر (با امکان تست سمپل

Jul
03
2016
aschiffm
aschiffm

I tried on about 3 musky scents today and was surprised that out of the three, this one in comparison and contradictory to the others was very sharp and tart, almost green. Anyway, I was looking for a more musty musk, but I would still say it's quite sexy, just not for me. Its more of a masculine cologne type of fragrance in my opinion.

Jun
22
2016
ring0
ring0

خدا سازنده این عطر رو لعنت کنه
مشکه تنها که فقط توی 5 دقیقه اولش ظاهر میشه
بعد از اون فقط اومده با یسری رایحه فلورال مشک رو شبیه سازی کنه
دیگه خبری از اون تیزیه خاص مشک نیست و مرد میخواد که این بو که بین یه صابون فلورال و مشک گیر کرده رو تحمل کنه! عملا شبیه بوگیر ها میشه بوش
برای اینکه حق مطلب رو ادا کنم بزارید تنها خاطره ای که باهاش دارم رو اینجا بگم:
وسطای سرمای زمستون دو سال پیش، تازه یه سمپل ازین عطر گرفته بودم و هنوزم امتحانش نکرده بودم ، یکی از دوستام اومد سراغم با ماشین و دو تا دختر از اقوامشون که ظهرش مهمونشون بودن باهاش بود و میخواست سر راه برسونشون خونشون . منم قبل اینکه برم یک اسپری از این عطر روی گردنم زدم ، توی ماشین ده دقیقه نگذشته بود که بوی این عطر اون تغییر چرتش رو که بالاتر گفتم داد و به معنی واقعی زیر دلم زد و انگار جاذبه زمین رو برعکس کرده بود که هرچی خوردم بریزم بیرون
من هم نمیدونستم چکار کنم وسط سرما شیشه ماشین رو کشیدم پایین ، تا آخر سرم رو از پنجره بردم بیرون که فقط این بو ازم دور شه و حالم عوض شه ، اون ها هم از یه طرف سردشون بود و از یه طرف روشون نمیشد چیزی بگن و من هم همینطور! (بگم یه عطر زدم که حالم رو داره به هم میزنه؟) شیشه رو کشیدم بالا اما چیزی نگذشت که دوباره بوگندش بهم خورد و داستان تکرار شد
خلاصه اینکه دو سه بار تا مرز بالا آوردن پیش رفتم،ولی طاقت آوردم. در آخر فقط آبروریزی شد و اون خانومها یحتمل فکر کردن چیزخلم و موقع سوار ماشین شدن باید بصورت متناوب سر رو از پنجره بیرون ببرم
این عطر برای من مثل یه مهر بود بر سند "گران بودن دلیل بر خوب بودن نیست" ا.

May
24
2016
lovescents999
lovescents999

Musc Tonkin by Parfum d'Empire--I'm not a musk lover, but this is not your every day, the usual and boring, musk. It's a super velvety animalic with an extreme intensity, warm and sensual scent. It develops slowly and every 7 to 10 minutes it reaches my nostrils forcing me to take a deep breath, inhaling the most beautiful mixture of powdery notes, rose petals and possibly violets. I don't need to smell my arm--the scent is all around me. It doesn't matter if I apply a little, then it's soft and shy but it grows with time and it becomes mature and round. If I apply a lot, it's intense from the start but it never gets too animalic and dirty. I even wish it was a little dirty, but to my surprise this scent is heavenly the way it is. Oh, and it's extremely sexy--warms up my skin and my senses, wishing to be touched, kissed... I love how it plays games with my imagination.
I would say it's a unisex fragrance but it does lean more toward the feminine side because of the soft floral notes. The longevity is about 8-9 hours (which is a lot on me), and sillage is pretty huge. It's not loud or overwhelming and it gets compliments even from strangers.

Feb
11
2016
damfino
damfino

If applied scarcely, it's gorgeous. Every time I sniff my wrist I get something different, especially during first 30min. It could be sea salt, ambergris, violets, jasmine, some woodsy notes... All bathing in cold steel musk. Nice, sharp and clean.
If applied more deliberately, it gets almost nauseating, skunky and too animalic to be worn around other people, at least not for work.

Jan
29
2016
renzi79
renzi79

Gorgeous, perfectly colored, reminding you of a thick syrupy musk with sweet floral notes. Seriously sensual and will definitely set the mood if it agrees with your skin, which thankfully it does with mine. I sends me swooning. How I long to lie with someone who smells as good as this!

Instant love must buy FB! Luckyscents here I come!

Jan
15
2016
the big totoro
the big totoro

Maybe I've just been blessed with awesome skin chemistry but this smells so damn good on me! It's not just my nose or my taste, I've had many different types of people smell it. Same reaction every time "oh my , that smells so good!" This has turned me into a true animalic lover. Inexplicably gorgeous and addictive. It opens with a bit of what smells like narcissus with a slightly metallic musk. It just keeps getting better and developing more and more. I really have trouble putting into words what I'm smelling. It's so unique. Intriguing,complex and sexy as hell! I bought myself the full bottle only a few weeks after sampling it, the only reason I waited that long was that I had to wait for my next paycheck. Today it's dreary and raining but this is just gorgeous,perfect for winter. Oh, anyone who thinks this smells like animal butts or pee I seriously feel sorry for them. This is my newfound love!

Dec
19
2015
mikenac
mikenac

I clearly don't get this perfume. I smell animal bum with a side of crotch. I love the other PDE perfumes, but this one is beyond me.

My girlfriend ran, screaming away from me when I wafted the scent from my skin. Hmm, maybe I will save the sample for when I need some alone time.

Dec
14
2015
morkant
morkant

This makes me see deep shades of blue, gold and purple, with amazing contrast of light like in a Flemish masters' painting. The black is deep and the light is golden and warm.

This is opulence done without a fussy baroque feel. Everything about it speaks of strength and dignity. Mr. Corticchiato conveys this pre-modern, middle ages, sense of adventure and grandeur so well, and he must have known that was his strong point when he named the line Parfum d'Empire.

Oct
24
2015
fostermd
fostermd

When I saw this perfume as a part time perfumer who has extensive experience with both natural and synthetic musks and a deep appreciation for natural Tonkin deer musk which I still personally use and wear to this day in spite of its insane price and near unobtainability at any price.

When I first got my hands on the Parfum d' Empire recreation I was dying to know how close they were able to get to the real thing because quite frankly none of the synthetic musks are anywhere close to natural deer musk; yes the muscone might be identical but so is the simple sugar in honey, maple syrup and high fructose corn syrup but you would not think of substituting those for one another, so as a perfumer I feel the same composing a perfume with Tonkin musk and having to settle for using Muscenone instead.

Well, at first sniff I thought "close but no cigar," to the makers of Musc Tonkin but then after the initial rough spiciness burned off I was rather impressed. I found it to be so accurate that blindfolded I would have been fooled into thinking I was smelling Tonkin musk and not Siberian, Chinese, Nepalese, Indian, or Himalayan.

Then I really put it to the test: on clean skin, I sprayed a generous amount of the perfume on the lower part of my right arm and about the same amount of natural Tonkin deer musk on the upper part and did a side by side comparison. As predicted, at first the perfume recreation had a spicy roughness that natural Tonkin musk does not have in any way. After the drydown I found them to be quite similar, however the smell of the natural Tonkin musk was a sharper oilier smell while the smell of the perfume was very much the same but more rounded and resinous. So I will say this: it's a great animal friendly recreation of Tonkin musk that would fool me if I were not comparing is side by side with the real thing.

Next to the real thing anyone could tell them apart but not necessarily say the natural smells better, as the natural smells much simpler, where the perfume is clearly multifaceted. For those of you who are like I am, the real thing is the real thing as I find more perfection in the flaws and imperfections of something natural then in the regularity and precision of something crafted by man and technology.

If any of you would like a small sample of natural Tonkin musk tincture feel free to contact me, I would be happy to send you one so you can do your own comparison.

Aug
18
2015
Maeldron
Maeldron

First spray. There must be a cat in this perfume store. She just peed. Someone should clean it up and put the animal outside so I finally could test the perfume.

Five minutes later. I wonder why people tell that MKK is an offending fragrance. MKK is a sweet and innocent floral garden compared to Musc Tonkin. Well, there is cumin in MKK, but who does not like cumin? They must be evil people. Cumin is nice. However, this MT is fighting me hard. Is it something with my nose? I wonder whether it’s legal to wear fragrances like this in public.

Two hours later. I don’t like it. And I wonder why I keep smelling myself if I don’t like it. I usually remove those perfumes I don’t like from my body. I do have a soap. But I did not remove this one. Let me smell it again.

Next day. I don’t know whether I like it or not. And what if I do? How many people will be offended? Would any woman talk to me when I wear this one? But why would I wear it at all?

Third day. I spray it on my chest in a larger dose and wear it for hours. I remove my shirt and I go running. I come home. I lie on the bed. I put the shirt on my chest and smell it. A memory lurking in the corners on my subconscious mind knocks on the door.

Four years ago I opened a white paper box hidden in my treasury. There was a black panties in it. It had been lying there for at least 2-3 years. I could remember putting it there, however, I couldn’t remember who left it in my apartment.

I smelled it. My eyes teared up. It was the best woman scent I have ever smelled. Even after 2 years it was so perfect it touched my soul. I wanted to cry. “I should have married this woman, whatever she looked like. I would be happy with her for the next 100 years. How could I forget who she was? I must find her. Or someone who smells like her.”

So far I have not found anyone smelling as good as the forgotten woman smelled, even though I have been trying hard.

And now, Musc Tonkin reminds me that fragrance. It’s not the same. It’s able to recall it. Finding this fragrance lifts the burden from my shoulders after many years.

There is hope.

There is salvation.

Jul
27
2015
farang
farang

Dirty musk. Really dirty musk! It is an intriguing fragrance, and it is not that I don't like it. But when to wear it? Upon application, it will make most people run. Perhaps a SM club might be a suitable environment with the smell of heavy leather and rubber equipment blending in.

Jul
27
2015
sotiriosc
sotiriosc

Musc Tonkin most likely is something you adore or don't understand. I honor this fragrance as I believe it truly captures the essence of life, which is what I believe musk is supposed to do. It opens with a Urinous, note I think theres some oud in it which adds a certain depth that smells sweaty, some cinnamon to add a spicy aspect. The mid note has a lot of jasmine in it to add the sweetness of finest musc, some rose, neroli, guaiac wood, incense and finished with africa stone to add a fecal note and of coarse how can you have musk with no sandalwood. Probably a lot of artificial musks are in it too. I am sure I am missing lots but it doesn't matter. Smells almost identical to a 1960's vial of oil I have labled "Musk Oil". Last a long time and a little goes a long way. Smells unique and will get a lot of attention.

Jul
13
2015
rp6969
rp6969

I'm on a bit of a musk bender of late. I've loved my bell jar of Lutens' controversial MKK for a year now. After so many reviewers compared it for better AND worse to Kouros, a fragrance I splashed with unbridled abandon in the 90s and which my then-virgin nose did not know at the time was musk, I decided to order a bottle of that. It has obviously been reformulated and has a synthetic celery seed-like top note that I don't appreciate but once that fades it fills me with the old happiness. Based on that I ordered Lutens' Clair de Musc, Kiehl's Original, and Pd'E's Musc Tonkin.

MT is neither as clean/soapy as the Kouros nor as dirty/animalic as the MKK or Kiehl's, IMHO. What I get from this is a lovely, dry dark animalic musk where the musc is tempered by a smooth, refined leather, the warmth of iris, a suggestion of rose, and significant amounts of hay.

It's very distinguished and well mannered. It does not shout. After several hours I catch drifts of it but it garners many compliments even after 7 hrs. A most elegant musc.

Jul
12
2015
cloyd42
cloyd42

Interesting stuff. No doubt about the musk and the civet but I'm quite sure I'm smelling an underpinning of camphor or camphorwood, which would make sense--the camphor laurel grows all over Vietnam. In any case, this starts skanky as all getout and eventually transforms into a relatively crisp musk with a fair amount of backbone. This is not likely to remind you of anything else.

Sillage: personal, less than a foot
Longevity: very good, 4 hours and counting
Fabulosity: Katherine Hepburn
Value to price ratio: reasonable
7/10

Jun
12
2015
MoonSparrow
MoonSparrow

Well. I read about it and had to try it, just had to do it. It is quite shocking, really, but not in the way I expected. I don't smell animal privates nor anything quite so base upon first sniff. As I waved the little wand from my sample vial beneath my nose, I smelled florals mixed with something near aldehydic, not unpleasant at all. The tiniest drop applied to my skin then became reminiscent of that dirty accord at the heart of most of LUSH's animalic fragrances (Lust, Sikkim Girls). I liked it, I really did.

I decided to experiment: in an attempt to recreate LUSH's Lust, I used one drop of Musc Tonkin on each wrist and transferred lightly to just behind my ears. Then I rolled on a bit of Al Rehab Jasmin and voila! It cam darn close to a replica of Lust (same with Al Rehab's White Full, also a jasmine fragrance). I enjoyed the result.

THEN. One day last week I was wearing Chantecaille Frangipane, just a lovely, sweet interpretation of frangipani flowers that I had been reapplying throughout the day from its sample vial. Same color as Musc Tonkin...well you can only guess what eventually happened...(music from the stabbing scene in PSYCHO plays here) - I mistook MT for Frangipane and splashed it freely on my wrists, neck, bosom. When I realized my mistake, I frantically dug in my purse for the Al Rehab Jasmin to tame it down some. This was a dismal failure, and I suffered through a 45-minute ride home in heavy traffic with my windows down and the stench just would not dissipate. It smelled to me of rubber tires and Windex, truly an abomination before God.

Now the above experience was my own fault, and I do not blame Musc Tonkin one bit. Just the tiniest smidgen of a smidgen of it is all one needs to sex anything up. But I can never, ever wear it again. How anyone finds this stuff at all comparable to the delightful Guerlinade at the base of Guerlain's fragrances I do not know as it is the farthest thing from that I can imagine.

May
16
2015
guerlainfreak
guerlainfreak

Dear ladies and gent from Fragantica.
If you smell animal butts, sweat and other assorted, traditionally unpleasant smells... I got to tell you, you hang around some fine smelling animals or sweaty humans.
I expected a blast trying this perfume. What I found instead, was a marvelous homage to the "classics". It reminded me of the classic Guerlain accord first and foremost. Or maybe the classic French kind of turn of the century smell. Who knows.
This is a gorgeous scent. Strong for sure, so apply with caution. And probably not recommended on the hot summer months.

Apr
10
2015
atlaseetschristmas
atlaseetschristmas

When I first tried this It was exciting. Totally animalic, heavy, floral, lemony, unwashed hair, a little bit of that sweet sweet poopy underneath. It was strong as hell and I was loving it. Smelling up close it was explosively animalic. From a distance, It was strangely familiar but I couldn't put my thumb on what it reminded me of. I excitedly brought my forearm to my girlfriend and barked enthusiastically, "SMELL!". And she did. Instantly her nose curled up and she said "that smells like a grandmas closet". My synapses fired and suddenly I realized, this reminded me of mothballs. Out of the blue this new association ruined it. I imagined an old folks home with an elderly woman's dress hanging haggardly in some old dusty closet. The whisper of old floral perfume and sweat from a night out 30 or 40 years ago. I could not scrub it off quickly enough. I've never had a mental image destroy a fragrance as quickly as this one. That being said I think this is still a quality perfume. Its audaciously animalic in a balmy heavy way, and the florals are not overwhelming or anything. This would really rock on a woman who wants to exert power and uniqueness. My personal associations absolutely destroyed it for me and I dont think it will ever be the same. Performance is atomic. Worth a try if you don't have the associations I do! 3/10

Apr
06
2015
Alex1984
Alex1984

2014 EDP release.

Musc Tonkin extrait is one deep and dense animalic perfume. An instant love from first sniff, and one of the bottles I treasure the most in my collection. Mostly because of its exclusivity.

The EDP takes the same formula and makes it airier, slightly less potent. It's still one of the most animalic perfumes currently available, so lovers of vintage feeling orientals don't fear.
I don't feel it's a different perfume, just less dense. The top and middle notes are more easily discernible.
The base notes take longer to arrive. Also the notes are more recognizable this time; the gardenia is more prominent with its mushroom facet, the oakmoss, the leathery castoreum, the urinous civet, the furry musk. Plus it hasn't lost the intense saltiness I love from the extrait. ('Turd on the water' like Gaia so accurately said)
If you like one, you'll like the other. I can save the extrait for special occasions and use the EDP to indulge without fear of running out. Sillage and longevity are still remarkable.
And people who smell it actually remark that it smells very sexy. So even though it's quite heavy it won't scare people.
I also have a feeling that a light spritz in the summer will liven up any simpler perfume, particularly colognes, and glorify white florals. Let's hope it stays permanent in the collection this time!
And MAC, if you're reading how about a second batch of the extrait? Please??!! :-))

Apr
04
2015
Cochlea
Cochlea

Feral, Sensual, and Lascivious.
Musc Tonkin is not for the faint-hearted!

The opening stunned me! Starts as musk, civet, animal butts, and anal secretions from animals. It is so decadent, thick, oleaginous, and heavy.

As time goes on, the scent gradually softens, it is still so musky. I cannot explain it - my imagination is running wild- please bear with me! I instantly thought of an UK-based artist Gigi Barker and her "A Body of Skin" project, the project is focuses on skin. I greatly admire this artist for her creatively, she intended her pieces to evoke the 3 senses- touch, sight, and smell of skin. For the project, Barker spent 2 laborious years molding leather into furniture causing them to look grotesque, fleshy, and fatty folds of skin. Barker then injected human pheromones and silicone into the leather to mimic the scent of human skin. It is intended to be an interactive project. The audience are invited to sit on the furniture and touch the furniture. At this point in my wearing Musc Tonkin, I imagine myself in London standing in front of Barker's art exhibition, sitting on one of her creations, fingering, and inhaling deeply- it is a soft leather accord that has a phenomenal sweet, salty, sweaty, sensual "lived in" skin scent.

The scent gradually morphs to some white florals. Its presence does not temper the overall scent, but I think that it manifests, and add a whole new element of sensuality to this scent. There is musk still underneath the white florals. It is a bit delicate at this point in time, hours later.

A hint of sweetness, a nondescript fruit accord is in the background. I think that I sense patchouli underneath the fruit note. After a time, a resinous note resembling Labdanum comes through, it is sweet, amberlike, and the musk still lingers. The drydown is soft musk with delicate amber.

I'm fascinated by the way the scent develops. My review is based on Eau De Parfum spray decant, on my skin, it is very long lasting and sillage is soft after about one or two hours.

I fell in love with Aziyade, an offering by the same intrepid perfumer Marc-Antoine Corticchiato, I find that the same special skills are used to create Musc Tonkin as well. It is a very remarkable and imaginative take on the tonkin musk. It is truly one of my favorite MUSKS!

I encourage lovers of animalics to try a sample of this!

Mar
13
2015
kamilleisamansname
kamilleisamansname

Absolutely regal, I can picture grains of deer musk being left to soak in various floral oils whenever I get a whiff of this. I got the chance to test the extrait, and also own a 100 ml bottle of EDP, and from what I can tell there's no perceptible difference in smell (aside from intensity.) The notes I get musk (duh), a unisex boquet of flowers, and something harsh & raunchy like cumin or oud.

Might come off as a bit pricey, but it's got great value cause the smell lasts forever, I sprayed some of this on yesterday morning, and I'm just waking up today and still have the scent of it on my skin.

Silage/projection is medium to medium-high depending on the weather. This makes a particularly a good winter fragrance.

Jan
10
2015
ParfumFetiche
ParfumFetiche

This review is based on a decant of Extrait de Parfum concentration. On my skin and to my nose, it's an aldehydes floral with animalic musk. It reminds me a little of Arpege by Lanvin + L'Air de Rien by Miller Harris. Projection is moderate and longevity is good on my skin.

Tried the EdP concentration. Both concentrations are not that much different in terms of smell and performance with the extrait being slightly denser and longer lasting.

Nov
22
2014
maknine ezzine
maknine ezzine

AC has nothing to do with the actual smell of musk Tonkin ...
the tonkin musk and extremely aggressive animal smell ...... I would say that it is a common synthetic white musk HERE !!!! .... it's just myth

Nov
06
2014
Q80
Q80

it smells like naturally muscled masculine man who had hot shower right after gym and he used Zest lemon soap to wash up his body, got out of the shower, dried down but as known your metabolism still works after gym for few hours (depends on your genetics) so the guy is still slightly sweating. so you can smell his cleanness, the zest soap he was showering with, and his slightly sweat. i guess this one is luring to few ladies (if not all) :)

Nov
02
2014
millascent
millascent

This one surprised me because I expected to love it. Old leathery chypres, coffee colored Zebiline bath oil, vintage Femme, Shalimar- some of my best scent friends. So I bought into the hype as I read the (positive) reviews of Musc Tonkin (MT). I should have taken much more heed to the negative ones but in my rush to fall head over heels… I ordered a FULL BOTTLE of MT (EdP) -unsniffed.
I sprayed from the bottle, ever so lightly, inches above my arm & waved only the top of my forearm though the mist. Initially I was afraid to smell it up close (having read those reviews). When the first little bursts of scent began to hit my nose, the freshly blended pong of pest-control chemicals! This was a jarring to me, and nothing like the purring, velvety civet I know from the occasional dab (more like daily dose) of vintage Shocking de Schiaparelli (another pitch colored perfume).
Musc Tonkin struck me as having a harsh, even soapy opening. The first perfume-like scent that I noticed was carnation-like, hyper spicy- reminded me of the odor of urinal cake deodorizer. A hint ‘o pee I was expecting, but this was industrial strength, with an ammonia tinge.
Quickly I sensed a pronounced cucumber/watery floral muskiness (ambrette seed, I admit it is not my favorite note). The spice had morphed into cumin… another mostly miss note. Somewhat alarmingly, I also began to notice a sick sweet bubblegum smell & weird band-aide notes. As my mind drifted across all of these impressions, I began to sense a mineral tinged fattiness or coating of some sort building up on the roof of my mouth. This part was kind of overwhelming… it was literally like walking along a beach strewn with drying seaweed and a faint (or not so faint) whiff of ancient (or not so ancient) decay (I guess this is a strong modern representation of ambergris)… If I smell my arm up close, the rudeness of the mix jumps at me… but not like anything warm or furry. I get tons of cold smelling HAIR SPRAY- and a strong and weirdly metallic taste … as if the particular aldehydes used have combined with something (lily of the valley note?) to create a teeth on edge smell.

It feels almost verboten of me to write such a review, or to mention such modern/synthetic/unflattering scent associations, especially for a creation I had so many expectations of… Oh, well. I admire the quest. And for those of you who enjoy Musc Tonkin, I guess that’s all the more for you. But it was a complete fail for me- an unorganized, hissing cacophony of clashing notes that could win my vote for best scent representation of a comet instead of a soft little deer….
And for me, the search for an accessible high quality animalic musc continues- back to lusting after a long time inaccessible, though to my nose richly rewarding … Musc 25

Oct
29
2014
Hoxx
Hoxx

When talking about this one(EDP version, to be precise), the one sure thing everybody can easily spot is a true-to-life musk note. A faint leather note is in the background. The heart is enriched with a touch of flowers. There may be some spice in the opening. Above all that - musk, and a lot of it. Very natural and animalic musk, with nothing antiseptic, detergent-alike or 'white' about it, until the very end when it becomes slightly soapy. That's all I spot in Musc Tonkin, but I don't think Corticchiato wanted too much complexity when he made this one.

All that being said, the way it's mannered and measured makes it less challenging than, say, MKK. I must agree with some reviewers that this one smells more like an enhanced skin scent than like an animal secretion. The one thing to have in mind, though, is it can deceive you into thinking it has no sillage, but it can be spotted from afar even if moderately applied - it just doesn't seem like that to the wearer. Longevity is solid - on my skin it lasted for seven hours before I took a shower, and I could still feel the traces of it after that for an hour or two.

One more thing. I couldn't help but think how good this one can be for layering. I feel it can bring a hell of a lot of character to a less challenging composition, it can strengthen its base and give a bit of a dirty charm to it. It doesn't mean this one is not good by itself, it is. It's just that its simplicity and linearity, while not lacking in quality, can make a wonderful addition to pretty much everything you can imagine.

Generally, this is not what I look for in a perfume, but, with this one, I kept sniffing the bottle, the blotter and my forearm all the time I possibly could. Right now, I'm enchanted, but maybe it's just the way I feel today. My opinion can change the next time I try it. I hope it won't.

9,25/10

Oct
28
2014
freakypirate
freakypirate

review for the 2014 eau de parfum:

Opens very stinky animalic, a very dark musk, and some aldehydes and marine notes. It is both warm and cold at the same time, the warmer powdery musk notes stay close to the skin and the aldehydes and marine notes linger over that.
The drydown is powdery and sweet, still with plenty of dark musk and aldehydes, and something that suggests dusty resins. Sillage is soft to moderate, longevity moderate.

To me, this smells like human skin that's been warmed up by the sun, that has a few drops of fresh perspiration on it which makes it smell a bit briny.

I find this scent strangely comforting and addictive. It smells like an intimate embrace-- it can both be sensual or a big hug from someone you love. Glorious and amazing. Bought a full bottle without hesitation.

Sep
24
2014
deborahfrancoise
deborahfrancoise

9,5/10.

Sep
24
2014
deborahfrancoise
deborahfrancoise

Fine, erotic, living with the skin all day long. Long-lasting, sexy and refined.

Sep
24
2014
Colin Maillard
Colin Maillard

Marc-Antoine's take on a super classic theme – the animalic-musky chypre. This episode stands quite alone in Parfum d'Empire line; it's still connected to the other ones thanks to a couple of "signature notes", but the mood and the style are a bit different here – not the quality: that's great as always, can't go wrong with this precious brand. Basically, the main structure here is a beautiful and dark musky-rose accord, like in an old, gloomy and naughty chypre, with the perfect amount of flowers and powder, and the right depth and strength – quite enough not to end up smelling too "skanky" (pee). Laces, silk, powder and crochets. Velvety notes of iris, balsamic amber, aldehydes and leather. Dense and sour, animalic, slightly herbal, a bit decadent, really elegant, womanly but however restrained enough, on Parfum d'Empire's cozy signature accord of oak moss, hay and white musks – that beautiful, earthy-silky feel you find in pretty much all of their scents. As minutes pass it becomes more quiet and gentle, a bit more soapy with a nice salty-metallic vibe – another tribute to classic chypres. After a while it pops out a warm, resinous and a bit sticky "cake" note which I almost always feel in all chypres, sooner or later, and I guess it may by due to the evolution of some flowers together with resins, however it is nice. Spicy, nostalgic, oriental, feminine, self-conscious and sensual; perfectly executed and surely worth a try.

7,5/10

Jun
13
2014
joyjoy
joyjoy

New EDP version launching Sept. 2014!

Mar
23
2014
Pinnacos
Pinnacos

I don't believe this is available anywhere any longer. LuckyScent says Out of Stock which I've come to learn means "we have no idea when and/or if it'll ever be in stock again."

Any news of this being re-released in 2014?

Pinnacos

Mar
12
2014
MsAmazing
MsAmazing

I got not much; not what I expected. Musc Tonkin seems awfully light compared to the reviews. I just ordered a decant since you can't readily buy it. Lucky Scents is out. Maybe just having a decant just doesn't offer the experience; however, a decant Ambre Russe certainly did which I certainly will buy.

Oct
21
2013
Alex1984
Alex1984

Deep, profound, carnal animalic love! One of the most dirty erotic perfumes, intimate and raunchy as few can be! Waiting for a new edition in 2014!

Sep
07
2013
Caramelle
Caramelle

Musc Tonkin is some seriously good stuff. It smells like a vintage fragrance to my nose.It's not easy to find out which notes are blended in it,but the opening is a little spicy and I think it's a little clovey.
There might be some indolic jasmine in there and lots of animalic musk.Not animalic and dirty,but warm and creamy and delightful. Most teenagers are quite frank and not exactly subtle about commenting their mother's perfume,so I was reassured this musk is wearable when my daughter said it smelled really good! And this was only a few minutes after the application.

I would absolutely wear this musk anytime,anywhere.

Aug
17
2013
Smelly beast
Smelly beast

What a disapointment,
The opening is quite interesting very woody, powdery and animalic with lots of musc. But unfortunately it turned out being too linear for my taste. And considering its an extrait, logevity is poor. Marc-Antoine has clearly lost his hand this time...

2 out of 5

Mar
21
2013
emily7
emily7

My craving for Musc Tonkin is officially over.

As much as I like and appreciate what it's representing - a beautiful, exotic fruity chypre with distinct animalic vibe - I must admit that it didn't live up to my "extrait de parfum/limited edition/only 1000 bottles available" expectations.
I'm kinda sad.
Musc Tonkin, how I wanted you to be mine, foreverandever...
But you turned out to be inferior (diluted) version of Femme Rochas' old formulation (which is, by the way, superb).
Oh well... There's still plenty of MKK available!

Feb
05
2013
dhoakohime
dhoakohime

I juts got my Musk Tonkin bottle!! WOHA this is challenging as hell:it is a VERY animalic musc: it is acrid (my skin has a tendency to amplify acidity tho..YUK!), bitter, piercing..it has an oily vive to it, like as johngreenik said below, if it was a secretion of the skin of an animal, or fat or something..or skin sweating under the sun (not making it sound interesting , eh? but it is!!) . It also has something mineral like..slightly mossy. And in top of that it has a very scentual sweetness at first, that does not mix with the base, but stays there, like in the surface, layered over the animalic heart.
Then the sweetness kinda fades, leaving the pure animalic base...to say that i love it would be saying something not really accurate, because i don't see this as the typical perfume..i see it more like a really really challenging scent. Probably the most interesting of my whole collection, but i dont think i'll be wearing it much. I just applied it tho.. i will keep updating as it morphs =D

Edit: Update: After 1:30 it is turning a bit sickening...it still smells like animalic oil or fat. Might be also that i spayed to sprays in one hand, and taking into account it's concentration it might be a lot....i also stuck on it while it was still humid so i have the scent stuck in the tip of my nose...

Edit: Update: After like..almost 5 h and trying to wash it off i can still smell in as a skin scent. It has become way softer, slightly less animalic and more "perfumy" but it is till sour and bitter...

Conclusion: Uff....this one is a total experience. I can't say i like it, but it has something so dark and interesting in it despite that it is the first perfume that has turned my stomach down...If it was less harsh and had some sweet notes to compensate it would be perfect for me...but it is not...this one is a punch in the face, and from the first sniff you get the whole thing..it even turns harsher as the initial mini-sweetness fades....I'd suggest everyone should smell this..as said it is not a perfume, it is an experience

Feb
04
2013
johngreenink
johngreenink

This could be the most challenging scent I've ever tried. The notes are right - it is pure musk. In fact, it's pure animal musk. It's color is equally accurate: an oil, likely from the skin or fat of an animal. I wore this scent on my arm (along with some other scents during an evening of wonderful testing...) and I let is stay there for a few hours. It does develop to some degree, but not like any other perfume I've ever tried before. It slowly, slowly fades - from a pronounced skin/fat/hair type of smell into something slightly woody. There is possibly a touch of sweetness there (only a touch) but it's barely perceptible.

I've thought a lot about this perfume, and looking at some of Parfum d'Empire's other scents, it begins to make a bit more sense. I've always seen Pd'E's perfumes as incredibly rustic. Take for example something like Cuir Russe, which is akin to spilt vodka on a fur rug over your knees in a sled speeding through snow-covered Siberia. Musc Tonkin brought to mind images of trappers, animal hides... it reminded me also of an image that's been etched in my brain for many years - during one of the first trips by the British to find the South Pole in Antarctica, one of the wisely concocted rations was a can filled with fruits and fat - the fat wouldn't freeze, and the fruits would prevent scurvy. This image, along with the sled dogs, endless snow, fur jackets and insulated bodies makes a picture that best describes this peculiar scent.

I don't know if I'd ever wear this, but I can say that it certainly represents the carnal nature of the soul, and many of us are attracted to that, whether we want to admit it or not.

Jan
21
2013
Espi
Espi

Today I got a small split of Musc Tonkin (NOT Musk Tonkin!) and curiosity killed the desire to wait till April when it was scheduled to be worn (season-wise).
Wearing it myself now confirmed my thoughts: it smells after a 'Mensch' (human being). I'd thought it would be animalic, just like the famous Musc Koublai Khan but no, it is a freshly showered clean smelling of flowery showergel human being, with more and more skin scent as it develops.

Tested it a few days later on DH. On him it smelled terrific. It must be the combination of his own skin scent and warmer skin temperature.

Jan
10
2013
jtd
jtd

Musc Tonkin doesn't flirt with category (ie. woody-floral aldehydic fruity musk.) It's an arrow to the bull's eye of musk and resembles the scent of strong human skin.

Contrary to the wisdom of soap commercials, you are clean beyond the first 5 minutes out of the shower. I think clean means more than soaped (antimicrobial), scrubbed, depilated and prepped for surgery. Clean to me implies the happy detente we usually have with our resident epidermal flora. Functional skin has scent--scalp, perineum, back of the knee, chest, under-arm. Clean, as pertains to a body, doesn't mean a faint or non-existent scent. It is identifiable. It's enticing.

Musc Tonkin is the amplified scent of 'behind the ear'. Waxy but not quite scalp. Strong, and identifiably corporeal, but not armpit. Very close to nape of the neck, but more potent. I'd like to say it's carnal, but that overemphasizes the sex. I can smell and enjoy a body without getting a hard-on. I'd say fleshy, but unfortunately that has more of a tactile implication. To claim a rather disassociated term, MT is somatic. But it gives a sense of cutting to the chase. No powder, no bouquet, no 'detergent musk'. Body.

If you have the confidence and the wherewithal to wear Muscs Koublai Khan, try Musc Tonkin. If I could afford to, I would.

Dec
25
2012
Xime
Xime

Just I can say that this parfum is delicious! I could not find the exact words for describe it . Musc Tonkin Is what I was looking for many years .

Thanks Marc Antonie Couchiatto for you amazing creation! ;-)

Dec
16
2012

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