Civet by Zoologist
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Civet is a popular perfume by Zoologist for women and men and was released in 2016. The scent is spicy-resinous. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Black pepper, Lemon, Orange, Spices, Tarragon
Heart Notes Heart NotesCarnation, Frangipani, Heliotrope, Hyacinth, Linden blossom, Tuberose, Ylang-ylang
Base Notes Base NotesBalsam, Civet, Coffee, Frankincense, Labdanum, Musk, Oakmoss, Resins, Russian leather, Vanilla, Vetiver, Woods

Ratings

Scent

8.1 (121 Ratings)

Longevity

8.6 (103 Ratings)

Sillage

7.8 (102 Ratings)

Bottle

8.6 (99 Ratings)
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 08.10.2020.

Interesting Facts

The scent was originally labeled as Eau de Parfum. In 2017, it was reclassified to Extrait de Parfum in accordance with the actual perfume oil concentration of 25%.
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DarkWinterCS
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Very helpful Review    6  
Can't it be a little cozy? The first contact with tender animalics / zoologist
For a long time (as probably some among us) I avoided the brand Zoologist. I was too much afraid of animals, of unpleasant smells, of the idea of the brand. Some comments have certainly strengthened this effect, but there were also reviews which recommended testing.
So I made a first tender attempt with Camel. This one was already very pleasing and I found it very mild with its kind of African desert. In one way I found him a little too experimental.

Now then to the Civet, which I then ordered together as a bottling. To say it up front, I now own the full bottle.
Civet for me is already a little more daring than the old camel. It is much more resinous and for myself also a bit warmer. According to the statements and reviews, some people perceive the civet note in this fragrance as a certain urine note. Well, I would not go that far.

I have already tested the fragrance under very daring temperatures and I am glad I did it this way. The outside temperature was easily 25 degrees Celsius and thus a little bit too warm for the scent, but I could send my nose on an experimental roller coaster ride. In retrospect, I would say that the scent is very well wearable at any outdoor temperature below 20 degrees and that even in everyday life.
The start is already very warm and resinous, with a little freshness and a slight spiciness. Nothing unpleasant, nothing stinging could be heard here. In the course of the development balsamic notes and soft vanilla are added.
You have to say that at some point you reach the point of hearing animalism. But this is so pleasantly embedded in this warm composition, so well balanced in the aromatics, that it is not in any way negatively noticeable.
I am very surprised by this fragrance and also very happy to have bought a bottle
It should be said, however, that you should not apply more than 2 sprays. One on each side of the neck is enough. This also works relatively problem-free, because the spray head of the bottle works perfectly and distributes an extremely fine mist, but strong mist on the desired places
The flacon design is retro in a certain way. You find a heavy metal lid, which is covered with leather. The flacon is also finished in a modern interpretation of retro. The presentation is also relatively high quality, because the flacon comes in a magnetic packaging, where on the inside all the fragrances are listed again.

Absolutely test !
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Ovaissaleem

56 Reviews
Ovaissaleem
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Civet
Notes: Bergamot, Black Pepper, Lemon, Orange, Spices, Tarragon, Carnation, Frangipani, Heliotrope, Hyacinth, Linden-Blossom, Tuberose, Ylang-Ylang, Balsams, Civet, Coffee, Incense, Labdanum, Musk, Oakmoss, Resins, Russian Leather, Vanilla, Vetiver and Woody Notes.

Perfumer: Shelly Waddington

I was hesitant to try this one as I am not a big fan of Animalic fragrances but this is surprised me. Opens with a blast of spices which is overpowering but once this tones down the lovely floral notes appear, mainly Ylang-Ylang, Tuberose and Frangipani. The drydown ks my favorite. The notes of Frankincense, Balsams, Coffee, Labdanum, Russian Leather and Vanilla give this fragrance a warm, sexy amd dark effect. The note of Civet is definitely noticeable but it's blended with perfection and the right amount of Civet gives this fragrance that animalic nuances. Overall a sexy, warm, dark and Ambery fragrance. Love this one
GewoonBB

59 Reviews
GewoonBB
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Civet (@Nose.Knows.No.Notes)
• ZOOLOGIST CIVET •

First thought: 'Not nearly as animalic as I thought I would be'.

Civet opens with a slightly skanky, animalic, musky note and it has a bit of a bug spray harshness. Purely smelling this, I think the scent could throw a lot of people who aren't too fond of animalics off instantly. However, within literally five minutes, it becomes much milder and an extremely soft balsamic accord starts to take center stage next to the civet. It's very warm and silky smooth, with touches of herbal, floral, earthy and spicy notes that I'm not even going to try to distinguish. Coincidentally, I tried Xerjoff's More Than Words earlier this week and Civet shares the sort of fizzy, cola type of scent to me. Maybe even more so a cola connection than I had with More Than Words, as Civet really reminded me of cola lollypops with bubblegum in them that I used to have growing up. I started to think I was going to love this fragrance.

The drydown threw a bit of a curveball, as it reels back the florals a bit and a different kind of sweetness emerges. Coffee is a note a lot of people pick up on here, but I can't say that I do. There's a hint of something after a while, but I get more of vanilla or maybe caramel. If it's coffee, it's definitely not a bitter, roasted, coffeebean type of scent, but coffee with a ton of sugar and milk and it's faintly in the back. Now, I said that the florals are toned down in the drydown, but they are still present. It's all blended so harmoniously that it's hard to even categorize Civet. To me, it's definitely not an animalic; aside from the first minutes and some skanky wafts in the late drydown, animalic notes are bystanders in this fragrance. Mainly, this is an almost exotic, tropical floral and balsamic fragrance, that at some points during the wear reminded me of a slightly less feminine (still very much unisex) flanker of Zoologist's Hummingbird.

If you want a strong animalic civet fragrance, I think you don't even have to look at this one. For me however, this was a welcome surprise. The only thing keeping me from fully loving this fragrance is the bit of skank or muskiness that rears it's head later in the drydown •

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PMRP12

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Orange powder musk
Another well-composed, distinctive, and wearable hit. Rich and strong open with citrus and spice, turning increasingly floral and powdery, then musky and leathery over time. Smells expensive and over the top—like dressing up in a glamorous fur coat. There’s something alluring and sexy about this one that keeps me coming back. Lasts forever too!
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Franfan20

58 Reviews
Franfan20
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Helpful Review    4  
Sneakingly, the trap snaps shut
The accompanying text for Civet has again been chosen more than suitable. Imagine, you wander unsuspectingly through the wilderness and enjoy nature, although the weather is a bit oppressive. Near dusk, it suddenly cracks suspiciously in the underground. Branches break, leaves rustle and you hear a soft squeaking and hissing sound. You still walk a few steps before you hear the sounds coming closer. Meanwhile, you stop in astonishment because of a quite strong animal smell and before you realize it you are surrounded by civets, which examine you by eye. Slight discomfort increases as to the number of animals. The first one comes closer, you feel trapped and then.... turns out the little robbers are a little friendlier and safer in my world than in the real world.

Again, I had no idea what to expect and am again positively surprised by the pleasant smoothness of the fragrance. The fragrance is compared with a sensual rendezvous at night in the sultry heat of the jungle. I think it lives up to this picture and to its name. Civet creeps slowly to enthrall you and won't let you go again easily. What bothers me a bit is the rather harsh beginning with slightly biting spices and citrus notes. I can't perceive a great animal aura in the scent as with Beaver or Rhinoceros, but here and there little scent marks shine through. That would explain at least the biting character. When spices and citrus fruits settle, opulent flowers emerge, which tend to remain tame despite all the opulence. You may notice their opulence, but it is caught up in a floor of woods, resins and a subliminal, subtle sweetness. On the whole, this gives Civet a coziness in which one can feel comfortable. I'm not mad about that at all. It is not oppressive, it is not obtrusive, it is not a bomb. Everything is moderately balanced. A portable, pleasant fragrance for certain evening hours. As Shelley Waddington announced, Civet is surprising. Hopefully positive for most people. The fragrance apparently completely reinterprets the popular chord of yesteryear and makes it tame and mass-compatible. Some may not find what they are looking for when they read the catchphrase civet, but Zoologist shines again with a beautifully drawn backdrop to an animal that appropriately expands the Canadian zoo.
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Rickbr

190 Reviews
Rickbr
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Top Review    7  
Zoologist Civet
When one thinks of the differences between classical and modern perfumery I believe we can use the evolution of music formats to understand it better. Modern perfumery is very close to contemporary popular music, often built simply, using samples of familiar songs with few layers of sound. Classic perfumery would be the equivalent of recordings on vinyl records and albums where live studio instrumentation adds a wealth of detail that makes the experience very enjoyable for music fanatics.

Like the vinyl, the classic perfumery did not die, but it became a more selective and independent product. Many independent niche houses have creates perfumes with the quality and richness of the classics and one of them is Victor Wong's Zoologist, whose concept of the personification of animals in scents has yielded a collection very bold and diverse in styles.

To honor one of the most well-known animals of the perfumery Victor chose a perfumer who works with classic structures as if they were part of her existence. Shelley Waddington may not be one of the best known in the indie scenario, but her perfumes for her EnVoyage Perfumes are a journey of luxury and olfactory richness and in Civet the perfumer seems to be in one of her best moments.

Civet is one of the most difficult notes to be worked for a contemporary public, especially since the increase of its concentration within a composition will make the perfume progressively fecal, creating a challenging experience. However, the musk extracted from the Civet glands is an excellent fixative and when used wisely becomes a kind of aura that exalts the composition and adds a carnal aspect, giving a new life to the perfume.

The creation here makes me think of great perfumery classics, recreating perfumes from the glory days of the Civet. The impression I have is as if Shelley had studied the creation style of the great master Roudnitska and understood his creation dynamics. Civet works in a dynamic similar to that of one of the great classics of Roudnitska, Femme de Rochas, also remembering his wonderful Diorama (and also referring to a Guerlain classic that works on a similar dynamic of notes, Parure). All these creations are like a melody that combines spices, flowers, fruity notes and a base with nuances of moss and woods.

Civet opens with the sweet and spicy scent of cinnamon and with an impression of a dry spicy aroma that resembles cloves. In the background, you get a scent of plums and peaches giving a velvety, rich and sensual aura to the opening. Coffee is an interesting element, used for its connection with the civet by the type of coffee Kopi Luwak (made from the undigested grains and excreted by the animal). It is interesting that the roasted aroma of the coffee ends up combining with the elements of the opening and also enriching the chypre texture, compensating the current limitations to some classic materials. And it is as Civet evolves that I remember Roudnitska, able to work the carnal and indolic and contrast with the luminosity, freshness and beauty of the flowers. In civet we also have this juxtaposition in a floral body that refers to a mixture of jasmine, ylang, rose and lily of the valley. Sometimes the composition also appears to have a floral and oily appearance and it refers to the exotic touch of the osmanthus.

At last, Civet arrives at its finest moment and you can perceive the bass tone of the idea, a blend of green earthiness of moss with the dry, animalic aroma of the amber and the more creamy, woody scent of sandalwood. And in the background you can finally feel the warm touch and a tiny bit of civet mingling with the resinous and slightly sweet aroma of opoponax and a light powdery touch of iris. It is one of the most complex parts of the composition and one of the moments that often in contemporary perfumery sounds linear and simple. Civet is a masterpiece that preserves the richest and most beautiful in the past and gives a new generation a chance to experience symphonies that otherwise they would not have access to.
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A heavy, yet classy female-oriented spicy-sweet floral fragrance, balanced by a more gentle earthy-resinous and slightly animalic base.

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