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Essential Oil Quality

I created this video for another site and felt it could be helpful to our readers here. In this video I cover some ways you can check essential oil quality.

If you are trying to purchase essential oils it can be hard to know if what you are getting are quality oils.

The popularity of essential oils these days means it seems that everyone is selling them. But this also can create confusion for consumers. This can be especially true if you aren’t trained in what to look for. Unfortunately, there is little regulation of what constitutes an “essential oil” as far as what can be labeled and sold as such. It’s very hard sometimes to check essential oil quality before you buy.

I cover some of these things in the video. I also show you why doing the “white paper” test that is suggested on many sites on the internet to check essential oil quality may not work in some cases, as is the case with the Sandalwood oil we tested.

I also show you how a seller can label their oils as essential oils and then adulterate their oils with a carrier oil and sell them for much less than you would expect to pay. This happens more often than you would think.

I make the case that if a company is going to sell oils that are most likely mixed with a carrier oil and bottled without that spelled out on the label, that isn’t necessarily against any regulation, but it is not an ethical practice in my opinion.

Although most of us don’t own a mass spectrometer or a gas chromatograph, there are ways to use your senses and a little common sense to reason that something isn’t right.

As I cover in the video, if someone is selling 2 ounces of a product online for $12.99 and another company sells the same 2 ounces for $679.00, there may be a problem.

So if you check prices and the prices of all the oils a company sells are the same, you should suspect that something is amiss. All oils are different and the plants they are extracted from yield more or less oil. So some oils are more scarce than others. Supply sets the prices, so obviously there are a wide range of prices for essential oils depending on their scarcity and a host of other factors.

If the prices are significantly less than the prices of the same oil sold elsewhere there may be the problem of adulteration. Read my article on adulteration of oils here.

My experiment also showed that although the white paper test may work for many oils to check for adulteration, it doesn’t work with oils such as Sandalwood that are extracted from wood. I had read that but this was the first time I was able to perform the experiment to confirm that.

The “white paper” test worked for the Lemon essential oil I used at one point in the video, but it is not a foolproof test for all essential oils, as the results clearly show.

So if you want to assure you are getting 100% pure essential oil, do some research and talk to the dealer. If you ever have questions about our oils you can call me or contact me online.

Make sure you learn the Latin genus and species name of the oil you want to purchase. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)  and Lavendin (Lavandula abrialis) may sound the same, but they have different constituents. While Lavender may be relaxing, Lavendin may actually be stimulating. Pick the wrong one and you may be totally disappointed when it doesn’t seem to work for what you intended.

Use your olfactory sense. I know you can’t smell an essential oil in most cases before you buy it, especially if you are buying online. However, when you get it, does it smell like it should smell or does it smell like it is rancid or even have a solvent smell? These things can tip you off that you have bought adulterated oil.

Bottom line, find a reputable dealer and work with them if you are using essential oils for the many therapeutic benefits they can bring to you.

If you want to be sure you are getting 100% pure oils we want to be your dealer. We stand behind the oils we sell because we have full faith in our wholesale supplier. They have been around essential oils since 1995, long before essential oils were cool.

Take a minute and check out our essential oils here. If you have any questions, whether it is about oils, safety or just general questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.