In the world where solid colognes are starting to see a resurgence and woodsy base notes are the norm, there still holds a special place in many men’s hearts both old and young for the traditional musk scent.
In the parthenon of cologne notes, musk is undoubtedly the cornerstone of the fragrance world.
Once collected hundreds of years ago from the glands of deers, musk was (and still is to some extent) a polarizing fragrance.
However, if the thought of rubbing deer gland secretions to your pulse points just doesn’t do it for you, don’t fret, musk today is now derived synthetically.
If you ask any man to describe the scent of musk, you are likely to get a different answer…
Part of this complex base note has to do with the very synthetic nature of musk itself. Given that there is no formal definition of what constitutes ‘musk’, this allows companies to take liberty on what they feel it should be.
But when it comes to musk (and this isn’t an exact science either), color often correlates pretty strongly with the scent.
Therefore, musk colognes that tend to be clear or in a lighter color spectrum often will be akin to a fresh spring day and deliver a nice clean and crips scent (i.e. Narciso Rodriguez – For Him Blue Noir).
Green colored musks tend to have slightly more earthy or plant based fragrances. This is evident in the Clubman Pinaud Citrus Musk we outlined below.
Lastly, those in a deep amber color (not to be confused with the amber base note), will have a scent that is much more sexier and bold.
Therefore we rounded up some of the most sought after colognes that feature a musk base (in alphabetical order):