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Javanese Vetiver essential oil, Aqua Oleum
Starting out harsh and earthy, it possesses a smoky tar or yeast-like aroma (think Marmite). It smells rugged and masculine. Eventually, the smokiness lowers its volume as the already present creamy green nuttiness comes more to the fore. One where perseverance is richly rewarded.
Javanese Vetiver essential oil, Olfactik
Very much like Aqua Oleum's but a little more reserved. Its evolution is similar but slightly faster and a tad less harsh, with any loudness turned down a notch. Slotting in-between Aqua Oleum's Javanese and a bona fide Sri Lankan vetiver oil, it acts as a good compromise for those seeking it. Pretty good!
I have not had a sample of Javanese Vetiver that I would bring in. All that I have experienced is past smoky..it is BURNT. The primitive stills used to produce it need careful watching, and it is easy for the water used to evaporate, leaving a burnt botanical. The bext vetivers can have a mysterious smokey core, but should never smell flat out burned, as do most I've seen from Java. (my experienc only, your mileage may vary.)
I experienced something similar with Indonesian Vetiver essential oil. But, yes, because Javanese is the most common variety available, one does have to be careful.
Aqua Oleum sells a really good Javanese vetiver oil, which develops very nicely. Unfortunately, they've recently doubled their prices...