Civet oil, Genuine Ethiopian Civet oil-Perfume ingredient- Musk-Perfume-Aphrodisiac-An Ethical & Sustainable Aromatic

(67 customer reviews)

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This listing is for Civet oil produced from genuine Ethiopian Civet paste. It is an aromatic perfume ingredient and fixative that can also be worn on its own.

It starts out with a deep, warm, dry, slightly dirty yet compelling, animalic note which gradually fades into the background giving way to a sweet amber and …

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This listing is for Civet oil produced from genuine Ethiopian Civet paste. It is an aromatic perfume ingredient and fixative that can also be worn on its own.

It starts out with a deep, warm, dry, slightly dirty yet compelling, animalic note which gradually fades into the background giving way to a sweet amber and lovely powdery floral notes,(reminding me a bit of Hyacinth and Tuberose), that endure till the scent has dissipated.

I have worked on the process of creating an oil of Civet for the past 6 years. A good quality aromatic oil cannot be produced directly from Civet paste due to the high amount of fat in the raw paste. I think I finally got it. I will write about it and share my method in the near future.

The oil has the strength and endurance of the popular Civet tincture @ 1:40 and is similar in its aroma. (https://www.etsy.com/listing/206435482/genuine-civet-tincture-perfume-tincture).
It lasts for a week on the scent strip and 2 weeks later I can still detect its presence.

Though this oil can be worn on the skin as is, (and I do so regularly), it’s greater value lies in how it impacts perfume compositions. Adding a few drops of civet oil to even a simple blend of one or two botanical essential oils will highlight it’s value in perfumery.

Please note, this is not the Civet oil that was commercially available decades ago. That was a compound perfume produced with synthetic materials.

As with all the animalic essences, it’s impact on perfume blends is not proportional to the physical amount present. More does not mean better. A small amount adds dimension and changes a perfume blend in a way that is quite different from the addition of a botanical aromatic essence. I find it difficult to explain the mechanics of this and invite everyone to explore, experiment and share their insights with the effect of animalics on perfume compositions.

Civet is one of the rarest of traditional fragrance materials. It has been used for thousands of years as an exotic perfume ingredient and fixative. It lends depth, dimension and a note of erotic urgency to a perfume blend.

I can attest that it makes my heart skip at every sniff. I find it addictive, though it’s not to everyone’s liking.

Said to have been one of the gifts the Queen of Sheba brought to King Solomon, Civet is an aphrodisiac and thought to arouse desire in both sexes.

In North Africa and Arabia Civet paste and products containing Civet are traditionally used to treat hormonal imbalances associated with excess menstruation, acne and hair loss. This is a function one finds most animalics have in common.

The Civet, reminiscent of a cross between a Mongoose and a Raccoon, is of the family Viverridae. It has a perineal gland which produces a paste used to transmit sexual, social and territorial signals. Both sexes produce this material. This paste is collected and processed into a perfume absolute or tincture. The tincture has the unusual property of evolving with time and producing deep, sweet floral notes. Given the raw animalic intensity of the fresh paste, this is quite remarkable. Working with civet products hones one’s patience and imagination.

There has been much controversy around traditional methods of keeping Civets for their musk, and rightly so.
The Western world has boycotted the use of Civet in the fragrance industry for decades due to the cruel traditional methods used to collect the paste. Though (As any Civet farmer will tell you), our Western food animals are treated no better, there is no excuse for the mistreatment of animals in any industry or country. This is a problem that needs to be addressed on a global scale.

After extensive research, numerous visits with farmers, middlemen and exporters of civet paste, I am convinced we have done more harm than good with our passive approach.

By turning our back and withdrawing our financial support from the industry we have increased the poverty of the traditional farmers, leaving them even less resources to effect change. We have added one more obstacle to an already struggling economy and have created a black market and back door for large corporations to continue using Civet products, unseen by the public eye.

Though we are boycotting this product, corporations and middlemen are still profiting while animals continue to suffer in much the same manner as in the 60’s.

I believe that only through our active engagement as concerned and invested Western consumers can this unhappy situation be rectified.
Our interest in these products and financial support iare the only tools that can effect change in the industry.

If there is a market for this product, an ethical and profitable way will be found or created to make it happen. If we continue to ignore this situation it will continue as it had been for the past 60 or thousand years.

We are losing our natural aromatics and medicinals slowly all over the world through our own mismanagement and lack of involvement. Collectively we have a powerful voice. One that can change the world if we so choose.

With the advent of the internet, each and every one of us can instantaneously impact global concerns with something as small as the click of a mouse. As consumers, we are responsible for everything that happens in the world of industry and commerce. They exist only to serve us. Without our needs and market demand they would serve no one and cease to exist. Every click of a mouse is noted, tallied and used to direct our markets and industries. The power to change the world is collectively in our hands.

I believe that If there is a financial incentive, a healthy market, through our increased western demand, (our purchasing power), for high quality and ethically produced Civet products, the farmers and the government of Ethiopia will have the incentive and resources to modernize their practices and meet our ethical standards. To this end, I have been working for years with Civet farmers and exporters trying to design and implement a more ethical industry-standard centred around care of the environment and the animals.

Even if you have moral objections to the use of animal products, doing nothing about it does little to effect change. Trying to force the world to not use animal products through passive means is, as we can see here, not 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 both the planet and the animals.

For more information about the Ethical Civet dilemma, please read the post Ethical Civet, A View from the mountaintop.
http://apothecarysgarden.com/2014/04/30/ethical-civet-a-glimpse-from-the-mountaintop/

Thanks
Dan

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materials

Civet Musk, Fractionated Coconut Oil

Volume

1 Millilitre, 5 Millilitres, 10 Millilitres, 30 Millilitres

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  1. Polly Lebsack

    Polly Lebsack

    Always above and beyond. Rare aromatic treasure you wont want to miss out on!

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  2. Breanne Wiegand

    Breanne Wiegand

    The deep and rich fragrance is just divine..
    Highly recommend the Apothecarys Garden..

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  3. Kianna Schoen

    Kianna Schoen

    I'm enjoying this beautiful sweet aroma that I just discovered. I was looking for something so natural and beautiful to inhance my composition and I truly feel this is love at first sight and smell. Definitely need to get more of this secret gem 💎

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  5. Misty Abernathy

    Misty Abernathy

    Prompt arrival and heavenly scent. I wear these as a fixer and civet goes great with my Dior Poison (original formula).

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  7. Jenifer Kemmer

    Jenifer Kemmer

    The civet oil is great, and I loved the musk giveaway.

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  8. Jarvis Koch

    Jarvis Koch

    Good product and arrived on time.

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  9. Retta Grant

    Retta Grant

    This is a beautifully produced civet. I purchased the sample and immediately came back and bought a bottle. I do not find it funky/fecal at all but it is musky in the most exquisite of ways with a light floral hint. I've worn it alone as musk perfume and it seems to stay close to the skin making it unobtrusive. Stellar product, Dan!

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  12. Shaylee Glover

    Shaylee Glover

    best seller i am very happy with the product and will buy from you all the time.100%

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  13. Vanessa Johns

    Vanessa Johns

    Looking forward to using this to make scents. Love Apothecary's Garden!

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  15. Nia Kshlerin

    Nia Kshlerin

    Excellent items…very pleased with Dan's alchemical magic. His products are high quality…a wonderful resource for perfumers.

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  16. Jordane Murray

    Jordane Murray

    A subtle at first scent but then become sensual and intoxicating. Very nice!

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  17. Hanna Prosacco

    Hanna Prosacco

    Really wonderful products and service, super friendly seller. I had also put the civet oil to the ‘cat test’ – they definitely sensed animal (not that there was any doubt)! Everything in this shop is just divine and truly authentic.

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  19. Kenya Dare

    Kenya Dare

    I’ve been curious about trying a genuine civet oil for years, but have held out until I could find an ethically sourced sample. After receiving my vial of your civet oil today I can honestly say it was worth the wait!
    This is a gorgeous scent in itself, animalic without being too pungent and with floral and fruity aspects as well as a powdery, incense-like note.
    Can’t wait to try it in a perfume.
    All the best!
    / Vida

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  20. Simeon Hackett

    Simeon Hackett

    I have just started to create all natural high end bath products and I am in love with civet. If you have never worked with it before or are new to creating fragrances like I am, do not be put off by the animalic scent out of the bottle. It will transform your fragrances into a well rounded scent with just a hint of the musk that we are used to smelling in expensive perfumes. i used very little in an essential oil fragrance blend and it really took the scent to the next level. I have already placed another order from this shop. The products are second to none!

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  21. Clarabelle Oberbrunner

    Clarabelle Oberbrunner

    My first experience with Civet, and I am thoroughly impressed. I am not usually one for animalics, but this oil is definitely primal and musky without being overly funky. It blends beautifully on the skin with some sandalwood and oud. A little goes a long way! Another stellar product from one of my fav Etsy shops.

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  22. Audra Rowe

    Audra Rowe

    Very interesting smell! Reminds me of zoo animals’ exhibits’ smell…nothing fecal or obnoxious. Amazing, generous seller, awesome products! Shipping from Canada to US was only 2 weeks (I paid extra for tracking as recommended).

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  23. Haven Kuphal

    Haven Kuphal

    This is an incredibly subtle, rich, and long lasting aroma. Beautiful stuff.

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  26. Bo Feest

    Bo Feest

    This has a sweet soft rounded, animal smell, rather like a 'clean' domestic ferret's fur, lovely stuff. Smells gorgeous even without floral and other essential oils are mixed in. I'm still working out how much to use and how to use it best, but will be buying more, and other products in the future.
    ApothecararysGarden has excellent products which help provide income for indigenous women and peoples harvesting products. Commerce can be part of a virtuous circle.

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  27. Amber Gerhold

    Amber Gerhold

    The packaging was fantastic, nothing leaked, and I will definitely be ordering both of the products I bought again. they are working perfectly for what I needed

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  30. Javier Rogahn

    Javier Rogahn

    Absolutely wonderful! Thank you so much for my ritual oil… you can tell it's extremely high quality – even though it's an animal extract, it's alluring but subtle 😉 1488.

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  31. Melyna O'Connell

    Melyna O’Connell

    TOP Qualität für meine Parfums

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  32. Zetta Wolff

    Zetta Wolff

    Used sparingly to mix in with other resins very nice

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  33. Michale Kris

    Michale Kris

    excellent product! excellent customer service!

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    Larissa Sporer

    Absolutely gorgeous! Shipped fast and well packaged. thank you!!!

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  37. Arnold Brekke

    Arnold Brekke

    Perfect, very good quality. Will by again!

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  38. Ryley Carter

    Ryley Carter

    Hail Satan 1488 this put me in communion with our Dark Prince

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  41. Karson Heidenreich

    Karson Heidenreich

    Dan delivers again. Well worth the wait. Hard-to-find items, and of such exquisite quality.

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  42. Cecelia Davis

    Cecelia Davis

    Smell lasts forever. Thank you for fast shipment!

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  44. Nia Thiel

    Nia Thiel

    Merci Dan comme d'habitude tes produits c'est une merveille produit et fait avec amour excellente huile de civet elle sont bon ont peut utiliser telle quelle sans rajouter d'autre parfum.

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  45. Angie Glover

    Angie Glover

    Although I prefer the textures more effervescent light quality this is a very high quality oil and most definitely authentic, be very careful on the internet when purchasing civet. As with any real civet oil it will have a very dirty animal smell when it is new. After 6 to 10 months it will turn into a velvety powdery sent that is very pleasant . It adds richness and a skin but better quality to any woody, incense, or floral blend. Its lasts 300 hrs or more on fabric and works very well as a fixitive for the alcohol smell in perfume and as powdery base note.

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  46. Micheal Strosin

    Micheal Strosin

    Great communication, excellent shipping, and I’m thrilled with the products!

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  48. Asia Cronin

    Asia Cronin

    genuinely funky, kind of sweet……..love it!

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  49. Emie Botsford

    Emie Botsford

    So interesting, I am looking forward to experimenting with this. Always super fast delivery and top quality products at this shop.

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