Oud Oil or Agar Oil has been used for centuries in the Middle East as a personal care fragrance and in a special form of incense called Bakhoor which is created when the wood chips are burned.

It is ironic that the fragrance has recently become very popular in the Western world when it is probably the oldest fragrance in the world, going back centuries in history.

It  is the most expensive essential oil in the world, more valuable than gold. It is distilled from the heart wood of the Aquilaria Tree which has been infected with a parasite. The infected trees secrete a resin which when distilled produces an oil with a distinct rich, smoky, animalic odour.

Most essential oils can be synthesized and reproduced synthetically to mimic the natural aroma and lower costs however this is not possible with oud. This makes the actual oud oil prohibitive in fragrances with the exception of bespoke blends for the extremely rich who can afford to pay thousands of pounds for their own small bottles of signature scent.

Our perfumers have created a range of fragrances, ready for your evaluation using a blend of oud and other speciality chemicals to create the characteristic odour and blended them with waxy English rose, Sicilian citrus’, musk and Moroccan spices.

What is Oud used in?

Oud is often used in expensive fine fragrances, with many top fragrance houses creating products, including Giorgio Armani and Tom Ford.

More often than not Oud is used as a base note, which tends to remain on the skin long after the others dissipate. The base notes are very rich, heavy and long-lasting and enhance the scent of other ingredients. Oud provides a pleasant sweet scent and is often featured in a synthetic version because it is so expensive in it’s raw form.


For more information about whether Oud could be a good fragrance to include in your next product, talk to our knowledgeable creation and technical team. Contact us now