The Civet (from the Arabic Zabad) is a small African feline. The tincture of Civet is obtained by infusing the animal’s perineal secretion in alcohol.
The Civet rubs his bottom on trunks and on stones of his territory to signal its presence to rivals and to females.Its odour really seems faecal at first approach, but it’s olfactory exploration reveals a world of deep emotions.
The prophet Muhammad said not to despise the scent of Civet and it is used in Arabia and in Africa in order to cure heavy hormonal dysfunction in women (hair loss). A person who wears it provokes a respectful fear. This is the effect that felines have always provoked on man, who is a possible prey.
It is a conquering scent and its effect exploited in a very civilized way in the perfume Tartar leather. The Civet is a feminine scent, like Ambergris while beaver’s absolute with it’s massive and strong smell is essentially male.