Dominique Dubrana kindly sent me a bottle of his “flottée” ambergris tincture, collected on beaches rather than from the sperm whale. I have only smelled ambergris a few times as a solid (always from Laboratoires Monique Rémy). Instead of attempting to describe it, let me quote on the subject the great fragrance chemist Gunther Ohloff who probably knew more about ambergris than anyone before or since. He calls it “humid, earthy, fecal, marine, algoid, tobacco-like, sandalwood-like, sweet, animal, musky and radiant”, and I won’t try to improve on his list. I don’t know what dilution the product is sold at. Nevertheless, this sun-aged cetacean furball extract is really quite something, and I plan to add it to various harmless little fragrances like lavender to see if they morph into Mr Hyde.
November 30, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (36)