Oud is the general term
given to the perfume oil extracted, using a variety of techniques, from the
wood of the Agarwood tree. Oud oil has been previously discussed in detail in
our previous blog here.
Bakhoor is usually the
general term used to refer to, mainly wood chips, soaked in fragrant oils that
can be burned to release their intoxicating fragrance.
are terms used to refer specifically to chips of agarwood that are then soaked
in fragrant oils. Mabsoos/Mabthooth is a specific term for when shavings
of agarwood are also used and soaked in fragrant oils. However, the term
bakhoor encompasses muattar, mamool and mabthooth.
can also be made from other natural ingredients such as sandalwood, resin,
ambergris, or essential oils to name a few. The bricks of these natural
ingredients are then soaked in fragrant and/or essential oils.
Oud oil, which can be worn directly unto the skin or used to fragrance
clothing, bakhoor has to be burned. Bakhoor is burned using charcoal
traditionally. The traditional incense burners are known as Mubkhara or Medhan,
in the Arabic language.
Mubkharas can be made from wood, ceramic or metal. The stage (where the bakhoor
and coal is placed) is usually made from metal or ceramic. The most modern
method involves using an electric incense burner. Purists will still prefer the
coal burning mubkharas as they feel this gives out the best fragrance from the