RETRO - Alyssa Ashley for Houbigant Civet Spray Mist

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All sales are final, we are a perfume sampling company - letting you try perfume before you invest in a bottle. Unfortunately, we cannot refund any product that you do not like. If you are new to perfume or wanting to break out of wearing the same scent, try our starter sampler packs so that you can find the perfume that works for you.


Alyssa Ashley for Houbigant Civet Spray Mist 

Year Introduced:  1974 - Feminine

Notes:  Civet


Civet was part of the Houbigant Alyssa Ashley Primitive Naturals line. "The first scents with a power to stir up new beginnings. Wear one and evoke a primal response. Come on! Explore. Civet - Spirit of fire. A wild, free scent with a secret inner self, waiting to light up. (It's catching.)"

In a review of Civet from Barbara Herman's Scent and Subversion: Decoding a Century of Provocative Perfume, she says: 

"I've been fascinated by Alyssa Ashley's cult hit Civet for some time, dying to know how a 1970s perfume that dared to name itself after the fecal-smelling base note would smell. I also wanted to know why a bottle of Civet is now on eBay for $700. (Two answers to the latter question: [1] The bottles are almost extinct; and [2] It's an animalic beauty). After three years of searching, I finally found it on a decant site for (gulp) $20 per 1/4ml. What a strange, mysterious treat this was. It starts off green and fresh. There's an herbal, barely detectable mint aspect to Civet which reminds me just for a moment of Serge Luten's Tubereuse Criminelle, with its crazy camphory minty opening notes. Soon, Civet develops into a fresh, creamy white floral - my guess is gardenia. In my first few whiffs, I was certain that this perfume was animalic in name alone. If there was civet in this polite floral, I thought, it's working subliminally. Its heart is a soft, creamy floral. Boy, was I wrong. After days of sniffing nothing and hence resetting my nose, I decided to pull out my tiny decant again and dip a tiny wand into a tiny vial, which gathered a few tiny drops that I smeared on my skin. Wow - how did I miss this, I wondered. Civet in all its stinky glory had been there all along, hiding amid the indolic, rottenish facets of its white flowers, like the bruised, brown petal of a gardenia that's been sitting around too long."

Civet has a cult-like following and for good reason! It is fabulous.

Civet has been discontinued. We are decanting out of a boxed original bottle of the Houbigant Alyssa Ashley Civet Spray Mist in the black bottle with the eye logo on the front. Unbelievably gorgeous!!


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