This Musk Cologne Will Make You Smell Instantly Sexier
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THERE ARE about as many reasons to wear fragrance as there are fragrances themselves, but we can’t deny that one of the most common is, well, attraction. We wear certain scents not just to give ourselves confidence and feel sexier, but to help attract other people into our orbit. Since the dawn of time (basically), one of the best scents to do that is musk.
Musk scents have been prized since ancient times for their deep, sensual aromas that call the mind skin, sweat and the things we do to get sweaty in our skin (wink wink). Back in ye olden times, musks came specifically from gland secretions from certain animals like the musk deer; that’s why they’re commonly described as having an “animalistic” quality. Nowadays, it’s illegal to use animal-derived musks (thankfully) so pretty much all the musks you’ll find in modern scents are synthetic. That’s not a bad thing—they still give the sweaty, sensual quality you want, but now we’re able to create such a wide range that musks can blend well with nearly every other fragrance category, even fresh and floral notes. What that means for you is that when you want to try a musk cologne, you have a variety of options. We tested over 50 musk colognes to find the best ones for whatever musky vibe you want to project.
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Musk Eau de Toilette Spray
A cologne that has stood the test of time, this iconic musk-forward fragrance is largely unchanged since it was first developed by the Kiehl’s Apothecary as early as the 1920’s. Back then it was called “Love Oil” and we’d venture to guess that’s because literally everyone who smells it, loves it.
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Bleu De Chanel
Think of this cologne as the more sophisticated older brother to the original Bleu de Chanel you may know. It still has that bite of freshness, but the amber and woody notes are dialed way up giving it a deep, musky dry down that’s perfect for impressing a date.
Ombré Leather Eau de Parfum
Equally appropriate for day or night, this modern riff on classic masculine notes like leather, tobacco and woods creates a lighter vibe thanks to the addition of florals like violet and jasmine (but just a dash). The result is a uniquely wearable yet still sexy cologne with a smooth, musky finish.
Inspired by the smokey bars of the 1970’s era Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, this virile cologne might be technically unisex, but the deep, rich notes of suede, tobacco, musk and amber commingle to evoke a Midnight Cowboy kind of masculinity that always succeeds in drawing people in.
Musk scents don’t always have to grab you by the nose. Case in point: this subtle eau de toilette, a less concentrated form of fragrance, that blends musk with warm vanilla, amber and white cedar for a more subtle, but still attention-grabbing, vibe.
Fleur de Peau
If you think you can’t wear a floral scent, this one is your gateway. Yes, there are floral notes like iris and turkish rose, but the addition of musk lends an earthy, sensual element (that skin smell, remember) and aldehydes add a clean, soapy quality that plays well with both ends of the floral/musk spectrum and makes this wearable both day and night.
A double helping of musk (in both the heart and base notes) makes this one of the most iconic musk fragrances available. A burst of freshness from bergamot, mandarin and lavender in the top notes gradually gives way to an animalist and deeply seductive musk fragrance that will never go unnoticed.
Magnetic Blend 7
Worn on its own, this musk-forward fragrance is surprisingly light but still very much noticeable. Fragrance enthusiasts, however, love to spray this on before adding another scent on top. It adds a musky, skin-on-skin element to almost any other fragrance when you want to sex it up a little.
Creed has been making fragrances since 1760 and even though Aventus only came out in 2010, it’s one of the best selling scents from the brand—and for good reason. The bold, masculine combination of fresh citrus, warm woods and earthy musk powerfully projects confidence for whoever wears (and smells) it.
What makes this eau de toilette so popular is the mix of aquatic and fresh elements with the deeper musky base notes. The combination turns it into one of the most iconic men’s fragrances available, not to mention one of the most wearable for pretty much every occasion.
Performance Body Spray
Musky scents aren’t just about darkness and carnal vibes. White musk especially blends well with woods and fresh notes for an elevated but clean aroma. Not only does this body spray utilized that to great effect but it helps deodorize, too, so you stay fresh for hours.
Tybee Solid Cologne
Blended to evoke the crisp air of the beach, this musk-based scent is surprisingly light and summery—a welcome break from the deep, dark scents you commonly associate with musk. The innovative solid application is inherently more subtle (apply it just to your pulse points) but that’s kind of the point with this one.
When you think of a man’s musk cologne, something like this comes to mind. First release in 1973, it is Musk with a capital M—animalistic, arousing and in-your-face sexy like the dance floor at Studio 54. While it definitely smells old-school (we’ll say “classic), it’s just as cool now as it was back in the 70’s.
You may think Le Labo is all about Santal 33, but don’t sleep on this musky concoction from the brand. The musk in this brew is subtle and paired with the other fresher notes lends a quality that calls to mind fresh laundry and soap (in a good way).
Peau Eau de Parfum
The warm notes of this incredibly sexy cologne are meant to evoke skin—more specifically, skin on skin, if you know what we mean. The animalistic quality of musk is used to the effect, but in a more subtle way, and is bolstered by spices and a hint of freshness.
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