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    Default Guaiacwood, Oudh, Agarwood...i'm confused...

    Is there a difference between these three? I know there have been endless threads about these; sometimes they're mentioned like synonyms, and sometimes alone. Are they related, or do they just happen to smell similiar? Maybe they are different names for the same wood? Please clarify.
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    Default Re: Guaiacwood, Oudh, Agarwood...i'm confused...

    The latter two are synonyms, guaiacwood is a different one.

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    Default Re: Guaiacwood, Oudh, Agarwood...i'm confused...

    What does Guaiacwood smell like then?
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    Default Re: Guaiacwood, Oudh, Agarwood...i'm confused...

    Quote Originally Posted by LiveJazz
    What does Guaiacwood smell like then?
    A little bit like pepper and burning leaves, I think.

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    Default Re: Guaiacwood, Oudh, Agarwood...i'm confused...

    From Wikipedia:

    Agarwood is known under many names in different cultures:
    • It is known as Chén-xīang (沉香) in Chinese and Jin-koh (沈香) in Japanese, both meaning "Sinking Incense" and alluding to its high density.
    • Both agarwood and its resin distillate/extracts are known as Oud in Arabic (literally wood) and used to describe agarwood in nations and areas of Islamic faith. Western perfumers may also use agarwood essential oil under the name "oud" or "oude".
    • In Europe it went by the name of Lignum aquila, or eagle-wood, presumably because of its appearance.
    • Another name is Lignum aloes or Aloeswood. This is potentially confusing, since a genus Aloe exists (unrelated), which also has its uses, as in the "aloe" brought by Nicodemus to embalm the body of Jesus (John 19:39) which was from the genus Aloë. However, the Aloes of the Old Testament (Num. 24:6; Ps. 45:8; Prov. 7:17; and Cant. 4:14) and of the Hebrew Bible (ahalim in Hebrew) is believed to be eaglewood from Aquilaria agallocha.
    • The Indonesian name is "gaharu".
    • In Vietnamese, it is known as trầm hương.

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    Default Re: Guaiacwood, Oudh, Agarwood...i'm confused...

    Agarwood and Oudh (also spelled oud or aoud) are the same plant - Aqullaria Agallocha is the Latin name. It has a peculiar scent - reminiscent of sandalwood, but also medicinal and musty and strangely sweet and deep as well as somewhat sour and fresh at the same time. It's a complex scent and different types of agarwood vary grately.

    Guiacwood is a different species (Bulnesia Sarmienti) and smells nothing like Agarwood. It has a rosy, honeyed-sweet and slightly smoky and waxy-oily slightly rubbery aroma. It is used often in tobacco scents.
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