Shamama Attar Ancient Perfume Ingredient


Shamama attar is made using agarwood, a famous healing wood derived perfume ingredient of antiquity.  It goes through a long and time consuming process of distillation over a ten to fourteen day period, which is a closely guarded secret by the family that distills it.

Agarwood is rare.  It is formed when a tree (of the genus Aquilegia or Gyrinops) is attacked by a fungus.  As the infection progresses, the tree produces a thick, dark, aromatic resin embedded in the heartwood.  This must be carefully harvested, then distilled in several stages.  Later it may be redistilled with a number of other botanical species, to create what we know of as shamama  attar.

Shamama attar has gained religious significance in ancient civilizations all over the  world.  It has been used as temple offerings, incense, medicine and perfume.

Energetically, shamama attar is known to be purifying, balancing, and to carry transcendent effects.  It can enhance the process of transformation, especially connected with spiritual growth.

It is often used as an incense offering to welcome the ancestors and spirits.

Aromatic Profile for Shamama Attar

Top note:  Complex, mossy, musky, spicy, ambery, earthy, precious woods notes

Heart note:  Spicy, ambery, earthy, precious woods notes

Base note:  Spicy, ambery, earthy, precious woods notes


Tenacity:  Very high

A single drop or two of shamama attar can be combined with Bulgarian rose otto for a beautiful and unique perfume experience.

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More About Our Shamama Attar

Size:  1.5 ml amber glass vial

Source:  India

Distillation:  Traditional multi-stage steam distillation of over 60 plants and minerals, with emphasis on the rare agarwood

Botanical name:  Aquilegia agallocha

Note:  Agarwood distillations are known by many names, including “Oud” and “Aloeswood”.  Our attar comes diluted in filtered coconut oil.  It is a rare and unique perfume that needs no other component added.


Inhalation, diffusion, natural perfume blending, topical application, application to energy centers and meridian points.

A small amount of attar or ruh can go a very long way.  They should be further diluted with a carrier oil for use.

Observations and Anecdotal Information for Shamama  Attar

According to our supplier, the ancient shamama family of attars is “built around a complex of over 60 natural ingredients and a number of different traditional processes that takes up to two months to produce”.

The addition of agarwood gives a rare, ancient and sacred dimension to the aroma, as only agarwood can do.

Medicinal uses of agarwood have been passed down in many eastern cultures and traditions.  In Nepal and Tibet, it is used to treat emotional, mental and psychological issues, and to bring the mind to a state of deep meditation. It is also used as a tranquilizer.

In Islamic, Greek, and Chinese cultures, it is known as a treatment for lung and respiratory ailments, throat problems,  digestive issues, and use as a sedative and anti-toxin.

I have been searching for an agarwood oil or attar that I felt was of a quality that I would feel good about offering.  After many years of sampling and seeking, I now am pleased to offer this amazing attar to our circle.


  • Generally recognized as safe.
  • Avoid essential oil contact with eyes.
  • Store safely out of the reach of children.
  • All internal uses should be researched and/or supported by a health care professional.  Product quality and dosage are critically important when using essential oils internally.

None of our products are recognized or approved by the FDA.  They are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.  This information is anecdotal, and is provided for educational purposes only.  It is not meant to be taken as medical advice.  See a health care professional for medical advice.

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