Is there a really animalic musk? I remember dating in the 70s when musk was very distinctive. Now the descriptions all sound like sweetener. And not molases or honey but Splenda. It's good to have a sweetener but where is the animal part of fragrance history?
I found a similar sentiment in Walter Minton's "Time to get serious," BN column (2 June 2009)
Musk began as an incredibly dense, intense animalic smell of the pod from a Deer. It had to be used in extreme dilution. Now musk seems to have come to mean almost any very heavy molecule. The huge variety of synthetic musks available now can smell vanillic, nutty, ambery, even floral. They make the washing powder smell clean. The idea of musk has been through several generations each more distant from the original, ever adapted like a whisper passed around a circle of children. This must surely happen to the naturals about to be banned or strictly regulated by IFRA, and the list of these is long. I hate to think what a lemon will smell like in fifteen years.
Or can anoter note (perhaps an indole) be added to get that musk deer smell? Is there even a place to smell the real thing, so we would know what we were trying to duplicate?