I had not heard of white oud before, so when it came up in the Grandawood newsletter I was intrigued. Research revealed that is known by other names such as Gaharu Buaya and Crocodile Eaglewood, but that it is not an agarwood species at all: this has created some confusion and where the "oud" reference crept in. As an essential oil collector I was intrigued however and wanted to give it a try. The scent is striking and changes after a while. Initially it is reminiscent of rubber, but evolves into a sweeter almost floral smell. The rubber note remains throughout however. All the while the wood undertone is present (the oil is distilled from wood after all), but in a much less apparent way than agarwood. There is a masculinity to the smell that is intoxicating.
Thank you Mikhael for your feedback as always which we are very grateful for