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Would You Wear Perfume With Real Musk or Civet in It?

Would You Wear Perfume With Real Musk or Civet in It?

I know that most of you aren't fans of animal testing, but what about animal ingredients? Traditional fragrance ingredients like musk and civet are taken from musk deer and cats, respectively, and entail killing the animal. Aside from the ethics involved in killing animals like these in the first place, there's also the fact that there are lab-synthesized versions of these substances available. And yet some of the most expensive perfumes still use the real things because they're of a higher "quality." What do you think? If you were presented with a pricey fragrance you knew had one of these ingredients, would you keep it, or send it right back where it came from? And do you look for animal ingredients when you're shopping for a scent?
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Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 6 years
I don't like the scents, so that's a no anyhow, but the fact that both these species are in danger of extinction, it's even less likely that I'd wear them.
untitled1 untitled1 6 years
To me that's the same thing as asking if I'd wear fur, which is no. I don't think an animal should be tortured/killed for beauty, it's not necessary.
biarose biarose 6 years
Often, people say they don't really care about animal testing, but I think if they were forced to sit there and watch an animal being tortured.. which is really what most testing is like.. the would feel a lot differently. In fact I'm quite sure of it.
biarose biarose 6 years
*Rigor
biarose biarose 6 years
*Rigor
biarose biarose 6 years
Riger Mortis- and that is exactly why people who feel strongly about an issue shoudln't 'bible bash' people who don't. It has the opposite effect to what they want!
biarose biarose 6 years
Riger Mortis- and that is exactly why people who feel strongly about an issue shoudln't 'bible bash' people who don't. It has the opposite effect to what they want!
dianadilettante dianadilettante 6 years
Well, if I received a perfume with musk in it, I couldn't possible just send it back, can I? Rude. But putting that aside, I'm not really aware of how they get the scents from animals to be made into perfume. Can anyone inform me or something?
divinedebris divinedebris 6 years
Most fragrances, that I've noticed while working at Bath and Body Works for the last few years, have undertones of musk, even the fruitiest of scents. I do believe that we use synthetic musk in our products but I'm not completely sure, and I will have to a bit of research on that. Most of what I wear, lotions, perfumes, etc, is from BBW.
divinedebris divinedebris 6 years
Most fragrances, that I've noticed while working at Bath and Body Works for the last few years, have undertones of musk, even the fruitiest of scents. I do believe that we use synthetic musk in our products but I'm not completely sure, and I will have to a bit of research on that. Most of what I wear, lotions, perfumes, etc, is from BBW.
aSunnyGirl123 aSunnyGirl123 6 years
never hell would i use a perfume and i dont even like musk
aSunnyGirl123 aSunnyGirl123 6 years
never hell would i use a perfumeand i dont even like musk
Rouge14 Rouge14 6 years
I love animals, alive preferably and I agree with miss leanne, a life is worth so much more than smelling nice.
kulikuli kulikuli 6 years
Never had to worry about it, i hate the smell of musk! Yuck! I like more floral scents, and they do kill the plants to derive the oils but i'm ok with that lol.
hottpink hottpink 6 years
Never, I don't use any products with animal ingredients or by-products.
Rigor-Mortis Rigor-Mortis 6 years
I'm the only one who bothered POSTING I don't care. Bellasugar is visited by a bajillion people daily.
miss-leanne miss-leanne 6 years
Absolutely not. I don't think any form of life is worth smelling good for a couple of hours a day.
missyd missyd 6 years
If there is a synthetic version out there, I'd most definately avoid the real thing. I dont like to see animals hurt/killed/mistreated for soemthing that is not entirely a necessity Having said that, I dont even like musk/civet scents anyways
missyd missyd 6 years
If there is a synthetic version out there, I'd most definately avoid the real thing. I dont like to see animals hurt/killed/mistreated for soemthing that is not entirely a necessityHaving said that, I dont even like musk/civet scents anyways
weffie weffie 6 years
I hope I haven't, I usually stick to brands that I know are animal friendly so it's not likely (and i'm not a fan of musk anyway) but how can you tell if if has civet? And how could anything that comes from a cat smell good enough to wear??
Rigor-Mortis Rigor-Mortis 6 years
Lizzie, thank you for such a polite response. I was so used to being treated like scum by most animal lovers (and feeling frustrated when some of them openly stated they valued animals more than humans) that looking for alternatives didn't even cross my mind, quite frankly. I think part of me didn't care about this issue out of spite, but perhaps I should give more attention to animal testing now =)
Rigor-Mortis Rigor-Mortis 6 years
Lizzie, thank you for such a polite response. I was so used to being treated like scum by most animal lovers (and feeling frustrated when some of them openly stated they valued animals more than humans) that looking for alternatives didn't even cross my mind, quite frankly.I think part of me didn't care about this issue out of spite, but perhaps I should give more attention to animal testing now =)
witchbaby witchbaby 6 years
never!
witchbaby witchbaby 6 years
never!
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