Ambrarome Absolu

Rated 4.50 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)


CAS No. 73138-66-6

Odour (decreasing): Warm, animalic, ambergris, sweet, leather

Solvent: -none added

Manufacturer: Synarome / NACTIS

Main Synonyms: Ambrarome absolute; Cistus ladaniferus ethyl esters

See below for more description and documentation



Description and usage notes:

This unique speciality ingredient derived from Cistus ladaniferus gum-resin, has been produced by the Synarome company (now part of NACTIS) since 1926, when it was introduced as an alternative to Ambergris Tincture.

Invaluable in many types of fragrance especially amber, incense and chypre types it contains a material similar in odour to that present in ambergris but is much more strongly animalic than the plain labdanum absolute.

Although this is quite an expensive product, it’s economical in use because very little is needed to get a large effect.  It is very rarely used above 1% of the fragrance concentrate.

This is Synarome’s usage description: “Replaces ambergris tincture.  A 1% solution of Ambrarome is equivalent to a 2.5% ambergris tincture. Very widely used as a fixative, this product also contributes to the development of fragrance notes.  It can be used at 0.5% – 3% in a compound.  1gr per 40 litres of ethanol gives to ethanol a round note” 

This extract contains the following materials that are subject to IFRA Standards at the levels indicated:

Benzyl Benzoate 0.04945%
Carvone 0.04945%
Benzyl Alcohol 0.0202%
Eugenol 0.0099%
Isoeugenol 0.0049%
Benzaldehyde 0.0001%
Anisaldehyde 0.3938%
Toluene < 0.0099%

As a result it may be used in the various IFRA defined classes of product up to the levels indicated:

Class 1 25,39% Class 6 Not restricted
Class 2 33,01% Class 7A 68,56%
Class 3A Not restricted Class 7B 68,56%
Class 3B Not restricted Class 8A Not restricted
Class 3C Not restricted Class 8B Not restricted
Class 3D Not restricted Class 9A Not restricted
Class 4A Not restricted Class 9B Not restricted
Class 4B Not restricted Class 9C Not restricted
Class 4C Not restricted Class 10A Not restricted
Class 4D Not restricted Class 10B Not restricted
Class 5 Not restricted Class 11 Not restricted

Given the power of the material, in practice this means that there are no practical limitations on its use from these regulations.  However if you are using other products containing the same IFRA restricted components it could be important to know what is there.  In particular Toluene, which is prohibited from use in perfumes as such, must not be present at greater than 100 parts per million in the finished product.


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2 reviews for Ambrarome Absolu

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thomas (verified owner)

    More amber than ambergris tome but warm indeed with a delightful tobacco – leather aspect.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Ivan (verified owner)

    Wow… Strong is a too gentle word for this one. At least to me… Yeah, the theme spins around the Labdanbum, but without that caramellic and sweet nuances of it. It’s an animalic Labdanum, I would say, with fenolic nuances, and extremely substantive. A little can do wonders in a composition. Two weeks on a strip and still smells dry, obscure, leathery and very animalic… It’s attractive, as in some way it can be the civet, castoreoum at hyper low ratios, but that kind of fenolic nuance, make it even more appealing. Be careful with it, as ​it can invade a small room easily.

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