Scent Tales : Oud 5 September 2019
In our latest series, we explore how exactly some of the more rare ingredients we work with smell. Today, it’s all about mysterious Oud.
Popularly known as “Liquid Gold”, Oud is a resinous and fragrant heartwood commonly found in South and Southeast Asia. The heady musky and sensual scent is known for its ability to infuse a sense of decadence – which is why it’s one of the key ingredients in our candle “Blushing Oud”.
The incredibly rare scent is enhanced by its legacy – today, the finest oud is sourced from the oldest trees. Interestingly, it was referred to as the “Wood of the Gods” as far back as the 3rd century AD in China! Used for religious and medicinal purposes in China, India and Vietnam, oud is also incredibly popular in the Middle East. The dark and rich scent is a result of the Agar tree being infected and producing a special type of mold which is then extracted.
There are three methods of extracting oud such as hydro distillation, steam distillation and CO2 extraction. However, the agarwood today has been declared as an endangered species, which is why synthetic strains have been developed as well.
For our Blushing Oud candle, we paired this luxe scent with timeless roses for an air of modern decadence. Highlighted by saffron and raspberries, it’s an explosion of the senses.