Botanical Name: Aquilaria
Place of Origin: Oud, known in English as Agarwood consisting of about 15 different species in the genus of Aquilaria, originates from the barks of trees that only grow in parts of southeast Asia. The highest quality Agarwood trees can be found in the former countries of Indochina, such as Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. The species known as Aquilaria malaccensis, found in Indonesia, is considered by many to be the best producer of Agarwood resin. “Oud” is the Arabic term for a fragrant resinous wood. For thousands of years, it has been used in the Middle East and Asia in the form of wooden incense chips, body oils, and fragrance. The bark of the tress of this family is filled with resins, which is the reason behind it being scented. You can imagine how difficult it must be to extract scent from a piece of bark! There are basically two reasons why it is also called “Liquid Gold”; the first one being its rarity. It is so rare in nature that it has a market price of $30,000 a kilogram in its most pure forms, the second one being that only about 2% of the Agarwood trees actually produce the scent.
Because of its rarity and high market value, many people try to dupe the original bark to produce attar. But there’s an interesting way how you can tell the difference between original and fake Agarwood. Here is how to do it: submerge 2 pieces of wood in hot water, boil for 2 hours. If the water changes color then the piece of the wood inside is fake. If the water does not change its color and there is a lingering scent of wood billowing out, it is real Agarwood.
How does it smell?
Sweet, complex, and musky aroma, which is strong and rich.
Usage: Mostly suited for men.
Method of Extraction:
The method deployed to extract attar from Agarwood is quite different from the one used to extract attar from flower petals like Rose or Jasmine. The reason is that it is the bark that is used and it has to be softened first in order to extract the scent. The one popular way of doing it is by, Hydro Distillation. In this method:
• The first step is to find the tree which has been attacked by mould.
• This is the indication that the tree has produced resin and is quite old.
• The wood is then chopped into pieces and then soaked in water, which readies it for the scented resins to be extracted.
• The period of soaking is key; if it soaks for too short a period, the oil might not come out easily, but too long a period can ruin the oil’s smell.
• After soaking, the wood is cooked in a still at a finely-tuned temperature and pressure.
• The oil extracted from the first round of distillation is the best and in the purest form.
• After distillation, the oil goes through an aging process for the development of the best possible scent.
• Quickens physiological function.
• Strengthens the body.
• Has anti-inflammatory properties
• Stimulates the production of urine.
• Kills or resists pathogenic microorganisms.
How to Apply:
• Take a small quantity of the attar and apply it on the inner side of wrists. Then rub both the wrists against each other.
• Apply on the inner side of each earlobe, then gently rub it.
• These are the exterior pressure points of our body which allow the fragrance of attar to linger for a long time.
Precautions to be kept in mind:
• Do not use it on the area that is exposed to sunlight.
• It is recommended to take a patch test before applying directly to the skin.
• Do not use it in excessive quantity.
Why buy Oud attar online from Sugmy?
We at Sugmy Fragrances manufacture natural Oud attar by using 100% pure, organic, and Alcohol-free raw material. We use the modern Hydro Distillation method for extracting attar which is proven to retain the purity of the attar. We get the raw materials directly from farmers from different regions of India and other countries. By using this raw material we provide you one of the best attars in India.