I have been getting more emails recently to inquiry about
various methods to identify fake agarwood, among them, many
emailed me their agarwood product photos and requested me to
help. I try to help as many of them as possible since this
agarwood portal served as an agarwood information and sharing
platform for many agarwood lovers and newcomers. Many requested
for a fee based authenticity report, which i have to apologies
again as we do not provide this service due to many grey areas.
See below for some of the fake agarwood "stories" :
I remember, there was this friendly uncle who came to me and
asked me to help him for verifying the authencity of one big bag
of agarwood, many of which are solid, heavy and full of woody
scent. As i carry many bags of wood daily, this bag should be a
10kg+ in a white wheat bag.
This bag of agarwood
according to him, was purchased by one member of hiw temple
commitee and suppose to be put on auction in yearly festive
It turns out to be a totally fake agarwood, most
likely from vietnam/indonesia tourism agarwood products(The ones
you can easily find in agarwood retail shops or on the street)
There was sadness in his eyes, guess someone may have been
cheated or some fund was misused for profits.
to put up one post for identifying fake agarwood and hopefully
it will be useful for our readers across the globe. A picture
speak thousand of words, especially helpful for a poor writer
There are many types of fake agarwood, ranges
from natural and artificial ones.
On the List
number 1: The Grandfather imposter since 1960s, Kayu
Buaya or Crocodile agarwood, scent is totally different, price
is very cheap, a few dollar per kg and oil is commonly used for
agarwood oil mixing. If you are wholesaler, chances are you will
accumulate quite a big number of this wood due to the supplier
side giving them as "bonus". Which you have to accept, most
people wanted to earn a bit more using lesser or fake wood.
On the List number 2 : Hundred years of Agarwood
If you are truly a wood lover, even though the fossil wood does
not belongs to aquilaria family trees, you should treasure it as
well, this is another form of art in the tree's life. It happens
that many facebook posts or in certain forum of agarwood lovers,
you will have new member posting to ask if this twenty kilo of
wood is agarwood, it's not easy to strike lottery my friend.
On yearly basis, we will have around 50-80 emails, coming in
to ask about this magical fossil wood, sadly, i have yet to find
one photos on my email servers that triggered my interest to fly
over and buy that piece to be added to my private agarwood
On the List number 3 : Grandpa's
mystery agarwood timber logs.
Among all the inquiries i have, i have some pretty photos of
timber logs, all from our readers, some looks like sandalwood,
some like acaia and many others. None of theem looks like
agarwood, except for a few which looks like some different types
of gaharu buaya.
On the List number 4:
Standard "Tourist type of Fake Agarwood"
You can easily find lots of fake agarwood similiar to
the type above, infact, we have friends who travel in asean and
bought back some fake agarwood bracelets, decorative pieces, all
smells very different from the real agarwood, in very dark color
but maybe harmful to health if you decide to slice it for tea or
medicine. You can easily find them in some airport agarwood
retail shops, fengshui shops and most of the time, the shop
owner has both the real and fake in stocks, burning the real
chips for you and selling you the super value for money wood :)
On my next post i will be posting new generation of fake
agarwood products which are hard to spot even for old time
players of agarwood.