Description and usage notes:
One of the classic animal bases from Synarome (now part of Nactis), Animalis has been around since the late 1920s although it has been reformulated more than once over the years. Also note that Synarome make two bases called Animalis – the identifying numbers are important – and this is the more robust and animalic of the two.
Description from Synarome: “warm, powerful and slightly leathery tonkin musk like note. A speciality mostly used in oriental compositions and in citrus fragrances to enhance fresh notes. Highly substantive, it also acts as an excellent fixative product.”
They suggest usage at levels up to 4% but if you’re going for something seriously animalic, the IFRA restriction allows it at up to 20%, though in the view of this perfumer, that would need some very serious taming to make anything wearable by most people.
When they say substantive they really mean it too: this material is still detectable on a strip weeks after dipping.
You may also like to read this blog post from Perfume Shrine which gives some history and explores the perfumes in which the Animalis base has been used and what it contains, including this quotation: “The base’s stability has allowed it to not only be used in fine fragrance but also can be featured in shampoo, deodorant and creams. Modern Animalis perfume base includes 10-undecanal, linalool, alpha-pinene, β-Caryophyllene, limonene, heaps of cedrol and cedrene alpha. Mysteriously enough the final result ends up smelling animalic (smelling the fragrances containing it confirms this). The modern Animalis, animalic-smelling but without animal-derived ingredients, is featured in Vierge et Toreros by Etat Libre d’Orange and possibly the masculine Twill Rose by Parfums de Rosine. ”
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