They contributed to the staying power, gave roundness to the fragrances and were great base notes. The civet note was used in perfumes for men and for women, or unisex perfumes such as Jicky by Guerlain. The scent of the raw product is extremely strong, but it softens once integrated with other scents such as rose, jasmine and ylang-ylang, for example, and often improves the cohesion of the fragrance, while bringing an almost aphrodisiac-like sweetness. For the protection of animals, animal notes are prohibited today, except gray amber because it does not involve animal suffering.
Nowadays, musks are less and less present in perfumery because they no longer correspond to the desires of the consumers who appreciate the scents less than before. The word "civet" is used to refer to both the animal and the secretions produced by it. It is a small carnivorous, marten-like mammal that is native to Ethiopia.
It is also known as the "Abyssinian cat". The animal produces secretions in the form of fat in its perianal region, which they use to mark their territory. To extract this fat, a curettage a painful process for the animal was carried out approximately every ten days, while the civet was raised by farmers in cramped cages. Big brands themselves tried for a while to set up farms for raising civets in cages, but these were systematically exposed by local activists: this approach was therefore unsuccessful and later banned.
Due to the difficult harvest of this fat, the price of the product was very high. The production of this raw material came mainly from Ethiopia, and many farmers lived from the breeding of civet. It changed very suddenly when public opinion, alerted by the media and environmentalists, changed consumption patterns. The civet was then used by Ethiopians as pure fat, they smeared it on their wedding nights, and it was a rare and appreciated perfume.
The civet fat was kept in zebu horns, which allowed its conservation, they could contain from grams to one kilogram of product. The product, initially in the form of a soft paste, solidified over time, facilitating its transportation.
The civet was used, among other things, to flavour snuff. In addition, the name "civet" was also used for a long time to designate tobacco shops, some still carry this name today. The smell of civet is very aggressive, it has a strong animal and fecal odor.
It is treated with a volatile solvent and infused in alcohol. The infusion is a technique of keeping civet fat in a hot liquid oil or alcohol. In the s, the actions and campaigns of animal defenders encouraged most perfumers to abandon its use. Today, civet is replaced by synthetic products civettone or by a base created by the perfumer-creator. The jasmine flower or cumin can be interesting when well dosed, otherwise they can give a "sweaty" side to the perfume.
These perfumes were then reformulated to adapt to public demand. The civet in a perfume, like other animal notes, can give a sensual, bodily, animal, sexual original note. If they are well dosed and orchestrated in a perfume, they can be interesting in a chypre or oriental perfumes. In confidential or niche perfumes one can smell animal inflections, but they are controlled, subtle, hidden.
The dirty is not the enemy of beauty. You can try them thanks to the Discovery Boxes 5 Eaux de Parfum x 2 ml and rediscover these raw materials as you have never smelled them before. Aromatic herbs typically evoke gastronomy, but they are also used in perfumery as raw materials. In perfumery, aromatic herbs are fresh and energizing raw materials. Aromatics herbs are classified in three main groups: Lavender notes Mint notes Aniseed notes. Spices are among the natural raw materials used in perfumery.
There are two categories: fresh spices and hot spices. Fresh spices act mainly as top notes in a perfume, and warm spices will develop mainly as heart and base notes. Woods are part of the botanical raw materials used in the perfume compositions, just like fruits and flowers. Many woods can be used in perfumery, such as: sandalwood cedar patchouli vetiver cypress oud wood gaiac wood birch wood.
Modern perfumery was born at the end of the 19th century. At that time, perfumers began to incorporate synthetic ingredients into their formulas, which amplified the palette of the professional, offering them more creativity. It also allows for more abstract olfactory forms. Today, chemists are able to isolate aromatic compounds from a natural raw material, purify them and obtain the molecular structure of the raw material. Once this structure is identified, the specialist will be able to use organic chemistry to recompose the molecules.
As pictorial art has acquired a new dimension with synthetic dyes, perfumery has reached new heights and has allowed new scents with synthetic products. Trying to force the world to not use animal products through passive means does not, as we can see here, provide a solution. The use of animal products in our food, cosmetics, traditional medicine and perfumes has been with us since the dawn of time. Rather than working to eliminate animal products from commerce, we could focus on finding ethical systems and solutions that honour the planet, the people and the animals.
At home and abroad. Over the past 6 years, I have visited Civet farms, spoken with Civet farmers and exporters about modernizing the industry to meet our standards of ethics and animal welfare. Their enthusiasm and willingness to work with the Western market are pretty much unconditional. However, there is not yet enough interest or market-demand to meet them halfway.
In Northern Kenya, I have an ongoing conversation about involving the women of the Samburu tribe in collecting Civet paste from the wild as an extra source of income. But, without the presence of a market for Civet products, the concept can be taken no further. Please feel free to share this post or to share your opinion in the comments below. If you are inspired to participate or contribute in any way, let me know.
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Because as far as I know, it can be collected; I know that deer musk can be wiped or scratched off stones which are put by these animals for territory marking. Hi Itamar. Thank you. Deer musk is collected in pods from their underbelly. They are removed, usually after the deer is trapped and killed. Civet paste, in the other hand, can be collected in the wild in very small amounts from tree trunks where the animals leave their mark.
It is an awkward and low yield process and will not become a viable industry untill there is enough of a market and an interest in the product. I respectfully disagree with your approach and opinion. I at least am involved and engaged in solving the problem. I absolutely agree!
The arbitrary CITES rules and legislation passed by those living in ivory towers does not consider livlihoods of the local people who, when given adequate information and means have the highest motivation to protect those resources.
We need to preserve these precious natural treasures- civet, musk deer, agar wood, frankincense, elemi, rosewood, spikenard, etc…. Boycotts usually only damage the poor. The affluent, greedy, and chronically short-sighted will almost always find a way to enrich themselves in the vacuum wake of hastily legislated kneejerk boycots.
I totally agree with all you say. It is true boycotting and banning do not make it go away just go undeground and worse. If we have the end result of positive result for the Civet and Environment we ca then take the next step. Email Address. First time customers in the shop, www. Herbal Apothecary, Wildcrafter, Sculptor, Craftsman.
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Civet (Zibeth; Zibet; Zibetum), also known as civet musk and civet oil, is the glandular secretion produced by both sexes of Viverridae species. African civets are kept for their musk, a valuable commodity which is bought worldwide by fragrance houses as a component of perfume. The African civet is. The main sources of animal musk are the secretions of civet cats, beavers, and musk deer. Perfumers also use a natural animal product called ambergris.