In the world of perfumes and scents, oud has a special and distinguished place, as it is considered the aromatic elixir of serenity and sophistication, and it is the focus of attention of lovers of the authentic oriental fragrance. This aromatic wood, which comes to us from the depths of nature, combines ancient and contemporary traditions, to be a bridge between yesterday and today.
Come with us on this journey to discover everything you want to know about oud: what is it? How is it extracted? What is its history? What are its characteristics and types? How is it used in the world of perfumery?
What is oud?It is a type of rare and luxurious wood extracted from agarwood trees that grow in Southeast Asia and India. Known for its unique and strong fragrance, this wood is characterized by its warm and rich scent that is relaxing and calming. Oud is one of the most expensive aromatic ingredients in the world, and is considered one of the classic oriental perfumes.
How is agarwood extracted?
Oud is extracted from agarwood trees that suffer from injury caused by the presence of a certain fungus or necrosis caused by ants. The agarwood tree resorts to defending itself or repairing itself by producing a resinous substance that turns into agarwood over time.This process can take several years, and older trees usually produce higher quality agarwood.
Because of the importance and value of agarwood, stimulating methods have been used to speed up the process of extracting agarwood from trees in several ways, including:
- The traditional method: incisions or holes are made in the agarwood tree, then left in the open air for a period ranging from 3 to 5 years until it secretes the resin. After that, the resin is collected and processed to make oud.
- The modern method: The agarwood tree is cut or drilled and then injected with certain substances, chemical or natural (such as fermented fruits that attract ants), which stimulates the tree to produce resin, which is then collected and processed to make the agarwood.
History of oud
The history of oud dates back to ancient times, thousands of years ago, when it was used in the Middle East (Egypt and Persia) and in Asia (China, India, Japan), and its uses were many among social customs and traditions and religious rituals.
The history of oud dates back to the eras of the Chinese, Pharaonic, and Assyrian civilizations before it reached the Arabs.
It is said that the Chinese were the first to use aloes and incense, and then their use spread to India and then to the Arab region due to trade caravans coming along the Silk Road.
Oud is considered alongside incense; A pair of high value among the Arab peoples and tribes, thanks to the deep sense of comfort and luxury that it leaves in the atmosphere, in addition to its close connection with Arab customs, traditions and cultural heritage.
Characteristics of oudOud is a symbol of sophistication and authenticity, and is characterized by unique characteristics that make it stand out among other scents, and these characteristics include:
- Smell: Oud has a deep, rich woody scent, and scents vary based on the source of the oud and the age of the tree.
- Persistence: Oud is known for its strong and stable scent, as its scent can last for days whether after burning it as incense or spraying it as perfume. This property makes it a favorite ingredient in many luxury perfumes.
- Therapeutic benefits: In addition to its wonderful scent, agarwood is believed to have several therapeutic benefits. It is known in Eastern folk medicine for its calming and stress-relieving properties, and its ability to improve concentration and promote mental and physical well-being.
- Value: Due to its rarity and the long and complex process of extracting it, agarwood is considered one of the most valuable aromatic substances. Just a little bit of oud can produce a strong scent that lasts for long periods.
- Connection to culture: Oud is considered an important part of Eastern cultures, especially in the Middle East, the Gulf, and Southeast Asia, where it is used in religious rituals, ceremonies, and as part of traditional hospitality.
Types of oud
Types of oud differ according to the region in which the tree grows, and each type carries a unique scent that differs from the rest. Among the most famous types of oud are:
- Indian oud
- Malaysian oud
- Indonesian oud
- Cambodian oud
- Omani oud
Other types branch out from these main types according to the characteristics and aesthetics of each type:
Natural enhanced clementine oud
Oud Tiger Natural Enhancer
Natural refined Malino oud
Natural enhanced oud maruki
And many other types that you can learn about by visiting the page dedicated to our incense and oud products at the following link ( click here ).
Uses of oud
Oud has many uses, as it adds a sophisticated and unique touch to everything it is used in. Its most prominent uses include the following:
Perfume Industry: Oud is used in the manufacture of luxury perfumes. Its deep, warm, woody scent and strong stability make it an ideal ingredient in many classic and modern oriental perfumes.
Incense making: Oud is also used in the manufacture of incense ( oud incense ), which is usually used in social occasions and celebrations, because of the pleasant feelings it adds to the atmosphere.
Therapeutic purposes: Oud may be used for therapeutic purposes under the classification of folk medicine in some cultures, as it is believed to have properties that calm the mind and body and improve concentration and mood.
Home use: Many people use oud in their homes to add a touch of luxury and elegance to the nooks and crannies of the house. Oud is usually burned on special charcoal ( oud charcoal ) to release its unique scent.
Origins of Hospitality: In Arab culture, oud is considered part of traditional hospitality. It is usually offered to guests on special occasions as part of welcome and respect, whether as oud oil or oud incense.
Beauty products: Oud is also used in some beauty and skin care products, including oils and creams, thanks to its attractive scent and unique properties.
The use of oud in the field of perfumes
In the field of perfumes, oud is used as a main ingredient in many luxury perfumes thanks to its rich and unique scent.
Oud is added to perfumes to add a warm, woody note that adds richness and depth to the perfume, and has long lasting power.
There are many ways in which oud can be used in perfumery:
Main ingredient: Oud is considered one of the main ingredients in many classic oriental perfumes. These perfumes are usually heavy and rich, with a wide variety of notes that complement the smell of oud.
Middle Note: In some perfumes, oud is used as a middle note, surrounded by other aromatic ingredients to add richness and depth to the overall scent.
Base Note: Oud may also be used as a base note in some perfumes, which adds stability and continuity to the fragrance, especially after the top and middle notes fade.
Adding luxury: Due to its high value and unique scent, oud is used in luxury perfumes to add touches of luxury and elegance.
Blending Ingredient: Oud can be used in blending with other aromatic ingredients to create new and unique scents. Oud can blend well with a variety of scents such as patchouli, rose, amber, vanilla, saffron, and others.
Thanks to these properties, oud is one of the favorite aromatic ingredients for many perfume experts and producers, making it the aromatic elixir that gives moments of serenity and sophistication. Oud goes beyond the limits of smell, as it represents a long history of tradition and culture, and continues to be an integral part of the luxurious aromatic world. .
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