ambergris

"It smells terrible. It smells like walking into a very old damp building."
In 1982, the International Whaling Commission placed a moratorium on the hunting of whales, although some activists insist
A new perfume is sure to raise a stink from fashionistas because it's going to be made from sweat. The odd and odorous idea
As disgusting as that sounds, the substance is actually in demand with perfume makers as it helps prolong the scent of perfume
Having spent my formative years in a country where poetry, myth and superstition are woven into the fabric of everyday life, these elements find their way into my stories. The Last Romanov is no exception.
For more than a year, I trudged along remote, windswept coastlines, visiting metropolitan beaches and remote islands, as I tried to find even the smallest fragrant nugget of ambergris. Along the way, I met and interviewed perfumers, organic chemists, oceanographers and historians.
But leftover change and lost jewelry aren't the only kinds of treasure that occasionally get buried on the beach. A small
During the early stages of research for my forthcoming novel, The Last Romanov, I came across more than a few fascinating natural wonders, but none as mesmerizing as ambergris and its origin.