Originally Posted by DieNase
All civet used nowadays is synthetic! It is mainly a mixture of indole and skatole as far as I know.
I think Guerlain Samsara has some civet. Also Must by Cartier.
Not quite all
current fragrances use synthetic civet - though all of mine certainly do - so too do the huge majority of mass-market fragrances. If you want to smell the real stuff you can still get it from some suppliers such as this one
, who also happens to be a basenoter. Personally I have an ethical difficulty with real civet so I dont use it, but it isnt illegal in most countries, has not been prohibited by IFRA and certainly can
still be used.
There are synthetic civet blends offered by the major manufacturers - the one I use is from Givaudan - but the key ingredient isnt indole or skatole but civetone
, which besides having its own strong smell is also a very effective fixative. Synthetic civet is a very
good replacement with a near identical smell and containing the very same molecule (civetone) that the civet itself makes.