Botanical Name: Aquilaria agollocha
Country of Origin: Assam
Extraction Method: CO2 Total ExtractedGrade: Clinical/Fine Perfumery
Plant Part: Heartwood Resin
Viscosity: Thick, paste-like (Requires warming to liquefy to syrup consistency)
Perfume Note: Base
Aroma: Deep exotic, rich, sweet, warm, musky, woodsy, smokey
Blends well with: all florals, woods and spice oils; Rose Otto, Rose Moroc, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Tuberose absolute, Pink Lotus absolute, Jasmine grand absolute, Jasmine sambac absolute, Pink Peppercorn, Cinnamon Bark, Siam Wood (Pemou)
Our agarwood oil is of excellent quality produced by CO2 supercritical extraction (Total) from an ethical and ecologically sound agarwood plantation in Assam dedicated to sustaining future resources through replanting. We are very pleased to have sourced this outstanding oil for your enjoyment.
Whether making perfume, incense, anointing or spiritual blends agarwood (oud) imparts a mysterious, luxurious, unique, oriental temples aroma. Our agarwood is similar in aroma to Sandalwood (Mysore) but with a much deeper, more unique and precious character that adds a missing level of opulence.
Also known also as aloeswood, agar, oud, oudh, oodh, Agarwood is the result of the aquilaria tree becoming infected with a type of mold. In normal growth, the heartwood of the aquilaria tree is relatively light and pale colored; but once the infection invades the heartwood and progresses, the tree produces a dark aromatic resin in a defensive response to the parasitical mold attack. The result of the naturally occurring defensive mechanism culminates with the heartwood becoming very dense, dark, and resin embedded. The parasitical infection and subsequent decomposition is a very slow process that can take several hundred years in natural habitat.
Pure agarwood oil (wild cultivated) is extremely rare and quite expensive. The mass and indiscriminate tree harvesting for precious agarwood oil production, particularly over the past thirty years, severely impacted availability by depleting natural resources. The demand for high quality agarwood by fine perfumeries and the negligence in replanting resulted in premium quality wildcrafted agarwood oil becoming rare. However, ecologically sound practices were set into place to replant and cultivate by plantations allowing trees to grow to maturity, but as you can imagine this is also a slow and arduous task.
One must be cautious when purchasing agarwood oil due to the demand placed upon it that brought about inferior oil production cultivated from lighter colored parts of the aquilaria tree in unscrupulous attempts to meet demand. True agarwood produced from wildcrafted dark, resin embedded aquilaria heartwood is currently still considered a treasured find with most Asian and SE Asian countries placing severe restrictions on the amount permitted for cultivation and exportation.
Aromatherapy use: Stimulant, tonic, aphrodisiac, diuretic, Antimicrobial, carminative (flatulence), febrifuge (lowers fever), digestive and bronchial
Spiritual use: Provides motivation and devotion to meditation. Facilitates communication with the transcendent. Removes impurities. Expels negative energies. Creates natural order in your sacred living areas. Opens the crown chakra and the pineal. Helps the natural flow of Qi.
General use: Oil warmers or burners, natural incense, potpourri, as a blending ingredient for adding mystical alluring and sensual essence to massage oil, perfume, bath oil, bath salt, bath and shower gels, spa treatment oils and creams, soap making, candle making, meditation
Contraindications: None known. Agarwood is considered safe and can be worn neat on the skin.