LIQUID GOLD (Oud)
I have wondered over the recent years what all the fuss is about Oud fragrances. So I did a little research on the origin of this scent and I found a host of captivating facts, which I’m eager to share with you.
When an Aquilaria tree is infected by a particular mould (phialophora parasitica), it produces a dark and fragrant resin (a sticky flammable organic substance, insoluble in water, exuded by some trees and other plants) to protect itself .this resin embedded heartwood is known as Agarwood. The fragrance derived from the Agrawood resin is what we describe as Oud.
Agarwood is known to be the most expensive timber in the world .extensively traded in the Middle East and Asia, its resins are especially coveted for its use in perfumes and incense.
Agarwood resin is distilled to create Oud oil, which is an essential ingredient in high-end perfumes like, Armani Prive's Oud Royal and ysl's M7 Oud Absolu. The market value of the finest Oud oil today, has a starting price of $50,000 per kilogram. Oud oil is so expensive it’s often described as LIQUID GOLD.
Oud is described with warm, woody, with a hint of damp rot. Sometimes smoky and sweet, depending on the wood used, where the tree was grown or weather the tree was cultivated or naturally infected. It’s a strong scent that has a great depth which means it stays longer on the skin.
when it comes to fragrances, its a lot more than smelling good. Its making a statement, expressing the Art of scent with confidence and owning the space around you. Expressions of oriental,woody,musky,spicy notes and luxury are the signature of Oud fragrances.
Here is a list of premium Oud fragrances by popular designers trending in the market. Click on the images to buy one now.
Royal Oud is a deep, warm and spicy elixir of Agarwood. It holds within its scents, a captivating essence of woody and Oriental fragrance.
Top Notes: Saffron
Heart Notes: Oud, Rose
Base Notes: Amber, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Frankincense.
The M7 Oud Absolu (EDT) spray is an Oriental- woody fragrance for the sophisticated man.
Top Notes; Bergamot, Mandarin Orange
Heart Notes; Rosemary, Oud, Patchouli
Base Notes; Amber, Musk, Labdanum, Myrrh.
One of the most rare, precious and expensive ingredients in a perfumer’s arsenal, Tom Ford’s Oud Wood fragrance is a rich, warm scent to intense the senses.
Crafted from precious Oud wood resin and smoking aromatic tobacco, this fragrance is a captivating blend of mesmerizing Oud and Arabic tobacco accord inspired by a blend of herbs, flowers and spiced-laden tobacco.
Its notes are Tobacco, Oud, Sandalwood, Patchouli.