“Amber gives off a feeling of warmth,” says Dr. Ken Anderson, a geology professor at Southern Illinois University who has studied the ancient resin for more than 25 years. “There are countless myths among cultures about amber and its mystical properties.”
With its rich golden brown hue and aromatic scent, amber is a notable inspiration for this season’s autumnally appropriate fragrance and home launches. Take D.L. & Co.’s L’Ambre de Bois, which channels a fall breeze and crackling birch branch with a scent composition of amber, mahogany and clove leaves; or Caron’s woods-exploring Secret Oud, which blends amber with Atlas cedarwood, saffron and musk. Beginning its life as a sticky substance created by a tree to protect itself, amber is born once tree resin hardens (over thousands or even millions of years), sometimes encapsulating matter within.
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“The ancients saw insects and plants perfectly preserved in amber and believed it gave immortality,” says Anderson.
Of course, we know better today — but who doesn’t welcome a blast of warmth to heat up holiday beauty counters.