Murasaki fragrance notes

  • Head

    • Bergamot, Galbanum, Hyacinth, Gardenia, Peach
  • Heart

    • Rose, Orris, Muguet, Jasmin, Lily
  • Base

    • Vetiver, Leather, Oakmoss, Musk, Amber, Sandal

Where to buy

Latest Reviews of Murasaki

A praline lipstick violet
and plummy sharp rose.

Someone wrote that Shiseido used Murasaki to scent their cosmetics - and I could believe it. On me it smells a bit heavy, and old.

[The purple fruity version, not the green muguet one you see in the photo above.]
25th August 2020
The version I have is mainly galbanum and Lilly-of-the-valley. A spicy, green chypre. You just don't find these anymore. Light and spring-like even though it is tenacious and has great silage for an EDT.
17th February 2015

A bit history about the scent first.
Murasaki actually launched in 60s, in Japan only then. it's among the several big hits Shiseido got in the 60s. 1980 might be the year it launched in North Amarica/Europe. Later in the 90s, Shiseido got lots of its scents reformulated and repackaged. Murasaki got lighter, less woody or mossy, and the deep purple bottle is replaced by the current clear glass with purple cap. It's still in production in Japan, with a relatively low retail price - a 60ml splash edp bottle costs about 3500 yen (less than 40 dollars), and you could get it easily at the shiseido counter.

The new&old versions share lots of notes, but rather have different characters.

The new version is a typical "contemporary Japanese style" scent, light green floral, bit watery, with kind of zen-ish and minimal characters. The watery notes here is more like some grund plant leaves which I don't like.

While the old version smells much more dense, even leathery and incensy though it's a floral in the core. I think it shares the same character with the original Zen in a way. The green notes here is not that obvious as in the new version, and there is no watery leaves smell. The whole scent has a velvet feeling, dark and elegant.

24th October 2014
Vile geen nothing thing - I despair for the other reviewers.

This is a weak green floral nothing, beneath contempt

28th July 2014
Murasaki - you're still alive! Now I must find you! To think that someone at a Shiseido counter in Canada told me it had been discontinued. Disappointed, I sought solace elsewhere. For a time I was happy with Sung by Alfred Sung. I still like Sung, but I longed for Murasaki, the one I thought was long lost for at least a decade, and now today - I hope we can be reunited soon.

27th December 2011
I found my original bottle of this, likely from 1982, while sorting through old has the shiseido touch..florals with a big twist of green stems...avoiding the voluptuousness of the standard rose/jasmine/violet notes of many florals. You can detect a chypre structure. As it melds into your skin the rose does become more apparent. The basenotes serve to keep it hemmed in, not too impart even a whisper of indiscretion or impropriety. It's a young pretty daytime fragrance. Floral. No claws, but not an airhead either.
13th September 2010
This fragrance is gorgeous beyond words. But I'll try. Sophisticated, sensual, beautiful, timeless, exotic, elegant. It makes me think of nightclubs and silk evening gowns. Far and away my favorite, it lasts all day and I can't stop myself inhaling it every few minutes. The EDP is still available from online vendors so seek it out; I don't think you'll be disappointed.
3rd July 2010
Murasaki is one of the few green floral fragrances still available anywhere at all. I absolutely love it, and discovered it by accident in the 90s. I bought perfumes from a wonderful lady who owned a perfume shop in South Carolina. Her daughter confided to me that Murasaki had been one of her favorite perfumes but that she had not been able to obtain any. Well, that was enough to pique my curiosity. I ended up phoning the Shiseido boutique in Honolulu and discovered that they had Murasaki. The daughter was thrilled and bought a bottle for her Mom as a surprise. I thought it was too good an opportunity to spring for a surprise myself, so I bought a bottle for myself. I was just beginning to realize how much the galbanum note in the top of a perfume made it attractive and beautiful to me. I have now been wearing Murasaki for a long time and wouldn't be without it. As far as I know, the formula has not been tampered with. Some of the other classic green scents don't work as well for me, as they have too much cedar in the base, or vetiver, or leather, such as Deneuve, Chanel #19, Vent Vert. On me it is a softer, wetter mossy perfume. One of my bosses always loved it, thought it reminded him of his Mom's Chanel #5. Funny, since I can't wear #5 effectively--all I can ever smell in it is aldehydes going straight to a base note.
3rd December 2009
I had the original Murasaki fragrance and loved it. Are the "notes" given here for the 'original' scent or the new version? I hear that there were over 120 different ingredients. Am looking to market my own line and would like a scent similar to this. I am hesitant to buy this new version as I have heard it is very "rosy" and that's not how I remember the original.
6th October 2009
Murasaki has been a favorite scent since adulthood! (I was a child perfumista!) Yes, it *is* hard to find. I understand that it might be available in Japanese speciaty stores, or so I have been told. It seems that Zen is the only fragrance seen at Shiseido counters these days.I love the freshness and green florals of Murasaki. The package insert states "floral bouquet from various roses and chrysanthmums and lilies...woody and grassy scents."The color purple...Said to be inspired by by the passion of red and the intellect of blue.
23rd May 2009
A lovely, soft, impeccably balanced floral with a wonderful tinge of galbanum and a velvety, talc-y drydown, this scent has been in my wardrobe since 1981. It works in any weather, for any occasion, and it is never too much -- it is just exquisite and restrained perfection. Too bad it is not easier to obtain, as others have pointed out. But then, that only makes it that much more special.
24th January 2009
I just got my first splash bottle of Murasaki. It has a very strong powdery-rose note, tends to be a bit leathery on the dry down (on my skin). The heart note has a very intimate flavour. I'm surprised how fresh this scent is - not a fresh-citrus kind but a fresh-from-the-bath and ready for the evening reception. It's also a very elegant and classic scent. Worth a try, very ladylike.
20th October 2008