The Grand Grant Civet Oil

Here are some civet facts to drop your jaw.

Pure civet has a very strong…Like I just mentioned in the prior paragraph…and has a disagreeable odor…The scent is said to be similar to musk’s…So you can imagine its strength and proportion…in terms of smell….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 volative ingredients…

You know this is not about just today…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…

Amazingly enough….Civet oil is also valued for its medicinal uses which include-

  • The reduction of perspiration
  • A cure for some skin disorders
  • 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…

If you talk about the creatures….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….

You know this 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….

Some of the greatest and most expensive and illutrious perfumes draw a lot from Civet…Namely…

  • 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

Phew! Filthy Rich ones! Have a look at our references now…

  1. Civet by HDO
  2. Civet Oil by SPO
  3. Civet Oil by Water And Stone

Nature’s Secret Aphrodisiac – Civet Oil

Do you have clues about the aphrodisiacs used in the past secretly?

If you don’t then you got to read this…Before I start…Let me disclose this to you…That Civet Oil was the best known aphrodisiac in the past…

As far as making the perfumes today is concerned…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…

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
  • Creativity

Aromatherapy oils and fragrances like Civet Essential Oil…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…

Like aromatherapy…more research is being conducted to synthesize human perfume hat is…the body scents we produce to attract or repel other humans…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…

Some perfume ingredients are animal products…For example…castor comes from beavers…musk from male deer…and ambergris from the sperm whale…Civet 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” or cologne…

Hmm…Now have a look at our reference links…

  1. Civet Cats by Planet
  2. Civet Oil by About
  3. Civets 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

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 – 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 Is Of Numerous Uses

Heard of Civet cat…Not just an ordinary animal…when you’ll know about this amazing animal and the amazing thing it does for us you’ll fall in love…So read on to fall…

I’ll start from clarifying you extensively about the background of this cat…The Viverridae family can be broken into six subfamilies….There are seven southern Asian and one African species of palm civets…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

I’ll tell you…It is distinguished by its semi-retractile claws and perineal gland covered by a single fold of skin…All other species of palm civets live in the forests of Asia…Their semi arboreal 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…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…

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

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…

Okay…Now go through our reference links…

  1. Civet Oil by David
  2. Civet Oil by www.blueplanetbiome.org
  3. Civet Oil by Emery

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

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

Civet Oil – Perfume Making And Information

I have this little bottle of this handkerchief roll perfume…And have some amazing memories linked to it…It is the same one I used on my farewell…and birthday…Also smells of certain perfumes remind me explicitly of people who used to wear them…That is the magic of smell…renders you nostalgic…

Civet oil has a similar smell…that lingers on with you…no matter in the senses…or in the mind….

Basically…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 are the main odorants used in composing any type of perfume…These are the ones that have nothing to do with civet…

Now coming to the ones…the other group of the above fragrances…The other group of essences used are those derived from animal by products…
Best examples of this is Civet oil…an oily substance secreted by the Civet cat

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 odor notes…

You know this 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 notes…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….
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 oils…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 it, 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….

Now…have a look at our reference links…

  1. Civet by SPO
  2. Civet Oil by Well Sphere
  3. Civet by Civet Oil