We do care for the safeguard of the planet and of all the forms of life that it shelters. Ambergris is the only scent of animal origin obtained without killing, imprisoning or torturing the animal that produces it. Ambergris is a substance that the wild sperm whale regurgitates naturally.
When it is fresh it has nearly no value because its smell is extremely faecal and it has no value for perfumery. Ambergris must mature floating sometimes for tens of years on the sea. The sun and the water of the oceans “wash” it until it assumes the sweet and inimitable scent of sea and leather that fascinated man since his origin. We remind that the Ambergris we use is certified “flotte”, that is “from floating”, found on the beaches. This guarantees the safety of the sperm whale.
We remind also that there is no international restrictions on the import and export of Ambergris. The uncertainty about New Zealand’s position ended in 2004 when the country adopted the view of most other countries that ambergris is not a whale derivative.
“We have adopted the view that ambergris is a waste product that’s excreted naturally,” says Jane Denton, the Department of Conservation’s CITES officer.
Ambergris is produced by the Sperm whale as an intestinal secretion that is regurgitated.
This soft black sinky waxy matter floats over the oceanic currents for as long as 20 years. Time, the contact with sea water and the light of the sun transforms the raw fecal lumps into treasures that anyone would dream to find but that very few could ever recognize.