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Original Musk Oil

All Skin Types, including Sensitive Skin

Our signature Musk essence oil.

Original Musk Oil is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 96.
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Original Musk Oil

Original Musk Oil

Our signature Musk essence oil.

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What It Is

Our signature scent, Original Musk Oil, is believed to have been originally formulated in 1921. Re-introduced to customers in 1963, our Musk essence oil – also known as “Love Oil” – is soft and clean and beloved by men and women.

What It’s Good For

  • Classic fragrance with a fresh burst of Bergamot Nectar and Orange Blossom with a soft aroma of Rose, Lily, Ylang-Ylang and Neroli
  • Dries down to a warm finish of Tonka Nut, White Patchouli and Musk
  • Signature Kiehl’s scent known as our “Love Oil” and first believed to have been formulated in 1921
  • For men and women
How To Apply

How to Use

How To Apply

WARNINGS: Our essences are generally recommended for everyone. Please note the following with regard to the usage of pure essences and essence blends and their possible effects on the skin: the susceptibility of persons to pure essences and essence blends varies from individual to individual. Occasionally, susceptible individuals can experience a rash, desensitization or a temporary discoloration of the skin in the areas where the pure concentrated essences have been applied. Sun exposure greatly increases the sensitivity of the skin towards certain essences; therefore, we recommend that the use of essences should be limited to those occasions when sun exposure is minimal.

Future Made Better

Future Made Better

True to our founding family’s mission, we strive to improve the quality of the communities we serve by reducing our
environmental impact, formulating responsibly, and supporting charitable causes. This formula is made with:
Responsible Formulation
Responsible Formulation
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Definitely not the same original musk oil I loved since the 1970s. Please bring back the real Kiehl’s musk oil you sold at the NYC apothecary. It was the best!
Date published: 2020-12-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Musk Oil Not the Same! I am so disappointed. I had my old bottle of musk oil for years now. I stopped wearing perfume when I got pregnant and then just forgot about it as a stay at home mom. My son is now six and during quarantine, I started to do little things for myself so I put on some of the musk oil. It didn't have much left in the bottle so I ordered a new bottle to treat myself. I put it on as soon as I got it. Typically I only needed the tiniest bit but I found myself having to reapply it to get any scent at all. Upon further investigation, when I turned the bottle upside down (with the cap on), it seemed very liquidy. Around 1995-2010...the oil was so thick it looked like molasses. I don't know if the change came due to Loreal buying out Kiehls, but I am so sad to see that the original musk oil has been changed. I may try to return it but more than anything I'm so upset my favorite oil is gone and now have to find a new fragrance. I still enjoy other Kiehls products like face creams.
Date published: 2020-12-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Responding to customers and concerns directly Clearly the musk is different considering all the feedback you have had. I think that Kiehl's reply is even worse. Here's Kiehl's opportunity to come clean and address the issues. All Kiehl's keeps doing here is sending the same canned response over and over. I agree they should be honest. Obviously something isn't the same. Maybe they changed suppliers. Why don't you have someone analyze it. You all come off as chemistry majors when we walk through the door.
Date published: 2020-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superior Quality Products !!!!!!! I was using Coty Mask Oil for 25 years, yours is as good as it can be
Date published: 2020-05-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not the same This was my favorite perfume. I always got so many complements now I never even smell the scent while applying. I used to put on a sweater I haven’t worn in awhile and enjoy how it smelled. That never happens now that Keils changed there formulation. No more and i will miss the scent I knew
Date published: 2020-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my Kiehls Musk Oil Been wearing Kiehls Musk for over 30 years and nothing else!!!
Date published: 2019-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous animalic musk. Just received my new bottle of Kiehl's Original Musk Oil. It smells identical to the same product I purchased 12 years ago, so I am mystified by those who say the smell has changed. Kiehl's is famously one of the more "animalic" solinote musks on the market, which is to say it has a delicate, quasi-sebaceous fetor to it that serious musk lovers prize. It is not perfumey, floral, headshop-py or "laundry-clean" in character, but rather a close analogue to real deermusk (now legally banned and rarely used in fine perfumery). The oil has a pleasantly thick viscosity to it, and a little goes a long way; very little sillage, but extremely tenacious substantivity. Wear it solo for its cozy, reassuring muskiness, or apply it as an under-layer to your favorite fine perfume, for added animalic richness. This is gorgeous stuff.
Date published: 2019-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from For all those wondering There WAS an ingredient change. This is because the 'real musk' was outlawed by the US years ago (I believe it's deer musk, you have to spend a few hours on the internet to find these details). So the ingredient is now a synthetic musk, which is not the same, but the support people monitoring this review board are just posting a canned reply anyway. The worse news is that that ingredient was banned for all musks and musk oils, not just this one, so you can't get authentic musk anywhere at this point.
Date published: 2019-12-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Does Not Smell The Same I have been using this oil since the 70s . I use other fragrances but always go back to purchasing this, I love the musk body lotion and this combined. I just purchased both over the weekend and returned the oil. This does not smell the same. I thought maybe my body chemistry changed but after reading these reviews I think not. I did purchase the roller-ball want to see if this still has the incredible and to me intoxicating scent I remember from so long ago.
Date published: 2019-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from STILL THE ORIGINAL SCENT TO ME! I don't understand how these critics are saying the scent has changed. I have been using Kiehl's Musk for at least 25 years, or more, and have not noticed any change in the way it smells. As a matter of fact, my grandson said, just the other day, "I love the oil you wear, and every time I smell anything similar, I say, "That smells just like my Nana!" I will never stop using your Musk - I love it!
Date published: 2019-10-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Must Concur I have been a Kiehl's customer since 1972 and the reviews about the change in musk oil are correct. Unfortunately. I imagine the original product(s) needed have become too costly or hard to mass produce, but if I could purchase a special order of the REAL Original Musk oil I would pay the additional charge. Please advise. Thank you
Date published: 2019-09-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from PLEASE MAKE THIS OIL WITH THE ORIGINAL FORMULA I have been regualry wearing this musk for 10 years. I have one new bottle left from an online purchase I made in April 2017. Today, I went into a store to compare. Without a doubt, this musk oil is a different product than it used to be. The new formula is much lighter and sweeter than the original. The texture is the oil is thinner than the original. Why is this product not sold as an “updated” or “new” formula?? Do you intend on changing back the original formula? Please be honest.
Date published: 2019-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different, yes. Terrible, no. So before I go any further I have been wearing this fragrance for the past fifteen years and yes, it is different. No amount of messages from Kiehls saying "Please know there has not been a change to this scent" is going to convince me. I still have a bottle of the old stuff and a bottle of the new stuff and it is different. The oil is thinner, does seem to have a bit less scent to it and a slightly sweeter smell. SO there's the bad. Here is the good. Slightly less scent is not that big of a deal, it's not like this stuff was the stinkiest stuff in the world before. It's why so many of us wear it. I don't like smelling like I just got hosed down with overpowering fragrance. We all know that guy, nobody likes him. It still smells great, I still get comments daily and I will continue to buy it. FYI, if you want a stronger smell, pair it with the body wash or the moisturizer and you're good to go.
Date published: 2019-07-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from WHAT HAPPENED TO MUSK OIL It would really be great to get an honest answer on why the original musk oil is now a watered down version and all the other oils were discontinued. It is so insulting that all the complaints are answered with a generic line. All these people can't be wrong, I know I'm not. I wore the musk and cucumber for over 30 years so I know. I think people would be willing to pay more if that's what it took but to be constantly condescended to is beyond annoying. I have spoken to a rep on the phone who also read a script assuring me that nothing has changed. Nobody is fooled .................
Date published: 2019-06-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The mystery of the missing original musk essence oil Decades ago, Kiehl’s discontinued my signature scent, (Moroccan) Jasmine essence oil...since then, I bought the Original Musk Essence Oil. Which became my (second) signature scent. Unfortunately, unlike the Original Musk Essence Oil of days past, the scent does not last all day, no more than a few hours. Plus, there’s a stronger floral top note that was mostly absent in the Original Musk. What Kiehl’s/Loreal has touted as the using the same essence oil is counter to how pure essence oils work with one’s individual body chemistry and body heat. In the past I would dab the Original Musk on certain pulse points in the morning and would never need to re-apply it. It is obvious to many of your long-time customers that an inferior essence oil is being used. And is an example that the high level of quality is now lacking (in this particular product line)
Date published: 2019-06-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from But why? Why would a company that makes such great products, put out this inferior one? Had this been my first Kiehl’s purchase, I would never have purchased another product from them again. This was a complete waste of money. I might have well have purchased a bottle full of air and pretended it smelled like the original musk. If you can get any of the oil out of the poorly designed bottle, you can smell it for about ten seconds if you get your nose right up to where you rolled the oil. I have the spray version and although it does not have very long staying power, it is many times a better product. I’ve barely used it and I’m wondering if I should just toss it. It is that ineffective. Please Kiehl’s, do yourself a favor and get this product off your site. Right now, I’m hesitant to try any more of your products for a while. Of course, I can’t return it, now that I’ve tried to use it. Bummer.
Date published: 2019-05-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Kiehls original musk oil Very disappointed there is no fragrance. Will not buy again and am sending the bottle back
Date published: 2019-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Same Scent Revisited. One of a kind! My 'odor-evoked autobiographical memory' notices no change in scent. I wore this musk throughout the aughts and beyond, until it mysteriously slipped away to become unavailable. I missed its no-nonsense, sultry, subtle, earthy opulence. It's my secret answer to not liking perfume; I mix a tiny bit with unscented olive & aloe body lotion. I've been told many times, "I like that you don't wear perfume and just smell good." Exactly. Kiehl's Musk Oil is je ne sais quoi in a bottle. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2019-04-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Kiehl's Musk Oil - Disappointed I've been using Kiehl's Musk oil for years now and it's no longer the same formula. The scent is barely there and the oil has been diluted. No doubt about it. The quality of the original Kiehl's musk oil scent hasn't been the same since French Loreal bought Kiehl's in 2000. And now it's become even worse the quality is no longer the same.
Date published: 2019-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I just love it! So I’ve seen previous reviews saying that the formula has changed; however, I personally LOVE this stuff! I can’t imagine what it smelled like “before” because I think it smells amazing right now. The oil is thick and really moisturizing and of course, smells heavenly. I will be buying bottle after bottle of this!
Date published: 2019-04-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just about to re-order I was just about to order another bottle of the Kiehls Musk Oil when I saw all the negative reviews of the change in fragrance. I doubt that all these long-time users can all be wrong, so I think that either the formula HAS been changed (although the company is denying it) or that the quality of the ingredients has changed for the worse. I gave it a two star rating because I believe the other users but the little I have remaining in my bottle from a couple of years ago is lovely. I am putting off buying again until I see better reviews and a resolution to this issue. Kiehls, just fix it!!!
Date published: 2019-04-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Please listen to your customers I, along with a million other Musk Oil lovers, have worn this scent for over 20yrs. What the heck happened you guys? Please just cut the nonsense and bring back your amazing product the way we all remember it. You have loyal fans that want to stay loyal.
Date published: 2019-03-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This smell has changed. I spend about $2000-3,000 a year on Kiehls between myself and my lady. (unfortunately just became a rewards member) . I recently bought this in March and immediately noticed something was OFF. I even compared the scent to the same musk or what appeared to be the same musk from Kiehls 6 months or so ago and it smelled not as strong and even slight pungent. I then asked my lady to smell, same concencious. I’m no fool.. not that degrees matter but I am an MBA and Financial Advisor studying for my J.D, and also is my lady. I don’t want excuses, I just want this fixed, please. Whatever you guys changed, please revert back to the original formula. In fact, please call me. This is pretty serious. I loved this stuff.. and now.. it’s not the same. Please respond and get in touch with me.
Date published: 2019-03-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not the Original Regardless of what responses say, all your customers can't have gone smell-blind all at once. There are too many people who claim the scent has changed from the original to keep telling them it hasn't. I am another one who knows the smell is not a little different, but very different. It went from being thick and musky to floral,soapy, and almost unfit for a man's cologne. I still have a bottle of what I thought was Musk Oil I bought at the NYC flagship on 3rd Ave a decade or more ago, and it smells nothing like the new bottle I received today. Maybe it wasn't the "Original Musk" that I bought way back then. I can't tell because the bottle is only marked with the Kiehl's name, address, and 7C041X. Please help us out. Either by releasing that scent again or at least confirming that we are not crazy and something has changed. Otherwise, we will all either continue to buy this product thinking it's what we want and be disappointed or reject Kiehl's altogether because you keep telling us we're mistaken about the formulation.
Date published: 2019-03-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wheres the MUSK GONE TO? I am 68 years old, and l have been wearing your original musk since l was in my 20's. IN THE LAST 2 (TWO) YEARS EVERY TIME I GET IT THE SMELL WAS EXTREMELY WEAK, IF IT SMELLS AT ALL! ITS ALL OIL. YOU HAVE TO DUMP THE WHOLE BOTTLE ON TO GET ANY SMELL. AT ALL! THIS WAS A DEVINE SMELL.! A LITTLE DAB WAS ALL YOU NEEDED AND PEOPLE WOULD ASK ME : " WHAT IS THAT, WHERE CAN I GET IT, YOU SMELL GREAT! THEN I WOULD REFER THEM TO YOUR STORE OR WEB. NOT ANYMORE THERES NO SMELL. WHY DID YOU CHANGE THE FORMULA??? IF IT AIN'T BROKE DON'T FIX IT!!!! LOOKING AT JOE MALONE. SCENT IF YOU DON'T FIX THIS! AND I HAVE BEEN A LOYAL CUSTOMER!! FIX THIS
Date published: 2019-03-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from *****Doesn't smell the same as "Original" Formula***** SO... much to my excitement, I got an email notification from Kiehl's on 1/31/19 that this was back in stock! I figured Kiehl's had finally read all the pleas to bring back their best selling oil(although Cucumber was my most favorite). I immediately went online & ordered it. I just got it today, opened it up and my first thought was it smelled a little off and the oil somehow didn't even feel as thick as it usually is. I put it on my wrists and rubbed them together and it almost evaporated for lack of a better description. For the past few years, I have been stockpiling my Musk Oil & purchasing it on eBay when I can find. I still have one of my original bottles I purchased in the NYC Kiehl's store 7 years ago. ALL the bottles(4) I have smell the EXACT same. This bottle I received definitely smells different. More like heavy powder and "old Lady-ish". NOT the good clean quality Musk I'm used to from Kiehls. I did another test today with my original Musk on one wrist and this new one on the other wrist. Absolutely not the same. What a let-down... I can't even express how disappointed I am. Also interesting is that this is now out of stock again? (although the roller ball is still in stock as of 2/4/19) If Kiehl's is "testing" a new formula, I think they're going lose a lot of people who were loyal to this fragrance. I used to live around the corner from the original apothecary on the lower east side on 3rd Ave in NYC and became a Kiehl's junkie back in the late 90's- it really bums me out to write this review. Just my honest opinion!
Date published: 2019-02-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from changed scent I have been wearing this for 20 years and ordered 2 bottles since i heard it was discontinued. they arrived and smell completely different WHAT HAPPENED?????? this oil=Kiehl's How can you discontinue/ change the scent?!?!?! PLEASE BRING THE ORIGINAL BACK Thanks
Date published: 2019-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this oil fragrance I can only wear oil fragrances and this is my favorite one. Can you at least keep it in the online store?
Date published: 2019-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Please bring this back!!! Please, please, please, bring Original Musk oil back. I have worn this scent over 20 years and I don’t feel like I’m me without it. Only the original musk oil will do...not the lotion, not the perfume spray, not the rollerball...this product clearly has a loyal following. Keihl’s do the right thing, listen to your loyal customers. Bring back the original musk oil!!!
Date published: 2019-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CAN WE GET THIS BACK in STOCK? I am a LOYAL Musk Oil consumer and I have purchased thousands of dollars of this product. This is my only scent I use and I don't like the cologne spray. This is my signature scent and I buy in bulk. When will this be back in STOCK. Please let us die hard fans know. THANKS.
Date published: 2019-01-12
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