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Ambergris Botanical Melange/ Powdery, Resinous, Balsamic, Mossy, Marine / $100 oz Ambrette, Oakmoss, Labdanum, Clary Sage

  • Product # 1096
  • Part Distilled various
  • Process various
  • Growth Method various
  • Origin India

The great stone chimney had a hearty breath which needed no aid from chimney pots or tiles, and sheltered a tribe of swallows, who, poising high, dropped to their nests, then whirled aloft again like wind spirits. The well, with its long sweep, stood close to the back porch, a corner screened by hop and grape vines, where women sat and sewed of afternoons and talked with neighbors who stood leaning on the fence. Here the young people came from the garden with rose leaves in their aprons, and their mother took down the big blue jar, that" grandfather brought from China" and caged in it the sweets in fragrant potpourri, reading the rule, meanwhile, from her grandmother's book: "Take of June roses just about to fall, two parts. Shake them well free from dew, and add of new-blown buds two parts; of rosemary and lavender flowers and leaves take one part. Place in a jar with layer for layer of salt, and cover until the salt has drawn the juice (three days will do), then add some fresh rose leaves every day, and stir and mix them well. When you have filled the jar with well-steeped leaves, add ambergris, gum benzoin, allspice and cassia buds, a grain or two of musk, and four vanilla beans broken in bits. Of oil of jasmine, violet, and rose, add each an ounce to a full gallon jar."

The garden, you and I
By Mabel Osgood Wright


Ambergris "Botanical" Melange has been created for us using ambrette seed absolute, oakmoss absolute, labdanum absolute, clarys sage essential oil, nagarmotha and several other natural essences. It is a amber colored liquid displaying a warm, suave, powdery, sweet, resinous-balsamic bouquet of a delicate marine, mossy  undertone of excellent tenacity.

In natural perfumery it is a prized fixative in delicate florals, musk bases, amber accords, herbal accords, forest notes, Oriental perfumes

In perfumery terminology the words "amber" and "ambergris" are often confused. Both are, in fact, terms which are almost always used for perfumery "notes" rather then a product extracted or distilled from amber resin or from ambergris which is produced from sperm whales. That is to say, they are blends of different essences, both natural and synthetic, to create products which are, in a general way, associated with the words  "amber" and "ambergris".

Of the two, amber essence is, by far, the more well known of the two. In natural perfumery it can be as simple a combination as vanilla absolute/co2, ambrette seed eo/co2/absolute and labdanum or more complex blends which include benzoin, frankincense, myrrh, tonka bean, patchouli, etc. Its basic olfactory qualities are deep, sweet,  musky, resinous. True extracts and distillations of amber resin do exist but tend to be dominated by smoky, phenolic notes with an faint sweet resinous undertone.

Ambergris, on the other hand, is now almost entirely produced as blends of synthetic isolates which are thought to mimic the aroma of ambergris produced by sperm whales. Those products are  "interpretations" of the aroma of true ambergris as the genuine product is highly variable. In general a fine quality genuine ambergris tincture is said to contain these olfactory properties-

"Its odor is rather subtle, reminiscent of seaweed, wood, moss. with a peculiar sweet, yet very dry undertone of unequaled tenacity. There is rarely any animal note at all in a good grade of Ambra(Ambergris)"- Steffen Arctander

Fine ambergris accords can be created using totally natural materials which may include labdanum, sage clary, agarwood, seaweed abs, ambrette seed, cedarwood, oakmoss etc. 

Blends well with african blue grass eo; agar wood eo and co2; amber melange; angelica root eo and co2; angelica seed eo and co2; anise eo and co2; araucaria eo; birch tar eo; buddhawood eo and co2; cade eo; cabreuva eo; calamus eo and co2; cedar wood do's and abs's; choya logan; choya nakh; choya rap; cinnamon eo and co2; cassia eo and co2; cistus eo and abs; clove sweet abs; coffee eo and abs; copal bark co2; costus eo and co2; cypress eo and abs;  erigeron eo; elder flower abs; fir balsam abs; fenugreek abs; galbanum eo, co2 and abs; guiacawood eo; henna co2; hops co2; jonquile abs; labdanum abs; lapsong souchong co2; lovage root eo and co2; lovage leaf eo; pink and white lotus abs; muhuhu eo; mastic/lentisque eo and abs; mushroom/cepes absolute; myrrh eo, co2 and abs; narcissus abs; nigella damascena abs; opoponax eo and abs; osmanthus abs; patchouli eo, co2 and abs; poplar bud abs; rose eo, co2 and abs; sage clary eo and abs; saffron co2 and abs; sandalwood eo, co2 and abs; stryax eo and abs; siamwood eo; seaweed abs; tonka bean abs; vetiver eo, co2 and abs; violet leaf abs; zdravetz eo and abs

Perfumery Notes on Amber and Ambergris 



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