Bukhoor or Bakhoor (Arabic بخور) is the Arabic name given to scented chips or a blend of natural traditional ingredients, usually woodchips (the less expensive Oudh wood chips are used) 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 fill the house with a fragrant aroma and is the thick smoke is also used on clothing (may stain light coloured clothes). This is sometimes used on special occasions like weddings,for relaxation or for tranquility, Bakhoors are also burned to boost the positive energy in a home.
The Bukhoor is usually burned in a traditional incense burner called Mabkhara (has many other names in other countries), using charcoal of wood or manufactured charcoal discs/briquettes. But many people nowadays use electrical incense burners because they are faster and safer to use. A lot of people still prefer to use charcoal because it\'s traditional, natural and burns Bakhoor better. The Mabkhara can be of simple wood or has fancy decorations like the ones found on theislamicshop.com, so that they can be used as room ornament when not in use.