Every Time I Wear One of These 17 Fragrances, Somebody Copies Me

Ask anyone who knows me, and I’m sure they will all agree that I am what many would consider to be an oversharer. Whether it be information, feelings or material goods, I firmly believe in the old saying, What’s mine is yours. And while this mentality certainly has its pros and cons, it is a personality trait so deeply ingrained in my psyche that I apply it to every aspect of my life, except for one particular topic: I do not share when it comes to fragrance.

And I’m not just talking about letting people have a spritz of my perfume. (Although, that is also firmly off the table.) I’m talking about sharing anything to do with it whatsoever. When asked what perfume I am wearing, I try to lie whenever I can. When someone asks me for perfume recommendations, I almost always recommend a perfume that I don’t wear myself. The reason for such pettiness, you ask? I want to keep special perfumes all to myself.


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I know what you must be thinking: Isn’t it your job as a beauty editor to share perfume insights and recommendations? Yes, it is, but there’s something a whole lot easier about sharing such things with people I don't know on a personal level. My biggest fragrance fear, after all, is turning up to an event wearing the same perfume as somebody I know.

This complex that I have with fragrance is a real nuisance, especially considering that my favourite group of perfumes tends to be the one that people copy the most. There's something about the subtle and comforting nature of musk fragrances that draws people in like magnets. So much so, in fact, that whenever I wear one of my favourite musk scents, I can basically guarantee that someone will copy it.

This is very annoying for me. You see, musk fragrances are by far my most-worn thanks to their clean, subtle, fresh, warm and skin-like nature. In my opinion, it’s impossible not to love a great musk fragrance. They’re so likeable that I ran out of lies long ago for when someone asks after my musk perfume. Now, through gritted teeth, I simply have to tell them the truth. And that truth is I’m likely wearing one of the below perfumes.

So before I change my mind on this, keep scrolling to shop the 17 best and most desirable musk fragrances that money can buy.

1. Chanel 1957 Les Exclusifs de Chanel Eau de Parfum

2. Altra Skin Eau de Parfum

3. Byredo Blanche Eau de Parfum

4. The Body Shop White Musk Eau de Parfum

5. Maison Margiela Lazy Sunday Morning Eau de Toilette

6. Loewe Paula's Ibiza Eclectic Eau de Toilette

7. Glossier You Eau de Parfum

8. Aerin Amber Musk Eau de Parfum

9. Diptyque Do Son Eau de Parfum

10. Juliette Has a Gun Musc Invisible Eau de Parfum

11. Creed Wind Flowers Eau de Parfum

12. Jo Malone London Moonlit Camomile Cologne

13. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Gentle Fluidity Gold Eau de Parfum

14. Narciso Rodriguez Musc Noir Rose Eau de Parfum

15. Yves Saint Laurent Libre Eau de Parfum

16. Commodity Milk

17. Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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Freelance Beauty Editor

Shannon Lawlor is a renowned beauty journalist and has contributed to Who What Wear’s beauty content since 2020. As a leading beauty editor, expert and brand consultant, she has over eight years of experience working for some of the industry’s most esteemed titles, including Who What Wear (of course), Glamour UK, Stylist, Refinery29 and Fabulous. Having also worked behind the scenes with some of the industry’s biggest brands and retailers, Shannon has a unique insight into what people really want from their beauty routines. Understanding that beauty lovers seek honest, open and responsible advice, she has it made her mission to demystify the intimidating world of beauty, taking a no-frills approach to the most relatable topics. While Shannon is the first to admit she doesn’t hold the answer to every beauty question out there, she is dedicated to sharing her expert insights in a bid to help. As a self-proclaimed lazy girl, Shannon has an affinity for easy-to-use, foolproof beauty products and has made it her mission to scope out the best of the best. When she’s not working, Shannon is likely soaking in the bath or giving no-holds-barred beauty reviews on Instagram from her bathroom floor.