Musk is an accord that is found in most perfumes as it adds body, character to a lot of scent compositions. It helps your perfumes to last longer by reducing how quickly they evaporate.Many manufacturers and people like the smell of musk as it is, and wear fragrances with just musk in them or accentuated with other accords.
Best Musky Perfumes
Jimmy Choo Man EDT
Jimmy Choo’s Man begins on a floral and citrus note that is subtle and enticing at the same time. After enjoying this scent for a while, the mid-tones start to take over and this is when you get a cedarwood, vetiver and patchouli. This is also when it runs out to be more masculine and tones down those citrus notes, preventing the scent from turning out to be sweet.The moss and musk come out as lower notes and finally add that musky character to Man and eventually completes the scent profile.
Man is fresh, modern, aromatic, fruity with very deep woodsy notes. Other accords that you might come across include pink pepper, melon, honeydew, lavender, pineapple and suede. Jimmy Choo Man comes in the 50ml and 100ml EDT bottles.
- strong and lasting musk accords
- light wear
- good performance
- generic scent profile
The opening notes of suede, pineapple and lavender are an interesting combination and as it begins drying down it takes on a fresh, office-friendly persona, all while maintaining a subdued note of suede.
Our overall impression of Man, once the pineappledies down, is that it’s light and leathery and similar to Bleu de Chanel. It might not seem like it but the fragrance performs well even though it is very light.
On the other hand, Man could’ve used some more notes to give it more character.While the opening is nice, it does tendto get pretty dull after that and almost generic lacking complexity and depth. It is still a nice smell thoug hand dries down was somewhat like CK Euphoria. Man is better for younger men but anyone who enjoys perfumes might not like it.
Cartier ‘L’Envol de Cartier
Cartier launched theL’Envol in 2016 and has been inspired by mead, ambrosia the drink of the gods. The scent is an oriental transparent and is meant to have a dual nature that is mellow and sweet resin placed against an airy musk backdrop.
The bottle itself is something else and is a capsule with a detachable glass dome so that it can be carried around separately and be refilled.
- strong musk accord
- great daily wear
- settles to a warm skin scent
- mild and linear
- average longevity
L’Envol starts on notes that are woody and incense-like and this gives it an old, sharp character that’s close to the Aramis EDT. It has a very strong musk accord and is quite resinous with some extent of spiciness. This EDT is an organised, chaotic the woody mix and might fit and old, rich guy’s tastes. And in that sense, is likeable but forgettable.
Cartier went with this type of profile as they want their fragrances to be viewed as timeless gemstones. This is why most of their other perfumes are linear and elegant and L’Envol fits right in. So, L’Envol is something that you have to get used to as its composed for certain people.One factor that does stand out is that it has versatility, great daily wear.
This EDP starts on fresh, floral notes and that you really don’t get right away. After a few moments, we got some iris and violet accord that begins to grow,giving L’ Envol a very classy feel.It doesn’t have the satiny, cosmetic finish but instead a powdered, classy leather that resembles Fahrenheit, or the Fahrenheit Plum version because of the vanilla, honeyed fig, resinous accords but L’ Envol is more on the airy side.
Burberry ‘Touch’ Eau de Toilette Spray
Price: $ 54.94
Burberry’s Touch for Men is a floral musk fragrance that has a strong zesty start that s aggressive and intoxicating, with top notes that comprise of mandarin orange, violet leaf and artemisia. The middle notes are spicy and warm with cedar, pineapple, white pepper and nutmeg and this soothes down to white musk, tonka bean and vetiver.
This is heavy on the musk but has been given depth and allure with the addition of multifaceted woody scents, seductive florals for a mossy and chocolate tone.
- appeals to a wider number of people
- moderate sillage
Burberry Touch is pleasant, classy and fresh but it also has depth and this balance gives it a unique character. It’s subjective and fans of the brand will like this aspect of Touch.We think that this combination of notes is very smooth, has its own individuality and yet appeals to many different people, regardless of what kind of scent they like.
It smells fresh, powdery and good, especially that light peppery note. It has versatility, and that’s what makes this so great. Sadly, like many of the greats, not many stores stock this.
Avon Musk + Fire Eau de Toilette
Avon’s Musk Fire + is an oriental spicy musk fragrance. It is a spicy and resinous mix of musk, pepper, cardamom, basil sandalwood and bergamot, making it perfect for day and nightwear.
The low musky profile is present throughout and prevents this from getting too fruity and floral. It starts out strong but eventually dissipates into something more pleasant, lasts but is not overpowering.
- not overpowering
- average longevity and sillage
A kind of regular, likeable daily use musk scent but not cut out for advanced noses! That was our first thought about Avon’s Musk + scent and while it’s not that great, it’s not too bad either and works wonderfully for spring days, the gym, even work – giving it plenty of versatility.
It takes us back to one of those musk-oriental fragrances of the 1950s and is pretty old school in this sense. Musk Fire + starts out on a herbal, musky blast with loads of those basil and pepper accords. Then it very quickly turns to this sweet, mildly musky, bergamot and cardamom mix with a hint of citrus.
By the time the musk emerges, the scent takes on this soapy, earthy, fresh avatar. The dry down is relatively sweet but still pretty musky.
Le Labo‘Neroli 36’ Eau de Parfum
Le Labo is an oriental-floral fragrance for women and men. This is a vegan fragrance, so all musk notes are synthetic and free of ambergris. It’s made out of carefully selected plant extracts for this pleasant natural scent and isn’t overpowering.
Even though it’s named after the orange blossom – Neroli, the scent is very musky, but the addition of neroli gives it that citrusy, bright aroma.Advertised on the bottle as a scent that is warm and zesty with woody top notes and a musky base, and is tended to be a sensual experience.
Prominent notes are orange blossom, mandarin for a citrus break and are held in place by neroli and jasmine floral accords – the florals do a great job of balancing out the mandarin, oranges. The masculine warmth comes from the vanilla, tonka bean and musk.
- natural extracts
- not too cloying
- poor longevity
We sprayed this one and loved it immediately.Thirty minutes later, it moved to a funny scent that reminded us of suntan lotion and three hours later it was gone. Hardly any of the notes or neroli and while it isn’t a bad perfume, its isn’t impressive either and definitely not worth this price tag.
Scent profile wise, it is a mix of a garden centre and a soapy, summer beach with powdery, floral citrus.This is more for the floral obsessed as there was a lot of white florals that made it feminine, sweet but very simple.
The dry down is a lot like what the other perfumes from this brand have where it shifts from a watery, neroli-floral mix to just straight-up cool water kind of scent. In spite of this poor play, it is a cosy, skin scent with a soapy vibe and very feminine.