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Perfume Notes: What is Ambergris?

It's a scent note that pops up in nearly every perfume, either under the full name of Ambergris or the shortened Amber. But what is ambergris? A lot of notes come from flowers, herbs and other fairly normal materials but ambergris is in fact a secretion from the sperm whale. Some even call it whale vomit or poop but it's actually neither. The whale produces ambergris to protect its stomach from sharp bones of fish which it eats. The origins of this strange material is still a bit of a mystery since it is only 1% of the 350.000 sperm