Does Kiehl’s Musk Smell Like Perfume? Or Just Skin?


I love a good musk perfume. They are soft and stay close to the skin, and are perfect when I don’t really want to wear an actual perfume, but when I just want to smell good. The beauty of a musk that works with your chemistry is that it is likely no one will even know you are wearing perfume. When I wear musk I often hear comments like “you smell good” or, in a group of people “someone here smells good”. The latter comment is usually followed up with “it must be Jane” but that’s just because my friends know me too well. But the point is no one ever says “what is that perfume” or “what perfume are you wearing”, because when you find a musk you love, it should melt into your skin and become part of you. You- just a bit warmer, sweeter, sexier and yes, muskier. Oh…yes. Muskier. Like the smell of that special someone’s shirt that you slip on when they aren’t there, or their pillow. This kind of scent appeals to us on a more “primal” level that your average perfume.

the way his shirt smells...
the way his shirt smells…


“Manly, yes, but I like it too…” was what came to mind the first time I tried Kiehl’s Musk. While it is definitely not a strong scent, it kind of has a rich, deep & sexy vibe that most frilly floral women’s scents lack. It’s manly and tomboyish, which frankly makes it even more sensual when a woman wears it. And, it just goes perfectly with everything. The story behind it says it’s based on a vat labelled “Love Oil” found stashed away in Kiehl’s flagship store- they introduced it in 1963. Love Oil? I’m in.


But it’s not just sensual. It’s cuddly and cozy. When my youngest daughter was little she said it smelled like hugs. That works. It’s soft, quiet and  won’t offend anyone, even in a small space. It smells like warm, kissable skin. Adore the little roller bottle for my purse, perfect at under $30. Even the big 50ml bottle is under $60. The shower gel is one of my fave things and gently scents your whole bathroom, or master suite. The apothecary style aesthetic of Kiehl’s products is modern and simple- I love clean, classic lines. This is the perfect “white t-shirt” perfume, and I wouldn’t be without it in my collection.

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  1. Cozy Perfumes For Fall Review | Daly Beauty

    […] Kiehl’s Original Musk works all year round, but I particularly love it in cooler weather. It is as to wear as a white t shirt, and smells sexy and soft with zero pretension. It’s a soft and velvety musk, versus the soapy vibe of a crisp and clean Egyptian musk. It has a sexy skin scent that is sensual as well as cuddly and cozy. My husband loves it on me, and I love it on him! It makes me think of how his t shirts smell. When my youngest daughter was little, she said it smelled like hugs. Kiehl’s Original Musk is as easy to wear as a white t shirt, and I love it when I can’t decide on which perfume to wear. It’s always perfect. […]

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