Amber

Group: Animal Sources

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

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Solinotes Ambre Arno Sorel
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White Amber No.541 Gap
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Warm Amber Mary Kay
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Amber Demeter Fragrance
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Missoni Colori - Missoni Gianduia Missoni
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Dark Amber Bath and Body Works
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Sun Jeanne Arthes
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Al Attar Al Thameen Rasasi
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Sonia Bogner Now Bogner
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Haunted Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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Monti by Giorgio Monti Giorgio Monti
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Gelty Pleasures Smell Bent
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Miss Natasha Ebba Los Angeles
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Georges Feghali Monte Carlo Coup de Foudre Mansfield
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Amber Spirit Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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The Princess Blend Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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Amber Jalaine
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Magic of the Orient - Royal Amber Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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Emma American Eagle
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Noble Boadicea the Victorious
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N° XIV Ambre Anbar Mad et Len
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Le Sportif G. Nejman
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Cabotine Rosalie Gres
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Amberesse Anya`s Garden
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Forbidden Fruit Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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Eau de Iceberg Amber Iceberg
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Australian Copperhead Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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Sunset Flower Victoria`s Secret
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Exotics Seductive Amber Victoria`s Secret
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Ambre Secret La Maison de la Vanille
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Amber Noir Angela Flanders
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Surreal Avon
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Body Fantasies Signature Sexiest Musk Parfums de Coeur
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Trouble Iridescent Eau Legere Boucheron
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Grace Amber Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
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Gaultier 2 Jean Paul Gaultier
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Soavissima Profumum Roma
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Ambre Extreme L`Artisan Parfumeur
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Dream Angels Forever Victoria`s Secret
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Fiori d'Ambra Profumum Roma
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The One for Men Dolce&Gabbana
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Ambra del Nepal Il Profumi di Firenze
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Orange Flower and Amber Potter & Moore
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Musk Aswad Attar Asgharali
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Malik Al Atoor Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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Philippe Venet Mademoiselle Philippe Venet
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Print Collection Stella 03 Stella McCartney
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Frisson Galimard
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Profumo Imperiale Nobile 1942
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Black Romane
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Euphoria Calvin Klein
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Ralph Lauren Big Pony 4 for Women Ralph Lauren
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Beautiful Betty Barclay
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L'Eau d'Ambre L`Artisan Parfumeur
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Lavanda Ambrata Santa Maria Novella
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Cool Water Ocean Radiance Davidoff
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BOSS The Collection Velvet & Amber Hugo Boss
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Dusk Project D by Dannii and Tabitha
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Deher Syed Junaid Alam
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Ambra e Iris Dr. Vranjes Firenze
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Sexy Amber Michael Kors
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L’Ambre des Merveilles Hermes
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Ambra Aurea Profumum Roma
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Iranzol Bruno Acampora
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No3 Sheer Amber Victoria`s Secret
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Coco Chanel
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Scent Intense Parfum Limited Edition CoSTUME NATIONAL
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Attache-Moi ICONOfly
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NEVER NEVER LAND Smell Bent
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Black Amber Michele Bergman
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Jannah Al Haramain Perfumes
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Jewel Blend Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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Nononsense 5 Nico Uytterhaegen
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Profumo di Fumne Laura Tonatto
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Fashion Provo Linn Young
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Amber Oudh Rasasi
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APOM Pour Homme Maison Francis Kurkdjian
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Illusions Noires Si Lolita Eau de Minuit Lolita Lempicka
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Sexiest Musk Prince Matchabelli
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Electra Sigilli
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Glamour Victoria`s Secret
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Soft Amber Oscar de la Renta
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Midnight Bloom Stila
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Narciso Rodriguez For Her Narciso Rodriguez
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Zara Man Uomo Zara
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Basi Femme Armand Basi
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LR Classics Florence LR
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Fire & Ice for Men Revlon
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Body Fantasies Signature Japanese Cherry Blossom Parfums de Coeur
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Al Shariga Al-Rehab
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Ambre Fleuri Durance en Provence
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Dior Homme Intense Dior
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Stella Stella McCartney
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Lure for Him Ajmal
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Let It Rock Vivienne Westwood
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Encense Liquide Memoire Liquide
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Scent Intense CoSTUME NATIONAL
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Velvet Amber Blackberry Victoria`s Secret
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Tomorrow for Men Avon
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Amber Absolute Tom Ford
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D&G Light Blue Dolce&Gabbana
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Silver Light Galatica Linn Young
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Vanity Voluspa
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Jardin d`Interdit Dancing with Butterflies Givenchy
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Black Touch Parah
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Leather Franck Boclet
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JuJu Joots
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Promesa de Amor Myrurgia
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