Well, it could be the civet, I personally love civet, which can have a slightly fecal smell to it. Other than that, I am not sure. I know a few other people have had reservations about wearing it, because they also experienced a certain fecal quality to it.
I myself love Jicky and have worn it forever, purely for love of the scent, regardless of the history.
Hopefully someone else can be of more help.