Learn more about the most precious fragrance on earth: Oud Oil.
known as agarwood, aloeswood
and eaglewood, oud is
nature’s most exquisite fragrant offering.
Deep in a Far Eastern jungle, an evergreen tree is attacked by fungus-carrying insects that bore into the tree. 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 oud, or agarwood. When it is distilled, oud oil is derived.
There are few natural aromatics that have as complex a scent spectrum as oud. Natural ambergris, musk and sandalwood 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, ouds from different regions also seem to have different effects on a person’s emotions. Indonesian oils induce joy and frivolity, while Indian oils have a deeply pacifying quality which makes them popular for using when meditating.
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While many people have the incorrect notion that oud is supposed to have a funky, leathery, woody smell, you will soon discover that this is gross misinformation - especially in the case of oud oils that were distilled in a way to capture the true aroma of oud wood, like our oud oils.
We suggest you look at the different oils' descriptions in our product catalog. You will realize from the product descriptions just how much the smells can vary from region to region. We try to keep our descriptions are accurate as possible.
The best place to start if you are new to oud is to purchase 0.15g samples of our oud oils. You will realize that each oil is unique in scent and character, and will learn which region/species you enjoy the most.
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are two main reasons for wearing oud: for one’s personal
enjoyment, and for others.
It is an absolute delight studying the evolution of the complex smell of oud on your skin for hours, for your own enjoyment. Many varieties of oud evoke olfactory memories, and it is a fascinating experience identifying them as the oil develops on your skin..
For one’s personal enjoyment, it is recommended to apply the oil to one’s outer forearm, 2 – 3 inches above the wrist. Even the tiniest amount will be sufficient. This is then gently dabbed below the jaw line.
Needless to say, oud oil is so potent that even this tiny amount you apply can scent the entire room you are in.
It is important that you do not rub. Rather, you should dab gently until a sheen remains on your arm, after applying to your jaw/neck. Your skin is highly absorbent, so rubbing will make the oil (and the scent) disappear much faster. It can also damage the scent molecules and hence the aroma of the oud.
Moisturizing your skin before applying oud oil will also ensure that the aroma lasts longer.
For the ultimate ‘broadcasting’ effect, there are two ways to use oud oil:
1) Applying to your clothes, bracelet, or other item: This will give you the longest lasting smell as the oil will not be absorbed by the skin. For clothes, it is best to apply a bit to the shoulders, and some to the chest and back areas of your shirt.
2) Applying to the skin: while this will not last nearly as long, in most cases the smell will be much more appealing due to the unique chemistry between the skin and oud. Apply the oil just below your outer wrist, then dab (not rub) it onto your jaw/neck. Once again, remember to keep a sheen remaining so don’t rub too hard!
About 1 – 2 light swipes of the dip stick should be used if you want to share the beautiful smell of oud with those around you.
Don’t forget that others might not be accustomed to the smell of oud like you! So do not over apply, even if you yourself can not detect too strong a smell. Remember that one’s own nose gets quickly accustomed to the scent due to olfactory fatigue.
Different ouds have different scent lives, and different chemistries with the skin. You may find, for example, that you like your Indian oud best applied to the skin, while you like to have your Malaysian oud scenting your clothes.
It’s all a matter of taste, and a matter of testing to see which end results you like the most. Go to our product catalog now to start your adventure!
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Oud or agarwood is a very rare natural fragrance that is diminishing rapidly from forests that once used to have abudant agarwood trees, and their rarity has driven people to come up with various cheating techniques.
Cheating is found at all levels: the hunter, wood supplier, distiller, wholesaler, and the retailer. We will go over some of the common techniques below.
Mixing oud oils from different origins
It is common practice to add oils from 'less popular' regions to oud oils from regions that are highly sought after, like India or Cambodia. The resulting oil is then sold as 'Indian oud' or 'Cambodian oud' to the uninformed buyer.
2. Mixing oud oils of different qualities
A higher quality oud oil will be mixed with a lower quality oil to decrease the total cost, and will then be sold as a 'high quality' oil.
3. Mixing oud oils with adulterants
This is the most common of all cheating techniques, and sadly occurs in 99% of cases. Extremely foul-smelling low grade oud oils are spiked and 'tamed' with essential oils like vetiver or fennel oil. The use of synthetic perfumes is even more common. DPG, DOP and glycerin are used to stretch oud oils, and some distillers deliberately use a certain types of synthetic compounds which are harder to detect in lab tests. Sometimes adulterants are used in the distillation process itself to make the oil thicker, which a lot of people incorrectly think is an indication of quality - another common misconception.
Take the guesswork out of buying oud. Check out our oud oils, and rest assured that you get what you pay for.
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There are few things in life as exquisite and uplifting as the intoxicating ambiance that envelopes your very being, when you create the 'Agar Aura'.
For this, you will need oud chips, a fine oud oil, and some patience.
First moisturize those parts of your body which you will scent with the oud smoke. Arab women customarily moisturize their necks, faces, and the nape area, and we advise the same.
Start by burning the oud chips, and let the scent of the oud smoke absorb into your skin and hair, and beard. Hold the mabkhar, or the incense holder, above your clothes to waft it with the fragrance which will scent it for days.
After you have sufficiently scented yourself and your clothes with the oud smoke, proceed to applying the oud oil.
As the smokiness recedes, the rich smell of the oud oleoresin left on you from the smoke will emerge, and will delight your senses for hours (even days!) to come. The combination of the radiating scent from the oud chips with the intoxicating smell of the oud oil will give your senses a treat they seldom receive.
Enjoy the Agar Aura, the olfactory work of art! Your masterpiece.
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Why Agar Aura?
is subject to the straightforward shipping & returns policies
By placing an order, you agree to comply with the following:
- Dispatched via DHL within 1 business day
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- Delivered within 1-4 business days
In more detail:
Delivery typically takes 1-2 business days to reach Asian destinations, and 2-3 business days to reach Australia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. If your delivery address is in a rural or "out of service" area, delivery may be delayed by an additional 2-3 days. Packages are dispatched with a tracking number and you are fully protected against losses/damages.
Important note about crystal bottles:
Whereas the majority of our customers prefer to get sturdy bottles (the "2.5g Plain Glass Bottle" option), some of you may want a more beautiful bottle to house your precious oils.
For this reason, the "3g Crystal Bottle" option is available.
Please note that these bottles are much more delicate. Although we will cover any possible damage incurred during package transit, we request that you be extra careful when handling these bottles after you've received them because of their delicate nature. As such, we are not able to compensate for any damage the bottle might incur from handling, after it has reached you safely and in tact.
We strongly believe in 100% satisfaction, and that is why we urge you to try samples of our oils before committing to full bottle purchases.
We are not able to accept returns for any of our products due to the risk of contamination. Just as you would not want a used bottle of oud oil, you can imagine others would not either.