After buying the same species of oil from all of the companies I work with, I notice that they all have a unique smell. When I bought bottles of the same oil species from never heard of brands on Ebay and thoughout my seach on Google, I noticed they all have that same type of smell. I am not going to say anything bad but I went to Alibaba and bought several oils and compared them to these oils with no brand awareness, and guess what I find. They all have that same similar aroma. There is a signature of these cheap oil that none of the big companies that have been in business with decent enough reputations that sell millions of dollars of essential oil a year.
All these essential oils can fluctuate in scent from season to season, mostly dependent on the climate first and then cross pollination. Some plants have had more time to soak up the sun and cross pollinate and have more of the chemical "linalool" in it. This is what gives the flowery scent in the plant.
When sampling different oils from different companies the scents should always be different unless it was from the same batch but that would mean they import from the same distillery. Some companies are known for their sharp and long lasting aromas and other companies have a more sweet aroma that is subtle compared to the other aroma.
Note: when many people get my samples in the mail (exept those states that irradiate the mail such as Washington) most people first thing they do is smell each bottle. I want to say that the smell has very little to do with the constituent profile of the oil. Many people want a more enjoyable aroma while others only want therapeutic value. Some oils will have a long lasting smell if that is what some people want. From one brand which will be obvious when you get the sample, almost everyone says most of their oils have an instant sweet and deep aroma. Those with cooked food addiction will almost always choose this brand. My 100% raw food friends that can't even go to a restaurant that serves cooked, they almost always choose another brand every single time and its usually that same brand every time.
If someone wants that WOW factor when they diffuse the oil into the room, that is good for me to know when helping someone choose an oil unless people are willing to try free samples and review oils with me. When someone gets an oil from me, I don't recommend smelling it just once. Some people like oils that are super intense and others like a milder brand of oil that is not so powerful and they can smell the top notes while the oils other notes are not overpowering. This is when I assume fractional re-dististiling comes in. As I keep smelling the oil the intensity of each note increases and I can recognize each note. With good oils that are not damaged is when I can pick out a quality oil from some bunk oil. Some oils just do job as far as therapeutic constituents are concerned and others have that addictive quality that keeps people preferring one brand of oil to another because of its scent.
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