Five miles into the forest and you are exhausted. Despite the shade from the canopy, the humid heat is draining you, so you flop down on a little log. From your backpack, you pull a water bottle, take a slug, put it on the ground beside you. Next out is a orange. The scent of the oils from the skin tingles you nose as you peel it. As you take your first bite, a ray of sunlight make its way to that ground and lights up the bracken…
Surrati Musk KL (SMKL) exists on a continuum between the infamous Arabian black musks and the utterly declawed but wonderful Al Haramain Musk Al Ghazelle. The big difference being, is that you never quite know what you getting when you apply it. The first time the Moth Woman trialed it, she went for a walk with the Moth Man and Larva. As the sun warmed her clothes, she surrounded by a cloud of fizzy citrus musk. She kept asking the Moth Man what he was wearing. The scent was completely unrecognisable as the fragrance she had recently applied. Only after wearing this scent a couple of times, did the Moth Woman discover that it flips between a forest musk with minty aspects and a bright, clean, citrus scent when warmed by the sun…but only randomly.
On first application, SMKL is big petitgrain with hints of diesel and a chocolate patchouli; the chocolate patchouli dominating. There is a strong after-dinner mint vibe, much like Abdul Karim Al Faransi Musk Al Aswad but without the animalic notes. Strong with good projection at this point.
Fifteen minutes later, it is still a big, complicated, after-dinner mint scent. There is a suggestion of dust lurking.
Around the half-hour point, hints of musk appear, similar to Bal a Versailles, honey-like and skanky. This fragrance is supposed to be masculine and generally conforms to this but at this stage, it reads unisex to the Moth Woman, perhaps a little feminine.
An hour and a half in, the skanky musk is stronger in proportion to the after dinner mint. SMKL is now has around a third less strength and projection.
By two and a half hours, the skanky musk is increasingly dominant. The after-dinner mint effect has lessened sharply because the chocolate patchouli is fading. The petitgrain remains the same strength though.
Three and a half hours and SMKL morphs into powdered essense of an ancient forest. Very, very calming.
It remains unchanged for around another 11 hours by which time, the intensity has waned to skin scent level.
This fragrance is brilliant value for money. It is very much a unisex that can be worn in summer when you want a smell to mitigate the heat.
A word of warning though. It can be remarkably tenacious approaching permanent on leather, so be cautious.