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 Mugler
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Rosewood Banana Republic
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Dream Angels Heavenly Enchanted Victoria`s Secret
1.5023965141612
Ambre Solinotes
1.5021786492375
White Amber No.541 Gap
1.502091503268
Amber Demeter Fragrance
1.5016993464052
Ambar Zara
1.5015250544662
Kalemat Amber Arabian Oud
1.5014379084967
Amber Vanilla Regina Harris
1.501394335512
Marrakech Ambra e Zafferano Tesori d`Oriente
1.5013507625272
Dark Amber Bath and Body Works
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Ambre Noble Zara
1.501220043573
Ambre Secret La Maison de la Vanille
1.5011764705882
Ghost Fire Alkemia Perfumes
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Sonia Bogner Now Bogner
1.5007843137255
Oh What Fun is Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.5007407407407
Haunted Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.5006535947712
Amber Vanilla Zara
1.5005664488017
Grace Amber Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.5005664488017
Blood Amber Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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Day For Night Prada
1.5004793028322
Burnt Amber Neil Morris
1.5003921568627
Amber Spirit Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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Royal Amber Arabian Oud
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Sunset Flower Victoria`s Secret
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Ambre Cote Bastide
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Ambre Libertine L`Oreal
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Amber Jalaine
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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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White Amber Avon
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Noble Boadicea the Victorious
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Manjari Ramakrishnananda
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Dehn Amber Al-Rehab
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Mix 13 Platinum J
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Charli XCX Rock & Love Impulse
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Shackleford Fulton & Roark
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Magic of the Orient - Royal Amber Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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Eu Sinto Jequiti
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Awesome B Fragrances
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Amber Crystal The Merchant of Venice
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Amber Proximity Axe
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Namibia Frazer Parfum
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Ambra Aquaflor Firenze
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Hatim Hamidi Oud & Perfumes
1.5
Oriental Fusion Otoori
1.5
Fruit Punch Otoori
1.5
Sensual Seduction Man Loriblu
1.5
Amber Otoori
1.5
Naturally Happy Otoori
1.5
Libertine Cologne Fleurage
1.5
Exception Amber L`acqua Di Fiori
1.5
Lelde Dzintars
1.5
Amberess Anya`s Garden
1.5
Vetyver Dolce Il Profumiere
1.5
Tabacco Extreme Il Profumiere
1.5
Elektrou Strange Invisible Perfumes
1.5
Succes Fou Marcella Wouters
1.5
Ambre Dore Novaya Zarya
1.5
Safira Avon
1.5
Evolution La Rive
1.5
Orange Douce Il Profumiere
1.5
Providence Rubino Cosmetics
1.5
Roshan Reehat Al Atoor
1.5
Void Voronoi
1.5
Ice Al-Jazeera Perfumes
1.4999564270153
Madly Ultima II Charles Revson
1.4999564270153
Vizavi Severnoye Siyanie
1.4999564270153
Soleil Le Midi CIEL Parfum
1.4999564270153
Ambre Elixir Precieux Christian Dior
1.492273751634
Angel La Part des Anges Mugler
1.4838700326797
Missoni Colori - Missoni Gianduia Missoni
1.481913335512
Body Fantasies Signature Sexiest Musk Parfums de Coeur
1.4815681459695
Sensual Velvet Eudora
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Bella Freud Bella Freud
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The One for Men Dolce&Gabbana
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Exotics Seductive Amber Victoria`s Secret
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Formula do Humor Natura
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Amber & Myrrh Kuumba Made
1.454893583878
The Princess Blend Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.4548500108932
24-09-11 Hilde Soliani
1.454545
Latin Attitude Amour Avon
1.447716583878
Amber N°53 The Master Perfumer
1.4445747189542
No. XIV Ambre Mad et Len
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Nononsense 5 Nico Uytterhaegen
1.4445311459695
Amber Mist Avon
1.444444
Perolas La Facon
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Ralph Lauren Big Pony 4 for Women Ralph Lauren
1.437848583878
Trisha Yearwood Trisha Yearwood
1.4375871459695
White Flowers & Amber H&M
1.4374516165577
Gaultier 2 Jean Paul Gaultier
1.4358792374728
Ambre Extreme L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4354681873638
Dream Angels Forever Victoria`s Secret
1.435064043573
Sexy Amber Michael Kors
1.4338123028322
Amber Afghani Abdul Karim Al Faransi
1.433303459695
Valour Robert Graham
1.4319051459695
Humor 4 Natura
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One Love Love Passport
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Oud Ambre Adopt` by Reserve Naturelle
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Ambre & Lavande Accord Parfait
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Orange Flower and Amber Potter & Moore
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Tea Rose Amber Perfumer`s Workshop
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100 E. Marinella
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Muschio e Ambra I Profumi di Firenze
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Ambre D'Or Ava Luxe
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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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Treasures of Safari - Amber Ralph Lauren
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Endurance Flamboyant
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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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58 Contém 1g
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Fashion + Sports Ice Estiara
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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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Roi d`Orient Rituals
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Khamail Syed Junaid Alam
1.421053
Patchouli Lothantique
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Creations Pinkaura MAC
1.4139706557734
Amber & Patchouli Jo Malone London
1.4125686252723
Ambra Aurea Profumum Roma
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Warm Amber Mary Kay
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Amber Oud Laurence Dumont
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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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Aflaaj Asgharali
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Calaveras de Azucar Alkemia Perfumes
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Dusk Project D by Dannii and Tabitha
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Savage Flower (Zealous Flower) Bronnley
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Aroos AL-Bahrain Al-Rehab
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Khaltat Maryam Al Haramain Perfumes
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Fashionable Lifestyle Make Up Store
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Yuki Miya Shinma
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Telluride Abbott New York City
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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White Luminous Gold Michael Kors
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Elma CR7

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