Ambrette seed is a tropical shrub. The seeds are used as a spice in the East, and the Arabs use them to flavour coffee. Ambrette seed is available as an essential oil, steam- distilled from the seeds, and as an absolute obtained by solvent extraction. It is aged for several months before being used.
Ambrette seed has rich, sweet, dry, floral top notes with well-rounded, warm, musky, oriental undertones. It blends well with most florals, and also with sandalwood, clary sage, lemon, coriander, cardamom, frankincense, patchouli and cypress.
It has a calming effect on the nerves and the digestion, and a powerful effect on the adrenal glands. Ambrette seed is gently aphrodisiac and is good for stress-related conditions and depression. It is also warming and stimulant, and makes a pleasant addition to massage oils.
Use small amounts only: 1—2 drops in a bath or massage oil or in a mood perfume. Ambrette seed’s fragrance is quite masculine and is well suited to those who dislike the sweeter florals.