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    Default Does ciste labdanum and ambergris (from whales) smell the same?

    maybe you even smelled real ambergris?
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    Default Re: Does ciste labdanum and ambergris (from whales) smell the same?

    Ambergris is rich, sealike, proteinaceous, creamy, salty, slightly sweet, and ultrasmooth.

    Cistus labdanum is sweet woody with smoky/leathery aspects.
    Last edited by pluran; 15th July 2010 at 10:50 AM.

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    Default Re: Does ciste labdanum and ambergris (from whales) smell the same?

    Yes quite different. Real ambergris has a slightly sickly, powerful but not dense, sea-like animalic, sweet, smell which is (in my opinion) not great on its own but has a fantistic unifying and smoothing effect on other notes, even in quantities so small you can hardly smell it on its own.
    Cistus Labdanum is very sweet, strong, dense, woody leathery which smells good on its own. It is very powerful and a few drops can dominate a mixture. If you have smelled penhaligons Duoro/Eau de Portugal, that has a dominant cistus note. Vintage C&S 88 has significant real ambergris in the base.
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    Default Re: Does ciste labdanum and ambergris (from whales) smell the same?

    ok , now it's clear
    I smelled labdanum, but not real ambergris

    I've read somewhere that the closest thing to real ambergris is Hermes Eau de marveilles. Is it correct?
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    Default Re: Does ciste labdanum and ambergris (from whales) smell the same?

    NO - I have real ambergris used in perfumery and they are NOTHING alike.

    Quote Originally Posted by DreamerII View Post

    I've read somewhere that the closest thing to real ambergris is Hermes Eau de marveilles. Is it correct?

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    Default Re: Does ciste labdanum and ambergris (from whales) smell the same?

    Hermes launched Eau des Merveilles in 2004. The fragrance was created by perfumers Ralf Schwieger and Nathalie Feisthauer, and has notes of elemi, bitter orange, Italian lemon, Indonesian pepper, pink pepper, ambergris accord, oak, cedar, vetiver, balsam of Peru and tears of Siam. Eau des Merveilles, or Water of Wonders, was said to have been inspired by ambergris:

    “For me, ambergris is a magical material,” said Givaudan’s perfumer Ralf Schwieger…He explained that it reminds him of the biblical tale of Jonah and the whale, where the prophet was swallowed alive.

    “Ambergris has so many facets — ambery, woody, dark, a salty-sweet concoction with [notes of] ink and tobacco. My idea was to re-create it in my way,” he said. (Women’s Wear Daily, 12/12/2003)

    http://www.nstperfume.com/2006/09/07...es-fragrances/
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    Default Re: Does ciste labdanum and ambergris (from whales) smell the same?

    As everyone has stated, no they are very very different.
    Labdanum is like resinous-incense/sweet-spices/very-sweet type smell
    Properly aged Ambergris is salty/waxy/smooth/lightly-sweet type.

    Interesting about the inspiration of Eau De Merveilles

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    Default Does ciste labdanum and ambergris (from whales) smell the same?

    Heh! Four year old thread
    Whale watching sounds awesome though!

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