Blackberry Pyjamas – Review: L’Artisan Parfumeur Mure et Musc

As a child I had favorite pyjamas.

They were light purple and had little blackberries printed all over them. The fabric was the softest flannel imaginable, worn thin from many washings, they even had a little rip over the left knee, but I did not want to give them away, even when they got way too small. Some day my pyjamas were gone, I suspect my Mum smuggled them out of the house in the dark of  night. I was furious of course, but to no avail, my jammies were gone.

I got new ones – yellow ducks, I ask you! – they were flannel too, but obviously my Blackberry Jammies were irreplaceable.

Just like Mure Et Musc.

A perfume almost as old as I am, Mure et Musc is my idea of a great musc. That may be a coward’s idea of musc, but I do not care, I love it.

My musc must be soft and sweet not sour and sweaty.

Mure et Musc was created in 1978 by Jean Laporte, founder of L’Artisan Parfumeur. There is also an Extreme (Eau de Parfum) version from 1993, a cologne version and an Extrait de Parfum by Bertrand Duchaufour who created it for the fragrance’s 30 year anniversary in 2008, all of which I have yet to try.

Notes included are citrus, wild blackberry and musk. The perfume – in all probability – contains a lot more than those three notes, but it feels like just three, in a good way.

Mure et Musc is uncomplicated, almost linear, only the blackberry fading over time and the musk getting a little sweeter and softly woody in the drydown, it is simply beautiful in an unfussy, reliable way. The curious thing is that despite its seeming simplicity it manages to smell subtly different on me whenever I wear it. Some days it reminds me strongly of Shalimar, others I get almost no citrus notes, just clean, sweet musk.

Mure et Musc is such a cuddly fragrance, it is the equivalent of a well-worn and well-loved flannel jammie. Something to wear when I want to feel coddled and pampered in an undemanding and familiar way. I have been wearing it on and off for years, but it always makes a comeback when I need to be consoled or calmed down after another of life’s little setbacks. Or even the bigger ones…

I remember wearing Mure et Musc to my Grandmothers funeral. It was a cold and windy day in May, every time the breeze picked up I smelled the softly calm sweetness of Mure et Musc. And although it reminds me of that day, it reminds me more of my Granny herself than of her death and funeral, and that is how it should be.

Mine were similar, but prettier of course 😉

That is why Mure et Musc stayed a happy perfume for me, unlike my beloved flannel jammies, it doesn’t get to small or too old.

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32 Responses to Blackberry Pyjamas – Review: L’Artisan Parfumeur Mure et Musc

  1. lady jane grey says:

    “My musc must be soft and sweet not sour and sweaty” – hm, somebody is attacking Muscs Koublai Khan ? 😉
    Strangely, Mure et Musc is one of the very few fragrances from L’A.P. I’ve never tried.
    Now I have to.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Ah, Muscs Kublai Khan and I are special friends. 😉 Should do a review one of these days…
      Mure et Musc flies pretty much under the radar, since there are so many more spectacular perfumes in L’Artisan’s line up, but I think it is well worth a sniff.

  2. Tara says:

    So nice that this scent reminds you of your Grandmother and brings you calm when you need it. Mure et Musc has definitely flown under my radar but I don’t have a very good track record with musks so that probably has something to do with it. However I love blackberry and you describe this musk as sweet and reminiscent of Shalimar so I must give it a try. Thanks for the reminder and pushing me to give it a go.

  3. Ines says:

    I think Mure et Musc was the first L’Artisan I tried and I still love it. I find it very different from anything else, it’s neither a typical fruity perfume nor too musky. If I didn’t know it was musky, I would never think of it (or not very soon in any case). 🙂

  4. *jen says:

    Doesn’t this sound lovely?! I appreciate the review of scents that are clearly important to you and, as a bonus, are less discussed than others. Hidden gem!


  5. Marina says:

    Aww! 🙂
    But definitely, definitely try the extrait. I like neither the edt, nor the edp all that much (well, I like edp more than edt), but thought extrait was out of this world.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I will try the extrait (provided I am able to rustle some up somewhere!). In the meantime I had the opportunity to smell the EdP, but I still prefer the EdT, because it is less fruity.

  6. Victoria says:

    These tender olfactory memories of our loved ones, who are no longer here are very special. Above all, thank you for sharing it with us.

  7. Vintage Lady says:

    I really love so much the scent of blackberry! I will never forget a bath gel that is now impossible to find here branded Yesterday. I loved so much the scent that I never used it or almost never for my bath and instead kept it as perfume to smell from time to time.

    The beautiful bottle designed by Pierre Dinand is a true jewel!

  8. deeHowe says:

    Thank you for sharing such a lovely, personal memory with us! That was a sweet story, and makes me feel guilty for having to admit that this perfume is one of only a few genuine scrubbers I’ve met. I wish I smelled what you do! It sounds lovely! 🙂

  9. Diana WR says:

    What a lovely personal connection, and really great story. This is one of the things I love about perfume bloggers — they really know how to connect with the intimate in the inanimate, and they know how to share their world with words.

    I didn’t find the love for Mure et Musc you did; I found my love with Ava Luxe Wild Blakberry Musk. But I’m a dirty musc girl, so there you have it.

    • Olfactoria says:

      “the intimate in the inanimate” – what a beautiful way to put it.
      I don’t know the Ava Luxe, but it sounds like a great tip, even if I have to risk a dirty musk 😉

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  13. andrea says:

    My parcel came yesterday, I was insprired to buy this fragrance, unsniffed, from your beautiful review (the great price was admitedly also a major factor) I was feeling a bit worse for wear this morning and chose to wear mure et musc, it is like being enveloped in a giant hug, it is a comfort fragrance without being sweet and gourmand, it is a gorgeous soft skin scent and best of all it is so totally different to any other fragrance that I own that I can actually justify this one. Thanks again for your great reviews that inspire to me to try a different olfactory road.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Yay! I am glad you love Mure et Musc. It is indeed comforting and simply lovely.
      Also good to hear you got your package, I am still waiting for my L’Artisan sale order from more than two weeks ago, they take their own sweet time.
      Thank you for reading and commenting, Andrea! I really appreciate it! 🙂

  14. andrea says:

    I queried the delay on my delivery and they replied that they were out of stock but awaiting more stocks in, hopefully you will get yours soon, in the meantime the penhaligons near me also had the Mure et Musc in for only £21.00 and all the Penhaligon fragrances in for £42.00 each including Aramanthina which I tried (way too dirty for me to pull off) I may go back for Artemisia (rude not to at that price) I have asked them to ring me when they get new stocks of any L’ Artisan perfumes in. Nothing better than finding a bragain perfume. I love reading your daily blogs, brings a smile to my face. 🙂

    • Olfactoria says:

      I love Artemisia, it is beautiful. So you got a reply from L’Artisan? I had no such luck so far… A good deal on a perfume makes it even better. 🙂

  15. andrea says:

    Finger crossed that you get your perfume soon, I can always get you one from the outlet if you don’t and send it on to you.:-) I think the L’Artisan website has crashed as I was going to order tea for two (again unsniffed????) but I can’t get on, must be fate saying that it is really not my cup of tea. Will probably call in for Artemisia tonight though I am still drawn to and wish I could wear Aramanthina.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Did you wear Amaranthine for any length of time? It is only a bit much in the beginning the drydown is soft and sweet, no dirtiness at all remains. Try a sample and wear it for a few days, you never know. The first contact can be deceiving. 🙂

  16. andrea says:

    I did leave it till the drydown and did enjoy the perfume at that point but the initial half hour for me I don’t think I could stand to wear it, I get the overbearing smell of mushed up bananas on me. I ended up with Cornubia and Endymion??? I don’t know why I was drawn to the mens one but everyone that has smelt it on me said it was really nice. They are both poles apart and nothing like any of my other fragrances, I think the Cornubia is a tame version of Aramanthina although the drydown is quite a lot sweeter.

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