Castoreum- Canadian Beaver Castor Tincture. 10% concentration

(48 customer reviews)

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Castoreum is a traditional and highly valued natural perfume ingredient made from the aged, dried scent glands of the adult Beaver, Castor Canadensis in North America and Castor Fiber, native to Europe.

The glands, or “Castor Sacs”, in both male and female adults, produce a scent that is thought to be both …

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Castoreum is a traditional and highly valued natural perfume ingredient made from the aged, dried scent glands of the adult Beaver, Castor Canadensis in North America and Castor Fiber, native to Europe.

The glands, or “Castor Sacs”, in both male and female adults, produce a scent that is thought to be both a sexual attractant and a territorial marker.

Castoreum is a musky, warm, rich animalic scent which lends itself to the creation of leather perfume notes and accords. It is often used as a key component in masculine scents. In conventional perfumery, it is considered a base to middle note.

It contains pheromone-like compounds, monoterpenes, phenols, ketones and other fragrant chemicals.

This Castoreum is produced from aged material collected from Canadian Beavers, Castor canadensis. Trappers work hand in hand with the government to control over-population which is thought to benefit both the Beaver and Human communities.

Castoreum, also called tincture of Castoreum, lends a warm animalic note to perfumes and is considered safe to use in aromatic applications. It is designated GRAS,(Generally recognized as safe), by the FDA for use as a natural aroma and flavouring in the food and tobacco industries.

The Beaver has been trapped for millennia by indigenous peoples around the world, valued for its waterproof pelt, as a food source, and for its odoriferous and medicinal properties. The inner “hairs” of the Beaver pelt have tiny hooks on their tips, which make it ideal for felting and the production of hats and clothing.

In the past Beavers were over-hunted, nowadays the trapping of Beavers is regulated, and consideration is given to the Beaver’s impact on wetland ecology and the environment.

Though Castoreum is no longer popular as a medicine, it has been used as an anti-pyretic, ( to lower the temperature), an anodyne similar to Aspirin, an anti-inflammatory and ant-epileptic. It is said to increase blood pressure and cardiac output and has been used for the treatment of hysteria and dysmenorrhea.

The scent of Castoreum is persistent and enduring. It is a fragrance component that can greatly extend the life-span of a perfume. I have experimented with a few drops of Castoreum on blotting paper. After 6 weeks the scent was still strongly present, and it may have persisted longer had I not misplaced the blotting paper.

Castoreum blends well with Clove, Nutmeg, Cardamom and other spices, Jasmine, Oakmoss, Liquorice, Vetiver, Patchouli and Spikenard, and many types of Pine, Spruce, Fir and cedar. It has a natural affinity with other aromatic citizens of our northern forests and woods.

There are man-made “nature identical” chemical compounds that can be used as ethical replacements for naturally sourced Castoreum and other animal scents. Should we use them instead of the natural materials? I don’t believe there is one answer that suits us all. We each need to be true to our heart, our personal ideals and philosophy, examine and respond to each situation individually.

As we nurture and deepen our relationship as individuals, with Nature, the Planet and the Divine, the answers to questions of ethics become clearer and more obvious to us. This is our foremost responsibility, as individuals and as a global culture. Some questions in life have simple answers, others are complex and are not “One size fits all”. This is a case of the latter. I believe that only by engaging and embracing Nature in an intimate and meaningful way as individuals, can we be responsive to her needs, and make informed choices individually and globally.

What customers have written about this.

“Heaven, absolute heaven! Very generous seller!”

“This is exactly as it is described. It is the perfect strength to add that smokey sort of tobacco note to your next fragrance or to just wear by itself if you feel so compelled, The quality is there and the price is very good.”

“Shipped quickly..superior quality! Thank you”

“This Castoreum is some of the BEST I have ever worked with.”

“What a wonderful oil and rare find. Thank you for your friendly communication, super fast shipping, and valuable service!”

“Sweet, powdery, leathery. Can’t wait to start playing with this material in a blend.”

Additional information

materials

Beaver Castor, Beaver Castoreum, Castoreum, Perfumers Alcohol

Volume

1 Millilitre, 5 Millilitres, 10 Millilitres, 30 Millilitres

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  1. Alize Huel

    Alize Huel

    Exquisite materials! I'm doing side-by-side formulations to compare with and without the addition of the various tinctures. Literally one drop can transform a blend! Beautifully packaged, arrived quickly but most of all I appreciate the care taken by the store owner to vet raw ingredients and share that process.

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  2. Melissa Jacobson

    Melissa Jacobson

    Superb aroma. Expensive and a little weak for the price…

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  3. Dedrick Willms

    Dedrick Willms

    excellent high quality product, great store

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  4. Jane Paucek

    Jane Paucek

    Warm and dense Delicious smell of burrow.

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  5. Danyka Gutkowski

    Danyka Gutkowski

    Wonderful leathery goodness! This is the real deal.

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  6. Dasia Schowalter

    Dasia Schowalter

    Complex and intriguing. Love it!

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  7. Jeremie Dietrich

    Jeremie Dietrich

    Fascinating scent! Thank you.

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  8. Amelia Pouros

    Amelia Pouros

    Thanks so much for your hard work and diligence in providing top quality products with an eye towards stewardship and fair trade. I’m having so much fun throwing castoreum into my mixes.

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  9. Tad Baumbach

    Tad Baumbach

    Smoky, leathery, perfect castoreum. And the Canadian beaver population can certainly spare it. Good to see proper conservation and harvesting in action.

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  10. Barrett Cummings

    Barrett Cummings

    Really it's a fabulous smell. I am already blending it into a perfume and I just love what it does to the base notes. I love this scent and will definitely be back for more. Thank you.

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  11. Velda Glover

    Velda Glover

    Perfect and indispensable as per usual

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  12. Isabel Pagac

    Isabel Pagac

    Beautiful castoreum, this is my second purchase. The best!

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  13. Tad Baumbach

    Tad Baumbach

    This divine leathery castoreum was quite a hit at a recent perfume festival – many folks had never smelled the real thing, and were thrilled to know it can be sustainably and conscientiously sourced – go Canada!

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  14. Shaniya Greenfelder

    Shaniya Greenfelder

    This tincture is just the right concentration so it is not overwhelming.

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  15. Itzel Bradtke

    Itzel Bradtke

    Authentic castoreum, arrived timely – smooth, leather scent. Works excellent as a base material for high quality perfumes.

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  16. Marjolaine Padberg

    Marjolaine Padberg

    Lovely stuff. Easy fast shipping.

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  17. Daniella Roob

    Daniella Roob

    Amazing, subtle, just the right thing to add, for some mixtures! Recommend!

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  18. Talia Harber

    Talia Harber

    Rich and skanky. I'll be falling very deep down the rabbit hole with this one… 😉

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  19. Velda Glover

    Velda Glover

    love this stuff so much, an integral ingredient in a couple of my works lately. it's just so canadian! i've been listening to too much stan rogers, and i'm not sorry.

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  20. Isabel Pagac

    Isabel Pagac

    Wonderful! Will def buy again!

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  21. Aimee Sipes

    Aimee Sipes

    This was a curiosity purchase and it smelled sweeter than I anticipated. A great base for a future creation – looking forward to testing by it out.

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  22. Cortney Ondricka

    Cortney Ondricka

    Very good Castoreum (ger. Bibergeil) a very strong heavy leather, smoky and valerian root smell. I love it and this makes the perfume masculine and deep.

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  23. Lewis Ebert

    Lewis Ebert

    Another quality item produced by a real olfactory artist.

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  24. Dewitt Witting

    Dewitt Witting

    Of all the animalics, this might tied with ambergris as my favorite. Musky, funky and leathery goodness. Get it while you can!

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  25. Sandrine Macejkovic

    Sandrine Macejkovic

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  26. Yvette Welch

    Yvette Welch

    This is amazing store! Everything I bought in this store is authentic , very hard to find and best quality. I also appreciate the teachings it’s been passed by the owner of this shop for people.

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    Hillary Lynch

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  28. Melvin Spinka

    Melvin Spinka

    Rich, leathery animalic that smells good even in pure concentration to my nose. Magic when added to perfume blends.

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  29. Abbie Jacobs

    Abbie Jacobs

    I really love this product … It has deepest animalistic notes with long lasting smell , 5 stars most definitely

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  30. Treva Dickens

    Treva Dickens

    Fast shipping, great products, thanks so much!

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  31. Chloe Bernier

    Chloe Bernier

    I’ll start by saying this isn’t the easiest item to come by at decent quality and an affordable price, so the seller is reasonable on that front. The castoreum perfume does have a somewhat more alcohol-like smell than I’m used to, very heavy alcohol smell when first opening the bottle. Not sure if that’s what was used for it, but that’s sort of what it smells like to me. I left it open for a few hours and the alcohol smell did abate a bit and you could smell the earthy, heavy castoreum underneath. I was a little surprised to find out Canada’s post doesn’t include parcel tracking with standard shipping, I don’t usually bother with anything more expensive than standard because I’m not in a rush, but I do worry about parcels arriving safely / at all. Good for other buyers to know, I wish that was something more notably advertised.

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  32. Ulices Brekke

    Ulices Brekke

    This is a great addition to my collection.
    Interesting smell. I will definitely buy more. Great seller communication. Long shipping time but is worth it the wait.

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  33. Wendell Schaefer

    Wendell Schaefer

    smokey, leathery, almost waxy. tobacco-like. Thank you so much for providing these high quality materials!

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  34. Jenifer Kemmer

    Jenifer Kemmer

    It's a great tincture and a great shop!

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  35. Nia Kshlerin

    Nia Kshlerin

    This is the real deal…very happy with my purchases.

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  36. Shanel Kuvalis

    Shanel Kuvalis

    so this stuff smells great. i cant compare it to anything yet, but i would say it is leathery, earthy, and sorta smokey in a pleasant way. good stuff.

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  37. Barrett Cummings

    Barrett Cummings

    Thank you for such great castoreum. I appreciate the excellent quality of your tinctures.

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  38. Gertrude Jenkins

    Gertrude Jenkins

    Beautiful smoky odor! Packed carefully, I appreciate it!

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  39. Autumn Corwin

    Autumn Corwin

    Good quality stuff. Has a distinct oil pastel like smell, leathery and ever-so-slightly smoky.

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  40. Verda Ankunding

    Verda Ankunding

    Excellent to communicate with. Very obliging with my shipping request. Extremely fast shipping. Goods packed safe and professionally. I appreciate being able to buy these products. Thank You !

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  41. Brooks Ryan

    Brooks Ryan

    thick brown viscous liquid

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  42. Ila Cronin

    Ila Cronin

    Perfect! Couldn't be happier. Thank you!

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  43. Orlo Simonis

    Orlo Simonis

    This is very strong compared to other musks I've bought.

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  44. Rebeca Bergnaum

    Rebeca Bergnaum

    Castoreum- Canadian Beaver Castor Tincture. 10% concentration

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  45. Janae Lowe

    Janae Lowe

    excellent pour créer un parfum pour homme. Merci

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  46. Alexa Hill

    Alexa Hill

    Prodotto perfetto e venditore rapidissimo

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  47. Chaya Gibson

    Chaya Gibson

    A terrific tincture. I hope it is always in stock.

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  48. Mittie Bogan

    Mittie Bogan

    heaven in a bottle. i'm very pleased.

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