I know it might read like I’m banging the same drum but marketing is probably the most defining aspect to “white musk”. It might be worth also defining which perfumes have a dark musk note, or an animalic musk, just as a point of reference, though I suspect there will be many overlaps with marketing being the main player.White musk may be a marketing term but it is used in so many perfume descriptions that it must represent some smells. This is a useful topic to me because I am one of those anosmic to certain musks and sometimes feel I have no clue if a scent I am wearing smells different to others. It may actually be smelling completely different from how I perceive it.
Associating certain musks with certain scents adds a little knowledge to how my perfumes may be coming across. I don’t care much in general for those musk notes I can smell. Maybe this partial anosmia is an advantage. 😊
P.S. The one I really dislike is laundry musk and thank goodness I can smell it because I can then avoid smelling like it!
But to me, if I was asked to make a “white musk” for someone I would probably look to (apologies for mentioning those already listed) Galaxolide, Edenolide, Ethylene Brassylate, Applelide, Tonalide (the laundry musk!), Celestolide, Macrolide and perhaps even Exaltone. If I wanted a creamy white musk I might add some Traseolide.
Here are a couple of links to stuff that might help anyone interested in delving a little deeper. . .