The trees are grown throughout south-east Asia, India and Bangladesh and agarwood is said to be the most expensive timber in the world - indeed, one of the most expensive of all natural raw ingredients.
Part of the reason for the cost is that the agar tree is now registered by CITES as a potentially threatened species - not surprisingly when the global agarwood market is thought to be worth over £5 billion annually.
The scent itself varies considerably depending on the wood used, where the tree was grown and whether the tree itself was cultivated or naturally infected. The fragrance is - unsurprisingly - described as warm, woody with a slight hint of damp rot, while some varieties are smoky and sweet. It can be very potent so not one for the faint-hearted." GQ Magazine
So, let's start; below are some options for Oud's - Please note some of them are unisex; we have indicated if the Oud is specialized for women, men or both.