How to Make an Egyptian Musk

Egyptian musk is an exotic fragrance that has been used as perfume for a long time, and is often used as a base for other scents. The top notes of patchouli and rose are common in nearly all Egyptian musk recipes, but it is the combined essence of the other ingredients that make each variety unique.

Use an eyedropper to place nine drops (each) of patchouli, rose and amber essential oils into an amber-coloured glass bottle with a cap (1 cup capacity). Add seven drops of frankincense, myrrh and cedarwood essential oils to the bottle. Place five drops of vanilla essential oil into the bottle. Fill the bottle half full of pure almond oil and replace the cap. Shake the bottle and place it in a dark place for up to 21 days. Apply the oil blend directly to your skin as fragrance.

Make scented soap. Add several drops of your Egyptian musk fragrance to homemade glycerine soap. Heat, melt and pour clear glycerine cubes in a double boiler until they dissolve. Remove the double boiler from heat and add as many drops of Egyptian musk as you like. Stir and pour the mixture into prepared soap moulds to cool.

Make perfume spray. Add 7.39ml of glycerine and up to 3 tbsp of perfumer's alcohol to 27 drops of Egyptian musk. Pour the mixture into a decorative atomiser bottle.

Make moisturising hand and body cream. Dissolve 28.4gr of beeswax and 56.7 to 85.1gr of cocoa butter in a double boiler. Remove the pot from the heat and add as much Egyptian musk as you like. Stir well and pour the mixture into a clean jar with a lid. Allow the cream to cool and thicken in the opened jar.

Add several drops of Egyptian musk to your bathwater along with fresh rose petals for a luxurious fragrant spa treatment that you can enjoy at home. The essential oils will soften and scent your skin and the petals will enhance the fragrance.


Consider decanting smaller amounts of your Egyptian musk fragrance into individual bottles to carry in your purse. Sprinkle a few drops of Egyptian musk fragrance in your lingerie drawer to scent your intimate apparel.


As with any fragrance, avoid getting this formula in your eyes.

Things You'll Need

  • Eyedropper
  • Patchouli essential oil
  • Rose essential oil
  • Cedar essential oil
  • Amber essential oil
  • Frankincense essential oil
  • Myrrh essential oil
  • Vanilla essential oil
  • Almond oil
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Genae Valecia Hinesman, former banking executive, entrepreneur and fashion model, began writing professionally in 2002. She is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Southern California where she studied business, finance and exercise physiology. Her articles featured in Living Healthy: 360, Life 123, the American Chronicle and Yahoo Voices.