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
1.5017381228273
Marrakech Ambra e Zafferano Tesori d`Oriente
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Ambar Zara
1.501641560448
Amber Vanilla Regina Harris
1.5014967168791
Dark Amber Bath and Body Works
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Body Fantasies Signature Sexiest Musk Parfums de Coeur
1.5011104673619
Kalemat Amber Arabian Oud
1.5008690614137
Oh What Fun is Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.5007724990344
Sonia Bogner Now Bogner
1.5006759366551
Haunted Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.5006276554654
Blood Amber Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.5005310930861
Grace Amber Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.5004345307068
Magnetic Blend 1 Initio Parfums Prives
1.5004345307068
Burnt Amber Neil Morris
1.5003862495172
The Princess Blend Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.5003379683275
Sunset Flower Victoria`s Secret
1.5002896871379
Royal Amber Arabian Oud
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Taaj Al Raas Ajmal
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Ambra Indiana Tesori d`Oriente
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Ambre Elixir Precieux Christian Dior
1.5002414059482
Bella Freud Bella Freud
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Ambre Cote Bastide
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Amber Spirit Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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Emma American Eagle
1.5001931247586
Georges Feghali Monte Carlo Coup de Foudre Mansfield
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Al-Basha Blend Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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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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Miss Natasha Ebba Los Angeles
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Magic of the Orient - Royal Amber Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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Mix 13 Platinum J
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Noble Boadicea the Victorious
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Awesome B Fragrances
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Amber Proximity Axe
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Amber Crystal The Merchant of Venice
1.5
Ice Al-Jazeera Perfumes
1.5
Sensual Seduction Man Loriblu
1.5
Providence Rubino Cosmetics
1.5
Succes Fou Marcella Wouters
1.5
Amberess Anya`s Garden
1.5
Roshan Reehat Al Atoor
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Manjari Ramakrishnananda
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Exception Amber L`acqua Di Fiori
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Aqua Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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Elektrou Strange Invisible Perfumes
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Signature Rogue Axe
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Ambre Secret La Maison de la Vanille
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Very Sexy Temptation Victoria`s Secret
1.4844020930861
Amber Oud Laurence Dumont
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Angel La Part des Anges Thierry Mugler
1.4788560614137
Missoni Colori - Missoni Gianduia Missoni
1.4708294059482
N° XIV Ambre Anbar Mad et Len
1.4627450297412
Exotics Seductive Amber Victoria`s Secret
1.4621121371186
The One for Men Dolce&Gabbana
1.4619725307068
Rouh Al Amber Majid Muzaffar Iterji
1.4548346871379
24-09-11 Hilde Soliani
1.4535189826188
Dream Angels Forever Victoria`s Secret
1.4502896871379
Oud Ambre Adopt` by Reserve Naturelle
1.4404274515257
Gaultier 2 Jean Paul Gaultier
1.4400965488606
Ralph Lauren Big Pony 4 for Women Ralph Lauren
1.4351692495172
Island Victoria`s Secret
1.4347794480494
Ambre Extreme L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4318558118965
Formula do Humor Natura
1.4314508837389
Sexy Amber Michael Kors
1.4290538118965
One Love Love Passport
1.4288606871379
Orange Flower and Amber Potter & Moore
1.4288606871379
Ambre & Lavande Accord Parfait
1.4287158435689
Muschio e Ambra I Profumi di Firenze
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Al Hijan Asgharali
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Ambre D'Or Ava Luxe
1.4286192811896
Uzon Jequiti
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Jannet el Firdaus Hamidi Oud & Perfumes
1.428571
Black Romane
1.428571
Tulile Raymond Matts
1.4231252811896
Eudora Eudora
1.4214084615682
Amber & Patchouli Jo Malone
1.4168118435689
Musk Aswad Attar Asgharali
1.4166187188104
Abadeya Syed Junaid Alam
1.415931623793
Eau de Iceberg Amber Iceberg
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Love Me Victoria`s Secret
1.4119581247586
Amber Rose Al-Rehab
1.4109633089996
Ambre Tigré Givenchy
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Warm Amber Mary Kay
1.4074781838548
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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L'Eau d'Ambre L`Artisan Parfumeur
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Lavanda Ambrata Santa Maria Novella
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Dusk Project D by Dannii and Tabitha
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Aflaaj Asgharali
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Fashionable Lifestyle Make Up Store
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Khaltat Maryam Al Haramain Perfumes
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Princesse du Sahara Yves de Sistelle
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Ambra Aurea Profumum Roma
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Sexiest Musk Prince Matchabelli
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Pasha de Cartier Edition Prestige Acier Cartier
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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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Euphoria Calvin Klein
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White Luminous Gold Michael Kors
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Blessed Baraka Initio Parfums Prives
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Gelty Pleasures Smell Bent
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NEVER NEVER LAND Smell Bent
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Essence No. 3 Ambre Elie Saab
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Trouble Iridescent Eau Legere Boucheron
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No3 Sheer Amber Victoria`s Secret
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Mukhlat Abiyad Afnan Perfumes
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Sahara Majid Muzaffar Iterji
1.375
Profumo di Fumne Tonatto Profumi
1.375
Le Marquis Esprit de Versailles
1.375
Uzon Black Jequiti
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Midnight Bloom Stila
1.370051780224
Fire & Ice for Men Revlon
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Ambre Nuit Christian Dior
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L`Ambre des Merveilles Limited Edition Collector Hermes
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Adone Re Profumo
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Ambre Fleuri Durance en Provence
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Spellbound Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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Aurum Intenso Natura
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Mix 11 Platinum J
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Monti by Giorgio Monti Giorgio Monti
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Ultraviolet Aurore Borealis Edition Paco Rabanne
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Dulce Vanilla Coty
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Coco Eau de Parfum Chanel
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Obsessive Oudh Al Haramain Perfumes
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Caravan Spice (Holiday no.11) DSH Perfumes
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APOM Pour Homme Maison Francis Kurkdjian
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Amebr Blue Queen B
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Nefertiti Chabrawichi
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Profumo Imperiale Nobile 1942
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Sun Jeanne Arthes
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Baltic Amber Voluspa
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Velvet Amber Blackberry Victoria`s Secret
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Encens Liquide Memoire Liquide
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Burlesque: Gypsy Opus Oils
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Mena Al Haramain Perfumes
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Jewel Blend Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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Very Sexy Now 2010 v.2 Victoria`s Secret
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Amber Sage Machado
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Amber Oudh Rasasi
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Aurien Rubra Eudora
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Color Me Gold Milton Lloyd
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