Mumsy, I'm sorry, but it has been quite a long time since I smelled skunk really up close, maybe even before I started perfumery, recently only faintly, and most often when driving through an odor cloud that has wafted from somewhere. So I haven't really smell analyzed it with my current level of knowledge and experience. I would really need a fresh animal to take a sample from, and then to dilute the heck out of it... even much more so than I have to many Pyrazines, or even like Geosmin which is perceptible in the low ppb odor thresholds.
My attraction to the highly diluted odor comes from say 40-15 years ago in time...
Years ago, I posed this question in the Yahoo Natural Perfumers group, and Anya pontificated her opinion about why it wouldn't work, which I never knew then how to validate this opinion/knowledge, or invalidate it.
It just hasn't been a pressing matter, and the opportunity hasn't presented itself.
You can find a comparative GC-MS analysis of four skunk sac odor samples here:http://www.msb.unm.edu/mammals/publi...s/Wood2002.pdf
Here is the table of constituents:
COMPOSITION OF MAJOR VOLATILE COMPONENTS OF ANAL SAC SECRETION
FROM FOUR SPECIES OF NORTH AMERICAN SKUNKS (a)
Hooded skunk(b) (First number), Striped skunk (c) (second number), Spotted skunk (third number), Hog-nosed skunk (fourth number)
(E)-2-Butene-1-thiol 32 38–40 30–36 71
3-Methyl-1-butanethiol 39 18–26 48–66
S-(E)-2-Butenyl thioacetate 16 12–18 X 17
S-3-Methylbutanyl thioacetate 7 2–3 X X
Phenylmethanethiol 0.3 X 0.2–0.8 1
2-Phenylethanethiol 1.4 X 2–5 X
2-Methylquinoline 2.3 4–11 0.3–0.9 2
Bis[(E)-2-butenyl] disulfide trace X trace 3
S-Phenylmethyl thioacetate trace X X X
(E)-2-Butenyl 3-methylbutyl disulfide 0.5 0.2–1.6 0.2–0.6 X
Bis(3-methylbutyl) disulfide trace X 0.1–0.2 X
S-2-Phenylethyl thioacetate 0.2 X X X
2-Quinolinemethanethiol 1.3 4–12 0.2–0.3 0.5
S-2-Quinolinemethyl thioacetate trace 1–4 X X
a In order of increasing retention times. Data from Wood (1990) and Wood et al. (1991, 1993).
b Variation of composition for the two anal sacs was small and disappeared on rounding to two figures.
c Compounds less than 1% were not identified in this study.