Civet Oil – Richest Of Fragrances

Civet oil is apparently the most expensive fragrant natural oil that is obtained from the cat that is called civet. The oil has a rich and mesmerizing fragrance that easily caresses the senses and lingers on.

Civet oil is not extracted from a plant or a herb. It is extracted from small to medium-sized carnivores called as civets. This animal belongs to the Viverridae animal family. This family includes other members like mongooses, linsangs and genets. 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.

The general description of this animal is that it looks like a cat. It has slender body, long nose, short legs, long furry tail and 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 odor secreted by perineal glands.

Civet 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. This is an endangered species. For this sole reason, Civet oil is produced synthetically in the recent times. 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.

Civets are nocturnal foragers 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. 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. Few others pass the scent by –

  • Squatting
  • Rubbing
  • Wiping

the gland on the ground or on any object.

Civet oil is used to foster love, lust and sexual feelings. It helps in attracting the opposite sex with its incredible fragrance. Civet oil is in use 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.

Okay, now check out our reference links now –

  1. Civet Oil by Eco
  2. Civet Essential Oil by Ask
  3. Civet Oil by Books

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