In an Aquilaria log, only around 30% are agarwood which gives 70% white wood
Only the infected parts are commercially valuable, so after carving the wood log for decor, beads, chips there will be a large amount of white wood left. Have you wondered what they are used for?
As in agarwood plantation requires a lot of lands, we have to be very efficient with what we have and utilize it. Since these white woods do not have commercial value, they are used as fuel for agarwood oil distillation or if you have a pizza oven nearby, it would be suitable too :). Firewood Pizza, who would want one :).
In some cultures, worshipping is a part of someone's life. These incenses serve one purpose, usually the offer from the prayers to God. There are hundreds to tens of thousands of worshippers to temples daily from every walk of life. These incenses are made available at a very low cost.
What makes it interesting was the name: agarwood incenses. For example, the one below
These incenses are made from white wood mixed with post distilled pulverised agarwood mainly to achieve what the market wants: cheap.
You may wonder if there was any agarwood inside these incenses at all?
Short answer will be yes, there will be some agarwood which was not completely utilised from the oil production, the leftover one. The agarwood scent is there but rather weak. They are called "agarwood incenses" because they are made from Aquilaria trees which are true in a way.
If someone used incense to pray, this incense would be suitable for them. Please note there is nothing wrong with it, as we do sell these type of incenses (in Vietnam, domestic only, not available online), and YES, we do call these incense as agarwood incense, unfortunately. The intention is not to deceive our customers, but please imagine, if these are called "white wood" incenses. Most of the "agarwood incenses" are made from these white Aquilaria wood or the non-infected parts of the tree.
If you were still confused, I could provide some extra examples
Don't believe what you just read? How about next time, when you go to the super markert, read the juice label and find out yourself.
A very different type of incense is available for enjoyment
By looking at the above images, and you decided to find out more about these genuine agarwood incenses, you can visit here to find out more.
To give you an idea, 1kg of these cultivated agarwood chip is around $1000 to $1500 USD without shipping if a package of "agarwood" incense was around $4.5, would you believe it was made from the genuine agarwood wood chips rather the non-infected white wood?
If you had burned agarwood chips before, you would have been familiar with its scent. Heating oud chips do cost more than burning incense but the scent is much stronger. For some consumers, they would like to enjoy the scent slowly and cost-effective comes into place. By making incenses out of these genuine wood chips, the burning time is longer and the scent is enjoyed better.
If you looked closely, you would see some dark spot which are the resin from the pulverised agarwood chips
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