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Type
Synthetic molecule

Amber-like, musky, animal, woody.

Ambrox, a synthetic substitute for its enigmatic counterpart ambergris, is used in perfumery as a base note for more complex fragrances. The molecule extends a perfumes’ trail—allowing the delicate fragrances to dance and linger a little while longer. Providing a sensual, skin-like smoothness, Ambrox is a complex molecule with musky, woody, and animal-like tones. For some, it recalls a warm softness while for others, it brings to mind the amber-like character of labdanum or clary sage.

Production

Ambrox is produced synthetically in the laboratory using sclareol, a natural ingredient extracted from clary sage. It is silky smooth and velvety—working as a divine base note and fixative.
Iconic perfume
Le Labo
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Nathalie Lorson creates for Le Labo, in collaboration with AnOther Magazine, a perfume of ambergris, musky, addictive with its animal inflections, around twelve other ingredients, including jasmine, moss and ambrette.

Le Labo

ANOTHER 13

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History

While Ambrox is an expensive synthetic product in and of itself, it is a much welcomed substitute for the far dearer natural alternative, ambergris (a natural substance meticulously sourced from the secretion of sperm whales). Ambrox is a synthetic note that simply cannot be found in nature. Today, the molecule is essential to perfumery.

Some fragrances related to the ingredient

Guerlain | Les Absolus d'Orient

PATCHOULI ARDENT 2020

WOODY
Initio Parfums Privé

ATOMIC ROSE

FLORAL
Yohji Yamamoto

NOWNESS

WOODY / CITRUS
Liquides Imaginaires | Eaux des Bermudes

ABYSSIS

WOODY / WATERY
WOODY / CITRUS
FLORAL / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
WOODY / CITRUS
Jean Paul Gaultier

SCANDAL POUR HOMME

WOODY / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
LEATHER / GREEN
Maison Crivelli

HIBISCUS MAHAJÁD

FLORAL / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
L'Artisan Parfumeur | Le Potager

CÉDRAT CÉRUSE

AROMATIC FOUGERE / SPICY
Memo

FLÅM

FLORAL / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
FLORAL / CITRUS
Comme des Garçons

MARSEILLE

FLORAL / CITRUS
L'Artisan Parfumeur | Le Potager

IRIS DE GRIS

FLORAL / GREEN
Liquides Imaginaires | Eau de L'Est

TAPIS VOLANT

FLORAL / ALDEHYDIC
John Varvatos

XX ARTISAN TEAL

AROMATIC FOUGERE / CITRUS
CITRUS / FRUITY
L'Artisan Parfumeur

MÉMOIRE DE ROSES

FLORAL / CITRUS
FLORAL / FRUITY

Musk

Bergamot

Sandalwood

Patchouli

Vanilla

Jasmine

Cedarwood

Rose

Mandarin

Vetiver

Lemon

Tonka Bean

Iris / Orris

Orange Blossom

Cardamom

Pink Pepper

Lavender

Grapefruit

Woody Notes

Leather

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