How is Oud oil made? Posted on July 25, 2012 by admin

The Agarwood is harvested in the jungles or plantations and brought to the distillers. Prior to distillation, some of the wood is separated and sold as chips for burning as incense. The remaining resinous wood is distilled into Oud oil or Agarwood oil. To facilitate extraction of the oil, the wood is soaked in water prior to the distillation process. Two distillation techniques are common. Forced steam distillation is used in Indonesia, while hydro-distillation is more common in Indian, Cambodia and Thailand. These methods leave their distinct mark on the Oud oil. Unlike perfumes or Attars such as Amber perfume, Arabian perfume, Arabic perfume, Islamic perfume or essential oils such as Jasmine oil, Frankincense oil, Arabian oil, Egyptian musk oil, our Oud oil is 100% pure Agarwood oil and is not blended with other oil perfumes. One should not be confused with products being sold as Arabian Oud since the Aquilaria tree does not grow in the Arabian Peninsula. All Oudh oil sold in the Arabic world is imported by wholesale perfume oil companies from Tropical Monsoon Asia. 

The Aquilaria Tree
This is where the process begins - with the Aquilaria tree, in the vicinity of the Assam region. These mature evergreen or agarwood trees need no artificial inoculation. From these mature trees we will get our agarwood chips and oud oil. 

The Agarwood Artisan
This artisan is meticulously sorting through the unprocessed distillery chips as he removes the unusable wood, leaving only the sinking-grade resinous agarwood for incense and for the distillation degs to become oud oil. 

Ready-to-be-Processed Oud Chips
These true craftsmen will soak the agarwood chips until they are ready to be put in the degs for distillation. This is a true art which will result in various essences of the pure oudh oil. 

The Distillation Process
After soaking, the distillery chips are transferred to the degs where the distillation will inevitably begin. As you can see, there are four degs pictured to carry out this important step in the process of making oud oil. 

The Final Step
After the completion of the distillation process the oud oil is kept in open sunlight to evaporate any excess moisture within the Oudh oil. This ancient ancestral method of distillation has been passed down from father to son for generations, producing true oud oil 'legends', indeed. 

Own A Legend
Now go ahead and treat yourself to one or more of these fine oud oils and agarwood chips, from OudSelect! 


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