We all love oils, because that’s why we’re on this blog. We’re trying to learn as much as we can about different essential oils and also different essential oils companies. We want to know which oil can help with what ailment and other people’s experiences. It’s important to recognize that not all essential oils are created equally! Some expensive essential oils are blended with cheap carrier oils, but keep the high price tag even though the bottle may only contain a very small amount of the essential oil. Other oil companies use marketing tactics and claim their oils are the only oils with healing properties just to get you to buy their brand (even though that’s not true!) and they may not be the best oil for the price point. While there are a handful of great essential oils companies out there to choose from, there are also an equal amount (or more) of companies that aren’t so great. So, do your research! Follow these 5 tips to see if you’re getting top quality essential oils!
Is the Latin name listed? Most of us shop online for our oils these days, so as you’re adding items to your cart, make sure that the webpage has the common name + the Latin name so you know it’s legit. If the Latin name is missing, it’s possible it’s just an [non essential] oil with a perfume to add scent. For example, this is what you want to see: Peppermint, Organic, Hungarian Mentha x piperita. If an essential oil doesn’t have a Latin name listed, chances are it doesn’t have all the great medicinal and therapeutic qualities we talk about on this blog.
A lot goes into getting an essential oil to your home, and as such, the price should be reflective of that! Company owners and aromatherapists should search high and low, around the world, to find the best and most indigenous places to source their oils from. That combined with the fact that it takes so much of a single crop just to produce one bottle of essential oil, and packaging + marketing instantly make the price point a valid measure of the quality of oil you’re getting. Now, this doesn’t mean that you need to pay $30 for a bottle of lavender essential oil, because good, quality lavender is so abundant there’s no need for it to be priced so high.
Tip: Check several different websites for a couple essential oils that are generally hard to get your hands on (and as such, expensive), like helichrysum or jasmine. Find an average price point and make your decision.
HOW IT’S CULTIVATED
How is the essential oil grown? Is it farmed? Does the farm use pesticides? What is more important, maybe, does it grown indigenously in the area it’s being farmed in? For some people, this sign may not be important. I’m a fan of getting my products straight from the source! When I’m shopping for produce, I want things that are a.) organic b.) locally grown and c.) in season. I want the same things for my oils, though it’s doubtful they’ll be locally grown so I go for finding companies that harvest plants from around the globe and do not use pesticides. If I can’t get an organic essential oil, I’ll go for wild-harvested.
How does your essential oil arrive? Is it in a glass container? Does it have orifice reduce? Does it have a pipette? Essential oils should be in glass containers, and they’re usually amber or cobalt blue. An orifice reduce helps you ‘drop’ the oil better and at the same time prevents oxygen from entering the container and oxidizing the oil (<— you want the oils to have the reducer). Be weary of oils that come with a built in pipette (little dropper). Essential oils eat plastic, and will break down the dropper, often times leaving impurities in your oil.
HOW IT LOOKS & FEELS
You can do two tests to determine if your oil is a fake. First, drop a single drop on a piece of white paper. After it dries, there shouldn’t be an oily ring left (unless it’s a heavier oil like patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, etc). If there is an oily ring left, chances are your essential oil has been diluted with a carrier oil. Second, place one drop of oil on your index finger and rub your index and thumb together. The texture should not be super oily like a carrier oil. If you need a reference, maybe try rubbing your fingers with coconut oil or olive oil first to compare (wash in-between).
Well, friends, how do your oils hold up?
Have you tried any brands of oils that do not pass the tests?