Musk: between myth and legend the story of one of the most mysterious raw material of perfumery
"The term musk is not connected to the word moss but derives from the Sanskrit" "mrgamada" "which literally means" "Antilope’s love secretion"". The musk comes from inside the glands of the musk deer (Moschus Moschiferus) originally from Tibet, China and Nepal. The odorous bags are naturally released by the animal during the mating period (justifying the purely sensual smell), the creation of its synthetic replica has been useful to respond to the growing demand by perfumers and also to safeguard the animal. The mysterious side of musk continues to enchant and attract, its synthesis formula is among the most fascinating: some say that by smelling the molecule when it is just obtained, most people cannot perceive any smell, and that the first traits of scent are only revealed after some time. Musk's synthetic molecule is heavy and therefore not very volatile, which makes it difficult to perceive from the very first moment, but also makes it very persistent. This is why the fragrance in the form of eau de toilette and eau de parfume seems to be more powerful at the beginning as alcohol is able boost it up while the oil (alcohol-free) presents its fragrance in a more delicate but more long lasting way.
- its animal character led it to be considered a real love filter
- in traditional Chinese medicine it is still used as a remedy for treating impotence
- The sensual smell of musk confers self-confidence and sensuality
Musk was my first perfume, it was born with me, I chose it because it connects me to my roots, to the historic Houbigant perfume house that created the first formulation of Musk. This was first launched on the market with the name of Musk by Alyssa Ashley in oil version in line with the changes and revolutions happening in that period. The success is linked to the product’s symbol, from its no-gender connotation to all the quality of its formula, made up of over 100 highly prized raw materials designed to give a discreet, sensual but not excessive connotation, which are what make it sob unique. The musk lying between the base notes ensures an extraordinary persistence, and perfectly matches with a floral heart of rose, jasmine and ylang ylang, closing with an important note of Iris and vanilla.