Rated 3.86 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review A true show-stopper!
All I have to say is WOW... I've been looking for a new scent for a while now, the previous one I had been wearing since 2005 had begun to get really boring. I've been using Kiehl's products for about 14 years now and am kicking myself in the butt for waiting so long to try this one! I was never sure how a musk would work on me, but I decided to give it a try. Compared to the usual $100+ I spend on a fragrance, this was a steal. I put on a single spray before heading to work (not wanting to overdo it) and let me say, I was not prepared for the results. I work as a show host/DJ at a nightclub, so there is lots of interaction with people, lots of close contact leaning in to hear conversation over the music, etc. and let me say, this fragrance was a show-stopper. Everyone I spoke to commented on how great I smelled, wanted to know what it was and where to get it. I gladly told them Kiehl's. ;-) It has been years since I've got that reaction to a single scent. The amount of times "sexy" was brought up did not go unnoticed. Needless to say, this is my new staple.
Most Helpful Critical Review Something has changed...
I used to buy this stuff every year - both the oil and the EDT. Nothing has garnered me more compliments nor has satisfied my need for a "vintage" style musk scent like this one has. All the major and common musk formulas have changed over the years due to certain restrictions enforced upon the fragrance manufacturers - no more nitro-musks and hence no more of their "substance" (mind you I'm not talking about deer musk or anything like that).
Now I know L'Oreal obtained Kiehl's back in 2000, but when I began to encounter TONS of bottles of the EDT in the mid-2000's, I bought so many that folks thought I was insane. I was merely taking advantage of a good deal while it existed. I've been in musk heaven ever since - well, until just a couple of weeks ago. I ordered the oil from Kiehl's along with the body lotion. Right off the bat, I noticed something was lacking - depth and longevity. WHAT?!?!
Well - I want to know what's happened to the familiar musk fragrance I came to adore/love and spread the news about? What happened to the "dirtier" opening? The longevity? The presence? What has happened? This used to be the best musk fragrance outside of Serge Lutens' Muscs Koublai Khan - very much in the vein of 60's and 70's style musks.
Maybe, like most of today's "safe" fragrances, this one has undergone a "trimming" or sanitization of sorts. Well, whatever has happened to it is gonna make me stock up on all of the "vintage" bottles of this while I can. Sorry Kiehl's - you made a mistake in changing an iconic formula. - wish I could love it like the older version.
Reviewed by 94 customers What has Change?
LAB1 from Michigan
This has been my staple scent for years. However this bottle is different, I don't feel that familiarity and warmth. I have participated in Autoship for
years but canceled because of the change or possibly a bad batch. Please give me back my
lovely classic comfort. Thank you
Scent grows on you
CeCe19 from WNY
Seeking a ''60s musk which reviews said had changed so decided to try this one. Got the spray & bath/shower versions. At first the spray was not something I liked but as it dried the scent became much better. Not over-powering but pleasant & lasts long ( but not strong enough to bother anyone close to you). Bath stuff is ok, lots of lather/bubbles but scent doesn't last. I will use hem up but returning to another scent I like better fir cold weather.
Sensual and Smoking
AnneB from Pennsylvania
Clean, sweet without being too sweet, sensual and warm. Always get compliments and feel very boho, earth hippie but in a sophisticated way!!
Sooooo NOT the original Musk scent
Jules from Los Angeles, Ca.
Just ordered a new bottle after 2 years and should have listened to previous reviewers . . . I don't know what Kiehl's did to the wonderful original scent of the Musk spray but it is NOT the same - more of an alcohol scent like at the doctor's office - ugh!!! I have an empty bottle from 2 years back that has more of the original scent than the new bottle I just purchased. Probably will use for room spray or some sort. A waste of my hard earned money. Very disappointing!!! Will never order this again.
Debawriter from San Diego
I agree with many other reviewers who say this isn't the same formula it's seemed to be in the past.
I loved this spray for a lot of years - and received many compliments on my "scent."
I was so excited to re-up on my favorite perfume, but after I sprayed it on my wrist, it just smelled like rubbing alcohol.
In fact, I can't detect a musk smell at all.
Sad. This is but a shadow of its former self.
If you're looking for Kiehl's Musk - this is no longer it.
Will now have to hunt down another musk I love as much as I used to love this one.
HelHam from Upstate, NY
Decided to try this . . . Scents are hard with skin and body reaction. Very pleased. Not a lot of spray is needed, a little goes a long way! Guess I need to get the body lotion next . . . And just as a competitor has discontinued a favorite spray . . . This will become my next favored every day scent! Thanks!
Unexpected shipping, great smell, faded to quickly
John47 from ny/ct
I ordered this and it showed up 7 days before the confirmation email said it would. I usually wear bleu by chanel and wanted to add something else. Im writing this the first day I got it in the mail and I love the smell although, it seems most of it goes away within an hour. I would put 2 of bleu on and it would last (I could smell it still an hour later when I was leaving to go out on a friday night with friends). I have to smell myself with this to smell it an hour later. One more spray before I walked out the door compared to 2 from bleu.
Musk Eau de Toilette Spray
LindaLeigh from Claremont, CA
I have worn this fragrance for several years and I still get compliments DAILY on it! I absolutely love this perfume and have given it as gifts and recommend it to everyone I know. Clean not sweet, gentle, not over baring. I highly recommend this products 100%!
Flowery, old lady perfume smell
justno from undisclosed
I think I got some of the batch they discovered in a vault in 1930 or whatnot, because this smells terrible. I did one spray, and immediately threw it away and showered because it smelled so bad. It's this really dated florally smell, like something you'd expect your grandma to wear. I truly don't know what everyone else is smelling because this was a waste of money. One of the worst perfumes I've ever smelled.
So fresh and Clean
TracyG329 from Atlanta, GA
Love this lightweight musk on my second bottle. Highly recommend if you are a fan of the original musk.
Miss my Signature Fragrance
JaneHS from Austin, TX, USA
So miss my signature fragrance of 12 years. I, also, do not get the compliments when wearing that I used to and 2-3 hours after applying smell nothing. I'm wondering if the formula changed when you were not able to get the fragrance a few years back. Please if the magic has been around since the 20's or 1963, please figure out how to revive the wonderful original formula.
Darlacoy from Ventura
Kiehl's!!! Why?! I had ran out of a bottle right before COVID Shelter in place and ordered a new bottle. On top of understandable delays I never received my order and was refunded. Now that shelter had been lifted I immediately ordered replenishment for curbside pick up. Upon opening and trying that night at home I noticed scent was not the same. Super bummed out and disappointed. Will be returning and ordering a completely new scent from a different brand I'd been considering from Infiore who carries a beautiful musk.
Pam from Salem, Illinois
One of a kind scent.
This is so GOOD
Raine from Washington
On my skin, this smells like when you walk into a Lush store. Very powdery, sweet, and warm.
My FAVORITE Musk scent!!!
Baron from Pennsylvania, USA
I love trying out different Musk scents and I am always looking for the one that works the best for Me that is not strong or overwhelming. I recently ordered a sample of Kiel's Original Musk from a vendor online and after trying I went straight to the Kiel's website and ordered a bottle! The communication from the site was great and included tracking and super fast shipping. So how was the fragrance when it arrived? It is amazing honestly. I am so happy with this purchase!!!! Thank You Kiel's for not only what has become My favorite fragrance but also Your great Customer service!!!
L0000 from Barcelona, Spain
Musk has been my signature fragrance for years, constant compliment-getter and a mood booster. Purchased recently a new bottle and it's like a different fragrance - lighter, more watery and lasts for an hour tops. What a disappointment, I'm sad about this.
Long lasting but leans masculine
RuthAnne from St Paul, MN
Musk lover here, by far my favorite perfume note. Made this purchase after good reviews & seeing this described as a unisex scent. On my skin the scent is a nice dark & cool musk, not too animalic but definitely leans masculine. Products such as this will vary from person to person so I look forward to smelling this on my husband. Leaning masculine is my only complaint by the way, 4 sprays on skin lasts all day.
Smells Different on Everyone, Suits Everyone
zoë from oslo, norway
At first the scent may smell a little bit like an old lady's perfume. However, it smells different on everyone. Throughout the day, the scent will adapt to suit you perfectly. The musk is truly beautiful, a genuinely gentle yet powerful scent. I do not know what I would do without this product, it is my all time favourite.
A warm complex and unique signature scent
Rosie from Washington
This sophisticated scent lifts me above the ordinary and always makes me feel special.
I still got the old one.
davoddavico from NC
I am sorry for you guys, but I still have the old one. It's awesome, since I did not know where to get it , I would not use it much. I wore it last weekend, besides the awesome smell, once applied on the face, there is no need to use any moisturizing lotion/cream, cause this cologne leaves you face oily(good) and moisten.
So, until the reviews get back to 5 stars, I will hold, to my almost finished bottle, dearly. If it comes to that, I might be able to sell it as an antique. JK.
It?s not the same
Alberto from undisclosed
It became my ?scent? back in 2013 and I was obsessed with it. I would receive compliments all the time and people would relate and identify the scent to me. Well, the bottle I bought in 2017 is running out so I went to get a new one and I discovered it?s not the same, at all. The new formula fades away in less than 2 hours on me and it doesn?t leave the same faint but pleasant smell the old formula left on clothing, sheets, etc. Even the packaging is different, the old box was glossy. Please bring back the old formula!
Hate to agree......
Tessie from undisclosed
I really didn't want to believe the reviews about the Musk cologne not lasting but unfortunately I took the gamble to decide for myself. After 30 minutes I can't smell it at all. Very disappointed as I've worn this scent for a very long time. Wish Kiehl's could figure out what's going on with it and fix it. It's definitely not the same. Makes me sad :(
Still love this fragrance
NYRJ from New York
I have been wearing this fragrance for many years, and still love it! I always get compliments on how "clean" it smells on me. I keep coming back for more!!!!
It?s has changed!
MaggieAcuna from Irvine CA
This has been my go to scent for over 15 years. Haven?t even thought of trying anything else! I noticed a few bottles back that the scent had chanced, thought that I?d finally gone nose blind to my favorite! read the reviews and saw that other loyal fans had the same experience. Im still loyal the to my musk, still enjoy it, but not as much as the original. The original had people asking me what I was wearing all the time ( I promoted the heck out of the old formula!)- a lady on a plane wanted to lean into me an entire flight because she loved it so much. When friends got in my car, they?d say it smelled like me. It was a scent all my loved ones associated with me. The new formula doesn?t get the same reaction from people. I wish you?d bring back the original. I miss it dearly. But I?ll continue to buy it, even in its new formula - I just enjoy it less, and so does everyone around me.
I love the fragance
Vicky757 from Hampton, VA
I really do love the Musk fragrance. It is hard to find in my area so I always order online. I found out that you may not be able to smell the fragrance but others smell it. I also layer my musk fragrance with the lotion too. It makes it last longer. I see from the reviews that some people got samples of this product. I have never received a sample and I bought my first bottle from a review in Essence magazine.