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    Default Musk: The Monarch Unrivaled

    Musk- the mystery- has always been the nucleus of fragrances. It is the only fragrance that cannot be equated with any other. Otherwise, it is generally discussed that Oud x, y, or z has 'musky' notes, but it is never ever remarked that Musk has 'oudy' notes.

    Musk grains, both wet and dry, lead to the authentic scent. Otherwise, it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to evaluate the purity and authenticity of any Musk based attars or maceration. Yardstick is Musk grains, BOTH WET and DRY.

    So far as maceration goes, the oil that complements Musk is Santal, none else. And in Santal oils, Mysore has precedence over others. And in Mysore Santal, lemony citrusy suits Musk more than buttery and woody. IT IS MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. So, anyone can have his/her personal opinion contrary to mine.

    Musk grain ratio determines the quality of maceration and attar. Of course, Musk grain quality does matter a lot. I tried Kashmiri Musk from different sources and different vendors, variation in quality leads to qualitative aspect of maceration. I must refer to Tibetan Musk that I acquired from two different sources. The one I got direct from the pod is quite stunning than the one I got one gram from a vendor. Purity of those grains is above doubt, but the scent is inferior.

    Majority of Musk based oils on the market are very pleasant, lasting and having extreme projection. Such attars can easily be found from any Arabian oil brands. Synthetics are irritants if one has shown sincerity to the fundamentals- the journey is from grains to maceration, and maceration to attars.

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    Musk grains! Kashmiri, Tibetan, Mongolian, Siberian, and Central Asian! I wish any other species could come closer to Kashmiri Musk.

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    Maceration oils and attars! If I have to make an attar, I never mix all the oils in Musk, rather I use aged Musk maceration oils for this purpose. Quantity of grains can be seen. Musk quantity, even more than required, doesn't harm maceration or an attar at all.

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    Musk pods: Kashmiri Musk pod is in the center, and the Siberian one can be recognized by all, and the largest one is Tibetan. Though empty now, but their fragrant emptiness has filled the room. This is why Musk is The Monarch Unprecedented.
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    Default Re: Musk: The Monarch Unrivaled

    Quote Originally Posted by Rai Munir View Post
    Musk- the mystery- has always been the nucleus of fragrances. It is the only fragrance that cannot be equated with any other. Otherwise, it is generally discussed that Oud x, y, or z has 'musky' notes, but it is never ever remarked that Musk has 'oudy' notes.

    Musk grains, both wet and dry, lead to the authentic scent. Otherwise, it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to evaluate the purity and authenticity of any Musk based attars or maceration. Yardstick is Musk grains, BOTH WET and DRY.

    So far as maceration goes, the oil that complements Musk is Santal, none else. And in Santal oils, Mysore has precedence over others. And in Mysore Santal, lemony citrusy suits Musk more than buttery and woody. IT IS MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. So, anyone can have his/her personal opinion contrary to mine.

    Musk grain ratio determines the quality of maceration and attar. Of course, Musk grain quality does matter a lot. I tried Kashmiri Musk from different sources and different vendors, variation in quality leads to qualitative aspect of maceration. I must refer to Tibetan Musk that I acquired from two different sources. The one I got direct from the pod is quite stunning than the one I got one gram from a vendor. Purity of those grains is above doubt, but the scent is inferior.

    Majority of Musk based oils on the market are very pleasant, lasting and having extreme projection. Such attars can easily be found from any Arabian oil brands. Synthetics are irritants if one has shown sincerity to the fundamentals- the journey is from grains to maceration, and maceration to attars.

    Musk 1.jpg
    Musk grains! Kashmiri, Tibetan, Mongolian, Siberian, and Central Asian! I wish any other species could come closer to Kashmiri Musk.

    Musk 3.jpg
    Maceration oils and attars! If I have to make an attar, I never mix all the oils in Musk, rather I use aged Musk maceration oils for this purpose. Quantity of grains can be seen. Musk quantity, even more than required, doesn't harm maceration or an attar at all.

    Musk 2.jpg
    Musk pods: Kashmiri Musk pod is in the center, and the Siberian one can be recognized by all, and the largest one is Tibetan. Though empty now, but their fragrant emptiness has filled the room. This is why Musk is The Monarch Unprecedented.
    Great write up ....as I am always so intrigued by this note....!
    Could you recommend some Attars and / or perfumes which have a good replication or smells almost like a true musk grain / pod....? I am curious to know your recommendations ....as not all of us have the resources to go & acquire the real pods / musk grains etc etc !
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    Default Re: Musk: The Monarch Unrivaled

    @Himalayan Odyssey
    Respected Himalayan Odyssey, acquiring pure musk grains or pure musk maceration oils is no more an herculean task. Second, the legit musk grain vendors offer musk maceration at a fair price, which is otherwise absent from majority of artisanal world.

    I would recommend you to acquire pure musk grains or maceration oil, though minimum.

    Majority of Arabian brands sell musk oils and Attars, but pure musk doesn't smell like the scent of those pungent and overly aromatic oils or Attars.

    Mellifulence offers some beautiful Attars that are having musk scent. I think his recently released oils have good repute. Though a year back, I refused to accept there is pure musk. But the recent ones have good repute. Prices are not insane.

    For pure musk maceration at a reasonable price, I my self go to Ulugbek Abdumominov. He is a legit musk grain and oil seller.




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