Ambar Attar is sweet and resinous with gorgeous underlying woody sandalwood chords. Its principal aromatic ingredients are Pinus succinifera from which Crude Amber essential oil is obtained which is from a large and now extinct pine tree from which many modern trees owe their decendency and Sandalwood (Santalum album)
Attars, and Ambar Attar in particular, by their very nature are expensive – why? The ingredients used are some of the most expensive in the world.
Attars are some of the oldest known perfume combinations in the world going back to ancient Egypt where they were originally made using what we would now call “enfleurage” which involves the steeping of botanical material in vast quantities in a neutral base oil and then ageing the result for up to ten years which improves and matures the aromatic quality. With the advent of Abi Ali al Sina and his remarkable heat water distillation process, however, which he invented and introduced a thousand years ago they have become very much more affordable since although they are still aged in the same fashion. They were most popular during the Mughal period.
They are usually distillations of highly prized floral and botanical oils in Sandalwood, Agarwood and other rich, rare and epensive wood oils.
They are strong, alcohol free so much favoured in those societies where alcohol is not regarded well, and they are long lasting and penetrating – a small amount goes a very long way. It depends on your skin chemistry but a drop might last all day on you.
The Oudh Attar lasted three days on me and I shower at least once every day! The Ambar lasted just a day.
They are usually sold at high prices for quite small amounts in Ittardans ( elaborate shaped perfume bottles ) which are quite impractical in the modern world so we sell ours which we buy direct from the manufacturing perfume company in India each time we travel there in modern cobalt blue rollerball stick bottles which makes it easy to control how much you use, are easy to carry around without leakage and ensures no wastage.
History of Amber Oil:-
Crude Amber Essential Oil is one of the oldest oils in the world, its use as a trading commodity dates back to 8000 BC. Amber has had various names down the centuries, which includes, ‘Sunstone’, ‘Stone of victory’, ‘Adornment of the daughters of Rome’, and ‘Gold of the North’. Its English name derives from Ancient Arabia where it was burnt as incense and was known as ‘Anbar’ or ‘Ambar’.