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
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Ambar Zara
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Amber Vanilla Regina Harris
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Kalemat Amber Arabian Oud
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Marrakech Ambra e Zafferano Tesori d`Oriente
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Dark Amber Bath and Body Works
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Ambre Secret La Maison de la Vanille
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Ghost Fire Alkemia Perfumes
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Oh What Fun is Pink Victoria`s Secret
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Haunted Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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Sonia Bogner Now Bogner
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Grace Amber Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
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Ambre Noble Zara
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Blood Amber Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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Amber Vanilla Zara
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Day For Night Prada
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Burnt Amber Neil Morris
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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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Bella Freud Bella Freud
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Royal Amber Arabian Oud
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Sunset Flower Victoria`s Secret
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Taaj Al Raas Ajmal
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Ambre Cote Bastide
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Blu Wake Up! Byblos
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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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Amber C.O.Bigelow
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Miss Natasha Ebba Los Angeles
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Amber Jalaine
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White Amber Avon
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Amber Musk Jamid Hemani
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Charli XCX Rock & Love Impulse
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Noble Boadicea the Victorious
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Ambre Libertine L`Oreal
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Mix 13 Platinum J
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Amber Crystal The Merchant of Venice
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Awesome B Fragrances
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Dehn Amber Al-Rehab
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Namibia Frazer Parfum
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Amber Proximity Axe
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Magic of the Orient - Royal Amber Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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Ambre Elixir Precieux Christian Dior
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Exception Amber L`acqua Di Fiori
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Aqua Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.5
Perolas La Facon
1.5
Madly Ultima II Charles Revson
1.5
Ambre Dore Novaya Zarya
1.5
Providence Rubino Cosmetics
1.5
Orange Douce Il Profumiere
1.5
So Carrement Belle
1.5
Ice Al-Jazeera Perfumes
1.5
Amber Otoori
1.5
Tabacco Extreme Il Profumiere
1.5
Fruit Punch Otoori
1.5
Safira Avon
1.5
Naturally Happy Otoori
1.5
Sensual Velvet Eudora
1.5
Sensual Seduction Man Loriblu
1.5
Libertine Cologne Fleurage
1.5
Vetyver Dolce Il Profumiere
1.5
Succes Fou Marcella Wouters
1.5
Manjari Ramakrishnananda
1.5
Roshan Reehat Al Atoor
1.5
Oriental Fusion Otoori
1.5
Void Voronoi
1.5
Lelde Dzintars
1.5
Elektrou Strange Invisible Perfumes
1.5
Amberess Anya`s Garden
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Vizavi Severnoye Siyanie
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Soleil Le Midi CIEL Parfum
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No. XIV Ambre Mad et Len
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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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Body Fantasies Signature Sexiest Musk Parfums de Coeur
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Amber N°53 The Master Perfumer
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The One for Men Dolce&Gabbana
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Valour Robert Graham
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Exotics Seductive Amber Victoria`s Secret
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Amber & Myrrh Kuumba Made
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24-09-11 Hilde Soliani
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Amber Mist Avon
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Roi d`Orient Rituals
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Ralph Lauren Big Pony 4 for Women Ralph Lauren
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Formula do Humor Natura
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Trisha Yearwood Trisha Yearwood
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Dream Angels Forever Victoria`s Secret
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Gaultier 2 Jean Paul Gaultier
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Sexy Amber Michael Kors
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Humor 4 Natura
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Ambre Extreme L`Artisan Parfumeur
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One Love Love Passport
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Orange Flower and Amber Potter & Moore
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Oud Ambre Adopt` by Reserve Naturelle
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Ambre & Lavande Accord Parfait
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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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100 E. Marinella
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Cinema Rouge Scent by the Sea
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Ambre D'Or Ava Luxe
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Uzon Jequiti
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Al Hijan Asgharali
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Treasures of Safari - Amber Ralph Lauren
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Endurance Flamboyant
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Ashes Franck Boclet
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Black Romane
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Rose Otoori
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Jannet el Firdaus Hamidi Oud & Perfumes
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Arabian Amber Nuit Dua Fragrances
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Ambre Tigré Givenchy
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Very Sexy Temptation Victoria`s Secret
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2am Kiss Derek Lam 10 Crosby
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Amber & Patchouli Jo Malone
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Patchouli Lothantique
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White Luminous Gold Michael Kors
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Creations Pinkaura MAC
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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
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Dusk Project D by Dannii and Tabitha
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Aroos AL-Bahrain Al-Rehab
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Savage Flower Bronnley
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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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Calaveras de Azucar Alkemia Perfumes
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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
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Fleur du Desert YanFroloff Perfumer
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Fiori d'Ambra Profumum Roma
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L'Eau d'Ambre L`Artisan Parfumeur
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Sexiest Musk Prince Matchabelli
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Moroccan Amber Body & Soul Nest
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Al Shariga Al-Rehab
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Amber Noir Angela Flanders
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Euphoria Calvin Klein
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Elma CR7
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Gelty Pleasures Smell Bent
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Amber Essence Ferrari
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NEVER NEVER LAND Smell Bent

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