Agarwood, or Oodh, or Oudh if you will, is a heartwood from Southeast Asia. For anyone curious, a heartwood is a wood created from a naturally-occurring chemical change which makes the wood more resistant to decay. Agarwood is a heartwood that forms when a certain mold infiltrates certain Asian evergreens. To combat that mold, the wood emanates a dark aromatic resin known for its unique scent used commonly in fragrance.
Agarwood is rare today because the natural source has depleted dramatically, though it's been traditionally extremely high valued for it's unmistakeable and irreplaceable odor. Mentions of the precious wood date back to one of the world's oldest written texts, the Sanskrit Vedas. That said, Agarwood smells just as good today as it did then.
For something woody, spicy, unusually striking and definitely musky, we recommend that you check out Al Oudh by L'Artisan Parfumeur. Imagine one of the most complex wood notes you can strengthened by two natural animal musks and if you haven't fainted from excitement yet, come into the Apothecary, smell Al Oudh, and you very well might. Fortunately, Portland General Store's there to help if you need something to peel you off the floor: Tobacco Smelling Salts
Al Oudh Eau de Parfum
NOTES:Oudh, leather, cumin, cardamom, pink pepper, incense, myrrh, cinnamon, caraway, date, saffron, cedar, iris, neroli, rose, orange blossom, castoreum, civet, patchouli, tonka bean, balsamic vanilla, sandalwood