From the fantastic "brains" at The Beauty Brains comes a somewhat funny article...
Apparently a family in Austrailia happened upon a pile of whale vomit (yes, vomit) on the beach worth upwards of $1MM USD. And why, you ask, does said whale vomit net so much dinero...
Per The Beauty Brains, "...it turns out ambergris (or whale vomit) is one of the many natural materials used by perfume companies for creating fragrances. Apparently, one gram of the stuff is worth $20 (US). That’s over $9000 per pound!"
So there you have it. Whale vomit in your perfume.
Luckily for the whales (and us), cosmetic chemists have developed syntehtic versions of ambergris, so no need to be too grossed out. However, don't scoop up that whale vomit when you see it -- apparently in the US "possession of ambergris is a violation of the Endangered Species Act of 1978 and could result in significant fines and even some jail time."possession of ambergris is a violation of the Endangered Species Act of 1978 and could result in significant fines and even some jail time. (The Beauty Brains, http://thebeautybrains.com/2009/11/14/416/).
So...I guess "happy perfume wearing"!