So, yes, we all know I’m mildly obsessed with bakhoor (and perfume, muahahaha)…but this obsession is not just limited to myself but to my equally obsessed husband (who before going to Saudi seemed allergic to everything scented and smoky! LOL, oh what a Saudi Mall will do to you!). Anyway, curtosy of the brother that runs the Canadian based bakhoor shop Aluwwa. I learned the clothes basket trick for scenting your garments with bakhoor!
Ohh la la…when I saw that I started to get giddy. hehehe.
Basically what I knew of scenting ones garments with bakhoor was limited to either a-sticking the burning bakhoor or oud chips in your closet, under your clothing (safely, ofcourse) and shutting the door and letting it basically burn out. Voila…insta-pregnation of the scent into ones clothing. This tidbit of info came curtosy of my husband who pre-marriage had a Omani roomate who taught him this trick. (I really dont know how my husband handled that it as really my husband hated the incense and bakhoor before we went to Saudi)
or b…doing like what some 50yr old Qatifi, Saudi villager lady and mother of TWELVE!!!! taught me by sticking it *gracefully* under your clothing. UM…I wont get more graphic than that, though at the time she showed me this trick I blushed and her daughter laughed at me. anyway.
ahem…I like this technique much, much better as it really gets the scent of the bakhoor into the garment intensely and it really, really stays. I did this with my 3 favorite modern chadors and wow…they still smell soooooooo good, even though Ive worn them out and about the past week. (note, Id probably not do this on anything too light colored or fine of fabric as it does release the oils of the bakhoor and they may get on the garment. But it worked well on my black, crepe modern chadors.
Note I actually dont own a clothes basket but I used a large stainless steel strainer which I overturned over a small plate and then several layers of tin foil and the charcoal and then the oud. I used bakhoor etisalbi for this and liked the lingering scent…its very, very strong and unisex. A favorite of mine. mashallah. JUST be careful if you use the strainer as the clothes are closer to the heat than using a laundry basket…like I checked often.