Agarwood Oud Oils: a blog about oud oil and custom perfumes with oud.

Agarwood oils or otherwise commonly known as Oud oil or Dehnal Oud is a natural fragrance oil that is extracted from specific species of the Aquilaria trees. The trees naturally grow in the rainforests of India, Srilanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, China and surprisingly the Philippines.

It’s been used for hundreds of years in China, Japan, India and is commonly used in the Middle East for a long time, but only recently has it become popular around the world and the west. Depending on the country of origin, the agarwood resin and the oil that is extracted from it has a distinctive fragrance. 

Let’s talk more about the different species of oud and how they are extracted.

Agarwood or Oud as it is commonly referred is found in many species of the Aquilaria trees and this species is different from one country to another. the most well known species are Aquilaria malaccensis, crassna, allagocha (our favorite), wallapatta, microcarpa, filaria, hirta, subintegra etc

How is Oud oil extracted?

Oud oils are mainly extracted in three ways, hydro distillation, steam distillation, supercritical Co2 extraction. The wood is grounded into dust and powder or shavings are carefully washed and left to soak for 3 days to 7 days (short soaking technique) or can also be soaked for 30 to 45 days. At Aromology we only use short to medium soaking techniques for the extraction of oud oils that we distill ourselves.

After the soaking, the materials are loaded on to copper or steel or glass pots and heated to generate steam that passes through a distillation system, the extracted is cooled by the condenser unit and the result is the collection of the oud oil in the output apparatus. The oud oils are left to mature for 6 months to few years before they are sold. Know more about Agarwood incense here.

Oud oil uses.

Oud oil is used in many different ways. They are a perfume on its own and can be used directly on the skin and depending on the type can last easily for 4 to 8 hours and 24 hours or more on clothes. 

At Aromology we have inhouse perfumers who make pure attar oil blends using our pure oud oils, these blends are generally referred as mukhallats or attars and we will cover this in a separate article in the future, oud oils are also known to have great benefits in aromatherapy, ingredient in ayurvedic medicine, natural skin care products. 

Oud oil smell and appearance.

Oud oil is a dark, viscous liquid. It is extremely difficult to categorize the oud oil fragrance by country and even by species, as the main character or the notes change from one country to another and significantly change depending on the methods and techniques used for the distillation of the Oud oils, there are really no two ouds oils that even from the same distiller smell exactly alike! 

Oud perfume is great for men and women both; it’s very grounding in nature and can give you an energy boost on those days when you feel tired or unmotivated. If you’re new to using oud oils, don’t worry: we’ll cover everything from what they are to how to make your own custom fragrance with them! We are one of few companies that have a huge range of authentic unadulterated oud oils in the world, all our oud oils have been distilled by artisans and not by commercial manufacturers.

How to apply oud oil.

  • Apply a couple of drops or swipe from the glass rod that comes with the traditional attar bottles, directly on the skin on your pulse points. It is best to apply Oud oil right after a shower or bath.
  • In the Middle East I have seen local Arabs apply it on their face and generously on their body after shower.
  • Generally oud oils are dark in color and so do not apply directly on light colored clothes.

Oud perfume notes.

Oud is a very complex scent, and it can be difficult to describe. It’s excellent in perfumes, but it is also one of the most expensive perfume ingredients. It’s also a rare ingredient, which makes it expensive and hard to obtain. Oud oil is considered an exotic scent that elicits feelings of luxury and opulence—it creates an aura around you that commands attention from others.

The most common scent notes that are found in oud oils are gourmand, anamalic, green forestry, slight salty and chocolatey, creamy, raisins, sweet tamarind, woody, fruity, leathery, berries, barnyard.

The two most popular oud oils in the world are Cambodian and Indian often referred to as Assam Oud oil.

How to make your own custom fragrance with oud oils.

  • To make your own custom fragrance with oud oil, you need to gather the following ingredients and these can be found on our website,
  • Oud oils
  • Sandalwood oil
  • Carrier oils (olive and jojoba are good choices)
  • Essential oils (frankincense, cedarwood, patchouli, rose)
  • Absolutes such as vanilla absolute, rose absolute and other floral absolutes
  • Mix these together as per your preference in a glass bottle

You may also contact us at [email protected] if you would like us to create a unique perfume oil using the best Oud oils.

Mixing ratios vary depending on how strong you want the final fragrance to be, but typically it’s best to start with equal amounts of aromatics and essential oils and half as many fragrant ones. You can always add more later if you want more power or potency in your creation! When adding essential oils don’t forget about their flashpoint temperatures – some may need heating/cooling before being added into this mixture so make sure everything is warmed up first then add slowly with care until desired scent strength is achieved.

Oud oils are fantastic for both natural skin care and scenting your home.

Oud oil for skin care

Oud oil is a fantastic ingredient for adding to your natural skin care routine. It can be used to moisturize dry skin, soothe inflamed and irritated skin, for anti aging and for acne and also a great ingredient if you want to mix in beard oils. Oud oil also has antioxidant properties which help prevent free radicals from damaging healthy cells; this makes it an excellent anti-aging ingredient! A small amount of oud will go a long way toward improving your complexion if you’re looking for something that gives results fast while also having no side effects whatsoever (which most chemical products do) but make sure you buy only 100% pure and natural oils without adulteration.


At the end of the day, oud oils are great to use for a variety of benefits. Whether you’re looking for a new fragrance that is straight from nature and want to pamper yourself with something natural and luxurious, Oud oils can bring you the best of both worlds. So if you feel like experimenting with something new, why not give it a try? Or maybe even consider making your own custom scent with one or two drops of oud oils from our collection! 

Our selection includes a wide range of oud and perfume oils that are sure to appeal to everyone: from soft and feminine to bold and masculine. And don’t worry about being overwhelmed—they offer a variety of options so you can find just the right one for your personality!

At Aromology, we believe that scent is the most powerful sense and want to help you harness its power.

We are committed to providing our customers with the best and most authentic fragrances and essential oils. We use only natural products that have been tested for purity and quality and we do not buy for any commercial supplier, all our oils are either distilled by us under expert supervision or made by our artisan oud distiller friends. We are proud of our partnerships.

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