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Oud oil: Origin and profile- a story of bygone days, isn’t it?

IS IT THE IMPACT OF PERFUME ORIENTED WESTERN CULTURE?
IS IT THE IDENTITY CRISIS?


The origin (area and species) and the profile (specific nuance/s) of Oud Oil seem to be the story of bygone days. What a Hindi Oud or a Cambodi oud was supposed to exhibit specific identity is no more. Radical changes have been experienced in Oud oils from 2017 to 2018. Even now Oud oils smell to be perfume oils (attars) in some cases. If a blind test is held, at least the first hour after swiping an oil never let the wearer say anything definite about that. Now olfactory cells are totally dependent upon only two or three distiller-vendors and countless vendors to inform about the species and area of the wood distilled. This democratization of Oud oil is perplexing in a way that somewhere now Oud really meets West, rather the Western perfumery and Chinese/ Japanese Incense. That particular wild flavour and flare of Oud have been either harnessed or snubbed. It is just like compelling a tiger to behave like a beautiful, innocent panda. Though not bad at all, but ... .


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