10 Musky Fragrances We Can't Quit

Updated 05/04/19

Perfume can be filed under something that never gets old. A quality scent is comforting, alluring, revealing, and soothing. I'll even admit that I can't go to bed without wearing perfume. One decision I absolutely love making every single day is which fragrance I'm reaching for in my overflowing perfume tray. Whatever I choose to spritz on for the day is reminiscent of my ever-changing mood.

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Lately I've been feeling spicy, which calls for none other than musky fragrances. Musk, a note that can be described as earthy, woody, animalistic, and intoxicating is hard to miss. It's one of those fragrance base notes that smells like your skin but better and lasts for an oddly long time (even better). The best part about musk fragrances is that they're mysterious—meaning their scent settles into everyone's skin differently. It was hard, but we've narrowed down our winning circle of musk fragrances that all smell special in their own way.

Bastide Rose Olivier Eau De Toilette
Bastide Rose Olivier Eau de Toilette $130
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With strong notes of musk, bergamot, juicy tangerine, and lychee, this is not your average floral fragrance. Found in the south of France, this scent is inspired by the olive tree, which is grounded in an intoxicating balance of sweet and spice.

Diptyque Do Son Eau de Parfum $175
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With the white flower tuberose as its core, this white musky scent is strong yet not overpowering. Accompanying notes of amber wood, jasmine, and orange blossom complement this scent that smells like a bouquet of flowers.

Women's Rose Atlantic EDP
D.S. & Durga Rose Atlantic Eau de Parfum $175
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Imagine the perfect unisex fragrance that's an alluring mix of the summer wind, grass, and rose. Sounds like heaven, no? We'd say this D.S. & Durga fragrance comes close to that mix.

You
Glossier You $60
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Described by the brand as "smooth, salty, and animalistic," the best way to explain the scent of this millennial-favorite fragrance is that it smells like you. Its hint of musk makes the addictive smell linger for hours on end, meaning you don't have to worry about reapplying throughout the day.

'Rose 31' Eau De Parfum
Le Labo Rose 31 Eau de Parfum $187
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An eco-conscious, ambiguous scent that smells just as good on men and women alike is Rose 31. With a ladylike note of centifolia rose partnered with masculine notes of cumin, olibanum, cedar, musk, and amber, this is the best of both worlds.

'REPLICA' Lazy Sunday Morning 3.4 oz/ 100 mL Eau de Toilette Spray
Maison Margiela Replica Lazy Sunday Morning $126
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Name something that sounds better than Lazy Sunday Morning? We'll wait. Experience peak relaxation with strong, soothing notes of lily, patchouli, iris, and white musk.

Byredo Mojave Ghost Eau De Parfum
Byredo Mojave Ghost Eau de Parfum $175
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Be transported to the Mojave Desert with this woody scent, which is perfect if you're jaded by the hustle and bustle of city life. The ghost flower combines Chantilly musk, amber, cedarwood, sandalwood, magnolia, and Jamaican naseberry to create a calming, soothing fragrance.

White Suede 8.4 oz Eau de Parfum Decanter
Tom Ford White Suede Eau de Parfum Decanter $240
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A "musky medley" that's meant to smell like the highest form of leather? Sounds expensive and worth it, so we'll take it.

Amber Musk 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Eau de Parfum Spray
Aerin Amber Musk $130
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A velvety scent that is immediately entrancing is the best way to describe this (which happens to be one of my favorite bedtime scents). It's a calming blend of amber and creamy musk, relaxing florals with a surprising dash of coconut water.

Nirvana White 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Eau de Parfum Spray
Elizabeth and James Nirvana White $85
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A sophisticated scent that is hard not to distinguish from other members of the floral family is Nirvana White. An everyday scent that'll feel refreshing to spritz in the morning because of its sensual and feminine notes of peony, muguet, and musk is a perfect pick for a daily fragrance.

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