This material, described by the manufacturer IFF as a “Very strong woody amber note” was discovered in 1997 following extensive work on structure-odour relationships. It has a smoother feel to it than most other woody-amber notes, of which there are many, but many of the others have a harsher edge to them that needs taming in use: Trisamber has a velvety quality that is unusual in this odour range.
IFF say that it is useful in creating “deep ambers, dry woods and silky sandalwoods” and can add “warmth and sensuality to a fragrance” and that “It has a very strong clean fresh amber feeling and is not harsh, it gives a natural, primitive amber, woody sensation” .
Arcadi Boix Camps tells us that he first encountered this material in April 2005: he describes it as: “elegantly woody, slightly musky, ambery with a beauty that will greatly influence the forthcoming years in perfumery. It smells a bit like Cashmeran, a jewel from the past, but it is drier, woodier, less floral-musky and amberieir. … Its strength, velvety, delicacy and versatility will make possible some of the best fragrances to come.” He continues in that vein for almost a whole page.
Scent and Chemistry tell us that Trisamber makes an important contribution to the odour of L’Instant pour Homme by Guerlain, from 2004 (by IFF perfumer Béatrice Piquet working with Sylvaine Delacoultre of Guerlain).
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