Civet – The Sacred Animal

There is a wide-spread idea that the animal called civets are killed during the rpocess of extracting the oil of civet from them. The idea holds no water, ther is a complex menthod of obtaining the oil from civets but in no way are the animals killed during it.

All other species of palm civets live in the forests of Asia. Their semiarboreal life style is supported by sharp, curved, retractile claws, hairless soles, and partially fused third and fourth toes which add to a more sure-footed grasp. Although skillful climbers, they spend considerable time foraging on the ground for animals and fallen fruits. The broad-faced binturong, or bear cat, has a strong, muscular long-haired tail that is prehensile at the tip. This characteristic is unique among viverrids. The body hair is long and coarse.

There are five species of banded palm civets and otter civets (subfamily Hemigalinae), all living in the forests of Southeast Asia. Perhaps best known is the banded palm civet, named for the dark brown markings on its coat. The general coat color ranges from pale yellow to grayish buff. The face is distinctly marked by several dark longitudinal stripes. The coloration of the body is broken by about five transverse bands stretching midway down the flank. The tail is dark on its lower half, with two broad dark rings at the base. Foraging at night on the ground and in trees, the banded palm civet searches for -

  • Rats
  • Lizards
  • Frogs
  • Snails
  • Crabs
  • Earthworms
  • Ants

Otter civets could be mistaken for long-nosed otters. Similar in habit and appearance, otter civets are excellent swimmers and capable of climbing trees. Their toes are partially webbed, but their dense water repellant fur, thick whiskers, and valve-like nostrils are effective adaptations for living in water and preying on fish. There are two species which show differences in their coat coloration and number of teeth. Otter civets have smaller ears, blunter muzzles, shorter tails and more compact bodies than most banded palm civets.

There are 19 species of true civets and genets classified in the subfamily Viverrinae. One of the best known is the African civet. A rather large, heavily built, long-bodied and long-legged carnivore, it is the most doglike viverrid. Preferring to be near water, it lives in a variety of habitats ranging from moist tropical forest to dry scrub savannah. It is considered terrestrial, climbing trees only in an emergency such as when hunted.

Go through these reference links now -

  1. Civet Cat by Blue Planet
  2. Civet by About
  3. Civet by Dope

Civets – The Rare Little Creatures

Civets are cats, as in they belong to the family of cats. The animal is quite sought after all over the world. They are not easily found and they have hence created a place for themself in the world market for their rich and strong fragrant oil.

African civet lives in savannahs and forests of South and central Africa, while Indian civet lives in Nepal, Bangladesh and Vietnam. These animals produce odorous secretion with purpose of marking their territory. Diluted, after some time, the odor of civet secretion, which normally is strong and repulsive, becomes pleasant with animalistic-musk nuance. For the purpose of collecting this secretion, animals are kept in cages. Luckily, this scent is nowadays mainly synthetic.

Civet oil is not extracted from a plant or a herb. It is extracted from small to medium-sized carnivores called as civets. This animal belongs to the Viverridae animal family. This family includes other members like mongooses, linsangs and genets. There are more than 35 species of civets. Civets are generally found in the temperate deciduous forests. These animals vary in size and appearance according to their species. The general description of this animal is that it looks like a cat. It has -

  • Slender body
  • Long nose
  • Short legs
  • Long furry tail
  • Pointed ears

The natural distribution of this animal is spread in the temperate climatic conditions and is restricted to the warmer areas. The term ‘Civet’ is derived from an Arabic word which means the oily fluid and its odor secreted by perineal glands.

Civet oil is used to foster love, lust and sexual feelings. It helps in attracting the opposite sex with its incredible fragrance. Civet oil is in use in the perfume industry for centuries together. It is said that this oil was imported by King Solomon from Africa. This oil has also proved effective in treating certain skin disorders and helps in bringing down perspiration.

Civet oil is nothing but the glandular secretion from the small pockets that are located near the testicles. This oil was initially extracted from the Civet male cat. This is an endangered species. For this sole reason, Civet oil is produced synthetically in the recent times. This rich oil has a musky scent. This mesmerizing scent is used to attract the opposite sex. It is still used in many parts of the world for this purpose. Civet oil often signifies love and lust.

Go through the reference links now -

  1. Civet Cat by Blue Planet
  2. Civet by About
  3. Civet by Dope

Civet Oil – Scents Of Nature

Civet oil actually one of those oils by which I was taken back pretty much owing to the nature of its extraction and even its source of extraction…But then again when I did understand the utility and worth of the oil, I was awed.

Small to medium-sized carnivores, civets are in the Viverridae family which includes genets, linsangs, and mongooses. There are 35 species of civets and genets in 20 genera. Their natural distribution is restricted to the warmer regions of the Old World, and they occupy a niche similarly filled by weasels and their relatives found in temperate deciduous forests. Civets vary in size and form, but most present a catlike appearance with –

  • Long noses
  • Slender bodies
  • Pointed ears
  • Short legs
  • Long furry tail

Civets with a spotted or striped coat have five toes on each foot. There is webbing between the toes, and the claws are totally or semi-retractile. The pointed ears extend above the profile of the head. The ear flaps have pockets or bursae on the outside margins, similar to domestic cats. Their teeth are specialized for an omnivorous diet, including shearing carnassial teeth and flat-crowned molars in both upper and lower jaws. Teeth number from 38 to 40, depending on the species.

Primarily nocturnal foragers with semiarboreal and arboreal habits, civets typically ambush their prey. During the day, civets usually rest in a hollow tree, rock crevice or empty, shallow burrow. They are solitary animals maintaining a wide home range (250 acres [101 ha]) by scent marking trees on the borders of their territory. The term “civet” is derived from an Arabic word describing the oily fluid and its odor secreted by the perineal glands. Scent marking is important in civet communication, but the method differs among species from passively passing the scent when moving about causing the gland to rub vegetation, to squatting and then wiping or rubbing the gland on the ground or some prominent object.

Civet oil has been used in the perfume industry for centuries and has been recorded as being imported from Africa by King Solomon in the tenth century B.C. Once refined, civet oil is prized for its odor and long lasting properties. Civet oil is also valued for its medicinal uses which include the reduction of perspiration, a cure for some skin disorders and claims of aphrodisiac powers. Although the development of sensitive chemical substitutes has decreased the value of civet oil, it is still a part of some East African and Oriental economies.

Okay, check out our reference links now…

  1. Civet by Ecologists
  2. Civet Oil by Magic
  3. Civet Essential Oil by Ask

What You Didn’t Know About Civets

Talking about the cat civet…There must be a lot you already know about the cat…Where what you missed…I am here to tell you…

There are 19 species of true civets and genets classified in the subfamily Viverrinae…One of the best known is the African civet…A rather large…heavily built…long-bodied and long-legged carnivore…it is the most doglike viverrid…Preferring to be near water…it lives in a variety of habitats ranging from moist tropical forest to dry scrub savannah…It is considered terrestrial…climbing trees only in an emergency such as when hunted…The African civet hunts exclusively on the ground at night…resting in thickets or burrows during the day…An opportunistic and omnivorous it will eat carrion…but prefers small mammals…Its diet include…

African civets deposit their droppings in one place creating middens or “civetries.” Although typically found at territorial boundaries…they also mark their territory using their perineal gland….

They use the musk from a skunk or a civet cat as a constituent that carries the scent of the perfume…The distilled water and types of oil that are in perfume will not hold the perfume’s scent for very long at all…so they use the skunk/cat oil because the main compound in the musk holds a scent for a very long time…If you have ever been sprayed by a skunk…or know someone who has been sprayed by a skunk…you should understand that the smell lasts for several days…Perfumes usually do not last that long though…because the amount of musk is very little and very deluded…So…perfume might last a couple days as opposed to a weeks or so…but at least that means you’re not wearing as much skunk piss as you originally thought…

Natural ingredient

  • Flowers
  • Grasses
  • Spices
  • Fruit
  • Wood
  • Roots
  • Resins
  • Balsams
  • Leaves
  • Gums
  • Animal secretions

Well as resources like alcohol…petrochemicals…coal…and coal tars are used in the manufacture of perfumes…Some plants…such as lily of the valley…do not produce oils naturally…In fact…only about 2,000 of the 250,000 known flowering plant species contain these essential oils…Therefore…synthetic chemicals must be used to re-create the smells of non-oily substances…Synthetics also create original scents not found in nature…

Some perfume ingredients are animal products….For example…castor comes from beavers…musk from male deer…and ambergris from the sperm whale….Civet oil from civet cats…Animal substances are often used as fixatives that enable perfume to evaporate slowly and emit odors longer….Other fixatives include coal tar…mosses…resins…or synthetic chemicals…Alcohol and sometimes water are used to dilute ingredients in perfumes…It is the ratio of alcohol to scent that determines whether the perfume is “eau de toilette” (toilet water) or cologne….

Okay…Go through our reference links now…

  1. Civet Cats by Planet
  2. Civet by Planet
  3. Civet Oil by Dope

What Civets Are

As a kid I had never this breed of dogs called greyhound…I had gone on to play in the city park…along with this friend of mine…And nothing in life could have ever rendered me frozen than standing a meter or two away from this gigantic and abnormally slim creature that seemed too less like a dog…I screamed and ran away…my friend followed…I told dad the incident and he laughed hard and from my description understood what the creature must have been…He told me what loving animals are dogs of those breeds…and gradually after knowing so much about them…I fell in love with the amiable creatures…

Hmm…Reason of my sharing this incident…We can’t love something that we don’t know…I am here to make you fall in love with these unusually amazing creatures…civets…and after knowing what all they give us you’ll fall even more in love with them…

Hmm…Small to medium-sized carnivores…civets are in the Viverridae family which includes –

  1. Genets
  2. Linsangs
  3. Mongooses

There are 35 species of civets and genets in 20 genera…Their natural distribution is restricted to the warmer regions of the Old World…and they occupy a niche similarly filled by weasels and their relatives found in temperate deciduous forests…Civets vary in size and form…but most present a catlike appearance with long noses…slender bodies…pointed ears…short legs and generally a long furry tail….Cute no?

Anyway…moving ahead…Civets with a spotted or striped coat have five toes on each foot…There is webbing between the toes…and the claws are totally or semi-retractile…The pointed ears extend above the profile of the head…The ear flaps have pockets or bursae on the outside margins…similar to domestic cats…Their teeth are specialized for an omnivorous diet…including shearing carnassials teeth and flat-crowned molars in both upper and lower jaws…Teeth number from 38 to 40…depending on the species…

There’s a catch about them…Often…Otter civets could be mistaken for long-nosed otters…Similar in habit and appearance…otter civets are excellent swimmers and capable of climbing trees…Their toes are partially webbed…but their dense water repellant fur…thick whiskers…and valve-like nostrils are effective adaptations for living in water and preying on fish…There are two species which show differences in their coat coloration and number of teeth…Otter civets have smaller ears…blunter muzzles…shorter tails and more compact bodies than most banded palm civets…

Primarily nocturnal foragers with semi arboreal and arboreal habit…civets typically ambush their prey…During the day…civets usually rest in a hollow tree…rock crevice or empty…shallow burrow…They are solitary animals maintaining a wide home range…by scent marking trees on the borders of their territory…The term “civet” is derived from an Arabic word describing the oily fluid and its odor secreted by the perineal glands…Scent marking is important in civet communication…but the method differs among species from passively passing the scent when moving about causing the gland to rub vegetation…to squatting and then wiping or rubbing the gland on the ground or some prominent object…. 

Okay…you know enough now…Go through our reference links now…

  1. Civets by BP
  2. Civets by about.com
  3. Civet Oil by Dope

Civet Perfume – Where it started…

Ever tried to ponder over the fact that how when and where this trend of applying perfumes started?

Yeah…I mean think about it right from the ‘early man’ age…what was it that must have induced the use of good smell to attract the opposite sex…I had read somewhere it is something which was practiced by animals and then humans adopted the same…to use a scent to attract partners…

The most widely used fragrance being…Civet essential oil…Perfume comes from the Latin “per” meaning “through” and “fumum” or “smoke”…Many ancient perfumes were made by extracting natural oils from plants through pressing and steaming…The oil was then burned to scent the air…Today…most perfume is used to scent bar soaps….Some products are even perfumed with industrial odorants to mask unpleasant smells or to appear “unscented”…

While fragrant liquids used for the body are often considered perfume…true perfumes are defined as extracts or essences and contain a percentage of oil distilled in alcohol…Water is also used…The United States is the world’s largest perfume market with annual sales totaling several billions of dollars….And their chief ingredient being the most expensive and the best Civet Essential oil…

Perfumes today are being made and used in different ways than in previous centuries…Perfumes are being manufactured more and more frequently with synthetic chemicals rather than natural oils…Less concentrated forms of perfume are also becoming increasingly popular…Combined…these factors decrease the cost of the scents…encouraging more widespread and frequent…often daily…use…

Not only all of that but also using perfume to heal…make people feel good…and improve relationships between the sexes are the new frontiers being explored by the industry…The sense of smell is considered a right brain activity…which rules emotions…memory…and creativity….Aromatherapy smelling oils and fragrances to cure physical and emotional problems being revived to help balance hormonal and body energy….The theory behind aromatherapy states that using essential oils helps bolster the immune system when inhaled or applied topically…Smelling sweet smells also affects one’s mood and can be used as a form of psychotherapy….And this is especially true for nature’s best and pet oil Civet essential oil…

Like aromatherapy…more research is being conducted to synthesize human perfume hat is…the body scents we produce to attract or repel other humans…We…the humans…like other mammals…release pheromones to attract the opposite sex…New perfumes are being created to duplicate the effect of pheromones and stimulate sexual arousal receptors in the brain…Not only may the perfumes of the future help people cover up “bad” smells…they could improve their physical and emotional well-being as well as their sex lives…And by saying that…I mean it…

Okay now have a look at our references…

  1. Civet Oil by BP
  2. Civet Oil by www.about.com
  3. Civet Oil by Common Palm Civet

Civet – The Perfumed Cat

Only a countable number of things on earth are blessed with such rare and great qualities that that the human population has nothing else to do than to just bow to the grandeur…Civet is one such cat…with amazing smell…read on to explore…

You know…There are 19 species of true civets and genets classified in the subfamily Viverrinae…One of the best known is the African civet…A rather large…heavily built…long-bodied and long-legged carnivore…it is the most doglike viverrid…Preferring to be near water…it lives in a variety of habitats ranging from moist tropical forest to dry scrub savannah….It is considered terrestrial…climbing trees only in an emergency such as when hunted…The African civet hunts exclusively on the ground at night…resting in thickets or burrows during the day….An opportunistic and omnivorous predator…it will eat carrion, but prefers small mammals….

African civets deposit their droppings in one place creating middens or “civetries.” Although typically found at territorial boundaries…they also mark their territory using their perineal gland…

Coming to the smell of  Civet essential oil…Perfumers call the ingredients used to make a scent last “fixatives”…Whether synthetic or natural…perfume fixatives hold a scent together and keep it from fleeing once the liquid evaporates on the skin…

  • Most perfumes can be divided into base…middle and top notes…with each “note” consisting of two to six ingredients..Generally speaking…the earthier..deep scents of the base notes act as fixatives…
  • Not only do base notes themselves linger on the skin longer than the middle and top notes…but they preserve the entire perfume blend by slowing evaporation…Dozens of fixative ingredients exist…falling into three major categories…

Civet is an indispensible ingredient in perfumery…Natural Civet is an animal product…Although not everyone condone the use of animal products in perfumery…But all do recognize the importance of this ingredient…In an olfactory sense…Civet Artificial is aroma-identical to the natural material and easier and kinder to use….

Though uncommon today…musk…ambergris and castoreum once ruled the perfume industry as pheromone-rich ingredients that lighten and diffuse effect on the perfume blend…Many perfumers still use the oil from the civet…cousin to the mongoose…Like I’ve already explained before…Mind you…The animal is not killed during the collection process….

Anyway…have a look at our reference links…

  1. Kopi Luwak by David Emery
  2. Civet by Dope
  3. Civet Cat by Planet

Civet – All About The Oil And Animal

Civet Essential Oil…You think you know all about it?

Probably after you read this…you won’t say so…

Derived from the Latin name of a species of Civet cat…Civet is a wonderful medicine…Civet oil…which is the secretion of civet cat…has been used for many years by tribal medical practitioners of South Indian forests for treatment of pimples and wrinkles…The magical effect of the civet oil is useful in getting relief from

  • Pimple
  • Acne
  • Freckles
  • Wrinkles
  • Pigmentation
  • Sunburns

Civet oil is derived from civets…a tropical tree-dwelling mammal…They can be found in Africa and Asia…Civets are cat-like animals…and belong to the order Feliformia…which also holds

  • Lions
  • Tigers
  • Hyenas
  • Domestic cats

The oil is used in some perfumes…

Civet oil is sometimes referred to as civet musk…because it has similar properties to musk

Civet oil cannot ethically be used…and is not suitable for vegetarians or vegans alike…

Because Civet is a musk like fragrance…it can be used for protection and spiritual enlightenment if used in the proper manner…but is mainly directed toward more sensual pursuits…Depending on which part of the body you anoint…civet brings different flavours of energy to the fore…This is a pure anointing oil for external use only…

The African civet lives in savannahs and forests of South & Central Africa…ranging from Senegal to Somalia and south to Namibia and eastern South Africa…The Indian civet ranges from Indochina to China…It can be found in the countries of Nepal…Bangladesh..the Malay peninsula…and Vietnam…
Both species produce the so-called civet…an oily substance secreted by the animals to mark their territory…Civet has a penetrating and strongly faecal smell of carnivore…partly due to skatole…On ageing and upon dilution…a pleasant animal-musky odour develops…highly valued in perfumery…For this reason the animals are kept in cages…and the fresh secretion is taken from the pouches at weekly intervals…It is said that King Solomon’s supply of musk came from East Africa….Fortunately…the animal musk trade has declined over the years due to the availability of modern synthetic musk of nature-identical or -similar character…

Okay have a look at our reference links…

  1. Civet by About
  2. Civet Oil by The Straight Dope
  3. Civet Cat by Blue Planet

Civet – The Majestic Animal Smell

The animal Civet is no doubt very majestic…More so because of the expensive benefits it does to us…I mean the expensive provisions we are bestowed upon by this animal…

Civet is a musk like fragrance…it can be used for protection and spiritual enlightenment if used in the proper manner…but is mainly directed toward more sensual pursuits…Depending on which part of the body you anoint…civet brings different flavours of energy to the fore….This is a pure anointing oil for external use only…

Though little is known about its biology and ecology…there are some descriptions of habitat use…it once inhabited lowland forests…lowland swamp and riparian forests in the coastal plain districts of Western Ghats – although now it appears to be confined to thickets in cashew plantations and to highly degraded lowland forests in northern Kerala…It has been found in lowland riparian forests in the coastal plain districts…The species is nocturnal and probably elusive

Natural forests have completely disappeared in the entire stretch of coastal Western Ghats…thus the present vegetation is of secondary origin and is mostly plantations…Of these…cashew plantations are the least disturbed…as they are not weeded…providing a dense understory of shrubs and grasses for this terrestrial species to take refuge in…However….most records from 1960-1990 were in valleys around riparian areas…suggesting that this species is dependent of shallow water courses where it may forage at night…

Civet oil is derived from civets…The animal I had been talking about in this article….They can be found in Africa and Asia….Civets are cat-like animals…and belong to the order Feliformia…which also holds –

  • Lions
  • Tigers
  • Hyenas
  • Domestic cats

The oil is used in some perfumes…

Civet oil is sometimes referred to as civet musk…because it has similar properties to musk….

Civet oil cannot ethically be used…and is not suitable for vegetarians or vegans alike…

Okay now have a look at our reference links…

  1. Civet Cat by Blue Planet
  2. Civet by About
  3. Civet by Dope

Richest Cup Of Coffee – Civet

There is no doubt about the fact that a nicely prepared cup of hot and rich-smelling coffee can be luring…And something that adds on to the lure is undoubtedly the quality of the coffee beans…You know like the more pure and rich they are…the more tempting the beverage becomes…

One type of coffee that adheres…in fact…supersedes the above mentioned qualities of a good coffee is certainly…Civet coffee…

The magical flavour and aroma of the lip-smacking Civet Coffee or Kopi Luwak…as it is known popularly…reveals the romantic story of its provenance…You know how it works? It’s that this Asian Palm Civet eats the beans of the coffee berries…The beans then pass through the digestive tract of the civet and there proteolytic enzymes seep in to the beans….As a result…more amino acid and shorter peptides are formed…The beans pass through the intestines of the civet and are later defecated….These beans are then –

  • Gathered
  • Thoroughly washed
  • Sundried
  • Roasted
  • Brewed

All this…to give you that extremely delectable coffee…

The less bitter taste and alluring aroma of Civet Coffee make it one of the most sought after and most expensive coffees in the world…Chiefly produced on the rich islands of

  • Java
  • Sumatra
  • Sulawesi
  • Bali in the archipelago of Indonesia
  • Philippines

Actually it is mainly because….of the increasing popularity of civet coffee and the high income it brings…civet farming has become a custom for the local community who earlier hunted them…Civets are fed raw berries lavishly and the coffee beans are gathered from the faeces produced….Civets eat the coffee cherries for their fruit pulp and pass the coffee beans inside…Enzymes in their stomach when work on these beans add the soothing aroma and flavour to them….

Hmm…Okay now have a look at our reference links…

  1. Civet Coffee by The Dabbler
  2. Civet Coffee by Cat Coffee
  3. Civet Coffee by Owl’s Prowl