Kasturi – the Musk

Kasturi – or musk as its called in English, is a popular fragrant ingredient of many perfumes. Its obtained from the glands of a male musk deer. The deer is killed to obtain the musk from its glands. Its one of the most expensive animal organ in world. A raw Kasturi when broken shows many grains which have EXTREME odor. Even 2-3 grains are sufficient to make a litre of alcoholic drink. Its only when Kasturi is diluted that we get a wonderful fragrance.
Besides perfumes, Kasturi is widely used in medicines & also used as an aphrodisiac.

A Kashmiri Musk Deer

Musk Pods

The Opened Pods

Grains of Musk Pod


124 thoughts on “Kasturi – the Musk

  1. Muhammad Musharraf Hussain, PhD (Pharm) says:

    My dear brother,

    I am pleased to inform you that I have written a manuscript on Medicine and Pharmacy. The manuscript is now ready for publication. It contains 27 chapters and nearly 1000 pages. The manuscript is aimed at filling up the gap of original work on Medicine and Pharmacy in the light of the Holy Scriptures, particularly the Bible and the Qur’an. In the manuscript I have pasted one image of navel of musk deer (pod of Moschus moschiferus Linn.) after searching the images from your website.

    I therefore, need your kind permission for reproducing the pictures, which may be subject to copyright, in my manuscript. As a source of the images you will be acknowledged in the text just below the image.

    Please note that I have already received permission from Ta Ha Publishers UK, Darussalam Publishers, Riyadh and from some other internationally reputed publishers, individual authors and websites.

    I look forward to welcoming your kind permission towards a noble work for the benefit and welfare of mankind. Please treat the matter urgent.

    With best regards,

    Yours faithfully,

    Dr M M Hussain

    Muhammad Musharraf Hussain, PhD (Pharm), Post-Doc (Japan), Herbal Medicine (Gold Medallist), LAC passed


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    • Dear Muhammad,
      Thank you for writing a comment on my blog.

      Firstly congratulations on writing the manuscript 🙂 & am glad that my article on Kasturi was useful in your research. You can use the images on the site.
      2 requests though –
      1) please give appropriate credit to sankalplabs.wordpress.com
      2) appreciate if you can share your writing in email/hard copy format. I would love to read the research. 🙂

      Till then keep reading SankalpLabs. And keep commenting. 🙂


    • waseem says:

      Hi sir I have deer musk but I don’t know how i can use this plese tell me quantity for humen use my email:wasifjutt37@gmail.com

  2. Muhammad Musharraf Hussain, PhD (Pharm) says:

    Dear Mr Ashish Agrawal,
    Many thanks for conveying your kind permission to reproduce the images in my book. I shall reference to sankalplabs.wordpress.com
    I shall also request the publisher to send you a copy of the book once it is published.
    With kindest personal regards,

    Dr M M Hussain

  3. Mahbub morshed says:

    I am Ranaa from Bangladesh. Could you tell me please that where I can get raw Kasturi? Is there any shop there in india where raw Kasturi could be found? Please let me know.
    Thank you.

    Mahbub Morshed Ranaa.

  4. we have original kasturi.the test in make 7 men standing in a line holding each others hand and hold the kasturi in the first ones hand .you will see the fragrance flows till the last mans hand.intrested parties can contact us at 9004831815

  5. manoj kumar das says:

    sir pls tell me how can i found 2-3 grains of kasturi dear , i want to research about it. i am a biotechnology student in f.m university . balasore ,orissa, india… my mob…09338681556

  6. Anurag Dar says:

    I have antique original Kasturi pod in best condition. I am ready to sell it for $550 / gm. Pod is around of 40 GMs.

  7. saiyed says:

    if some one intrest to by musk deer i have wite black they can contact my nomber i can send orignal image whatapp 0322977332


    we have kasturi straight from the pods brought down from nepal.
    interested buyers may contact for further details.


  9. SYED SHAHBAZ says:


  10. DR.K,RAKESH says:

    dear ashish agarwal.ji do u hv any expertise in judging the authenticity of product…. or any authentic way that make us beleive its real and not fake …? someone showed me a one quite similar to the pics in your article …(i hv the pic of that alleged so called kasturi )….if u can verify shall i post the pic here in the forum….? thnx bro ….your article certainly invoked lots of curiosity in my quest to know ,see,touch and be a part of that rare thing that 99.99 population of this planet hv ever seen or touched . dr rakesh delhi

  11. Sachin rai says:

    Hi my name is Sachin rai i comfrome Darjeeling but im prezant know in Delhi I do job heire…adresh BASANT vihar 62a..pin 110057…i have 30 gems kasturi anybody want so plez contact 8800478408…9818641447..i want urgently sell

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