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Repulsive Ingredients In Your Perfume

Posted by: Perfumeaddict, on: Tuesday, 15 July 2014

We all want to smell good - may it be for someone special or just so people will gravitate toward us. We do not want the people we meet to be repulsed by foul smell, so we invest on good hygiene and expensive perfumes.

Perfumes take a lot of time and effort to be created to the best of the customers’ demand and standards. It takes high level craftsmanship to produce a fragrance that most of its ingredients are unique.

Some are so unique that they are cringe-worthy. Most of these ingredients come from animals that are near extinction. Looks unbelievable? Read on to find out some of the most repulsive ingredients in perfumes and colognes.

Castor or Castoreum

This expensive but repulsive ingredient is a leathery emission that comes from the genital scent sacs of an animal called the castor beaver. It can be found in two sacs located between the external genitals and anus of beaver. Male and female beavers both have a pair of these sacs.

Beavers are usually trapped and killed in order to get this substance. Due to castoreum and fur, these beavers are now hunted down to near extinction.


According to PETA, an organisation fighting for the ethical treatment of animals, ambergris comes from whale intestines and it is used as a fixative in manufacturing perfumes. This repulsive substance is briny and vomitous. It is a by-product of the digestive system of sperm whales.

Ambergris is a very expensive perfume ingredient which can be found by being puked or pooped out by sperm whales.


This expensive perfume ingredient comes from civet cats. Faeces extracted from the anal glands of civet cats are one of the most repulsive ingredients in making perfume.

Civet is painfully scraped from the cat’s anal sacs every few days. These civet cats are kept in cages for years in order to support the industry.

According to the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), popular brands like Cartier, Lancôme, and Chanel have admitted to using this ingredient in their products. However, these brands said that they have been using the synthetic substitute for a long time.


Not just the term used to describe a class of aromatic substances, musk is an ingredient that comes from the musk deer. It is the dried secretion that comes from the gland of this animal.

This is a very expensive perfume ingredient because in order to produce a kilo of musk, you need to take lives from one hundred and forty deer. If not, musk can also be obtained from cats. They are repeatedly whipped around the genitals in order to produce the substance.

Infant Excrement

While this is different from the ingredients mentioned above – although it’s still excreted by a mammal, we’re sure that we’ll all agree that it’s cringe-worthy. We all know where this ingredient comes from so let us spare ourselves from the gory details.

Though it is still unbelievable that baby poop goes to our perfumes, it is listed as one of the most repulsive ingredients of fragrances.

Now that you have learned about these cringe-worthy ingredients, do you still want to purchase that much coveted fragrance? Before you turn your back on that much loved perfume because you fear that the above-mentioned ingredients might be present, you have to know that these are already banned ingredients or at least illegal to trade in most countries.

Chanel No. 5 has already discontinued its use of natural civet since 1998. Most of the ingredients found in perfumes like the musk and civet are now replaced by their synthetic substitutes and this is one of the main reason that some people after the "vintage" version of a certain perfume. You can still wear the same fragrance with the confidence that no animal was harmed during its production.

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