Oud & Other Woody Fragrance Oils

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We often get asked for fragrance oils that contain oud or other woody fragrance notes. Woody fragrances are one of our personal favourites so we have quite a few of these fragrance oils.

Oud has been around for centuries but it has only recently become popular in fragrance oils and western perfumes / aftershaves.

What is oud or oudh? Oud is a fragrant resinous wood also known as agarwood, aloeswood, eaglewood or gharuwood. It is formed in the wood of certain species of trees when they are infected with the mould Phialophora parasitica. Infected trees secrete resin to combat the mould. Trees that are not infected have pale and odourless wood compared to the infected trees. Many factors influence the final fragrance of the oud wood oud essential oil. (credit : summarised from Wikipedia)

What does oud smell like? The fragrance can vary but its rich and woody, slightly sweet and smoky. It often has earthy, leathery, musky, slightly spicy notes. We will describe our woody fragrances, some of which have oud notes in.

Some of our woody fragrances are in the woody, musky, spicy category, some are in our oriental / ambery category on our website. Many of our fragrances have been described in our own words in our review. To access the fragrance oil review, click on the link just above the documents on the fragrance oil listing. We have tried to put our fragrance oils into categories below to help you decide which to try. These are our own interpretation of fragrance categories. Categories are not cut and dried and often fragrances could be put in more than one category as the boundaries between fragrance categories blur but this should give you a good starting point


Woody Fragrance Oils

  • Frosted Pinecone
  • Amber & Driftwood
  • Oakmoss & Amber
  • Bibliotheque / Library
  • Palo Santo
  • Christmas Tree
  • White Patchouli
  • Cottonwood


Male Perfume Type Woody Fragrance Oils

  • Ye Olde Barber Shoppe
  • Sandalwood & Oakmoss
  • Black Birch & Cedar
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Titanium 

Spiced Wood Fragrance Oils

  • Fireplace

Oriental / Ambery Woody Fragrance Oil

  • Tonka & Oud
  • Stardust
  • Amber
  • Nag Champa Jasmine
  • Nag Champa Rose
  • Dragons Incense
  • Sandalwood & Black Pepper
  • Silver & Gold
  • Cedarwood & Jasmine
  • Sandalwood & Vanilla
  • Tonka & Tobacco Flower
  • Feng Shui
  • Caribbean Teakwood
  • Santas Pipe / Cherrywood & Tobacco
  • Vintage & Vetiver
  • Black Vanilla
  • Soft Leather
  • Crackling Firewood
  • Bookworm
  • Baltic Amber
  • Dark Rum Tabac
  • African Teak
  • Sandalwood
  • Ashwood & Incense
  • Frankincense

Before we were fragrance oil suppliers we were asked by one of our customers to make candles with woody fragrance notes. We went along with this request but were not convinced about the idea. As soon as we made the candles up we totally understood the request for woody scents. This request for candles started our love of woody fragrance oils. If you have steered away from these types of scents, please give them a try - hopefully you will love them as much as we do.

All of our fragrance oils & essential oil blends are vegan, cruelty free, lilial free, Phthalate free, Paraben free, silicone free, PEG free, Acrylate free, free of Nitro and Polycyclic Musk.

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