Parfum d'empire - Musc tonkin

Mon-Petit

Well-known member
May 21, 2010
Apparently it hasn't be stated here (or i didn't see it!), Corticchiato is going to release a new fragrance in a limited edition (1000 bottles) and it's an extrait !
As you can see it's a reconstitution of the animalic musc but it containes tuberose too:
" leathery note, salted note, smoken resins and then tuberose"
http://musquemoi.blogspot.fr/2012/09/musc-tonkin-nouveaute-parfum-dempire.html

I'm really looking forward for it, those kind of unexpected association (as Cèdre by SL) is appealing me :)
 

Mon-Petit

Well-known member
May 21, 2010
I smelled it , it did anything very interesting on my skin, a goat leather with salty notes and a fade tuberose with the time.. I expected somthing vibrating and hotter.

a deception for me
 

chocolateguy

Well-known member
Dec 2, 2005
I tried it last month. Extremely strong. Very scary. Very dated. Smell like an old French lady :( Or maybe it is just not my type of scent.
 

laph

Well-known member
Feb 5, 2011
Any further thoughts on this one?

Is there other similar fragrances e.g. Muscs Koublai Khan or Bal a Versailles?

I'm thinking of going blind on this one (because I like both musky and leathery frags) but I'm finding it hard to get a handle on how this might smell from the reviews I've read so far.
I mean, does it even smell musky?
Also, what of the tuberose - what role does it play and how dominant is it?

Questions, questions, questions! :)
 

thebeck

Well-known member
Mar 25, 2007
Any further thoughts on this one?

Is there other similar fragrances e.g. Muscs Koublai Khan or Bal a Versailles?

I'm thinking of going blind on this one (because I like both musky and leathery frags) but I'm finding it hard to get a handle on how this might smell from the reviews I've read so far.
I mean, does it even smell musky?
Also, what of the tuberose - what role does it play and how dominant is it?

Questions, questions, questions! :)

I know some reviews refer to Musc Koublai Khan, but they don't smell similar at all. Musc Tonkin is unique to my nose. Very wearable, nothing skanky or challenging. Leathery is more like it the first hour, then musky after that. The tuberose to my nose is used to temper the overdose of styrax. The tuberose just floats just over the intoxicating base notes, with the over all effect of a very masculine floral. I bought a bottle I like it so much.
 
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d4N13L

Well-known member
Aug 24, 2010
Wow sounds very good. Parfums d'Empire have a ultra solid line, with astonishing new releases that could born as a classic itselfs. They are THAT good. Their first Extrait should not disappoint.
Also their price point is excellent (110usd for 100ml, 75usd for 50ml and 150usd for 50ml EXTRAIT!!!)
 

thebeck

Well-known member
Mar 25, 2007
Wow sounds very good. Parfums d'Empire have a ultra solid line, with astonishing new releases that could born as a classic itselfs. They are THAT good. Their first Extrait should not disappoint.
Also their price point is excellent (110usd for 100ml, 75usd for 50ml and 150usd for 50ml EXTRAIT!!!)

Yes, Musc Tonkin is an extrait - 20% concentration. For those of you that enjoy either Fougere Bengale or Wazamba. Don't expect Musc Tonkin to have the lasting power or sillage of those two. Musc Tonkin wears a bit closer to the skin(making the sillage just perfect, and not too much) and the longevity is much shorter. Longevity is long enough to make it full bottle worthy.

By the way, my wife and I are sharing this bottle, so I guess the term unisex is in order.

Musc Tonkin is not scary, or dated, or smell like a French old lady, and surely not extremely strong. To me it's a very modern take on an old theme. Mostly synthetics mixed in a very artful way. There's only 1,000 bottles produced, and I'm glad I have one of them. I may just be buying a back up, it's that good.
 
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Rev320

Well-known member
Mar 30, 2012
I know some reviews refer to Musc Koublai Khan, but they don't smell similar at all. Musc Tonkin is unique to my nose. Very wearable, nothing skanky or challenging. I'm not sure if I would even call it musky myself, leathery is more like it. The tuberose to my nose is used to temper the overdose of styrax. The tuberose just floats just over the intoxicating base notes, with the over all effect of a very masculine floral. I bought a bottle I like it so much.

Where did you purchase your bottle? I've only been able to find it available through Parfum d'Empire's website.
 

noggs

Well-known member
Jan 20, 2007
Hedonist, scent, and any other members in the Middle East: do you if this is available or will become available in Dubai or Doha?

Thanks.
 

Rev320

Well-known member
Mar 30, 2012
I called luckyscent and they said they should be getting some at the beginning of the year. No word on pricing though.
 

hedonist222

Well-known member
Sep 13, 2010
Hedonist, scent, and any other members in the Middle East: do you if this is available or will become available in Dubai or Doha?

Thanks.

Coincidentally today I passed by Galeries Lafayette to ask about it.
It wasn't there and the car salesman masquerading as a perfume SA had no idea about it.

I'll give it a month to arrive, if not I'm buying it online.
 

Tonyprince

Well-known member
Jan 1, 2007
OK. I have a sample of this on right now and this is one serious perfume. It goes on like a super-musky old school fragrance. I'd call it "womanly" rather than "feminine." It then goes through a more unisex Aramis-like floral stage before getting a bit fresh and soapy with that underlying strong musk receding into the background, but still very much present. I don't think it's quite my kind of thing, but it's obviously a very high quality uncommercial offering at a reasonable price. Lucky Scent is sold out of it already, but they think they can still get more. I would strongly recommend it to people who like this kind of fragrance.
 

arwen_elf

Well-known member
Dec 12, 2007
I know some reviews refer to Musc Koublai Khan, but they don't smell similar at all. Musc Tonkin is unique to my nose. Very wearable, nothing skanky or challenging. Leathery is more like it the first hour, then musky after that. The tuberose to my nose is used to temper the overdose of styrax. The tuberose just floats just over the intoxicating base notes, with the over all effect of a very masculine floral. I bought a bottle I like it so much.

This sounds intriguing. I like all PdE offerings, of course, I like some better than others but I can't wait to try it. I hope I am not disappointed. I also trust Mon Petit impressions through the years. Definitely not a blind purchase.
 

MorganFay

Well-known member
Feb 25, 2006
I got mine from Beautyhabit, but they seem to be sold out of it too. I love Cuir Ottoman, Ambre Russe and Azemour, so just had to get a bottle!
 

hobbes22

Well-known member
Aug 17, 2011
I blind bought this too, just got it yesterday.

To me, Musc Tonkin is the opening of MKK held out for the entire ride. If you enjoy MKK but prefer the opening to the floral drydown, then Musc Tonkin could be right up your alley.

I already love this stuff - shame it is a limited release and might become hard to find.
 

bgoc

The Ultimate Smell
Basenotes Plus
Jan 2, 2011
EUR144 for UK customers (120+24) direct from Parfum d'Empire. Sold out on luckyscent however.

I am looking to buy blind, what is the sillage/projection/longevity on these?

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Just noticed most Parfum d'Empire bottles are 100ml for EUR92 but this is half the bottle at 1.5 times the price?
 

d4N13L

Well-known member
Aug 24, 2010
EUR144 for UK customers (120+24) direct from Parfum d'Empire. Sold out on luckyscent however.

I am looking to buy blind, what is the sillage/projection/longevity on these?

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Just noticed most Parfum d'Empire bottles are 100ml for EUR92 but this is half the bottle at 1.5 times the price?

Its Concentrated as Pure Parfum, Extrait. That could be muuuuch more expensive (chanel asks 120usd for 7.5ml of extrait)
 

PigeonMurderer

Well-known member
Oct 26, 2005
I am a huge fan of this house in general and a particular perfumer, but there is one tiny flaw in this specific fragrance : it is bollocks.
 

Nasenmann

Well-known member
Aug 16, 2010
Received mine today and my first impression (nothing more) is: MKK may just have been dethroned. Usually I loathe tuberose heavy fragrances and actually do associate it with obnoxious rich old lady - but not here! This one is timeless and unisex in the best way imaginable. Many (seemingly) opposites masterfully combined. Surely not for everybody, just like MKK.
 

MonkeyBars

Well-known member
May 18, 2011
At first I really enjoyed the fresh green musky character. Then a searing accord singed my nose: calone. There's not a ton, but it's there, unfortunately. No-go for me.
 

d4N13L

Well-known member
Aug 24, 2010
I have to say that I prefer the drydown of MKK over the opening. Also calone is a thing that I didnt like that much.
Also some people say that its not that powerful. I think I will pass.
 

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