MUSK SKIN

Type
Natural raw material
Parts used
Seeds
Extraction method
Steam distillation

Musky, succulent floral (iris), sighly fruity.

A versatile note of many facets, ambrette seed is musky and animalic, slightly fruity pear and floral powdery, iris-like. It is considered the best natural/non-synthetic alternative to musk. However, this note comes with a rather lavish price tag—relegating its usage to fine perfumery.

Production

Ambrette seed derives from a variety of hibiscus plants native to eastern India, and which are cultivated in equatorial, tropical countries such as Ecuador, Indonesia and Guyana, as well as Egypt, China, and the West Indies. These luscious hibiscus varieties contain small, bean-shaped seeds that are crushed and then distilled to obtain a waxy solid called ambrette butter that is rich in fatty acids. A purified essence is obtained from the butter by washing the fatty acids away with an alkaline wash. The end result is an ambrette seed absolute.
Origin
People's republic of china, ecuador, egypt, indonesia, india
Iconic perfume
Hermès
VOYAGE D'HERMÈS

Jean-Claude Ellena uses ambrette essential oil to bind here musks and white woods, and add the fruity green contrast of this small seed.

WOODY / SPICY
Traditionally, ambrette seeds have been used to ease cramps, indigestion, stomach problems and headaches. In aromatherapy, they’re thought to be effective for treating anxiety, lifting low moods and treating other stress-related conditions.

Some fragrances related to the ingredient

AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
Le Labo

AMBRETTE 9

FLORAL / MUSK SKIN
FLORAL / MUSK SKIN
FLORAL / MUSK SKIN
Thierry Mugler | Les Exceptions

OVER THE MUSK

FLORAL / MUSK SKIN
Jo Malone London

WOOD SAGE & SEA SALT

WOODY / WATERY
Matière Première

PARISIAN MUSC

WOODY / GREEN
FLORAL / ALDEHYDIC
FLORAL / MUSK SKIN
Glossier

GLOSSIER YOU

FLORAL / MUSK SKIN
Jo Malone London | Wild Swimming

WOOD SAGE & SEA SALT 2022

WOODY / WATERY
WOODY / CITRUS
Bulgari | Le Gemme

TYGAR

CITRUS
Dolce & Gabbana | Velvet Collection

VELVET BERGAMOT

CITRUS / CHYPRE
FLORAL / MUSK SKIN
Atelier Materi

BOIS D'AMBRETTE

WOODY / CITRUS
Louis Vuitton

AU HASARD

WOODY / CITRUS
WOODY / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
Dior | Maison Christian Dior

SANTAL NOIR

WOODY
Comme des Garçons | Olfactory Library Series

SERIES 7 SWEET : STICKYCAKE

FLORAL / ALDEHYDIC

Musk

Bergamot

Sandalwood

Patchouli

Amber

Vanilla

Jasmine

Cedarwood

Rose

Mandarin

Vetiver

Lemon

Tonka Bean

Orange Blossom

Iris / Orris

Cardamom

Pink Pepper

Lavender

Grapefruit

Woody Notes

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