Musk perfumes and colognes were originally made from animal products, with the main ingredient taken from glands of musk deer, musk rats, musk ox, and others. The process requires killing the animals, so scents used to make cologne, perfume, and musk deodorant today, tend to be plant-based or more commonly, synthetic. These products may be referred to as “white musk.” While musk oil is very strong, sometimes overpowering, the subtler musk fragrances tend to be more popular. Some musk cologne and perfume brands also offer musk deodorant.
Deodorant, different from antiperspirant in the way it works, comes in a variety of formulas and scents. Generally, deodorant kills bacteria that can create odor, while also offering a pleasant fragrance. While some people are apprehensive about using antiperspirants and deodorants, it is simple to check the label to ensure that a product doesn’t contain ingredients that may be cause for concern.
When it comes to deodorant scents, musk deodorant is quite popular, as many people are drawn to the musk fragrance. It tends to work well with many types of body chemistry. Due to its animal nature, or gamey scent, musk is considered by some to have an erotic or sensual quality. Others just find a light musk scent more appealing than some of the other strong or flowery aromas that are available. While it may not be made from natural products any more, musk deodorant tends to have a natural scent instead of a fake or chemical smell.
Musk deodorant is available in solid, stick, spray deodorant, and roll-on formulas. It comes in many brands, sizes, and price ranges. It is offered by top of the line perfumeries as well as drugstore in-house brands, so there is an option for nearly every lifestyle and budget.
Popular brands of men’s and woman’s deodorants alike offer their products in a musk fragrance. In fact, gift sets can be purchased that combine perfume or cologne, aftershave or lotion, body spray or body wash, and scented deodorant. Instead of mixing many scents, using a number of personal care items that share the same scent can provide a more subtle aroma.
As with myriad products today, there is some controversy over synthetic musks found in colognes, perfumes, and musk deodorant. There may be allergic reactions to some compounds. While such controversies may create concern, each consumer should do some research and make his or her own informed decision.