WOODY

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
ANOTHER 13

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.

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