Sacred and profane, scent of skin and skank, fragrance of royalty and rebels, the word musk derives from the Sanskrit word for testicle, muska, and there is no simple description for its odor (or odour!). Overpowering, urinous, fecal, floral, milky, leathery, earthy, sweaty, spicy, woody, and sweet are some of the descriptors
It is a smell that cannot be tolerated for long up close and personal and yet ……. diluted, aged, blended, added to a fragrance, its value is beyond compare. The product of randy mammals, courting alligators, territorial beavers, ducks, snakes, plants and even beetles, musk communicates through the air with its various nuances.