Types of Agarwood in the Market
Due to its rarity and high economic value, the problem of counterfeit agarwood products is becoming widespread. For those who are not professionals or do not use agarwood products regularly, it is a challenge to differentiate between genuine and fake products.
At present, there are mainly two forms of agarwood in the market: natural agarwood and artificial agarwood. At the same time, fake agarwood products are also widely available.
Natural agarwood comes from the sap of the Aquilaria tree, a colorful and fragrant resin that the tree uses to heal wounds on its body.
The characteristics of real agarwood include high essential oil content and large weight. Basswood has excellent grain and a relatively dark color. Its mild aroma is distinctive and permeates the surrounding environment.
Natural agarwood is often extremely soft, increasing the difficulty in processing and production. For this reason, natural agarwood becomes a rare and highly valued wood.
The price of a natural agarwood bracelet can range from a few million to a few hundred million dong.
Artificial agarwood is currently the most popular product in the market, highly appreciated not only for its reasonable price but also for its unmatched quality.
This product is made from agarwood trees through a process of planting and growing. Importantly, the growth of artificial agarwood only takes 5 years after transplantation, which is much shorter than the longer time of natural agarwood (about 10 years).
However, not all transplanted trees produce agarwood, and the amount of artificial agarwood produced annually is quite limited, making artificial agarwood a valuable resource. Although it does not retain the same aroma as natural agarwood, artificial agarwood still provides a pleasant mild scent.
Fake agarwood is often made from other types of wood such as sawdust, regular wood chips, plywood, or pressed wood, then soaked in color to simulate the appearance of real agarwood.
The characteristic of this type of fake agarwood is that the aroma is often very strong, not as gentle as real agarwood, and its aroma may disappear and the color may fade when exposed to air for a long time.
Fake agarwood bracelets made to look like real agarwood vary in price 200,000 to 500,000 VND And often appear widely in the market.
How to differentiate between real and fake agarwood?
Agarwood counterfeiting is now becoming very common and increasingly sophisticated, making it difficult to distinguish easily.
Therefore, to avoid buying fake products, it is important that you have enough important information.
Below are four tips and methods to help you effectively distinguish between real agarwood and fake agarwood.
Unlike fake bracelets that have dark brown and shiny colors, natural agarwood bracelets usually have a light brown color and a slightly rough surface.
You can easily identify the oil veins running along the wood fibers, and the more oil veins there are, the more essential oils the bracelet will contain.
When holding a genuine agarwood bracelet you will feel the heaviness in the hand, a characteristic that reflects the quality of the product.
Real agarwood always brings a light, mild aroma, creating a pleasant feeling for the user.
In contrast, counterfeit agarwood often has a strong odor, sometimes almost perfume-like, which is often the result of soaking in artificial essential oils or the use of fragrance chemicals.
These ingredients can affect and harm your health, making fake agarwood unpleasant.
The easiest way to identify real and fake agarwood is the process of burning it. When genuine agarwood is burned, it emits a pleasant aroma and produces little smoke.
Meanwhile, fake agarwood will emit a strong and unpleasant odor, as well as emit large amounts of smoke, causing eye irritation and breathing difficulties due to the use of toxic chemicals during the impregnation process. Therefore, the method of burning agarwood is often preferred to differentiate between real and fake agarwood.
Each type of natural agarwood has a unique flavor, which can be bitter, spicy or sweet, causing a tingling sensation on the tip of the tongue. This characteristic depends on the amount of essential oils present in agarwood, with more essential oils creating a sweeter flavor. Of course, fake agarwood cannot reproduce this unique flavor.
Many people have shown a way to differentiate between real and fake agarwood bracelets by boiling the agarwood bracelets in boiling water for about 30 minutes. According to this method, if an agarwood ring turns the water yellow-brown, it is considered to be fake agarwood.
However, this is an inappropriate method because the basic properties of agarwood are similar to those of oriental medicinal plants. When boiled for a long time, the natural decomposition process may produce color, which is an inevitable phenomenon.
so buddhist products I bring you the secret to know whether agarwood bracelets are real or fake for first time buyers. Let’s try to differentiate. May you be successful!