The Intense Aroma of Oud
One of the most loved scents in the middle east region, Oud is growing in popularity across the globe. The scent is known for its powerful musky, sour scent that has spread throughout the globe. Although the scent has an extended, extensive tradition of use over thousands of years and across most continents, most people do not know anything about it or even what makes it so appealing to the people in the first place.
It's true that the reason that oud is such an exclusive perfume that's sought-after is that is rooted in its past and also in its biology. Today, we'll take examine both, and discuss the factors that make oud an opulent scent.
The Origins of Oud
Despite its immense popularity in the middle east region, oud has its roots within India as well as Asia. Since the 3rd century A.D., the resinous material was identified as a scent ingredient an ingredient in incense derived by trees from Vietnam. As time passed traders began exporting the material to China, Japan, and into Islamic oil, where it was coveted for its oil and perfume for personal use.
As time passed the product, and its source, the agarwood became an integral part of middle eastern culture The aromas' qualities were considered to be a mark of class. As the demand for it and its use grows and so do the prices as the natural forms of oud as well as its agarwood source are difficult to find.
As a result, a variety of options have been created to recreate the smell and make the unique scent available, even though discerning consumers will pay the top price to get the original.
A Scent Unlike Any Other
One of the main factors behind its popularity is the smell of oud is distinctive from every other. Although it differs from the exact place of origin, as well as its time of birth, it is known for its strong scent and possesses an animalic, musky scent that is incorporated into numerous perfumeries. Its popularity is due to the strong smell that although not all people, offers an immediate and distinctive aroma that is constantly attracting attention.
If you feel it is too strong, the scent can be blended with other fragrances. Although perfume lovers consider being an act like a defiant slap to the head, however, for others it provides a way to get into the fragrance that is easy to get used to and can be lighter on the pocket.
What Makes it so Sought After?
Oud is becoming more sought-after all over the globe and, as a result, it has become an oil that is the most costly per ounce in the world, and a pound of oud costs as high as $5,000.
The reason is because of the way in which oud is created
harvested and ed. From Agar trees that are affected by a parasitic mold called Phialophora parasitica The tree responds to the infection by producing a dark and aromatic resin, and then entraps the parasite inside. When the resin is hardened and forms oud, that can later be extracted.
If this sounds extremely particular, that's since it's. Because Agar trees can only be found in certain areas around the globe and have the exact process that produces oud that needs to be triggered due to the infection caused by this particular mold, an average of 2% of trees are responsible for it worldwide. It is believed that Agar trees can endure this process for a long time and make the older trees particularly sought-after because the elder and more oud-like, the better intricate and fragrant it becomes.
Complications Harvesting Oud
Because of its rarity and its high-value Oud is now extremely sought-after. In certain areas, it has resulted in poaching which has forced its protection.
In some cases, alternatives to harvesting the older, naturally occurring trees are being considered. Inflicting wounds on the trees and creating the process of tylosis in which the oud is produced. This is how an agarwood harvest can be produced, even though it is not as intense and the depth as the older trees that are already affected.
But, given the limited availability of trees and their declining global presence, the plantations that smell of oud could be the only viable alternative for those wanting the scent they love but do not want to resort to artificial reproductions of the scent.
An Aromatic Future
The popularity of oud grows as it grows, so it is expected that the need for agarwood is expected to increase also. Many sellers of oud fragrances, as well as other products, are coming up with innovative ways to maintain their business.
Many of the companies involved in the harvesting of the agarwood and the sale of agarwood have taken steps to preserve forest habitats on which the trees are located. By doing this, they will be able to establish an environmentally sustainable harvest program and ensure that the Agar trees aren't over-harvested. There are a few who are worried about the durability of these procedures since the demand is increasing, however, at present, it is an excellent way to stop the complete loss of natural ord completely.
It can be used as a body scent or used as incense, it doesn't appear that there is a chance that demand for the aromatic wood is going to stop in the near future. It is a fascinating one, with a deep complex story that is interwoven with the Middle Eastern and Western cultures regardless of the application, it's certain to leave an unforgettable impression on those who encounter it.