Grandawood was found in 2014, selling only agarwood tea (full leaves and bags) at the time. After receiving positive feedback from our customers regarding our sleeping aid benefit, it was decided to introduce our agarwood products into Australia.
At Grandawood we are a team of agarwood growers and traders in Vietnam and Australia. Most of our cultivated products including oils, incenses and hand-crafted beads are made/ distilled in house. For wild, we work with our hunters. If you are looking for oud fragrance, you come to the right place. Currently, we do not stock any agarwood harvested or cultivated from Australian soil as they are yet available but our own plantation site in Vietnam and our partners from South East Asia.
Decades ago, wild agarwood was quite abundant and it was affordable for everyone literally. However, only the wealthy people use and appreciate its noble scent.
Agarwood incense was traditionally made with care, mainly hand-crafted with pure oud powder bound with white wood. These incenses are offered on special occasion only, for example, Buddhist lectures.
With recent development in incense making, there are a lot of misleading on the product label, claimed to be "pure agarwood incense", sold at a price of $4 for 10 sticks with a burn time of 10 minutes per stick. For your information, this $4 retail pack is even below our manufacture cost. To an extent, we bought several of these packs and needless to say, they are not up to the standard.
Meanwhile, wild agarwood was over-harvested making it close to the bridge of extinction. In an attempt to preserve wild Aqualaria species, they are now protected by many of our Government, making them illegal to hunt. There were many triads fighting for this hunting right, even mercilessly killed to steal this precious wood. In several countries, wild agarwood hunters might be shot dead on the spot (click here)
Seeing these hunting activities hurting the nature, our family decided to invest in these trees, growing them from wild seed.
From the above to grown tree, it takes 10 years in circa before wounding the tree to create agarwood.
(In Vietnam, we are trading as Evergreen Forest)
We have our own plantation site, incense making and oil distillation facility.
Finally, after decades of hard work, it is time to harvest our own sustainable tree, supplying Oud chip, distilling our Oud oil for the market. Consumers have been asking us: Is your Oud oil pure? YES, how do we know? Because we grow, distill and manufacture it with pride
Your own genuine Oud scent is back, not synthetic, just 100% pure Oud oil
(an agarwood store in Oman)
Arriving in Australia, I have been exposed to different perfume designers claiming Oud notes in their perfume. Mostly, it is not the case. It is very vague, anemic, simple note.
Don't believe me, challenge the perfume sales consultant, try it yourself to see what Oud smell like.
There are many different scent profile from Oud. With wild Oud, as each tree is unique, there are hardly same fragrance from two batches. With cultivated oud? Each plantation offers different oil, as well as the wounding technique, are confidential making OUD OIL different again. The advantage of cultivated oud is similar scent profile could be achieved in large quantity, making it suitable for commercial products
At Grandawood Agarwood, we offer you several different Oud Oil and will increase in variety in the near future.
Our Oud is a complete fragrance by itself. However, if you want more, it is possible to blend them with different essential oil, something that perfume artisan would create a niche just for you. Smell extraordinary!