Civet Oil – Scents Of Nature

Civet oil actually one of those oils by which I was taken back pretty much owing to the nature of its extraction and even its source of extraction…But then again when I did understand the utility and worth of the oil, I was awed.

Small to medium-sized carnivores, civets are in the Viverridae family which includes genets, linsangs, and 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
  • Long furry tail

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 carnassial teeth and flat-crowned molars in both upper and lower jaws. Teeth number from 38 to 40, depending on the species.

Primarily nocturnal foragers with semiarboreal and arboreal habits, 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 (250 acres [101 ha]) 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.

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. Civet 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. 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.

Okay, check out our reference links now…

  1. Civet by Ecologists
  2. Civet Oil by Magic
  3. Civet Essential Oil by Ask

Civet Perfume – Where it started…

Ever tried to ponder over the fact that how when and where this trend of applying perfumes started?

Yeah…I mean think about it right from the ‘early man’ age…what was it that must have induced the use of good smell to attract the opposite sex…I had read somewhere it is something which was practiced by animals and then humans adopted the same…to use a scent to attract partners…

The most widely used fragrance being…Civet essential oil…Perfume comes from the Latin “per” meaning “through” and “fumum” or “smoke”…Many ancient perfumes were made by extracting natural oils from plants through pressing and steaming…The oil was then burned to scent the air…Today…most perfume is used to scent bar soaps….Some products are even perfumed with industrial odorants to mask unpleasant smells or to appear “unscented”…

While fragrant liquids used for the body are often considered perfume…true perfumes are defined as extracts or essences and contain a percentage of oil distilled in alcohol…Water is also used…The United States is the world’s largest perfume market with annual sales totaling several billions of dollars….And their chief ingredient being the most expensive and the best Civet Essential oil…

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…

Not only all of that but also 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…and creativity….Aromatherapy smelling oils and fragrances 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….And this is especially true for nature’s best and pet oil Civet essential oil…

Like aromatherapy…more research is being conducted to synthesize human perfume hat is…the body scents we produce to attract or repel other humans…We…the 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…And by saying that…I mean it…

Okay now have a look at our references…

  1. Civet Oil by BP
  2. Civet Oil by www.about.com
  3. Civet Oil by Common Palm Civet

Civet…The Animal…The Oil

Slew of years from today…My maid…I remember used to confide in me big time…And once she disclosed to me that she could tell from the fragrance that sir (my father) wore as to where we were heading for…Like she knew dad wore musk only to exquisite and grand occasions…and then some lighter scents to normal get-togethers…It kind of freaked me out…But later on when I grew mature I could do that myself…The fragrance gets trapped in head….Especially if it is as exotic as musk….or maybe civet….

Know much about civet?

Well very frankly…I didn’t…not even that it was an animal…Musk Okay yeah I knew…but not civet…

It is my idea…that before one gets down to using anything…Be it electronics…apparels or even food or maybe as meagre as oil…the person should be thoroughly aware of its being…Today I take this responsibility to introduce you to the most exotic fragrance ever…Civet essential oil…So that when you do use it…you do not hold any doubts about it…

Hmm….The very first shocker….Civet oil is not extracted from a plant or a herb! As I am sure you might have thought…Just like I did…I confess it…Because there is this word ‘essential’ added to it so you might taken it for a veggie-veggie herb oil…But alas! It is not…But no need of getting disappointed…Read on…It is extracted from small to medium-sized carnivores called as civets! Yes it is obtained from a living organism….Civets are basically animals belonging to the Viverridae animal family…This family includes other members like –

  • Mongooses
  • Linsangs
  • Genets

Amazingly enough there are more than 35 species of civets…Civets are generally found in the temperate deciduous forests….These animals vary in size and appearance according to their species…

This Civet is more or less like a cat…I mean that is how it looks…catty…It has

  • Slender body
  • Long nose
  • Short legs
  • Long furry tail
  • Pointed ears

The natural distribution of this animal is spread in the temperate climatic conditions and is restricted to the warmer areas…The term ‘Civet’ is derived from an Arabic word which means the oily fluid and its odour secreted by perineal glands

As far as the habits of these furry creatures are concerned….Civets are nocturnal foragers…what I mean is that they preys on(NO! Not to God with folded hands! Okay I know it is lame) at night…that have semi-arboreal and arboreal habits…Arboreal means those animals that live in trees….These animals rest in a hollow tree…shallow burrow or a rock crevice during the day time….

Understand….The methods of extracting the scent from the Civets differ…Few of the species passes the scent passively when moving….This happens when their glands rub vegetation….You know like they touch and rub against a plant or tree…Few others pass the scent by squatting…rubbing or wiping the gland on the ground or on any object….The African civets are said to be the best among the species….They are found with two-spotted palm….This type of Civets spend most their time in the forest canopy…African Civets generally rely on –

  • Fruits
  • Insects
  • Small mammals
  • Lizards
  • Birds

The lifestyles of Civets are assisted by their hairless soles…sharp curved claws…partially fused toes that support climbing the trees….Few species of Civets are also said to swim and prey fish and few other amphibians…

Hmm…Finally coming to Civet oil…Well…This oil is nothing but the glandular secretion from the small pockets that are located near the testicles…This oil was initially extracted from the Civet male cat….But now Civet oil is produced synthetically…This rich oil has a musky scent…This mesmerizing scent is used to attract the opposite sex….It is still used in many parts of the world for this purpose….Civet oil often signifies love and lust….

It is a clinging history of this exotic oil actually that….It  is used to foster

  • Love
  • Lust
  • sexual feelings

It helps in attracting the opposite sex with its incredible fragrance…Like I just mentioned in the previous paragraph… Civet oil has been used in the perfume industry for centuries together….It is said that this oil was imported by King Solomon from Africa….This oil has also proved effective in treating certain skin disorders and helps in bringing down perspiration….

Hmm…I think you’ve known enough of it…So go through our reference links now…

  1. Civet by WAS
  2. Civet Oil by Well Sphere
  3. Civet by Civet List