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Story of Oud

Agarwood is an extremely valuable resinous heartwood that is extracted from the stems of Aquilaria and Gyrinops trees. These trees are mostly native to Southeast Asia and they produce a unique substance known as Agarwood. Agarwood is extracted from these Gyrinops Walla trees by making a thin cut or gash on the tree trunk. Agarwood chips are then placed in the gash which will get infected by a fungus called Phialophora parasitica. This infection will lead to the production of Agarwood within the tree.

Renowned as the “The Wood of God”, Agarwood has been used for centuries in Asia and Middle East in traditional medicine and as a perfume ingredient, and its value has only increased over time. Today, Agarwood is one of the most expensive woods as it takes almost a 15 – 20 year period for the tree to be infected with Agaru and produce Agarwood.

It has a high content of Agarospirol and other aromatic chemicals which makes it an important ingredient in the perfume industry. The exceptional fragrance of Agarwood is used in many traditional ceremonies such as weddings and funerals apart from Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani for the treatment.

Gyrinops walla (Wallapatta), represented by Serendip is unique and indigenous to Sri Lanka. These Gyrinops walla is usually harvested from areas surrounding Sri Lankan rain forests such as Adams, Kalawana, Deniyaya, Badulla, Kanneliya, Kitulgala and many other areas in Ratnapura district, and are 100% cleaned, wild and fully dried.