$14.00 – $620.00
Ambergris Tincture-Brown-5 and 10% strength-2018-Musk-Aphrodisiac-It has dark tobacco and sweet marine notes wrapped in a dry animalic musk. It has a hint of mint and is void of the fecal notes often associated with dark Ambergris. Instead, it exhibits a layer reminiscent of soft warm animal fur.
Ambergris is a rare natural ingredient used in incense, perfume and medicine for thousands of years. This listing is for 5% and 10% Ambergris tincture in 95% ethanol.
This is a perfume/incense tincture of Brown/Black Ambergris in 95% Ethanol that macerated for over 9 months before filtering and bottling.
It has dark tobacco and sweet marine notes wrapped in a dry animalic musk with a hint of mint and is void of the fecal notes often associated with dark Ambergris. Instead, it exhibits a layer reminiscent of soft warm animal fur.
Ambergris is one of those classic mystical ingredients that we find revered and referred to in many ancient texts and cultures.
Expelled through excretion or emesis 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 and cuttlefish bones which the whale cannot digest.
With the aid of a waxy compound produced in the whale’s bile duct, a substance is created which coats the irritants and builds up in layers over the irritants. 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, it is considered an aphrodisiac in many cultures and of course, it has been a key ingredient in the creation of perfume and incense for thousands of years. As an ingredient in incense, it is either added as a fine powder or a tincture. Once the pure alcohol evaporates from the blend, only Ambergris is left behind.
A perfume fixative
Like other natural animalic fragrance compounds, the magic and power of Ambergris lie not in the physical olfactory strength of its aroma.
Ambergris does not have an intense fragrance and does not transform a perfume by simply contributing its aroma proportionally to a blend. It operates in a less obvious and covert manner as if anchored in the interstices of aroma, rounding out or pulling together a bouquet from underneath, inside. It adds depth, tenacity and extra dimension to compositions 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.
Make your own Ambergris Tincture
For more information about making your own tincture of Ambergris, please see my post, https://apothecarysgarden.com/2019/08/22/ambergris-how-to-prepare-an-oil-attar-and-tincture/
You can purchase pure Ambergris in the shop here- https://apothecarysgarden.com/product/ambergris-gold-brown-grey-a-rare-aromatic-and-traditional-perfume-ingredient/