Aetoxylon sympetalum from which White Oudh Essential Oil is extracted is from a single species genus (monotypic) of trees only found in Borneo (indonesia) of the flowering plant family Thymelaeaceae. The single species is commonly known as Gaharu Buaya or Crocodile Eaglewood.
It is all to often sold as a product of Agarwood which it is not but IS often used to add to Agarwood based perfumes to add greater depth as its synergies are all too apparent.
The tree grows up to 40 metres in height, with a trunk diameter of up to 60 centimetres. The bark is dark brown to black. The fruit is reddish brown, up to 5 centimetres in diameter. The specific epithet sympetalum is from the Latin meaning united petals. Its favoured habitat is lowland forests from sea-level to 100 metres in altitude.
Reported Attributes of White Oudh Essential Oil:-
Traditional and Emotional uses reportedly include:-
“The amber-coloured, steam-distilled essential oil of white oud or gaharu buaya (Aetoxylon sympetalum) encourages comment. It has an evocative, umami, warm, damp aroma with smoky head notes making a favourite choice amongst high end modern perfumes.
Its woody notes evoke moss, lichen, parasol mushrooms, moulds, must, burrowing insects. A notable salty, animalic undercurrent lends a seductive element as it mellows on the perfume strip.
A few hours into the dry down, white oudh will develop into a softer, peppery, guaiacwood-like woods aroma, while the slightest ember of smoke remains.
White Oudh Essential Oil Blends Well With:-
White florals, Jasmine, Rose absolutes, All the Cedars, All the Sandalwoods, Amber, Tobocco Absolute.
May cause skin irritation in some individuals if used in high concentrations.