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 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.
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. 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.
Keep scrolling for some of our all-time favorite musky perfumes.
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 sweetness and spice. This is ideal for anyone who likes floral scents but hates how cloyingly sweet they can be.
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. A spicy, summer scent with a current of sea breeze running through it.
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, with top notes of bergamot, petals, and lemon oil, and heart notes of linden, rose accord, and dune grass. At the base, you'll find saltwater, white moss, and muscone.
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.
An eco-conscious, ambiguous scent that smells amazing on just about everyone 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.
Name something that sounds better than Lazy Sunday Morning? We'll wait. Experience peak relaxation with strong, soothing notes of lily of the valley, iris, and white musk.
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.
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.
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.
Vilhelm Parfumerie Dear Polly
This one has a sweet story behind it—the founder of Vilhelm Parfumerie based the Dear Polly scent on his wife's daily cup of tea. How cute is that? And the fragrance is nothing to sniff at, either. A crisp blend of bergamot and apple mixes with musk, oakmoss, and ceylon black tea.
This soft, powdery floral with a heavy dose of musk was, as the name suggests, formulated 12 times before the brand settled on the perfect blend. You won't be disappointed. The scent is layered with breezy florals such as lotus flower and freesia and jasmine, balanced out by warm vanilla and sandalwood.
Fans of crisp, clean scents will love this musky, citrusy mix of neroli, amber, and mandarin orange. The brand focuses on creating environmentally-friendly fragrances, so this is a great option if sustainability is a top concern. With recyclable packaging and green manufacturing practices, this is a perfume purchase you can feel good about.
Celebrity perfumes have a pretty bad reputation. Mostly, that reputation is earned. But don't let it scare you away from Cloud by Ariana Grande. Rather than cloying and sweet, Cloud blends playful florals like lavender and jasmine with warm cashmere and musk, plus sweet vanilla, orchid, and praline.
Many of the fragrances on this list are pricey, but budget-conscious perfume lovers can certainly get their musk fix for less. The Body Shop White Musk is a crisp blend of musk, vanilla, and florals. Best of all, it's under $20.