6 things to look out for when buying essential oils

Did you know that there can be quite a variety in essential oils available for purchase?

Always read the label for.........

 100% -  Pure Essential Oil means that you are buying 100% Essential Oil.  If the percentage is not listed then it may be a blend ie: 40% Essential oil and 60% vegetable oil, or any ratio!   Modern science has learned how to copy the minor and major constituents of essential oils and can make a much cheaper synthetic oil. These oils will smell lolly-sweet, not well rounded and balanced.

 100% -  Pure Essential Oil means that you are buying 100% Essential Oil.

If the percentage is not listed then it may be a blend ie: 40% Essential oil and 60% vegetable oil, or any ratio! 

Modern science has learned how to copy the minor and major constituents of essential oils and can make a much cheaper synthetic oil. These oils will smell lolly-sweet, not well rounded and balanced.

 Certified Organic means it has been grown and processed chemical free. Plants grown non-organically/conventionally with pesticides and herbicides will have these toxins in them, also in the essential oil produced from them.   Many of us choose to use Essential Oil for the health of ourselves, homes, children and environment, so choosing a Certified Organic, toxin/chemical free essential oil makes sense. 

 Certified Organic means it has been grown and processed chemical free. Plants grown non-organically/conventionally with pesticides and herbicides will have these toxins in them, also in the essential oil produced from them.

 Many of us choose to use Essential Oil for the health of ourselves, homes, children and environment, so choosing a Certified Organic, toxin/chemical free essential oil makes sense. 

 The botanical name indicates the actual plant species used to make the Essential Oil. This shows it is from a single source/origin, not a blend of similar essential oils/scent profiles.  Most importantly it helps you distinguish between authentic essential oils and synthetic oils.  Synthetic oils will  not  display the Botanical name.

 The botanical name indicates the actual plant species used to make the Essential Oil. This shows it is from a single source/origin, not a blend of similar essential oils/scent profiles.

Most importantly it helps you distinguish between authentic essential oils and synthetic oils.

Synthetic oils will not display the Botanical name.

 Look out for Cold Pressed and Steam Distilled, these methods don't use chemicals in the extraction of the Essential Oil.  Solvent Extraction uses chemicals, check out our blog -  How Essential Oils Are Made  for more details.

 Look out for Cold Pressed and Steam Distilled, these methods don't use chemicals in the extraction of the Essential Oil.

Solvent Extraction uses chemicals, check out our blog - How Essential Oils Are Made for more details.

 The words Fragrance/Scented means it is a man-made, synthetic blend of potentially hundreds of chemicals.  It is NOT an Essential Oil.  Fragrances can cause many, many health issues and is being referred to as the   new second hand cigarette smoke  .

 The words Fragrance/Scented means it is a man-made, synthetic blend of potentially hundreds of chemicals.

It is NOT an Essential Oil.

Fragrances can cause many, many health issues and is being referred to as the new second hand cigarette smoke.

'Therapeutic grade' is a marketing term which was coined in the late 1990's. It sounds like a great idea if you are searching for high quality essential oils but it actually doesn't mean anything.  It's similar to Nike's marketing term 'just do it'.

'Therapeutic grade' is a marketing term which was coined in the late 1990's. It sounds like a great idea if you are searching for high quality essential oils but it actually doesn't mean anything.

It's similar to Nike's marketing term 'just do it'.