Nowadays, the demand for agarwood is increasing, especially in Taiwan, Saudi Arabian, Hong Kong, Egypt, India, Japan, Oman, and China. While the source of agarwood in South Asian nations has decreased because of deforestation and over-exploitation, Vietnam, with a large quantity of aquilaria trees, is recognized as the country owning the highest quality agarwood.
What makes agarwood of Vietnam different from any other kinds of foreign agarwood?
The answer lies inside the aquilaria tree.
Agarwood is founded inside Aquilaria trees. Aquilaria is a family consisting of 25 species, only 19 of which can produce agarwood. According to Professor Gishi Honda (Tokyo University – Japan), Aquilaria Crassna in Vietnam produces the best agarwood of the world.
Aquilaria Crassna is fully grown in Indochina countries, including Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. In Vietnam, the Aquilaria tree can be seen from Tuyen Quang, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh to Kien Giang (Phu Quoc Island), especially more in the coastal provinces from Quang Binh to Binh Thuan.
It is thought that the quality of cultivated agarwood is not as good as the natural one. Some people even say that all planted agarwood is artificial and full of toxic chemicals. Are these opinions right?
The answer is YES, and… NO
Cultivated agarwood is collected after 2-3 years, while natural agarwood remains in the wide aquilaria trees during up to 10 years. Thus, the oil quality in natural agarwood is always better, which results in 3 or 4 times higher trading price.
Despite the artificial foundation, cultivated agarwood products are absolutely chemical free.
There is no dirty trick, no excessive usage of chemical fertilizers, and no harmful substances application. The plantation process simply duplicates that of the nature, i.e. physically damaging the tree with the help of blades, drilling holes or fire damage. Although there are injections of fungal compound similar to ants’ hormone to keep the wounds open, they are subject to a close scrutiny to ensure appropriate content. Also, at the time when agarwood is extracted, the compound has already worn off.
Because of an increase in demand for agarwood, some manufacturers have produced low-quality products as a way of cost- and time saving. Agarwood chips and bracelets can be soaked with artificial oil, and essential oil is mixed with other kinds of fragrance.
It is not easy to distinguish between pure agarwood and the mixed one. Therefore, consumers should know the brand with high reputation as well as the attributes of high-quality agarwood before entering into any business transaction regarding to agarwood.
As a agarwood manufacturers, OUD Vietnam has invested in professionally technical equipment and continuous researches so as to produce the best products, which are the Quintessence of Vietnamese Agarwood.
Agarwood chips, one of the best products manufactured by OUD Vietnam, are made of sweet woody scent agarwood. The product is guaranteed to be chemical free.
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