Secret Of Exotic Smells – Civet Oil

One actually feels quite well aware when they can mention names of things that many are not aware of, especially if those names hae to do with somethings really exotic and world-wide famous. One such things is Civet oil, not many know that the most expensive and exotic fragrances of the world use it as an integral compound in their perfumes.

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. Birds, eggs, amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, fruit, berries, and vegetation round out its diet. 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.

The civet is a small, carnivorous wildcat native to Africa and India. The musk produced by a gland at the base of the civet’s tail – also called civet oil – is widely used as a perfume ingredient in North America and Europe. Frequently, civet oil is reproduced synthetically for use in perfume compositions.

Pure civet has a very strong, disagreeable odor. The scent is said to be similar to musk, 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 volatile ingredients.

Some perfumes for women that feature civet in their composition include -

  • 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

The civet’s (specifically the African Civet, Civetticus civetta) scent is also useful to those wishing to track big cats, a researcher in a recent issue of Natural History relating that central American jaguars (Panthera onca) are especially drawn to the civetone in Calvin Klein’s “Obsession.” Good to know if you’re in search of big cats, but it still leaves the question of what civetone actually is and why it is important. For that, I turn to Richard Despard Estes Behavior Guide to African Mammals, in which he describes the olfactory communication of the animals.

Have a look at the reference links now -

  1. Civet Cat by Blue Planet
  2. Civet by About
  3. Civet by Dope

Civet Oil Spreading Fragrances

Civet essential oil that is obtained from the cats named civets is one of the most or possibly the most expensive and exotic oil tht is used for making perfumes all over the world. The oil has a mind-blowing smell that really is very rich and mesmerizing.

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 and generally a 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.

The Viverridae family can be broken into six subfamilies. There are seven southern Asian and one African species of palm civets (subfamily Paradoxurinae). 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 mammals
  • Birds
  • Insects
  • Lizards

It is distinguished by its semi-retractile claws and perineal gland covered by a single fold of skin. 

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.

Have a look at our reference links now -

  1. Civet Cat by Blue Planet
  2. Civet by About
  3. Civet by Dope

Civet Oil’s Therapeutic Side

The oil of civet has a world-wide appeal for being an amazing fragrant oil that is undoubtedly a part of the richest and priciest fragrance brands of the world. But rarely are people aware of the fact that this oil has medicinal and therapeutic qualities too.

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 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 and 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.

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
  • 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.

Have a look at these reference links -

  1. Civet Cat by Blue Planet
  2. Civet by About
  3. Civet by Dope

Rarest Perfume Blend – Civet Oil

Will you agree if I say that the absence of something…Okay let’s not call it absence…but the scarcity of something…actually anything…food…water…or even the money in pocket instigates respect in us for that very scarce commodity…Agree?

My father often used to share with me this incident where he was just in his teens and he was travelling alone to buy something because his house was in the hills…he was pretty confident of the route…after all it was his birth place…he bought the thing and while returning back home…he lost track of his path…for 2 long hours he wandered about the place like a vagabond! His stomach gurgled and being the finicky and pampered boy he was…he didn’t use to eat anything but things only that he fancied but that very day…with hardly a cent or two in his pocket…he ate what one guy was selling at a stall…peas probably they were…and they did make him feel full…He tells me…since that very day he started to respect food…And ate happily whatever offered…

That was just a glimpse of a small realization…On this big earth…there are myriad things we don’t respect…And probably when nature will dump us in acute scarcity would be the day we’ll realize its worth…One such amazing gift of nature being…Civet Oil…

Civet oil is obtained from creatures called civets…African civet lives in savannahs and forests of South and central Africa…while Indian civet lives in -

  • Nepal
  • Bangladesh
  • Vietnam

The thing about them is that these animals produce odorous secretion with purpose of marking their territory…Diluted…after some time…the odour of civet secretion…which normally is strong and repulsive…becomes pleasant with animalistic-musk nuance…For the purpose of collecting this secretion…animals are kept in cages…Luckily…this scent is nowadays mainly synthetic…

Talking about perfumes…Then well…they 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…

Though pretty uncommon today…musk…civet…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…a cousin to the mongoose….And as a matter of fact…the animal is not killed during the collection process…

Doing a little sneak-peek in history…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…

But I’d like to share one common mistake people make…You know…There are five species of banded palm civets and otter civets…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

  • Rats
  • Lizards
  • Frogs
  • Snails
  • Crabs
  • Earthworms
  • Ants

Okay I think I have informed you enough…Go through these reference links now…

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

Magical Civet Oil

Do you believe in magic?

Okay I don’t mean like the one that makes people float in air…or turns a hen into dollars…or a fat guy into a mouse but like…something that might seem obvious and not so great…unless and until you probe deeper in to it…just to feel amazed and awestruck…

Okay…I’ll come closer to the point…Do you often wish that there were something on this earth that would make you forgot your past agonies and bring colder to your fantasies…to a world…of your own…where you rule…you are the ultimate king…and things happen the way you want them to happen…Slipping into the oblivion…and being the most carefree being and the luckiest one too with all wishes of yours being granted at just the mention of them…?

Okay…That was a tad too exaggerated! But I won’t deny the fact…that things close to these…do happen…If nothing more than I’d say nature always had everything for us in its store…some we misused…others we exploited…and we ignored…But one thing that continues to be the best of nature’s magical bounty is Civet Oil….The smell…

Pheromones sexually attractant hormones…function through the olfactory system without the nose acknowledging the existence of a smell…the smell of hospitals sprayed into a room in such minute quantities that the nose could not detect it…measurably raised the anxiety levels of individuals in that environment…

There’s an intriguing background to it…Some years ago…a perfumer working on synthetic musk discovered a substance which improved his sense of smell one hundred times….The government confiscated his papers…closed down his laboratory and told him not to do it again….This sinister episode plainly demonstrates the seriousness with which the establishment views the sense of smell…presumably for purposes of control …on a more down to earth level…years of working with essential oils have demonstrated to me that certain vibrations within the spectrum of smell have repeatable…almost universal…effects….

Just take this example…sandalwood…no matter who is smelling it…has a sedative effect….Lemongrass always wakes people up…Smells also have power by suggestion and…in pragmatic magical systems…it is a combination of these two principles…nature and association which is used in solo and group magic…

The building up of a ‘smellphabet’….a contrived system of smell attributions…is something which can be only done at the individual level…it is not the function of the group…Such a system would consist of as many evocative smells from the past that the individual can think of and recreate…

Consider this…A magician…as a child…once had a fight with another boy on his way home from school….The fight took place near a patch of wild garlic and…ever since that time…whenever he smells garlic the emotion of the occasion comes rushing back….He now views this emotion as an aspect of the energy of Mars and consequently uses garlic in incenses of a martial type….The same magician has gone through this procedure with all his emotions….Ambergris is used in his Venus incense because it recalls the smell at the stable where he first made love….Frankincense is used only in incenses which are not intended to produce a violent emotional reaction because he finds it soothing….I am giving you examples of other things as well so that you understand my point better…

Okay…Now go through our reference links…

  1. Civet by Well Sphere
  2. Civet by List
  3. Civet Oil by Water And Stone

Civet Oil – The Spiritual Catalyst

Nothing on earth can be more peaceful than feeling our mere presence…feeling our breath…being able to hear every beat of our heart…feeling that light thump every time our pulse hits the inside…and possibly the best reason to reach such a stage of oneness with oneself is through the medium of yoga…as it is called by Indians…

 This form has become illustrious in today’s world…the trend of doing yoga is proliferating…be it for weight loss…for concentration…or just to get a spiritual high…

 But probably one thing that most of the yoga-doers miss out is the ambience needed to practice it…yes surely it has to be done in isolation…on the floor…with a mat…but another thing that is extremely essential but yet neglected is…the scent that the atmosphere should bear when one is practising yoga…light…might…mesmerizing…

Some fragrance that itself has the ability to give you a new high…a fragrance as close to Civet Essential Oil… 

The scent of this oil…Rich…musky…intoxicatingly indulgent…giving the senses a spiritual roller-coaster…And well…just to tell you…Civet indeed is used for the very purpose…I mean spiritual one…

It’s highlighted spiritual properties being…

  • Lust
  • Love
  • Venus
  • Earth
  • Taurus
  • Cat Magic

As far as obtaining is spiritual oil is concerned…Real Civet is a glandular secretion obtained from small pockets next to the testicals of the Civet cat….

It is a powerful scent and very powerful magically…No need to be scared though…But it cannot be denied…that it indeed is magical in its effects on the senses…owing to its exotic and unusual and gripping scent…
It has been used for centuries to attract the opposite sex…and for various kinds of not so good magic…

Like I mentioned…Civet is extensively used for protection and spiritual enlightenment if used in the proper manner…And in fact it 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….

If we come up a little and discuss substantially about the effects of aromatic influences on the human senses…Then very frankly…Little has been written on the practicalities of aromatics in ritual…The odd items which have appeared in print have been dogmatic and unutterably inaccurate….So few people are involved in magic as well as being skilled in the use of aromatics that written information has always been plagiarised from previous inaccurate sources instead of being researched and tested…

The sense of smell is grossly underrated by anyone who has not sat down and deliberately considered its effects….To such a person the ability to smell something is merely an adjunct to what is considered the more important gates of perception i.e. the other four physical senses….No magician can afford to fall into this trap…The sense of smell can be the source of subtle conditioning…intended or accidental and in magical ritual the use of incenses and fragrant oils cannot be overestimated…the sense of smell being more evocative than any other…

Because of their power to elicit specific responses in the body and psyche…perfumes have…through the age…occupied an important part in ritual…The Magical and Ritual Use of Perfumes shows how scents can become the very essence of magic…providing direct access to the emotional centres of the brain and memory….

Okay now have a look at our reference links…

  1. Civet by W & S
  2. Civet Oil by www.wellsphere.com
  3. Civet Essential Oil by List

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