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
1.5025458695461
Dream Angels Heavenly Enchanted Victoria`s Secret
1.5024141866386
Ambre Solinotes
1.502194715126
White Amber No.541 Gap
1.5021069265209
Amber Demeter Fragrance
1.5017118777983
Ambar Zara
1.5015363005882
Kalemat Amber Arabian Oud
1.5014924062857
Amber Vanilla Regina Harris
1.5014046176806
Marrakech Ambra e Zafferano Tesori d`Oriente
1.5013607233781
Dark Amber Bath and Body Works
1.5012290404705
Ambre Secret La Maison de la Vanille
1.501097357563
Ambre Noble Zara
1.5010534632605
Ghost Fire Alkemia Perfumes
1.5008339917479
Sonia Bogner Now Bogner
1.5007900974454
Oh What Fun is Pink Victoria`s Secret
1.5007462031428
Haunted Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.5007023088403
Amber Vanilla Zara
1.5005706259328
Grace Amber Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.5005706259328
Blood Amber Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.5004828373277
Burnt Amber Neil Morris
1.5004389430252
Day For Night Prada
1.5003950487227
Amber Spirit Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.5003511544202
Royal Amber Arabian Oud
1.5003072601176
Amber Musk Jamid Hemani
1.5003072601176
Sunset Flower Victoria`s Secret
1.5002633658151
Ambre Cote Bastide
1.5001755772101
Georges Feghali Monte Carlo Coup de Foudre Mansfield
1.5001755772101
Ambre Libertine L`Oreal
1.5001755772101
Amber C.O.Bigelow
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White Amber Avon
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Miss Natasha Ebba Los Angeles
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Amber Jalaine
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Manjari Ramakrishnananda
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Shackleford Fulton & Roark
1.500087788605
Noble Boadicea the Victorious
1.500087788605
Charli XCX Rock & Love Impulse
1.500087788605
Mix 13 Platinum J
1.5000438943025
Dehn Amber Al-Rehab
1.5000438943025
Magic of the Orient - Royal Amber Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.5000438943025
Namibia Frazer Parfum
1.5000438943025
Hatim Hamidi Oud & Perfumes
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Amber Crystal The Merchant of Venice
1.5000438943025
Eu Sinto Jequiti
1.5000438943025
Awesome B Fragrances
1.5000438943025
Amber Proximity Axe
1.5
Amber Otoori
1.5
Tabacco Extreme Il Profumiere
1.5
Ambre Dore Novaya Zarya
1.5
Elektrou Strange Invisible Perfumes
1.5
Amberess Anya`s Garden
1.5
Evolution La Rive
1.5
Oriental Fusion Otoori
1.5
Vetyver Dolce Il Profumiere
1.5
Safira Avon
1.5
Ice Al-Jazeera Perfumes
1.5
Exception Amber L`acqua Di Fiori
1.5
Fruit Punch Otoori
1.5
Lelde Dzintars
1.5
Void Voronoi
1.5
Succes Fou Marcella Wouters
1.5
Orange Douce Il Profumiere
1.5
Libertine Cologne Fleurage
1.5
Naturally Happy Otoori
1.5
Roshan Reehat Al Atoor
1.5
Sensual Seduction Man Loriblu
1.5
Providence Rubino Cosmetics
1.4999561056975
Soleil Le Midi CIEL Parfum
1.4999561056975
Ambre Elixir Precieux Christian Dior
1.4999561056975
Madly Ultima II Charles Revson
1.4999561056975
Vizavi Severnoye Siyanie
1.4922814632605
Angel La Part des Anges Mugler
1.4844416259328
Amber Oud Laurence Dumont
1.4838767803529
Missoni Colori - Missoni Gianduia Missoni
1.4819236176806
Body Fantasies Signature Sexiest Musk Parfums de Coeur
1.4786999430252
Bella Freud Bella Freud
1.4694351883943
The One for Men Dolce&Gabbana
1.4651638860504
Valour Robert Graham
1.4626792518655
Exotics Seductive Amber Victoria`s Secret
1.4551156259328
Amber & Myrrh Kuumba Made
1.4548961544202
The Princess Blend Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.4548522601176
24-09-11 Hilde Soliani
1.454545
Latin Attitude Amour Avon
1.4477191544202
Amber N°53 The Master Perfumer
1.4445756829076
No. XIV Ambre Mad et Len
1.444531788605
Nononsense 5 Nico Uytterhaegen
1.444531788605
Amber Mist Avon
1.444444
Perolas La Facon
1.4441889430252
Formula do Humor Natura
1.4404164781845
Ralph Lauren Big Pony 4 for Women Ralph Lauren
1.440087788605
Sensual Velvet Eudora
1.4379527064349
Gaultier 2 Jean Paul Gaultier
1.4378511544202
Trisha Yearwood Trisha Yearwood
1.4354783956632
Ambre Extreme L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.4354780793609
Dream Angels Forever Victoria`s Secret
1.4353097316302
Amber Rose Al-Rehab
1.4334883709069
Sexy Amber Michael Kors
1.431905788605
Humor 4 Natura
1.4290099430252
One Love Love Passport
1.4289660487227
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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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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Black Romane
1.428571
58 Contém 1g
1.428571
Treasures of Safari - Amber Ralph Lauren
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Endurance Flamboyant
1.428571
Rose Otoori
1.428571
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
1.4221668777983
2am Kiss Derek Lam 10 Crosby
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Roi d`Orient Rituals
1.421053
Patchouli Lothantique
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Creations Pinkaura MAC
1.4140175681679
Amber & Patchouli Jo Malone London
1.4123170793609
Ambra Aurea Profumum Roma
1.4075094550083
Warm Amber Mary Kay
1.4021014388552
L’Ambre des Merveilles Hermes
1.4007023088403
Trouble Iridescent Eau Legere Boucheron
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Lavanda Ambrata Santa Maria Novella
1.4002194715126
Aflaaj Asgharali
1.4001755772101
Dusk Project D by Dannii and Tabitha
1.4001755772101
Calaveras de Azucar Alkemia Perfumes
1.4001316829076
Savage Flower (Zealous Flower) Bronnley
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Aroos AL-Bahrain Al-Rehab
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Yuki Miya Shinma
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Fashionable Lifestyle Make Up Store
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Khaltat Maryam Al Haramain Perfumes
1.400087788605
White Flowers & Amber H&M
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Telluride Abbott New York City
1.4
Fleur du Desert YanFroloff Perfumer
1.4
So Carrement Belle
1.3990468117812
Fiori d'Ambra Profumum Roma
1.3970169834957
Sexiest Musk Prince Matchabelli
1.3962908844702
L'Eau d'Ambre L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.392244788605
Al Shariga Al-Rehab
1.3920940974454
Moroccan Amber Body & Soul Nest
1.3918746259328
Amber Noir Angela Flanders
1.3916990487227
Amber Afghani Abdul Karim Al Faransi
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White Luminous Gold Michael Kors
1.3891084715126
Dogon Pascal Morabito
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Elma CR7

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