Tincturing a 150 million years old aromatic

amber….
My amber suitcase, all of it is Baltic amber

We shall tincture about 5 grams of fossil Amber of Baltic origin. The age of baltic amber is estimated at 150 million years.
Can a perfume last over such a lapse of time?
In some way it definitely does, whoever worked amber to poslish it and shape it as I did for some time, knows the typical smell, similar to rubbery lemony frankincense.
A very delicate smell that transforms working this matter in a pleasurable olfactory experience.
Moreover amber is called bernstein in German, “burning stone”, because it has been used as incense in Europe particularly during epidemies and for vibrational therapies.
The smell is there. Can it pass into the alcohol in order to be used as a perfume?

fossil amber in perfumery
5.4 grams of Amber

fossil amber in perfumes

The first step is to pulverize the amber, in this way we shall facilitate the tincturing. We can use the same technique that I use to pulverize Hyraceum stone, an other fossil material (the oldest is only 10000 years old) that can be tinctured and makes a very strong perfume.

fossil amber in perfumery

fossil amber in perfumery

fossil amber in perfumery
We got 4,2 grams of amber powder

We add about 40 grams of alcohol, this vill ba a 10% tincture

fossil amber in perfumery

The date is June second 2012, we just have to wait a few days and see if the alcohol becomes perfumed.July 2014. After 2 years the tincture has taken a nice color, the smell is exactly the one that emanates from the amber when you work it and polish it with sand paper.

amber-perfume

The perfume is not long lasting but very primordial, a smell 150 million years old, which is the age of Baltic amber.
It might be used as medecine in the same way as fossil amber has been used in the past, or else in the composition of a Jurassic perfume.

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