Part of what gives EO Parfums their signature DNA is how some of them started their life in my formula journal as an attar.
Oud-heavy, base-heavy—depth; it is all about depth—scents built around deep, sensual aromatics that were later rounded out into full-fledged perfumes.
Of all the EO Parfums, Tibetan Musk was designed to be a classic perfume, through and through. I never imagined a Tibetan Musk attar, and I’m sure neither did you. Tibetan Musk is just so…… perfumey.
Composed for projection, sillage and strong lift, Tibetan Musk was a showcase of what musk can be and do and its fragrance was meant to be smelled far and wide. Sprayed.
But that’s exactly why a Tibetan Musk attar would be such a curveball for attar lovers, and why it’d be a must-have companion to the perfume so you could smell its fragrance under an olfactory microscope and come to love the scent even more.
Except, this wouldn’t be just any attar—but a royal Ghalia in every sense.
Attars are typically worn ‘close to the skin’ as they tend not to be as diffusive as a spray perfume. But this is easily one of the most diffusive attars you’ll ever smell. They say a dab goes a long way—but here, it goes even longer. And there’s no trace of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder smell to remind you that gone are the days of MUSK.
The composition that accompanies the musk is… sweet. Not candy sweet or fruity. Fossilized amber sweet. Blackcurrant laced with medicinal Hojari frankincense and lavender sweet. A composition to complement the musk, not the other way around.
In addition to the most precious musk money can buy, the heart chord is lush with Royal Ta’ifi—the Sultan’s own rose otto extracted decades ago—which polishes that amber-sweet lavender tone to a smooth decadent aroma you instantly recognize as Tibetan Musk…… beautified by the rich opulent tone only the finest Ta’ifi rose can impart.
You’ll see a thick layer of the Tibetan musk grains (the actual musk from Sultan Qaboos himself, dating back decades—or even longer) gathering in the bottom of your bottle, as it continues to macerate and turn this pivotal musk fragrance even muskier.
Just like it’s the attar scaffolding upon which they were built that gives several EO parfums their distinct appeal, Tibetan Musk is an outlier, an eccentric other. Attars have always been one thing… and perfumes another. That is, until a whiff of this Ghalia.
So, take a stroll through ancient Tibet and gaze in awe at the mountains that bring this raw breeze filled with flavor which no city could ever capture; no muscone substitute can ever hope to convey. So up-close and personal, even its gold-plaqued pure parfum sibling is jealous.
Reviews of the perfume edition of Tibetan Musk:
Tibetan musk was an experience that I took a whole evening to decipher and appreciate. My experience with Siberian musk did not prepare me for the chocolate caramel musk in tibetan musk. Appreciate the opportunity to be able to enjoy these. – Husein, USA
Tibetan Musk is the best musk I have ever smelled and should be a gold standard for what musk should smell like. It’s super concentrated and all I need to spray is half a pump. – Imran, USA
My earliest memory of the impact of fragrance on my life came from watching the daily routine of my Grandfather.
My Grandfather worked in the same warehouse (shipping and receiving) for 40 years. Everyday he would put on a pressed blue shirt with white stitching of Robert over the heart. Slacks, polished black shoes and the most important details to complete the uniform was his grooming. I would watch him from the hallway as he shaved carefully combed his hair with a disposable black comb and Brylcreem to ensure every strand was in place and finally he would splash on Old spice. He had a couple different versions but I remember the soft spice musk warm smell. Reassuring, strong, steadfast.
He dressed and groomed as if he was off to meet the queen even if his days were spent amongst boxes of parts and equipment.
Tibetan Musk is inexplicably linked to him and to his memory and his lesson he taught me by how he conducted himself and not the words he spoke.
As I celebrate 20 years with my firm and 15 years of marriage. I know loyalty, dedication, and service not just to one’s company, but to God and your loved ones is embedded into my being by him.
This is the scent I would gift to him if he were alive today, and this is the scent I hope my grandchildren would remember me by.
Perhaps in another time and another place I can give him this gift but until then I’ll cherish this bottle and the lessons embedded not by words or grand deeds, but merely but a young child watching his embodiment of manhood getting ready for the day. – Ryan, Canada
Hadn’t worn Tibetan Musk since I got it. Wore today, maaaan, that fragrance sits around me like nothing else. It’s not a scent, it’s a state. That’s a clinical fact folks... – Colin, UK
If EO2 is the darkness in the palace… a wolf in the Emperors clothing, Tibetan Musk is the first light of dawn gilded and bursting with warmth and beauty.
Tibetan Musk opens with citrus laced urinous musk, that in an instant is overtaken by warm orange and citrus radiance.
This opening is breathtaking and is perhaps one of the best openings I’ve encountered in the EO line up.
The pure white brilliance of the opening is streaked yellow and orange by the citrus and retreats to a warm cream glow turned sweet by the musk and sandalwood
5 mins in brown starts to dot the cream coloured musk cloud as hints of clove arrive to add a soft spice to the sweat creamed citrus musk.
The mid brings forth a slight floral tone as notes of lavender slowly combine with the clove and clean sweet soft musk.
Faintest of wafts you may pick up a hint of frankincense a dash of sandalwood and a hint of clove but for the most part the accords are wound so tight they are hard to unravel and present themselves as an accord and an energy all unto themselves.
The base becomes a musky woody affair, at times powdery at times a rich sandalwood, shot through with a cocoa tone. The cocoa is not so much of the smell of a milk chocolate more the tone and texture silky full fat powered rich cocoa.
Tibetan Musk wears airy and rich but never dense or intrusive. It provides the wearer a regal air or aura of warmth and sophistication.
It hints at some of the greats of French perfumery, Guerlain Jicky, Chanel Coromandel and moderns like Musc Ravageur. However it feels like it predates them all. It’s timeless, it’s classic and it’s regal.
Tibetan Musk is Heritage, it’s Legacy, like a fine watch or a briefcase it’s what should be passed on to future generations to enjoy. – Ryan, Canada
The opening on this one is incredible. One of my favorite things from EO, ever. I will be putting my bottle in my vault and only using it occasionally. It is something very special! – Alicia, USA
It's sensual, not ecstasy.
You want to hold it in your hand while going to bed, adore it like a child adores her doll.
Feel the weight of the bottle. The wooden cap, the color of the fragrance, the coldness of the heavy glass and the engraved EO Tibetan Musk Pure Perfume all representing minimal contemporary art, in the finest form you can have.
Smell between the cap and the glass where it is gently revealing its charm and you will know why pure Musk will belong to paradise. $600 for a bottle of perfume won't be affordable for many.
It can as well be my only bottle that I cherish for a lifetime. But it will be an insult to the artwork of Tibetan Musk to call it expensive or extravagant. Rather, through the generosity of Ensar Oud, I was lucky to experience a piece of it and it is only fair of me to say that.
Brethren, you are living legends and I salute you. – Mydul, Spain
I have to say it is really gorgeous.
Tibetan Musk has a strong, pungent opening which is made up of somewhat herbaceous and fruity Lavender, Frankincense and a slightly medicinal and spicy Musk punch. Don't get me wrong, the opening is mind-blowing!
Quickly the whole composition turns to a sparkling bright Lavender and a big creamy and smooth Musk. I definitely get the Musk, even something skin-like but very antique, slightly earthy. There is a minimal sweetness underlining the creaminess complementing the whole feeling.
On the one hand, I definitely see the idea of smelling a creamy chocolate, but I get also a Coke like feeling, it is mouthwatering! It doesn't smell like Coke per se, but the sparkling sweetness and the whole texture do remind me of it.
On the other hand I think Tibetan Musk is also a classic perfume, but a really modern one ... and a really artisanal one!
I am waiting for the dry down experiencing more and more facets as the Musk comes through.
I don't often rate a perfume as a 10/10 right away, at least not immediately on the first day.... but in case of Tibetan Musk I really have to!
The Tibetan Musk used in this perfume differs from Siberian Musk, but I am sure what I am identifying is definitely Musk! – Lorenz, Germany
I find nothing pungent about Tibetan Musk. It is absolute perfection. – Daniel, USA
WOW! This perfume is a power house, I have never smelled anything like that.
So strong, yet so elegant and mysterious.
My goodness I cannot get over how great it is.
I am not even exaggerating, this is on a whole other level, beyond what we get from niche perfumes. – Hamza, Denmark
I didn't think I'd find something quite as intoxicating as No. 2 (which I own both formulations of I love it so much). This has that same intoxication but in a very different way.
Easily one of my favorites and I'm so happy to have taken the chance on a blind purchase. – Jacob, USA
Tibetan Musk is WOW.
This is powerful stuff. One spray and I’m surrounded. Is anyone else picking up a distinct incense in this? It’s unlike any other incense I’ve smelled, but still incense none the less.
The musk is VERY creamy, but also very personal... almost a second skin like effect.
S*x in a bottle if you ask me. I’m picking up a scent memory of summer nights, sitting outside, greenery growing in the distance, the smell of citronella candles burning, as my close friends share a few drinks, and some chocolatey desserts.
This is truly unlike any other smell or perfume I’ve ever encountered so it’s impossible to draw comparisons. I’m just soaking up the smell at the moment. – Jono, USA
2 sprays was enough to satisfy me the whole day. The Cola was there but there was this heavy musky floral note that lingered, which kept me smiling.
A scent that gives off a heavy ‘royal’ vibe which I truly enjoy.
This will be my ‘Big Boss’ parfum reserved for special occasions. – Nidhar, Singapore
You guys know the moment when you can’t stop sniffing the spot where you applied the fragrance... your excitement is at its peak... you already think about getting a backup bottle. 😉 That’s how it is.... – Boris, Germany
I think I’m going to sell some oils and buy more Tibetan Musk. If I run out I may struggle with life. Ensar, you have made me and broken me. – Colin, UK
Did my first spray of Tibetan Musk and it definitely feels different than the Siberian variety. If I didn't read the notes on Ensar's website I would have said Blackcurrant (or a zesty sweet-sour fruit) on top, lavender (aromatic mentholated-spicy nuances), myrrh (effervescent nutty-caramel like facets), patchouli (earthy-chocolaty variety), and musk.
After reading Ensar's description though I would say, Blackcurrant, lavender, and Tibetan Musk. The Musk is gorgeous. It has a smooth furriness to it, almost no urinous facets, it's effervescent and nutty (myrrh-like) and earthy, slightly chocolaty. I wouldn't say this is a gourmand. Very slight sweetness to it. From my experience with musks, they have a natural underlying sweetness. I think the additional fruity-citrusy-aromatic notes complement the musk perfectly.
I find it very wearable, and sexy. It's very refreshing, invigorating. I could wear this all year round, every day, no problem. It is light and rich at the same time. It draws you in. Very addictive. But I really love musk. It makes me think of gold. I get a golden color in front of my eyes when I smell this. Pure gold. The myrrh like quality is my favorite, but the patchouli facet dominates the dry-down. It also makes me think of Spring. River flowing, crystal clear water, nature blooming, clear sky.
Performance is excellent, one spray on my wrist filled the entire room, it is all I can smell. Overall, upon initial spray, I love it. – Andrei, Romania
Dazzling. Much more effervescent than expected and like no other musk-centered perfume that I've encountered.
Dispensing with the animalics or waxy expectations, Tibetan Musk opens with a deep green feel that is springing to life... like tomato leaf spritzed with yuzu. A fizzy, bright herbal character quickly emerges. I get cloves piercing bitter orange, a bright lavender, some pink peppercorn, maybe nutmeg? The spice notes recall a deeper, more layered version of Noir Epices (but without the nose-irritating dryness). It's as if the most volatile wafts are levitating atop a creamy vanilla and earthy lavender (anyone tried Dusita's Erawan?
The weight and centering effect is the same—like a chocolate-leaning patchouli varietal spiked with smoke and incense). One spray on the forearm is proving to be plenty.
This is tenacious, gorgeous stuff. – Lawrence, Singapore
I’m falling in love with Tibetan Musk.
I don’t think I’ve ever smelled anything remotely similar. I get a hardcore funk when I first spray, but not it a bad way; it’s almost raunchy they way Diagelev is.
It echos true vintage French perfumery. Then the drydown is just to die for. Incense-y, creamy, buttery, and alluring...I honestly don’t know how to describe the notes though, as they’re so unique. – Jono, USA
I am at a loss for words with this one. It is sweet musky goodness from another dimension! I'm glad that I ordered a second bottle to stash. – TJ, USA
I picture a monastery nestled in the middle of Kangra Valley, mini Lhasa. Hills lined with Deodar trees. Surrounded by clouds. Wildflowers adorn the valley like stars on a new moon night. It has just stopped raining. Fog is coming down. Raindrops cuddle with fuzzy eucalyptus flowers and the air is full of the sweet comforting aroma of Eucalyptus. As I walk through, I see Monks offering incenses doused with Spikenard, Clove, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Sandalwood, and what not. Wafts of labdanum and benzoin-laden dhoop from the nearby temple pervade through. The more I think about it, the more my heart fills with moonstruck euphoria. I yearn for this place.
It is a gorgeous composition. The texture of this perfume is like a dark gooey ball of majoun laced with honey, vanilla, and dried fruits. So sweet and intoxicating that you want to bite into it. As the perfume settles, it gives you a warm hug. My Musc Ravageur stares at us with envious side-eyes. I do not love her as much as I did till yesterday.
There is something mythical about Tibetan Musk. In the heart, it’s an ambery, sweet, warm-coumarin gourmand. A couple hours in, I also get this fresh spicy vintage cologne vibe. Reminds me of musky ambers. I found the late drydown to be reminiscent of my vintage Bois du Portugal for some reason. There is no pissy element in here. There is just divinely dark and chocolaty Sultan Qaboos musk.
Something in my heart said this would be something I would love when it was first announced and at that very moment, I decided to get it. Although, this is a 360 from what I expected but a surprise that I would like to experience again and again. – Himanshu, USA
I definitely join the ranks… This BOOMS on your skin… and this is just a super tiny minimum push to get a first impression… the freshness of this scent is quite superlative… I wonder what it will be tomorrow after my shower and I push down the button 2-3 times… 🤪 – Walter, USA
I think this just might be my favourite Ensar fragrance yet. And the fact that it will get better and better is even more amazing, if I can hold on to it that long. The opening is absolutely gorgeous, sweet but not too sweet. I think I perceive the blackcurrant.
What is truly amazing is that I thought this was going to be fantastic, and it is even better than I thought it would be. It's beginning to evolve already, and I'm starting to get the chocolaty muskiness.
All I can really tell you is that it is one of the best parfums I've ever smelled in my entire life, that much is certain. – Gary, USA
I just knew something special was cooking in Ensar Oud’s lab. It feels like old world perfumery is back. So beautiful. I love it. If you still haven’t made up your mind about this one, I would say BUY IT. – Himanshu, USA
By a long way my favourite. There is something about the sweet saltiness of it that is incredibly addictive. – Andy, Australia
To best describe my initial reaction I invite you all to remember a scene in The Matrix. Neo and Morpheus on that rooftop, and Morpheus looks at Neo and says "Free your mind," and leaps 50 feet from one rooftop to another. At this moment, remember the look on Neo's face. His whole world, his entire perception of what's possible changes in an instant. The only word he's able to speak is ‘Whoa’. I sprayed on Tibetan Musk last night, and I had to sit down. My entire perception of what musk is, and what it can be, changed.
There's a slight sharpness to it, almost like a fizzy/carbonated feel to it, not unlike cream soda. It's sweet, vanillic, I didn't quite get the chocolate that's referenced in the write up, but there is a truffle like creaminess on top of a lavender-like freshness. This is a musk that is like no others. This is bright and uplifting, a stark contrast to Siberian musk's animalic sexiness. There is nothing urinal about this, in fact it may possibly be the "cleanest" smelling animal note I've encountered.
Different noses may have different experiences with this, and for me this fragrance so far has been less about how it smells, and more about how it makes me feel. I'll be able to go more in depth on the fragrance itself after I get some wear out of it, but so far my mind has been blown and I count myself fortunate to have experienced it, and blessed to have a bottle of it. – Ryan, USA
I awoke this morning, made my customary coffee and toast. Opened the musk box and decided to apply a spritz post-coffee. Without exaggerating, the scent was pumping as I closed the box and went to sit on my desk. I can still smell it.
The warming, erotic creaminess has quite obviously got inside my head. Insane. When I wear it fully I’ll let you know my thoughts better. But, if you haven’t ordered this. Get your mental state checked.
I will say this, the nuance notes mean very little to me if I’m honest. There is a scent that smells like royalty and when it gets around your head, words mean jack all. If you like musk, you’ll be exhausted in 5 minutes. If you don’t like musk, I feel sorry for you lad (and ladettes) – Colin, UK
Only thing I'll say for now is that if Ensar is going to use this musk in upcoming perfumes then we're going to have a problem... RIP wallet.
Fizzy cola with a slice of lemon, ginger & cardamom all rounded off with a constant chocolaty aura.
A lavender that reminds of one kind I smelt from Zaza Haus that had a vanillic, extremely smooth scent can also be found very prominently after the first 5 to 10 minutes, which makes it so amazingly elegant.
What I love about it is that even though it's not the same type of musk we're used to, it is undeniably MUSK in its primal form but with a different focus in the front. This is a total winner! – Freddy, Sweden
It's amazing! This feels like it was inspired by a vintage French perfume... a dry, spicy complex musk-bomb of a chypre. [...]
Tibetan Musk is an alpha-fragrance, if such a thing exists... it's strong, bold, and unapologetic. Massive amounts of musk, castoreum and ambergris project the opening of yuzu, lemon and grapefruit...
I'd guess one partial spray is enough to fill a room! The musk and castoreum combined with cumin, cloves and warm spices is omnipresent and the backbone of the fragrance, but after time the opening fades and I can discern some floral heartnotes... rose, lavender, osmanthus, immortelle... and not far behind additional basenotes such as benzoin, tobacco, oakmoss, vetiver, patchouli.
Despite the complexity, it is a musk fragrance in the same way Sultan Musk Attar and #2 are, this is almost like an "extreme" version of EO No 2 with more cumin, more musk, plus castoreum and a floral heart. It also reminds me of the 80's aromatic fougere ultra-bombs like Drakkar Noir, lol... I could definitely see Hasslehoff and Tom Seleck wearing Tibetan Musk. :) – Dave, USA