Ambergris and Its Use in Fragrances

You may have heard of Ambergris, or what is commonly known as expensive whale vomit! Or that's what they used to think it was. Ambergris is a waxy substance formed in the digestive system of sperm whales. It's used in the fragrance industry as a binder, which helps fragrances stick to your skin and makes the fragrance last longer. It's commonly used in high quality french perfumes. Ambergris is extremely valuable. With prices starting at around $10,000 per kilogram, people have been known to find large pieces of Ambergris washed up on the beaches that have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars! So next time you are taking a stroll down the beach and stumble upon something waxy and stinky, you may have just hit the lottery!

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