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A fortunate fisherman in Scotland recently stumbled upon a valuable find - a lump of ambergris, often dubbed as 'floating gold.' For ages, this rare substance has captivated perfumers for its unique properties. We wanted to shine some light on what it smells like and the fragrances that feature it well.
 
The mystery of ambergris' origin was only unraveled in the early 19th century when whaling activities became widespread. Derived from about one in every 100 sperm whales, ambergris forms when these marine giants consume vast amounts of squid and cuttlefish. While most of the squid is regurgitated, some remnants coalesce within the whale's intestines, eventually creating ambergris.
 
With a scent reminiscent of moist, earth-toned, with a hint of the sea, and a subtly sweet aroma, with a trace of animal musk, undertones of tobacco, and notes of sandalwood, ambergris is a very complex ingredient that, when added to perfumes, can add an incredible amount of depth and warmth to the fragrance.  
 
Here are the ambergris gems on our digital shelves worth getting acquainted with.

ROJA PARFUMS
Amber Aoud


A blend of aromatic citrus accords mingles with a sensual blend of florals, which is warmed by the spicy notes of saffron and cinnamon, swirling around a succulent note of fig. The richness of the base comes from an opulent base of sandalwood and oud with a hefty dose of ambergris.


MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN
Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait


The Baccarat Rouge 540 extrait de parfum augments the strength and radiance of the fragrance’s amber woody floral aura. In this exalted version of a signature scent, jasmine blossoms even brighter with a backing of woody musks and sensual ambergris, engaging in an alchemy of the senses.


MIZENSIR PARFUMS
Ambre Magique

Luminous and sensual with a vibrant, woody intensity. Ambre Magiqué forms a kaleidoscope of olfactory sensations, encompassing amber notes created by a woody-amber accord. The introduction of orange blossom softens lively mandarin and cardamom, contrasted with the bold sweetness of ambergris and bourbon vanilla.

MONTALE PARFUMS
Amber Musk

Like a caress, Amber musk is a fragrance that doesn’t overwhelm the entire body. It arouses a thrill, an emotion. This mysterious and carnal fragrance intertwines Musk and Ambergris in a dance of senses.




ROJA PARFUMS
Amber Aoud


A blend of aromatic citrus accords mingles with a sensual blend of florals, which is warmed by the spicy notes of saffron and cinnamon, swirling around a succulent note of fig. The richness of the base comes from an opulent base of sandalwood and oud with a hefty dose of ambergris.


MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN
Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait


The Baccarat Rouge 540 extrait de parfum augments the strength and radiance of the fragrance’s amber woody floral aura. In this exalted version of a signature scent, jasmine blossoms even brighter with a backing of woody musks and sensual ambergris, engaging in an alchemy of the senses.


MIZENSIR PARFUMS
Ambre Magique

Luminous and sensual with a vibrant, woody intensity. Ambre Magiqué forms a kaleidoscope of olfactory sensations, encompassing amber notes created by a woody-amber accord. The introduction of orange blossom softens lively mandarin and cardamom, contrasted with the bold sweetness of ambergris and bourbon vanilla.

MONTALE PARFUMS
Amber Musk

Like a caress, Amber musk is a fragrance that doesn’t overwhelm the entire body. It arouses a thrill, an emotion. This mysterious and carnal fragrance intertwines Musk and Ambergris in a dance of senses.





Olya Bar |  Digital Strategy & Communications