Civet Cmells Cweet (Read Smells Sweet)

You know what a civet is right? Yeah the same small…carnivorous wildcat native to Africa and India…furry and rather cute…And yes If I wrote it as a heading…I mean it…It smells…sweet! The ‘C’ was just for alliteration…Hope my ‘innovation’ didn’t go waste..jk… Anyway…yeah so the cat…

I again take it for granted that you know that this cat is worshipped for its scent…which smells like some liquid from the skies…It is SO sharp and strong that it hits the senses right…As in anyone sleepy will instantly wake up! Because it is…SHARP!

Don’t have to feel guilty about its extraction…The musk produced by a gland at the base of the civet’s tail….also called civet oil…and yes I mean THE Civet Oil….is widely used as a perfume ingredient in North America and Europe…It is this exquisite and exotic fragrance of the west you know…Frequently…civet oil is reproduced synthetically for use in perfume compositions….

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