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White & Black Musks in Perfume theme

You can order all perfumes featured in this theme as a pack of samples.

In this theme

Explore how perfumers have been using musks: from the original animalic materials (civet, deer musk and castoreum) to modern ‘clean’ musks.

Coton Egyptien Phaedon Paris Clean (as in Fresh Linen) Musks

Straightforward just-out-of-the-washing machine clean musk formula enhanced by bitter galbanum.

Dragonfly (Discontinued) Zoologist White Musks and Powdery Iris

A haze-over-a-pond illusion produced with white musks, heliotropin, aquatic nuances and fresh woody notes of iris, papyrus and lotus.

MEM Bogue Profumo Black Musk (Real Civet)

One of the very few perfumes on the market containing real civet (one of the richest and intense materials out there). It was ethically sourced. MEM is an exercise in old school sensuality. The perfume’s warm sweet animalic drydown gradually reveals itself from behind a curtain of herbs, flowers and resins. Incredible longevity too, this is why the idea of musks was not abandoned altogether by scent masters but rather synthetic alternatives with comparable longevity and complexity have been developed.

PG3.1 Arabian Horse Pierre Guillaume - Parfumerie Générale Black Musk (Animalis Base)

A bit of a retro affair with a number of vintage, rarely used molecules and bases including Animalis. This material gives PG3.1 a really suede like, soft leathery nuance almost as if the perfumer used deer musk (which is not in use anymore due ethical reasons and scarcity).

Musk Extreme Perris Monte Carlo Dark (animalic) musks

PG4.1 Le Musc & La Peau Pierre Guillaume - Parfumerie Générale The Ultimate White Musks Blend

An homage to the historical animalic past of musks, the combination of the musk molecules in PG4.1 has been carefully adjusted to smell like warm skin. For added credibility (the smell of skin is a complex affair) there’s creamy ylang-ylang for depth, tonka for sweetness, rosemary for acidic nuance and ambergris for saltiness.

Beaver (Discontinued) Zoologist Black Musk (Castoreum Replica)

An elegant classic leather, a touch smoky, a touch sweet and even though it’s only a replica of castoreum in the formula it still lends that typical depth of the aroma that an animalic musk would have added.

Besos CARNER White Musk and Powdery Iris II

Besos (Spanish for kisses) explores the eternal classic oriental powdery iris theme through the fresh prism of modern white musks.