Photo Amber :: fragrance ingredients

Amber in perfumery is a widely used note, though it doesn't refer to the fossilized tree resin commonly associated with the term, instead "amber" is often a synthetic accord crafted to evoke a warm, resinous, and comforting aroma. This note is not derived from any single ingredient but is composed of a blend of elements (labdanum, vanillin or ethyl vanillin, benzoin and patchouli to name a few) that together produce a rich, earthy-sweet scent.

The concept of amber in perfumery has roots in ancient practices but not always under the same name. Historically, materials like ambergris (a natural excretion from sperm whales) and labdanum (a sticky resin derived from rockrose bushes) were used in high-end perfumery for their rich, warm, and deep scents that carried excellent fixative properties. Over time, these scents were collectively grouped in what we today call "amber" in perfumery.

Natural or Synthetic?
Amber in perfumery is a blend of natural resins or labdanum and synthetic compounds to create a warm, resinous and rich scent. Natural amber when obtained from fossilized tree resin and is rare. Most amber fragrances today are primarily synthetic, designed to replicate the warm, sweet and earthy characteristics of natural amber.

Fragrance Families Amber Most Commonly Found In

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Some Statistics on Amber

Note distribution of amber across all fragrances

Percentage of fragrances in our database (1651 Fragrances) that contain amber