I've used black seed oil for about a year both internally and topically and recently decided to give this brand a try. This oil is different from the brand I usually buy, in color, flavor, scent, and viscosity. See my photos for side by side color comparison. I'll take each point separately:
1. Color: Maju brand is a clear golden color, no sediment that I could see. My usual brand is much darker and when getting to the end of the bottle (I usually forget to shake it before dispensing) there is a lot of sediment.
2. Flavor: Maju tastes MUCH milder than my usual brand. My usual brand is sharp and pungent to the point that I mix it with MTC oil with a squirt of liquid stevia before gulping the shot down while trying not to taste it. I don't do smoothies because I low-carb. The Maju, mixed with my MTC shot does not need any stevia, tastes quite mild, and does not, so far, give me any "black seed burps" that I usually get with the other.
3. Viscosity: Maju is a bit thinner than my usual brand. I use black seed topically on problem areas and I am used to the feel of it portioning it out and spreading it on my skin. The Maju is thinner. The same amount spreads easier and covers more area. It also soaks in quicker.
4. Scent: Used topically my old brand smelled... loudly pungent. I mixed various essential oils with it to try to tone down/cover up the scent (didn't really work, the black seed smell dominated no matter what). The Maju brand oil has milder scent that seems to blend well with essential oils. 20 minutes after application I can still smell the black seed, but it is not unpleasant.
I emailed the sellers about the differences and asked them to explain. Basically, they say the answer to all of the above is that there are regional differences in color based on different growing regions. Oils from India/Egypt seeds are darker/pungent. Oil from Turkey, lighter/less pungent. Processing also makes a difference as Maju brand is cold pressed without solvents. They also said other oils are unfiltered, however they did not say theirs WAS filtered - but it looks filtered to me. They say their method of processing results in lighter color and more active compounds. I was pleased with the quick response from the sellers.
The upshot is that I bought a second bottle and gave it to my adult daughter who is experiencing some health problems, instead of giving her the other brand. I guess that means I like this stuff better.
My only quibble so far is the shaker top on the bottle. This might be nice if I shook this drop by drop onto salads or something, but I measure it out by pouring. I had to use a knife to pry that thing out of the bottle.
If I change my mind after a few months of use, I will update this review!
|Allergen Information||Gluten Free|
|Manufacturer||Maju Superfoods LLC|
|Package dimensions||16.21 x 12.7 x 7.8 cm; 226.8 Grams|