Oud is a deep and exorbitantly expensive aromatic wood with a surprising staying power. Oud is captivating and invites admiration in Arab, Chinese, Japanese and other cultures. It is a natural substance that emerges via accident and can most certainly be looked at as a 'happy accident'.
In a South East Asian forest, insects began to feed on an evergreen tree, genus Aquilaria. In order to contain this infection, about 10% of the infected trees produce a dark fragrant resin - Oud. The resin saturates the wood at the infection point and transforms the wood into a dark, hard petrified stone like substance. If the infection persists, the trees resin continues to flow, slowly improving the ouds quality as the tree ages. The finest quality oud is called 'sinking grade'. It's so heavy with aromatic resin that it sinks in water.
Oud oil can be extracted from wood to make attar, perfume or bakhoor. It can also be burned directly in the traditional Arab way. Oud incense burners are mobile so the scent of Oud can be placed under clothes, so the scent can diffuse into hair or be passed around amongst guests at a dinner event.
Check out Dukhni products which are oud based, where oud is delicately balanced and blended with other aromatic ingredients. Dukhni looks to maintain high quality standards by using fine aromatic ingredients yet make it more affordable to burn or apply regularly.