“Agarwood, aloeswood or gharuwood is a fragrant dark resinous wood used in incense, perfume, and small carvings. It is formed in the heartwood of aquilaria trees when they become infected with a type of mold (Phialophora parasitica). Prior to infection, the heartwood is odourless, relatively light and pale coloured; however, as the infection progresses, the tree produces a dark aromatic resin, called aloes or agar (not to be confused with the edible, algae-derived agar) as well as gaharu, jinko, oud, or oodh (not to be confused with bukhoor), in response to the attack, which results in a very dense, dark, resin-embedded heartwood. The resin-embedded wood is valued in Arabic-middle eastern culture for its distinctive fragrance, and thus is used for incense and perfumes. The aromatic qualities of agarwood are influenced by the species, geographic location, its branch, trunk and root origin, length of time since infection, and methods of harvesting and processing.
I have creatively explored this intensely fascinating ‘tree medicine’ phenomena for a few years, and composed quite a number of East-meets-West fusion parfums using Vietnamese, Brunei and Hindi ouds in partnership with traditional western perfume structures and traditions. The results have not only fascinated me, but also created a deep love for this marvelous genre of perfumery.
This discovery set of 4 x 5ml spray atomisers is fabulous simply because it offers four choices from across my full range of mukhallats, and in sufficient quantities that will last for quite some time. Please list your selection of 4 at checkout in the NOTES section.