Tuesday, August 04, 2009

SOTD: Vanilla Musk by Kuumba Made

I lied. There is another type of musk that can get you instant compliments: the vanilla musk. This scent is ubiquitous but with good reason, it smells just really good, but as musks go there are many varieties of it, the high end expensive kind ex. Lea St. Barth and Sage Machado's Pearl. These two both play on the vanilla musk category in different ways Lea heightens its formulation with a distinct almond note and Pearl goes woody with addition of a prominent sandalwood note. The funny thing about Kuumba Made's Vanilla Musk is that it is dirt cheap and easily holds it own with the above mentioned expensive vanilla musks. In someways it might actually be a better perfume for perfume lovers who want a vanilla musk that is edgier, the beginning of Vanilla Musk is almond, a really good almond I should add, followed by a heart of soft amber (through out the whole thing is vanilla), below that is clean musk that actually has an edge of civety skank. What is interesting about this vanilla musk is it has major sillage. It also in my case has been a man magnate. Wear it when you seem to be forgetting how good simple can be.
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8 comments:

Carly said...

Where do you buy this?? It sounds amazing!

Jenavira13 said...

Hi Carly,
I originally got mine at Whole Foods but Kuumba Made also has a website.
j

Rose said...

mmm this does sound good, nice price, vanilla, musk, man magnet, comforting- what's not to like?

Jenavira13 said...

It really is one of your best bets for cheapy goodness.

Marzipan said...

I had several Kuumba Made that I bought at the local health food store...China Musk, Egyptian Musk, Water Goddess, Amber Paste....never tried Vanilla Musk but i will definitely seek it out!

Jennifer Koth said...

Marzipan, I was actually in my local health food store the other day and was tempted to pick up the Water Goddess scent because of the lovely mint note at the beginning. Still thinking about getting the Pikake Lei as a sub for my clean white floral in the summer.

Marzipan said...

There is only one health food store in my area that carries it and it is a bit out of the way for me. But your posts have inspired me to seek it out again and do some sampling...there are so many from this line that I remember liking that it was a challenge for me to decide which one to purchase!

Jennifer Koth said...

It really is a challenge to figure out where to start with them plus they have a couple of common themes of amber, sandalwood, and rose so it is even harder to know which one. On the other hand I still don't understand why they put out the sparkly ones.