I've tried to purchase agarwood in the UAE from a few different retail stores.. Al Qurashi, Swiss Arabia, Arabian Oud etc. and find everything they carry seems to be lower quality wood with some sort of perfume layer over them? You get a very strong scent from the wood even when its not heated.
Is this just normal practice for the region?
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