Thursday, August 1, 2013

Serge Lutens Wax Sample Haiku #32: Muscs Koublai Khan

sitting in a barn
horse manure and damp hay
stomping mud-filled hooves



  1. I believe that this "musc anosmia" theory is more than a myth. My perception of MKK does not allow me to imagine how it can relate to Dzing! so I guess I must be missing something that you can pick up. My only worry is that when I wear MKK how many people are picking up on stench....

    1. Yes, this is a great example of extremely polarized reception deriving from basic scent perception--not taste but perception. I asked the similar question about Dirty English, which I was pleasantly surprised to like a lot when I tested it, so I bought myself a bottle. I've worn it a few times, and one of those times I noticed that I smelled like Paul Bunyan chopping wood. Then I became hesitant to wear it, as I realized that others may pick up that facet when I do not...'

      What's especially interesting about your remark is that you DO get what I'm talking about in Dzing!, but you do not smell its presence at all in Muscs Koublai Khan! That is truly fascinating and suggests that various combinations of these notes may block some of them to some noses...

    2. A large part of this difference in perception is chemistry I think. There is a common denominator in L'Artisan Parfumeur fragrances even when they are created by diferent perfumers. In the case of this brand and to my nose it is synesthetic perception of void, of smelling the perfumes not as if projecting from the skin but as if they scent the spase around the wearer and such three-dimensional perception is usually created by the use af aromachemicals I think. So even if you get the same notes from MKK and Dzing!, they do not smell at all similar to me and first materials are the reason I believe. I do not mean of course that Serge Lutens fragrances are "natural". They just use a different common denominator mix to create the house trademark texture.


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