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Bukhoor is a great home fragrance and is brought out on special occasions like wedding, love moments, or for welcoming guests . Men and Women use it to give their clothes an exotic smell. It's far better than Incense sticks. What is Bukhoor or Bakhoor is the Arabic name given to scented bricks or a blend of natural traditional ingredients, mainly woodchips. Oudh the Arabic name for Agarwood/Aloeswood soaked in fragrant oils and mixed with other natural ingredients (resin, ambergris, musk, sandalwood, essential oils and others). These scented chips/bricks are burned in charcoal or incense burners to perfume the house and clothing with the fragrance rich thick smoke. This is used specifically on special occasions like weddings or on relaxing times and love occasions or generally just to perfume the house or store, and to boost positive energy. It is traditional in many Arab countries to pass Bukhoor amongst the guests in the Majlis (meaning sitting room) this is done as a
gesture of hospitality. The Bukhoor is usually burned in a traditional incense burner called Mabkhara it has other names in other courtiers like Majmor, using charcoal of wood or manufactured charcoal discs/briquettes. But many people nowadays use electrical incense burners because they are faster and safer to use. I personally like to use the charcoal because it's traditional, natural and burns Bakhoor better. Bakhoor in Yemen is made mainly of natural ingredients and every maker that cooks the bakhoor has its secret recipe that distinguishes her/him from others. Some of those makers inherited the art of making Bakhoor from their great ancestors and still keep the secret from generation to generation. Also it is very popular in South Asian countries like Sri Lanka and India. In Yemen and some Arab countries Bakhoor is hand-made using a cooking method (on fire) while there is other countries that make it using baking method mixing resins (doesn't use fire, it's baked maybe like clay) and is mostly manufactured these days. With Bakhoor the fragrance is carried to the air by smoke and adhere to things last longer by the properties of Oudh (Agarwood). The longer the Bakhoor kept on a closed glass jar, the better the scent become. In my experience the real original (not commercial) hand made Bakhoor found in Aden-Yemen is the best Uses of Bakhoor to Perfume the house. On special occasions like wedding. To create a romantic atmosphere in bedrooms. or welcoming gusts and a gesture of hospitality. Used to boost positive energy. Used in commercial shops and stores (specially that's related to clothes) to attract customers and to enhance their buying experience. It's used after a meal cooking or cigarettes smoke to quickly discard the bad smells and perfume the place. It also gives your bath and water a wonderful smell. Also Bakhoor can enhance the mood and motivate creativity.