Originally Posted by 4160Tuesdays
I generally go for fixolide and galaxolide. I'd use more ambroxan, but I'm still saving up.
For me there is no discussion to be had for and against. There's no smell in the world good enough to justify killing an endangered deer to carve out its smelly bits for human use. No matter how beautiful it smells, it's meant for other deer.
We've enough lovely materials to work with, without using animal products, haven't we? (And I'm not even a vegetarian.)
Is what I think.
Sarah, I just spotted your mention here of Ambroxan - can I suggest you consider Ambrofix instead? I wrote a long detailed comparative evaluation of these and Ambrox DL on here somewhere and Ambrofix came out of it very well indeed. I'm guessing from your posts elsewhere that you are currently buying Ambroxan from SAFC - if so I promise Ambrofix is a better bet even if you buy it through me with my markup - contact me if you want details.
On the question of muscone, l-muscone, iso-muscone and muscenone:
There are three different molecules with similar names Muscone
although they all smell musky.
Most muscone made is a mixture of isomers, the l-Muscone is only made and sold by Takasago so far as I know and was introduced to me by a Takasago salesman as 'a good way to make an expensive product even more expensive
' - Takasago specialise in Chiral materials and what they have done is to separate out the laevo isomer, which is present in the mixture (actually that's misleading because it's manufactured in a completely different way, but you get the idea). The important point about the l or laevo isomer is that it's the very same form of the very same molecule that gives deer musk it's scent. That is not to say it smells identical with the natural product of course - the relationship is like that between vanillin and vanilla.
In olfactory terms the laevo is slightly stronger, slightly more animalic and erogenic than the mixture.
For reference I've done a quick summary of a number of the musks available in this blog post