Musk Root-Ferula Moschata/Ferula Sumbul-Afghanistan-For incense, perfume-traditional medicine-Fixative and Musk replacement

(15 customer reviews)

$13.00$281.00

This listing is for slices of whole dried Musk Root. Ferula moschata. Used in traditional incense, medicine and perfumery.

I have searched far and wide for many years trying to source this classic ingredient. I am so pleased to finally offer it in the shop to my customers.

Also called Sumbul, Sumbal and Ferula Sumbul, Musk root …

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This listing is for slices of whole dried Musk Root. Ferula moschata. Used in traditional incense, medicine and perfumery.

I have searched far and wide for many years trying to source this classic ingredient. I am so pleased to finally offer it in the shop to my customers.

Also called Sumbul, Sumbal and Ferula Sumbul, Musk root was used in the 1800’s by the Russians as a botanical replacement for Deer Musk.

Not only does it have a deer Musk heart note, but it acts like a traditional animalic. Musk Root is an excellent fixative in perfumes lending tenacity and longevity to fleeting top notes. Not only this, but Musk Root pulls together an aromatic composition, enlivens it and adds a whole other dimension to perfumes, in much the same way as the traditional Animalics in the shop.

Even sitting in a closed bag in the studio, the aroma of the Musk Root escapes and marries with the other aromatics nearby, creating beautiful and unintentional transitory compositions for the errant nose passing by.

This aromatic has great potential in both perfumery and Incense-making. It has been used in traditional/religious incense blends in Persia and India and is thought to possess psychoactive properties.

Musk Root contains about 9% aromatic resin and 3% essential oil. The resin portion may be a contributing factor to its unique fixative properties.

Though Musk Root does not possess an obvious animalic note like Costus, the sweet heart-note of Deer Musk is obvious.

I chose the whole root rather than pre-powdered material because if given the chance, I always prefer to powder my own ingredients. This is for two reasons-

1-Keeping the material whole usually helps preserve the aroma of herbs.
2-Sometimes, the powdered material is adulterated with less expensive or sub-standard material such as old or very small pieces and dust from the bottom of bags. Even though you may be buying from an honest and reliable retailer, materials often pass through the hands of numerous middlemen and brokers before they reach your supplier and they may have no idea of the material’s history.

Though a bit of a challenge, (It really isn’t!), these whole pieces of Musk root can be easily powdered in a clean coffee grinder, (or mortar & Pestle), after breaking up into smaller pieces.
My trick is to put them in a ziplock bag and smash them with a hammer first.

Musk Root can be used to prepare a perfume tincture once it is ground and macerated in 95% alcohol. I suggest leaving it in a warmish place for at least 4 weeks before straining through a paper coffee filter and storing it in an airtight container in a cool dark place. I should have a 25% extract available in the shop before the end of 2021.

Have fun exploring the many facets and applications of this classic ingredient.

Dan

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Ferula Moschata, Ferula Sumbul, Musk Root, Sumbal, Sumbul

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  1. Amely Walter

    Amely Walter

    One of the greatest sellers for high quality and rare incense materials from around the world, always with well known origins. Kind and dutiful, I appreciate this contact for many years and I never want to miss it. THANKS!

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  2. Katelin Kutch

    Katelin Kutch

    Fresh to the max! Looking forward to playing with everything in my order. Thank you for sending it so quickly.

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  3. Jay Koepp

    Jay Koepp

    Good quality ingredients as always

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  4. Evert Wolff

    Evert Wolff

    Honestly been happy with all products I’ve ordered. Fast, good quality and description of where it came from, I love.

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  5. Kenyon Weimann

    Kenyon Weimann

    Esta Raíz es Increíble, al olerla viene a mi mente libros y papiros antiguos.
    Compre una onza y Dan agrego unos gramos extras, si son de México no duden en comprar en esta tienda el envió es rápido y seguro, el vendedor fue muy amable y respondió a todas mis preguntas, gran trabajo.

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  6. Jordy Langosh

    Jordy Langosh

    Gorgeous scent! Packaged carefully, shipped quickly. Great shop!

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    Angelita Hickle

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  8. Norene Dickens

    Norene Dickens

    Smells of ammoniacum and galbanum and dry soil and fur — gorgeous! I just love all of Apothecarys Garden's goods. Top notch!

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  9. Maria Treutel

    Maria Treutel

    first time playing with this item… it is a stinky musky little gem. I love this stuff and this store.

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  10. Llewellyn Powlowski

    Llewellyn Powlowski

    It still amazes me how some roots can create animalic scents… wow. Amazing, high quality, and beautiful perfumery items. Re-occurring client 🙂 Keep up the great work!!!

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  11. Tyler Gusikowski

    Tyler Gusikowski

    Smells lovely blessed to have obtained this beauty

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  12. Marisa Buckridge

    Marisa Buckridge

    I needed to have more of this musky root.

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  13. Berry Becker

    Berry Becker

    This one is hard to describe. Powerful smell in tincture form, smelling of roots, musk and some kind of natural volatile solvent (not the ethanol). On skin, the tincture dries to a dusty, musky vibe without any of the volatiles. It is not resinous or sweet… more like musk and newsprint (1-week young tincture, mind you). I can see it being used in blends for a hidden, earthy skin-in-the-sun or dusty stone dimension.

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  14. Marisa Buckridge

    Marisa Buckridge

    This musk root was great. Fresh and aromatic just as described in the item information section. This is absolutely one of the best shops on ETSY and seller has my complete confidence.

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  15. Marisa Buckridge

    Marisa Buckridge

    This musk root was great. Fresh and aromatic just as described in the item information section. This is absolutely one of the best shops on ETSY and seller has my complete confidence.

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