Oud(Oudh) also known as Agarwood is one of the most expensive and preferable perfume constituents in the world. It has got a strong musky scent that tends to be quite effective and intoxicating that is used for centuries in India, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Oudh is formed from the wood of the Aquilaria tree a genus that includes 15 different species, where it’s originated in the Assam region of India. Wood chips of these trees are often burned as an incense to produce a pleasant aroma and are commonly used during religious ceremonies and various celebrations throughout South East Asia and the Middle East.
How is Oud Generated
A parasitic mold named “Phialophora Parastica” contaminates the wood of this Aquilaria Tree, causing it to produce a precious dark and fragrant resin. The substance that is generated is the perfume ingredient Oudh also called Agarwood/Aloeswood/Agalocha.
The oud oil can be extracted by the process of separating its components from the wood or by melting the resin. It’s considered to be harmless and can be directly applied to the skin. Due to its high demand and rarity, oud oil is one of the most high-priced oils in the world that can cost to $5000 per pound, as it’s often sold in the form of a 3-gram bottle. A tiny drop can be applied, that extends to a lasting fragrance. The value of Oudh may vary depending on the source from where they are generated as certain tree species produce more valuable oud based on the region where the trees grow.
Tips to recognize Real Oudh oil from a Fake one
Detecting fake Oudh oil from a pure one is not an easy task. The interpretation of smell keeps varying, especially if you’re new to oud. To test whether an Oudh is an adulterated one with white oil, then one such way is to apply it behind your neck and if it does not give you a warm sensation then we can conclude that it is real Oudh oil.
- The smell:- Smell plays a pivotal role in determining whether the Oudh oil is a fake or real one. The real agarwood fragrance gives a woody with soft flowery and fruity notes with long lasting smell. Hence one should make sure that they smell the agarwood before buying it. Fake Oudh does not possess a noticeable odor and is less lasting.
- The appearance:- Natural agarwood/Oudh chip will be marked and noticeable with deep symmetrical black or brown veins which can’t be seen in fake Oudh.
The Heating test:- Before buying agarwood , one needs to ask the vendor to take a slight portion of the agarwood and place it in a spoon to conduct the test. While burning the resin (which is extracted from the tree) should be bubbling. The more it bubbles the higher will be the quality of the Oudh.