Chemical information

Almíscar; Almizcle; Deer Musk; Mosc.; Moschus.
CAS — 541-91-3 (muskone).


In Chin.


Musk is the dried secretions from the preputial follicles of the musk deer, Moschus moschiferus or some other spp. of Moschus (Cervidae). It is used as a fragrance and fixative in perfumery. The main source of musk’s fragrance is muskone (muscone). A series of nitrated tertiary butyl toluenes or xylenes, or related compounds, are used as artificial musks. Musk ambrette, a synthetic nitromusk compound used in perfumery and as a food flavour, has been reported to cause contact dermatitis and photosensitivity.


Musk has been used in homoeopathic medicines under the following names: Moschus; Mosc.
1. Schmeiser HH, et al. Evaluation of health risks caused by musk ketone. Int J Hyg Environ Health 2001; 203: 293–9.
Published May 08, 2019.