Yeast-Based Ingredient Could Replace “Whale Vomit” in Perfume

by , 04/15/12
filed under: Animals, Environment

perfume, roses, fragrance, cologne, ambergrisPerfume bottles photo via Shutterstock

Did you know that that bottle of pricey perfume sitting atop your dresser likely contains whale vomit? For centuries, designer perfume makers have used ambergris, a wax-like ingredient spit up by whales as a fragrance fixative for perfume. Because the rock-like globs can fetch as much as $20,000 per kilogram and because sperm wales are endangered, scientists at the University of British have been working to synthesize a viable replacement for ambergris, and they may have found one in yeast.




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