Musc Ravageur is essentially an old-school animalic Oriental dressed up in modern garb.
The perfume hangs on a classic chord of bergamot, lavender and vanilla which projects with plenty of Iso E Super like radiance. The gourmand sweetness of the fond is here played up with spicy notes of clove and cinnamon, and the whole thing is wrapped up in thick layers of furry musk. The latter smells remarkably like IFF’s specialty Tonquitone base, a synthetic replacement for natural musk deer grains. Although now a protected species, the tincture from the glands of Moschus moschiferus once made up a reported 15% of Chanel No.5’s formula (together with 15% natural civet infusion, per Kraft et al.).
A tad rougher in feel than Shalimar and the like, Musc Ravageur nevertheless succeeds in showcasing a largely forgotten facet of so many famous perfumes.
Nose: Maurice Roucel
House: Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle
Relase date: 2000
Notes (per Fragrantica): lavender, bergamot, tangerine, cinnamon, clove, sandalwood, tonka, vanilla, guaiac, musk, amber.