Believe it or not, Amber is an extremely expensive and ‘luxury’ perfume note describing a warm, powdery, and sweet scent when blended with other ingredients. In January 2013, a 3kg (6 lb) block of ambergris was found on the shores of England, with an estimated worth of over 100,000 Euros.

The word ‘Amber’ comes from the Arabic ‘Ambar’ or the French ‘Ambre’ relating to Ambergris which is a substance only found inside the intestine of the sperm whales. Amber is the sole allowed animal raw material in perfumery since the animal does not suffer or is slaughtered to obtain it. Only 5% of the sperm whale population is believed to contain ambergris.

 In Perfumery, Labdanum absolute and Benzoin resin are the most common substitutes for Ambergris with similar notes. Ambroxan is the synthetic version of the Ambergris which is very common in perfumery with similar warmth and coziness of amber. Legend has it that it is so good that you can wear it on its own.

Here are our top five Ambery perfumes, ‘hand-picked’ by our editorial team, which you can purchase with a bundle discount here.

  1. JO MALONE - DARK AMBER & GINGER LILY

‘A magnetic trail of incense rising during a sacred Japanese ritual. Illuminated by the clean sensuality of black cardamom and fresh lily, enriched with amber. Rare Kyara wood mingles with the dark amber to give the fragrance its unique and calming characteristics.’ – A note from the brand

 

  1. MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN - BACCARAT ROUGE 540

‘The woody scent releases a poetic alchemy, a highly condensed and graphic olfactory signature. Breezy jasmine facets, radiant saffron boost the ambergris mineral notes and the woody tones of freshly-cut cedar. Bright and sleek, Baccarat Rouge 540 eau de parfum caresses the skin like an amber and woody floral whisper.’ - A note from the brand

 

 

  1. LE LABO - ANOTHER 13

‘A hypnotizing and unique scent. It’s composed of ambroxyde, a synthetic animal musk, making ANOTHER 13 an addictive dirty potion blended with other carefully selected ingredients such as jasmine and moss – which give it spike and shine.’ - A note from the brand

 

 

  1. INITIO - BLESSED BARAKA

‘A solar fragrance endowed with a sacred strength to provoke the hand of fate. A captivating blend of Musk, Sandalwood and Amber. An intangible energy surrounds the wearer. Its effect oscillates between pure power and pure addiction.’ - A note from the brand

 

 

  1. MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN - GENTLE FLUIDITY GOLD

‘In the generous and fully enveloping trail of gentle Fluidity Gold Maison Francis Kurkdjian, you’ll find essence of coriander seeds and an extra dose of musks and vanilla. Like the musks, the coriander seeds’ spicy floral notes add a breezy volume and lasting trail. The vanilla accord brings tasty and reassuring back notes underscored by the amber wood which sketches a bright and radiant silhouette. gentle Fluidity Gold eau de parfum diffuses comfortable notes, a reassuring musky ambery scent.’ - A note from the brand

 

 

**Honorable mentions: Sergei Lutens Ambre Sultan and Dior Ambre Nuit 

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