Best Musk Perfume for Ladies
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The Best Musk Perfumes for Ladies

Looking for that perfect Musky Scent?

What’s that musky smell? Not the bad musk – the good kind – in fact, the best kind! It’s post-holiday sales season and the best time to score kickass deals on some high end perfumes for the ladies in your life. Perfumes are a classy way to tell a woman she is special to you any time of the year.

They must be! Damn near every celebrity, singer, and reality star has their own line of perfume these days. That doesn’t mean that they are any good. There are plenty of fragrances for ladies that are made by some really talented up-and-comers. Still, you can’t go wrong with some of the tried and true pioneers of ladies perfumes.

In our opinion, the best musk perfumes for ladies are subtle but linger. They exude elegance and refinement. They are made for the upscale, no-nonsense woman with a keen sense of style and taste. Now that the holiday rush is over and it’s time to hunt for bargains, we went on a mission to find the best musk perfumes for ladies based on star rating and popularity. Here’s what we found.

THE TOP 10 BEST MUSK PERFUMES FOR LADIES


The only 5 star rated perfume on our list is With Love/ Paris Hilton. Hilton’s name is a brand in and of itself. Let’s face it, Paris Hilton is famous simply for being a rich heiress to a hotel fortune. Her name is attached to dozens of perfumes that she has released over the last decade including this year.


With Love is 5-Star rated but there is one caveat – it only has 11 reviews. While only 11 people have liked the product so much that they posted a review, all 11 think that it smells superb! Or it could have been 11 friends and family members of Paris Hilton’s, who knows.


It’s an unusual musk with hints of apple and wood that leaves a delicate whisper of scent behind. It is an eau de parfum so less is more since it contains more perfume oil than an eau de toilette.

Most of the best musk perfumes that we reviewed had an average score of 4.5-Stars. I Love Love for Women edged out the others with a 4.6-Star rating based on over 460 reviews. Notice the maker of this perfume is no celebrity or pop culture star.

If your chemistry works well with fruity smells as well as musks, this is the perfect blend. I Love Love contains hints of tea rose, lily of the valley, and bulrush along with bursts of citrus and cinnamon. It has an interesting packaging design and offers a fresh new kind of ladies musk.

The biggest bottle is 1.7 ounces and it comes only as an eau de toilette. A note of caution for people living on an island; You can’t buy I Love Love for Women in Catalina.

Do they love Fantasy Twist because they love Brittany Spears or did they check it out because it has Brittany Spears’ name on it and were pleasantly surprised? We placed Brittany Spears Fantasy Twist at number 3 on our list of the best musk perfumes for ladies.
 
Based on popularity and star rating, this scent is up there. It came in with a 4.5-Star review and that is by close to 1,100 reviews – that’s one of the highest we found! So think about it; how many times have you gone onto a website and reviewed an item? It’s usually because the product or service was really terrible or it was really great.

Over a thousand people think that Fantasy Twist eau de parfum is really great and worth a try. It’s a different kind of musk that hides sweet candy aromas beneath woody notes blended with soft musk and Orris root.

Next on our list is another 4.5-Star ladies musk eau de parfum. Fancy Love For Women is also a celebrity branded fragrance by Jessica Simpson but this one is a little different than many celebrity-endorsed perfumes. Though her singing made her famous, it’s been ten years since she’s cut a record, and yet her name has only gained in popularity. How so?


She did a reality show that served as a spring board to her career as a clothing designer. That passion for fashion now rakes in a billion dollars a year! By all accounts she’s good at what she does, making her fashions affordable for everyday people, including her perfume:


“People are shocked that they like my brand. Maybe 'cause it's not that expensive? Or maybe because I was a cheesy pop star back in the day? I have no idea. But you're gonna like my shoes, damn it!" – Jessica Simpson

Clearly a perfume that’s been around for almost 50 years has to be good. Chock one up on the board for Ysatis Perfume by Givenchy for women. Ladies have been loving Ysatis eau de toilette since 1984 and the masses still dig it.

As a musk, Ysatis sticks to tradition, blending woody aromas with musky flower oils but at the same time tweaks that formula with notes of coconut, orange, and vanilla. The inventor of this fragrance wanted to project an air of French high culture and gaiety which is why this is considered a night time musk – a sensual, sexy musk for hot nights out on the town.

This perfume’s longevity is a testament to its ability to exhibit refinement and elegance that ladies musk perfume buyers expect. At the same time, it’s a scent that lets others know that you are a bon vivant type that’s not too refined to let loose and have a good time.

The name Versace has been in the news lately because of the new show coming out that delves into the assassination of the famous perfumer. For our list, of the many, many Versace scents out there, we found Versace Versense Perfume For Women to be the best. It is a 4.5-Star rated perfume with a few hundred customer reviews to back the rating.

Versense is an eau de toilette that blends a number of different wood scents that enhance the lingering qualities of this perfume. There are hints of olive wood, sandalwood, and cedar along with a fresh puff of mandarin and fig. We see this as a high powered businesswoman’s scent.

It’s not overpowering but stout enough to get attention. It’s feminine yet strong, playful and no-nonsense at the same time. The everything women out there are going to love this musk perfume for ladies as one of the best by Versace – which is definitely saying a lot.

We know it’s a small thing, but we love the bottle that Samsara by Guerlain For Women comes in – it’s red, it’s unique but that’s not why it’s on the list. We ranked Samsara #7 but it is still highly rated. Overall reviews put it at 4.5-Star quality and that is according to over 230 customers. Having a fancy bottle to go with it is just a bonus.


Unlike other musks, Samsara doubles down on the food and fruit. There are hints of peach and lemon, bergamot orange and vanilla. Still, this musk also includes traditional wood scents like sandalwood and flowery notes like rose and iris. As an eau de parfum, just a few dabs will do to produce the lingering affect desired.


Here’s another reason why Samsara is worth a shot – it is an Amazon Choice product. That means that customers and Amazon both rate this product highly because of its price and availability. Either way, we believe Samsara belongs in the top 10 of the best musk perfumes for ladies.

Let’s just say, if it is in our top 10, then it is great. Daisy by Marc Jacobs is one of those musk perfumes that are highly rated even though they are at the bottom of our list. Daisy received slightly and we mean slightly fewer positive reviews than the other perfumes BUT they received the highest number of reviews.

Over 1,500 customers felt passionately enough about Daisy that they went online and left a review. The average star rating was 4.4. It may not have the star rating that the others above it on our list have but a lot of people have tried it and like it.

There is a blend of fantastic smelling scents that infuse Daisy’s aroma. Instead of orange like many musk perfumes, Daisy uses pink grapefruit. There are hints of jasmine, vanilla, and violet as there are in many musk perfumes, but there is also gardenia which gives this eau de toilette musk a distinctive softness.

Everybody knows Ralph Lauren. The name is associated with class but not necessarily glam and glits. Ralph Lauren has all kinds of product lines and dozens of perfumes and colognes but we found Romance by Ralph Lauren for Women to be the best of the musk perfumes the company offers. Practically 1,000 reviewers gave this fancy scent 4.4-Stars.

Did you know that Romance is 20 years old this year? It’s definitely outside of the norm for a musk. Instead of blending fruit with flower oils, this scent gives you musk straight up. It is a blend of flower scents and spices combined with musk – sexy!

Typical musks will throw in whitewoods like cedar and sandalwood. Romance infuses oak moss to give a natural hint of wood mixed with marigold, violet, ginger, and rose. This eau de parfum comes in a 1.7 ounce spray bottle or a small one ounce bottle.

Prada Amber For Women was ranked 4.5-Stars and yet it is number 10 on our top 10 list. Like our #1 choice, there were practically all positive reviews for Prada Amber but with only 78 reviews, you have to take that with a grain of salt – could be 78 friends and family members – but wouldn’t they all select 5 star? Not necessarily.

Based on our criteria, we like Prada Amber as a musk perfume for ladies. It passes the muster for the standards that we think every good musk should have; subtle, but lingers, sophisticated and refined.

In the same way that Givenchy tried to embody French flair with its scent, Prada Amber takes you to the orient with Asiatic notes of Patchouli, Sandalwood, and Benzoin to produce a truly original type of perfume musk for women.


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