Ravageur means devastating in French. And while this perfume by Frederic Malle isn’t quite as harsh as the name suggests, the musk fragrance is especially relevant.
I discovered it recently at the Mecca perfume lounge inside the Lexus marquee at the spring racing carnival – remember this post? The idea was that two scent experts would talk you through the process of finding a signature scent. Then, within two weeks, it would arrive in the mail. Curious?
The first question asked was, ‘How do you want your perfume to make you feel?’ Based on your response, like a choose-your-own-adventure novel, your answer revealed the next question.
In my case it was to make me feel mysterious, sensual, sophisticated and individual. I didn’t want to smell like cleaning products so citrus and light florals were definitely out. It had to have a sense of mystique to it where people just had to know, ‘What are you wearing?’
Recently I reviewed Escentric Molecule 01 and spoke about the entirely unique idea of wearing a single molecule/scent that blends with your own pheromones to create a scent unique to the wearer. I LOVE it for that exact reason.
As a result, my expert guide landed on Musc Ravageur by Frederic Malle. This is what their website tells us about it:
“Musc Ravageur enhances the magnetic aspect of musk with amber, vanilla, patchouli and sandalwood, at the total exclusion of floral notes. The perfume is now celebrated in all its sensuousness as the Sistine Chapel of the Amber Oriental tradition.
An unapologetically sexy perfume.”
Most of all this is a grown up scent. Especially because when you’re wearing it you know not everyone may like it, but that it will suit your personality to a tee.