Thank you for starting the topic, Tim
Great collection you have there! I especially love the rosary, I've been looking for one like it but I'm holding off until I can find a source I'm 100% confident in. There are so many scam artists out there!
My experience with Aloeswood at this point is pretty limited, there's a lot to learn. All I know is that I'm hopelessly hooked. My gateway to this was Japanese incense. I noticed that aloeswood was an ingredient in the sticks that I favored, which prompted to to explore a little deeper.
I made the mistake of buying a very small amount of good Oud oil and now I'm afraid I'll never be the same. I expected a nice fragrance, but what I got was an experience that etched itself on my brain in a way that I can't shake. I've never worn anything like this before, it dances around you, changes, vibrates in a low base, hides for a while, comes back on stage in another costume. It's so divinely complex that I'm afraid I'll never be satisfied with anything less or synthetic. My wallet is very afraid.
I'm pretty sure I've never experienced the Kyara note in the oils or chips I've tried, perhaps some day.....