New and Exclusive from the Sharif Laroche Collection
of Authentic Ambergris Scents…
The alluring Ambergris Perfume has been formulated with ancient ingredients but developed with a modern appeal. The oceanic fresh core of ambergris was enhanced with a balsamic sweetness and a touch of creamy vanilla to round off and complement the ancient scent of the sea. After the sweet anbar has been absorbed into the skin, base notes of ambery labdanum and resinous myrrh emerge for a warm musky dry down.
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Ancient Treasures of Ireland
Since ancient times, Ambergris has been collected and traded worldwide as a highly valuable and useful commodity - a powerful medicinal aid, prized perfume fixative and an incomparable gourmet ingredient in fine cuisine. Expelled ambergris are sometimes buried on sheltered beaches of undiscovered lands for ages, after spending decades floating on the ocean waters. These ancient treasures are found worldwide by fishermen, beach combers and ambergris hunters, not only on the Indian Ocean beaches, along the Pacific Ocean shore line or along the African East coast. From the Atlantic seabed surface mature rocks of fine ambergris, mainly found along the South American shoreline and South African coast. A mostly unknown source of ancient ambergris comes from the shielded beaches of Ireland, where it has been commonly collected and traded for ages, but not officially recorded.
Due to glaciation over the Millenia, some stony beaches on the Irish coast are set in many levels, and ambergris is at times embedded in inaccessible crevices after substantially strong storms. “The Night of the Big Wind” (Oíche na Gaoithe Móire), which occurred on January 6th, 1839, was the heaviest storm that hit Ireland in 300 years, causing extensive flooding when the storm surge drew an enormous amount of sea water inland. It is popularly believed that this legendary storm may have caused not only the recorded massive damage to the lands and unfortunate lives lost during the night, also propelled invaluable pieces of ambergris to be trapped at high grounds in unreachable places.
“The piece was so high up the gallery that it must have taken a phenomenal storm or a Tsunami to get it to where it was” says long time ambergris trader and expert Mr. Lillis of Clare, Ireland, about an extraordinary maturely aged find. The ambergris pieces are sometimes as unique as the location they emerge from; “I will forever be amused by how a white piece can smell very animalic and a jet black piece can smell very highly perfumistic, in fact two black pieces have been exceptional… Generally we store the anbar graded by scent, with the colours often secondary. I often burn a little bit to get the concentrated scent which I really love.”
Fascinating indeed are the possibilities in regards to the individual pieces of anbar. Each piece has a story to tell, and will most likely be best understood by those who recall the past, and can relate it in the present.