Hailing from Brunei Darussalam,
we present to you what is easily the woodiest oud you'll ever
smell, Oud Darussalam.
This oil was extracted using exactly the
same setup as Ahmwei-Do,
which gives it a rounded smoothness you don't usually find in oils from
this part of the world. But for this oil, we decided to use steam for
the extraction instead of hydro-distillation, an absolutely crucial
factor in our opinion for capturing the soul of Brunei oud.
Without a doubt, Brunei is the
flag-bearer and representative of the Aquilaria
Microcarpa variety of agarwood (the 'king' of Borneo agarwood),
and even though this species can be found in other parts of Borneo
island, it is here that this species has the highest concentration.
Oud Darussalam smells like raw Brunei
If you've smelled highly resinous Brunei wood (unburned), you'll know
that it has a
strong aroma even at room temperature. That is the aroma this oil has
In that sense, it is much like our old Hutan
Kalimantan. Like the former, Oud Darussalam was
steam-distilled which gives it a rich palette of scent notes. But it
was extracted using a hybrid copper + stainless steel system, and the
presence of copper really did wonders in making it very smooth, and it
exhaulted the most salient features of Brunei oud.
Furthermore, Hutan Kalimantan was extracted from East Borneo Malaccensis, which made it quite an
intense oil. On the other hand, Oud Darussalam was extracted from Microcarpa, and the 'king' has a
reputation for his pleasantness. Pleasant it may be, but this is
possibly the strongest oud you'll ever smell - super silage and mind-boggling longevity.
Oud Darussalam is neither dominantly
fruity nor floral, not earthy or musky, and it certainly doesn't have
any barnyard elements. Its very well-balanced in every aspect making it
one of the few ouds that can be worn every season of the year. From
beginning to end, it is literally
the smell of extremely resinous agarwood. If you can imagine sticking
your nose into a sack full of Super King grade Brunei agarwood, freshly
chopped and oozing copious amounts of resin... you'll have an idea of
what this oud smells like.
I recently had the honor of being asked
to work on the perfume to be presented to the youngest son of Sultan
Hassanal Bolkiah at the occasion of his upcoming wedding. With my
increasingly strengthening connection to the Brunei royal family, this
really works out for Agar Aura. Brunei is one of the few countries
where the felling of wild agarwood trees is absolutely illegal - but when you
have the Sultan himself making an exception to the rule, what you get
is 100% legally-harvested raw material, and (more importantly) access
jungles possessing old-growth agarwood trees. When agarwood poachers
get caught in these particular jungles (near the borders of Miri and
Bintulu), the punishment is swift and severe: a bullet in the skull.
Oud Darussalam is the first release of
our Brunei saga. Given the distinct advantage we have been granted, we
plan to roll out various Brunei oud oils, each one unique. Each oil
featuring a unique facet of the king of Borneo island: Brunei oud.
First Installment: Oud Darussalam, the
aroma of the wood itself.
others are saying about this product:
What can I say, I am
really into this Oud Darrusalam. This has more going on than I
was expecting. And what power!
darussalam is as you described a woody bomb! So unusual, I don't think
have ever smelled an oud like that. Its just crazy how the more you
discover new ouds the more it seems like they are not coming from the
same tree family.
Je viens , ce matin , de porter Oud Darussalam et , oooh , l'odeur est
devenue chaude , lisse , ronde , présente sans être envahissante , ni
agressive. Vraiment , superbe !
It's funny, to my nose, it smells intensely resinous. No flowers, no
herbs, no woods, just pure clean smoldering resins. Very potent, very
This one is really beautiful - to me it is the smell of fresh vibrant
aquatic plants or the interior of fresh growing wood (rather than dried
wood). Reminds me of honeydew or certain types of green
vegetables. Lasts long time also, longer than most of my other ouds.
Oud Darussalam is an open radiant Borneo oil with light oriental amber
touch, resins, sandalwood, cedar, styrax, myrrh and suede leather that
has nothing to do with the Hindi profile counterpart, more like a
luxurious Italian article. Wood gets powdery and dustier later, and
seems to vibrate between these and other nuances of fresh sweet dry
nutty and spicy. In the background animalic fixatives suggest
themselves. Very elegant oil.
This one is especially
interesting. As soon as it touches the skin, you are greeted by a
powerful aura of resins. Think frankincense, copal, myrrh, amber...
Their dry coolness and clarity is, indeed, reminiscent of aquatic plant
life, as someone had pointed out to me. After few hours, without any
sudden deviations, the scent slowly starts to morph and display diffuse
coziness of Borneo warmth. It is incredibly smooth, and comes across
like a perfume of resins set in a Borneo base. This oil is potent, and
has excellent longevity and sillage. Very soothing and lovely.