Le Musc & La Peau Extrait vs. La Musc & La Peau No. 4.1 – Pierre Guillaume

Pierre Guillaume recently launched a matching Le Musc & La Peau Extrait to accompany his eau de parfum Le Musc & La Peau No. 4.1. And it was precisely this one that came second in my little survey last weekend, so I would like to take this unique opportunity to present the extrait and the eau de parfum with the number 4.1 in a little direct comparison. 😊

Pierre Guillaume - Le Musc & La Peau Extrait

Le Musc & La Peau Extrait

I’ll start with the recently launched Extrait de Parfum, which – according to the press release – is the first from the house of Pierre Guillaume. Until now, the French cult perfumer has apparently only produced eaux de parfum. A small note in advance: Le Musc & La Peau Extrait is currently available for pre-order. Shipping may therefore currently take a little longer than the usual 1 to 3 days for Aus Liebe zum Duft.

Nevertheless, I would like to present the fragrance to you here. It is not only a more intensive concentration of the original with the number 4.1, it is also a new interpretation – or as Pierre Guillaume himself writes in the press release: Re-staging. Of course, that sounds more catchy and so the extrait de parfum should also be “more direct, more intense, more profound”. The name Le Musc & La Peau makes it clear that it was inspired by the scent of skin. It should therefore be an intimate, cozy and enveloping composition.

Perfumer Guillaume used the ingredients rosemary, milk, musk, ylang-ylang, ambergris, cedarwood and sandalwood for Le Musc & la Peau Extrait, demonstrating the courage to leave gaps at all levels of the creation. You will see later that the original eau de parfum contains other fragrance notes.

Pierre Guillaume - Le Musc & La Peau Extrait

The salty herbal freshness of rosemary meets pure white, milky musk powder in Le Musc & La Peau Extrait, crystalline, lucid and wonderfully soft. The creamy sweetness of skintight warm ambergris and flowing ylang-ylang milk glide into the composition in a wonderfully gentle and comforting way, framed harmoniously by clean and velvety woods.

Now this creation is an extrait de parfum. However, I would like to point out that we are dealing with a very transparent, radiant and airy composition – as the subject matter and the name should already suggest. I would classify the presence as light to medium, the durability as definitely good. You perceive the creation for quite a long time as a greenish-creamy and skinnily musky scent, which I personally absolutely love.

Le Musc & La Peau No. 4.1 – Eau de Parfum

I am curious to see how the Eau de Parfum Le Musc & La Peau No. 4.1 compares to the Extrait. Musk and skin are of course the themes of the hour here too, this time with significantly more ingredients: Bergamot, aldehydes, rosemary, milk, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, cedarwood, tonka bean, ambergris, milk and musk. This fragrance is the continuation of Pierre Guillaume’s first musk fragrance, Musc Maori No. 4, which combines soft musk, dark cocoa, flowers and spices and thus has more dessert-like characteristics. These should be missing in No. 4.1, but the skin component should be in the foreground.

Pierre Guillaume - Le Musc & La Peau No. 4.1

Initially citrusy-fresh, then soon characterized by a molecular-soft aldehydic quality, the Eau de Parfum Le Musc & La Peau No. 4.1 opens with an airy-light and sometimes elusive fragrance. Milky nuances flow into the fragrance, very bright, pure and radiant, familiar and extremely cozy. Clean and warm woods and soft, ambery notes creep quietly into the creation. The tonka bean lends a subtle greenish-vanilla spiciness that blends wonderfully harmoniously into the composition before No. 4.1 gradually fades away with delicate musky-milky nuances.

Le Musc & La Peau No. 4.1 is warmer and skinnier than the extrait de parfum, which I perceive as somewhat fresher and greener. The extrait also lacks the very clearly perceptible aldehyde nuances that make No. 4.1 more molecular, fluffier and softer. The basic theme of musk and skin is realised by both fragrances in their very own way in a really great and extremely skilful way. Both are transparent, light and sometimes appear very fragile and ethereal. As usual, personal taste decides which of the two is ultimately and finally more appealing. My personal favourite is actually the extrait, as I think the fine rosemary note in the milky musk is quite stunning. This creation also lasts longer on my skin. However, if you prefer warmth and skinnier nuances instead of rosemary, you should perhaps go for the eau de parfum. 💙 Translated with DeepL.com (free version)

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Julia Biró Written by:

Bereits 2010 gingen so einige Blogbeiträge auf mein Konto. Dann war ich „kurz“ weg – sechs Jahre. Umso mehr freut es mich, dass ich nun wieder die Chance bekomme, mein Näschen im Dienste der Duftrezension schnuppern zu lassen und eifrig in die Tasten zu hauen. Was Nischendüfte angeht, habe ich damals übrigens schnell Feuer gefangen. Meine Ausbildung tat dazu ihr Übriges: Als diplomierte Biologin kenne ich mich nicht nur mit Fauna und Flora, sondern auch recht gut mit der Herstellung von Ölen und Extrakten aus, was den Reiz der Parfumwelt natürlich noch größer macht.

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