Musk is a scent well-loved by many, and have long been a sought-after as a fragrance ingredient in perfumes.
There are many misinterpretations of musk scent, very often people describe it as a scent with a powerful, heady and animalic note. However, the is a wrong scent character of Musk.
Let’s find out more about what musk actually smells like and different variety of musk!
The actual scent of musk smells clean, mild and powdery and often relates to freshly cleaned laundry, and is very contrary to strong, animalic notes that people may have seen it as.
Interestingly, some people naturally could not perceive the scent of musk or could only perceive a certain variant of musk. Hence, it is also known to be a safe choice of scent due to its mild nature.
However, do not belittle this mild scent, it is a very important and powerful perfume ingredient that even just a small quantity can influence the fragrance character drastically.
Musk ingredient can be harvested from natural sources in animals such as civet cat or musk deer.
When harvested, it is usually in high concentration where the scent is overwhelming and is deemed as borderline unpleasant. Therefore, to make it pleasant enough to be added into perfumes, this ingredient is first treated and dried in a powder, then diluted in ethanol for months and years.
The dried down and diluted version of musk scent smells cleaner and more pleasant – a much adored and lovely scent.
Fortunately, because there is a raise in awareness for animal rights, hence synthetic form of Musk is now a more prevalent fragrance ingredient used in our perfumes.
When synthetically made, many varieties of similar scented fragrance ingredient can be made, thus possess many are varied forms of musk scent. Despite all having a similar theme, each smell subtly different. Some possess a more floral note to it, while others have a woodier tone, there are also ones with fruity nuances in it.
Popular Synthetic Musk: Galaxolide, Habanolide, Amberttolide, Ethylene Brassylate.
This may come off unexpected, as although musk is mild in scent, it is still classified as a base note and would leave a lasting scent on your clothes or skin when applied.
Musk often complements with fragrances such as sandalwood, vetiver, leather, pepper and even lavender.
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