here's the story behind the name...
of our customers isn't too fond of traditional Indian ouds that have
animalic and barnyard elements. So while describing the
aroma of this oil in an email, I explained that its a 'zero-barnyard
which ended up getting abbreviated to ZBH Oud and the name stuck.
first introduced this new genre of clean Indian ouds to the world, with
That was followed by a few other Indian ouds of the same general
category. But ZBH personifies the perfection of this genre.
from very high quality
incense-grade agarwood harvested from 70+ year old trees from far-south
Assam (first AgarAura oud from this region), we used our knowledge and
experience from previous distillations to perfect the technique for
crafting this oil. This oud is so
clean and so
a newcomer to the world of oud would be shocked to know this oud is
Indian. No barnyard, no fecal or animalic notes, and no harsh or
abrasive synonyms that are commonly found in online reviews of typical
Indian ouds. No, this is a different Hindi altogether.
is the preferred practice for the
production of AgarAura oud oils, we separated the most pristine
fractions of the oil after the first few days of cooking. This first
lot turned out to be *so*
beautiful that the distiller himself had only 2 words to describe the
subsequent oil extractions collected from cooking the very same wood:
It actually wasn't all that
bad, but everything is relative. And comparing it to immaculate aroma
of the first lot - ZBH Oud - his reaction was understandable.
you first apply the oud, you will see almost no resemblance to
Indian agarwood whatsoever. It smells more like blueberries. Or to be
precise, thick blueberry jam. This is the first and only Indian oud I
have ever smelled which is reminiscent of blueberries - a note which I
have only detected in one other oud, and that was from far away
Brunei. ZBH Oud's opening is so cool, breezy and camphoraceous, you
might even think its a Borneo oud. Rest assured though, this is oud is
to the use of clean, pure water for
distillation, every scent note in this oil is crystal clear and every
evolution in the scent as it develops on your skin is easily
discernable and fascinating to follow. Just don't let others catch you
walking around with your wrist glued to your nose!
blueberry aroma starts to fade after
a while, but its replaced by an equally mouthwatering combination of
Chaunsa mangos, browned butter, and caramel.
Imagine this lathered onto Indian agarwood chips and dusted with
vanilla sugar, then heating the
chips gently on low heat.
This is the stage where the oil starts to smell more and more like
sweet smoke rising from Indian agarwood, and this is the
aroma that will last all the way to the end. The oil also gets 'drier'
as it develops, bearing an uncanny resemblance to Mitti Attar
which is the
distillation of baked earth infused into sandalwood.
you've been intimidated by Indian
ouds so far, here's your chance to dive right in without having to put
up with any challenging scent notes.
If you're already a diehard Indian oud fan, then ZBH Oud's Indian
agarwood quintessence will give you a reason to rejoice.
others are saying:
ZBH really does smell like blueberries at first before turning into a nice creamy woody resinous oud!
saw from your site saying that the opening of ZBH Oud smelled like
blueberry jam, interestingly to my nose it smelled like honey, the very
creamy kind, and very sweet. It had to be the most delicious Oud oil
that I had ever smelled. I had smelled very similar scent from heating
some small pieces of Agarwood before and it was what got me hooked.
M.C. (Hong Kong)
good description I immediately took your advice and burned a Hindi wood
chip....finally I see the connection between the wood and the oil
haha...I always wondered how that happened. But it smelled almost
identical to the Bubbling wood.
wow... This is a luxurious smelling oud more so than most. It's a
lasting oud that has tons of silage but not heavy and dense. In fact it
has strong notes of Cork and Virginia Tobacco freshly & finely cut.
I also get slight hints of Peach Necter and strawberry. There is also a
black pepper vibe that is nice and it's a bright & airy oud oil
also at the same time.
I put the ZBH again and just lovin it .... unbelievable work Taha ..
simply fantastic! You have to at least save 1 if not 2 bottles for me..
I will purchase it as soon as I can.
is the only hindi that I put on for prayers or for work.. just love it!
I don't know how you did it but it is truly zero barnyard smell..
The reason I am against any barnyard smell in my Oud is because I feel
the Oud or perfume I put on should please people around me.. that way
inshAllah it becomes a sadaqa! And ZBH is obviously one of them.. not
only it is the best hindi I ever smelled but it is probably amongst my
un petit mot concernant ZBH Oud , que je porte en ce moment : superbe !
( comme les autres huiles que je vous ai déjà commandées ,
d'ailleurs...) Et finalement , plus présent , plus affirmé que ce que
je pensais au départ . Mais , effectivement , d'une manière amicale
pour les autres. ;) . Avec cette huile , je peux être généreux dans
l'application: en mettre sur les poignets , le creux des coudes , le
cou , la nuque et même le torse , sans que ce soit dérangeant pour
Le départ est miellé , confituré , mêlé à une note très fine que vous
avez identifiée comme note de bleuet , dans votre blog. Après 2-3
heures , je perçois une note de foin qui me semble caractéristique des
Ouds que je connaissais.
On devient vite addict de cette huile ; l'envie d'en remettre
régulièrement et de renifler ( en cachette) le col de sa chemise ou le
Par hasard , l'odeur s'est mêlée avec celle d'un parfum à dominante de
musc présent sur une de mes chemises.Or , il s'est avéré que le mélange
s'accordait fort bien. J'ai donc l'impression que ce Oud peut
facilement s'ajouter à d'autres parfums , afin d'en souligner leur
caractère et de leur rajouter 1 touche personnelle.(Qu'en
En conclusion : très satisfait de cette huile que je porterai sans
doute régulièrement au cours de la période estivale qui arrive.
I am loving ZBH! I
tend to crave Hindi's when it's cool...and can't wait for the next fall
and winter (a crazy thing to say after the mini ice age we've just had)
to fully appreciate its warm, sweet, clean un-Hindi Hindiness
:) I still can't believe that an oil this young can come
across as such a dignified and accomplished aroma with its elements
un-obscured by any fresh still notes. It's complex, balanced and
very pretty - a remarkable feat for an un-aged oil! My favourite
part is the perfect marriage between the ethereal vapouriness we've
first seen in your Aatma and the confident yet aloof woody basenote
that gives the oil such a well-rounded character - its crown is up in
the clouds but the roots are firmly planted in the soil, and at no
point does it come across as just any one of those things but always
the sum of all. The other thing I admire about ZBH - how it
manages to stay a Hindi while projecting a very archetypal "oudy" aroma
without constantly reminding you about its geographical origin, it's a
very rare quality in oud oils as I am sure you know :) I knew I
had to have a bottle the minute I first sniffed it from the applicator
stick, that hardly ever happens to me... I think this is your
best oil to date, Taha - I am happy to see that your hard work on
accumulating knowledge, seeking out the best material and equipment and
working on fine-tuning and perfecting the distillation methods has paid
off in such a spectacular oil, thank you!
ZBH has a certain sub-note (for the lack of a better word) that pushes
one of my favourite oud buttons - it's not just the woodiness but a
particular moist, soft, sweet and at the same time slightly bitter
woodiness. It's not Kyara, even though it sounds similar. I
can only describe it as a soft woody radiance with a hint of vetiver
and the scent of a night breeze over a forest lake.
There is still the Hindi
quality that I love with NO dairy farm at all.
I've had the ZBH on for a while now. Starts off with hints of fruit,
reminding me of Thai oud but never quite getting there in that you
expect the fruity notes to expand and develop but they don't, they just
linger, never getting out of first gear. About an hour in I'm getting
lots of smokey incense. The fruity lingering has died down further. At
this stage it really reminds me of Malaysian ouds! I'm getting a note
very similar to Cantik Candan. Upon application I did pick up hints of
a Malaysian vibe. This is manifest more so past the hour mark. Very
nice and I'm well pleased to have this in my collection :)