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Essential Oil Adulteration – What is it and why should you care?

You’ve probably heard the recent hype about essential oils and their health benefits. However, purchasing pure essential oils isn’t always a straight-forward process. There are many companies producing pure essential oils; figuring out who to purchase from can be challenging. Why? The further down the supply chain you get as a consumer, the less pure the product is likely to become.

It’s up to you to research the companies and learn about their reputations and standards.

The essential oils industry is full of myths. And, unfortunately, there are many ways to take advantage of unsuspecting customers. Don’t let that happen to you!

It’s vital for you to learn about the four different types of adulteration!

Essential oils routinely undergo adulteration, or cutting, to make them go further and produce more product.

  • Type 1 is non-volatile addition, in which the primary oil is mixed with non-volatile carrier oils.
  • Type 2 is secondary species or natural isolate addition, where an expensive oil is blended with an inexpensive one, or a compound is pulled from one oil and mixed with another.
  • Type 3 is synthetic chemical addition, where petrol chemicals are added to essential oils.
  • Type 4 is synthetic chemicals from natural precursor addition, which is a synthetic made from a precursor made from a natural component.

There are certain things to look for in your essential oils that will tip you off to their adulteration. If your oil was particularly cheap, it’s probably adulterated. Pure essential oils take a lot of plant material and are not inexpensive. Look at the labels. They should include the Latin name and the word “oil.” If they don’t, you’re probably getting adulterated products.

Rob Pappas with SandalwoodPure essential oils need glass containers because they eat plastics. The glass container should also be dark blue or amber to protect the oil from ultraviolet rays. Pure essential oils are sensitive to heat and should be stored in a cool place.

With a few exceptions, pure essential oils should not feel greasy when rubbed between your fingers. Pure essential oil bottles have an orifice reducer, a device to control dosage and exposure to air to lengthen shelf life. They also don’t have plastic droppers (again, because pure essential oils eat plastic).

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