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
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Ambre Solinotes
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White Amber No.541 Gap
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Amber Demeter Fragrance
1.5017296050735
Marrakech Ambra e Zafferano Tesori d`Oriente
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Ambar Zara
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Amber Vanilla Regina Harris
1.5014413375613
Dark Amber Bath and Body Works
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Body Fantasies Signature Sexiest Musk Parfums de Coeur
1.5010569808783
Kalemat Amber Arabian Oud
1.5008648025368
Oh What Fun is Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.500768713366
Ghost Fire Perfume Oil Alkemia Perfumes
1.500768713366
Sonia Bogner Now Bogner
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Haunted Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.5006245796099
Blood Amber Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.5005284904391
Burnt Amber Neil Morris
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Grace Amber Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.500384356683
Voodoo Love Bourbon French Parfums
1.500384356683
Royal Amber Arabian Oud
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The Princess Blend Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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Amber Spirit Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.5003363120976
Day For Night Prada
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Sunset Flower Victoria`s Secret
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Ambra Indiana Tesori d`Oriente
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Taaj Al Raas Ajmal
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Ambre Cote Bastide
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Bella Freud Bella Freud
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Al-Basha Blend Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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Georges Feghali Monte Carlo Coup de Foudre Mansfield
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Emma American Eagle
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Amber C.O.Bigelow
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Dehn Amber Al-Rehab
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Amber Jalaine
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White Amber Avon
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Miss Natasha Ebba Los Angeles
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Mix 13 Platinum J
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Amber N°53 The Master Perfumer
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The Red The Sum
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Noble Boadicea the Victorious
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Ambre Elixir Precieux Christian Dior
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Awesome B Fragrances
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Magic of the Orient - Royal Amber Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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Namibia Frazer Parfum
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Amber Proximity Axe
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Amber Crystal The Merchant of Venice
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Mysterious Girl Peter Andre
1.5
Aqua Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.5
Amberess Anya`s Garden
1.5
Manjari Ramakrishnananda
1.5
Amber Mist Avon
1.5
Amber Musk Jamid Hemani
1.5
Sensual Velvet Eudora
1.5
So Carrement Belle
1.5
Charli XCX Rock & Love Impulse
1.5
Safira Avon
1.5
Ambre Dore Novaya Zarya
1.5
Patchouli Lothantique
1.5
Madly Ultima II Charles Revson
1.5
Providence Rubino Cosmetics
1.5
Sensual Seduction Man Loriblu
1.5
Roshan Reehat Al Atoor
1.5
Ice Al-Jazeera Perfumes
1.5
Lelde Dzintars
1.5
Elektrou Strange Invisible Perfumes
1.5
Exception Amber L`acqua Di Fiori
1.5
Vetyver Dolce Il Profumiere
1.5
Succes Fou Marcella Wouters
1.5
Tabacco Extreme Il Profumiere
1.5
Libertine Cologne Fleurage
1.5
Orange Douce Il Profumiere
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Vizavi Severnoye Siyanie
1.4906111592198
Ambre Secret La Maison de la Vanille
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Amber Oud Laurence Dumont
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Angel La Part des Anges Thierry Mugler
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Missoni Colori - Missoni Gianduia Missoni
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Amber Mandarin Victoria`s Secret
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No. XIV Ambre Mad et Len
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The One for Men Dolce&Gabbana
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Exotics Seductive Amber Victoria`s Secret
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Rouh Al Amber Majid Muzaffar Iterji
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Amber & Myrrh Kuumba Made
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24-09-11 Hilde Soliani
1.4534508405881
Dream Angels Forever Victoria`s Secret
1.4532945604881
Roi d`Orient Rituals
1.4425781654656
Ralph Lauren Big Pony 4 for Women Ralph Lauren
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Gaultier 2 Jean Paul Gaultier
1.4345821592198
2am Kiss Derek Lam 10 Crosby
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Ambre Extreme L`Artisan Parfumeur
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Humor 4 Natura
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Formula do Humor Natura
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Sexy Amber Michael Kors
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One Love Love Passport
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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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Lotus Oud Lotus
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Muschio e Ambra I Profumi di Firenze
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Cinema Rouge Scent by the Sea
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100 E. Marinella
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Uzon Jequiti
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Ambre D'Or Ava Luxe
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Al Hijan Asgharali
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Tulile Raymond Matts
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Jannet el Firdaus Hamidi Oud & Perfumes
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Black Romane
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Ashes Franck Boclet
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Jasmine Blush N°31 The Master Perfumer
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Attraction Avon
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Very Sexy Temptation Victoria`s Secret
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Ambre Sauvage Annick Goutal
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Abadeya Syed Junaid Alam
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Eau de Iceberg Amber Iceberg
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Amber & Patchouli Jo Malone
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Love Me Victoria`s Secret
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Amber Rose Al-Rehab
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Magnetic Blend 1 Initio Parfums Prives
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Warm Amber Mary Kay
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L’Ambre des Merveilles Hermes
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Moroccan Amber Body & Soul Nest
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Fiori d'Ambra Profumum Roma
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Ambre Tigré Givenchy
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Ambra Aurea Profumum Roma
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Lavanda Ambrata Santa Maria Novella
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Dusk Project D by Dannii and Tabitha
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Fierce Confidence Abercrombie & Fitch
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Aflaaj Asgharali
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Amber Essence Ferrari
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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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Black Oud Otoori
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Eudora Eudora
1.4
Fleur du Desert YanFroloff Perfumer
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Tabu Flores Dana
1.4
Princesse du Sahara Yves de Sistelle
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L'Eau d'Ambre L`Artisan Parfumeur
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Sexiest Musk Prince Matchabelli
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Pasha de Cartier Edition Prestige Acier Cartier
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Euphoria Calvin Klein
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Al Shariga Al-Rehab
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Amber Noir Angela Flanders
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Mauboussin Topaze Mauboussin
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White Luminous Gold Michael Kors
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Elma CR7
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Alien Divine Ornamentations Thierry Mugler
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Gelty Pleasures Smell Bent
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Sugared Amber Dream Pacifica
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NEVER NEVER LAND Smell Bent

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