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By Ashley Kowalewski
Amber is a golden-hued and translucent material formed from fossilized tree resin. And it doesn’t smell. What gives then when so many fragrances list amber as a main ingredient?
Back in the 19th century, perfumers were inspired by amber’s luminous glow. In heating it, they were rewarded with a faintly scented oil that was both sweet and warm in character. To replicate that oil, the scent scientists started mixing; they synthesized the olfactory essence of the petrified material using vanilla, labdanum and benzoin.
Today, amber is celebrated in countless perfumes, from Jean-Claude Ellena’s L’Ambre des Merveilles for Hermès to Thierry Mugler’s Alien. It is particularly popular in Oriental spritzes.
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