Muskrat musk perfume tincture, Musk, Aphrodisiac


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. They transform botanical perfumes, add extra dimension and a sense of “Down and dirty” or physical arousal and attraction.



A classic Musk for natural perfume.


Muskrat musk tincture is often referred to as THE replacement musk for the Nitro-musks which are no longer accepted for perfume use. It is, in the words of a customer, “A slightly sweet, mellow, floral, ambiguous aroma, oscillating between urine/fecal side and cashmeran-y soft almost wool-like scent, exactly how a musk should be”.

Animal musks have been a vital part of natural perfumery for centuries. Animal sourced musks are used to add sensuous animalic and arousing aphrodisiac elements in our creations. Many musks are considered base notes and act as fixatives in perfumes. They act as anchors “fixing” and extending the presence of more volatile and fleeting notes in a perfume. In small amounts, animal musks transform botanical perfumes, add extra dimension and nuances that are not achievable with botanical or synthetic aroma compounds.

There are a number of animals around the world that produce similar musk fragrance compounds.
Among them, the Musk Deer, Musk crocodile, the musk ox, the musk duck and of course, the Musk Rat.

This tincture is made in-house by Dan from the ground fresh scent glands of the North American Muskrat at a ratio of 1:5 in 95% Ethanol

The ethics of animal musks

Muskrats are traditionally trapped for their fur. Some of the musk glands are reserved for creating lures for trappers but much goes to waste.

“The Muskrat 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).

Muskrat musk tincture lends a soft, warm, semi-floral and animalic note to perfumes. it combines most perfectly with floral compositions, Fogeres and Oriental style 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.


What customers have said about Muskrat Musk tincture

“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.”

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