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Bakhoors/ Bukhoors and Muattars

1. What is an muattar?

A a perfume oil made using flower petals distilled in water by subjecting it to low heat and pressure is commonly known as attar. And the steam containing the fragrance oils is collected into a container of mild sandalwood oil for a considerable time where the oils blend together until the sandalwood is completely saturated with the fragrance of the flowers.There are few attars that contain exotic woods, spices and resins. These mixtures when dehydatred and mixed with plant dust is called muattars.

2. What is bukhoor/bakhoor ?

Bukhoor or Bakhoor is the Arabic name given to scented tablets made of natural ingredients soaked in fragrant oils like oudh, amber, musk, sandalwood , rose and other essential oils. These scented tablets/chips/shavings are burned on charcoal or incense burners to perfume the house and clothing.

3. What is the difference between bukhoor, mabsoos and muattar?

Bukhoor is made of powder in tablets form. Mabsoos are shavings of the agarwood tree soaked in different essential oils. All Mabsoos will have some amount of oudh in them as the base is Oudh. Muattar is made out of chips of agarwood after the Oudh oil is extracted from them. There is still some amount of oudh left in these chips which are then soaked in different mixes of fragrant oils to make muattar.

4. What are the different ways in which bukhoor/bakhoor can be used?

The main purpose of bukhoor is to Perfume the house. You can use it on various occasions like wedding or creating a romantic atmosphere in your bedroom. It can also be used to welcome guests on special occasions. A lot f people use bukhoor to boost positive energy and dismiss bad sprits. Other common uses are after a meal cooking or cigarettes smoke to quickly discard the bad smells and perfume the place. Commercial shops and stores also use bukhoors to attract customers and to enhance their buying experience.

5. How to use a bukhoor/bakhoor?

Since bukhoor is not a self-lit substance as incense sticks, you will need an electrical Incense burner to burn bukhoor. However ensure that these burners should be heated enough to burn the Bakhoor properly.

6. What are bukhoor/bakhoor burners?

Bukhoor burners or incense burners are electrical appliances used to burn bukhoor tablets or agarwood chips.