Best Musky Scents for Men List

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Musk is a name that initially labelled a strong-smelling brownish substance secreted by the male of the musk deer of the genus Moschus. Each of the adult male representatives of this animal species has a musk gland that lies in a sac positioned between the genitals and the umbilicus, and secretes powerful pheromones used to entice mates. It has been believed since ancient times that wonderful musk odor works as an excellent aphrodisiac, and modern science has offered a clarification for this. Even though the debate on the existence of sex pheromones continues, there are scientists who believe that the smell of musk closely resembles the smell of testosterone, which may act as a pheromone in humans.

The term “musk” is often used to describe a wide range of musky substances, typically animalistic notes such as CivetCastoreum, and Hyrax, or various synthetic musks, known as white musks, which are created in chemical laboratories. The original deer musk has been used and prized for thousands of years as one of the most precious raw materials in perfumery. So why do we put it in our colognes? Simple – it reminds us of our animal urges. Do you want to wear a musky cologne? Here are the best choices:

Creed Aventus

Creed Aventus

Aventus by Creed is a popular fragrance crafted for both men and women. It’s inspired by the dramatic life of an historic emperor who waged war, peace and romance on his terms. The fruity, rich scent features notes of blackcurrant, pineapple, roses, patchouli and vanilla.

The man who wears this musky scent is outgoing, strong, but still has the heart of a child.

Top Notes: Blackcurrant, Italian bergamot, French apples, Pineapple
Middle Notes: Rose, Dry birch, Moroccan jasmine, Patchouli
Base Notes: Musk, Oak moss, Ambergris, Vanilla

Kiehl’s Since 1851 Original Musk Eau de Toilette Spray

This modern version of our classic signature scent is based on the unique blend that is Kiehl’s Since 1851 Musk. Special musk ‘recipe’ begins with an initial creamy, fresh citrus burst of bergamot nectar and orange blossom, followed by a soft floral bouquet of rose, lily, ylang-ylang and neroli. Finally, Original Musk Eau de Toilette dries down to a warm, sensual oriental finish of tonka nut, white patchouli and, of course, musk, the soul of this distinctively modern scent.

This scent is perfect for the animal lover, because it is one of the only certified-vegan musk colognes available on the high-end market.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Nectar, Orange blossom
Middle Notes: Rose, Lily, Ylang-ylang, Neroli
Base Notes: Tonka, White patchouli, Musk

Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Cologne

Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Cologne 1.0 oz Cologne Spray

Immerse yourself in a mesmerizing sea of wild flowers misted with dew. Fresh bluebell, radiant lily of the valley and exquisite eglantine, showered with the sparkling succulence of persimmon and lemon.

This is the perfect scent for a man who doesn’t want a strong musk, but rather one that is lighter and more daytime appropriate.

Top Notes: Bluebell, Cloves
Middle Notes: Lily of the valley, Jasmine, Rose hip
Base Notes: White amber, Musk

‘Barber – Elixir Blue’ Cologne

C.o. Bigelow Barber Elixir Blue for MEN By Bath & Body Works - 2.5 Oz EDT Spray

Refreshing, adventurous and clean, C.O. Bigelow Elixir Blue Cologne blends aromatic watery notes, lavender and rosemary with hints of clean white musk and woody undertones.

One really cool thing about this cologne is that you won’t get the same smell twice: the ingredients are always changing!

I Love New York for Fathers by Bond No. 9 Fragrance

Bond No. 9 I Love New York For Fathers By Bond No. 9 Eau De Parfum Spray 3.4 Oz SIZE ONE

An easy-to-wear, easy-to-love fragrance. I Love New York for Fathers eau de parfum celebrates the vivid, fast-paced, swashbuckling breed of masculinity that built and defined the Empire State.

This is the perfect scent for the man who loves the energetic, vibrant feel of the city but wants to ward off the steaming garbage smell.

Top Notes: Basil, Lime, Coriander
Middle Notes: Lavender, Sage, Grapefruit blossom
Base Notes: Treemoss, Musk, Amber

‘Colonia Assoluta’ Eau de Cologne Natural Spray

Acqua Di Parma Colonia Assoluta Eau de Cologne Spray

Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta is the celebration of the Italian freshness with a contemporary signature. This fragrance combines brilliance and freshness with Italian citrus, cardamom, jasmine and rose along with amber and patchouli. Colonia Assoluta is elegant, fresh, vibrant and long-lasting.

This musky scent for men is great for the man who doesn’t have a lot of time to transition between night and day – instead, he wants to seamlessly have his cologne change with him.

Top Notes: Calabrian bergamot, Verbena
Middle Notes: Jasmine, Rose, Chilli pepper
Base Notes: Blond woods, Cedar, Amber, Patchouli

English Laundry Arrogant Eau de Toilette

English Laundry Arrogant Eau de Toilette

Refined, classic and polished. An enchanting blend that beckons with fresh, aromatic notes of bergamot and cedarwood. Lifted by a core of lavender and coriander, the scent reveals a base of sandalwood, amber and sheer musk.

This cologne is for the man who knows what he wants, he knows how to get it, and he actually goes after it.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Cedarwood
Middle Notes: Lavender, Coriander
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Amber, Musk

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