Amber Aroma Oil
What is Amber Oil and How Is It Made?
Amber is a semi solid mass of tree resins and gums native to India with most of the raw material coming from the resinous tree Liquidamber orientalis. It is not harvested with that sensual aroma all on its own, but rather it undergoes a slight manufacturing process. To get the finished product commonly referred to as Amber oil it is usually mixed in a base of beeswax and is combined with other essential oils and carriers. True amber resins should not contain artificial ingredients, petroleum by-products, or have any mineral base.
How Is it made?
The Amber Aroma Oil offered by Mountain Rose Herbs is a 100% natural and authentic amber oil and is made from two types of fragrant amber resins - Amber Essence and Premium Dark Amber extracted in certified organic, high oleic acid sunflower oil. To this amber oil base there are also added a complex and varied proprietary blend of essential oils–including Spikenard, Vetiver, Frankincense and Myrrh, among others–mixed with organic Jojoba oil. This beautiful blend delivers light, almost fruity top notes followed by sensual, warm and exotic middle and base notes. There is no alcohol, synthetic ingredients, dipropylene glycol, propylene glycol, ethylene glycol, preservatives, colorings, ambergris, or any other ingredients added to the amber products offered by Mountain Rose Herbs.
History of Amber
The first and original amber oil was from ambergris. Ambergris is the waxy substance that was found floating on the ocean or washed up on the shore in ancient times. It can be refined into an oil with a strong, but pleasant aroma. In ancient times, no one knew the source of this mysterious substance, and it remained a mystery for centuries. Later, it was determined that ambergris (meaning gray amber) came from the sperm whale. Today, it is thought that the sperm whale regurgitates the ambergris after eating squid (or cuttlefish, one of its favorite foods). This occurs because the squid bones irritates the stomach lining of the whale, and the ambergris being produced as a counter-irritant. Ambergris, when refined into an oil (also called ambergris) was highly sought after by perfumers due to the unique aroma and the very strong fixative value of the ambergris oil. Today ambergris is very rare and extremely expensive. It is also rarely traded due to the fact that the ambergris comes from the sperm whale which is an endangered species. Although they are difficult to make, there are synthetic varieties of ambergris available. For this reason many perfumists and compounding specialists have developed a way to manufacture both natural and synthetic Amber resins at a substantially reduced cost without any ill effect to wildlife and eco-systems. We are often asked about amber oil that comes from the Baltic amber (fossilized amber used for jewelry). This type of amber oil is made through a process called destructive distillation of fossilized amber. It yields an oil that contains succinic acid (which can be used in health products), but it does not have a pleasant aroma. Due to its unpleasant aroma, it is not used in aromatherapy or perfumery.
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