By the end of this guide you’ll learn the details of how to apply and wear artisanal oud oil and EO Essentials, and you’ll read about an innovative technique using oud oils to enhance memory, improving your recall capabilities.
Included is how to properly load the applicator, several methods and styles of application, and techniques for enhancement of sillage and projection as well as a word on the etiquette of scent.
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If you’re just getting started or transitioning into the world of natural fragrances and oud oils to receive a bottle of fragrance with no atomizer can leave even the most seasoned frag-head sniffing at the cap wondering now what?!?
But don’t be deterred, it’s really easy to use oud oil and below you’ll find out in detail how.
The sturdy glass bottles come with crystal applicators and a slight twist breaks the seal allowing for smooth extraction of the applicator. We have chosen crystal applicators to ensure less plastic is submerged in the artisanal oud oil potentially leaching into the oil over time. This is especially a consideration when you’re planning to age the oud oil, maturing it like fine wine in a cellar potentially for decades. In the short term solubility of plastic is more of a concern to oils with caustic attributes such as camphor, clove and cinnamon, and not oud.
Though tightly sealed sample vials are even easier to open. Just peel them open as you would a crisp banana.... They’re engineered not to pop open, so pulling the applicator straight out creates suction and is almost impossible to do.
Once you take the applicator out, load it with the adequate amount to be utilized depending on your preferred method of application and your style of scent appreciation.
If you take the applicator out of a new bottle right away it's likely over loaded and depending on the viscosity of the oil it may drip from the applicator as soon as it comes out, so slowly extract the applicator, and “rim” the excess within the bottle to save you the grief of wasted oud oil and from olfactory overload in the case of the more potent oud oils.
After rimming the applicator submerge it to the desired depth, just the tip for training, studying the aroma, or to sip on throughout the day up to a fully loaded applicator to apply with spot distribution when wearing as a fragrance.
As for the sample vials, depending on how full it is, you may need to tilt the vial allowing the oil to coat the applicator and get sufficient amounts.
Once you’ve loaded the applicator with the desired amount you’re ready to apply the oil and there are several methods of application based on your style and if you’re approaching the oud as a fragrance, to enhance meditation, therapeutically, or to study it as a connoisseur of oud, an #Oudept.
You can dot, swipe, and dab your way to oud bliss…
The most common method of application is the ' swipe.’
To swipe apply the full length of the applicator to the skin in a linear motion; or if you want enough for spot distribution aka ‘dabbing,’ or therapeutic uses, roll the applicator while in contact with your skin transferring the entire contents onto that one spot. Then apply the excess to various locations.
Applying the oil as a swipe is the most common method for use of oud oil as a fragrance because it allows you to put on quantities ideal for projection and sillage. Keep reading to find out tips to maximize both performance factors below.
There’s more to application than just spreading it out or rubbing it in. In fact there's known aromatic benefit to not rubbing the oud oil in when using it specifically as a fragrance, although absorption is needed and beneficial when using artisanal oud oils therapeutically and ultimately to experience the range of the profile encapsulated within the oud.
For spot distribution apply a full applicator to an easy to reach spot on your skin, my personal preference is the back of my left hand. I use it as an artist would use their pallet, and my right pinky then becomes my paintbrush.
Then take a portion of the oil on your pinky and apply it to various points of application, most commonly just behind each earlobe, this spot is ideal for all three performance factors and applicable to each social zone.
Lastly, for those seeking to become Oudept, who enjoy observing the ornate facets and nuanced details of the scent’s profile as it evolves, there’s the method simply called ‘the dot.’
The dot is also ideal while training your olfactory receptors. Training your senses on microscopic amounts of oils will potentially increase your ability to pick up on nuances and specific notes down the line. Such practice takes time and dedication as do all methods of refinement. Also because our olfactory receptor neurons replenish every 30-40 days as you train your nose you’ll literally be able to smell more of the scent profile as your olfactory neurons renew.
Prior to your first experience with oud and natural aromatics, It’s worth abstaining from all synthetic fragrances to prevent additional damage to your receptors and to enable a full experience of the natural aromatics, be it Artisanal Oud oil, Artisanal Parfüm, or EO Essentials.
When utilizing the dot a single 3 gram bottle of oud oil will last for almost an entire year if worn everyday, but since variety is the spice of life, oud oil used as fragrance can last years and years depending on the number of bottles in the rotation of your scent wardrobe.
“The dot” is exactly what it sounds like, simply take the applicator and after rimming the excess apply the very tip of it to your choice spot; two common locations are the inner wrist and the back of the hand. In these locations you’re able to ‘sip’ the fragrance throughout the day, bringing your hand in range to appreciate the fine aromatic and observe the scent evolution’s intricacies.
The mistake that veterans commonly make is to apply the oud oil to the area of your hand near the v of your thumb and fore-finger. Not only is the pulse point a bit further back and more central on the hand, but that is exactly where your hand will grip another as you shake, and washing your hands throughout the day will diminish its efficacy. So skip the v of the hand and go for the inner wrist.
To maximize the effectiveness and enjoyment of your artisanal oud oil, where you apply it is crucial, and I’m not just talking pulse points here.
The locations and methods you use should depend on your style, the occasion, and purpose or intention for wearing the oud oil.
Fragrance has become the number one reason to wear oud oil, but oud oils are also used to enhance meditation and spiritual pursuits, memory, focus and therapeutic purposes and the ideal locations differ slightly for each.
When applying artisanal oud oil as a fragrance, there are three major factors: projection, sillage, and longevity and combinations of different locations maximize these performance variables.
A known technique is to apply on various pulse-points, and considering a lot of information is available about that I’m not going to get into here, save a few key spots.
One secret to projection with natural aromatics and oud oils is surface area. Surface area allows for the oud oil to be more diffusive thus ‘projecting’ into the air, and the keys to this are quantity and breadth of application. Considering that in most cases we’re wearing clothing, the surfaces that are unobstructed to project the aromatic oils are our faces, neck, and hands, although application onto clothing can and should be used correctly as discussed later on.
For both projection and sillage apply generous quantities of the oud oils to the sides of your neck along the carotid artery, a well known pulse point, and to the fundamental spot behind your earlobe. To increase the longevity of the oil behind your earlobe don’t rub it in but dab it on and allow the oil to slowly absorb, lengthening the process from opening to drydown and increasing the overall longevity of the experience.
On the neck spread the oil as you would a lotion or cream, the large surface area will allow the oud’s scent to project more which is also ideal for sillage, the scent trail you leave behind.
Because the air flows past your neck as you walk it’s the ideal spot for sillage as well as personal enjoyment of the aromatic oil throughout the day. Theoretically the more oud oil you have on, the more aromatic molecules will be left behind increasing the density of the trail. However not all oud oils perform the same, so you’ll have to experience different amounts to find what you enjoy the most.
Another variable that enhances projection on pulse points is blood flow. The higher your heart rate the faster your pulse points pulse. The warmer your body the more the aromatic molecules will fly off into the air (project). That’s why you may experience reemergence of the scent of an oud oil during an evening workout or walk, long after you thought it had disappeared and is also part of the reason oud performs differently for each individual; because we all have different body types.
The performance of oud oil, its projection, sillage and longevity also depend on environmental factors, which we have little or no control over.
Projection and longevity are opposing factors when it comes to natural aromatics, and if it projects well, usually that means it won’t stick around long and if the longevity is great usually that means it stays pretty close to the skin. However these vary in each phase of an oud oil: the naturally occurring top, mid and base notes. So the top of an oud can have incredible projection but less longevity, while the mid and base have more longevity. Or the top can have longevity while the mid projects more and then the base phase again has higher longevity. Etc…
For overall performance several application points are needed. To enhance the longevity of an oud oil, apply it to the inner part of your collar, cuffs, and just inside the placket of your shirt and jacket. Use indirect spot distribution so as not to transfer anything from your clothing onto your applicator and likewise take care not to stain light colored clothing.
After using your pinky or any finger to apply the oud oil to various spots, you can directly apply the remainder to the above locations on clothing. This indirect application will prevent oil spots from appearing on light colored clothing.
Before you button your collar you can apply it directly to the point that reflexologists and acupressure practitioners refer to as ‘the heaven rushing out spot’ above where the clavicles join beneath your neck (also used for therapeutic applications) or similarly apply to the cubital fossa, your ‘elbow pits’ before putting on your shirt.
These rarely thought of points of application are usually protected by a layer of clothing allowing for the fragrance to remain for a longer period of time in your intimate zone, and you’ll be surprised at how often the ouds scent projects from these spots and the fragrance will make its appearance in those intimate moments when its most appreciated.
The two most essential spots for you are the cuff and collar because as you motion in conversation and during day to day activities the scent will waft out enhancing your experience and the experience of those around you.
If you just want personal enjoyment of the aroma, a single dab behind each earlobe is sufficient for the day, as wisps and whiffs of the aroma transport you with the scent of far off exotic lands refocusing the mind like a mini vacation.
The anxiolytic attributes of oud oil help you unwind and aid meditation in addition to its other therapeutic purposes.
Beyond the general feeling of enhanced well being you’ll get by wearing oud and smelling great there are known traditional therapeutic uses for Oud oil and oud wood.
Oud is known in Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda for many uses, including treatment of heart conditions, stomach ailments, to possess anesthetic properties alleviating mild (and sometimes excruciating) pain, and for its seemingly endless anxiolytic functions, relaxation and focus, as well as many esoteric properties opening internal channels of energy.
For therapeutic application it’s recommended to apply liberally to pulse points such as the inner wrist and throat and to rub the oils in to enhance absorption into the bloodstream and allow the healing properties to take more immediate effect.
The absorption of aromatics into the bloodstream should also be carefully considered when wearing synthetic fragrances because certain molecules will end up in your bloodstream and may have damaging carcinogenic properties, and adhere to your fatty organ tissues.
For meditation and during study with intense focus, or perhaps non-focus, a lesser amount of oud oil is needed.
Study can be two things: one is close observation of the scent— studying the scent evolution of the artisanal oud oil's profile, and two is when pursuing academic interests, understanding and memorizing information; New Knowledge.
Given the intensity of focus, a single dot behind each ear, under the chin, or within one’s beard is sufficient. You can apply more if you’d like higher intensity.
During meditation you can apply more for the fragrance to take you through its scent evolution like a guide on a journey rather than just an enhancement.
For an even more intense experience apply a microscopic dot to your philtrum, that little groove right below your nose.
Given the sensitivity of this area and because it likely has been left alone your whole life, I recommend that if you choose to try it to only use a microscopic dot of the oil and to space out applications on this spot, because it will need time to adjust and gain tolerance to stimulus. This location is prone to induce olfactory fatigue however, and may have the adverse effect of your brain muting the fragrance because it’s simply too strong.
While studying I don’t recommend applying a dot to your hand unless you’re solely observing the oil itself because likely you’ll end up sitting there sniffing your hand and staring off into space rather than focusing on the information in front of you.
Which brings me to the technique used to enhance memory recall.
As you know scent is strongly tied to memory so when you’re intaking new information use an oud that you’ve never experienced before. That scent will be associated with the information obtained while wearing it and when you wear it again for your presentation or whenever you wish to recall the information the associative memory will enable you to more easily recall the information associated with that particular scent. This technique is especially effective with Ensar Oud oils because the scents are particularly unique unlike many day to day aromas and fragrances which you’ll already have associations with.
For best performance apply to a variety of locations including hidden spots of one’s clothing: inside of collars, plackets and the cuffs of your sleeves as well as the ‘hotspots’ of the body known as pulse points with focus on your inner wrist, behind your earlobes and on the neck along the carotid artery for projection and sillage.
There are different social zones to consider when applying oud oil and EO Essentials which I categorize as intimate, casual and familiar. Intimate refers to scents that you want to keep to yourself for personal enjoyment and only share with those literally closest to you. Casual refers to passing encounters through day to day activities, and the familiar zone is the recurring encounters with colleagues and friends.
A major point of etiquette when it comes to scent is that zones are considered. An artisanal oud scent profile that you enjoy but that those in your familiar zone may not appreciate, should be applied in a manner that reserves it for your intimate zone, using single dots under your chin, in your beard or mustache, on your t-shirt or in your ‘heaven’s rushing out’ spot, just below your collar.
If you want to turn the heads of passersby in your casual zone and really leave an impression, apply the oil on your neck, behind the ear lobe and wrist to maximize sillage and projection. More oil will magnify the effect, or simply reapply it for those extremely potent and diffusive top notes.
When you first apply the oud oil it’s like letting a genie out of the bottle *poof* It's incredibly diffusive and the convenience of the sturdy glass bottle fitting into your pocket allows it to be applied and reapplied at opportune moments throughout the day and to easily share with friends.
For the familiar zone, unless looking to make a statement, the most important consideration is the acceptable nature of the profile. In general start with Organic Ouds from Thailand and Cambodia, or go for the tropical allure of Sri Lankan oud oils before getting into the more sophisticated and challenging profiles of wild oud. Their sweet yet exotic profiles are welcoming, approachable, and widely enjoyed.