Agarwood has been one of the most valuable wood in
the world with the uses dating back to ancient times. This
precious fragrant material has been traded for centuries in
Asia and middle east, with Singapore being the major trading hub
for wood collected from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand in
South East Asia.
Natural and wild agarwood coming from
countries like India, Vietnam are getting much lesser. Most
of the time, cultivated wood chips are being sold as
natural ones but an experience nose will be able to tell. Many
traders professionally break the wood chips into the shape of
natural ones, so that the inoculation feature will be less
This is the same for natural wood coming from
Hongkong and Hainan, where the natural agarwood are getting more
precious due to it's limited supply. On the other hand, agarwood
plantations grow in big numbers in certain southern states, each
with different degree of success in inoculation.
Different trade buyers have different preference on the origins
of the agarwood, due to the different scent profile. The safest
and best quality still comes from natural agarwood.
of Agarwood range from incense, bracelets, perfumery, chinese
medicine and decoration art piece. It's highly prized after for
it's wonderful aroma and amazing healing properties, be it for
religion or personal enjoyment.
While it's precious
because of it's resin and unique aroma, there has been many
myths and stories about it which i will share more about it in