Perhaps the most well-known base note in perfumery, musk is one of the most commonly used raw materials in the industry thanks to its distinctly attractive aroma and natural fixative properties. Originally derived from the musk gland of musk deer, it has historically been one of the most expensive and demanded natural products in the world! However, in an attempt to preserve the remaining populations of musk deer, modern sources of this fragrant ingredient are typically either sourced from plants that emit a similar aroma or are synthetically created.
Sweet and spicy, with hints of leather and wood
History of Musk
Musk certainly boasts a rich history, originally being a fragrance exclusive to royalty. It made headway as far back as the 6th century, when the elite of the Arab and Byzantine empires sported the familiar aroma as an exotic perfume. Many mosques were built with musk oil in the walls, releasing the zesty aroma when the building was warmed by the sun.
Originally, this highly demanded ingredient was derived from the musk gland of male adult musk deer, native to northern Europe, the Middle East and northern Asia. These deer naturally secrete this spicy aroma, packed with pheromones, to attract mates—which is perhaps why the scent is so closely associated with sensuality! Unfortunately, due to centuries' worth of constant high demand for musk oil, these deer have seen a dramatic decline in population and are now considered an endangered species. Because of this, most sources of musk oil today come from plants or are synthetically created.
How to Use Musk Fragrance Oil
Enjoy the animalistic aroma of musk fragrance oil in candle making, incense, potpourri, soaps, deodorants and other bath and body products!
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