Do you like the ‘new car smell’? Beaver butt is your solution
Castoreum is the discharge from the castor gland of American and European beavers. The yellowish secretion is combined with urine to mark the beaver’s territory. The castor gland is located in two cavities under the skin between the base of the tail and the pelvis, and is a type of scent gland.
Castoreum extract has been used as an additive since the 1800s and was so popular that two glands could cost as much as a month’s wages. It’s been used in medicine as a treatment for many different ailments, but have never been a recommended drug for use by any pharmaceutical authorities in the Western world.
Today the extract is used in perfumes like Cuir de Russie, Hechter Madame, Emeraude, Chanel Antaeus, Magie Noire, Givenchy III, Lancôme Caractère, Shalimar.
In your car
Do you know that fresh new car smell? Well then you might just want to rub a beavers butt all over the interior of your car. No, don’t do that, it’s not that easy! Before the use of plastics and synthetics that new car smell was the smell of fresh leather.
Now however, many new car aerosol sprays mimick this smell by adding castoreum in the mix.
Now we come to the yuk part of this article. Did you know that if you like the smell of vanilla you will enjoy lifting up a beavers tail, get down there and take a really good whiff! Don’t believe us? Try it!
Someone ones upon a time obviously did it and thought, “This beavers butt smell so good, I will dry it and add it to my food!” And from that day on, castoreum extract have been used as an additive in foods like cakes, ice cream, cookies, snaps and pretty much everything that tastes vanilla.
So when you eat something with a vanilla flavor, and the product ingredient lists refer to it as a “natural flavoring,” you know what you might be eating!