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Botanical Name: Abelmoschus moschatus

Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Part Typically Used:
Fully ripened seeds

Color: Pale yellow-red liquid


Perfumery Note: Base / Middle

Strength of Initial Aroma: Sweet, rich, floral musky.

Ambrette is an aromatic and medicinal plant in the Malvaceae family, which is native to India but also cultivated in west indies, Indonesia and China. These seeds have a sweet, flowery, heavy fragrance quite similar to that of Musk (derived from Animal sources). Despite its tropical origin the plant is frost hardy.

Erect hispid herbs or undershrubs, 0,5-2,5 meters high, with a long slender tap root. Flowers regular, bisexual, involucral bracts 8-12, hairy yellow with purple centre.

Fruits capsule fulvous hairy, oblong lanceolate, acute. Seeds subreniform and blackish. The plant grows 5-sided seed pods after flowering. These pods are the source of the musk-scented seeds from which the essential oil is distilled.

 It is usually sown in March - April but as late as the first week of July in Central IndiaApril sown crop start flowering in September: fruits ripen from November to January and are harvested when fully mature.

In India it is popularly known as Mushkdana or Kasturi Bhendi. Oil is extracted from the musky, kidney- shaped, fully ripened seeds. The oil should be allowed to mature for a few months before use in flavours or fragrances, to allow the fatty acid notes to subdue and a rich, sweet, floral-musky almost wine-like or brandy like odour to develop.

The smell of Ambrette seed oil is very heavy and may not smell pleasant to everyone. Ambrette essential oil actually gets better with age. Ambrette seed oil must keep in a dark-colored glass bottle stored in a cool, dry, dark cabinet.

Ambrette seed essential oil is thought by aromatherapists and perfumers to have an exceptionally-unique natural molecular profile - really, no other oil is like it. The Musk notes, and almost nutty-sweetness are enhanced by fruity undertones. The best of these oils are aged to present the smoothest aromatic profile.

In industry the root mucilage provides sizing for paper: tobacco is sometimes flavoured with the flowers.


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Musk Ambrette stimulates the Base chakra and raises the Kundalini snake.

It is used in sex magic and tantric practices. The sensuous scent is tantalizing and arousing. It may be used to overcome inhibitions and blockages of sexual energy.

From an aromatherapy standpoint, Ambrette is reputed to balance hormones in both men and women, acts as a powerful adrenal stimulant, considered an aphrodisiac.
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