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    Aroma Chemicals



    CAS: 6790-58-5, REF: M_0054191
    Synonyms: Ambroxan, Ambrox, Ambrox Super, Ambroxide
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    Orcanox™ from V. MANE Fils is a new form of Ambroxan taking the perfume world by storm. It is chemically the same as Ambrofix™ of Givaudan (a higher quality version of Firmenich's Ambrox Super). But Orcanox is special…

    Orcanox is a rare treasure that has been hitherto impossible to obtain in small quantities. It has an olfactory profile that is richer and more complex than regular ambroxan and it is more diffusive than our go-to quality.

    Orcanox has a modernising undercurrent of sweetness and a unique character that makes it a clear standout when compared to the common types from the last decade. 

    Featured in The Ghost in the Shell (2021) and Sous Le Pont Mirabeau (2023) by Etat Libre d'Orange, Bella (2021) by Baldessarini and Smoking Hot (2023) by Kilian.

    NOTE: Ambrofix, ambroxan, Ambrox®, Ambrox Super, and ambroxide are synonyms. They are simply different trade names for the same chemical though produced through different processes.

    Appearance: White crystalline powder
    Longevity: Lasts > 1 month on a smelling strip.

    ⓘ Note
    This is neither a perfume nor a foodstuff; it is a raw material for use in manufacturing. Do not consume. Do not apply to skin. Keep away from children.

    General Information

    Like most suppliers and makers of quality raw materials for fragrances, we do not filter many of our products. This ensures that no odiferous matter is lost prior to use but can result in the appearance of small particles or slight clouding.

    All alcoholic fragrances should be macerated for up to a month and then chilled in a moderate freezer overnight before being filtered fine. This will remove all cloudiness or detritus and is the industry norm.

    IFRA Standards

    Permitted amounts in finished product:

    IFRA 51: 100%
    IFRA 49: 100%

    These are derived from calculated concentrations which do not replace chromatographic quantification on individual lots. Disclaimer...

    Label Requirements

    Ingredients may need to be listed as per your local legislation based on data found in the EU allergens report.

    Additional Requirements

    For Trade Use Only

    Our products are intended as building blocks in the perfume creation process; they are not to be applied to the skin undiluted.

    These raw materials are for use by the perfumery trade only.

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    Understanding Ambrox

    Since first appearing as captive ”super ambrox“ (not to be confused with ambrox super) in the famed Fixateur 404 base of Firmenich, ambroxan has enthralled perfumers and perfume enthusiasts alike. While once it was used in trace amounts to mimic the effects of natural ambergris (of which ambroxan naturally forms a key part) it is now found commonly in doses up to and beyond 10% of a fragrance. Sadly Firmenich has removed super ambrox from the market entirely by replacing Fixateur 404 with Fixateur 505, a 10% dilution of Cetalox. For those looking for the power and radiance of original Fixateur 404, we offer Ambrexol™.

    “Starting from sclareol obbained from clary sage (Salvia sclarea L.) oil, Stoll and Hinder first synthesized Ambrox (Firmenich) as dodecahydrotrimethyl naphtho furan This synthesis was reported in 1950.

    Mookherjee and Patel first isolated Ambrox from tincture of ambergris, revealing their findings in 1977.

    Other perfume houses began to produce this furan chemical compound, some using novel fermentation prpcesses. It is now known under various trade names, such as Ambroxan (Henkel), Amberlyn (Quest)[, Ambrofix (Givaudan)] and Amberiff (IFF), to name but a few.

    Sensory evaluation of the enantiomers of Ambrox showed that the (+)-enantiomer has a dominant woody note and the (–)-enantiomer has a warm musky animal note.

    In 1987, Ambrox was synthesized from non-natural sources, and a few later Ambrox DL Coeur was introduced as a closest version of Ambrox. Ambrox DL (a mixture of [70%] isomers of dodecahydro-3a,6,6,9a-tetramethyl naphtho 2-1-b furan [and 30% captive cachalox]) is a white solid of a powerful amber note with a suggestion of woodiness. It is more diffusive than Ambrox, but less rich in dry-out.”

    D. P. Anonis. Amber Notes In Perfume, Perfumer & Flavorist vol. 20, January/February 1995, Carol Stream: Allured Publishing Corporation, 1995.

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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 4 reviews

    Perfect for Gourmands.

    Liquid Magic

    Sometimes I put a drop of a few diluted materials straight on my wrist just to get a very rough idea of how they might, or might not, work together.

    I thought I'd try this with Orcanox.

    It arrived in crystalline powder form, I diluted it in Ethanol and it dissolved much easier than forms of Ambrox I've used before.

    First I put a drop of Iso E Super/Timbersilk at 20%
    Then a drop of Operanide at 20%
    Finally a drop of Orcanox at 10%

    I gotta say, I am very impressed. Almost immediately, this smells like the perfect Ambrox 'Bomb'... Just four materials. It read to me as a touch sweeter than Ambrox and with the merest animalic hint to it. Very diffusive.

    Next, I added a drop of Petitgrain EO at 10% just as a random experiment.

    I nearly fell off the chair. I was expecting something akin to an essential oil blend effect... but this was amazing. Rounded, Diffusive and radiant. It smelled like I could just go ahead and bottle it. Better than some fragrances in the $400-$500 range I have sprayed on myself when wandering through a department store.

    I'm super excited to whack it in everything just to see what it adds.

    Do yourself a favour and try some...


    Ambroxan is among my favorite materials to use so I was quite excited to receive this and it did not disappoint!!!


    Orcanox is so good and so diffusive. when i ripped open the sealed envelope, a cloud of it rose up around me. it has a salty-sweet gauzy marshmallowy quality, but it smells expensive. i used it to replace Ambroxan in a formula 1:1 and it had the best qualities of both Ambroxan and Cetalox while smelling more expensive than both, and the scent seems almost stronger or more impactful than the other (3-month aged) version even after a day. i also love the texture - it's soft, like moist sand, and it dissolves into the mixture much more easily than Cetalox or Ambroxan

    • Regulations

      All of our products are compliant with EU 1223/2009 and the NZCPGS. None of our bases contain prohibited materials and regulatory compliance is possible depending on usage.

    • IFRA Conformity

      All of our bases can be used in products requiring conformity with the latest IFRA standards. Check the use levels under the Usage Restrictions section above.

    • Nitro Musks

      Some of our products may contain small amounts of EU and IFRA compliant musk ketone. We never use musk xylene, musk ambrette or any other prohibited materials.