Amber

Group: MUSK, AMBER, ANIMALIC SMELLS

Amber
Amber
Amber
Odor profile: sweet, resinous, cozy and warm, often rather powdery note recreated from a mix of balsams, usually labdanum, benzoin, vanilla, styrax and fir or a combination of some of these. The default oriental note.

Amber - Admired for its charm and grace, it has been given various names on which one can write poetry and say words of praise. The words such as Tears of the sun, Tiger's soul, Hardened honey, Petrified light, Window to the past, Nordic gold and many more. According to scientists Amber is fossilized tree resin that has taken millions of years to form.



Gleaming like the sun

are the amber beads 

laid on the glass table.

This aromatic resin is also referred to as an organic gemstone that's the hardened resin of the now extinct Pinus succinifera, and other trees. It made amber the center of interest to scientists and people likewise with the finding that it had remnants of plants and insects which had been first trapped and preserved, and upon research, they turned out to be millions of years old. And hence, not only did we learn about the existence of life on earth but we also came to know about the existence of amber.


Most of the world's amber is in the range of 30-90 million years old, however, the oldest amber has an age of 345 million years. Semi-fossilized resin or sub-fossil amber is called copal. There are about 3,000 catalogued specimens of amber inclusions ranging from insects, arachnids, tiny animals and plants. However, the most common and the most amazing have been the insect and leaf inclusions in amber.


Talking of the origin of amber, it is found in almost every part of globe, while most older amber deposits were found in Europe, which are about 50 types of fossil resins of different ages. Amber from the Baltic region, which is also known as Baltic Amber, is uniquely known for its quality and is most sought after. It is rich bright yellowish in color. It is considered best for making jewelery and is called succinite from the Latin succinum. On the other hand, Mexican amber is the result of resins of leaf-bearing trees and is widely used in jewelry. The oldest known Asian fossil resins (sometimes pieces have the size of a head) are found in Burma. They are mostly opaque, dark brown, sometimes red and yellow. In Africa, locals, especially women, use them for making of adornments and amulets. In Sicily and in northern Italy deposits of dark red and yellow fossil resins of trees of the family Cupressaceae called Sicilian amber is found. Since the oldest times amber has been used in the manufacture of adornments. Amber comes in various colors such as orange, yellow, red, green, brown, white, blue and almost black. It may be transparent or clouded. Transparent tones range from pale to dark yellow, to yellow light brown.

Before taking you through the pages of history further, I must also share about amber in fragrances in between. Perfumer Adam Gottschalk writes how the amber note is obtained in perfumes, which is rather a combination of benzoin, labdanum, and vanilla which gives the feel of warm, a little sweet and woody amber and mingled with other notes it emerges with its various characters. With just a basic combination of amber and oudh in Rasasi's Amber Oudh, it gives the wearer a warmth of sweet amber laid on bitter oudh. The best I can describe the combination is as a carefully designed gold pendant hung on a heavy gold chain, that's how it feels.


Amber was also very popular in ancient Rome during the reign of Nero when jewelry, ornaments, amulets, and even dice were made from amber. Nero also dispatched an expedition to Scandinavia to find "northern gold," which resulted in the establishment of important new trade routes for the Empire. The Russian Amber Room is considered one of the best creations in history and not only this, it has been called the 8th wonder of the world. The Amber Room was a collection of chamber wall panels commissioned in 1701. It was made from 1701 onwards in order to be installed at Charlottenburg Palace, home of Friedrich I, the first King of Prussia, at the urging of his second wife, Sophie Charlotte.
 

In 1717 it was given to Russian Tsar Peter the Great, from Prussia and was constructed of six tons of amber arranged in ornate wall panels. In 1755 it was first transferred and installed in the Winter Palace and then in the Catherine Palace by Tsarina Elizabeth of Russia. It was a complete chamber decoration of amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors. The amber room was destroyed in 1945 which caused it to become known as the Lost Amber Room. Its recreation was decided on in 1975 which continued in 1979 as well and it was at last opened to the public in 2003.

Amber stones are always warm to the touch and comforting to the sense of smell. Amber has not only been used as jewelry or in fragrances, but it has also been considered as a medicinal remedy for many diseases from the ancient times till now.

Talking further on fragrances, in Imari, one of Avon's classics, amber has been nicely blended with aldehydes, sandalwood, galbanum and vanilla to give it a bright warm feel. Amber in DKNY's Gold is light and woody just like an amber pendant when worn around the neck, and when it touches the skin, together the heat of the skin and the amber emit a warm fragrance which is so comforting and light.

What are your favorite amber fragrances?




Author: Naheed Shoukat Ali (naheed)
Fragrantica Writer

 

 

 

 


 

 

Amber Perfumes

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Alien Thierry Mugler
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Rosewood Banana Republic
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Dream Angels Heavenly Enchanted Victoria`s Secret
1.502476139024
Ambre Solinotes
1.5022510354763
White Amber No.541 Gap
1.5018458490906
Amber Demeter Fragrance
1.5016657662525
Ambar Zara
1.5015307041239
Amber Vanilla Regina Harris
1.5014856834144
Kalemat Amber Arabian Oud
1.5014406627048
Dark Amber Bath and Body Works
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Marrakech Ambra e Zafferano Tesori d`Oriente
1.5011705384477
Ambre Secret La Maison de la Vanille
1.5010804970286
Ghost Fire Alkemia Perfumes
1.5008103727715
Oh What Fun is Pink Victoria`s Secret
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Haunted Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.5007203313524
Sonia Bogner Now Bogner
1.5005852692238
Amber Vanilla Zara
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Grace Amber Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
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Blood Amber Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.5005852692238
Ambre Noble Zara
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Burnt Amber Neil Morris
1.5004502070953
Day For Night Prada
1.5004051863857
Amber Spirit Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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The Princess Blend Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.5003601656762
Royal Amber Arabian Oud
1.5003601656762
Bella Freud Bella Freud
1.5003151449667
Sunset Flower Victoria`s Secret
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Taaj Al Raas Ajmal
1.5002701242572
Ambre Cote Bastide
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Blu Wake Up! Byblos
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Amber C.O.Bigelow
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Georges Feghali Monte Carlo Coup de Foudre Mansfield
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Amber Musk Jamid Hemani
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White Amber Avon
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Miss Natasha Ebba Los Angeles
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Amber Jalaine
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Ambre Elixir Precieux Christian Dior
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Noble Boadicea the Victorious
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Ambre Libertine L`Oreal
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Shackleford Fulton & Roark
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Charli XCX Rock & Love Impulse
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Mix 13 Platinum J
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Amber Proximity Axe
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Namibia Frazer Parfum
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Dehn Amber Al-Rehab
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Magic of the Orient - Royal Amber Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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Awesome B Fragrances
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Amber Crystal The Merchant of Venice
1.5
Fruit Punch Otoori
1.5
Amber Otoori
1.5
Void Voronoi
1.5
Exception Amber L`acqua Di Fiori
1.5
Succes Fou Marcella Wouters
1.5
Ice Al-Jazeera Perfumes
1.5
Providence Rubino Cosmetics
1.5
Roshan Reehat Al Atoor
1.5
Ambre Dore Novaya Zarya
1.5
Oriental Fusion Otoori
1.5
Naturally Happy Otoori
1.5
Evolution La Rive
1.5
Lelde Dzintars
1.5
Vetyver Dolce Il Profumiere
1.5
Manjari Ramakrishnananda
1.5
Safira Avon
1.5
Libertine Cologne Fleurage
1.5
Orange Douce Il Profumiere
1.5
Sensual Seduction Man Loriblu
1.5
Elektrou Strange Invisible Perfumes
1.5
Tabacco Extreme Il Profumiere
1.5
Amberess Anya`s Garden
1.4999549792905
Soleil Le Midi CIEL Parfum
1.4999549792905
Vizavi Severnoye Siyanie
1.4999549792905
Madly Ultima II Charles Revson
1.4849830621286
No. XIV Ambre Mad et Len
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Amber Oud Laurence Dumont
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Missoni Colori - Missoni Gianduia Missoni
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Angel La Part des Anges Thierry Mugler
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Body Fantasies Signature Sexiest Musk Parfums de Coeur
1.4703335116153
The One for Men Dolce&Gabbana
1.4651864141905
Valour Robert Graham
1.4627085384477
Exotics Seductive Amber Victoria`s Secret
1.4550402278048
Amber & Myrrh Kuumba Made
1.4548601449667
24-09-11 Hilde Soliani
1.4476381242572
Amber N°53 The Master Perfumer
1.444444
Amber Mist Avon
1.444444
Perolas La Facon
1.4442002070953
Formula do Humor Natura
1.4434270354763
Roi d`Orient Rituals
1.4411137010625
Ralph Lauren Big Pony 4 for Women Ralph Lauren
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Sensual Velvet Eudora
1.4381855377274
Gaultier 2 Jean Paul Gaultier
1.4378601656762
Trisha Yearwood Trisha Yearwood
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Dream Angels Forever Victoria`s Secret
1.4334283252296
Ambre Extreme L`Artisan Parfumeur
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Sexy Amber Michael Kors
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Humor 4 Natura
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One Love Love Passport
1.4288411242572
Ambre & Lavande Accord Parfait
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Orange Flower and Amber Potter & Moore
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Oud Ambre Adopt` by Reserve Naturelle
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Tea Rose Amber Perfumer`s Workshop
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Muschio e Ambra I Profumi di Firenze
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Ambre D'Or Ava Luxe
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100 E. Marinella
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Cinema Rouge Scent by the Sea
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Uzon Jequiti
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Al Hijan Asgharali
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Jannet el Firdaus Hamidi Oud & Perfumes
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Treasures of Safari - Amber Ralph Lauren
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Endurance Flamboyant
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Rose Otoori
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Black Romane
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Arabian Amber Nuit Dua Fragrances
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Very Sexy Temptation Victoria`s Secret
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2am Kiss Derek Lam 10 Crosby
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Ambre Tigré Givenchy
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Patchouli Lothantique
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Creations Pinkaura MAC
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Amber & Patchouli Jo Malone
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Amber Rose Al-Rehab
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Ambra Aurea Profumum Roma
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Warm Amber Mary Kay
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L’Ambre des Merveilles Hermes
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Trouble Iridescent Eau Legere Boucheron
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Lavanda Ambrata Santa Maria Novella
1.4001800828381
Dusk Project D by Dannii and Tabitha
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Calaveras de Azucar Alkemia Perfumes
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Savage Flower Bronnley
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Aroos AL-Bahrain Al-Rehab
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Aflaaj Asgharali
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Telluride Abbott New York City
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Fashionable Lifestyle Make Up Store
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Khaltat Maryam Al Haramain Perfumes
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White Flowers & Amber H&M
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Jasmine Blush N°31 The Master Perfumer
1.4
So Carrement Belle
1.4
Fleur du Desert YanFroloff Perfumer
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Fiori d'Ambra Profumum Roma
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Sexiest Musk Prince Matchabelli
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L'Eau d'Ambre L`Artisan Parfumeur
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Al Shariga Al-Rehab
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Moroccan Amber Body & Soul Nest
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Amber Noir Angela Flanders
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Elma CR7
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Euphoria Calvin Klein
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Fire & Ice for Men Revlon
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Gelty Pleasures Smell Bent
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Amber Essence Ferrari
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Dolce Vita Al Battash Concepts
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NEVER NEVER LAND Smell Bent

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