Sweet Castoreum- Raspberry Castoreum-A tincture of Uncured Castor @ 10% Castorii Dulce

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

This Castoreum is different. This is “Sweet” Castoreum, or “Castorii Dulce” as I call it,. I …

Description

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

This Castoreum is different. This is “Sweet” Castoreum, or “Castorii Dulce” as I call it,. I also call it “Raspberry Castoreum”. It is made from the uncured and still liquid secretion found in the fresh sacs and has a very, very different aromatic profile than traditional Castoreum.

It has notes of tanned leather, Brandy, Raspberry and molasses. It is much brighter, fruitier, livelier and more vivid than the Castoreum we are used to smelling.
Though it still has many of the nuances we associate with cured Castor, it offers the perfumer and compounder an accord that is quite different from the traditional material on their palette.

Initially, the unripe secretion has some harsh notes to it, but it also has some very unusual, light and fruity notes. When aged in alcohol, the harsh edge dissipates and the uplifting fruity notes come forth and stay available through the maturation of the tincture. When used as a perfume ingredient. This compound has surprising fruity/floral and sweet “green” notes.

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.

Traditional Castoreum is a musky, warm, rich animalic scent that 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.

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 the odoriferous and medicinal properties of its sacs. 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, ( it contains salysilic acid), 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 seems to have a natural affinity with other aromatic citizens of our northern forests and woods.

There are man-made chemical compounds that can be used as ethical replacements for naturally sourced Castoreum and other animal scents. Should we use them instead of 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.
Dan

Additional information

materials

Beaver Castor, Beaver Castoreum, Perfumers Alcohol

Volume

1 Millilitre, 5 Millilitres, 10 Millilitres, 30 Millilitres

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  1. Bella Bayer

    Bella Bayer

    Can’t stop sniffing this!

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  2. Marisa Buckridge

    Marisa Buckridge

    I am always willing to try something new. This castoreum will not disappoint.

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  3. Georgette Hermann

    Georgette Hermann

    Absolutely beautiful. Has a depth and richness and—honestly—accessibility that goes above and beyond. I am so excited to use this in my formulas!

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  4. Garth Marvin

    Garth Marvin

    This the best and most unique Castoreum Tincture I have come across. Indeed sweet, leather and Raspberry. The Raspberry note was a surprise. I need to get some more of this beautiful material.

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  5. Fleta Stark

    Fleta Stark

    Sweet and animalic like it's supposed to be. Great stuff.

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  6. Mollie DuBuque

    Mollie DuBuque

    Nice scent and quite intoxicating. Not quite sure how I will use yet. Likely some incense having floral and musk tones.

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  7. Wendell Schaefer

    Wendell Schaefer

    reminds me of raspberry licorice chews! still smokey and leathery but much sweeter and berry-like

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  8. Kadin Batz

    Kadin Batz

    WOW ! I love it !
    I´m surprised how good that smell is.
    🙂 Addicting

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  9. Retta Grant

    Retta Grant

    I love castoreum and this has added a new dimension to that love. Not only is this a version of tincture I have seen no where else, Dan's work has produced an incredibly wondrous version of castoreum. It's sweet, leathery and fruity making it perfect for florals. I've loved every single thing I've purchased here!

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  10. Branson Hammes

    Branson Hammes

    So Good. I love castorium, it has to be my favorite animalic for fragrance. This one has a sweeter almost fruityness to it when compared with aged castorium. I like to put this on neat sometimes I like it that much.

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  11. Branson Hammes

    Branson Hammes

    This was the most beautiful sweet, medicinal and slightly leather castoreum tincture.
    I could happily ware this as is (I have worn this as is) because it is such a wonderful smell.

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  12. Kianna Schoen

    Kianna Schoen

    great profile. dark and refined. well aged

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  13. Shanel Kuvalis

    Shanel Kuvalis

    sweeter than the aged castoreum and really does remind one of a leathery raspberry. love it.

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  14. Michelle Parisian

    Michelle Parisian

    It does have a berry/raspberry opening. Settles into a nice animalic. My favorite castoreum so far.

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  15. 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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  16. Jackson Murazik

    Jackson Murazik

    Love it thank you !

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  17. Cassandra Kling

    Cassandra Kling

    A very sweet.tobacco like aroma. Shipping was fast, packaging was great A+++

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  18. Madalyn Rutherford

    Madalyn Rutherford

    It works great in my perfumes.

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  19. Chaya Gibson

    Chaya Gibson

    A terrific tincture. Indeed a touch sweeter than the traditional castoreum. I hope it is always in stock.

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  20. Talia Harber

    Talia Harber

    Intriguing counterpoint to the aged castors, with an almost treacle like dulcidity to the top notes and fat, round, rich, oily base that brings to mind caremlized meat juices against an aged leather backdrop. Absolutely fascinating a d deeply, deliciously alluring…

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  21. Bernice Nolan

    Bernice Nolan

    this is a wonderful castoreum. i’m looking forward to trying it in a blend.

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  22. Patsy Will

    Patsy Will

    As always Dan is tip top, spot on, and my #1 go to… Thanks Dan

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  23. Jackie Williamson

    Jackie Williamson

    Pungent, unique and sharp, excellent fragrance!

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  24. Virginia Armstrong

    Virginia Armstrong

    This is my first purchase on Etsy and ApothecarysGarden and I will definitely make some more purchases in this store. The honest helpful seller shows that he does his work with heart and looks at quality not quantity. I was euphoric to buy Sweet Castoreum-Raspberry Castoreum-A from him tincture with mistaken my address but Dan got it quickly and it arrived just as it was supposed to get.Thank you Dan and greetings to the crew who work with you. Magdalena

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  26. Electa Hessel

    Electa Hessel

    Another beautiful fragrant discovery from Dan. Lively, complex, animalic and seductive – adds unusual twist to the perfume composition. Must have and I am sure I will order more soon.

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  27. Clifton Jacobson

    Clifton Jacobson

    After reading comments I was excited to see my order to arrive, the shipping was a little long but it’s worth waiting and it comes safely without anything broken. The smell is mysterious to me and I can imagine how this smell would bring my product to another level. I would like to try others too! Thank you for your kind customer service Dan.

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    Rosetta Kub

    This is one of the ones where I found a sample I ordered from here over a year ago. This smells so good. They tend to smell even better, the longer they sit.

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  29. Charlene Ritchie

    Charlene Ritchie

    This sweet castoreum tincture is lighter in aroma profile in comparison to the regular castoreum. Its sweet ,fruity, delicate, and leathery. I personally find it useful when I need a lighter castoreum note.

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    Madge Beatty

    Everything amazing! Incredible!

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    Luisa Davis

    Excellent sweet castoreum tincture! Wonderful quality and sillage! Perfect concentration that will lend a nice depth to perfume and cologne! Many thanks!

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    Sandrine Macejkovic

    The best customer experience I have had, and thank you for the quality rare ingredients you provide:)

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    Larissa Sporer

    Beautiful oil shipped fast. thank you!

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    Lavonne Quitzon

    I can always buy from Dan with confidence. His products are genuine and great quality, and his customer service is above and beyond.

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    Jesse Tremblay

    Dan's work is amazing. I was so grateful to come home and find his package and to find it full of wonderful gifts and samples. Dan spoke at an event we hosted the viridis genii symposium and we published him in our anthology because his work is just exceptional.
    Love this man's work!

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    Rosetta Kub

    I like getting the samples. It is affordable and let's me try it out. I will definitely be shopping here again. thank you

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  42. Adeline Kiehn

    Adeline Kiehn

    like it very much will be ordering more in the future

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  43. Polly Lebsack

    Polly Lebsack

    Can tell this will become an indispensable perfumery material. A fruity- animalic note wich is multi faceted, and versatile in its scent. Genuinely excited to see what can be created, and made with this material.

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  44. Edna Champlin

    Edna Champlin

    Ottimo. Quasi un profumo a sé. Più dolce/fruttato/cuoiato del castoreum che ero solito acquistare.

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    Kenya Grant

    Fabulous quality and quick turnaround

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  46. Tad Baumbach

    Tad Baumbach

    This "raw" castoreum is sweeter and deeper than the usual, with a delightfully funky note. A perfumer's dream!

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