What is Oud?

If you're a fragrance connoisseur, you'd know that it's a much sought-after immediately recognisable scent. But what is Oud actually? See below.
What is Oud?
Oud is one of the most expensive and luxurious fragrant ingredients in the world. It comes from the Agarwood tree and is only found in parts of south-east Asia, such as in Cambodia and Bangladesh. Experts claim only 2% of Agarwood trees produce it, making it rare and expensive. The best of Oud oils is created when the wood becomes infected with a special type of mould called Phialophora parasitica (yes, really!). Though it doesn’t sound too pleasant, it results in one of the most luxurious scents known to man...Oud. The tree reacts to the mould, producing a dark and scented resin, saturating the wood, which can then be separated and used as Oud chips for burning incense. The remaining resinous wood is distilled into Oud/agarwood oil, often referred to as ‘liquid gold;’ which is then used for perfumery. This key ingredient is used in the form of Oud oil or resin, which is often blended in perfume compositions or applied directly on the skin for its opulent aroma.
What does Oud smell like?
Oud is admired by perfume connoisseurs for its distinct aroma, which varies depending on factors such as climate, age and origin. Some Ouds are sweet and woody, yet others are smokier.
What is the best Oud perfume?
Many of the world’s luxurious fragrances contain Oud as a base note, complemented by other rich ingredients such as Musk, Amber and Cedarwood. Not surprising at all, considering how long-lasting and distinct the scent is, though it is an acquired taste. So, if you are yet to experience Oud fragrances, we recommend you start off with oud blends that are popular, before moving onto stronger Oud perfumes. You can always get in touch with us for recommendations.
Here is a quick run-through of some of our bestselling Oud fragrances:
  • Oud Wood- Composed of tropical rosewood, sandalwood and rich Oud aromas. Oud Wood is a mesmerising woody fragrance, definitely one of our bestsellers for men and women, making it perfect for gifting.
  • Oud Blanc- This perfume is great for those who are new to Oud, as it offers a gentle introduction to those who are yet to experience its luxury. This perfume oil is not too strong, yet it has excellent longevity which will last you throughout the day without having to reapply.
  • Empire Oud- A majestic Oud fragrance with a soft leather opening with a touch of sweetness and amber oud accords. Simple and powerful, incense driven.
  • Silk Oud- A colourful silk smooth and unique composition of Bulgarian Rose and Oud, Silk Oud by ForestOud contains a touch of rose and floral, sweet lemon, herbs from North-Africa and other mysterious oriental notes including wood notes of Laotian Agarwood and cedar. This blend is truly a masterpiece for both men and women.

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