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It’s the last days of October and autumn is most definitely underway here in the northeast.  The trees are showing off their leaves in brilliant red, orange, and yellow colors.  The temperature in the morning is cooler and the air is crisp.  It’s the time of year for the clothes I really like to wear – time for knitwear, sweats, hoodies, and heavier jackets.  Fall also means NFL football and English Premier League football are in full swing.  (Let’s go Giants!  Come on Tottenham!)  It means my birthday is around the corner.  And it means I get to put some of my favorite colognes back in the rotation.  To me, Editions de Parfum Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur is a stand-out signature scent perfectly made for the fall and winter.

Maurice Roucel MUSC RAVAGEUR

Editions de Parfum Frederic Malle

Editions de Parfum Frederic Malle is a departure from the way colognes and perfumes are usually done.  It bucks the trend “in which most companies value intensely marketed brand names”.   Malle’s is a collaborative effort bringing together the best noses in the world of perfumery to produce scents that are then sold under their own name.

The analogy is this.  Authors work alongside publishers to get their creations out to the world.  Malle uses the same model.  The successful author gets the acclaim for their work.  Likewise, the perfumer takes center stage and receives their deserved recognition.

Maurice Roucel was a chemist still working for Chanel back in 2000 when Frederic Malle initially launched Editions de Parfum.   Maurice Roucel Musc Ravageur (as it is officially called) followed one year later and the rest is history.

Maurice Roucel Musc Ravageur

I’ve been wearing Musc Ravageur for almost 10 years. I first sampled it at the Barney’s flagship store in midtown New York.  It instantly struck me and I bought it on the spot.  I had to.  The fragrance had that special something that drew me in.  Ever since then Musc Ravageur has been my favorite scent to turn to when the temp begins to cool off.

It is masculine.  It is sensual.  It is handsome.  It is balanced.  It is a musk for certain but not in the overpowering and wretchedly potent sense.  It has subtle undertones that soften the top notes that lead.   Each plays well off the other and it all works together.

The Frederic Malle site describes Musc Ravageur as, “a sensual perfume, powerful yet perfectly controlled, dramatic and mysterious.  Its explosive departure of bergamot, tangerine and cinnamon is set against a backdrop of vanilla, musk and amber. A sexy, turbulent perfume, in a word: ravageur.”

The salesperson at the Barney’s fragrance counter summed it up saying it was his favorite fragrance for men: “Nothing else compares to this at all”.  He assured me that Musc Ravageur wears well – its intensity does in fact last all day.  He also went on to say that the scent rounds out over the course of a day as the cologne’s chemistry blends with your skin’s oils.  It settles in becoming even smoother.




Truth be told Musc Ravageur is a fragrance for women to enjoy too.  I met Kim shortly after I first started wearing it.  One date is all it took and we were inseparable.  Coincidence maybe?  I’d like to think that it was all me who captured her heart, but perhaps the cologne played a part.  She took to Musc Ravageur so much that she eventually made it her signature scent for a while.  I guess she figured if I liked it as much as I did then I’d like it even better on her instead.  Don’t think for a second though that she went out and got herself her own bottle.  Oh no!  That would have been unladylike.  Kim just unapologetically claimed my bottle for herself and polished off the half that remained.  What’s mine became hers long before we ever got married.

Fall Fragrance Maurice Roucel Musc Ravageur

Frederic Malle Maurice Roucel Musc Ravageur retails for $270 (100 mL); $185 (50 mL)


Does your signature scent change with the seasons or do you have a mainstay?  Tell us what it is and what you most like about it.  Also, look for these upcoming fragrance reviews.

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Until next time, be well.


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David S.
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If super dad and husband had a face, David’s would be it. He’s an insurance agent by day, and full-time husband and dad of one. He loves spending time with his family, traveling, eating, sports (Let’s Go Spurs) and enjoying a great craft beer with family and friends. He prides himself on being a natural wordsmith, and most would say he has the gift of gab.

  • Lisa Marie Heath

    My bf is always looking for new colognes – I’ll have to mention this one to him!

    • David S.

      Lisa definitely mention this one to him. Also mention L’eau d’hiver (translation: winter water). It’s another one of my favorite Frederic Malle scents that I’ll be posting about soon.

  • Pump

    I have got to snow this! I am a huge perfume head and my husband is content with his staple cologne. Time to switch things up a bit!

  • This looks like a lovely gift idea!

    • David S.

      Thanks for reading and commenting Stephanie. Check it out.

  • Jennifer

    My husband doesn’t wear cologne much because he’s an automotive technician. He comes home smelling like gasoline and oil. Lol! It would be so nice for him to smell fresh on his off days. I love it when he wears cologne, so I’m going to look this fragrance up! And also want to add, very cool of your husband to write a review for your blog! Love it!

    • David S.

      Thanks for reading and commenting Jennifer. Appreciate the shout out!

  • Kalilah Wright

    I’m a sucker for beautiful bottles! I love it! I can gift it to my bestie for the holidays! Thanks for sharing!

    • David S.

      You’re welcome Kalilah. Thank you for reading and commenting. Appreciate you sharing your thoughts. Tell us what you think of Musc Ravageur and the entire Frederic Malle line when you get to Saville them. Be well.

  • Kasi Perkins

    It’s important for a man to smell good, so I appreciate this post! I’ll have to remember this cologne for when I need to get a boo a gift.

    • David S.

      Kasi thank you for reading and commenting. This is one scent you’ll love as a gift for your boo and for you. You’ll end up doing what Kim did and jacking it for yourself. Lol. Be well.

  • Danika

    Hmmm. Chrismas/birthday present? Sounds inviting.

    • David S.

      Thanks for reading and commenting Danika. Let us know if you ever end up gifting it.

  • M Harmon Malone

    Great post, Kim. I’ve never worn men’s cologne. Perhaps it’s time to step out of my little box. 🙂 When my husband travels and is gone for an extended time, I do spray a little on my wrist at night…helps me to sleep.

  • carlana

    I love fragrances. My dressers has lots of bottles with amazing scents to go with every mood. I’ve got even a few male fragrances. If I like the smell I wear it!

  • I’ve never tried Frederic Malle perfums, guess I need to!

  • I love the FM’s business model, it’s always nice to know who the nose behind your perfume is.

    • David S.

      Thanks for reading Anastasia. A post about another fragrancefrom the Frederic Malle line is coming soon.

  • everythingcurvyandchic

    i have to check into this

    • David S.

      Definitely check into it. And keep an eye out for more post this. You may find another one to check out. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • Anitra Durand Allen

    I never considered that scents have a season. Hmmm. Ingues there are certain ones I tend to wear more in warmer months. Interesting concept.

    • David S.

      Same here Anitra. Certain ones get worn more during the warmer months and the others have to wait until things cool off. NYC’s heat and humidity in the summer definitely factors in. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • Beautiful story about how Kim helped herself to Musc Ravageur! I should try that with the SO, but he likes Davidoff and I’m not a fan LOL.

    • David S.

      LOL. Yeah, the same thing has happened with a couple other colognes of mine. Kim just helped herself to those ones too. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • BeautyJudy

    I wish my husband would wear cologne, this sounds nice

    • David S.

      Hi Judy. Maybe he’d like it on you instead. Like I said women definitely wear it too. See comment below from Allison @neversaydiebeauty. Thanks for reading and commenting.

      • BeautyJudy

        So true David! I tend to like scents that are musky for myself. But I still wish my husband liked to wear cologne – I love it on the rare occasion he does. I’m not sure why, but it’s awesome! I was always attracted to men who wore it!

        • David S.

          Judy since you like musky scents here are a few others to sample and choose from: Atkinsons “Oud Save The King”, Aesop “Marrakech Intense”, and Jo Malone “Oud and Bergamot”. There’ll definitely be a post about Oud Save The King coming up since it is Kim’s favorite at the moment.

  • FabZilla_Kath

    Looks like a nice scent!

  • My husband may like this.

  • Raquel

    It’s really nice to have the history of the creators included, so thanks for that!

    • David S.

      Hi Raquel. Thanks for reading. Frederic Malle’s site includes each creator’s bio. I thought it was cool to get some background on each of them as well. Glad you appreciated it.

  • Oooooh my anniversary is coming up so this would be a great gift!

    • David S.

      Miranda this would be a hit as a gift. Check out the entire line up from Frederic Malle. There are so many good ones. Enjoy and thanks for reading.

  • Musc Ravageur sounds really good.

    • David S.

      Thanks for reading Courtney. Check out the entire Frederic Malle collection. They recently released a new scent to the line.

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    Oh, so it’s you, Kim’s husband writing this review! I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment. I think of Frederic Malle as a producer and the noses as the directors. Musc Ravageur is my signature scent. I have a lot of fragrances now, but this one has my heart. And truth be told, I wear it year round

    • David S.

      Hi Allison! Yes it’s me, Kim’s husband lol! Thanks for reading and commenting. Isn’t Musc Ravageur great! What an incredible fragrance. And I love its staying power. When I take a shirt I wore over a week ago out of the hamper shirt to be washed it will still carry the scent as if I just wore it the day before.
      I’m curious about what else is in your collection. Come on. Spill the beans!
      Be well.

  • Joyce Brewer

    I’ll tell my husband about this. He may want it as a gift.

    • If you’re into musks you may like this for yourself. I sometimes use his (as he mentioned).

    • David S.

      Thanks for reading and commenting Joyce. Definitely have him try it out. Also, there are a couple more from Frederic Malle’s line that I would recommend like L’eau d’Hiver (translation: Winter Water).