“Whale Vomit” from sperm whale is a faecal-smelling commodity used in perfumes.Muscat: Two Omanis found 13kg Ambergris, a prized perfume ingredient from the guts of a dead sperm whale that washed up on the Fooshi shores of Sadah province in southern Oman last week.
The ingredient, Ambergris (also called “Whale Vomit’) is a wax-like soft substance that originates as a secretion in the intestines of the sperm whale, often found floating in tropical seas and used in perfume manufacture.
Ambergris is used for making high-end perfumes costing up to thousands of dollars. The word ‘ambergris’ comes from the Arabic word ‘anbar’. It initially produces a faecal odour, but when aged, its odour becomes sweet and earthy.
Amouage, one of international luxury perfume brands from Oman, uses ambergris to make its perfumes, which are some of the most expensive in the world.
The Omanis said that a trader offered them over $17,000 for it, but they refused.
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