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  1. Oudimentary presents: The Science of Scent

    One of our goals at Oudimentary is to research and preserve this millennium-old culture of the use of Aloeswood. From biblical times to the modern age, the use of Aloeswood has existed on four separate levels.


    1. On the most rudimentary level, it provides a perfume for the wearer and others to savor and enjoy. A sweet smokiness. An earthy, almost leather-like tone. A hint of berry or dried apricot. These are just some of the descriptions used in attempting to describe the ...
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  2. Aloeswood’s foremost companion: The Mubkhara

    No other piece of oud paraphernalia holds a higher rank in the eyes of a committed oud-adept than the hallowed mubkhara, or Oud burner. Their designs range from rustically simple to the most embellished, and as we shall see, have not changed much over thousands of years. Let us look more in detail at several different styles now.

    Saudi Arabian

    First off, and possibly most instantly recognizable, is the Saudi-style burner. This traditional style has a square metal base ...
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  3. The Oudimentary Society of Aloeswood Enthusiasts (OSAE)

    The Oudimentary Society for Aloeswood Enthusiasts (OSAE) is an international fellowship of men and women united by their love for the use of aloeswood on physical, psychological, and spiritual levels.

    The society was founded in 2004 to provide a community for like-minded aloeswood aficianados where they could learn, teach, assist, and serve this rapidly-growing alliance of aloeswood burners.

    OSAE is dedicated to the research and preservation of the ancient tradition ...
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  4. The Coffee Connection

    For many, the thought of an oud-burning session with friends would be incomplete without the beverage that goes back as long as aloeswood use itself—coffee. Let us look now at the use of coffee in the tradition of mystics, and it’s connection with aloeswood use.

    Coffee use can be traced at least to as early as the 9th century, when it appeared in the highlands of Ethiopia. According to legend, Ethiopian shepherds were the first to observe the influence of the caffeine in coffee beans ...
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  5. Elf's Compendium of Notes 5- Seville Lavender

    I have a collection of lavender essential oils and absolutes, all of them subtly different from each other, yet recognizably lavender. However, one is a real weirdo. It’s called Seville Lavender, or Lavandula luisieri, and it’s grown in Spain and Portugal. Its blooms are collected in the spring. The plant is left intact, so this is a sustainable harvest practice.

    The absolute is viscous and a dark caramel color. It has a very rasin-like odor, with a strong hint of Fig Newton! There ...
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