Tuesday 25 April 2017

Review: Editions de Parfums Musc Ravageur Hair & Body Oil


If you are a self-proclaimed fragrance fan who hasn't heard of Editions de Parfums, you need to remove your title immediately. Editions de Parfums is the fragrance house to end all fragrance houses and, without it, the world of scents would be one basic bitch.

Editions de Parfums was founded in 2000 by Frédéric Malle, the grandson of Serge Heftler-Louiche, who created the Parfums Christian Dior line. Malle wanted to create a niche fragrance house that would draw in some of the world’s greatest perfumers, in order to create exclusive, creative fragrances. One such perfumer was Maurice Roucel.

When Maurice Roucel was first introduced to Frédéric Malle, Malle told him that he would be given absolute creative freedom when creating his scent, which - at a time when mass market brands afforded perfumers no such luxury - made him a little suspect. However Maurice went off to work his magic and, a few weeks later, returned with one of the most daringly sexy perfumes Frédéric Malle had ever come across. As far as Malle was concerned, it was a masterpiece - the Sistine Chapel of the amber oriental perfume tradition. It was named Musc Ravageur.


Musc Ravageur is a seductive, sensual perfume that is powerful but not overwhelming. The unisex scent contains top notes of lavender, tanergine and bergamot, heart notes of cinnamon and cloves and base notes of sandalwood, tonka bean, vanilla, guaiac wood, musk, amber and cedar.

Musc Ravageur originally launched as an eau de parfum, however the brand recently released a hair and body oil and it’s a real beauté. Packaged in a simple black bottle, the Musc Ravageur Hair & Body Oil (£105.00 houseoffraser.co.uk) is extremely lightweight and absorbs into the skin incredibly quickly, just like a dry oil. This makes it a real game changer for me, as so many perfumed body oils are too rich and refuse to fully absorb into my skin. Its ability to absorb quickly also makes it perfect for fragrance layering. Nothing keeps you smelling amazing all day, like applying a body oil or cream underneath your fragrance.

Like its eau de parfum counterpart, the Musc Ravageur oil smells amazing, only a small amount of product is needed to make an impact and its scent lingers on the skin for many hours after application. This is sure to be my summer staple.

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