Many of the classiest perfumes owe their musky aroma to a fairly un-classy ingredient: whale poop. Here’s the story of the long, unlikely journey of ambergris, one of the world’s weirdest cosmetic ingredients.

Producer: Lena Jackson

Illustrators: Jimmy Kalman and Angelica Baini

Animator: Alexa Ledesma

Sound: Carlos Hurtado

Voiceover: Ashley Velez

Supervising Producer: Allie Jaynes

Executive Producer: Michelle Nash