Ammoniacum Resin

Adam Michael has this to say “Native to central Asia, this resin is obtained commercially by puncturing the stems of this large perennial herb and sometimes this task is also carried out by nothing more than insect/beetle attacks. Smelling the resin neat I would describe it as having trace animalic and barn yard type qualities with a sticky trace galbanum type finish. Nothing spectacular but when you burn this, wow, wow, wow, this is full of bitter green leaf character and comparable to smelling methyl n methylanthranilate N.I and finished with copper metal and green wood nuances.

Also I want to share that Eleonora came into the room where I was evaluating this material, she could not smell anything yet knew by how she felt that the room was full of aroma. This combined with the fact I find this aroma somewhat hypnotic, has made me wonder if this material has something about it aromatically beyond human conscious. Absolutely one to burn on an electric burner opposed to an oil burner** as it takes an age to melt on an oil burner.  I highly encourage tincturing this material as well at 20% (alcohol or benyl benzoate) as for the perfumer this material has a lot of unique character and possibly something magical in its ability (like say Iso E Super or Ambergris) and all further broadening the scope of a perfumers pallet.”

Botanical Name: Dorema ammoniacum

Origin: Iran

** At Hermitage Oils should you wish to burn the material neat we would recommend burning the material on an oil burner opposed to using charcoal disks. If you follow this recommendation we also advise placing a piece of foil in the well of your oil burner and then laying the resin on top. This prevents lots of mess and cleaning after use and by using an oil burner you get to enjoy much more of the aroma of the resin than when using charcoal disks.