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A Brief History of Castoreum, the Beaver Butt Secretion Used as Flavoring

Humor / odd : mental_floss

Is there beaver butt in your vanilla ice cream?

Thursday scent of the day 1/18

Beauty / Perfume : Now Smell This

It's Almost-Friday, and it's Thesaurus Day, aka Peter Mark Roget's birthday. What fragrance are you wearing? I went with L'Occitane Vanille & Narcisse. Reminder: 1/19 will be Vanilla Friday...

Natural Flavoring - Castoreum

Humor : Now That's Nifty

So I was pretty skeptical at first. But, sure enough, Castoreum is indeed from beaver butts, and it is indeed used in food. See here: Beaver Butts Emit Goo Used for Vanilla Flavoring. This is a content summary only. Visit Now That's...

The vanilla scent in your food and perfume might come from a beaver’s butt

Issues & Causes / Environmentalism : Grist

The unspecified "natural flavors" in your food can include stuff that came from a beaver's anal glands. But at least it smells like a cupcake, right?

Love Vanilla? That's the Smell of Beaver Butt

Academics / General Science : Science & Health from Newser

Like vanilla ice cream? Don't read this—because the smell of a beaver's butt is key to at least some vanilla flavoring, Time reports. More specifically, beavers like to mark their territory with a musky, vanilla compound located in ...

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