Ambergris , a solid waxy substance originating in the intestine of the sperm whale Physeter catodon. In Eastern cultures ambergris is used for medicines and potions and as a spice; in the West it was used to stabilize the scent of fine perfumes.
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Video Loading Video Unavailable. Mail Facebook twitter google. Please try again later. The book The Lost Ones by Ian Cameron, later made into Disney's film The Island at the Top of the World depicts a dirigible trip to the 'Whale Graveyard' where they find so much ambergris that it becomes a point of contention. Ambergris has been used in some expensive perfumes as it allows scent to last longer, in part because the ambrein molecule on exposure to a certain type of activated oxygen, creates fragrance compounds that are lighter and are more volatile or smelly, and they may take other volatile molecules present in ambergris with them.
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