Last night I was looking through the list of fragrances I have reviewed so far, and was rather disturbed to see how few would qualify as affordable. I distinctly remember thinking, in some now distant past, that $100 was an awful lot to spend for one small bottle, now, it hardly fazes me. Surely there are still lots of wonderful fragrances to be had for under $25, right?
All of which is a roundabout way of introducing today’s fragrance, Egyptian Musk by Body Time. Body Time was established in California in 1970 as The Body Shop, and eventually sold their name to the British firm of the same name. They are best known for their China Rain scent, and they also have a full line of perfume and essential oils. For DIYers, they carry a few basic perfume making supplies, including a perfume & cologne base.
To my mind, their Egyptian Musk is the perfect "your skin but better" scent. It is clean and fresh, but without smelling like laundry detergent. It is slightly green, slightly sweet, and is the perfect thing to wear when you need to give your poor nose a break, or when you are not sure you should be wearing perfume at all. Like many musks, it can quickly bring on a kind of olfactory fatigue if you keep trying to smell it directly; you might think it is completely gone, but trust me, a couple of drops will last for hours.
There are any number of Egyptian Musk oils on the market, and I have tried about 6 or 7 different versions; this is by far my favorite. I would love to know exactly what Egyptian musk is made of (if you know, please tell!), but I assume it is plant-based. It certainly doesn’t smell in the least animalic.
It can be purchased directly from bodytime, and is dirt cheap: $8 for ¼ ounce. You can buy a whole ounce for $25.60, but this is an extremely thick perfume oil, almost like molasses, and I should think 1 ounce would last for most of the rest of your life.
Have a favorite cheap perfume? Don't think there is any such thing as a decent perfume for under $25? Please comment!