Oriental Ambergris

"The oriental flair"

Orientalischer Amber - Das orientalische Flair

Natural Ambra, or Ambergris (arab.) is a metabolic byproduct of sperm whales. Ambra is grey and looks rather unappealing; it is soft and wax-like in consistency. Sperm wahles produce ambra when they consume food. Ambra help to enclose undigestibles, so that these can be excretetd in one. Fresh Amber smells horrendous. It takes years of airing out to create the universally valued Amber scent. Before the perfume industry picked up on its’ fragrant properties, it was mostly collected by fishermen who found lumps of it out at sea. 
Until the 16th century, ambra was sold for high prices at the market of the Orient. It was very rare, and cost more than a slave or a camel. This made it even more expensive than gold or gem stones. Today, ambra is produces synthetically. Only one of the reasons is the Washington Convention (CITES -  Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) which bans the sale of sperm whale products. 


Amber is often described as having a dry, wooden scent with soft and sweet accents. It smells of a hint of tobacco. Some even go as far as calling it an earthen and warm scent. Amber emits pure oriental flair. It adds a soft smoothness to any perfume, when used in small doses.  Amber faintly reminds one of a gentle bodily smell.


Many claim Amber to have a healing effect on several health issues. Some even believe it to create sensuality. Homeopathy uses Amber to treat psychological issues such as sleeplessness, restlessness and nervousness. It can also be used to treat asthma, depression, numbness, confusion and exhaustion.


Ambra blends well with

  • Raspberry
  • Cranberry
  • Sandal Wood
  • Tonka Bean
  • Musk




Create your own perfume with the scent of Oriental Ambra

Oriental Ambra is usually used in oriental fragrances. Its woody, dry, tobacco-like aroma resembles the smell of the human body. Maybe that's what makes its aphrodisiacal effect. But, be careful with this ingredient - use it carefully, as its intense accent can easily interfer with other aromas. Combine ambra with sweet raspberry or other sensual fragrances: tonka bean, white musk or sandal wood.