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

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

Civet Coffee – The Best Experience

No experience can match that of sipping the costliest…most exotic and mind-blowing smell coffee…A coffee in the true sense…I can’t bet if you know it or you don’t but people around the globe…crazy about coffee…are ready to pay bags full of bucks just to sip on the finest taste of coffee…And whenever they halted at Civet…apparently they were ready to pay extra just to get some handful of the authentic and rarest coffee ever made and tasted….

 To name it….I’d say nothing more…Civet coffee… 

Before we get into the details of the coffee…understand Civet…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 flavors of energy to the fore….This is a pure anointing oil for external use only….

The topmost choice of grand hotels is to serve their guests the finest coffee that could be ever made…Civet Coffee….This is quite possibly the most expensive coffee in the world… It’s produced in the most revolting and extraordinary way….The Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus)…I have to confess to you that I’m not exactly sure what a civet is…the furry critter looks a bit like a rodent-weasel cross…it may even have something to do with cats….It has a tail…Anyway…the civet munches away on coffee berries…which then pass through the digestive tract…before being “defecated” into clumps…The droppings are collected…washed…dried in the sun and given a light roasting….

You know what is it like to sip the coffee made with Civet….Very rich in taste…utterly smooth…almost like drinking a cup of dark chocolate…surprisingly fruity…(as Her Majesty might have said)…hints of strawberry…All that chemical stuff churning around in the civet’s stomach seems to have a beneficial effect on the taste of the bean…eliminating all traces of bitterness…Aesthetically…the coffee is pleasing too…thick and deeply black in colour….It was truly divine…the nectar of the gods…

Okay…Now have a look at our reference links…

  1. Civet Coffee by The Dabbler
  2. Rare Civet Coffee by Owl’s Prowl
  3. Cat Coffee by Allen J. Pais

Less Known Of Civet

I am pretty sure the points I’ll be presenting before you today about Civet…are not known to you…Read and get surprised…

Each African Civet secretes up to 4g of musk every week…which is normally collected from African Civets in the wild…However…the capturing and keeping of African Civets for their musk is not unknown and is said to be an incredibly cruel industry….Today…few perfumes still contain actual musk from the glands of an African Civet as many scents today are easily reproduced artificially…Although it is a protected yet not an endangered animal…the African Civet populations have also been severely affected by Human hunters…who hunt these little carnivores to simply add their skin to the trophy cabinet….

The African Civet is found in a variety of habitats on the African continent…with its range extending from coast to coast in sub-Saharan Africa….African Civets are most commonly found in tropical forests and jungles and areas where there is plenty of dense vegetation to provide both cover and animals that the African Civets feeds on….African Civets are never found in arid regions and always must be in an area which has a good water source….Despite this though…it is not uncommon for African Civets to be found along rivers that lead into the more arid regions…They are capable swimmers and often spend their time hunting and resting in the trees as well as on the ground…

The African Civet is a solitary animal that only comes out under the cover of night to hunt and catch food….These nocturnal animals are primarily tree-dwelling creatures that spend most of the daylight hours resting in the safety of the trees high above….African Civets tend to be most active just after sunset but tend to hunt in areas that still provide plenty of cover….Despite being generally very solitary creatures…the African Civet has been known to gather in groups of up to 15 members particularly during the mating season….They are also highly territorial animalsmarking their boundaries with the scent released by their perineal glands….

Hmm…Now go through our reference links…

  1. Civet by The Straight Dope
  2. Common Plalm Civet by www.blueplanetbiomes.org
  3. Kopi Luwak by David Emery

Magical Civet Oil

Do you believe in magic?

Okay I don’t mean like the one that makes people float in air…or turns a hen into dollars…or a fat guy into a mouse but like…something that might seem obvious and not so great…unless and until you probe deeper in to it…just to feel amazed and awestruck…

Okay…I’ll come closer to the point…Do you often wish that there were something on this earth that would make you forgot your past agonies and bring colder to your fantasies…to a world…of your own…where you rule…you are the ultimate king…and things happen the way you want them to happen…Slipping into the oblivion…and being the most carefree being and the luckiest one too with all wishes of yours being granted at just the mention of them…?

Okay…That was a tad too exaggerated! But I won’t deny the fact…that things close to these…do happen…If nothing more than I’d say nature always had everything for us in its store…some we misused…others we exploited…and we ignored…But one thing that continues to be the best of nature’s magical bounty is Civet Oil….The smell…

Pheromones sexually attractant hormones…function through the olfactory system without the nose acknowledging the existence of a smell…the smell of hospitals sprayed into a room in such minute quantities that the nose could not detect it…measurably raised the anxiety levels of individuals in that environment…

There’s an intriguing background to it…Some years ago…a perfumer working on synthetic musk discovered a substance which improved his sense of smell one hundred times….The government confiscated his papers…closed down his laboratory and told him not to do it again….This sinister episode plainly demonstrates the seriousness with which the establishment views the sense of smell…presumably for purposes of control …on a more down to earth level…years of working with essential oils have demonstrated to me that certain vibrations within the spectrum of smell have repeatable…almost universal…effects….

Just take this example…sandalwood…no matter who is smelling it…has a sedative effect….Lemongrass always wakes people up…Smells also have power by suggestion and…in pragmatic magical systems…it is a combination of these two principles…nature and association which is used in solo and group magic…

The building up of a ‘smellphabet’….a contrived system of smell attributions…is something which can be only done at the individual level…it is not the function of the group…Such a system would consist of as many evocative smells from the past that the individual can think of and recreate…

Consider this…A magician…as a child…once had a fight with another boy on his way home from school….The fight took place near a patch of wild garlic and…ever since that time…whenever he smells garlic the emotion of the occasion comes rushing back….He now views this emotion as an aspect of the energy of Mars and consequently uses garlic in incenses of a martial type….The same magician has gone through this procedure with all his emotions….Ambergris is used in his Venus incense because it recalls the smell at the stable where he first made love….Frankincense is used only in incenses which are not intended to produce a violent emotional reaction because he finds it soothing….I am giving you examples of other things as well so that you understand my point better…

Okay…Now go through our reference links…

  1. Civet by Well Sphere
  2. Civet by List
  3. Civet Oil by Water And Stone

Civet Oil – The Spiritual Catalyst

Nothing on earth can be more peaceful than feeling our mere presence…feeling our breath…being able to hear every beat of our heart…feeling that light thump every time our pulse hits the inside…and possibly the best reason to reach such a stage of oneness with oneself is through the medium of yoga…as it is called by Indians…

 This form has become illustrious in today’s world…the trend of doing yoga is proliferating…be it for weight loss…for concentration…or just to get a spiritual high…

 But probably one thing that most of the yoga-doers miss out is the ambience needed to practice it…yes surely it has to be done in isolation…on the floor…with a mat…but another thing that is extremely essential but yet neglected is…the scent that the atmosphere should bear when one is practising yoga…light…might…mesmerizing…

Some fragrance that itself has the ability to give you a new high…a fragrance as close to Civet Essential Oil… 

The scent of this oil…Rich…musky…intoxicatingly indulgent…giving the senses a spiritual roller-coaster…And well…just to tell you…Civet indeed is used for the very purpose…I mean spiritual one…

It’s highlighted spiritual properties being…

  • Lust
  • Love
  • Venus
  • Earth
  • Taurus
  • Cat Magic

As far as obtaining is spiritual oil is concerned…Real Civet is a glandular secretion obtained from small pockets next to the testicals of the Civet cat….

It is a powerful scent and very powerful magically…No need to be scared though…But it cannot be denied…that it indeed is magical in its effects on the senses…owing to its exotic and unusual and gripping scent…
It has been used for centuries to attract the opposite sex…and for various kinds of not so good magic…

Like I mentioned…Civet is extensively used for protection and spiritual enlightenment if used in the proper manner…And in fact it 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….

If we come up a little and discuss substantially about the effects of aromatic influences on the human senses…Then very frankly…Little has been written on the practicalities of aromatics in ritual…The odd items which have appeared in print have been dogmatic and unutterably inaccurate….So few people are involved in magic as well as being skilled in the use of aromatics that written information has always been plagiarised from previous inaccurate sources instead of being researched and tested…

The sense of smell is grossly underrated by anyone who has not sat down and deliberately considered its effects….To such a person the ability to smell something is merely an adjunct to what is considered the more important gates of perception i.e. the other four physical senses….No magician can afford to fall into this trap…The sense of smell can be the source of subtle conditioning…intended or accidental and in magical ritual the use of incenses and fragrant oils cannot be overestimated…the sense of smell being more evocative than any other…

Because of their power to elicit specific responses in the body and psyche…perfumes have…through the age…occupied an important part in ritual…The Magical and Ritual Use of Perfumes shows how scents can become the very essence of magic…providing direct access to the emotional centres of the brain and memory….

Okay now have a look at our reference links…

  1. Civet by W & S
  2. Civet Oil by www.wellsphere.com
  3. Civet Essential Oil by List

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

Nature’s Real Perfume – Civet Oil

I am an absolute fan of rich…long-lasting smells…Even when it was an after-shave’s smell that I was fond of…I used to take dad’s bottle…and smell it for long it the time that smell actually didn’t settle in my nose…

Talking about perfumes…Natural perfumes are crafted with sumptuous natural essences and pure bases….Botanical essences like essential oils and absolutes made from

  • Flowers
  • Leaves
  • Trees
  • Fruits
  • Nuts
  • Resins

And hence these are the main odorants used in composing this type of perfumes… 

Alright…And then comes the other groups of essences that are derived from animal by products…
Examples of this are -

  • The Civet oil…an oily substance secreted by the Civet cat
  • Ambergris…a solid…waxy compound from the Sperm whale

Professionally…most natural perfumers prefer to work with botanical essences exclusively for ethical reason….
Fortunately…in general perfumery…there are many synthetic…nature identical or similar alternatives for replacing most of the animal odour notes…

The process of making pure perfume is one of the most special activities to partake in…It’s simply magical to be able to craft perfumes that are hauntingly captivating…with intoxicating note…or blends that are intense and passionate…boldly permeating the wearer’s environment….

However…one of the biggest challenges of natural perfumery is the matter of consistency in the quality of the aromatic essences used in the blends….
This can vary year to year…depending on ecological factors and each year’s harvest…A rose plantation that produced abundant premium grade absolute oil one year might have a poor harvest the following year…And even the availability of the animals such as civets…
This difference will reflect in your blends if that’s where you get your regular supply from…

In the blending process…the aromatic oils are added to the perfume base depending on the type of perfume that is being made…For perfume oil…the base could be Jojoba oil…solid perfumes can have a base of Jojoba Oil and Bees wax and Alcohol based perfumes can be made with pure grain alcohol….

Once the blending stage is over…oil based and solid perfumes can be used right away…but it wouldn’t hurt to leave the perfume to age for a couple of weeks before using it….
Alcohol based perfumes on the other hand, would need to be aged for 4-6 weeks to allow the fragrance to fully mature and any harsh notes to round out and allow the blend to blossom….

After aging…you will need to filter this type of perfume to remove any sediment that might be in i…so you can produce a clear liquid…
Whatever type of perfume you are making…working with natural essentials oils is always a beautiful experience…filled with whimsical discoveries and aromatic fantasies…

That was all about Civet and perfume making…

Now please go through our reference links…

  1. Civet Essential Oil by WAS
  2. Civet Perfume by WS
  3. Civet by List

Arousing Natural Oil – Civet

Rekindling the fire with the help of a fragrance is the cheapest and safest thing to do (Why! Estimate those surgeries and artificially arousing toys for yourself!)….Civet essential oil is probably the best matchstick you can get to do the same…

Don’t be apprehensive about it…Civet has been used in perfumery since very old times in diverse cultures…and there are references to it being used as a perfume ingredient since at least as far back as the 17th century….It continued to be used until recent time…in famous perfumes such as those by

  • Chanel
  • Lancome
  • Cartier

Chanel substituted civet with a synthetic ingredient as of 1998….So aren’t those some really ‘heavy’ names?

Hmm….I’ll dig a little in history to make your belief firmer….Civet was described as an aphrodisiac scent by a number of writers of the 19th century…however its reputation as an aphrodisiac may have much earlier origins…Read on…

Robert Lovell’s famous 1661 text Sive Panzoologicomineralogia…Or a Complete History of Animals and Minerals states…Applied to the clitoris…it caused great delectation in Women….Lovell is not the only writer of the 17th century to have held views that civet…used to anoint the genital…had an aphrodisiac effect…and there is also mention of it being applied to the male parts in order to bring greater pleasure to lovemaking….Civet was also used medicinally in that age for a number of conditions….

Numerous other texts of the 19th century in particular described civet as an aphrodisiac scent….The London Medical and Surgical Journal of 1835…listing a large number of the substances considered aphrodisiac through the ages…writes of civet that it was said to be of undoubted efficacy….

However…by the 1890s civet appears to have been somewhat ‘downgraded’ as a potential aphrodisiac…though the basis for this is not clearly stated….The latter 19th century was one in which attitudes to old myth and fable changed…due in part to the work of Darwin….Once science had found a solid foundation from which to attack religion…it spared little of ancient fable…lore and mystery…all of which were consigned to be nothing more than mere superstition…and much that was good…if not immediately able to be proved…was vehemently discarded…In technical terminology…this is known as throwing the baby out with the bath water…

Phew! That was some rich history…Finally coming back to civet….Civet musk is one of several animal secretions that have been used in perfumery…Others include-

  • Castoreum (from the beaver)
  • Musk (from the musk deer)
  • Moschus moschatus
  • Ambergris

In a number of cases…including that of the civet…these products are made from the scent glands of the creature…

Looking at the history of use of this ingredient in connection what is known about pheromone…it seems likely that the aphrodisiac legend of civet scent has some basis…however science considers it far from proven…

Both pressure from animal rights groups and the availability of synthetic alternatives have…rightly…done much to curtail the use of animal musk…

Okay now check out our reference links…

  1. Civet by Power In Simplicity
  2. Civet by World
  3. Civet Oil Well Sphere

Civet Essential Oil – Myths And Facts

I say that a thing is not illustrious till the time it doesn’t float in controversy for a while…Okay if not controversy then some doubt at least…Or breathing with detractors…That’s how a being or anything reaches it true potential and comes in the eyes of the world…

Same goes for this amazingly rich Civet essential oil….

Many people think that keeping Civet for secretion is a cruel treat to poor endangering species of Civet….They are missed informed by someone who never know exactly what Civet in other part of the world are being treated and kept for secretion

Understand…The main purposes of keeping Civet is their secretion to use in medicinal and perfumeries purposes….African countries are the leading producers of civet’s secretion which export a large amount of secretion totalled to millions of dollars….

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
  • 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….

It is 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….

A musk like fragrance…Civet Essential Oil is a synthetic version of the prohibitively expensive oil derived from a small…lithe-bodied….mostly nocturnal mammal native to tropical Asia and Africa….Like I just mentioned…Used for centuries in the perfume industry…It is  recorded to have been imported by biblical King Solomon…Its 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….The term “civet” is derived from an Arabic word describing the oily fluid and its odour secreted by the perineal glands…Civets are also called “toddycats” in English….

Its amazing uses include…

  • Protection
  • Marking Boundaries
  • Sensuality
  • Sex Magic
  • Lust Spells
  • Spiritual Enlightenment
  • Wisdom

Pretty heavy mentally…isn’t it? Okay now go through our reference links…

  1. Civets by Water And Stone
  2. Civet Essential Oil by www.wellsphere.com
  3. Civet by SPO