Musk perfumes are loved because they wrap the wearer in a blanket of sensuality and mystery. These perfumes have an alluring quality that simply can’t be matched by any other scent profile. It’s a very animalistic or earthy scent that’s perfect for evenings out on the town or cold winter days. Unfortunately, it’s also a scent profile that’s often done poorly by some design houses. And that’s why we’ve decided to find out which of these perfumes were the best, so our readers can find musky perfumes that fit their sense of style and one that isn’t too strong or overpowering.
Best Musky Perfumes
10Lucky You EDT Spray For Women
This perfume from Liz Clairborne was first released in 2000, and it seems like it becomes more popular every year since then. That’s probably because its an interesting scent profile that’s properly built from the ground up. This perfume starts with sensual base notes of amber, musk, and sandalwood, and then begins stacking floral, fruity, and green notes on top of that. It has heart notes of star jasmine, blue poppy, and peony flowers, and also has top notes that include the scents of hyacinth, grapefruit, and green leaves. That makes it a sensual, fruity, and floral scent that any woman can enjoy wearing.
9Versace Yellow Diamond EDT Spray
Although Versace Yellow Diamond was only released in 2011, it’s based on several other popular fragrances by Versace such as Crystal Noir and Bright Crystals. It’s a scent profile that has fruity top notes, floral heart notes, and earthier base notes. At its top, this perfume starts with the subtle fragrances of lemons, bergamot, and pears. It then moves into its floral heart that contains notes of mimosa, freesia, lilies, and orange flowers. After it settles for a while, it then creeps into its base with the pungent notes of musk, amber and wood overtones. And all of these notes make this perfume not only a feminine scent but also an empowering one, too.
8Thierry Mugler Angel Parfum Spray
When musk is perfectly balanced with fruity notes, then it can create something truly special, and no perfume proves that point more than this one. This perfume is an Oriental fragrance that was originally launched during the early 1990s but continues to be a very popular musk based fragrance to this day. It contains exotic top notes of bergamot, coconut, pineapple, melon and Mandarin oranges; floral middle notes of jasmine, orchids, lilies, roses, and honey. It also has bottom notes that not only include musk but also include the sensual fragrances of chocolate, amber, caramel, patchouli, vanilla, and tonka bean, too.
7Cabotine Women EDT Spray
Of all of the scents released during the 1990s, this one has to be one of the best. That’s because it combines a youthful intensity with elegance and confidence. Its base is a combination of nine sensual fragrances, and it’s top is a combination of several fruity notes. These two opposites sandwich the heart notes of these perfumes and create something that extremely complex and exotic. At its top, this perfume has notes of peaches, plums, tangerines, and black currants. Its middle notes are a combination of floral scents such as hyacinth, jasmine, iris, and carnations. And at its base, this perfume has notes of musk, civet, amber, sandalwood, tonka bean, cedar, and vanilla.
6Rihanna Nude Eau de Parfum Spray
Rihanna has released several different perfumes under her name, but this one has to be the most sensual and alluring of all of her fragrance offerings. When it’s applied to the skin, it immediately pops with the exotic scents of guava, Mandarin oranges, and pears. It then slowly slides into its heart notes, notes that include the scents of orange blossoms, jasmine, and gardenia flowers. When it finally settles into its base, the earthier notes of this fragrance then slowly begin to emerge. These scents include not only musk but also orchid and sandalwood. It’s a scent that’s meant to convey a sense of intimacy, and it accomplishes that task quite well.
5Purr By Katy Perry Parfum Spray
Although this perfume has musk at its base, it’s not the typical musky perfume. That’s because this fragrance takes those darker, warmer musk notes and then mixes them with floral and fruity notes that lighten it up quite a bit. That gives this perfume an unexpectedly alluring pop appeal. Its top notes include red apples, peaches, bamboo and gardenia flowers. Its middle notes contain jasmine, rose and freesia scents, all while it’s bottom notes combine musk, sandalwood, amber, coconut, orchids, and vanilla into one interesting scent profile. Its bottle may convey a certain teen sensibility, but the scent contained within it is mature and exotic.
4Dolce & Gabbana The One Perfume
This perfume was conceived as a fragrance for the modern woman. A scent that not only told the world that the wearer was beautiful and feminine but also a scent that tells the world who’s in charge. It’s a perfume that’s designed for women who are graceful, have poise and don’t mind attracting a bit of attention. Dolce & Gabbana used a cacophony of different scents to relay this complex vibe, and it all begins with subtle musk, vanilla and amber base notes. The perfume then expands on those notes by infusing in the fragrances of plums, litchi, Lillies, peaches, Mandarin oranges, and jasmine.
3Elizabeth Taylor Gardenia Perfume
Elizabeth Taylor was not only an icon back in her day but continues to be an icon nowadays as well. She was not the only representative of the golden age of Hollywood but was also a representative of pure femininity and class, so any perfume that bears her name has to have all of those characteristics. Fortunately, this perfume does have all of those characteristics and a lot more. This fragrance starts with base notes of carnations and musk, then works its way through heart notes gardenias and peony flowers, and top notes of lilies and green leaves. It’s a scent that’s sensual, alluring, and feminine at the same time.
2Jovan Black Musk Perfume
Jovan Black Musk is a pure distillation of musk that’s slightly mixed with slight floral notes. Even though that might make it a little bit overpowering for some people, those who are adventurous enough to try it will feel like it wraps them in a blanket of sensuality and warmth. This perfume has moderate sillage and longevity, too, so the wearer won’t feel like it begins to fade halfway through the day. And since it’s a warm scent profile, this perfume is not only suitable for wearing at night or during the autumn season but is also a good perfume for winter wear as well.
1Michael Kors For Women Parfum Spray
Michael Kors For Women Parfume is a fragrance that was released in early 2000 and is a musky perfume that’s loved to this day. That’s because it’s based on a fragrance profile that has musk, cashmere, and vetiver as its base, and then uses the strengths of these three scents to build an exception scent pyramid. This fragrance has top notes of freesia, incense, and osmanthus that’s balanced with the heart notes of several floral fragrances. These floral fragrances include peony, lily, iris, tuberose, and orris root. All of this makes this product a musky, floral perfume that’s going to make the wearer stand out from the crowd.