Bakhoor incense is essentially wood chips that have been submerged in perfume oils with the addition of other natural ingredients like sandalwood, resin and essential oils. Bakhoor is very popular in the Middle East over any other region and it is so loved because it is diverse and is available in a number of varieties so as to suit the needs of many. Bakhoor is an important part of the Arabic culture and is a component that is being known to the rest of the world. Bakhoor can be found in the forms of chips, blocks, and balls or in a chocolate shape.
What does Bakhoor smell like?
Bakhoor is available in a diverse range of aromas and you most likely will find one to your liking. The most common fragrances are woody and earthy such as Sandalwood, Amber and Oudh.
How to use Bakhoor at home
The most common way to use Bakhoor is to burn it so the aromatic molecules engulf the surrounding space.
You will need: Your preferred Bakhoor chips, incense burner or mabkhara and charcoal discs.
Once you have all these in place, follow this process.
Place the charcoal disc/discs inside the mabkhara or incense burner
Light the coal pieces until you see a sparks emerging from the coal.
Once you see a layer of gray ash on it, the coal is hot enough to place the Bakhoor on it.
Place the Bakhoor on the coal and in a few seconds, your space will be filled with its aroma.
What is the difference between Oudh and Bakhoor?
The terms Oudh and Bakhoor are sometimes used inter-changeably among incense lovers. However, there is a huge difference between the two. Oudh refers to the chips of the Agarwood tree that undergo minimal processing and the aroma you enjoy is only the earthy fragrance of Agarwood chips. On the other hand, Bakhoor is wood chips that have been soaked n various perfume oils. So the Arabic Bakhoor incense comes in a diverse range of fragrances. Bakhoor can also contain Oudh in the form of attar or perfume oil. Bakhoor appears oily due to the presence of aromatic compounds and oils imparted synthetically.
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