Monday, June 25, 2012

~Oud or Bakhoor~

Posted by M.S. at 2:55 AM

 I am rebloging from a very good blog on this subject. 
If u visit UAE, u will notice the predominance of scent overpowering u , whether from burners or perfume. The concept of smell is an important part of society and is used under various guises. Many people wonder what the smell actually is, and so I will try to explain.
There are essentially two types of perfume, OUD and BUKHOOR

 Oud is basically wood that has a certain smell to it and in its purest form is used as a kind of perfume for both men and women. Pure Oud will be burned to make the clothes smell nice from the smoke that it emanates. The issue that we like to make a a easy way of smelling nive and in the same time the white kandoora’s or dish dashes remained untouched by oil who will ruin our clothes.

There are other types of oud which do contain oil. But Oud to the common eye looks like small pieces of wood, and originally comes from India.
Bukhoor is a mixture of scents all together and usually looks like round pieces of coal about the size of ur thumb. This sort of scent is used to burn in the home and perhaps u have smelt it burning in the malls. It’s a kind for refreshment of our rooms, our houses.

To burn either of these, u would need an oud or bukhoor burner, commonly termed as a medhan, coal, and some sort of tongs to handle the coals. U will also need a fire burner or lighter of some sort. Oud burners can also be powered these days by electricity, but the purist will tell u that this doesn't give the smell the justice it derserves.

 Oud, itself is relatively expensive and could cost anything from AED1,000 to AED40,000 a pot
- For the same amount of bukhoor, u would pay between AED100 and AED500
- The Medhhan costs anything from AED50 to AED500, but u can get very expnsives ones which are made of pure gold or silver! Expect to pay about AED50 more if you want it powered by electicity. 
- The coal is very cheap, and u may choose to buy these back home. The "magic coals" which are superior quality, last for longer and will not die cost about AED50 for a small box, and should last u a long time.
U can purchase ur bukhoor from many different shops in the souks, depending on what u like. Well known stores that sell in the malls are Ajman, Al Rassassi or Arabian Oud.These will usually provide u with the best quality available. Be sure to smell a wide variety of the scents to decide on what u like. 
In addition, u could purchase something called Al Misk, which is similar to a body lotion. It looks like a cream, and u can add water to it and spray it on your body. 
For those of u who prefer the traditional scents, Dubai can provide some cut price after shaves and perfumes. If u don't mind the tester bottles, a substantial saving can be made on the retail price. Be wary though of purchasing from the markets, though, as u may be purchasing more toilet water than eau de toilette.

And bcoz we r in this subject i wanna give u some tip about linking out a fake DEHN AL3OUD. I saw it at Tv and it's good to know.
- Get a glass of water , put a drop of real dehn al 3oud and mix it .
If the 3oud will dissolve in the water just the same way as sugar do in the water , it means is it original. But the copy one no matter how much u stir on it the drop, it will remain with water ;)

U  can't ignore the common scents that exist when visiting the UAE, whether u get a waft when someone walks past or u smell it as u walk past some of the stores. Taking some Arabic perfume back home with u means bringing some culture about ur time in the desert. 

Bakhoor or oud could be a good present or a memory of your time in Arabic countries, and many people ask what they need to buy or how much they cost. As a general estimate, this is what u need to know when purchasing:


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