Ambrette

Is a tropical plant that hails from the Indian Subcontinent, and bears noteworthy and distinct aromatic characteristics. Historically, it has been prized for its supposed healing properties, although the use of ambrette in perfumery dates back to a comparable length. The aromatic compounds come via the seeds and pods, as well as the fresh shoots and leaves of the plant. The flowers have also historically been used to flavor and scent tobacco products. Ambrette was traditionally used as an alternative to animal musks — usually whenever the availability of animal musks was scarce or too expensive and thus in need of a replacement. The use of ambrette in perfumery grew tenfold after the outlawing of the use of various animal products in fragrances came to fruition. This came via the notably musky oil derived from the plant, which is known as mallow seed oil in perfumery. This growth has experienced somewhat of a comedown phenomenon in recent years, due in part to the high price of the oil, but mostly as a result of the developments of various synthetic versions of musk. As a result, the oil is now only relatively common in fine and high-end fragrances. The scent is described as being primarily of a musky tendency, with noticeable green and flowery notes playing accompanying roles, as well as metallic notes appearing as hints in the aroma profile.