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Agarwood - Gyrinops Walla

Agarwood is an extremely valuable resinous heartwood extracted from the stems of Aquilaria and Gyrinops trees which are mostly native to Southeast Asia. The procedure involves a physical contamination of a wounded part of the tree where a certain fungi will attack the cells of the stem which will lead to the production of harvest. Agarwood is formed as an antibody to fight against the fungi and this is a unique characteristic of Aquilaria and Gyrinops trees.

Agarwood formation can result both through natural and human-induced ways. While the natural formation has almost become extinct, mankind has found an alternative method that involves fungi inoculation. By injecting the fungi to the tree trunk Agarwood can be formed and the quality of the Agarwood heavily depends on the quality of the inoculation. However, it is common knowledge that no inoculation method can reach the quality of naturally formed Agarwood also known as wild Oud. The natural formation can happen when the tree is struck by lightning or damaged by animal scraping, triggering the antibody inside the stem of the tree.

Throughout the past decades, illegal poaching has made Wild Agarwood go extinct. Today the majority of the Agarwood market consists of inoculated Agarwood which still holds a higher value.

Gyrinops Walla locally known as “Wallapatta” is a unique species of Agarwood that is indigenous to Sri Lanka. It is stated that travelers such as Ibn Batuta took this species of Agarwood to the Arabian Oud market centuries ago. Although Wallapatta has a special place in the Agarwood market its true value was never exploited until recently. Here at Pintanna we strive to make sure that Wallapatta is recognized in the global market in the coming years. Our Estate consists more than 2000 Wild Wallapatta trees (naturally-induced) ready to be harvested. Some of these trees are more than 40 years old whilst majority of the trees are above 25 years old.

Agarwood is identified as one of the most expensive and valued trees in the world due its multipurpose characteristics. From the root to its leaves Agarwood can be utilized in various industries such as Pharmaceutical, Cosmetic, Tea, Perfumery and Aromatherapy. It consists of many medically valuable contents, some even capable of treating breast cancer. Oud oil is used to manufacture essential oil, perfumes, shampoos, soaps, creams, scrubs, lipsticks and incense sticks. 

Middle East can be identified as the major consumers of Oud while many other countries are slowly realizing the value of this magnificent tree.

Oud Oil & Oud Chips

Oud or Oudh is a name given to Agarwood Oil and Chips by Agarwood enthusiasts in the market. Sri Lankan Oud is also popularly known as Silani or Saylani in the Middle East. Oud Oil and Chips are heavily consumed in the gulf countries. Users apply Oud oil to the skin especially at some of the nerve points such as the wrist and neck causing the fragrant aroma of oud to emit from the user. Unlike any other essential oil, Oud oil can last more than 24 hours depending on the quality of the oil.


Oud chips are most popular among Muslims where they burn the chips to enjoy an extremely rich aroma. They would often fumigate their clothes or hair with the smoke which can last the aroma for hours.

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