We have this SINGLE question asked thousands of time: "Why do agarwood beads have no smell? "
Well, the truth is: the smell is always present; it is just us who are unable to detect it.
If you have a chance to sniff some agarwood chip at room temperature, it is challenging to smell it because the volatile molecules of agarwood chips are minium at room temperature.
Only a few people with trained noses could smell it, and it takes years to obtain this skill. Unlike divine smell from agarwood oil which is distilled using kilos of wood (for 1 kg of wood, 0ml to 25ml produced depending on raw material and technique), agarwood chips offer minimum or subtle scent.
Similarly, agarwood beads have the exact trait. It is costly because to "round" the beads, a lot of material will be used and only the most resin content.
Agarwood beads pattern is from the infected area, while sandalwood beads are from healthy heartwood.
Sandalwood is very different, and its heartwood offers a strong aroma, sweet, warm, spicy and woody. You could smell it directly, even from the wood log.
Once the beads are polished, you can smell it at room temperature, and it smells very similar when heated. This is a clear distinction between agarwood and sandalwood beads. If you are after some natural strong scented beads at room temperature, sandalwood beads are what you are looking for.
The above beads smell very close to Mysore Sandalwood incense or powder.
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