The Captivating Allure of Oud

01 Aug , 2023

The Captivating Allure of Oud


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If you are looking for a touch of luxe in your day to day, or to connect with ancient traditions, Oud is the scent for you.

We’ve got products with Oud for all budgets, so you don’t need to worry about breaking the bank!

Perfume aficionados and connoisseurs of scents are well aware of the enchanting allure of oud. With its rich history, fascinating aroma, and cultural significance, oud has secured a place as one of the most sought-after fragrances in the world. Derived from the resinous heartwood of the Aquilaria tree, it holds a mystique that continues to captivate our senses. But how…and why? Let’s dig in!

Where did it come from?

Oud, also known as agarwood, has a history that spans centuries. Native to Southeast Asia, particularly countries like Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand, the Aquilaria tree produces a resinous substance when infected by a specific mould. Over time, the infected heartwood becomes dark, dense, and aromatic, giving birth to the precious Oud. Sounds a little bit icky, right? But it's AMAZING! 

The extraction of Oud is a delicate and time-consuming process. Harvesting the wood requires skilled workers who carve and shape it to expose the resin. Once collected, it undergoes a distillation process, where the essential oils are extracted. 

What does it smell like?

Oud is often described as warm, woody, and complex, with a blend of earthiness, sweetness, and smokiness. What’s really cool is that the aroma can vary depending on the region, age of the tree and the method of extraction used. It’s often referred to as “liquid gold”, because it's so unique.

Why is it so important?

Oud holds deep cultural significance in many parts of the world. It has been used for centuries in traditional Middle Eastern perfumery, where it is considered a symbol of luxury, spirituality, and heritage. Its scent is used in various rituals, ceremonies, and personal grooming practices, making it a key part of tradition and customs. 

Its complexity, depth, and unmistakable scent make Oud a prized possession for those seeking a touch of luxury. We just love it, and know you will too.

Our recommendations

Organic Whipped Oud Body Butter

Alchemist’s Oud Organic Body cream 

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