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5 Repulsive Ingredients in Your Perfume or Cologne

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2. “Castoreum, a leathery emission from the genital scent sacs of the castor beaver.” The beavers “are usually trapped and killed” for this substance.

Castoreum is “found in two sacs between the anus and the external genitals of beavers… Both male and female beavers possess a pair of castor sacs and a pair of anal glands located in two cavities under the skin between the pelvis and the base of the tail. Castoreum is a product of the trapping industry. When beavers are skinned for their fur, these glands are taken out.”

The castoreum and fur trades had a devastating effect on European Beavers, which were “hunted to near extinction.”

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7:09AM PDT on Jun 12, 2015

Lush is ok. You'll love them, promise. Not tested on animals, no harsh chemicals, friendly for environment.

5:27PM PST on Dec 20, 2014

yes,quite repulsive;thank you for informing us abt this,but wouldnt it be more constructive and useful to publish a list of cruelty free perfumes

6:51PM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

This really is a bit silly. The days they used these substances in perfume are long gone. Nowadays they use things like synthetic civet and 'white musk', which is an imitation of the real thing. And where they got the baby poop bit from heck knows... Anyway, even when these substances were used, they were sterile and probably better for your health than the chemical stuff they add these days, although as a vegan I would have avoided them.

9:08AM PDT on Sep 15, 2013

thanks. pass on these

2:03AM PDT on Sep 15, 2013

Thanks for the article.

5:04AM PDT on Sep 14, 2013

Poor animals. Thanks.

3:15AM PDT on Sep 14, 2013


11:38PM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

Is this the reason why perfumes are so damn expensive? Good for me I don't wear any. I prefer to be natural and aside from getting toxic chemicals from those perfumes this is now the fact that most of them had came from these poor animals. Why not leave those animals alone. Humans will not die because of not smelling fresh or good to others.

12:58PM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

" People wear perfume and cologne to feel like they smell clean and fresh or sexy or elegant. It is meant to attract others, to make them want to be near.

So why does it contain crap and vomit? "

no wonder I gag so much at folks perfume and cologne.

there has to be something else in there that keeps the perfume and cologne from driving our pets crazy.......hmmm wonder what that could be, seriously.

9:13PM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

animals die so humans can smell good. lovely.

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