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Animal note in perfumery

Animal note in perfumery

Where did the animal notes used in perfumery come from?Today, it seems totally unthinkable to dare to sacrifice animal life to create a perfume… This was not always the case, far from it. Thus the animal notes which profusely perfumed the great of this world were for centuries truly animal substances. It is whispered, for example, that Queen Cleopatra used the secretions of musk cats (the civet) to make her perfumes with supposedly curative virtues ...The best-known animal notes are musk, castoreum, ambergris, civet, hyraceum and beeswax. Musk has been produced for years by the Asian musk buckskin, castoreum is...

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