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.
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.