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    Default Has my Osmanthus ab gone off?

    This sample is the only Osmanthus I have ever purchased -- which means I am not at all familiar with how osmanthus is supposed to smell.

    It's been sitting for a while in a 50% dilution (unrefrigerated) and today when I wanted to use it in a blend I of course took a whif and immediately noticed that it smells distinctly of.... olives. Just olives. No other nuances. So, I'm wondering if it has soured.

    Source was very reputable -- solvent extracted.

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    Some are said osmanthus as "holy olive". maybe osmanthus has some nuance of olive. maybe you can smell that in different place or occasion.
    Usually, osmanthus absolute smells like well matured apricot. With distinctive leather nuance.
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    That does not sound right. Dried fruit, apricot, very sweet, some dark leathery notes - a very strong distinctive odor and not one you’d mix up with olive oil. Or do you mean brined olives?

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    Default Re: Has my Osmanthus ab gone off?

    Even though it's a sample size, were you given a date of production? Its strange you weren't given an exp date but I'd imagine if you have a production date you could figure out when it is due to expire.

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    Default Re: Has my Osmanthus ab gone off?

    No date of production unfortunately.

    Brined olives -- not olive oil smell particularly.

    Not getting any apricot or leather nuance.

    I will order a new sample to compare.

    Thanks much for the replies!

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    Default Re: Has my Osmanthus ab gone off?

    Quote Originally Posted by DanaB View Post
    No date of production unfortunately.

    Brined olives -- not olive oil smell particularly.

    Not getting any apricot or leather nuance.

    I will order a new sample to compare.

    Thanks much for the replies!
    According to your description, this has nothing to do with the osmanthus absolute. I do not think that the real thing could have changed so much in the alcohol solution even after years. Get from a reliable source is the right decision.))

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    Default Re: Has my Osmanthus ab gone off?

    I had Osmanthus abs for years. It doesn't go off at all as far as I can detect.

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    Default Re: Has my Osmanthus ab gone off?

    Osmanthus bushes are relatively easy to locate & grow on a patio. I'd recommend to any perfumer, as it's invaluable as a point of reference and source of inspiration. The absolute (imho) is a but a facet of the actual fragrance emitted by this flower, mostly basenotes (hay, tobacco, raisin, plum . . . ). Missing are the topnotes, full body of the apricot jam . . .




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