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Civet by Zoologist pays tribute to perfume's past with the time-tested blend of glamorous white flowers, oakmoss and luxurious musks, but does so with contemporary materials and flair. More luxurious than animalic, the civet note is toned down enough to make this beautifully designed chypre perfume wonderfully wearable. 

From Zoologist
As the sun sinks over the dense tropical forest, civets emerge warily from the thickets. Under a carpet of narcotic flower blossoms, a smattering of coffee berries peppers the ground. The moist air is heavy with mossy aromas that penetrate every crevice, but the musky scent of the civets dominates; their marked territory daring one to enter at one’s own risk.

Zoologist Civet pays homage to the age-old ingredient, civet, as well as chypre perfumes of bygone days — perfumes that refused to be intimidated by raw, alluring, animalistic musks. Civet is a moody and complex brew entwined in mystery. It opens with a spicy floral accord, threaded through with dark coffee tones. Slowly it prowls forward, unraveling base notes of leather, moss and vanilla that combines with distinctive civet musk to create a bewildering, sophisticated scent with the promise of a sultry nighttime 20.

Shelley Waddington

bergamot, black pepper, lemon, orange, spices, tarragon, carnation, frangipani, heliotrope, hyacinth, linden, tuberose, ylang ylang, balsam, civet, coffee, incense, labdanum, musk, oakmoss, resins, Russian leather* vanilla, vetiver and woods.

Zoologist Civet does not contain animal products.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Linda S
Purring tame Civet

Civet is a beautiful animalic chypre of yesteryear but is very wearable for today. It opens w/ bergamot and lemon but those notes fade away and stay in the background for the duration of the perfume. This fragrance is heavily floral, especially yellow floral. What is really admire in this perfume is the wonderful use of coffee. I usually hate coffee in perfume but here it works very well. It gives the impression of petting a cat's fur backwards. This fragrance is warm, sensual, inviting. When I wear it, my husband can't stop smelling me. Very strong, a little goes a long way. Well worth the money.


If you like clean smells, this is nice and sophisticated. I imagine this would be good for layering. Some of my family members thought it was soapy though. Personally i mostly get lemon and bergamot and (surprisingly) coconut

Clean if slightly soapy

To me the most noticeable notes are the bergamot, ylang ylang, and lemon by far. There isn't a coconut note, but if you told me there was I would believe you. While I personally like the scent, others I have shown it to described it as horribly soapy.

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