Genuine Civet Paste. Musk. Perfume ingredient. Natural Musk, Aphrodisiac, Pheromones. Natural Perfume ingredient. Ethiopia.

(99 customer reviews)

$29.00$2,863.00

One of the rarest of traditional fragrance materials, Civet has been used for thousands of years as a perfume ingredient and fixative,  …

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One of the rarest of traditional fragrance materials, Civet has been used for thousands of years as a perfume ingredient and fixative, It lends depth, dimension and a note of urgency to a perfume blend.
Said to have been one of the gifts the Queen of Sheba brought to King Solomon, Civet is thought to arouse desire and lust with its animalic edge.
The Civet, of the family Viverridae, has a perineal gland which produces a paste it uses to mark its territory. This paste is collected and processed into a perfume absolute or tincture.
Starting with an unpleasant aura, Civet sweetens with age and develops sweet, almost floral notes and a softness that counterbalances its animal heart.
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. After extensive research and visiting Ethiopia twice for a closer look at the situation, I think we have done more harm than good with our passive approach to the lack of ethics in the trade. I believe that by withdrawing our financial support from the industry we have increased the stark poverty of the traditional farmers, leaving them even less resources to effect change. We have added one more obstacle to an already struggling country and have created a black market and back door for large companies and corporations to continue using Civet products in their perfumes, unseen by the public eye. The animals in captivity suffer just the same as before our boycott, and the market is rife with adulterated products.
I believe that only through our active engagement as concerned western consumers can this unhappy situation be rectified. Real Civet paste can retail for up to $50.00 a gram. Little of this is seen by the farmers or the country.

This product is posted here to help solicit your interest and support for a new approach to the ethical dilemma of one of our worlds most precious perfume resources. We are losing our natural aromatics and medicinals slowly all over the world through our own mismanagement. If there is financial incentive, a market, through our increased western demand, (our purchasing power), for high quality and ethically produced Civet products, I believe the farmers and government of Ethiopia will have the incentive and the means to modernize their practices to meet our ethical standards. This is a case of collective individual activism, meeting global change. It can only work collectively. I have kept the price low and accessible for this reason. It doesn’t matter if you buy a gram just to show support or 10 grams to make your own tincture or absolute. The more voices that can join, the more likely it is we can together transform the industry.

As of April 2015 I have started procuring my paste from an Ethiopian seller from a family of traditional Civet farmers who are willing to work with me directly to develop more humane methods for raising Civets. His paste is of the highest quality. Though working with this individual does not change a lot, it is a step towards change and I am hopeful. I will keep everyone updated as this path unfolds.

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/
and my more recent post on the subject-
http://apothecarysgarden.com/2015/02/27/ethical-civet-a-view-from-the-foothills/

Thanks
Dan

How to make a tincture of Civet for perfume

Since many customers ask how to process the Civet paste once they have it, I will offer brief and general instructions here.
For every gram of Civet paste take an equal weight of Powdered Orris root or sandalwood powder, and grind both together well. Let it sit for a few hours and grind them some more.
Add alcohol at 95% and let it macerate for at least 4-6 weeks.
Place in the freezer for at least a day and run it through a paper coffee filter to separate out the fats.
Bottle and leave it to mature.
You can make a tincture of Civet with 95% alcohol at 1:10, 1:20, 1:40 or even 1:100
1:10 will give you a very animalic-smelling tincture.
1:20 will give you a sweeter tincture with less obvious animalic notes.
1:40 will create a tincture with a lighter and more diffuse scent which will intensify and like the other tinctures, sweeten with time.
I find after ageing 7 months there is a very distinct change in the fragrance and I usually bottle it or use it at that time. The scent will, however, continue to mature and evolve in the bottles.
Civet is subtle and unusual and that is where its power of transforming perfumes lies. It is not about quantity, concentration or strength in the usual sense.
Coming from a herbal background I used to tincture it at 1:10. After a few years of working with this material, I have come to understand it better. I now produce 1: 20 and 1:40 tinctures. At the moment I am experimenting with a tincture of Civet at 1:100.
Here is a short tutorial video about preparing your own Tincture of Civet=https://youtu.be/Qp-vi2xvAS8

—————————–Some feedback left by customers about this product.——————————

“This is the real deal. It is pure and has the exact scent profile sought after in top quality natural civet. For me this was a sample order, but now it’s a 100% green light to order more in the future. If you are looking for natural civet and not synthetic you will not find better at any price.”

“This is fantastic Civet Paste at an unbelievably low price. I have paid twice what this is listed for elsewhere, and this is hands-down a champion in every respect. Seller provided me with a sample of his own Civet Tincture made from this paste, and I am hooked!”

“Excellent communication, excellent product and even an extra. Thank you very much! I highly recommend buying buying from this seller.”

“Salut Dan, tes produit son authentique. Vendeur très généreux honnête et sérieux, merci Dan pour le cadeau je revient dans ton magasin”

“Shipped quickly..superior quality! Thank you”

“Item shipped timely. This is a great person to do business with”

“Repeat customer. Fantastic seller, great products, great philosophy, and such a nice person to deal with. Highly recommended.”

“Excellent quality and people kind and professional”

Additional information

weight

1 gram, 5 grams, 10 grams, 25 grams, 50 grams, 100 grams, 200, 500

materials

Civet Paste, Pure Civet Paste

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  1. Esther Langworth

    Esther Langworth

    good quality sent on time

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  2. Libby Raynor

    Libby Raynor

    I am very pleased with this civet paste, I can’t wait to try it in a new perfume creation. Thank you.

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  3. Daphnee Collier

    Daphnee Collier

    Very indolic and somewhat fecal straight. It’s going to be hard to wait a few months for my 5% tincture to mature.

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  4. Noble Greenholt

    Noble Greenholt

    Excellent quality. For sure.

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  5. Isabel Pagac

    Isabel Pagac

    I absolutely love this shop and everything is top notch. Very professional. Highest recommendation.

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  6. Agnes Grant

    Agnes Grant

    Absolutely, amazing. First time working with civet, and I am more than pleased with the product from this seller. Also appreciate the Orris root powder sample.

    Much obliged

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  7. Branson Hammes

    Branson Hammes

    Man this stuff is strong.

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  8. Itzel Bradtke

    Itzel Bradtke

    Always very good civet musk, nice texture and pleasant floral musky scent for natural perfumery. For perfumers; tincture this material at 3% and allow to age for 3 months before us.

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  10. Beulah Pacocha

    Beulah Pacocha

    I diluted it to 1% in 195 proof alcohol, and it has a wonderful scent. Incredibly high quality!!

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  11. Berry Becker

    Berry Becker

    Wow, this is potent! I immediately diluted in 40 ml of Everclear and the paste still does not want to go into solution. I will give it some time to macerate before using in perfumery blends. Deep, raw, animalic and a bit like brown ambergris. Very real.

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  12. Llewellyn Powlowski

    Llewellyn Powlowski

    Excellent packaging, quick delivery, and added amazing gifts!!!!!

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    Vallie Goyette

    Excellent quality, really good shop!

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  14. Gertrude Jenkins

    Gertrude Jenkins

    PUNGENT! A little goes a long way, but he provided me with plenty in a tin can.
    I suggest double bagging it, just in case!
    Thank you for such great quality products.

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    Leanna O’Conner

    All of Dans products are fantastic and of
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  16. Michelle Parisian

    Michelle Parisian

    Very nice animalic. The way it should be. Ordered more immediately. Thanks

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  17. Destiny Raynor

    Destiny Raynor

    Amazing, funky…the real deal!

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  18. Ethyl Balistreri

    Ethyl Balistreri

    Great seller. Would buy from anytime. Thank you! 🙏🏽 ♥️ 😊

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  19. Ericka Miller

    Ericka Miller

    Exactly what I was looking for. Arrived in good time and as described. Thanks!

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  20. Itzel Bradtke

    Itzel Bradtke

    Dan always does a great job with quality materials. His Civet Paste, is the very civet paste I use in my perfumes. Highly recommend! Matthew

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  21. Andreanne Bergnaum

    Andreanne Bergnaum

    Repeat customer as I always come to him when I run out of genuine civet. Quality is always the best and REAL.

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  22. Tressie Rosenbaum

    Tressie Rosenbaum

    This fella has the most amazing store and blog! These ingredients are of amazing quality and such mindful sourcing. This is the real deal. A great value too. I look forward to experimenting and playing with this paste. Thank you!

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  23. Oma Zemlak

    Oma Zemlak

    Thanks for this!

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  25. Ryder Kovacek

    Ryder Kovacek

    This is the best smelling paste one can buy.

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  26. Haylee Borer

    Haylee Borer

    Die Paste hat einen starken Geruch, was einer guten Qualität entspricht

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  29. Dixie Sipes

    Dixie Sipes

    This works amazing in perfumes.

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  30. Kenyon Weimann

    Kenyon Weimann

    Esta Pasta es genuina y de calidad, supero mis expectativas.
    Su olor es completamente fecal y los gatos parece obsesionarles, compre 5 gramos de pasta de civeta y Dan agrego a mi pedido 6 gramos de Raiz en polvo de Iris.
    El envio fue rapido y llego sin ningun problema a Mexico, no duden en comprar en esta tienda.

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    Roma Hahn

    Dan is a good guy and probably the most straight forward seller in the niche perfumery space!!

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    Doug Kunze

    Nice seller liked the product

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    Queenie Moore

    Super high quality product. We’ll packaged and arrived quickly.

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  38. Mya Harber

    Mya Harber

    Amazing odor. Love it. Pefect to make our artisanal perfume =)

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    Isabel Pagac

    The very best! We're so lucky and blessed to have Dan.

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  41. Alejandra Wisoky

    Alejandra Wisoky

    As soon an I got the civet I made a tincture with it! So strong and gross upon first sniff but when diluted it just added magic to all of my blends. After I made the tincture I rubbed some of the leftovers on my arm and tested my blends on top of it, it made every single one incredible

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  42. Mikayla Breitenberg

    Mikayla Breitenberg

    I have purchased Civet from Dan several times before. There’s always a little batch variance, but it’s always good stuff.

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  43. Jeramy Mosciski

    Jeramy Mosciski

    This stuff is intense! I had no idea. Arrived quickly, considering where it was coming from. Very happy with my purchase.

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  44. Audra Rowe

    Audra Rowe

    Wow! I was very surprised at how non-offensive I found this! Maybe it’s because I wear a lot of attars with animalic notes, but I really expected something that would disgust me haha! To me, it’s simply a stronger amount of the smell in Dan’s civet oil, which I had already become familiar with. I got this because I wanted to have the experience and reference of what the full on paste smells like. Maybe this is aged nicely or maybe the YouTube videos of people being shocked by the smell of civet paste are of people that have never smelled anything non-designer. In any case, very cool! I had to keep my cat from licking it haha!

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  45. Jaron Auer

    Jaron Auer

    Thank you fast shipping! A+++
    Excellent quality.

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  46. Darlene Williamson

    Darlene Williamson

    great deal and fastest delivery ever

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  47. Ernie Welch

    Ernie Welch

    Stinks in the absolute best way. Can't wait to experiment more with this rare material. Thank you for making all these products available.

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  49. Otto Rodriguez

    Otto Rodriguez

    thank you i got it.

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