In nature, Agarwood or Oud is rare, found in the resinous heartwood of the Aquilaria or Gyrinops tree from South East Asia.
In an effort of saving these species from overharvesting, agarwood plantations have been being planted for decades ago.
We have a decent agarwood plantation site (circa 400 hectares in Vietnam of our own and 600 hectares in Thailand and Laos of our partners). Besides, for every tree harvested, we will plant two replacement trees for future sustainable consumption. Also, we also have a decent amount of wild Aquilaria tree within our land.
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Please note: DO NOT expect A STRONG FRAGRANCE FROM THE BEADS ALL THE TIME as agarwood only emits a strong scent when being heated but NOT at room temperature. If you want the holy fragrance presented at all time, either purchasing oud oil or woodchip
The smell from agarwood oil (oud oil) is easily noticeable as it takes around 1 ton of agarwood to produce 1 litre (this number varies from distillers, some more or less). Hence, it is a very concentrated form. You would never miss that.
1 x Agarwood bracelet is around 20g; the resin amount is unknown but relatively small. This item is more about spiritual practice and fashion. The fragrance is there but weak unless being kept in a glass container or zip bag for some time. Genuine one will only have a subtle sweet woodsy scent while oil-submerged one will emit a stronger, more intensive fragrance.
1 x piece of Agarwood chip is around 1g, but the resin content is more than 60%. All the white wood (scentless components) was scrapped. When you heat this wood chip with an electric incense burner or place it on top of the charcoal, the high temperature will release the resin from the wood, creating a sensational fragrance.
1 x bottle of Agarwood oil (1.5 ml), 100% pure oil, apply one drop to be noticeable.
To illustrate, please see below.
The above container is 200 ml of pure agarwood oil. It takes hundreds of kilo of infected wood to distill. The scent is pleasant, enjoyable once the cap open. You could smell it literally from metres away
This above image is 1 kg bag of wood chip. To smell it, you have to stay close (a few centimetres between the bag and your nose). The fragrance is present but not as strong as the oil. However, if one piece of wood chip is heated (1g is enough), the whole room would be filled with agarwood fragrance.
Now, consider beads or a bracelet or a necklace:
It is only 15g of wood containing some infected part only, could be seen in its pattern. To detect its smell in room temperature without heating or stored in a closed container, it is a challenging task. So, the next time you buy a genuine agarwood bracelet, choose your trust supplier as agarwood beads are one of the most challenging tasks to verify. Oil-submerged beads are easily detectable, often seen as their solid black or brown colour without and stripes (oil veins). These beads are dyed and injected with agarwood oil or other essential oil to create the scent.
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First of all, all our beads are made from genuine agarwood either cultivated or natural (would be stated in the product info), please be confident about that.
Everyone has experienced this before: if we smelled the same fragrance frequently, we would get used to this. You tried a new shampoo, in several days; you might feel it was not as strong as the first time applies. When you walk into a spa, a hair salon, a shop with a strong scent, have you noticed how long it takes for you to “forget” about the scent? Try this, walk out of the shop for 10 seconds take a deep breath outside, and walk back in. The smell came back? Yes, as the scent triggers the brain again.
It is a default, just like a diamond, when people heard the name, it is expensive. In nature, wild agarwood is almost extinct and extremely rare to find, hunters risk their lives to get it in the forest. Therefore, for sustainable future exploitation, cultivated agarwood is introduced but please consider:
If you are buying agarwood incense in a shop, in a sealed package, it is hard to detect any scent from it. In case you do, and the scent is sharp, soap or chemical like the weight is more than 100g with a price less than $100, it is very likely the product is counterfeit.
Just like all the necessity which has high volume in stock turn: woodchips and oud oil (agarwood oil), the price of these items are often negotiable as they are consumed in the almost daily basis. With agarwood oil, Islam prays with it, Japanese, Chinese use it for medicinal purposes, Arabian uses it for manufacturing perfume. In contrast, agarwood beads are more in keep-sake, lucky charm or spiritual practice which last really long. Stock turning is slower and hence, high overhead cost occurs. In addition, each bead is made individually with care, high labour cost.
Simple, we manufacture it and our popular cultivated Evergreen Superior oil has been tested in 2 separate labs (one in Vietnam and in Australia). Consumers are welcome to test in the lab again to see if there is any else in it. With an experienced user, he/she could detect if the oud oil was adulterated with others. If you would like to know more, please email us at email@example.com for a full 20-page report.
Yes, when we mentioned agarwood beads, they are genuine without adding colour or scent. Please see the pictures below
The red circle explained the bi-polar pattern of the beads. When you see these bracelets, 100% it is made from cultivated agarwood. Wild one does not have this consistent pattern. This is very normal and is NOT dyed with colour. The price of these beads is usually less than $100. Again, the scent will only accumulate when stored in a closed container or zip bag as once you wear it, the scent molecules escape in the air, offering very light fragrance, this explained why people could not smell anything after wearing the bracelet. The scent is there, you could revive it by containing your bracelet in a close glass container or simply a zip bag.
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In general, yes, unlike other essential oils requiring carrier oil to prevent burnt or skin irritation, agarwood (oud) oil could be applied on the human skin directly (near application). However, YOU SHOULD ALWAYS TRY A SMALL DAB (a patch test) TO ENSURE YOUR SKIN HAS NO ADVERSE REACTION. Below are the extract from page 190 of the Essential Oil Safty -Robert Tisserand, Rodney Young
Yes, we can, please purchase our Agarwood (oud) oil as below, it is NOT free sorry. Please DO NOT ask for a free sample. Drive to McDonald and ask if you could get free ketchup???? Having said that, if you were in the Brisbane area, would be happy to see you in person
You might be right. Some oud is $20 for 3ml, but is it oud oil or oud perfume or something else? By the way, you are welcome to purchase from the other sellers.
If the oil contains 1% or less of genuine oud oil, and for marketing purpose, it can be called oud perfume or even oud oil. Here is an analogy, if you went to a supermarket and picked up an almond milk bottle, would you please check the percentage of the actual almond in the "milk"(around 1% to 5% only). The same principle applied here.
You need to compare an apple to an apple. In other words, you need to compare two oud oils, NOT a pure essential oil AND a blended perfume oil.
We usually distil our oil by hydro (water) or steam distillation because these methods allow chemical bonds to be broken and reformed. This process makes our oil smell special.
The Term ‘essential oil’ is strictly limited to steam distillates or hydro-distillates (Water distillation). Oils obtained from Super Fluid Extract or Solvent Extract method is not essential oil
Source: Tongnuanchan, P. and Benjakul, S. (2014), Essential Oils: Extraction, Bioactivities, and Their Uses for Food Preservation. Journal of Food Science,
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