$6.65 – $133.00
2% Skunk tincture is the perfect dilution for perfume work and can be diluted further for ease of uses.
I have always been intrigued by the odour of Skunk spray. It generates fond memories of country drives, the woods and forests of Ontario. Though more often than not, it is simply too much to digest when met head-on in its full glory, I have wondered at its perfume potential, well diluted and in minute quantities. What would it add to my fragrance palette? Could it bring that special something to a fragrance that nothing else would?
It took very little time to discover that it was impossible to blend the full-strength Skunk tincture with any other fragrance material. Even in minute amounts, it was too concentrated and overpowering. Only when diluted with alcohol at a ratio of 1:50 did it start playing nicely with other fragrances and reveal its hidden notes, complex character and perfume potential.
Potential as a natural musk and perfume fixative
Though I haven’t gotten around to exploring the full potential of Skunk in natural perfume as much as I would have liked, it has added a beautiful, dark, rich musk note to my compositions and acted as a natural fixative anchoring and extending the life of the more volatile and fleeting notes. I still keep some in my perfume organ at different dilutions and pull them out periodically when I have time to create perfume.
It is a promising and intriguing material I look forward to working with further.
Ethics and sustainability
Skunks are traditionally trapped for their fur by aboriginal hunters and trappers in North America. Often there is no use for the scent gland. This product offers us a way to honour the animal and use a part of it that may otherwise be discarded. It is an available resource that has little value in any market. Its purchase benefits those that work in the wild and who are often the stewards of our wild places and animal populations.
Made with fresh Skunk glands tinctured in Ethanol, a minute amount goes a long long way.
if you would like to experiment with the full-strength tincture, you will find it in the shop here-https://apothecarysgarden.com/product/skunk-perfume-tincture-full-strength-natural/