SINGAPORE, April 3, 2015 / PRNewswire — In what must surely be a world’s first, Fragrance Du Bois (a French perfume house and retailer specialising in the use of sustainable Oud), and Nadeem Nour (one of the Middle East’s best known and most respected singer/songwriters), came together to produce a musical enterprise close to both their hearts.
“About a year ago I was introduced by a friend to a gentleman from Iran who had just returned from visiting Thailand and Malaysia. While he was there, he discovered the agarwood (Oud) plantations owned and managed by Asia Plantation Capital,” said Nadeem Nour in Dubai recently. “I became fascinated when I learned that not only was much of the Oud that we take for granted coming from illegal sources – not only in the past, but also today – but that it was in danger of extinction in the wild as a result.”
“Having grown up in Jordan, with Oud being very much a part of my daily life, and that of my family, I felt guilty when I realised that like many others, I could have spent my entire life taking Oud for granted, without ever wondering where it actually came from. The thought that I may actually be part of driving an illegal industry was horrifying.”
Nadeem continued, “I became deeply concerned, and as I feel passionately for the world in which we live, I decided to do my own research and find out the facts. I quickly realised — after talking to friends, and doing some research on the internet and looking at several news reports — that we had reached a situation where Oud, in the wild, was soon to be no more. I also realised that I was not alone in my ignorance. Hardly any of my friends were aware of Oud in terms of where it came from, and the threats it faces. Like me, they pretty much took it for granted.”
Nadeem went on to detail how important Oud was in Arabic culture and heritage, further lamenting the fact that the source was often unreliable. International fashion houses and perfume brands are now putting Oud into their products in increasing amounts, creating pressure on future supplies of the mystical substance.
Agarwood, and Oud (the oil derived therefrom), is now on the CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna), list of endangered species, and as such, all trade has to be legal, certified, and sustainable. Demand is huge, far outstripping supply, and only sustainable plantations are the way forward.
“Asia Plantation Capital and their sister company Fragrance Du Bois,” continued Nadeem, “are two companies leading the way in making this industry transparent and sustainable for the benefit of all users of Oud – not only in the Gulf region, but also across the world. I decided that this story had to be told, and for me the only way to tell the story was through traditional Arabic words and music.”
Nadeem Nour has been a rising star on the Middle Eastern music scene for several years since appearing in the Jordanian Pop Idol show, and has built up a loyal following for his beautiful singing voice, heartfelt lyrics, and the music he performs across the Gulf. Dubbed ‘Nadeem Nour’ by Tarek Al Arians, the artist has evolved to the point at which listeners can feel the ‘light in his voice’, from the first moment you hear him sing.
Fragrance Du Bois, Asia Plantation Capital and Nadeem Nour earnestly hope that the light in his voice helps to tell a story that we all need to hear, and that ‘Life’s Treasure’ imparts a vital message when it comes to protecting a species that could all too easily have been lost forever.
A video of the song can be watched here http://youtu.be/PsV0Ku4vWDU
About Fragrance Du Bois
Fragrance Du Bois is a niche luxury perfume house working closely with sustainable plantations in Asia, bringing exciting new 100% organic Oud oil based fragrances to exclusive markets worldwide. Sustainably sourcing the finest raw materials across the globe, working with French perfumers to create a full range of products, and also providing bespoke fragrance services, Fragrance Du Bois is personal luxury with a conscience. With exclusive fragrance lounges around the world, in Dubai, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, Fragrance Du Bois creates only the finest experience in bespoke perfumery.
Fragrance Du Bois is known as Parfums Du Bois in France and in non-French speaking markets, as Fragrance Du Bois.
About Asia Plantation Capital
- US$ 600 million – combined value of assets owned and under management
- US$ 53.5 million – turnover in the last financial year
- US$ 100 million – turnover forecast for current financial year
- 2,000,000 – Aquilaria trees today, on Agarwood plantations.
Asia Plantation Capital (APC) is the owner and operator of a diverse range of commercial plantation and farming businesses across the Asia-Pacific region and around the world, and is part of the Asia Plantation Capital Group of associated companies. Its focus is on multicultural and diverse plantation projects geared to the domestic and commercial demands of the countries in which it operates. Working closely with, and supporting local communities, is an underlying core principle of the APC business, providing social and cultural support, as well as investment, to move these communities away from deforestation and illegal logging activities, previously seen as a main source of income in some regions of Asia. Established officially in 2008 (although operating privately since 2002) the group now has plantation and agricultural projects on four continents, with operational projects at various stages in Thailand, Malaysia, China, Laos, India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam, North America and Europe.
Promoting the use of sustainable and certified wood is the best way of preventing deforestation, protecting biodiversity, and combatting poverty in the tropical rainforest regions. For the yachting sector (a major user of teak) which strives for excellence and which is already involved in environmental efforts, this is also a way of ensuring that no wood from illegal logging is used.
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