Ambrette Seed (Musk) CO2

Botanical Name:
Abelmoschus moschatus
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Plant Part:
Distillation Method:
Naturally Grown
Overall Profile
Primary Constituents
farnesyl acetate
4,5 nonadiene
9,12-octadecadienoic acid
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Wholesale Pure Ambrette Seed Musk Essential Oil

From Wholesale Essential Oils, pure vegan-sourced "Musk" essential oil, CO2 distilled from Ambrette Seed grown in India. It's musky and ambery aromatic has been used traditionally as a natural musk substitute. This lovely CO2 distillation is guaranteed to be 100% pure and makes available a smooth, intriguing aromatic of natural plant source for the same purpose. Highly recommended in your natural perfumery formulas. 100% pure Ambrette Seed extract is available in samples sizes up to bulk quantities of 1kg or more and is guaranteed to be of the highest therapeutic quality.


Frequently employed in small amounts in natural perfumery as a "musk" substitute. Ambrette Seed essential oil is distilled from the seeds of a tropical Hibiscus flower found in Central and South America, as well as in some warmer Asian climes. These hibiscus species develop single (rather than grouped) flowers, containing five-sided seed pods. It is from these potently-aromatic seeds from which the oil is distilled.

Aromatherapy Notes

Ambrette seed essential oil is a milky, pale yellow, highly viscous oil, with a rich body, and sweet, floral-musky, notes, and a slightly spicy undertone. The aroma has a good tenacity, meaning it can be detected for some time after application. The aroma is very distinct and complex, considered to have one of the most unique natural molecular profiles of any essential oil. Its aroma is pleasantly well-rounded with a soft "musky" scent. It is for this reason that Ambrette is used as a vegan replacement for "musk", an animal-sourced aromatic used in a wide variety of commercial perfumes. Ambrette seed essential oil can be used in your natural perfumery formulas, particularly in formulas for men. Consider it a base note and use only very small amounts – just enough to allow a hint of the 'musk' aspect to come through. The aroma is thought to improve with age, similar to sandalwood and a number of other essential oils.

Traditional Uses

Traditionally used as perfume. However, in Arabian countries, Ambrette seeds were added to coffee to enhance flavor. In India, roots, and seeds of Ambrette are considered valuable traditional medicines; the bitter-sweet, acrid, aromatic seeds are made into a liquid tonic. In India and Malaysia, pounded seeds are used to perfume hair, while seeds are also placed between clothes to keep away insects (in a similar manner as Patchouli). Seeds are burned as incense and used in making incense sticks.

Therapeutic Properties

Therapeutic Properties Described in the Aromatherapy Literature

  • Considered an aphrodisiac because of the Ambrette Seed's musk-like oil aroma, it can also be included in natural perfume blends designed for this purpose.
  • Noted aromatherapy uses include relieving fatigue, cramps, and poor circulation.1

Ambrette Seed in Research

The most common use of ambrette seed is in perfumery, but as with many essential oils, it contains compounds that may be of use for other therapeutic purposes. Studies have found that ambrette seed has significant antibacterial2, antioxidant3, anti-cancer3, and anti-diabetic4 properties and has potential to improve learning and memory and reverse neurodegeneration5.

Summary of Research Studies

  • Ambrette seed oil and the compound ambrettolide, one of its main components, had significant antibacterial effects against multiple bacterial strains.2
  • Ambrette seed exhibited strong antioxidant activity in vitro. It was also found to stop the spread to two cancer cell lines.3
  • A study in rats showed that ambrette seed oil can improve insulin sensitivity in insulin resistant rats, suggesting that it may have potential as a diabetic therapy.4
  • Ambrette seed extract was found to improve learning and memory in mice. It also reversed induced amnesia and is of interest for its potential in treating dementia and Alzheimer's.5

Application and Use


Ambrette seed oil is considered nontoxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing. If pregnant, breastfeeding, or intending to ingest the oil, please consult a physician. If using topically, as with all essential oils, test a small amount before applying liberally.


1 Harborne, Jeffrey B., and Herbert Baxter. Chemical Dictionary of Economic Plants. John Wiley & Sons, 2001.

2 Arokiyaraj, Selvaraj, et al. “Characterization of Ambrette Seed Oil and Its Mode of Action in Bacteria.” Molecules, vol. 20, no. 12, Dec. 2014, pp. 384–395., doi:10.3390/molecules20010384.

3 Gul, Mir Z, et al. “Evaluation of Abelmoschus Moschatus Extracts for Antioxidant, Free Radical Scavenging, Antimicrobial and Antiproliferative Activities Using in Vitro Assays.” BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 11, no. 64, 17 Aug. 2011, doi:10.1186/1472-6882-11-64.

4 Liu, I.-M., et al. “Abelmoschus Moschatus(Malvaceae), an Aromatic Plant, Suitable for Medical or Food Uses to Improve Insulin Sensitivity.” Phytotherapy Research, vol. 24, no. 2, Feb. 2010, pp. 233–239., doi:10.1002/ptr.2918.

5 Nandhini, S., et al.. "Memory strengthening activity on seeds of Abelmoschus moschatus." International Journal of Research in Pharmacy and Chemistry, vol. 4, no. 2, 2014, pp. 346-50.