Listed as a fragrance, instead this is a pure (and natural) Civet tincture of extremely high quality. Definitely not something to wear as a stand alone oil but great if you want to get familiar with one of the most relevant elements in perfumery or if you simply like layering.
In it's purest state, Civet tincture smells extremely challenging. Somewhere between feces and rotten teeth. In this context, AbdelSalaam's tincture, dlivers exactly what it promises. It opens with a blast of raunchiness to quickly "evolve" into a subtle (almost invisible) musky aroma whith a "pheromonic" effect. Great stuff if you want to fully understand influential fragrances such as Jicky, Bal A Versailles, Leather Oud, Kouros, Muscs Koublai Khan, Joy, Mouchoir De Monsieur and the likes...
Try to layer it with your favorite fragrance for a wonderful effect.
Civet swings between smelling fecal and smelling like mothballs. I do not get any urine smell here as I do with the synthetic civet. I think natural civet is much more pleasing, however, I am really impressed that synthetic civet comes as close as it does to the natural scent. I recognize this scent very well from Jicky, and of the concentrations I've tried, the civet in Jicky extrait comes closest to smelling like this natural civet. In the drydown, it has a sweetness that is unexpected, but helps me see how this can blend so well in oriental bases that include sweet balsamic notes.
This is a "single note" tincture of natural civet, and would be an excellent ingredient for those who enjoy making their own blends or for layering.