Cedar | Vanilla
Butter | Sweet
Balsam | Exotic wood
Cocoa | Candy
Smoky, under-ripe bananas
Brooklyn Perfume Company’s AMBER contains many compounds that are arguably pheromonic. There is much debate as to the existence of pheromones and whether there are such things as aphrodisiacs. I won’t claim that I’ve created authentic aphrodisiacs with my perfumes, but I have discovered that my various scents “excite” people and draw them to one another.
Most people are confused by mentions of amber since they associate it with the beautiful golden orbs used for jewelry. These are made from fossilized amber. That is the kind of amber I've used used for Brooklyn Perfume Company's AMBER. It’s very unusual to find this substance in perfume, much less as its main theme. To make it, amber chips and dust residue from making jewelry are distilled to produce a distinctive thick liquid – almost a semi-solid – with a powerful aroma of woods (with somewhat burnt tones) and resins.
Because fossilized amber is very strong, it’s combined with other aromatic compounds, primarily vanilla absolute, to soften its effect. The resulting perfume, while not to everyone’s taste, often acts as a powerful aphrodisiac, probably because it contains pheromone-like substances.
I witnessed this effect when I brought along a sample one afternoon when I was meeting a French couple for lunch. After they each got a sniff, they looked at each other rather intensely, and as soon as lunch was over, cancelled their afternoon plans and ran back to their hotel room.