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    Siberian Castoreum Tincture 3%

    Siberian Castoreum Tincture 3%

    CAS: 8023-83-4
    Regular price $4.00 USD
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    Siberian castoreum has historically been considered inferior to the Canadian variety, but upon smelling this beautiful tincture one can't help but wonder if cold-war politics may have had a part to play in that judgement. 

    This tincture is, in our opinion, finer than Canadian and more nuanced. While both varieties have a soft smokiness the main difference is that the Siberian product has a more profoundly natural leather note with fewer fruity aspects making it drier.

    This is our favourite castoreum tincture, a tincture which transports you to the wintery woodlands of ancient Russia so beloved by Chanel perfumer Ernest Beaux.

    Our Siberian castoreum tincture is made in exactly the same way as all of our tinctures, using finest pure and natural alcohol.

    ‘Castoreum [tincture's] warm, animal, leather-like sweet odour makes it an interesting item in “men's perfumes”, fougeres, chypres, Oriental bases, leather notes, Tabac bases, etc. [It blends] particularly well with ambra notes, calamus, cananga, cedarwood Atlas, chamomile moroccan, creosol, labdanum products, isoeugenol, oakmoss products, sandalwood oil, […] etc.’ — S. Arctander. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, Carol Stream: Allured Publishing Corporation, 2008, pp. 136–137.

    French Name: Infusion de Castoréum

    Appearance: Dark brown liquid
    Longevity: Lasts > 400 hours on a smelling strip

    ⓘ Note
    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.

    General Information

    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.

    IFRA Standards

    Permitted amounts in finished product:

    IFRA49: Unrestricted

    These are derived from calculated concentrations which do not replace chromatographic quantification on individual lots. Disclaimer...

    Label Requirements

    Ingredients may need to be listed as per your local legislation based on data found in the EU allergens report.

    Additional Requirements

    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.

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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 2 reviews
    Love it..

    It has an unmistakably pissy smell at 100%, though you can certainly smell the leather/musky/ambery undertones and - once diluted - the urinary note goes away leaving only the nice bits.

    Being 3% it's maybe not as concentrated as we all want for all our materials, but it's still strong enough to be very present in mixes with other scents and, well; it isn't like the Castoreum tinctures are prohibitively priced the way ambergris and most natural musks are, so just use more and order more: it adds both leather and complexity to mixes which sounds like a masculine-only profile but I'm quite sure it would go well with feminine scents too - maybe just in lower amounts - because, unlike some materials like Oakmoss, Castoreum doesn't immediately strike you as a purely masculine note.

    Worth repeating: the urine note is only really present in the pure tincture - adding and diluting with carriers and other scents eliminates that badness or at least I can't smell any in my mixes.

    Real Leather

    I have a Canadian castoreum tincture from another supplier that is fruity and comforting with a hint of leather. It can be worn neat. This Siberian castoreum tincture smells like realistic leather with an edge. It is beautiful (for those who appreciate animalics) but needs to be dosed more carefully than the Canadian.

    • Regulations

      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.

    • IFRA Conformity

      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.

    • Nitro Musks

      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.