“A slightly sweet, mellow, floral, ambiguous, oscillating between urine/fecal side and cashmeran-y soft almost wool-like scent, exactly how a musk should be”.
Animal musk has been a vital part of perfumery for centuries. it is used to add sensuous animalic and arousing aphrodisiac elements in our creations. Many musks are considered base notes and fixatives in perfumes. They transform botanical perfumes, add extra dimension and a sense of “Down and dirty” or physical arousal and attraction.
There are a number of animals around the world that produce similar musk fragrance compounds.
Among them are the Musk Deer, Musk crocodile, the Musk ox, the Musk duck and of course, the Musk Rat.
This tincture is made from the ground fresh scent glands of the north American Muskrat at a ratio of 1:3 using 80% ethanol.
Please note: Though it can be worn on the skin for its fragrance, this is a perfume ingredient and truly shines when blended with other aromatics. It is not sold as a perfume in and of itself.
These animals were trapped for their fur and much of this material goes to waste.
“The Musk Rat or Ondatra zibethicus in Latin, is native to North America. Its specific name zibethicus means ‘musky’, being the adjective of zibethus ‘civet musk; civet’, or Civet-like in Latin. The genus name comes from the Huron word for the animal, ondathra, and entered New Latin as Ondatra via French”.(Wikipedia).
It lends a soft warm animalic note to perfumes.
Should we use animal products in our food, cosmetics and aromatic materials? I have found there is no universal answer that suits us all.
I believe that only by engaging and cultivating our own intimate personal relationship with Nature, can we plot our own path and divine our own code of ethics. Only then can we be responsible and responsive to Nature’s needs, true to ourselves, and make informed choices that ultimately affect us all globally.
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“This has amazing potential to be utilized in a similar fashion as the nitro musks from the 1970’s. Very beautiful, and I can’t wait to start working with it! Quickly shipped, and well packaged for safety! Thank you :)” A.F.
“A wonderful dark animalic smell of dark Swiss Chocolate (Lindt und Sprüngli Excellence 90 %) only lightly sweet and in the background a hint of dark Oudh like Oudh Cambodi. Good for people how think that musk (real and artificial) is too sweet for them and not animalic enough.” R.J.K.
“Remarkable stuff ,primordial, a hairy handed gent”
” The aroma is incredible. Falls somewhere between the “skank” of civet and the leather & fruit of castoreum. Has a unique effect on perfumes.”
“Shipped quickly..superior quality! Thank you”Please note-This is NOT a perfume! It is a perfume ingredient and meant to help transform and elevate perfume compositions. It does not smell like commercial perfumes.