Civet “Supreme” Absolute P&N
Civet “Supreme” Absolute P&N
Variety: Viverra civetta
For larger amounts please contact us.
Ethiopia (historically Abyssinia) is the classic source of civet materials for perfumery. Our highest quality "supreme" absolute (obtained within the CITES guidelines from Ranched animals) is intensely fecal and, to most people, extremely obnoxious in scent. However, in dilution (typically from 1–10%) the material becomes far more appealing and begins to show the qualities for which is has earned its long-standing position as the peak of perfection in legally traded perfume animalics.
Civet absolute is easier to use than raw paste as you simply dilute it to your needs and use it immediately; on the other hand the unprocessed secretion must be tinctured and rested for many months (or even years) to be fully usable.
Civet is a CITES appendix II product. In most countries this can be lawfully traded without extra paperwork if purchased for personal use. We recommend checking in advance with your own regulatory bodies.
If you are purchasing for commercial reasons you may need a CITES re-export or origin certificate to accompany your purchase. You should check with your national authorities. We charge $60 USD for this certificate and it takes approximately ten days for us to apply and provide it. Simply contact us for help. We will endeavour to make the process as seamless and speedy as possible.
NOTE: We ship civet and other very high-odour products in sealed foil bags to prevent cross-contamination in the event of leaks or parcel damage.
Origin: Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
Part: Glandular secretion
Method: Solvent extraction
Longevity: Lasts > 400 hours on a smelling strip
This is neither a perfume nor a foodstuff; it is a raw material for use in manufacturing. Do not consume. Do not apply to skin. Keep away from children.
Like most suppliers and makers of quality raw materials for fragrances, we do not filter many of our products. This ensures that no odiferous matter is lost prior to use but can result in the appearance of small particles or slight clouding.
All alcoholic fragrances should be macerated for up to a month and then chilled in a moderate freezer overnight before being filtered fine. This will remove all cloudiness or detritus and is the industry norm.
Permitted amounts in finished product:
These are derived from calculated concentrations which do not replace chromatographic quantification on individual lots. Disclaimer...
Ingredients may need to be listed as per your local legislation based on data found in the EU allergens report.
No additional labelling requirements.
For Trade Use Only
For Trade Use Only
Our products are intended as building blocks in the perfume creation process; they are not to be applied to the skin undiluted.
These raw materials are for use by the perfumery trade only.
Civet “Supreme” Absolute P&N, An Indepth Look:
Civet. A soft, fatty substance of animal origin. It is imported principally from Abyssinia[…]. When fresh it is yellowish-white in colour, but on exposure to the air this becomes darker and the mass assumes a harder consistence. The odour is disgustingly obnoxious, but like many odours of animal origin it becomes very pleasant and attractive on extreme dilution.
Civet is a glandular secretion appearing in an outwardly dis- charging pocket (two sacs) underneath the posterior appendage of both male and female civet cat-Viverra civetta, a native of Abyssinia, Guinea, and Senegal.
Civet has long been employed as a perfume and one of its earliest uses was in the perfuming of gloves by Italians and Spaniards It is used to-day almost exclusively as a fixative
More recently the Grasse houses have put on the market absolute civet. This is prepared by extracting the animal product with a volatile solvent, filtering out the insoluble matter, removing the dissolved fats by freezing and concentrating the resultant solution in vacuo. It occurs as a black or deep brown viscous liquid having the typical odour familiar to all perfumers. For use it is merely diluted with alcohol or an odourless solvent. It is a very convenient method of handling this otherwise objectionable product.
W. A. Poucher. The Raw Materials Of Perfumery, London: Chapman And Hall, 1974, pp. 110–111.
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All of our products are compliant with EU 1223/2009 and the NZCPGS. None of our bases contain prohibited materials and regulatory compliance is possible depending on usage.
All of our bases can be used in products requiring conformity with the latest IFRA standards. Check the use levels under the Usage Restrictions section above.
Some of our products may contain small amounts of EU and IFRA compliant musk ketone. We never use musk xylene, musk ambrette or any other prohibited materials.