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Agarwood - Gold in the forest

Agarwood, Wood of God, Bois d'Aloès, Bois d'Agar or Oud are different names for agarwood. Agarwood is produced by the Aquilaria tree of the genus Aquilaria.

In perfumery, people use essential oils extracted from A. agallocha species (growing mainly in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia) and A. crassna species (growing in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand. Vietnam).

Aquilaria crassna area of Tram Tue

Aquilaria crassna began to be widely popular among perfumers about 20 years ago due to the growth of the Middle East Arab perfume market and the Niche fragrance line. Niche fragrances are usually made from high-quality, expensive and rare ingredients, hand-crafted in combination with the most advanced technology. Niche perfume is becoming a current development trend, is considered a high-class perfume line, owns new scents and is produced in small quantities, not mass.

Some Niche line perfume brands

The word Oud comes from Arabic. Before the Europeans brought frankincense to cherish, it was used in India in ritual sacrifices to the gods or in China since the Han Dynasty (203 BC). Thanks to the Silk Road, agarwood has saved incense in the countries it passes through. In Islamic culture, agarwood is a paradise of incense, it is believed that immersing yourself in incense can reach gods or attain enlightenment, because it is said that the Prophet Mohamed used frankincense and musk (Musc) ).

Agarwood, forge from the inside
The tree can grow up to 30 meters tall and live for thousands of years. In nature, there are thousands of new trees with 1 tree for agarwood, millions of new trees with 1 tree for the male period and the period of creating agarwood lasts for hundreds of years. Under normal conditions, the wood of the dou gourd tree has only a faint smell like sandalwood. When a tree is damaged by a fungal attack, the new tree produces aromatic resins to counteract that destruction. This rate peaks about 100 years after a fungal attack. This myrrh has the smell of smoke, animal leather, the warmth of Benjoin resin, a little bit of spice and a hint of milky cream of sandalwood. The pulp turns from light beige to dark brown. In nature, not all plants are susceptible to fungal infections. This explains the scarcity of frankincense - agarwood and the unbelievable expensive price of agarwood essential oil.

Dubbed "fragrance more expensive than gold", agarwood today has begun to be widely produced by artificial methods. Like vanille, humans play an important role in the process of creating artificial agarwood. When the tree is at least 10 years old, people will drill small holes and then infuse a preparation with yeast to create agarwood into the trunk. After a few years (about 3-5 years) it is possible to harvest agarwood. This is the method of creating micro-organisms, also known as clean agarwood. This bass is different from the type of bass made from toxic chemicals or acids (also known as dirty bass).

Certainly no perfumer will put tens of percent of agarwood essential oil into their artwork because its diffusion and scent can drown out the essence and soul of the remaining ingredients. again. People often dotted a little frankincense essential oil to blow into the perfume bottle the charm of agarwood, the rest of the manufacturers often use Patchouli wood, Cedre cedar, sandalwood, Elemi resin, Saffron saffron or Cypriol incense essential oil. to continue writing the story about agarwood.

The elite demand first-class ingredients
Arguably the throne in terms of expensive, frankincense dominates the Niche perfume market as a guarantee for a high-quality raw material, a picky fragrance for users.

Wearing the scent of incense - Oud has both proved the level of a perfumer and affirmed his personality because agarwood is not easy to use. Elegant Europeans seem to be a bit shy about this scent because it has a personality, rushes, rushes to the nose from the first minutes even though it only accounts for 0.1% of the composition of the perfume. Therefore, when bringing agarwood from ostentatious Arab countries or India who likes to immerse themselves in spices, perfumers often cover the scent with beautiful roses, beautiful jasmine or spices. cozy. In the Middle East, almost every house must have incense to prove that they keep up with the times and please the Dubai kings.

It can be said that the key to conquering these rich countries is the Niche perfume line with a warm agarwood tone.

(The article has reference to material from A perfume catcher page)