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What is oud?
What is the difference between oud and attars/mukhallats/perfumes/colognes?
Can I combine oud with other fragrances?
I heard oud is very strong, and I'm afraid I will be overwhelmed
Which oud will I like the most?
Why do different ouds smell so distinctive?
How long will the scent last on my skin?
How long will a bottle of oud last?
Is oud gender specific?
When should I use oud?
Why Agar Aura?


What is oud?

Also known as agarwood, aloeswood and jinkoh, oud is nature’s most exquisite fragrant offering.

Deep in a Far Eastern jungle, an evergreen tree is attacked by an infection. Much like our bodies’ immune system produces white blood cells, the tree starts producing a substance to combat the infection.

Over the years, the infection grows – as does the substance the tree produces. This is agarwood.

There are few natural aromatics that have as complex a scent spectrum as agarwood (oud). Natural ambergris, musk and rose also rank as some of the most valuable natural fragrances, but none come close to oud in the sheer transcendence and sublimity its fragrance boasts.

More than just a scent, oud can be mentally and spiritually engaging. In fact, specimens from different regions also seem to have an effect on a person’s emotions. Indonesian oils induce joy and frivolity, while Indian oils have a deeply pacifying quality which makes them popular for use with meditation. Go to our product catalog, and begin your own oud journey!

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What is the difference between oud and attars/ mukhallats/ perfumes/ colognes?

Attars, mukhallats, perfumes, colognes and other commercially sold fragrances are a combination of different ingredients.
In contrast to the above, with regard to its composition, pure oud oil is itself the fragrance, not being blended with any other ingredients.

This was in regard to the composition. As for the difference in their scents, then none of them can be compared to oud. While many attars and other fragrances can be quite pleasant, oud is more than just a scent, and it engages the one wearing it on many different levels.

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Can I combine oud with other fragrances?

Absolutely.

If you are new to oud, you might find that you like it better blended with a cologne, attar or mukhallat because oud itself has a very powerful smell. You might want to tone it down a bit.

However, once you get more and more accustomed and addicted to the fragrance of pure oud, you might become more reluctant to mix it with anything else.
And that is, in fact, giving oud its due right!

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I heard oud is very strong, and I'm afraid I will be overwhelmed

It's true that oud has one of, if not, the most powerful smell in the world of perfumery. But it is usually the initial hit after application and smelling it right out of the bottle that can be overwhelming for the unexperienced nose. That is why, we strongly recommend starting off by applying very tiny amounts, and not smelling the oils directly.

Over time, as your nose gets used to the smell, you will find the smell of oud an absolute delight in its entirety, from application to the dry down.

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Which oud will I like the most?

We recommend you get samples of the different ouds. Many people absolutely love the earthy, barnyard and slightly fecal quality of Hindi (Indian) ouds, while others are all for the sweeter, more ethereal Indonesian specimens.

Ultimately, you may find that you like ouds from all the regions since they all have something unique to offer, even if they all vastly differ in their characters and scent profiles.

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Why do different ouds smell so distinctive?

The climates the trees were grown in, the age of the trees, the distillation and aging techniques all have an effect on the smell of different ouds.

For more information, please check out the Ouducation section.

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How long will the scent last on my skin?

Different oud oils have different scent lives on the skin. You will find some ouds that are of very high quality whose smell will fade before that of much lower grade specimens. The same oil, however, might be incredibly long-lasting if applied to clothes, bracelets, etc.

In general, every oud oil, if applied for creating the Agar Aura, should be discernable to your nose for a good 2 - 3 hours. After that, your nose may get used to the scent, but those around you will still be able to smell it for hours to come.

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How long will a bottle of oud last?

The short answer is: it depends on how frequently you use the oil, and how you much you apply.

Used for personal enjoyment, a bottle could last you a whole year or more with daily use.

Used for the ‘broadcasting effect’, you are probably looking at half that time. (Refer to our article, How to Apply Oud Oil, to read more about these techniques) Oud, however, is generally not used as an every-day scent and so a bottle will probably last you much longer.

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Is oud gender specific?

Absolutely not.

In the Gulf countries of the Middle East, where oud oil is most celebrated and used, men use oud for special occasions, parties and things of that sort. In Yemen, a gift of oud is an expected part of the dowry that the bride receives from the groom

Oud is more than just a 'scent', which could be classified as masculine and feminine.
Rather, it has so much more to offer, and gender requisite is not a condition to be able to enjoy the offerings of this precious gift of nature.

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When should I use oud?

You may initially find that you want to use oud for special ocassions.

However, as is usually the case, you may find yourself loving oud so much that you will want to use it daily. In fact, some people even use it several times a day because they can't get enough of it.

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Why Agar Aura?

No doubt, there are numerous sellers out there that claim to sell 100% pure agarwood oil. A few of them even do. Sadly, with sparse competition comes the urge for sellers to charge hefty prices.

At Agar Aura, you can rest assured that you are getting a good bang for your buck. In fact, we welcome you to shop around and compare competitors’ products. We are confident that you will find that we strike a perfect balance with the price and quality we offer.

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