Some time ago I wrote about musk and the fact that I had never knowingly come across real musk in perfumery. Now thanks to Anya of Anya’s Garden I have and the experience is not what I expected at all.
Musk is a tremendous fixative and that explains its use in perfumery for centuries. Just how good a fixative is musk? The fragrance can last for decades if a fabric is saturated with a good musk tincture. On the skin even a small amount can make a formula persist far longer than you would think possible for a natural scent; though Anya pointed out when I emailed her with my question about musk that strong heart notes can also contribute to the longevity of a perfume. Continue reading