Utilized in perfumery since historic occasions, musk has a protracted and, er, sophisticated historical past. In response to Francis Kurkdjian, the inventive director and co-creator at Maison Francis Kurkdjian, the scent was initially extracted from male deer (in your sake, we gained’t go into any extra element than that), up till the nineteenth century, at which level chemists have been in a position to create new molecules that mimicked its pure odor. Immediately, perfumers flip completely to those artificial musk molecules, of which there are greater than 100 differing kinds in existence, every providing a variation on the traditional earthy scent with out inflicting hurt to deer within the course of.“In the beginning, [musks] have been utilized in solely nice fragrances, as pure musk was very valuable,” explains Kurkdjian. “Later, artificial musks grew to become extra standard amongst perfumers as they gave an indescribable aura to scents, with a long-lasting impact. This growth later led to the invention of a number of various kinds of artificial musks with completely different aspects, together with powdery, clear, animalistic, fruity, woody, and so on.” Beloved for its endurance and multifaceted aroma, musk is hailed most frequently for its versatility, showing as a part of the highest, coronary heart, and backside notes, and can be utilized to both soften and stability a perfume or lengthen its longevity. In different phrases, it may do some little bit of all the things, which is why you’ll be hard-pressed to discover a fragrance that doesn’t embody at the very least some degree of musk in its checklist of elements.