Hyraceum Musk Oil is prepared in Fractionated Coconut oil with the dark Hyraceum stone that you will find in the shop. It has a beautiful deep fragrance profile with sweet dry notes of Deer Musk, aged cognac, soft leather and sweet blonde tobacco.
$9.00 - $375.00
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Hyraceum Musk Oil opens with heavy, sweet Indolic notes reminiscent of the heart of Jasmine and quickly dries down to reveal a soft Deer Musk character. My guess is that it would blend well with florals as well as oriental and Amber type perfume compositions.
All in all it has a very pleasing deep, rich and smooth fragrance profile. It contains the equivalent of two batches of Hyraceum tincture and is a little dearer for this reason but I believe it is well worth the extra few dollars. It is the closest natural aromatic to Deer musk I have yet to smell.
Hyraceum Musk Oil is a very unique item, and as far as I can tell, is available nowhere else. It took a few months to perfect a system of transferring the characteristic Hyraceum aroma to the oil. I will share the process at some point on the blog. If enough people are interested...
Hyraceum, AKA African Stone or Dassie, is traditional medicine and perfume ingredient.
Explaining precisely what Hyraceum is is always fun. To be succinct, Hyraceum is the mineralized urine and feces of the Rock Hyrax, which is the only other animal related to the elephant. (Even though it looks more like a Groundhog and doesn't have a long nose.)
Rock Hyrax communities deposit their excrement in the same place for thousands of years. These smelly aggregates are called middens and also serve the function of social and territorial markers. These middens can be as old as 50,000 years. Rock Hyrax are often found basking on warm rocks in sunshiny places from South Africa to Israel and Lebanon.
Though a traditional medicine, Hyraceum is better known for its use in perfumery, where it can deliver notes of leather, Deer Musk, Civet, Castoreum and Cade.
Hyraceum Dark and Light have different fragrance profiles.
The light-coloured hyraceum stone is found on the rock walls above the black Hyraceum. As the centuries go by and this liquid makes its way to the ground, it builds up layers of mineralized material, often forming light-coloured stalactites that have developed their own scent profile distinct from the black deposits that form towards the ground.
You can purchase dark Hyraceum stone in the shop and make your own tincture or oil. I use a 1:9 ratio of stone to 95% alcohol, powder it finely and let it macerate for one year. Here is the listing-https://www.etsy.com/listing/811622815/hyraceum-stone-musk-africa-stone-dassie
Materials: Hyraceum, Dark hyraceum, Fractionated Coconut Oil.
This is a collection of aromatic materials mentioned in the Old & New Testaments and in ancient Egyptian texts. I often get asked to translate biblical plant names and source the materials they mention. They are all here in this collection.