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Why Do Some Oud's Smell Like Petroleum Or Diesel?

Mr.P

Evoloudtionary Bioudlogist
You need a lot of material - enough to produce enough oil to coat the sides of the separator funnel and condenser and still extra to form a layer on top of the water.

If you distill a few tola of oil, not a problem but if you are trying for just a few grams you will lose a high percentage to just sticking to the walls of glassware, etc.

Also oud requires a long distillation especially if at ambient pressure. You might have to have 48 - 72 hours free to focus on maintaining heat, refilling water, keeping the pump going and condenser operating properly, etc. it is work and requires expertise, a lot of material, and a lot of time.
 

Chiheisen_Horizon

Oud Beginner
You need a lot of material - enough to produce enough oil to coat the sides of the separator funnel and condenser and still extra to form a layer on top of the water.

If you distill a few tola of oil, not a problem but if you are trying for just a few grams you will lose a high percentage to just sticking to the walls of glassware, etc.

Also oud requires a long distillation especially if at ambient pressure. You might have to have 48 - 72 hours free to focus on maintaining heat, refilling water, keeping the pump going and condenser operating properly, etc. it is work and requires expertise, a lot of material, and a lot of time.
i am aware of that , but for that price its possible to obtain the materials. then again, really its just a suggestion.
 

humbll

Hopelessly Addicted to Oud
Hi, back in September 2013 I bought a sampler pack of Ensars premium oils, one of which was called Maroke 2004. When I swiped this oil I INSTANTLY fell in love with the "fuelish" topnote. I have never smelled anything so heavenly. I still have a small amount of this oil in the sample vial, it is one of my most treasured possessions. I dare not swipe it anymore for fear of depleting it. All I do with it is open the vial and sniff. I regrettably was never able to afford to buy a bottle at that time, so I make do with the sample vial. I recently contacted Adam Colburn, one of Ensars team members, and told him of my love affair with the Maroke sample due to that fuel smelling top note, and he suggested I would probably enjoy Aroké Roshi. Rather than just a sample I blindly purchased a 3 gram bottle, which I am eagerly anticipating to be delivered on Monday. I would be happy to know the names and vendors of other ouds with a similar topnote as the Maroke 2004, if you care to share :)
 

Rai Munir

Musk Man
[email protected], pleased to read your post that reflects your passion for Merauke.

If that particular feel that you experienced in Merauke 04 is being craved for, I don't think that is in Aroke Roshi. It is more Walla Patta and raw and unripe crassana and excessively sweet oil, in my opinion. Syed Ascent by AA is a stunning Merauke, though gone. And Jannah by ASO is a beautiful Merauke, with a very prominent Merauke profile.
 

Pureoud1

Oud Beginner
I've noticed lately that many of the more recent OUD's I've bought, the majority smell at some point smell like gasoline. I am wondering why? I've never seen it mentioned in the description.
I bought recently a legend Sample from Ensar oud a and I was also surprise to smell this high petroleum on my skin such that I was really scare that if there was a fire my skin will goes off. I’m not trying to be dramatic but that’s the constat I made. The oil was smelling like petroleum. That’s was Borneo 50K. The oil smell sweet mix the petroleum smell it’s really confusing. Can someone please elaborate.
 
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Pureoud1

Oud Beginner
I bought recently a legend sample in which Borneo 50K a sweet beautiful scent in background I smelled petroleum yes I smelled petroleum those who has very high sensitive nose will notice this . I was wandering why that’s smell . All of the sample was good. I sent an email to Adam from Ensar but I did not get any reply yet. So I wanted to see if someone has the same experience like me and I was shocked to see. A petroleum in an oud oil mean to be pure without any chemical in it bring a lot of questions. I’m not trying to Bach anyone. I mentioned Adam oil because that’s the place the oil is from. Thank you
 

Andrew Salkin

it's aboud time!
Staff member
This note is not unusual in Borneo oils - and I think for the most part starts "going away" after you've smelled more oils.

If you read my first few posts ever on this forum, i had a post about this same note - one I experienced in a cambodi oil. Now, going back to that same oil, I no longer smell petrol at all - and it's almost confusing to me how I smelled it so strongly early on in my oud love affair.

A lot of non-soak high frequency oils are so top note heavy and terpene rich that it can confuse the brain - and sometimes a strong camphor note for example could be confused with petrol.
 

Pureoud1

Oud Beginner
I have been contact by Ensar oud (Adam )and the reason he states is almost the same you mentioned Andrew Salkin thanks again. I order kinam rouge, oud Ahmad white.
 
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Pureoud1

Oud Beginner
EO Oudh oil are good very nice smell scent. But they are sometimes sweet. One thing I will say it’s more for westerners I don’t the reel connoisseur will buy EO Oudh and with the price tag. The man has, I will say 75% or 80% person of Oudh oil and the rest are other essential oil that which is great. I’m not bashing anyone. Or I come to believe the goods days of EO are gone now... and the business of pure Oudh is very difficult to keep ...
 

Lorenz_156

Oud Fan
Which Borneo has the most petrol/gasoline/kerosene like smell to it? I am looking for a Mint, Vanilla, Cinnamon and Petrol bomb !
Hope someone can help

TIA
 

JimiKofski

Oud Beginner
For me smells TRAT from RBO really like cinnamon, for first didn't believed its pure oud,

but i think its good quality stuff.

Had plantaged oud wood from vietnam it have a lot of similarites with this oud oil for me.


But petrol? Never had thoughts like this. Sounds shoud order Borneo 50k
 
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perfumialist

Just Arrived
I completely agree with your Statement..!! I have bought ASQ oud oils, that did smell like terrible gasoline smell, so I decided to forget about it, and then after almost a year I went back and applied it one more time and surprisingly that gasoline accord turned very very pleasant smell ,and in general that Oud oil went from Terrible to nice ..!

My educated guess : ageing is a major factor in OUD smell .
Due to the highly rich sesquiterpene reactions that oudh oil contains, there may be differences in the aroma you perceive 1 year after you first smell it. It is one of the rarest essential oils in the world, which promises a unique magical experience that will surprise you every time it takes on a constantly changing, more beautiful, more refined aroma as the sesquiterpene ratio increases and continues to change for up to 10 years.
 

James1

Oud Fan
Ummmm maybe that’s you?! :Roflmao:

Seriously though, what have you got that’s smells like gasoline?! o_O

It’s interesting though, to share these observations. Too many people are reticent to do so, but we can all learn from them.

I remember speaking to Ensar about some samples I’d bought from him. One of the Ouds had an unmistakable burnt rubber smell. I called it the Goodyear note and asked him about it. He flatly denied it and said that there was no rubber or burnt rubber note at all.

No matter how many times I went back, that note was crystal clear to me and very obvious. It smelled like a car screaming off the start line and burning tyres.

The Oud in question was Purple Dervish (I think - this is going back almost exactly 6 years). I revisited the sample last year and that harsh rubber note has evolved into a soft burned marshmallow note which is quite pleasant.

I never read any other reviews at the time that noticed what I did. Maybe people were too hesitant to say anything negative or maybe it was just an idiosyncratic feature of my olfactory perception.

What I do feel is that any customer who has spent a LOT of cash (and in the “normal” world, that’s $30-40+) has every right to share their opinion on the Ouds they have purchased. A negative experience of one Oud by someone doesn’t necessarily mean the Oud is bad... it could just be down to personal preference and a myriad of other things. Or it could be that the Oud is bad, but that’s life.
I get lots of ouds that have strange smells that I don't hear about in the description or from anyone else. The way I smell an oud seems to depend on my mind state. From day to day an oud can smell pretty different. Sometimes I just get to know it better and sometimes it's almost completely different. Sometimes I might catch some strange note, as strange as burnt rubber, but then I will go back a month later and smell the same oud and the weird note is gone. Smell is in the brain just as much as it's in the nose.
 

sendnouds

Oud Beginner
I've noticed lately that many of the more recent OUD's I've bought, the majority smell at some point smell like gasoline. I am wondering why? I've never seen it mentioned in the description.
This is something I can relate too. An almost gasoline or diesel aroma, which i attribute to the more greener oils. The Siam SK and Malay oil I picked up to sample from Agar Aura have this effect. Though, the Siam SK has a numbing effect, cool, almost cocaine aroma from it during first whiff. Cocaine is made with diesel or fuel. Perhaps this is where my personal association comes from. Also, who knows what the soil has absorbed over time depending on the source/location/storage of the wood 🤷‍♂️. Such small or great variances in nature could create interesting results I am sure.
 
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