Just what is artisanal oud?
So you've seen the word "artisan" in abundance and now you might be wondering what do we mean by artisanal oud?
Artisanal oud refers to a new generation in oud production and evolution in the way we think about, procure and enjoy oud.
Artisans spend years mastering their craft, focusing on the art and their passion for their respective disciplines. Money is not the priority, that would be the antithesis of the artisanal approach to oud.
Artisanal oud, represents a shift from mass produced, diluted and dishonest oud offerings throughout the world. To us it means going back to basics, at ground level, and working with the folk on the ground to recapture the essence of oud tradition.
An artisan needs to have control of every parameter, knowledge of every part of the puzzle and above all, a vision that brings all the moving parts together.
At The Attar Store, we have deep relations with the finest and most legendary of distillers of essential oils, the best perfumers & the veterans and legends of the Eastern oud tradition.
This gives us an unparalleled understanding and insight into each of our products, from origin to conception.
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What is oud oil?
Oud is one of the rarest scents ever known, a treasured and sought after rarity for millennia even featuring in the bible. Initially revered by cultures all across Asia and the Middle East, oud has since come to the West, featuring in products by the most famous western houses.
With mass produced perfumes by designer brands and even niche brands it should come of no surprise that most of the oud used in these perfumes is synthetic - produced in labs - that doesn’t even come close to the real scent.
So What is Oud? Oud is the resinous product produced by agarwood trees after they have sustained an infection. Only a handful of trees will have enough oud to be harvested, after which it is cut up and graded with the highest grades being used as incense chips for burning on coal and the lower grade going towards products such as oil, incense sticks and bakhoor.
Oud oil is what is used in perfumes and on the skin as a scent, it is made by distilling oud chips and shavings (think whiskey) in a painstaking process lasting weeks. The yield for such distillations is typically between 1-2%, it takes kilograms of oud wood for millilitres of oud oil. This is why oud oil is impeccably rare and not suited for mass produced designer perfumes.
When you’re looking for fine cigars, whiskey, art or vintage cars, you go to a specialist in this area, not a generic brand attempting to cover all.
This is why for oud perfumes and oil, we advise buying from artisans specialising in fine fragrance and oud.
Many traditional oud brands place their mass produced products in front of new and regular customers, with the best products locked in vaults for their existing customers spending small fortunes.
At The Attar Store we connect you with oud from best distillers and collectors all across the world, connecting you with scents made for Royalty and the most legendary of our collector clients, we believe in equal access to the best fragrance money can buy.
What is oud wood?
Oudh is the resinous material from the agarwood tree, produced after it has been infected for several years or even decades. It is the rarest perfume oil on the planet, having been treasured for millennia as a prized and precious scent.
Oudh is one of the most expensive substances known to man and has been revered for thousands of years in various cultures and different religions.
The most expensive wood is found in wild trees untouched for decades or even centuries in rare cases, followed by organic trees grown by man but not interfered with, and lastly by cultivated trees grown on large plantations and injected with chemicals in order to produce the resinous oudh faster.
Oudh Wood is the true original form of Oudh long before oils & perfumes, it is traditionally burned on a coal or electric heater in order to release its precious and luxurious aroma that has been treasured for millennia. Each culture has its own way of using Oudh, whether it be burning chunks of raw wood, incense sticks or chips through the kodo style.
What is ambergris?
Ambergris is an especially rare and unique rock-like perfumery ingredient.
Composed of squid beaks and other matter, it is thought to take years to form before being expelled and slowly ageing as it spends decades, even centuries in the vast openness of the earth's oceans.
The best ambergris is usually white, at least in terms of rarity, demand and price.
Thereafter follows brown (a lesser aged version) and finally black (the rawest and freshest version).
The best is very subjective and dependent upon the needs and vision of the perfumer. For a more animalic and funky scent, the perfumer may opt for brown or black ambergris, so as to bring the scent through in the final perfume.
White is often used both for its unique scent as well as its fixative properties - that is making a scent last longer on the skin.
The scent of white can be described as oceanic, sweet and slightly animal, of course varying batch to batch.
What is sandalwood?
Sandalwood grows throughout the world and is derived from trees from the Santalum genus.
Sandalwood oil has traditionally been sourced from India for millennia from the Santalum Album species. Today sandalwood is sourced from all throughout the world, from Hawaii to Tonga to India and Sri Lanka and even Indonesia.
Sandalwood in the raw timber form, is used for the manufacture of incense sticks, carvings and even furniture. While the highest quality batches are used for fumigation like oud wood on a coal burner.
Sandalwood oil is unparalleled throughout the Eastern perfumery tradition. It has been used for numerous different purposes such as a carrier oil for other ingredients and even in the traditional Indian Attar industry.
It has also been used to macerate ambergris and other rare ingredients, as well as in candles & your favourite Western designer and niche spray perfumes!
Payment & Shipping
What shipping options do you offer?
All our orders are sent with tracked delivery with either FedEx express courier or standard tracked delivery via Royal Mail.
Standard delivery rates
Royal Mail Shipping is $15 for international tracked shipping worldwide
Royal Mail Shipping is $10 for domestic special delivery service in the UK only
Express Courier Rates
We use FedEx for international orders by default
FedEx international is $35 and is free on orders over $400
DHL Express is $75 for international shipping and $35 on orders over $400.
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We accept multiple different payment methods.
Through Shopify payments we accept various types of credit and debit cards, and in addition to this we accept shopPay, PayPal & Klarna.
For customised orders we offer invoices the traditional way, and invoices via PayPal and Shopify payments.
We offer financing through our partner provider Klarna, offering you an affordable way to break up your purchase.