The Lux­u­ri­ous Scent of a Bride

It’s in­tense, it’s ex­otic and ir­re­sistibly sen­sual. Meet oudh oil, one of the rarest and most ex­pen­sive ol­fac­tive in­gre­di­ents, also called the ‘liq­uid gold’. APARRNA GUPTA traces the jour­ney of the note which is most soughtafter to­day in the world of fine

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Rich and earthy, sweet and woody; oudh has a very dis­tinct smell. In the West, ev­ery­one from Tom Ford to Ver­sace is be­sot­ted by this pre­cious aro­matic in­gre­di­ent; in the mid­dle-east it is a part of life. Oudh is burned over smoul­der­ing bits of coal in a metal cup called mabkharah. It is known to be an ex­cel­lent scent for strength­en­ing the body and the mind. The day be­gins by smok­ing the abayas and kan­duras with a waft of oudh burned on char­coal. Dur­ing the wed­ding sea­son, it is burned co­pi­ously dur­ing par­ties as a mark of opu­lent hospi­tal­ity. A beau­ti­fully carved piece of oudh is part of the bride’s trousseau and a tiny vial of oudh oil is a pop­u­lar wed­ding give­away to the in­ner cir­cle of guests. Tra­di­tion­ally, brides use oudh fra­grances on their wed­ding as it has an in­di­vid­u­al­ity that is miss­ing in in­ter­na­tional brands. But since oudh per­fume is a lot more ex­pen­sive than the in­ter­na­tional de­signer brands, it is of­ten saved only for spe­cial oc­ca­sions. Con­ven­tion­ally, oudh in its oil form ( de­han) is a con­sid­er­able in­vest­ment and is sold in bot­tles as tiny as 12 ml. Of course, for the rich and fa­mous, oudh is a part of life.

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