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Botanically, the tropical evergreen species of agarwood belongs to the genus Aquilaria and family Thymelaceae. Agarwood perfume can be extracted from eight species belonging to this genus. The four principal species are Aquilaria sinensis, Aquilaria malaccensis, Aquilaria agallocha, and Aquilaria crassna.
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If you are a Fummie, you know Oud and its sweet balsamic smokey woodiness. It is also one of the rarest, and most beautiful scent ingredients who’s path to your bottle is so strange it seems almost mythical. It is also in danger of being lost forever...
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Japan
is not a range State for any agarwood-producing species, and has therefore always relied upon sources in Southeast (and possibly South) Asia for its supply. Historically, Indochina (primarily Viet Nam) and Indonesia (primarily the island of Borneo, which includes Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia) have been the two most important sources of supply to Japan...
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While the Arabs created masterpieces with the enigmatic wood, little is known about Oud’s ancient Indian connection. With
every swirl of the Kandoora, the captivating spicy, woody whiff casts a sillage spell. The earthy syllables of Arabic seem to compliment the ruggedness of the fragrance...
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Writing
a complete history of the perfume and fragrance industry would be a truly thankless job. Nowadays, the word “perfume” has become a magic spell which, once cast, fills the air with the glamour of Gallic Eau de Toilettes and Eau de Colognes. Unless the entrenched stereotypes are destroyed, one will hardly...
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Love
for fragrance is not to be cultivated; it is innate, but requires constant grooming and chiseling lest it should get rust. To be a fragrance addict means to be a voyager ever ready to discover un-heard and un-smelt fragrant islands and harbours...
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One very famous incident involving aloeswood of Hind (India) occurred during the reign of al-Mutawakkil ‘ala-Allah who was an Abbasid caliph and ruled between 847 to 861 AD. The incident is recorded in Kitab al-Hadaya wa al-Tuhaf (Book of Gifts and Rarities)...