Musk is an animal-derived fragrance ingredient known for its musky, sweet, and sometimes powdery scent. Natural musk comes from the glands of certain animals but is now often replaced with synthetic alternatives due to ethical concerns.
In perfumery, musk is used to enhance and fix other scents. It adds a sensual and alluring quality to fragrances, making them more intimate and long-lasting. Typically, it is used as a base note.
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Natural musk was historically sourced from the glands of certain animals, such as the musk deer, but due to conservation concerns, it is now often replaced with synthetic musk. Synthetic musk is produced in laboratories.