Aromatherapy: A New Journey
Part Five

Exquisite Scents

by Hank Friedman

Updated Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I've come to realize how incredibly uplifting the scents of essential oils and C02 extracts and absolutes can be.

Here are a list of my favorite scents so far, and their sources and links:

White Lotus Aromatics

White Lotus Aromatics has a $100 minimum order, but that's not an issue since they offer samples and an incredible selection of top quality scents.

White Champa is a really exquisite floral scent, akin to Magnolia.

Jasmine Sambac CO2 is amazingly pure and wonderful.

(The company also have many other Jasmines that I haven't explored yet, like flexile, auriculatum, and grandiflorum)

Rose Otto


Rose Damascena

both of these are great roses, but I didn't like the rose bourbon from the company. I plan to explore their many other rose oils, e.g. their Ruh Gulab (which I haven't tried yet.)

Nigella Damascene

A plant that I don't know which has really lovely fragrance.

Bitter Orange

This has a surprisingly fine citrus scent.

Lavender Fine Population

I love really superb lavenders and this is definitely one of them. (I plan to explore the site's other lavenders, someday.)

Second tier from White Lotus:

These molecularly distilled oils are quite fine:

Labdanum "Heart Note"

This has a very soothing fragrance.

Benzoin "Heart Note"

I'm not an expert on benzoin but it's quite nice, a bit vanilla-y.

The Citron "Heart Note has a very nice and pure citral fragrance.


The Frankincense "Heart Note is the best Frankincense oil I've found (more dimensional than any of the many others I've tried).

Also their Ylang Ylang superior extra is the best Ylang Ylang I've found by a considerable margin.

While I'm not crazy about the smell of Myrrh, their Myrrh CO2 Select is better than others that I've smelled.

p.s. There are many other fragrance oils on the website I want to get samples of, but haven't had a chance to yet, including Osmanthus, Boronia, and Frangipani absolutes.

Stillpoint Aromatics

This is one of my very favorite companies, and most of their oils are better than other companies, often by far:

Pinon Pine Essential Oil - Infused with Resin

Wow! Wow! Wow! I love resin-infused Piñon Pine, it's one of my very favorite scents of all, and this one is incredibly superb and the best Piñon Pine available.

White Ginger Lily

Another amazing and great floral.

Also nice are:

Cape Chamomile

This is the most lovely, to me, of the chamomiles, and worth experiencing.


A light and quite nice fragrance (not a must-have but good).

Hermitage Oils

Ordering from this U.K. company does engender a hefty shipping fee, but given the quality and variety of oils available from them, I heartily recommend them.

Lavender AOC is another amazingly superb French lavender oil.

Tiare Absolute (Tahitian Gardenia) is a truly lovely scent. A bit "greener" than U.S. gardenias, but wonderful.

Hermitage also offers many excellent Vetivers, including a potent Vetiver CO2 that is deep and refined, and a much subtler and more gentle perfumey Vetiver MD (molecular distilled).

Artisan Aromatics

Gardenia Organic -- Enfleurage

I quite like this one. It's the strongest and most distinctive of the company's enfleurage oils.

I really love their Jasmine Organic enfleurage too.

Solstice Scents

The Gardenia Enfleurage from this company is quite different from the one above, it's very creamy, delicious, and white in its scent:

I really love it.

Eden Botanicals

I have a very large collection of Vetiver oils and CO2 extracts and can recommend many others (including this company's very refined double distilled Vetiver and excellent organic Vetiver from El Salvador) but this Sri Lanka Vetiver is the best Vetiver I've ever encountered.

Nature's Gift

The Lavender CO2 from this company smells more like fresh lavender than all others. It's also psychoactive, with a powerful uplifting effect. I've gotten CO2 lavenders from several other companies, but they don't come close to this one.

Original Swiss Aromatics

The Blue Lotus from this company is amazing, both a lovely scent and consciousness-raising, too!

Their Cilantro is incredibly fresh and brings a smile to my face.

And their Ginger CO2 is as natural, alive, and powerful as it gets!

Lotus Garden Botanicals

Mysore Sandalwood oil This is the purest, highest, clearest Sandalwood oil I've ever sniffed, by far

and I'm very happy I bought a 1 ml vial.

(the first link is for a 3 ml. amount and the second for 1 ml.)

Holy Basil (Tulsi) is just phenomenal, an incredibly complex symphony of scents.

Manuka is said to be powerfully anti-bacterial and anti-viral. Theirs simply smells very pure, sweet, and inviting.

Organic Infusions

Honeysuckle Absolute (hexane free)

()I much prefer absolutes that weren't extracted with toxic hydrocarbons like hexane)

This absolute smells like the fresh flowers, and is just wonderful.

I tried their hexane-free Gardenia, and it was fine too, but didn't like their Jasmine Sambac absolute.

Note: in visiting their website recently, both the Gardenia and the Honeysuckle are no longer in stock, but they do have other hexane-free absolutes.


The sniffing of lovely scents is a powerful, transporting experience, and I believe helps us to open, heal, and align with Spirit.


End of Part Five

(Note: Unlike many websites that "review" essential oils but are actually making a profit by selling oils via affiliations, I have no financial relationship with any aromatherapy company.)

Part One:
Aromatherapy: A New Journey

Part Two:
Finding the best essential oils

Part Three:
Early Insights

Part Four:
The different methods of extraction

Part Six:
The Essential Oil Company
I didn't want to love

Part Seven:
How to evaluate essential oils

Part Eight:
A Phenomenally Great Essential Oil Company

Part Nine:
Essential Oil Shootouts

Part Ten:
Using GC/MS
to determine the quality of essential oils

and also, my blog on:

The Magical oil called Oud

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