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Bakhoors (Home and Personal Fragrance Incense)

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Bukhoor or Bakhoor (Arabic بخور) is the Arabic name given to scented chips or a blend of natural traditional ingredients, usually woodchips (the less expensive Oudh wood chips are used) soaked in fragrant oils and mixed with other natural ingredients (resin, ambergris, musk, sandalwood, essential oils and others). These scented chips/bricks are burned in charcoal or incense burners to fill the house with a fragrant aroma and is the think smoke is also used on clothing (may stain light colored clothes). This is sometimes used  on special occasions like weddings,for relaxation or for tranquility, Bakhoors are also burned to boost...

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Ingredient Knowledge: VETIVER

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The name vetiver probably rings a bell. This raw material, was broadly used in some very famous perfumes of the last decades : Vetiver – Guerlain (1959), Vetiver 46 – Le Labo (2006), Terre – Hermes (2007), Sycomore – Chanel (2008). Time to give some more explanation on this beautiful scented plant. The vetiver, ( or Vetiveria Zizanoide for the botanist/ latin speakers) is a herb which grows up to 1,50 meter high, with a very interesting root-system.  Especially for perfumes.  By doing a steam distillation of the dried roots, you will obtain a deep, lightly smoky, heavy, nutty, a little...

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About Oudh

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Oudh/Agarwood oil is derived from an Agarwood tree that grows abundantly in Laos, but is found all over Southeast Asia. The highest quality Agarwood trees can be found in the former countries of Indochina, such as: Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Also found in Assam a province in India, where the best distillers in the world can be found. Agarwood/Oud oil are products of infected species of trees, commonly being sought from Aquilaria and Gyrinops trees. New methods to cultivate Agarwood in plantation grown trees by stimulating naturally occurring compounds called Sesquiterpenes and Chromones. These compounds are produced as a defense mechanism...

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Cardamom Is The Perfume Note To Try (Mutamayez for Him)

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Cardamom is mainly used in Indian and Middle Easter cuisine, yet it provides fragrances with a very deep smell that lingers on for hours at a time. This is why it’s widely used in fragrances. The mysterious, darkish smell combined with hints of subtle sweet notes usually marries well with other spice and fruit notes to create unique scents. Many times, it’s used often in citrusy fragrances, since it blends pleasantly with citrus notes like sweet orange, lemon, grapefruit, bergamot, petitgrain and neroli.

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Winter’s Favorite Fragrance Note: Oud

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Oud or agarwood, the provocative fragrance note has been solidly trending for the last three years. The demand for this enticing scent has cemented oud’s place in both mainstream and niche perfumes.

Oud is derived from the Southeast Asian Agarwood tree, which forms a dark resin in order to protect itself from a specific strain of mold. Oud is then extracted from the resin, and blended into the heartwood.

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