Ambrette Seed - Essential Oil

Abelmoschus moschatus

Ambrette Seed Oil is steam distilled from the dried seeds of Abelmoschus moschatus (synonym Hibiscus mochatus), also popularly known as the Hibiscus plant or Musk Mallow. This perennial shrub is native to the tropics of Asia, Northern Australia and Africa; Abelmoschus moschatus is a close relative of Okra and now also grows in the tropics of Central and South America.

The Abelmoschus moschatus plant produces bright yellow, hibiscus-like flowers with purple centres, followed by hairy seed pods containing several kidney bean-shaped seeds. The seed pods are dried before distillation. Ambrette Seed Oil is an excellent plant-based substitute to animal musk notes in perfumery, and has a highly persistent scent, which makes it perfect as a fixative or a base note in fine fragrances.

Note Classification - Base (Excellent Fixative)
Extraction Method - Steam Distillation
Parts Used - Seeds

Other Names - Musk Mallow, Musk Okra, Abelmosk, Annual Hibiscus, Bamia Moschata, Galu Gasturi, Muskdana, Musk Okra, Ornamental Okra, Rose Mallow, Tropical Jewel Hibiscus, Yorka Okra

Benefits & Uses

In perfumery applications, Ambrette Seed Essential Oil is an excellent fixative with an exalting effect - presents an intriguing, very complex aromatic profile - intensely rich, sweet, nutty/seed-like, musky-floral aroma, and underscored with the subtle, sensual character of leather and animalic notes all through the long drydown.

It is an extremely tenacious, excellent fixative that improves with age. Ambrette Essential Oil gives woody, musky and slightly floral notes to perfumes. It provides the botanical version of the musk aroma so highly prized in natural/botanical perfumery, as well as a much healthier choice compared to synthetic musks for use in perfume formulas.

From an aromatherapy standpoint, Ambrette is reputed to balance hormones in both men and women, acts as a powerful adrenal stimulant, aids cramps, fatigue, muscular aches and pains, poor circulation, helps to detoxify the body from all types of drugs including steroid drugs, depression, nervous tension and stress-related conditions. The terpenoids present in it help in relieving the pain by inhibiting the pain sensation reaching to the brain.

Energetically & Emotionally

Ambrette Seed Oil is widely used by aromatherapists to calm and boost the mood, and its sensual aroma is considered by many to be a compelling aphrodisiac.

Precautions & Safety Information

  • Those who suffer from diabetes should be cautious when using this oil as it can affect blood sugar levels
  • Because of its interaction with the blood, it is not recommended to use before surgery and immediately after
  • Not suitable during pregnancy

IMPORTANT NOTICE - We do not recommend that Essential Oils, Carrier Oils, or Hydrosols be taken internally unless under the supervision of a trained professional who is has qualified in clinical Aromatherapy - specifically in using these items internally. Please speak to a member of staff for more information.