There 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..
Also known as Oud, agarwood, Gaharu... Oud is nature’s most exquisite fragrant offering. Oud is a resinous heartwood that sometimes occurs in trees belonging to the genus Aquilaria (Thymelaeceae family). Aquilaria is a fast-growing, archaic subtropical forest tree, with a population range stretching from South Asia’s Himalayan foothills, throughout Southeast Asia, and into the rainforests of Papua New Guinea.
The main chemical constituents of agarwood are sesquiterpenes and chromones, which can be divided into different categories depending on their molecular skeletons. Agarwoods are obtained from different plant species: Aquilaria sinensis, A. malaccensis, A. crassna, and A. subintegra.
Today, with efforts to research and improve technology, Agarwood growers have succeeded in stimulating physical factors for Aquilaria trees to create Agarwood/Oud in a shorter period of time