Oudh is a unique kind of wood, it's used a lot in Eastern countries and has now made its way to Western perfumery. So much in fact that oudh has become hot!
What is het?
Oudh is extracted from the tropical tree Agar (Aquilaria), the tree is infected with a fungus specific variety called Phialophora. The heartwood of the tree then forms a precious, dark and strong-smelling resin to defend itself from the fungus. <p>
Because the Aquilaria tree is rare, it's used quite often and the whole proces of infesting and harvesting is very complex, oud is one of the most expensive woods in the world. The most common name is the Arabic name Oudh or Oud (pronounced as 'ud'). In Dutch the term eaglewood is also quite common. Other names have their origin in Latin: agarwood, among other things, Aquilaria, agar, aloehout, agalocha, in Japanese: jinko or kyara.
How does it smell?
For Europeans, initially oudh smells unknown and possibly strange. If you're born or have lived in Eastern countries, you'll probably experience the smell very familiar, comfortable and festive. We define the pure oil fragrance as full, complex, warm, balsamic, aromatic, woody, slightly smoky, dusty, a hint of musty books and ancient cellars..
How is it used?