Civet Oil Spreading Fragrances

Civet essential oil that is obtained from the cats named civets is one of the most or possibly the most expensive and exotic oil tht is used for making perfumes all over the world. The oil has a mind-blowing smell that really is very rich and mesmerizing.

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 and generally a 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.

The Viverridae family can be broken into six subfamilies. There are seven southern Asian and one African species of palm civets (subfamily Paradoxurinae). The African palm civet, also known as the two-spotted palm civet, spends most of its time in the forest canopy where it feeds primarily on fruit, occasionally supplemented with -

  • Small mammals
  • Birds
  • Insects
  • Lizards

It is distinguished by its semi-retractile claws and perineal gland covered by a single fold of skin. 

The ears have long black tufts of hair with white margins. Nearly four feet long, it is the largest member of the civet family. Despite its mostly vegetarian diet, the binturong has been reported to swim in rivers and prey on fish. The celebes, giant, or brown palm civet may be fairly common in certain limited areas (known by its tracks and feces, rather than by actual sightings). It is quite adept at climbing and has a web of thin skin between the toes.

Have a look at our reference links now -

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

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

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

Roasting The Most Expensive Coffee – Civet

It’s not all that great to simply consume anything and everything blindly…Knowing about it thoroughly is of great help to avoid mishaps…

Civet coffee….Kopi Luwak is the world’s most expensive coffee….It is also known as coffee alamid or civet coffee….Know how it is obtained…? No I have no intentions of jerking you in your seat but just to inform you….It is made from droppings of civet cats…These cats select and eat ripe coffees…It is believed that digestive juices degrade beans’ proteins to amino acids that contribute to its unique flavour during roasting…The coffee is also less bitter because it begins to germinate inside civet stomach…

It’s hard to gather civet droppings in a wide coffee farms…Some farmers engaged in raising civet cats to produce more coffee alamid…Civet cats are fed with ripe coffee beans….Droppings are collected…washed and dried

I’ll give you some handy tips in case you want to engage in civet coffee production…You probably want to roast your own coffee….It cannot be roasted in commercial roasting machine because such equipment has high volume capacity….Your precious coffee will get burnt in no time….Getting a two kilogram capacity drum roaster is a great idea but it might be too expensive…On the other hand, there are cheaper alternatives….Read on…

1. The common thing to all coffee roasters is heat…Basically…roasting is get done through heating…Now is the time to get your frying fan…Roast a measure amount of coffee over a low fire with continuous stirring…Slow roasting over a low fire is more controllable than fast roasting over high flame…

2. Ask a nearby machine shop to build a small and simple drum roaster…Drum rotation can be manually operated or machine controlled…A candy thermometer maybe installed for more accurate roasting…

3. Coffee can be roasted in stove top corn popper….Put a measured amount of coffee and roast it like popping a corn…Candy thermometer installed will give more roasting control…

Okay now have a look at our references…

  1. Civet Cat Coffee by Allen
  2. Civet Coffee by Dabbler
  3. Civet by Owl

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

Most Exotic Coffee Ever Made – Civet

For the actual lovers of this beverage called ‘coffee’…The senses…the taste buds are never satiated…Instead their craving increases with every passing hour..

I have had so many friends who were absolute caffeine addicts…So much that they would get up in the middle of the night (literally) and go somewhere…I wondered if they were possessed! I had to follow them and used to find them preparing coffee for themselves…The ones who were pretty well-off…used to name brands of coffee I had never heard before in life…There was this friend of mine whose father was businessman…I remember whenever I used to go to her place to see her..she used to serve me this exotic and irresistibly rich and creamy smelling coffee…I too soon became the fan of the beverage…thanks to her religious serving…I asked her which coffee it was…though knowing that I would surely not have heard the name before…”Civet” she replied…

I searched for it and found ample information…about Civet coffee of course…In Indonesia…the country best known for this type of coffee…”kopi luwak” translates literally as “civet coffee.”…And just to clarify…Kopi Luwak is a process…not a type of coffee…

As a matter of fact…Most coffees are either named after the species or region or both take for example…

  • Lintong Arabica
  • Kona
  • Sulawesi Toraja Peaberry
  • Costa Rican Terrazu

And my tongue will get tangled in an attempt to pronounce these!

Anyway…There are four coffee species grown commercially…and hundreds of coffee growing regions…It refers to any coffee that has been consumed by a Palm Civet…a shy and peaceful relative of the mongoose that is found primarily in Indonesia and the Philippines…Palm Civets (formally called…Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) are of the civet family and are not actually cats…foxes or weasels

Any coffee bean consumed by a civet becomes “kopi luwak.”…If one civet is eating Arabica and another is eating Robusta…the flavour profile of each coffee will be quite different….However…both coffees will share the unique characteristics brought about by the enzyme action –

  • hints of chocolate
  • absence of bitterness
  • accentuated flavour profile
  • uniquely pleasant persistence on the palate

These changes have been documented and catalogued by a number of university studies…

Kopi Luwak coffees are such that enable you to experience the Kopi Luwak process on all four of the major commercial species of coffee and several different cultivating regions…

Basically…Coffee grows as a seed inside a fruit that resembles a cherry…The Palm Civet is a night-time forager who considers the ripest and sweetest coffee cherries to be a delicacy…which she swallows whole…She only wants the fruit…so the hard green coffee beans are passed through undigested…They are then gathered up…thoroughly cleaned…and roasted like regular coffee beans…Palm Civets have unique natural enzymes in their bellies that permeate the celluloid structure of the hard coffee beans and make it possible for the release during brewing of up to 25 or more otherwise unreachable flavour elements….Also…they neutralize many of the coffee’s bitter oils…

The result is the world’s smoothest and most flavourful coffee…with exceptionally pleasant recall on the senses…a rare effect that is experienced only with the finest and freshest coffees…

Okay…Check out our reference links now…

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

Civet – The Cat

Know the about the wild and amazing cat Civet?

Very frankly…I had not even heard about it before…Read the name first time in some fashion magazine that bore information about ladies perfume…Initially I thought it had something to do just with oils…Later I realized as to where that oil was obtained from…Civet cat…

 Hmm…This African Civet is a large species of Civet found across sub-Saharan Africa….The African Civet is the only remaining member in its genetic group and is considered to be the largest Civet-like animal on the African continent….Despite their cat-like appearance and behaviours…the African Civets are not felines at all but are in fact…more closely related to other small carnivores including Weasels and MongoosesThe African Civet is most well known for the musk that it secretes to mark its territory called Civetone…which has been used in the manufacturing of perfumes for centuries…and it’s striking black and white markings…make the African Civet one of the easiest Civet species to identify…

One of the African Civet’s most distinctive features are the black and white markings on their fur and grey face…which along with the black band around their eyes…gives these animals a Raccoon-like appearance….The similarity is only heightened by the fact that the African Civet’s hind legs are quite a bit longer than the front legs…making its stance very different to that of a Mongoose….The average adult African Civet has a body length of around 70cm with nearly the same length tail on top of that….The paws of the African Civet each have five digits with non-retractable claws to enable the Civet to move about in the trees more easily…

The musk secreted by the glands close to the African Civet’s reproductive organs has been collected by Humans for hundreds of years…In its concentrated form,…the smell is said to be quite offensive to people…but much more pleasant once diluted…It was this scent that became one of the ingredients in some of the most expensive perfumes in the world and made the African Civet a well-known African animal…African Civets are known to carry the rabies disease…which is contracted through contact with an already infected animal….The African Civet is also known to use designated areas around its territory…where it is able to go to the toilet…

Okay…Now go through our reference links…

  1. Kopi Luwak by Emery
  2. Civet by Dope
  3. Civet by Blue Planet

Harmless Natural Air-Freshener – Civet Oil

I remember I was once trapped in this movie-like situation…it was a weekend and I was doing the vacuum and cleaning of the house…Mainly because there was this strong stench that was coming from some corner of the house that had driven me nuts seriously and induced nausea…So I was frantically searching what was it that was smelling so horrid…To make me even more flustered…certain relatives called up to ask for a visit…I obviously couldn’t refuse…And that made me even more frustrated…

Finally! I saw some bloody and fleshy thing was lying under my settee…I freaked out…it was a mouse..! I immediately threw it…but the problem lingered…or should I say the smell…nah…the STENCH lingered on!

I was so incapacitated with the smell that I started to hyperventilate…Then I remembered that I was gifted this room freshener…an exotic one…on my birthday…I washed the area where the mouse had lain…Then sprayed the magic in the room!

I won’t be lying if I say that the room smelled like some rich…exotic perfume shop!

Finally I heaved a sigh of relief!

Did I not tell you what that magic spray was?

Well…It was…Civet Essential Oil room freshener….

Air freshener…hmm…the concept of it…Next to pharmaceuticals…nothing in recent years has been pushed harder upon us than the vast array of indoor chemical air fresheners or room deodorizers…These products include –

  • Metered sprays
  • Plug-ins
  • Sticks
  • Wicks
  • Mists
  • Aerosols
  • Carpet cleaners
  • Scented candles
  • Scented stones

There’s virtually no place in the American business world that not only has these fresheners in every bathroom…but they’re also in lobbies…hallways…office spaces and…most frightening…nurseries worldwide…

I won’t say an exact history of air fresheners but yes….I would call civet…the mother of all air fresheners and because of amazing fragrances like civet…the perfume industry has gone notches higher than where it initially stood….

Know about the animal civet? Well…The civet has been the source of a highly-valued musk…used as a stabilizing agent in perfumes…Both male and female civets produce strong-smelling excretions….Although civets were at one time killed for their musk…they more recently have been recycled for this purpose….The perfume…also called civet…is achieved by scrapping the civet’s perianal glands…

Though the fact can’t be altered that collecting the perfume is a painful process for the live animals…but but but…as some might be thinking…it does NOT kill them!

The animals are kept in tiny cages for years and every few days the keepers scrape the civet out of the anal sacs….The secretion is then purified in alcohol…and then the perfume is diluted and used in minute quantities…In strong amounts…the musk can provoke vomiting in humans…

And that is how this oil is obtained…And to tell you it is one the most expensive and rich fragrances ruling the earth presently…both…in terms of dosh as well as quality…

Okay…Now have a look at our references…

  1. Civet Essential Oil by World List
  2. Civet by WellSphere
  3. Civet Oil by WAS