Animals and Perfumes (Musk)-How to Extract Perfume from A Deer!

What is Musk?

Musk is one of the animal’s products which is considered as the best odor in the world. It has a magical effect of soothing the soul and strengthening the inner organs as well as the outer body if applied whether thru sniffing, eating or drinking. The good musk is a dry and black substance, sometimes purple, smooth and tastes bitter.

An Early Engraving of the Musk
An Early Engraving of the Musk

Musk in History

Throughout history, the good musk used to be stored in special vessels made of gold, silver or brass and placed in corridors and lobbies in the palace so kings can smell the fragrance all over the place. Musk is produced in a gland between the stomach and the genitals in a form of a hairy sac in the male deer. Its scientific name is Moschus moschiferus (Musk deer). The name Musk is derived from Sanskrit name muska meaning testicle. The musk deer is1 meter long and half meter of height, with grey, long and fragile hair. It’s a nocturnal animal and very shy which makes it hard to find. Hunters usually resort to entrapments to capture it because of its evasive nature. Its natural habitat is the Himalaya heights and forests, Tibet, Siberia, and Northwest of China generally. The musk deer female is considered the most precious producer of black musk which is a high quality perfume additive. Hunters watch the female for extended period of time to make sure of its health condition. Then they attempt to capture it in a certain season of the year, extracting after all a small, congealed, black clot below the stomach.

How to extract the musk from the Musk Deer?

Firstly, hunters do kill (unfortunately) the deer then secondly take off the musk sac and dry it under direct sun, or dip it in a very hot oil. The good news is we can get the musk without killing the poor deer as people used to do before but we just only need to be patient. The musk deer gets uncomfortable when the musk sac is full where it feels itchy and irritated. So, the musk deer attempts to scratch that sac on a rough rock to peel it off, where eventually that sac gets stuck on the rocks in a good condition without spilling any of the musk. Here, musk experts collect those sacs which are called at this stage: Musk Mouse which is extremely rare and expensive nowadays. Musk comes from several countries but the quality is different of course: China and Tibet are the best producers of musk then come Nepal and Siberia in a second place. Several governments strictly banned the killing of the Musk Deer as it is on the verge of extinction like other species due to man’s greed.

Musk Being Newly Extracted
Musk Being Newly Extracted
Musk Powder
Musk Powder

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Comments 22 comments

Oleg 5 years ago

Why are other animals not used for their musk?

As I understand some Musk is used as fixative to hold the actual perfume additives. Can Skunk or Raccoon Musk be used for perfume fixative?

Sara Faro 5 years ago

You forgot to say that sometimes people keeps these Musk Deer stuck and alive to extract grains while its expelid from them. It is the most cruelty made by human beings.

this threatened animals doesn't have a chance to live their lifes.

"A solution would be to give a salary to the hunter for protecting the musk deer so that he no longer would kill them out of need of money for his family.

After that one could again start to pick the musk grains from the forest where the deer drop them, as was done in the time of Marco Polo."

"The greatness of a nation and and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" GANDHI

paskaran sathasivam  5 years ago

still i have little doubt

is the musk is dry testicle?

ore dry sperm of musk deer ?

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shamelabboush 6 years ago Author

to "qrays & john"

It is sold in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen maybe...etc) and may be in India.

john 6 years ago

where do i find animal musk please?

qrays 6 years ago

Shamelabboush, where can I buy legal animal musk?

Perfumemaker 6 years ago

Musk is all synthetic in the united states and in most countries now musk is illegal so it is totally safe to buy musk perfumes

No, That suggests that you're From Georgia 6 years ago

My hamster smells of peach sherbert...DON'T JUDGE ME!

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Thank you dear keira, you're a true friend.

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keira7 7 years ago

I always learn with your hubs. Thanks Shamel. Take care brother.

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Well, this is another interpretaion dear michael.

michael skvortsov 7 years ago

This is the most disgusting thing I've ever heard of in my life. Why don't we just shove deer testes up our nostrils and call it a day?

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Yes I have catherine and it's amazing. Even though governments banned killing the poort animal but still we can extract it naturally without hurting it.

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_catherine_ 7 years ago

wow!have you smelled it shamelabboush?

it's a good thing that the government banned people from killing musk deers.those poor deers.


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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Still we can get it naturally without killing lyla and it's a fine perfume. Thanks

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lyla 7 years ago from India

WOW!I did not know how musk was got.If they kill deers for musk..I don't think I will ever buy musk perfumes again.Glad they are trying to get it without killing the deer..whatever..I suppose I wont buy musk again!:( wonderful hub!:)

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Thanks BriteEdwards.

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Peggy W, I appreciate your nice comment.

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BirteEdwards 7 years ago

nice information

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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

I had no idea that musk was collected this way! Excellent hub and with the photos it made it even better. Thanks! Thumbs definitely up!!!

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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

That's quick! Thanks dear...

3cardmonte 7 years ago

excellent hub, and good pictures too!

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