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-floral. 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 NotesBalsams, Civet, Coffee, Frankincense, Labdanum, Musk, Oakmoss, Resins, Russian leather, Vanilla, Vetiver, Woods

Ratings

Scent

8.1 (83 Ratings)

Longevity

8.3 (70 Ratings)

Sillage

7.5 (72 Ratings)

Bottle

8.4 (67 Ratings)
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 25.07.2019

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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PMRP12

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PMRP12
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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Yharnam79

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Yharnam79
Yharnam79
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More Brimstone Butterfly than Civet
I like the whole row very much but also in spite of this fact and even as a loving cat daddy I can't get anything out of this kitten here.
Actually, for me it only smells like a real LSD rush of citric fruits and sweet flowers in the blazing sun. I find it unpleasantly intrusive and scratchy-dry throughout the entire course of the fragrance. Then there's something druggy-soap-like in the background.
He's much too citrus-fruity heavy for me and too little animalistic for that.
Too dry and scratchy and not smooth enough and balsamic.
Too intrusive and not exciting enough for that.
It certainly isn't a bad scent. I'm the only one he doesn't give anything to.
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Franfan20

59 Reviews
Franfan20
Franfan20
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
Rickbr
Greatly helpful Review    6
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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