is a great home fragrance and is brought out on
special occasions like wedding , love moments , or for welcoming
use it to give their clothes an exotic seducing smell.
*It's far better than Incense sticks*
What is Bakhoor or Bukhoor?
or Bakhoor (Arabic
بخور) is the
Arabic name given to scented bricks or a blend of
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
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
meaning sitting room)
this is done as a gesture of hospitality.
The Bukhoor is
usually burned in a traditional incense burner called
(it has other names in other courtiers like Majmor), using charcoal
of wood or
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.
is made mainly of natural ingredients and
every maker that cooks the bakthoor 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. In Yemen, Also in Oman and other Arab countries, they call
it Bakhoor while others in the Gulf countries call it
Bukhoor. It's the same, but 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
commercial) hand made Bakhoor found in
Aden-Yemen is the
Uses of Bakhoor:
- To Perfume the house.
- On special occasions like wedding.
- To create a romantic atmosphere in bedrooms.
- For welcoming gusts and a gesture of
- Used to boost positive energy and dismiss
- Used in commercial shops and stores
(specially that's related to clothes) to attract customers and to
enhance their buying experience.
- Used in old
- 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!
- Bakhoor can enhance the mood and motivate
Try The Fascinating Scent of Bakhoor
to Use Bakhoor
or Bukhoor (incense) is not a
self-lit substance as Incense sticks. So you will need to use an electrical
Incense burner (see pictures here down) to fast start and safely burn
Bakhoor. These burners must get
too hot for the
Bakhoor to burn properly.
Some people (like me) find it better to use charcoal to better burn the
emitting the smoke of fragrance. In this method, burn a charcoal
disc till it glows on a pottery (Mabkhara),
special metal or ceramic incense burner or maybe on a pot or safe anti-burn
container/plate. We use either a traditional incense burner (shown here
under - first-lift) or a modern charcoal (non electrical / manual)
incense burners (here-under). There is also
some manufactured fast-ignite charcoals that can be bought from
market or from my
(new) Store .
Put a small piece(s) of Bakhoor on the lit glowing charcoal or on
the hot plate of the electric incense burner.
Let the smoke of
fragrance fill the air of the place but not too much since this can
take much oxygen from the room.
The fragrance stays there after the smoke goes away. Don't
open the windows till the room is saturated with the fragrance
carried by the smoke of Bakhoor.
5- To perfume the clothes with Bakhoor, just expose
the cloth directrly to the smoke of Bakhoor for 3 minites.
Please be careful
not to make fire
when using charcoal and incense burners at home also it is safe not to burn Bakhoor
while there is somebody sleeping in place since this can take some
oxygen from the room (open windows after the room is saturated with
the fragrance smoke). Please keep charcoals and burners out of reach
of children and don't forget to unplug the electric burners right
I hope this will help you enjoy the great smell of Bakhoor.
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