It’s strong, exotic and a little bit smoky. We’re talking about oud – one of the most expensive natural resources in the world.
Arabic for wood, oud technically refers to the resin produced by microbes that invade the trunks of Aquilaria trees. It is often referred to as liquid gold, and for good reason. Less than 2% of Aquilaria trees actually produce resin, which is why the luxe scent boasts equally luxe price tags. The unisex scent is incredibly versatile, and although it is mostly used as a perfume, it can also be used in air fresheners, soaps, body lotions and natural deodorants.
During a recent trip to Dubai, Bianca Cheah was captivated by the alluring, statement-making aroma and managed to get her hands on a traditional oil-based oud.
Since returning home, she noticed that quite a number of oud products have popped up on counters. So if an Arabian sojourn isn’t on the agenda at the moment, here’s a selection of the very best oud products available right now. The heady scents will transport you to the Middle East in seconds.
7 products you need to try
This warm and sensual fragrance is an intoxicating blend of spicy wood, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, tonka bean and amber.