What is oudh?
Oudh is extracted from the tropical tree Agar Aquilaria. When this tree gets infected with a specific species of fungus, Phialophora Parasitica, the heartwood of the tree forms a precious, dark and strongly fragrant resin as protection against this fungus.
Because the aquilaria tree is rare and the process of resin formation and harvesting is so complex, oudh is one of the most expensive woods in the world. The most commonly used name is the Arabic name oudh or oud (pronounced “oed”). In Dutch the term eagle wood is also used. Other names find their origin in Latin, for example: agarwood, aquilaria, agar, aloehout, and agalocha. In Japanese jinko or kyara is also used.
How is oudh used?
In the last years there has been a significant increase of oudh used in Western perfumery.
Originally, oudh is used at Arabic and Oriental celebrations and ceremonial moments, bestowing good luck and attraction, driving away evil energy. You will also find small burners with oudh in many houses in Arab countries. In China and Japan, oudh has also been used for centuries, especially in high quality incense. That’s why oudh is also called “the wood of the gods”. In perfumes it can be applied as oudh oil (dehn al oud), as oudh resin (oud mubakhar), or as a synthetic alternative, a compounded accord.
facts and fragrances
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