This dangerously musky fragrance called Musc Ravageur by Frederic Malle really caught my attention due to its timeless and sensual scent which has managed to make it into our shelves after all these years (released in 2000) and the nose behind this scent is none other than Maurice Roucel!
I can say that if you are like me and have already set certain expectations before trying a completely new scent, you probably feel the same thing about Musc Ravageur as I do – is this powerful perfume that came out so many years ago really that phenomenal that people are still madly in love with it to this day? You can be sure that it is unquestionably remarkable, I can tell you right away.
This unisex fragrance has a dark and sensual aura, and with the perfect blend of composition, it is indeed the best perfume of the collection, as perfume maker Maurice once said: “It’s the archetype of sensual perfume” and that is what he set as the ultimate standard that has been proven to be very true.
In this post, I will talk about every aspect of Musc Ravageur and hopefully, at the end of this post, you will be able to make an informed decision whether this theatrical fragrance is for you or not.
Musc Ravageur: What Does it Smell Like?
The fragrance Musc Ravageur is described as sensual, sexy, mysterious desire wrapped in musk with notes of amber, cinnamon, and many other spicy and smokey smells.
In the very beginning, you will be able to sense from the very first spray that the famous signature of a French perfume – Frederic Malle – has really left a deep imprint on this warm and sweet fragrance. It is slightly incense-y, but still a classy and essential perfume that is perfect for men and women alike.
Top notes are:
Heart notes are:
Base notes are:
Initially, this scent has a clean, light, and elevated effect due to the flawlessly blended combination of lavender, mandarin, and bergamot, which create a clean, light, and elevated fragrance. A bit of Bergamot was added to the initial formula to lighten it up a bit as the initial formula was a bit rough on opening.
As the top notes start to dry down slowly, Musc Ravageur transforms into a wonderful amber oriental perfume with a strong concentration of musk. This musk was so powerful that Maurice even described it as animalic and very aphrodisiac. The smell is extremely spicy, very cinnamony, and very vanillay – it literally smells like sex inside the bottle.
I think one of the most prominent and comforting notes within this composition is that of vanilla, and it actually has a great role to play in making this perfume so sensual and sweet that you will want to wear it every day, which is absolutely fine, as the intention was for Musc Ravageur to be a perfume for your skin.
This exclusive scent by Maurice was blending so well that I don’t even have a clear idea if there is a cinnamon note coming through, but the warmth and spiciness that is coming from it can be easily detected.
There is no doubt that the story of Musc Ravageur is one of the most incredible stories of all time, and although I would love to tell you the whole thing, I think it is better if you feel the energy directly from Frederic Malle and Maurice Roucel themselves:
What is the lifespan of Musc Ravageur?
If you use the Musc Ravageur a lot, it can last you for at least 9 hours whereas the projection will last you at least 4 hours. Even after 8+ hours, people will still be able to smell you and the fragrance will not go away.
Musc Ravageur has a long lasting fragrance that is not to be doubted; I have applied it to my body at 9 AM before work and at 6 PM I could still smell the fragrance on me.
The scent is also quite strong when it comes to sillage, so it will leave traces behind you for at least 5-6 feet, which I find to be completely acceptable when it comes to sillage. As a result, I believe it is natural to conclude that this woody and sensual scent will gain you many compliments – I personally received a lot of compliments from both men and women when I worn it.
I can confidently state that you will not be disappointed with the quality and longevity of this French, dominant scent, and you will, for sure, be complimented by both genders as soon as you apply it.
When should Musc Ravageur be worn?
In order to get the best results from this product, it is recommended that you wear it during the nights during the colder winter and fall months.
As a result of its woodiness and smokiness from musk, vanilla, and cinnamon, this fragrance is more suitable for colder times, preferably for winter, but you can also wear it at home during fall, if you wish.
Definitely not for the summer season, since this perfume is a total opposite of the fresh and citrusy scent you’ll find in summer fragrances, and because of the high temperature of this perfume, it will not be able to open properly or perform as expected.
There is no doubt that when we talk about day or night, it’s definitely night, even though you won’t go wrong if you wear it during the day too (like I do) as well.
It is best to show off this alluring perfume during some romantic, night dates in order to take advantage of its naughtiness and darkness in this perfume.
The sensual fragrance from this brand will take you wherever your heart desires, and you will not go unnoticed with the alluring smell of this alluring fragrance – whether it’s for formal events, date nights, business meetings, late-night drinks, or some more personal and intimate occasions – this sensual fragrance will take you wherever your heart desires.
It has been said by Maurice once: “for a hyper-sensual woman” and that is exactly what this fragrance is. It is a hyper-sensual fragrance.
What is the right number of sprays of Musc Ravageur to use?
For optimal performance and a 9+ hour longevity, it is recommended that you use 3-5 sprays of Musc Ravageur per application. Use 2 under the ears, 2 inside your wrists, and one behind your head to ensure that you do not overdo it.
As soon as I got Musc Ravageur, because I was really impressed by this dangerous scent, I “accidentally” applied more sprays than I should have and the result I got was okay, but it was a complete waste of sprays. There is a great deal of quality and performance in Musc Ravageur and it does not require a lot of sprays to achieve its maximum effectiveness, and if you apply too many sprays, then people around you will be annoyed. In spite of how good the fragrance smells, if it is overused, it will lose its charm.
As soon as you apply it, you will smell wonderful all day without having to reapply your fragrance every few hours.
If you would like to learn more about how to apply perfume correctly and efficiently, be sure to check out our full guide on how to apply perfume!
Musc Ravageur: Where can I buy it?
It is best to buy Musc Ravageur in local stores or perfumeries that are authorized resellers of Frederic Malle, or if you are planning on shopping for it online, then you can find it on their website or on Amazon if you prefer to shop there.
In my opinion, I prefer to smell the perfume before I decide to buy it and that’s why I have been a customer of my local perfumery for a long time – it gives you the opportunity to test the fragrance and choose whether or not it suits you.
In case you are like me and you are going to visit a physical store, make sure that you don’t make a decision right after spraying it; leave it for at least 20 minutes, then take a quick cup of coffee and then smell it once again before making a decision.
It will take approximately 10 minutes for this fragrance to reveal its true magic, and that’s the moment when you’ll know for sure whether this fragrance is for you or not.
You can be absolutely sure that when you buy Frederic Malle on Amazon, you will be buying the original fragrance and not being scammed with a fake one, as Amazon is an authorized reseller of Frederic Malle.
Be sure that you buy your fragrances from reliable sources and not from suspicious websites that might be selling counterfeit fragrances.
The packaging industry
This perfume along with every other perfume in that collection follows the same pattern, and comes in a transparent, bold bottle, with a black sticky label on which you are able to find the name of the perfume, the name of the nose Maurice Roucel, and the name of the brand and type – EDP.
All of Frederic Malle’s perfumes, in general, have is the idea of focusing solely on the scent – no fancy packaging, no marketing, no scent-testing, as every perfume is the work of the perfumer himself, and the packaging has been designed with that in mind.
The perfume itself has a kind of golden color, so it looks pretty delicate, and you can also find a black, minimalistic cap with a solid atomizer. Along with that, there is also a black, minimalistic cap with a solid atomizer.
It comes in 2 different sizes:
- 50 ml
- 100 ml
If you are like me, and you are a fan of the dark, amber, and spice oriented fragrances, then it would be easy for you to go with a 100ml bottle since versatility is wide, and you will probably find yourself using Musc Ravageur more frequently than you thought you would.
Musc Ravageur – Is He The King Of Sensuality? Is Musc Ravageur The King Of Sensuality?
The outstanding fragrance is just as Maurice said, it is sensual, sexy, dark, and theatrical; with all these musky, woody, and ambery notes, this can very easily become the next unisex perfume that you will be reaching for every day.
There is no doubt that Musc Ravageur is the best of this collection, as it succeeds to take you to the moon and back with its dangerously alluring aroma, together with astounding longevity and great performance, this perfume will serve you well during any occasion that occurs in the winter or fall.
I use Musc Ravageur when I want to feel seductive and classy at the same time. It is definitely worth the price, and if you are looking for a woody, smoky scent, then you should try this masterpiece from Frederic Malle.
While I am passionate about perfume, I live in a rural area of the Bronx, New York, far from any perfume stores that are close by. It is straightforward: I do not have any credentials to provide as the author of this blog. I just love perfume, that’s all I have to offer.
In addition to wearing male, female, and unisex fragrances, I also enjoy wearing perfumes containing woods, incense, citrus, flowers, spices, vetiver, and green notes. As well as chypre perfumes, I enjoy fragrances with oakmoss, especially chypres. Patchouli and amber are not particularly appealing to me, and with some notable exceptions, perfumes that smell very clean, oceanic, or are too sweet are not particularly appealing to me.
I also have an addiction to expensive chocolates and teas, and I spend a great deal of time browsing the Internet, reading blogs primarily written by others.