Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Summer Scents - Narciso Rodriguez Essence Eau de Musc

There's nothing better than having a scent of the summer and this is one of my favourites.  While on my way to Spain a few weeks ago, I was perusing the Duty Free in Dublin Airport, hoping that something would speak to me.  And after spraying a few onto cards, I came across this one by Narciso Rodriguez.

The mirrored bottle intrigued me first, looking like molten metal and immediately making me think of Terminator and your man who was blown apart and then came back together as little balls of metal.  Yes, I'm weird.  That was my first thought.  I decided to get it over in Spain so it would be my holiday perfume and proceeded to spray it all over myself every time we went into a shop that had it.  And shoved my arm into my mam's face every few minutes to make her smell it.  The fact that she liked it too was huge as she's so picky when it comes to perfumes.  I finally picked it up on my way home and everyone I've made smell it, which is pretty much everyone, loves it too.

What does it smell like?  The first word that comes to mind is "clean".  It's light, bright, airy, fresh and all things feminine.  With top notes of Citrus, Iris and Rose, a musk heart and amber base, the tagline sums it up saying " When the sensuality of Musc meets the freshness of an Eau".

When I first spray myself (drown myself in it), I'm hit with a fresh, soapy scent that cools me off and makes me immediately feel clean, not that I'm dirty or anything!  One of the girls at work says she can smell the rose, but I can't and I definitely can't smell any citrus.  As it starts to dry down, the musk sets in and is almost powdery, but still fresh.  When it hits the amber base part, it smells warm and yet still clean.

With the hot weather we've been having for the past few days, Essence Eau de Musc has been a welcome addition to my drawer at work.  When I'm feeling clammy, a few squirts of this freshens me right up and I'm back in the game!  It lasts a good four hours and at that point, I'm ready to top myself up and get back to smelling gorgeous.  I think this is now my go-to summer scent and I'll find it hard to top it.

Next time you're in the shops, go and smell this.  Take note, you're looking for Essence Eau de Musc, not Essence.  Eau de Musc is a follow on from the original Essence scent that I haven't tried yet, but I don't want you smelling the wrong one.  Prices range from €49 to €97 on the Debenhams website depending on the size.

What's your favourite summer scent?



  1. Haha, I thought of Terminator too when I first saw this :), it sounds right up my street this scent, so it does! x

    1. See? Glad I'm not alone in my weird thoughts! This is very different to anything else in my perfume collection and is something I've been wanting for ages, I just didn't know I wanted it :)

  2. I have the original Essence and I love it! It is a fresh, everyday perfume that reminds me of the smell of freshly washed clothes (in a good way!) Can't wait to smell this one!! :o) :o) :o)

  3. I just picked up a 100ml bottle of the eau de parfum of the original essence in Tk Maxx today for €34 - thought it was the one you reviewed here and blind bought it!


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