Not all essential oils are created equal. Some may be more diluted than others, some may contain ingredients we don’t know about and it can be challenging to find out if the essential oil you are purchasing is the best choice. Here are 5 important things to know about when you are deciding on what essential oil label to purchase.

1. How Pure is Pure?

If you see the word Pure on a label, know that it doesn’t necessarily mean what you may think “pure” means. The word pure doesn’t have a legal meaning in the US and therefore is often liberally used.

2. Synthetic Fragrances

Synthetic fragrances do not exist in a natural state. Synthetic fragrances, are typically a combination of essential oils both absolutes and synthetic chemicals. Also called bouqueted fragrances. Some of these synthetic fragrances include honeysuckle, linden, gardenia, frangipani.

3. Adulteration

Adulteration of an essential oil can me addition of chemical dilutents, additions of cheaper essential oils to a more expensive oil, or addition of cheap synthetic or natural constituents to essential oils that already contain some of those constituents. Often the more expensive an oil, the more risk of adulteration. Some of the highly adulterated oils include lemon balm, rose, and sandalwood.

4. Grades

Lower grade essential oils are frequently sold as a higher grade oil e.g. ylang ylang.

5. Extenders

Many oils, especially expensive ones are often extended using synthetic or natural solvents. Jojoba is a common “extender”.

Our Herbalism Roots label essential oils are offered through our school’s apothecary. If you have any questions about our products or need more information about essential oils and how to make an informed buying decision please ask us. We are here to help you on your path to more natural and healthier you.