Civet – All About The Oil And Animal

Civet Essential Oil…You think you know all about it?

Probably after you read this…you won’t say so…

Derived from the Latin name of a species of Civet cat…Civet is a wonderful medicine…Civet oil…which is the secretion of civet cat…has been used for many years by tribal medical practitioners of South Indian forests for treatment of pimples and wrinkles…The magical effect of the civet oil is useful in getting relief from

  • Pimple
  • Acne
  • Freckles
  • Wrinkles
  • Pigmentation
  • Sunburns

Civet oil is derived from civets…a tropical tree-dwelling mammal…They can be found in Africa and Asia…Civets are cat-like animals…and belong to the order Feliformia…which also holds

  • Lions
  • Tigers
  • Hyenas
  • Domestic cats

The oil is used in some perfumes…

Civet oil is sometimes referred to as civet musk…because it has similar properties to musk

Civet oil cannot ethically be used…and is not suitable for vegetarians or vegans alike…

Because Civet is a musk like fragrance…it can be used for protection and spiritual enlightenment if used in the proper manner…but is mainly directed toward more sensual pursuits…Depending on which part of the body you anoint…civet brings different flavours of energy to the fore…This is a pure anointing oil for external use only…

The African civet lives in savannahs and forests of South & Central Africa…ranging from Senegal to Somalia and south to Namibia and eastern South Africa…The Indian civet ranges from Indochina to China…It can be found in the countries of Nepal…Bangladesh..the Malay peninsula…and Vietnam…
Both species produce the so-called civet…an oily substance secreted by the animals to mark their territory…Civet has a penetrating and strongly faecal smell of carnivore…partly due to skatole…On ageing and upon dilution…a pleasant animal-musky odour develops…highly valued in perfumery…For this reason the animals are kept in cages…and the fresh secretion is taken from the pouches at weekly intervals…It is said that King Solomon’s supply of musk came from East Africa….Fortunately…the animal musk trade has declined over the years due to the availability of modern synthetic musk of nature-identical or -similar character…

Okay have a look at our reference links…

  1. Civet by About
  2. Civet Oil by The Straight Dope
  3. Civet Cat by Blue Planet

Less Known Of Civet

I am pretty sure the points I’ll be presenting before you today about Civet…are not known to you…Read and get surprised…

Each African Civet secretes up to 4g of musk every week…which is normally collected from African Civets in the wild…However…the capturing and keeping of African Civets for their musk is not unknown and is said to be an incredibly cruel industry….Today…few perfumes still contain actual musk from the glands of an African Civet as many scents today are easily reproduced artificially…Although it is a protected yet not an endangered animal…the African Civet populations have also been severely affected by Human hunters…who hunt these little carnivores to simply add their skin to the trophy cabinet….

The African Civet is found in a variety of habitats on the African continent…with its range extending from coast to coast in sub-Saharan Africa….African Civets are most commonly found in tropical forests and jungles and areas where there is plenty of dense vegetation to provide both cover and animals that the African Civets feeds on….African Civets are never found in arid regions and always must be in an area which has a good water source….Despite this though…it is not uncommon for African Civets to be found along rivers that lead into the more arid regions…They are capable swimmers and often spend their time hunting and resting in the trees as well as on the ground…

The African Civet is a solitary animal that only comes out under the cover of night to hunt and catch food….These nocturnal animals are primarily tree-dwelling creatures that spend most of the daylight hours resting in the safety of the trees high above….African Civets tend to be most active just after sunset but tend to hunt in areas that still provide plenty of cover….Despite being generally very solitary creatures…the African Civet has been known to gather in groups of up to 15 members particularly during the mating season….They are also highly territorial animalsmarking their boundaries with the scent released by their perineal glands….

Hmm…Now go through our reference links…

  1. Civet by The Straight Dope
  2. Common Plalm Civet by www.blueplanetbiomes.org
  3. Kopi Luwak by David Emery

Nature’s Real Perfume – Civet Oil

I am an absolute fan of rich…long-lasting smells…Even when it was an after-shave’s smell that I was fond of…I used to take dad’s bottle…and smell it for long it the time that smell actually didn’t settle in my nose…

Talking about perfumes…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 hence these are the main odorants used in composing this type of perfumes… 

Alright…And then comes the other groups of essences that are derived from animal by products…
Examples of this are -

  • The Civet oil…an oily substance secreted by the Civet cat
  • Ambergris…a solid…waxy compound from the Sperm whale

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 odour notes…

The 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 note…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…And even the availability of the animals such as civets…
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 oil…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 i…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…

That was all about Civet and perfume making…

Now please go through our reference links…

  1. Civet Essential Oil by WAS
  2. Civet Perfume by WS
  3. Civet by List

Exotic Aromatherapy Oil – Civet Essential Oil

This is a personal recommendation…The mental blockages and blues…You know the times when you feel low for no reason…you scrutinize all the events of the day that you went through but cannot pick any one that is making you feel so drained and low…

Those are the times when either you should put on the ear-plugs…tune on your favourite songs and slip in a world of unrealism…or you can go a step-ahead…by not simply extricating from the blues…you can do something to amend it…maybe a massage…or aromatherapy…

Are you clear on the concepts of aromatherapy…? If not…I am there to help….Because you’ll be able to resort to it more willingly and with more conviction when you thoroughly know the ins and outs of it…

Basically…Aromatherapy is the ancient science of healing…relaxing and energizing by the use of plants or animals…and their parts…

What it actually does is that it helps is alleviating stress and speeding up healing….Healing of the body…the mind…or the soul…be it any kind of damage….The essential oils used…like the Civet Essential Oil….that takes the might to a new high through its amazingly rich and expensive smell…

This oil can be inhaled…used on clothes…or maybe as room-fresheners….

As far as the extraction of this civet oil is concerned…Natural civet is derived from the musky secretion of an African cat….Because of cost and the necessity of destroying these animals in order to gain the essential…true civet is not readily available…There are some excellent synthetic…however…that capture the essence of the original…Here it might be noted that…in the application of synthetic oils…it is absolutely crucial to know the quality of your commercial supplier…While many oil providers do not even carry this particular scent…So be careful…One version might be a good base oil….Although it captures the spirit of the essence…it is very mild…The other is a powerfully scented blend….Where it might take an entire dram…or 1/8 ounce…of the first variation…the second would be overstated if more than 3 drops are used in an oil formula…

Planetary Influence of this is Venus….Secondary Planet of it is Mars

Although Mars is listed as a secondary planet…it should be under-stood that this is done because of its association with passion….Civet is a very female scent….While it may affect the male intensel…it is of and by the feminine nature….

Elemental Association…Earth

Secondary Element…Water

Zodiac Influence…Taurus

What it does is that it awakens self-confidence…particularly in women…and also…arouses sexuality…And is secretly helpful in frigidity and female sexual disorders…

One secret tool of women for attracting men Attracts men…When used in combination with other love oil…it is said to make women irresistible to men….Ahem! Yes pretty much…

Have a look at our reference links now…

  1. Civet by Civet
  2. Civet Oil by Well
  3. Civet Oil by Beauty

Civet Essential Oil – Myths And Facts

I say that a thing is not illustrious till the time it doesn’t float in controversy for a while…Okay if not controversy then some doubt at least…Or breathing with detractors…That’s how a being or anything reaches it true potential and comes in the eyes of the world…

Same goes for this amazingly rich Civet essential oil….

Many people think that keeping Civet for secretion is a cruel treat to poor endangering species of Civet….They are missed informed by someone who never know exactly what Civet in other part of the world are being treated and kept for secretion

Understand…The main purposes of keeping Civet is their secretion to use in medicinal and perfumeries purposes….African countries are the leading producers of civet’s secretion which export a large amount of secretion totalled to millions of dollars….

The African civet lives in savannahs and forests of South & Central Africa…ranging from Senegal to Somalia and south to Namibia and eastern South Africa…The Indian civet ranges from Indochina to China…It can be found in the countries of

  • Nepal
  • Bangladesh
  • The Malay peninsula
  • Vietnam

Both species produce the so-called civet…an oily substance secreted by the animals to mark their territory…Civet has a penetrating and strongly faecal smell of carnivore…partly due to skatole….On ageing and upon dilution…a pleasant animal-musky odour develops…highly valued in perfumery….

It is for this reason the animals are kept in cages…and the fresh secretion is taken from the pouches at weekly intervals…It is said that King Solomon’s supply of musk came from East Africa….Fortunately…the animal musk trade has declined over the years due to the availability of modern synthetic musk of nature-identical or -similar character….

A musk like fragrance…Civet Essential Oil is a synthetic version of the prohibitively expensive oil derived from a small…lithe-bodied….mostly nocturnal mammal native to tropical Asia and Africa….Like I just mentioned…Used for centuries in the perfume industry…It is  recorded to have been imported by biblical King Solomon…Its 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….The term “civet” is derived from an Arabic word describing the oily fluid and its odour secreted by the perineal glands…Civets are also called “toddycats” in English….

Its amazing uses include…

  • Protection
  • Marking Boundaries
  • Sensuality
  • Sex Magic
  • Lust Spells
  • Spiritual Enlightenment
  • Wisdom

Pretty heavy mentally…isn’t it? Okay now go through our reference links…

  1. Civets by Water And Stone
  2. Civet Essential Oil by www.wellsphere.com
  3. Civet by SPO

Civet Oil – Obtaining The Heavenly Oil

Don’t be surprised when I say that the perfumes obtained from animals are way more exotic and rich smelling than those obtained from plants…

Civet oil…obtained from civet cat…tops the chart of the most extensively used exotic oils in the making of perfumes…The whole of fragrance industry is a crusader of this strong smelling oil…

You know how is it obtained…The tincture is obtained by infusing the raw civet paste into pure organic non denaturized alcohol 96°….The Civet is a small animal from the mongoose family that looks very much like a cat….Like cats…civet is easily domesticated…

The tincture of Civet is obtained through purification of the animal’s perineal secretion (civet musk paste) in alcohol….The Civet sprays the product on trunks and on stones of his territory…in order to signal its presence to rivals and to females…
Its odour really seems fecal at a first approach and even smells of well seasoned cheese…if it is a good quality…but it’s olfactory exploration reveals a world of deep emotions…underlying notes of leather…of musk and delicate flower like tones….
The scent of woman! It opens the heart of man to the feminine essence of life…It is very animal…erotic…arousing….heart filling…deeply fascinating and very much unlike any idea one may have about a perfume….

The last note comes after a few days on the perfumer’s strip and lasts as much as 2 months on these…it is exactly like the smell of ambrette….

The prophet Muhammad…The founder of Islam…The nobel soul…The Messenger of God as per the Quran…counselled the perfumistas of his time not to despise the scent of Civet…The raw paste is still used to this day in Arabia and in Africa in traditional cures for grave hormonal dysfunction in women…

A man who wears it emanates an aura that brings about respect from other men…This is because of the effect that predators have always provoked on men…being a possible prey….Whoever smelled the cage of the lion will recognize the similarity with civet scent…
It’s like wear this smell where ever you want to be listened to and obeyed….

Although civet is a feminine animal scent…a man wearing it will arise interest in women…because of their sensibility to the very physical effect that have pheromones…

It is a conquering scent and its effect exploited in a very civilized way in the perfume ‘Tartar leather’
The Civet is a feminine scent….like Ambergris and Hyraceum…while musk deer and particularly the beaver’s castoreum with its massive and strong smell is essentially male….

Now have a look at our reference links…

  1. Civet Oil by Health Discussions Organization
  2. Civet by worldlist.com
  3. Civet Oil by Civet Oil

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