Parfum d’Empire is well known for their fine fragrances, made with extreme care and full awareness. Every bottle in the line hides some very specific emotions and sights from the past times. Done in a perfect way, rich with raw materials they easily captured my heart. This year Parfum d’Empire & Marc-Antoine Corticchiato launched new, 1000 bottles limited fragrance named Musc Tonkin, which happens to be an extrait de parfum. Perfume blogosphere is pretty excited about it and so am I.
Musk Tonkin is done in a different way than other Parfum d’Empire scents. You don’t get this perfume served on the silver plate with all background story and list of the notes. Marc-Antoine Corticchiato didn’t want to put Musk Tonkin into a specified fragrance frame. He is the creator but the whole interpretation is left in our hands. It’s us (and our noses) who try to solve the riddle. Writing a review without a notes list you can look at is more of a challenge but I’m gonna give it a try.
First whiff reveals the presence of something semi-sweet, I would say it’s bourbon vanilla, matched with an impressive dose of spicy tonka. Shortly Musc Tonkin explodes with animalic, kind of filthy type of musk. In it’s early stage of development Musc Tonkin is very powerful. I would say it’s very concentrated, dense and chewy – the smell is so strong one can almost touch the aromatic molecules and taste them on ones tongue. The perfume is intoxicating and overwhelming at first try.
After some time Parfum d’Empire Musc Tonkin becomes much more wearable when the great sillage takes the volume down. There are only traces of vanilla left and the tonka bean spiciness seems to be stronger than it was right after spraying it on my wrist. Musk is more powdery now with a lot of embracing aura to it. This whole review contains a lot of speculations but I think that I could smell a sultry mix of stewed fruits. I would say plum, apricot, maybe some pear? It is hard to tell.
Few hours later from the moment of application my nose noted a feeling associated with cinnamon aroma and with amber. Slightly spicy and smoky, with a tingle. Some woody tones also seem to be noticeable here (but I don’t know if there are any in Musc Tonkin), ebony comes to my mind when I think of woody accords here. Musc Tonkin also creates an illusion of having Parfum d’Empire chypre element hidden inside. I think I could smell some dry oakmoss – raw and dirty, really enjoyable.
Taking into consideration the entire perfume I’m sure to say that Musc Tonkin is an extremely well made perfume. It’s perfectly blended and has a complicated complexity. I think that we’ll never find out what ingredients Marc-Antoine Corticchiato used to create it. No matter it was only musk or not Parfum d’Empire Musc Tonkin needs respect! This stuff is potent. It offers an excellent longevity and wonderful sillage. It’s filled with erotism, lust and sensuality. As mentioned earlier this perfume is only limited to 1000 bottles so if you want to try – be quick! 50 ml of Extrait de parfum for 120€ is an extremely good price. Once again Parfum d’Empire brought us great scent for great value.