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Molecule 02

Molecule 02

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Molecule 02 - The molecule Ambroxan pure and absolute

It is a crystal with a chemical structure identical to the ambrox derived from ambergris. For centuries ambergris was perhaps the most prized ingredient in perfumery. It is a somewhat mysterious substance expelled by the cachalot or sperm whale which only attains its fine scent after a long maturation floating in the ocean. Ambergris is rarely found these days, and the ‘amber’ in a modern fragrance will be one of several lab-created equivalents, the finest of which is the natureidentical Ambroxan. Different from the other animal ingredients, ambergris was always valued for its refinement as well as its sensuality. This quality persists in Ambroxan. “It has a fresh almost mineral quality,” says perfumer, Geza Schoen, “that lingers into the drydown.” Ambroxan was isolated from plant sources in 1950.

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