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 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