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Castoreum-Castor-Grade #1-Aged Beaver Castor–Pheromones-Musk-Perfume & Incense ingredient.
Castoreum-Grade number 1 Beaver Castors, Musk, Aphrodisiac.Cured Beaver Castors. Ground and whole.
Aged for 1-2 years and ready to tincture for incense or perfume.
This ground Castor is prepared from the dried and cured scent glands of Castor Canadensis, the North American Beaver.
Ground Castor can be powdered or tinctured for use in incense and a stunningly rich, musk-like animalic scent reminiscent of Saffron.
You can purchase whole Castors/pieces or Castor that has been ground in anticipation of tincturing.
Making a Castoreum tincture or Absolute
Castors can be tinctured in 94%-96% alcohol at a ratio of 1:10 for 1 month and filtered for use in perfume and incense. 10 grams of Castors will yield approximately 100 millilitres of perfume tincture which can be used on its own or as an ingredient in a perfume or incense blend. For more information on making your own Castoreum for natural perfumery please see my post
A Castor “Absolute” can be prepared by evaporating the alcohol from the Castor tincture. A little bit of Benzyl Benzoate helps the sticky residue blend better with alcohol and carrier oils.
Castor sacs have been used for hundreds if not thousands of years in traditional medicine and fragrance arts. They are considered aphrodisiac and an attractant to both genders. In traditional medicine systems, they were used as an anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, and to treat hormonal imbalances.
Both Beaver genders possess a pair of castor sacs and a pair of anal glands located in two cavities under the skin between the pelvis and the base of the tail. The castor sacs are not true glands (endocrine or exocrine) on a cellular level, hence references to these structures as preputial glands or castor glands are misnomers. (Wikipedia).
The scent drawn from the glands is rich, deep, leathery and woodsy, smokey and sultry. It is a base note and fixative in mainstream and natural perfumery.
Ethics and sustainability
Beaver trapping in Canada is supervised by government agencies to limit the damage caused by beavers while maintaining a healthy ecosystem and animal population. Inhumane steel leg-hold traps are banned from use in Ontario and most other provinces.
Beavers are traditionally trapped for their versatile waterproof fur, not for their scent glands.
Beaver trapping has been an important part of many North American aboriginal cultures, where a reverence for nature and her animals is an integral part of traditional hunting and trapping practices.