Hyraceum is more Castoreum like with a definite urinary note present also in goat hair hind legs tincture. It is not civet like at all. It might be a substitute to Civet from an ethical point of view or as a “fixative” but not from an olfactory stand. Hyraceum is a very exciting material to smell, I think it might be right to add a touch of vulgarity to some fragrances or in fruity blends with Osmanthus. The urinary note is very strange because it is quite human rather than animal, like baby’s urine. Apart from Goat hair tincture, whose urinary note is very “goaty”, only black current absolute possesses such a note, but that one is more “gatty” or “ratty”

AbdesSalaam Attar
Compositore Profumiere