Ambergris is a unique and prized substance derived from the digestive system of sperm whales. It is formed when a substance called ambrein reacts with the whale's gastric juices. Over time, it solidifies and is eventually expelled by the whale, floating in the ocean where it undergoes further maturation. The floating ambergris eventually lands on the shore and is cultivated.
Ambergris has a complex and distinctive aroma, often described as musky, earthy, and sweet, with marine and animalic undertones. It is highly valued in the fragrance industry for its ability to enhance and stabilize scents. Due to its rarity and unique olfactory properties, ambergris is considered a luxurious and sought-after ingredient.
In fragrance, ambergris is used as a fixative or a base note. It adds depth, longevity, and a subtle marine or animalic quality to perfumes. Its scent can blend harmoniously with other fragrance ingredients, enhancing their overall character. Ambergris has a natural ability to mellow and round off sharper or brighter notes, creating a smoother and more well-rounded composition.
It's important to note that genuine ambergris is rare and expensive. As a result, the use of ambergris in fragrances has been greatly reduced and replaced by synthetic substitutes or alternative ingredients that mimic its scent. These alternatives aim to replicate the unique qualities of ambergris while ensuring ethical and sustainable practices in fragrance production.
Majority of Thompson Ferrier fragrances use base notes that are categorized as musky, woody, ashy and generally carry the undertones of ambergris. It is known that Thomson Ferrier fragrances, in general are rich, deep, powerful and have earthy undertones as a main theme.