The Jakarta Post
Ambergris is substance that comes from sperm whales, which can help make perfumes stick to human skin. (Shutterstock/File)
High-end perfume producers, such as Chanel, reportedly use Ambergris to make their perfumes.
Ambergris is a substance that comes from sperm whales, which can help make perfumes stick to human skin. Scientists are unsure of where it is ejected, whether from the whale’s back or front end, but they do not dispute that it may be produced to eject irritants from the stomach or throat, according to the National Geographic .
Ambergris is used in the perfume industry because it gives off a musky, sweet, or earthy scent, as noted by the Reader’s Digest, but it is predominantly used for the production of an odorless oil called amberin. The oil is used to make perfumes last longer.
Ambergris is usually found washed ashore and is highly prized, potentially being worth as much as $60,000, depending on its size. Although the ingredient is illegal in the United States, many other countries have yet to ban it as an ingredient. (ezr/asw)