Ambergris: One Mammal’s Trash, Another One’s Treasure?

by lucy

in Natural Perfume

Ambergris, Treasure or Trash?

It is said that truth is stranger than fiction and when it comes to the scent of Ambergris that it truly the case.

It is hard to imagine this high-priced, heady essence found in some of the world’s most precious perfumes comes from sperm whale vomit.

Now, before you swear off Ambergris for a lifetime, it would be a good idea to take in the mysterious aroma for yourself. At once sweet, earthy, musky and marine-like, the ancient Egyptians burned ambergris as incense while diverse cultures through the ages have used it as an aphrodisiac.

Interestingly, giant squid beaks have been found stuck in lumps of Ambergris, causing scientists to theorize whales use Ambergris to lubricate their intestines. And why lubricate? So the foreign objects eaten by the whales pass freely through their systems – easy in, easy out.

Grey/black lumps of Ambergris can be found floating on the sea and on the shores of the world’s oceans, but most of the substance is harvested in the Caribbean. To try this treasure, visit Ambergris.

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