A fragrance based around rose and neroli might not strike you as an autumnal perfume choice, but Musk Malabi by Ayala Moriel is a unique creation. Yes, there’s a strong focus on the aforementioned flowers. How could there not be with rose absolutes from Bulgaria and Turkey present, as well as neroli, orange blossom absolute and blood orange? But it’s the addition of a few other botanicals that elevate Musk Malabi to the level of chilly weather comfort.
As you might have guessed from its name, the musk in this perfume cannot be denied. Ayala’s website does not divulge the musk note(s) in particular but I get the distinct impression that ambrette is at the forefront (and middle and base) of this divinely snuggle worthy scent. Myrrh is also listed in the notes which is known for its woody, basalmic aroma, so that too must heighten the botanical muskiness.
Not to be overlooked, are coriander and cardamom which add a captivating Middle Eastern spiciness to Musk Malabi. Coupled with myrrh, these two spices add depth and intrigue to what might have been a simple “deux-fleur” perfume. As time passes, Musk Malabi retains its rich floral voluminosity, but becomes more resinous and woody, thanks to cedarwood patiently waiting in the wings.
Ayala’s inspiration was malabi, a creamy milk-based pudding that is perfumed with rose water and is commonly served throughout the Middle East. This sounds like a dessert that would be a perfect year round treat, but especially on a cold night, with a warm blanket wrapped around your shoulders. And maybe some Musk Malabi on the wrists and neck to enhance the warmth.
Musk Malabi is available at Ayala Moriel Parfums.
Art by John William Waterson, “Boreas”
Disclosure: Press sample supplied by Ayala Moriel Parfums. All opinions are expressly my own.