Kiehl’s · Original Musk Blend N°1 Eau de Toilette & Bath and Shower Cleanser

Kiehls Original Musk opener

Today is Valentine’s Day and I wanted to celebrate this day of love with something universal, such as this Original Musk Blend N°1 duo from Kiehl’s. The story goes that the recipe for this fragrance was originally created in the 1920’s at the Kiehl’s Apothecary, then forgotten, then rediscovered in the 1950’s in a vat labelled “Love Oil”, then rechristened Original Musk for its 1963 debut. Quite the interesting love story, no?


Kiehls Original Musk duo

Kiehls Original Musk duo 2

Kiehls Original Musk 1

Original Musk Blend N°1 Eau de Toilette (CAN $54.00) | So if the word ‘musk’ conjures up visions of tie-dyed & free-loving hippies, that’s totally NOT what you’ll get here; this is a creamier and more grown-up version of that iconic musk/patchouli scent that was so prevalent in the 70s and way easier to wear too, regardless of gender. The special musk “recipe” includes:

  • a fresh citrus burst of Bergamot Nectar & Orange Blossom to start with
  • a soft floral bouquet of Rose, Lily, Ylang-Ylang and Neroli in the middle
  • a warm sensual Oriental tone with Tonka Nut, White Patchouli and Musk to finish off

I decided to put this fragrance to the test on both myself and my husband and even though the scent did indeed act somewhat differently on each, there was enough of a common thread that was almost sexy & comforting, sort of like an extension of intimacy — and thankfully, never cloying.Kiehls Original Musk 2

Kiehls Original MUsk Shower Gel 1

Original Musk Blend N°1 Bath and Shower Liquid Body Cleanser (CAN $24.00) | This liquid body cleanser bears a lighter version of the Original Musk fragrance and apart from its cleansing properties, can also work as a layering base for the matching scent. I didn’t find it to be too sudsy but I’m ok with that; when body washes are overly foamy I almost feel like they leave a film behind on the skin — definitely not the case here. Apparently you can even add this to the bath for a ‘luxurious and sensuous’ bubble bath, but as I’m more of a shower girl, I can’t vouch for that claim (it probably couldn’t hurt, however).

Kiehls Original Musk Shower Gel 2


No matter how you choose to celebrate love, it’s always a good and beautiful thing. What makes Original Musk unique to me, is that this fragrance has literally no boundaries and neither can it be defined as either traditionally male or typically female; it’s like the perfect representation of today’s world. Also, it smells like whoopee, but in a clean rolling-around-the-sheets kind of way, and what could be more perfect than that?

Available at select Hudson’s Bay stores and online

Kiehls Original Misk closer



Media samples kindly provided, all opinions are my own

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