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    Musk Ketone

    Musk Ketone

    CAS: 81-14-1
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    Musk ketone is the true workhorse of the nitro musk family and, fortunately, is not prohibited from use, though some jurisdictions limit the total amount in a finished perfume to 1.4%. Our musk ketone is tested to ensure it complies with the regulatory requirement that it contain < 0.1% musk xylene which can occur as a manufacturing byproduct.

    Musk ketone is the softest of the nitro musk trilogy and next to musk xylene the one most closely resembling the scent of deer musk. It works beautifully when combined with Muscone Laevo, the chemical found in natural musk.

    Musk ketone is a crystalline powder which you can add directly to your juice by weight as it will dissolve in the blend.

    This musk has a powdery quality and is one of the longest lasting synthetic musks on the market. For that reason it is highly valued even in trace amounts. Musk ketone featured heavily (often at very high doses) in most of the great fragrances of the past, from Fougère Royale (the first fragrance to contain synthetic ingredients in 1882 — formula below) to modern masterpieces such as Frederic Malle's Musk Ravageur (2000) and Ambre Sultan (1993) by Serge Lutens.

    ⓘ Note
    This is neither a perfume nor a foodstuff; it is a raw material for use in manufacturing. Do not consume. Do not apply to skin. Keep away from children.

    General Information

    Like most suppliers and makers of quality raw materials for fragrances, we do not filter many of our products. This ensures that no odiferous matter is lost prior to use but can result in the appearance of small particles or slight clouding.

    All alcoholic fragrances should be macerated for up to a month and then chilled in a moderate freezer overnight before being filtered fine. This will remove all cloudiness or detritus and is the industry norm.

    IFRA Standards

    Permitted amounts in finished product:

    IFRA 51: 100%
    IFRA 49: 100%

    These are derived from calculated concentrations which do not replace chromatographic quantification on individual lots. Disclaimer...

    Label Requirements

    Ingredients may need to be listed as per your local legislation based on data found in the EU allergens report.

    Additional Requirements

    For Trade Use Only

    Our products are intended as building blocks in the perfume creation process; they are not to be applied to the skin undiluted.

    These raw materials are for use by the perfumery trade only.

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    The synthetic musks have no chemical relationship whatever with the odourous principles of musk animal or plant extracts. They owe their name to an odour nuance which they share with the natural products. […] They are […] characterised by a narcotic effect, accompanied, more or less distinctly in each type, by an erogenous and a stimulating nuance.

    Musk xylene is the faintest smelling of the three. The narcotic element is relative weak and the erogenous and stimulating notes are quite clear. Musk xylol therefore most closely approximates musk tonquin in odour character.

    In musk ketone, the sweet-nutty nose is gentley narcotic, the erogenous and stimulating auxiliary nuances remain in the background. The odour of musk ketone can, therefore, be described as ‘soft’.

    The sweet-nutty component of musk ambrette is reminiscent of the odours principle of the ‘plant musk’ ambrette seed oil which has been identified as ambrettolide. Musk ambrette shares with ambrettolide the stimulating more than the erogenous effect. In addition, musk ambrette exhibits a powerful, somewhat balsamic, narcotic note, much superior to in strength to that in the two other synthetic musks and capable of making itself clearly felt in compositions.

    Paul Jellinek. The Psychological Basis Of Perfumery, London: Chapman & Hell, 1997, pp. 75–76.

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    • Regulations

      All of our products are compliant with EU 1223/2009 and the NZCPGS. None of our bases contain prohibited materials and regulatory compliance is possible depending on usage.

    • IFRA Conformity

      All of our bases can be used in products requiring conformity with the latest IFRA standards. Check the use levels under the Usage Restrictions section above.

    • Nitro Musks

      Some of our products may contain small amounts of EU and IFRA compliant musk ketone. We never use musk xylene, musk ambrette or any other prohibited materials.