agarwood

Agarwood

A material notorious for being highly revered and highly expensive at the same time. Agarwood is a heartwood; dark and resinous. It is formed via a natural reaction to the development of mould on two species of evergreen trees native to Southeast Asia: the Aquilaria, and the Gyrinops. After the infection breaks, the natural reaction causes the odourless wood to become extremely aromatic, resinous, and dark in color. This newly formed, resin covered and soaked heartwood, is often called “oud”, and is prized for its aromatic properties.

The scent is often described as a balanced blend of complex woody nuances with hints of sweetness. Agarwood has been a source for incense production for hundreds, if not thousands of years; a practice that continues to put the material to use. An oil extracted from agarwood is a prized material in the perfumery industry of many Arabic speaking countries.