Mûre et Musc
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Fragrance family: Floral Fruity
Gender: For women and men
Concentration: Eau de Toilette (EDT)
Perfumer: Jean-François Laporte

Launched in 1978 by L’Artisan Parfumeur, this iconic fragrance was one of the first perfumes based on blackberries and established Jean-Francois Laporte as a visionary perfumer and L’Artisan Parfumeur as an innovative brand in modern perfumery.

It opens with a burst of green aromatic basil followed by Amalfi lemons. These lemons have less bite, are less sour than other varieties, and are bright, juicy and sweet here. A note of sweet, juicy Mandarin orange adds another dimension of citrus to the opening, as luscious orange adds just a touch of astringency that balances the citrus sweetness. As it blooms, the citruses fade, and the mûre, or blackberry, comes forward.

Blackberry doesn't exist in perfumery, so Laporte created it by blending a raspberry ketone, Frambinone, which smells like sweet raspberry jam, with blackcurrant to create the blackberry heart of Mûre et Musc. The scent is not of cooked or succulent berries but small wild blackberry fruits on the stem, warmed by summer sun. At the base, Oakmoss fills in green woody facets: woody stems, fresh, green leaves and grass, and moist earth underfoot. The white musk that settles on my skin is clean and soft, not animalic, but sensual and sophisticated.

Mûre et Musc dries down to a refined, quiet seducer that endures because of its uncomplicated beauty and refinement. Don’t make the mistake of underestimating it.

Notes: basil, Amalfi lemon, Mandarin orange, orange, blackberry and red berries, oakmoss, musk.

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