Agarwood is also known as aloeswood or gharuwood. It is a fragrant dark resinous wood used in incense, perfume, and small carvings. It is formed in the heartwood of aquilaria trees when they become infected with a type of mould. Prior to infection, the heartwood is odorless, relatively light and pale coloured; however, as the infection progresses, the tree produces a dark aromatic resin, called aloes or agar as well as gaharu, jinko, oud, or oodh in response to the attack, which results in a very dense, dark, resin-embedded heartwood. The resin-embedded wood is valued in Arabic-middle eastern culture for its distinctive fragrance, and thus is used for insence & perfumes.. The aromatic qualities of agarwood are influenced by the species, geographic location, its branch, trunk and root origin, length of time since infection, and methods of harvesting and processing.
The odour of agarwood is complex and pleasing with few or no similar natural analogues. In the perfume state, the scent is mainly distinguished by a combination of "oriental-woody" and "very soft fruity-floral" notes. The incense smoke is also characterized by a "sweet-balsamic" note and "shades of vanilla and musk" and amber. As a result, agarwood and its essential oil gained great cultural and religious significance in ancient civilizations around the world.
The fragrance of Agarwood comes from a process where fungi infect the trees, producing an oleoresin which saturates the wood. It is through this oleoresin saturated wood where Oudh develops its aroma. The fragrance is complex, deep and woody, and is highly prized as incense in Japan and as oil in the Middle East. Because of its rarity, Agarwood is not well known in the West.
There are many grades of Agarwood, and the highest quality wood is extremely expensive. In fact, the first-grade wood is one of the most expensive natural products in the world, with prices of up to $23,000 per kilogram, and the essential oil from wild agarwood trees is one of the most expensive oils in the world. Since we source our Oud from trees that are cultivated - not from wild or endangered trees - we are able to supply very decent oil at a more affordable price. It is very viscous and dark brown oil, is non-sticky, and can be applied directly to the skin. We also offer many type of similar varieties in Oudh:-