One actually feels quite well aware when they can mention names of things that many are not aware of, especially if those names hae to do with somethings really exotic and world-wide famous. One such things is Civet oil, not many know that the most expensive and exotic fragrances of the world use it as an integral compound in their perfumes.
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. Birds, eggs, amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, fruit, berries, and vegetation round out its diet. 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.
The civet is a small, carnivorous wildcat native to Africa and India. The musk produced by a gland at the base of the civet’s tail – also called civet oil – is widely used as a perfume ingredient in North America and Europe. Frequently, civet oil is reproduced synthetically for use in perfume compositions.
Pure civet has a very strong, disagreeable odor. The scent is said to be similar to musk, but with a more smoky, sweaty aroma. However, when diluted and used in minute quantities, civet can add depth and warmth to a fragrance. It is also an excellent fixative, and is used in many top-quality perfumes to stabilize other, more delicate or volatile ingredients.
Some perfumes for women that feature civet in their composition include -
- Chanel No. 5
- Dior Diorissimo
- Jean Patou Joy
- Givenchy Ysatis
- Estee Lauder Knowing
- Guerlain Shalimar
- Calvin Klein Obsession
- Laura Biagiotti Roma
- Carolina Herrera Carolina Herrera
- Versace Blonde
- Cartier Panthere
- Joop! Joop! Femme
- Elizabeth Taylor Passion
- Nina Ricci Nina
- Benetton Colors de Benetton
The civet’s (specifically the African Civet, Civetticus civetta) scent is also useful to those wishing to track big cats, a researcher in a recent issue of Natural History relating that central American jaguars (Panthera onca) are especially drawn to the civetone in Calvin Klein’s “Obsession.” Good to know if you’re in search of big cats, but it still leaves the question of what civetone actually is and why it is important. For that, I turn to Richard Despard Estes Behavior Guide to African Mammals, in which he describes the olfactory communication of the animals.
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