From the first sniff I understad this what the general Arab market will name it as ” Cambodi” doing a simple physical test by mixing it with 96% alcohol, I had great suspicion that it is oud mixed with other things.
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Well after a long slumber and dormant, I am thinking of write again in this blog. The story began few months ago, when a friend from Saudi Arabia gave a a small bottle of what to be presumed as most popular oud oil in Saudi the “Cambodi Oud.” From the first sniff I understand this what the general Arab market will name it as ” Cambodi Oud” doing a simple physical test by mixing it with 96% alcohol, I had great suspicion that it is oud mixed with other things. Out of my curiousity, I brought it to the lab on February 27 for GC-MS test here are the results.
this is the first page of analysis, and here is the second page of GC MS analysis for the Cambodi.
Now let us discuss about these result.Many times I argue that nose alone cannot the tools to asses the purity or genuine state of an oil, GC MS can be the jugde because it is a machine and machine doesn’t lie.
At the first of the peak we can see Dipropylene glycol. What is this ? This is synthetic solvent. The usage of this solvent is to make the oil much sticky and long lasted. Next peak are Phenethyl methyl ketone &
Methoxycitronellal, both are synthetic aroma chemical, the second one is not found in the nature rather constructed material.
From the next peak to ISOLONGIFOLAN-8-OL these are the agarwood oil itself, after that there is Ambrox and so on that are aroma chemical such as musk ambrette etc. The more frustrating part is the present of lsopropvl myristate at 5% this is alo anothe type of solvent.
So if you count the peak from peak 6 which is Alpha Gurjunene to ISOLONGIFOLAN-8-OL, we can crudely estimate that this what so called ” Cambodi Oud” is only 26% is oud or even less. The present of esthers and acids is the sign of hardcore soaking the woods prior distillation.
The moral hazard is if this oil mostly claimed as pure and cambodi. The question is how big Cambodia forest is? And how could it withstand demand from the whole Saudi for decades?
Well this is one of your answer. Forgery and watering down.
Be a smart consumer especially when you are in the gulf countries. Because very few real things are there. The mentality getting the largest profit with victimized the consumer in oud world is a decades old, now it is the time. To you dear readers to change it.
Thank you for your attention and have a pleasant day
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