History of Agarwood
Agarwood trees are commonly found throughout South East Asia where they thrive in tropical climates. The heartwood of the Aquilaria species are the essence of the fragrance of which Agarwood also known as Gaharu is highly sough after. Used in multiple ceremonial and religious functions, the harvesting of these wood has been dated back to late 18th century are even further. It most prominent uses are in incense where they give off this woody, amber and mildly smoky scent.
The heartwood itself has no fragrance properties until it is infected but by strain of mold that cause the changes in the resins in the bark of the tree. From the pale resins, the infection of the woods turns the resin into a very dark and dense amber colour. This process takes about 10 years before the heartwood can be harvested. The uniqueness of this process along with locating the trees are what makes the fragrances costly.
UNITED FRAGRANCES & AGARWOOD
Here we practice ethical farming but practicing in responsible harvesting, we ensure that we only take what is need while leaving the forest untouched. Research has been underway to only located parts of the tree suitable for harvesting to allow it to recover and not impact the local ecosystem.