A Journey into The World of Oudh

Part Nineteen

How to Approach Oud/Agarwood oil

As a meditative sacrament

Just today, I sent a friend a little sampler of Ouds, so he could try them out and get a good introduction to Oud.

It occurred to me to write this page as a set of instructions to beginners on how to most appreciate and approach the magical oil.

I'd like to start by saying that Oud is most appreciated when you have the time to give it your full attention. (In fact, I would discourage people just meeting Oud from applying it and then driving.)

Choose both a time and place when there are no demands or time pressures, and pick three oils to explore. Being in nature and smelling Oud can be a really lovely experience.

Start with the (visually) lightest oil, and finish with the darkest one.

(If the cap of the vial is hard to remove, use your thumb to push the cap away from you, and then pull it back, and rock back and forth until it opens. And if an oil is very thick, then invert the vial and wait for it to reach the dabber, or place the vial in a little hot water to warm it up.)

Oud is very potent, so even a tiny, tiny amount on the dabber will be sufficient.

Give each oil a sniff, then tune into it, and a second sniff, and wait again, and finally a third sniff.

I would suggest that novices not apply Oud to their body until they are familiar with its effects.

Oud has a very persistent aroma, so don't wear it if you are going to be around others who won't appreciate it.

And have a wonderful inner journey with the Oil of Light.


Where to Start in Collecting Oud

If you want to start listening to Oud, the best way is to first find out what types of Oud speak to you.

Since no two people have the same sense of smell (everything smells differently to everyone), your preferences are likely to be very individual.

It's best to start with pure high quality samples, so you don't get put off by adulterated or coarse (e.g. unaged) oils.

If you're on a tight budget, I suggest that you get the Ultimate Oud Sampler from Ensar Oud (priced in the mid $300 range) with its 9 samples of lovely oils.

This is a very fine collection of oils from many different locations (and of many different styles).

But if you can afford it, I would encourage you to get the Legends Sampler also from Ensar Oud (priced at $815).

The 9 samples of Oud in the Legends sampler are excellent, and a fine introduction to top-end Oud.


End of Part Nineteen

Part One
What is the origin of Oud? and What does Oudh smell like?

Part Two
The Effects of Oudh and Sources of an amazing diversity of Ouds

Part Three
The Different Grades of Oudh

Part Four
What is Oud?
What are the uses of Oud?
and Two New Sources of Oud

Part Five
The Oud companies that I've Explored,
Really Great Ouds

Part Six
My Favorite Ouds

Part Seven
A Spotlight on one Oud company: Imperial Oud

Part Eight
Evaluating samples from one Oud company

Part Nine
Oud from Aromatherapy Companies, Where to get the best Oud

Part Ten
A Kinam Tale

Part Eleven
The Medicinal Properties of Agarwood oil

Part Twelve
Five new Ouds from Ensar Oud, and What to ask an Oud purveyor before ordering from them

Part Thirteen
New Top Ouds and My Unique Take on Oud

Part Fourteen
Understanding Kyara,
Oud 2.0 -- the best Ouds in the World, The Kyara Collection

Part Fifteen
A Phenomenal Oud -- not to miss out on

Part Sixteen
Ensar, The Master of Oud

Part Seventeen
Ensar, The Color and Right Age of Oud

Part Eighteen
Reconsidering Heating Agarwood and The Latest Great Ouds

Part Twenty
The Best Oud in the World: Oud 2.0 Revisited

Part Twenty One
The Best Agarwood Heater in the World, Light vs Dark Oud Oils, Revisiting Agar Aura

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