THE MAGIC OF MUSK ON SKIN
Mysterious, mystical and seductive, the scent of Musk sends a siren call to our inner passions and fire. It doesn’t shout, it whispers of sensuality, hinting at primitive and ancient rhythms. Clinging close to the body, it smells like sun on skin, celebrating the softness and warmth of the body.
The scent of emperors and kings, musk is the very archetype of perfume, with an unmistakeable aroma of authenticity. Produced by the glands of Tibetan musk deer, natural musk is one of the most valuable natural products, with a trade value three times its weight in gold.
Legend maintains that the Garden of Paradise is inhabited by beautiful maidens who are the living embodiment of musk, and musk’s mystical properties were so highly valued in Persia that musk was mixed into the mortared walls of mosques at Kara Amed, providing a permanent breath of paradise.
Sold as an aphrodisiac by seventh century Arab and Byzantine perfume makers, musk’s mystical scent is more penetrating and more persistent than that of any other perfume. A high molecular density assures a slow, sustained release of fragrance, with a potency more enduring and more profound than other scent.
Since its discovery, musk has been an essential element in many beauty products, increasing the intensity of the fragrance as a whole. An amplifier of smells and a smell in its own right, musk ‘exalts’ the scent of human skin, just as it exalts any lotions for which it is a base. In essence, musk makes your skin more ‘smellable’ and when you add musk to your skin, it can be hard to tell where one ends and the other begins.
Responses to a musky scent are emotionally loaded and highly subjective. Of all the senses, smell has the strongest power to conjure up the past. A sensuous, musky smell can transport and transform. It can stop you in your tracks, thrust you back through time and rekindle all types of memories. Musk captivates everyone in different ways, comforting some, intoxicating others.
This is because the neurons that convey aromas from the nose to the brain’s olfactory bulb have close connections with the oldest, most primitive areas of the human brain: the limbic system, governing emotions such as desire and need; and the hippocampus, which controls our memories. Thus, we have an acute subconscious ability to detect odor, and this shapes our social interactions without even realising it. We unconsciously use smell to assess a person’s likeability, attractiveness and emotional state. We use our sense of smell to select our mate, avoid threat and navigate social interactions.
Women are more sensitive to smell than men. Women wearing musk often find their mood stimulated by the intimacy of the scent, and men are as attracted to the sensual behaviour musk evokes from its female users as to the scent itself.
To bring the magic of musk to your skin, try Jergens® Musk Moisturizer, a formula specifically created for the Gulf Region, designed to leave your skin silky smooth, with a fragrance to entrance those around you.