AMBERY (ORIENTAL)

Type
Natural raw material
Parts used
Gum, resin
Extraction method
Steam distillation or solvent extraction

Soft, balsamic, woody, rich, sweet and warm scent.

Warm, soft and sweet, the note of incense is used as a fixative in perfumery to add a spicy, balsamic and even lemon-scented facet to amber and vanilla accords. It can evoke notes that recall myrrh or elemi, and is generally thought to evoke a deep, rich and woody aroma.

Production

The divinely fragrant incense is native to west India, Dhofar, south Arabia and northwestern Africa. However, nowadays, it is most commonly harvested in the ancient, rugged lands of Ethiopia and Somalia. To extract the fragrant gum resin, cuts are made with a knife into the outer layers of tree trunks to make the trees “cry” a whitish resin that is ready for collection after 10–15 days. Once collected, the resin is either steam distilled to obtain its essence or extracted with volatile solvents to obtain a resinoid.
Origin
Ethiopia

History

Incense is far more than a fragrant pleasure—enjoyed for millennia, incense is possibly the only immutable link between all religions. Incense found a place of notable significance in ancient ceremonies and rituals: the Magi offered it to Jesus, Solomon’s palace was perfumed with it, and, today, it is still used in Catholic and Buddhist ceremonies. Herod, the Greek historian, wrote of ancient Scythian women who would grind cypress and cedarwood mixed with incense to prepare a hypnotic paste which they massaged into their faces and palms. And in Antiquity, incense quite literally was more than worth its weight in gold—topping the market as the world’s most expensive material.
Stemming from its intrinsic connection to religion, the word “incense” translates to “the one who is qualified to be in contact with the deities.” One of the oldest incense resins in existence, olibanum is etymologically derived from “ibn”, which means “white as milk.”

Some fragrances related to the ingredient

Comme des Garçons | Olfactory Library Series

SERIES 3 INCENSE : AVIGNON

AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
AllSaints

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AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
The Merchant of Venice | Murano

MYSTIC INCENSE

AMBERY (ORIENTAL) / FLORAL
Aedes de Venustas

ENCENS JAPONAIS

WOODY / CITRUS
Demeter Fragrance Library

FRANKINCENSE

WOODY / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
Carolina Herrera | Herrera Confidential

GOLD INCENSE

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Van Cleef & Arpels | Extraordinaire

RÊVE D'ENCENS

AMBERY (ORIENTAL) / FLORAL
Comme des Garçons | Olfactory Library Series

SERIES 3 INCENSE : JAISALMER

WOODY / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
Rosendo Mateu | Black Collection

INCENSE WOOD

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N.C.P Olfactives

704 INCENSE & MUSK

AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
AMBERY (ORIENTAL) / FLORAL
Amouage | Attars

INCENSE RORI

WOODY / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
Amouage | The Library Collection

OPUS XII ROSE INCENSE

FLORAL
Guerlain | Les Absolus d'Orient

ENCENS MYTHIQUE

AMBERY (ORIENTAL) / FLORAL
Comme des Garçons | Olfactory Library Series

SERIES 3 INCENSE : KYOTO

WOODY / CITRUS
WOODY
Nicolaï

INCENSE OUD

WOODY / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
Les Eaux Primordiales | Superfluide

ENCENS SUPERFLUIDE

AMBERY (ORIENTAL) / FLORAL
WOODY / CITRUS

Musk

Bergamot

Sandalwood

Patchouli

Amber

Vanilla

Jasmine

Cedarwood

Rose

Mandarin

Vetiver

Lemon

Tonka Bean

Iris / Orris

Orange Blossom

Cardamom

Pink Pepper

Lavender

Grapefruit

Woody Notes

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