Musc Ravageur by Maurice Roucel from Frederic Malle 2000 Review

Hiya Fumies,

I have had a sample of Musc Ravageur glaring with its almost Vivienne Westwood red cover at me since my scent Mother Emma took me on a tour of the Frederic Malle range at our Sydney city Mecca corner under Myer. On the day my 3 standouts were Carnal Flower, Geranium Pour Monsieur and Musc Ravageur. I was given samples of CF and Musc Ravageur but have been afraid of how much I will love them and crave FB of the whole damn lot. Well, to hell with waiting…


Photo Stolen Frederic Malle

A lot has been written about this startling fragrance, Katie Puckrik does word and video, PerfumeSmellingThings and GrainDeMusc do words better than I could ever dream. Check them out. Fragrantica gives these notes

Top notes: Lavender and bergamot
Middle notes: Cinnamon and cloves
Base notes: Sandalwood, tonka bean, vanilla, guaiac wood and cedar

What happens when I put Musc Ravageur on? The big lavender and bergamot opening and already there is an undercurrent of the base like a warm hug from a fit young footballer just after practice, then the spices waft in heating things up. Together, at this point the whole fragrance seems to be vying for you attention, all notes together, it’s a busty blonde barmaid gone slightly to seed and working double time. My skin eats these first welcoming moments quickly, within the first half hour Musc Ravageur has settled into a sweet and warm musky vanilla that is way too lovely to be me but after a few hours it could be me if you didn’t know what I smelled of originally. A little bit of exercise, be it dancing or vacuuming, gives it an extra kick of sexy because your own scent blends with it. I think this would be a stunning after gym scent. Your blood is still flowing and you have that yummy sexy scent of just showered hard work, add to that some Musc Ravageur and you will seriously need a BIG stick to get rid of guys like this every morning.

Photo Stolen beautifulmale

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post. What scent sends you crazy when you smell it?
See you tomorrow,
Portia xx

13 comments on “Musc Ravageur by Maurice Roucel from Frederic Malle 2000 Review

  1. I love this fragrance and it’s power! btw, where did you get my picture?? 🙂

  2. I’m a FM fan, love CF, Noir Epices, Vetiver Extraordinaire, MR and Parfum de Therese. I haven’t tried Geramium per Monsieur but have read great reviews also for Portrait of a Lady. Love the review ~S~

  3. Tatiana says:

    Love my Frederic Malle’s. MR is fantastic. But my all time favorite is Portrait of a Lady. Then there’s Vetiver Extraordinaire, L’eau d’Hiver, En Passant, French Lover (Bois d’Orage)… I must be kept away from the FM counter if I don’t want to go broke.
    I love reading your reviews!

    • I can hear you. This is why I haven’t smelt MR again till today, boy do I want to hit the Mecca Cosmetics tomorrow and grab me some. Why Portrait of a Lady?
      I am smiling from ear to ear that you are loving my reviews. Thank you,
      See you soon,
      Portia xx

  4. Call me anosmic but to me MR is vanilla and spices and something a little oldy. I curse myself for not getting the musk and athlete sweat vibe from it. I enjoyed your illustration though 🙂

    What drives me really crazy is the fenugreek in Annick Goutal Sables. I know I shouldn’t because it smells like the sweat of someone who ate a lot of curry last night but I can’t help myself and I start to fear that this is exactly why I like it so much.

    • OMG! I’ve not tried Sables yet but now I think I must. Annick Goutal is a weakness for me, I love the line.
      I’m sorry you don’t get hot young athlete too, maybe you need to go cuddle the real thing to remind you how it smells. He he
      Portia xx

  5. jicky1889 says:

    Hi there, first post here! I love FM Portrait of a Lady, such a deceptively simple and elegant rose it is underlined with spices, wood, frankincense and patch. I noticed that there is a documentary on frankincense this saturday on sbs 2 I think. I’m looking forward to learning more about this substance. Thought that perfumistas would be too, cheers

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