$35.00 – $240.00
Ambergris-Gold & Brown. Musk Aphrodisiac, for perfume, medicine, incense, gourmand food. Beach found.
Depending on availability, this listing is for 3 different types of Ambergris.
At the moment we have Brown and Gold Ambergris in the shop. I will list the Grey Ambergris as soon as itis back in stock.
The 3 types of Ambergris differ in both the strength of their aroma and their fragrance profile.
The lighter coloured material has a dry marine type odour, with hints of Tobacco. It has a clean and crisp fragrance.
The Gold has a soft dry Amber scent with Oak and Tobacco couched in Petrichor, (the scent of earth when it rains). it has a brisk marine note and a pleasant, soft animalic musk. It has a gold colour with black striations.
The Brown Ambergris borders on black, and is a bit softer/stickier than the other types. It has a strong, dark, earthy scent and a musk-like animalic note layered over wet-cured tobacco and the ocean.
The 3 types range in intensity of scent with the Grey Ambergris being the lightest and the Brown having the most intense, or strongest fragrance, The Gold material sits between them in intensity.
They are all suited to tincturing in alcohol and extracting in oil, though I find the Gold and the Brown material really shine as oils.
An alcoholic tincture brings out different notes than an oil extraction and highlights the Tobacco and marine notes present in the material.
An oil infusion creates a product with a very different fragrance profile than an alcoholic tincture. It makes my heart skip every time.
In oil, the Gold and the Brown Ambergris yield a stronger presence of what I can only call a musk note.
Ambergris is one of those classic mystical ingredients that we find revered and referred to in many ancient texts and cultures.
Excreted, or regurgitated by the Sperm whale, (depends whom you ask), Ambergris is thought to form in the digestive tract as a response to the irritation of residual squid beaks which the whale cannot digest. With the aid of a compound produced in the whale’s bile duct, a waxy substance is created which coats the irritants and builds up in layers over the years. These layers are one of the indicators of real Ambergris. (Many materials that look similar to ambergris are regularly found on oceanic beaches around the world).
Once Ambergris exits the whale it can float on the ocean for years and lie undiscovered on a beach for decades.
Ambergris has been used as medicine and in food, and of course, it has been a key ingredient in the creation of perfume and incense for thousands of years.
Like other natural animalic fragrance compounds, the magic and power of Ambergris do not lie in the strength of its aroma.
Ambergris does not have an intense fragrance and does not transform a perfume by simply adding its aroma to the blend. Instead, it operates in a less obvious and overt manner, rounding out or pulling together a bouquet, adding depth, tenacity, dimension and projection to a composition by means of a mechanism that is not well understood.
Ambergris is most often used in an alcohol tincture at a very low 1% to 3%.
Typically, a tincture of Ambergris will be left to macerate at least 6 months before it is considered ready to filter and use.
To a great degree, all animalics work on the principle of more is less.
At 1%, 1 gram of Ambergris yields 100 grams, or over 100 Milliliters of tincture.
For instructions on preparing your own Ambergris tincture, oil and Attar, please se my post here-https://apothecarysgarden.com/2019/08/22/ambergris-how-to-prepare-an-oil-attar-and-tincture/