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The raw materials of animal origin

The raw materials of animal origin are considerably less well known than those of plant origin and are now almost systematically replaced by synthetic products so that no species are threatened.

Ambergris is a substance secreted by the intestines of the sperm whale and is ejected naturally. As it is very expensive it is an extremely valuable ingredient in perfume making.

Musk comes in the form of strong-smelling granules contained in a pocket under the belly of deer in the mating season.

Civet is a musky-smelling secretion produced by a carnivorous mammal, related to the wild cat which lives in Ethiopia and India.

Castor is an odoriferous secretion produced by beaver glands.