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Oudh, Agarwood, Dehn al Oudh  FAQs

What is Agarwood?
Agarwood:- Agarwood or oodh (or just agar) is a dark resinous heartwood that forms in Aquilaria and Gyrinops trees (large evergreens native to southeast Asia) when they become infected with a type of mold. Prior to infection, the heartwood is relatively light and pale coloured; however, as the infection progresses, the tree produces a dark aromatic resin in response to the attack, which results in a very dense, dark, resin embedded heartwood. The resin embedded wood is commonly called gaharu, jinko, aloeswood (not to be confused with aloes bible reference), agarwood, or oud (not to be confused with 'Bakhoor') and is valued in many cultures for its distinctive fragrance, and thus is used for incense and perfumes.
What is Dehn al Oudh?
Agarwood is precious resinous wood formed in heartwood of Aquilaria tree, an archaic tropical evergreen trees Southeast Asia. It is commonly referred to as Gaharu but is also known as Eaglewood, Aloes Wood and Agalocha. It's a very rare and extremely precious resinous material produced by a reaction to a fungal infection in the heart-wood of certain tropical rain-forest trees, usually the Aquilaria. Dehn al oudh is the oil which is extracted from these trees. Unlike other perfumes , Dehn al oudh is free of alcohol and therefore will not dry your skin or lose fragrance as the alcohol evaporates. It creates a pleasant and soft fragrance all around to attract the attention of others and lets the wearer stand alone in its class. Dehn al oudh's variety of perfumes creates an upbeat and cheerful mood among the wearer all through the day. It creates a magnetic atmosphere all around that lingers on the mind of people for a long time . Dehn al oudh oil is one of the finest perfume houses in the Middle East. The collection of various perfumes stirs up the imagination to elevate the mood of the user. It is nice to be presented as a gift or as a collection in a beautiful bottle. The perfumes are specially made keeping in mind the purposeful preference for aroma of the Gulf region. Dehn al oudh is highly valued by perfumers for its sweet , woody , aromatic and complex scent. With a lot of people craving for the perfume that is rarely found it is highly valuable.
Due to its rarity , high demand and difficulty of harvesting, oudh oil is perhaps the most expensive oil in the world. It is valuable to the extent that it is sometimes referred to as 'liquid gold'. After making its foray into the West , oudh has gained immense popularity and is regarded as a prized accessory.
How is agarwood ( oudh ) oil made?
Hydro distillation is the gentler process for obtaining essential oils. In this method, Agarwood chips are fully submerged in water and to a brought a boil. The result of which contains the aromatic plant molecules being captured and condensed. The oil which normally floats on top of the 'hydrosol' is separated off. This method protects the oudh ( agarwood ) oil so extracted to a certain degree, since the surrounding water acts as a barrier to prevent it from overheating. Hydro distillation can be performed at a reduced pressure (under vacuum) to reduce the temperature to less than 100°C, which is useful in protecting the plant material as well as the essential agarwood oil.


Oudh and Agarwood facts


1.What is oudh?


Oud is nature’s most exquisite fragrance which is obtained from an evergreen tree in Far eastern jungle.The tree starts producing oudh to combat the infection similarly as our body produces white blood cells.


Oudh has a sheer goodness, purity and sublimity that is rarely found in any other natural fragrance. It is something more than a scent- mentally and spiritually engaging substance.


2. What is the difference between Oudh and attars/perfumes/colognes?


All the attars, perfumes and colognes features a blend of different ingredients in their composition. And Oudh oil , unlike others is itself a fragrance. Pure Oudh has the capability to mesmerize your soul in a way much better than any other fragrance.


3. Can oudh be combined with other fragrances?


Yes you can do it more often as oud itself has a very powerful smell and you would like to tone it a little by blending it with a cologne, attar or perfume. However once you realize the purity and goodness of Oudh, you will be reluctant to do so.



4. Which Oudh will I like the most?


It is better to get samples of the different ouds and use the one you like. Earthy,barnyard and slightly fecal quality of Hindi (Indian) ouds are preferred by many , still a lot of people go for the sweeter, more ethereal Indonesian specimens.You may like ouds from all the regions since they all have something unique to offer, even if there is a great difference in their character and scent profiles.


5. How long will the Oudh scent last on my skin?


Different Oudh come with different lasting capability. Though it is strange that some high quality ouds will have smells that fade away in no time than that of much lower grade specimens. The same oil, however, might be incredibly long-lasting if applied to clothes, bracelets, etc. In general, incense of every Oudh oil is apparent to your nose for 2-3 hours but after that when your nose will be used to the scent, you can smell it well but it will be highly noticeable to those around you.


6. When and how should I use the Oudh?


You may use for special occasions like parties or gatherings. You can use it as a perfume, roll on or with an oil diffuser mix or with other fragrances. You can use Agarwood tablets in bukhoor burner or use Oudh as an air freshener. Oudh oils are also very good for the skin.

Use oudh in small quantities. A little amount of Oudh is enough to create a substantial amount of effect.


7. How will I know that The Oudh is authentic?


A trained nose that is used to pure Oudh would easily figure out the difference between an authentic oudh and a synthetically manufactured one on the first contact. Synthetic or diluted oudh have a blunt, dull, uncomplicated, and leathery aroma.And those who are used to pure oud, will get a headache in a matter of seconds by sniffing the aroma of synthetic wood. A genuine, 100% pure oud oil has a very intense ,yet subtle and spiritual aroma unlike the synthetic one.



8. Where is Agarwood found ?


Agarwood trees are found in diverse geographical locations ranging from the rain forests of North East India to Japan , including Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand.


9. What is more valuable- Agarwood or Sandalwood?


Agarwood and sandalwood, both have history dating back to thousand of years and are extensively used in perfumery. However, agarwood is a lot costlier than sandalwood.


10. Can agarwood be poached like sandalwood?


Sandalwood trees can be poached at young stages . However, Agarwoods cannot be poached easily as the product of the tree is harvested only when the tree dries up. Also the dentification and separation of agarwood takes a lot of time.


11. Are there other perfumes as precious as oudh?


In the world of perfumes the rarer the ingredient the more precious the perfume that’s extracted from it. In order of rarity Oudh comes first followed by Amber and then Rose. These are the 3 most precious perfumes.


12. What are Agarwood Oils ?


These oils are extracted from agarwood through distillation process which determines both the amount and quality of oil produced. Most of the agarwood pieces are grounded in a small powder which are immersed in water and are left to undergo fermentation. After this, the material is transferred to distillation chambers and steamed. This process allows the condensed water and oil to be captured in a container where oil floats at the top of water. After some time oil is separated and extracted. These oils have a sweet aromatic scent.




13. What are Agarwood’s names in various countries?


Agarwood is known by different names in different countries and some of them are enlisted here as under- :


China: Chen-xiang/ hsiang, meaning sinking in water.

Vietnam: Tram huong, meaning sinking in water.

Japan: Jin-koh.

Arab countries: Oodh, since wood is pronounced in Arabia as oudh.

Europe: Eagle Wood and Aloes Wood from the Latin word aguila, meaning eagle.

Tibet: Agaru.

Laos: Mai ketsana.

However in the global markets, it is popularly known as agarwood, gaharu and oudh.


14. what is a mukhallat?


Mukhallat means mixture. Expert perfumers create unique and exotic mixes of essential oils like Oudh, Amber, Rose which are becoming very popular.