With its exquisite fragrance and delicate aromatic notes, bakhoor is a treat for all perfume enthusiasts. Originating from Yemen, these earthy-scented wood chips are soaked in essential oils and other potent natural ingredients that give it a unique long-lasting fragrance, unlike any modern perfume. In this guide, we will be discussing how to use bakhoor.
The word “Bakhoor” is derived from the Arabic language which refers to aromatic wood chips. The product comes in different forms and shapes and is mainly imported from various Middle-Eastern countries. While the practice of regular application of bakhoor is confined to Saudi Arabia, products having this similar woody scents are found across the Arabian Peninsula.
When it comes to bakhoor application, you can either rub the aromatic oil on your skin or burn the wood chips on charcoal. Instead of applying oud oil, burning incense sticks allows you to experience the scent profile of bakhoor according to its full potential. In a traditional setting, you are supposed to stand near the bakhoor burner and allow your clothes to be fully covered in incense smoke. This not only makes the fragrance more intense but also allows it to last long on your garments.
How to Choose Good Quality Bakhoor?
If this is your first time buying bakhoor, you can easily be duped into buying a counterfeit product with toxic ingredients. Many unregulated dealers sell bakhoor with minimal agar wood content to reduce costs. Because of this low agar wood concentration, these products quickly evaporate and don’t last long.
Due to the rarity of agar wood, you are highly likely to come across cheap bakhoor products having no natural agar wood extracts. Long-term usage of these substandard products can be harmful to your respiratory health.
One of the easiest ways to distinguish an original bakhoor product from a counterfeit one is to set it on fire. If you smell a faintly sweet aroma emitting from the smoke, then it is genuine bakhoor. On the other hand, if you smell a sour or alcohol-like odor, then it is most likely fake oud. We suggest buying bakhoor and oud from trustworthy sellers so that you enjoy the traditional fragrance without running into scams.
How to Use Bakhoor at Home?
As mentioned before, burning bakhoor allows you to enjoy its potent scent with its full intensity and let it spread in the entire living space. This is how the traditional users like their bakhoor and for good reason, as it allows the aromatic oil particles to release into the air inside your house.
Whether you want to fill your room or imbue your clothes with this potent fragrance, you need to take certain instructions and precautions into account. Let’s take a look at the two most common ways you can burn bakhoor at home.
1. The Traditional WayTraditionally, people have been enjoying the fragrance of bakhoor by burning it on coal. Following are some essential steps that you might want to follow:
- First, extinguish the charcoal tabs with a handheld lighter over a fire-proof surface.
- Keep on igniting the coal until it gives a glowing red color and is fully covered in grey soot.
- You can also blow on it from a distance to see if it turns red.
- Place the burning charcoal tabs in an oud burner with the help of a pair of tongs.
- Sprinkle some bakhoor powder or chips over the charcoal. Keep on adding small amounts of it until the aroma intensifies around the burner.
- Finally, the heat released from coal tabs will allow the rich aroma of bakhoor to spread in the entire room within a few minutes.
2. With an Electric Bakhoor BurnerFor first-time users, before you use Wani’s personalized set of Bakhoor burners, using an electric bakhoor burner is a convenient method of enjoying the Arabian scent.
- Place the electric incense burner over a fireproof surface and plug it in a wall socket to turn the power on
- After switching the burner on, sprinkle some powder or chips on the top plate.
- To avoid ending up with a mess of melted bakhoor pieces, we recommend covering the top plate with a foil
- After about 15 to 20 minutes you can unplug the device and indulge in the exotic fragrance in your room.
Tips To Remember To Burn Bakhoor
To avoid any potential dangers and health hazards, there are various safety measures that you need to take before burning bakhoor. Here are some key points to consider:
- You need to ensure that the area around you is well ventilated and that there are no loose papers, curtains, or other flammable materials around.
- Before burning bakhoor, ensure that the room has proper ventilation and there are no loose objects in the room such as newspaper and tissue paper.
- Use little amounts of powder or chips at a time, as it is made from natural ingredients that release into the air slowly. If you add large amounts of bakhoor in the incense burner, your room will be covered in smoke in no time which can make it difficult for you to breathe.
- Instead of buying cheap artificial bakhoor sticks, we recommend using natural bakhoor products that have natural ingredients such as herbs and flowers.
- Always use bakhoor in a porcelain pottery burner that has fire-resistance features.
- Finally, never resort to buying cheap charcoal tabs, as that can affect the time it takes to burn bakhoor initially. Also, high-quality charcoal tabs have a long lifespan after being lit.
It wasn’t that difficult, was it? Now you know how to use bakhoor at home like a pro. By following the steps mentioned in this guide, you will be able to enjoy the rich aroma of bakhoor in all its glory.
If you are a novice, we recommend always buying middle-eastern scented products from reputable perfume shops in your neighborhood or on the internet like Wani Perfumes. Purchasing products from our shop can also help you make an informed buying decision, as you can always ask our support team for expert advice. By making the right buying choice, you can achieve a deep relaxation state with the aroma of bakhoor at your home.