This listing is for Musk Root tears collected from the stems of the Musk Root plant.
$11.00 - $245.00
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Musk Root, known as Ferula moschata or Ferrula Sumbul, is used in traditional incense, medicine and perfumery.
It took me years to find authentic Musk Root. Now I have finally discovered the pure resin of the Musk Root plant.
The aroma profile of the resin tears is slightly different and a bit warmer than the root slices and I believe both forms will find excellent use in both incense and perfume-making. While the roots have a dry crisp aroma, the resin tears are a little softer, "Juicier" and warmer in their fragrance.
Also called Sumbul, Sumbal and Ferula Sumbul, Musk root was used in the 1800s 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.
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 tears contain about 60% aromatic resin, 30% water-soluble gum and 10% essential oil. The resin portion may be a contributing factor to its unique fixative properties.
You can prepare a tincture for perfume or incense use at a ratio of 1 part resin to 3 parts 95% alcohol. A resin absolute can be prepared from the tincture by evaporating the alcohol in a shallow, cloth-covered bowl at room temperature.
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.