Narciso Musc Oil Parfum: 90% Cashmere

narciso musc oil perfume review

I’m about to be a total tease because Narciso Musc Oil isn’t really available online, it’s more of a “try and find it instore” sort of job. But wearing this for the past few weeks has reminded me how much I absolutely adore the Eau de Parfum version of Narciso and  – luckily –  that one is widely available, both in the shops and online.

Really, there’s not a massive difference between the Musc Oil and Parfum and, were I to be particularly nit-picky, the perfume spray is a lot easier to apply than trying to dab an oil from an open-necked bottle. Some say that a perfume oil will last longer on the skin, but I don’t find that to be particularly true – though I do get a stronger hit of all of the perfume notes from the moment I apply the oil, whereas with the spray it takes a while to snuggle down on the skin and develop that sexy warmth that’s so characteristic of the Narciso scent.

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Read my post on Narciso Eau de Parfum…

Whichever version tickles your fancy, I’d say you should definitely give this a try if you like warm, sexy-but-comforting scents. It’s 10% intense sultriness but about 90% cashmere. It has that expensive sort of softness that still smells good on your clothes three days after you’ve spritzed it. It’s chic, with its musk and its cedar base but adds a touch of pretty with some rose and white gardenia. Overall it’s just beautifully balanced and wearable – you’ll love it if you want your fragrance to be grown-up but unstuffy. There are no overpowering florals, here, and the musk is understated and delicately done. Feminine but not girly. Sensual but not overtly “come hither”. You could wear it to seduce, but you wouldn’t feel awkward meeting the in-laws. It’s the olfactory equivalent of a Burberry pencil skirt and a fine-knit tee, not a mini dress worn with “ouvert” pants* .

Please. Somebody stop me.

You can find the Eau de Parfum at here* – prices start at £33.15 for the 30ml, but value-for-money increases along with the bottle size. The Musc Oil will need more hunting down – try your nearest large department store, let me know if you find it.

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  1. sarah
    March 15, 2017 / 11:31 pm

    In the states you can find Musc oil online at Macy’s, and they have 15% off until 3/21!

  2. March 16, 2017 / 11:43 am

    I will never be able to unsee what I found when googling ouvert pants. Oh my.

    • March 16, 2017 / 10:21 pm

      Oh no, I didn’t actually check what came up on Google! Off to look…. : )

  3. Kate
    March 16, 2017 / 1:37 pm

    OMG. Your mention of ouvert pants made me snort at my desk on my lunch break and then look around guiltily.

  4. Liz Detrich
    March 16, 2017 / 9:59 pm

    This is one of my favorite perfume brands, although I admit to being a bit confused over which is what – he has so many perfumes named Narcisco Rodriguez!
    Is this release similar to the original Musc Oil for her? It came in a black bottle without the smaller pink insert label….

    • March 16, 2017 / 10:20 pm

      No, it’s a different one! I am SO with you on that – I got really annoyed when I was trying to find this Musc online as all of the products have the same bloody name! Ha. x

  5. Gemma
    March 28, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    Hi Ruth. I’ve been reading your blog for years but rarely comment on posts (I’m sort of shy about it… silly really!) but I just wanted to thank you for this post as I’m getting married on 8 April and have been searching for ages for a nice sexy(ish… its a family day!), not too girly, and unique fragrance for my wedding day. I gave narciso a go after following the link to your review and I love it, have ordered the huge bottle!! Thank you so so much for the recommendation.
    Gemma x
    Ps have you tried the poudre version? I liked that too, it’s a little girlier and more classic so I ultimately decided against (this time!), but worth a sniff if you like this one!
    Pps many many congratulations to you mr AMR and Angelica on the arrival of baby Ted, hope you’re all settling into a life as a family of 4!

    • March 28, 2017 / 11:41 pm

      Yes, love the other one but a good friend has always worn it so I feel as though it’s too much “her” perfume! xxx

  6. Mansi
    April 14, 2017 / 9:13 am

    Will never be able to unsee those ouvert boxers, ever!

    I tried Narciso Rodriguez’s For Her. It was too powdery floral for me (tbh I have no idea how to describe fragrances). Will give this one a shot. I more into “come hither” woody, oud fragrances that never sits well with anyone.

  7. December 9, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    I love the design of the container. It looks fabulous. Moreover, I imagine it smells good as usual with Narcisso Rodriguez…

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