What is Ambre gris
What is ambergris used for?
The strong persistence of ambergrey’s natural scent has given it an immense success in the perfumery sector, which is why it is often used in the base notes of the formulations. As its creation takes a long time, the availability of the raw material is lower thathe widespread use and demand. However, in 1950 the Firmenich company chemically synthesized the Ambrox molecule from ambrein allowing a continuous production that can satisfy great demand.
Where does ambergris come from?
Ambergris - so called to distinguish it from the more common vegertal amber - is produced by the sperm whale as its intestinal secretion.
What does ambergris look likeThe material that is expelled has color, consistency and above all smell characteristics that are far from those of the product used in perfumery. The sun and the natural oxidation caused by sea water have to do their "magic" for several years before the matter can solidify and, when reaching the coasts, be collected. The singular process of production and processing of the raw material, operated solely by nature and therefore long and unpredictable, combined to the extraordinary and fascinating odorous properties that I have indicated above, have for centuries given it a mythical aura which is now a symbol of glamor and allure for everyone.
The most known property is the aphrodisiac which is why it is said that Casanova used to dissolve it in drinks once a day
For the same purpose, King Charles II of England used to eat it on eggs
The Egyptians were among the first to use gray amber’s smoke for therapeutic purposes
Both in smoke and by ingestion, the medical effect was comparable to a modern estrogen cure.
During the Middle Ages people believed that inhaling amber would protect from the plague thanks to its strong and persistent smell
MY Ambre Gris
Noble material and at the same time one of the symbols of the history of perfumery, it could not have failed to gain my nose’s attention. And it was love at first sight! I met her through my path of research and rediscovery of raw materials and I wanted to enhance its most flowery and woody notes, with less emphasis on the animalized facets, to make it less intrusive, but more elegant and round. From the top notes of lemon and pink pepper to the flowery ones of jasmine and Bulgarian rose, everything prepares the arrival of the queen, amber, with all its sensuality. This is how my Ambre Gris was born, to be loved by everyone, men and women, to hold your hand in a journey around the world touching Morocco, India, Bulgaria and Italy with its olfactory notes, allowing you to mind travel in elegance.DISCOVER MY STORY IN SCENT WORLD