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What does Amber smell like? A blog by CRA-YON Parfums-image

What does Amber smell like? Read this guide.

A guide to understanding and appreciating Amber in perfumery.

This is a common question and in this guide you will learn all about this fragrance family. Amber, or in French, Ambre, is a warm, resinous, and often sweet note used in perfumery. It has a long history in fragrance, dating back to ancient times when it was prized for its medicinal properties and used as incense. Today, Amber is a popular ingredient in perfumes, adding depth and richness to a scent.

What is Amber in perfumery?

Amber is a warm, resinous note that can be found in many different types of fragrances, including orientals, ambers, chypres, and florals. Amber can be created from a variety of natural and synthetic materials, including labdanum, benzoin, vanilla, and synthetic ambergris.

What does it smell like?

Amber can have a wide range of aromas, depending on the materials used to create it. Generally, it has a warm, sweet, and slightly spicy aroma, with hints of vanilla, wood, and musk. Some amber fragrances can also have animalic or leathery notes. 

How to wear Amber fragrances?

They are perfect for cooler weather and evening wear. They tend to be heavier and more long-lasting than lighter, fresher scents. 

Pairing with other notes

Amber can be paired with a variety of other notes to create different effects. For example, pairing it with floral notes can create a warm, romantic scent, while pairing it with citrus notes can create a fresher, more vibrant aroma. Some popular pairings include Amber with vanilla, patchouli, musk, and sandalwood.

Difference between AMBER and AMBERGRIS

Amber and Ambergris are two unique notes in fragrances, with distinct scent profiles and sources. Amber is a warm, sweet, and resinous note, typically made from a blend of balsams like benzoin, labdanum, styrax, vanilla, and fir. It is considered a fantasy note since it does not occur naturally in nature but is instead a creation of perfumers.

On the other hand, Ambergris is a natural animal source excreted by certain species of sperm whales. It has a marine, musky, and slightly sweet aroma and is used as a fixative in fragrances to enhance other notes. Due to its rarity and high cost, many perfumers use synthetic substitutes to recreate its scent.

Differentiating between these two notes is crucial when discussing fragrances as they have unique properties and come from entirely different sources. Understanding the differences can help fragrance enthusiasts choose the right scent for their preferences and needs.

Shop our fragrances with Amber

In the CRA-YON scent wardrobe you can find Amber in the following fragrances:

Vanilla CEO 

The High Road

Sand Service 

Ami Amie 

Passport Amour 


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