The Oud scent or agarwood, as it is also called, is probably the most popular scent note on the market right now and a very popular ingredient in perfumes – above all it is an excellent scent for the upcoming festive season. There aren’t many of the biggest perfumes houses that haven’t launched their own oud fragrances in the last couple of years. As it is very rare and requires large volumes to extract a sufficient amount of oil for perfume production, oud has even a higher price than gold.
Often referred to as the Wood of the Gods or the Liquid Gold, agarwood is the most expensive wood in the world with prices up to USD 7.500/Kg. In practice synthetic version of the wood and oil in the oud scent is common, allowing for prices as low as $ 100/kg.
One of the main reasons for the relative rarity and high cost of agarwood is the depletion of the wild resource. Agarwood or aloeswood is a fragrant dark resinous wood that is formed in the heartwood of aquilaria trees when they become infected with a type of mould. Prior to infection, the heartwood is odourless. However, as the infection progresses, the tree produces a dark aromatic resin, called aloes or agar. The resin embedded wood is valued for its distinctive fragrance and is used in many perfumes.
Oud scent oil is distilled from the infected agarwood and it’s price is highly dependent on the oil’s purity. There is a whole range of different qualities on the market, varying with geographical location, botanical species, the age of the specific tree and the section of the tree where the piece of agarwood stems from. Aquilaria agallocha is a winter green tree that grows i northeast of India, Bhutan, Vietnam, Kambodja, the Phillipines and Papua New Guinea.
The global market for agarwood is estimated to be between $ 6-12 billion per annum and has been growing rapidly in the last couple of years.
As mentioned Oud scents has become very popular among the largest perfume houses lately, with new versions entering the market every year. Below are a few luxurious oud scents for men on the market. A very popular blend in oud scents is leather.
Acqua di Parma Colonia Oud was launced in 2012 and is a very sophisticated reinterpretation of Colonia Intensa with unique and unexpected combinations. Fresh top notes of orange and bergamot from the South of Italy combined with intensive heart notes of amyris, agarwood and coriander and ends with aromatic, woody notes blended with musk, leather and patchouli.
Creed Royal Oud was created in 2012 on demand by the Creed costumers, but with adaption to the scent style of the Creed house. This has lots of leathery and woody notes that blends perfectly with the oriental oud wood notes.
Bond No. 9 has moved all over the world when the perfume house has searched for inspiration for their scents. Bond No. 9 New York Signature Perfume contains four East/West ingredients, the fewest of any Bond No. 9 fragrance. But with the very pure and fragrant oud ingredient present, it speaks for itself.
The exclusive Italian perfume brand Xerjoff has a whole series dedicated to the oud scent, named Oud Stars. Mamluk is a profound and meditative scent with a calming influence. Sweet notes of flowers, honey and caramel blends with vanilla and wood in this exclusive fragrance suitable for both men and women.