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

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