A civet is a small, lithe-bodied, mostly nocturnal mammal native to tropical Asia and Africa, especially the tropical forests. The term civet applies to over a dozen different mammal species.
Most of the species diversity is found in southeast Asia. The best-known civet species is the African Civet, Civettictis civetta. Which historically has been the main species from which was obtained a musky scent used in perfumery.
The word civet may also refer to the distinctive musky scent produced by the animals.The common name is used for a variety of carnivorous mammalian species, mostly of the family Viverridae. The African Palm Civet (Nandinia binotata) is genetically distinct and belongs in its own monotypic family, Nandiniidae.
Civets are also called "toddycats" in English and "musang" in Malay. The latter may lead to some confusion as the indigenous word "musang" has been appropriated to foxes, which exist in popular culture but are not native and generally never encountered in that geographical region.
The civet produces a musk (also called civet) highly valued as a fragrance and stabilizing agent for perfume. Both male and female civets produce the strong-smelling secretion, which is produced by the civet's perineal glands.
It is harvested by either killing the animal and removing the glands or by scraping the secretions from the glands of a live animal. The latter is the preferred method today.Animal rights groups, such as the World Society for the Protection of Animals, express concern that harvesting musk is cruel to animals.
Between these ethical concerns and the availability of synthetic substitutes, the practice of raising civets for musk is dying out. African civet lives in savannahs and forests of South and central Africa, while Indian civet lives in Nepal, Bangladesh and Vietnam.
These animals produce odorous secretion with purpose of marking their territory. Diluted after some time the odor of civet secretion which normally is strong and repulsive becomes pleasant with animalistic-musk nuance. For the purpose of collecting this secretion, animals are kept in cages.
Luckily, this scent is nowadays mainly synthetic. Naturally the byproduct of the anal glands of exotic civet cats (technically no cats). Which smells very pungent and fecal but which gives an amazing radiance and warmth to florals.
The Asian palm civet also called toddy cat is a small member of the Viverridae family native to South and Southeast Asia. In 2008, the IUCN classified the species as Least Concern as it is tolerant of a broad range of habitats. Now synthetically replicated with civetone for ethical reasons.
Following CIVET products are manufactured by BMV Fragrances Pvt Ltd , Civet NNA or Zibetha at 0.1% levels will enhance sensuality and provide velvety smoothness. Suggested to use at 10% dilution and is very easy to overdose. The beauty and strength of these two products are fully evident once incorporated in a blend. Civet Crystals is a hard strong fecal musky note for burning and soap application.