A brief discussion about Ambergris

The word ambergris comes from French “ambre gris” which literally means grey amber.

Ambergris is a solid substance produced in the digestive system of sperm whales. According to scientists, an ambergris mass too larged to passed through intestines is expelled by the mouth, that’s why it is said ambergris is coming from whale vomit.

If you are eating while reading this, enjoy your meal…bon appétit!

Ambergris is rare and can be found floating on the sea or washed up on the coast. It can be found in the Atlantic Ocean, on the coasts of South Africa, Brazil, Madagascar, The Maldives, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, etc…

You will find different qualities of ambergris, the lowest one is black, then you have a standard which is brown to grey, and finally the best one which is white to grey. The most quality it is, the best scent you have.

It has a very unique complex scent, to describe it I would say it is amber, musky, warm and oceanic, and with a tobacco note.

When I write this article, in July 2019; we use real ambergris in 2 perfumes: Sheikh Al Faransi and FBI: Fabulous Blend from India. Ambergris gives a warm and unique scent, this is probably why Sheikh Al Faransi is so popular.

It is of course an expensive ingredient and nowadays a part of ambergris has been replaced by synthetic products in the perfume industry.


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