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Last updated on August 21st, 2019 at 10:32 pm
Essential oils have become quite popular over the past 5 to 10 years. People are discovering how beneficial they are for improving their health and using them to keep healthy. Essential oils can help you feel better physically, emotionally, and mentally. But with so many essential oil brands out there, how do you know you’re getting a good one? Hopefully, this post will help you understand how to choose the best essential oil company for you.
In this two-part post, I will share how to determine the best essential oil company for you by sharing what things were important to me when I was searching out a reputable company. There are dozens of essential oil brands; some good and some bad. In part one, I’ll show you what to look for in a good, reputable company. In part two, I will share my 3 choices for the best essential oil brands.
With so many essential oil companies out there, it’s hard to know which ones to buy from. It’s important not to settle for the first one you find because you like the price or your friend, sister, aunt, or cousin is using it. It takes some research to find a good company. There are several things I look for to determine if a company is a reputable one. My goal is to bring you information that I use and help you find the best company for your needs. Here are three things that I look for and are important to me when choosing essential oils.
QUALITY AND TESTING OF ESSENTIAL OIL
There are several things that I have discovered in my research of essential oil companies. The first thing to consider is the quality of the oil. In searching for good quality oil, you want to make sure the oil is 100% pure and that it is properly sourced. In searching, you will find companies or websites telling you to make sure it’s pure therapeutic grade essential oil.
There is actually no FDA regulations or other organizations that decide whether an oil is ‘therapeutic grade’. This is a marketing term used by some companies to make them different from other companies. They promote their own therapeutic grade standard. It could be called their trademark. Because it says ‘therapeutic grade’ doesn’t make it any better. If a company claims their oils are therapeutic grade, their oils can still be adulterated. There is no legal risk for them. A majority of the companies do state that their oils are therapeutic grade to let people know they are good to use for their health.
With that being said, how do you find good quality oil? The first thing I look for is the source of the oil. A reputable company will give you information on the geographical area the plants are from. Plants that are grown in their natural habitat and thrive in their natural climate and soil, make the best oils. These, along with the time of year and day they are harvested have an effect on the quality of the distilled oil.
A reputable company will have a good relationship with their farmers or suppliers and know what they are getting. The best oils would have terms like ‘Certified Organic”, “Wild Harvested” or unofficially organic. Certified means that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved it as being organic. It can be quite expensive to become certified, so there are a lot of farmers/suppliers who are still organic, but not certified. These are ‘unofficially organic’. There are no chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers sprayed on them, and no genetically modified seeds were used. Some plants are totally wild and harvested out of their natural location. These are ‘Wild Harvested’.
Another important thing I look for is to see if a company has GC/MS (Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometry) profiles or lab reports for their oils. These lab reports are done in third party labs (a lab not connected to the company). The GC/MS test analytical testing method that combines features of gas chromatography and mass spectrometry to identify different substances within a liquid or volatile sample. Read about it HERE. Look for a lab that exclusively tests essential oils. This test evaluates the composition of the oils and breaks down the components of the oil. It lets you see exactly what the oil has in it.
The best reputable companies will provide this report for each batch of oil. And most of these companies will provide those reports on their website. With others, you can request these reports if you can’t find it on their website and if they are a decent company, they will provide a full report. With these reports you know exactly what you are getting. According to Dr. Robert Pappas a few important things to look for on a report is 1) a recent date 2) the batch/lot # of the oil 3) the lab doing the testing. You can read what else he says is important HERE. This is a big help in determining reputable companies.
There is another test that helps to determine the quality of essential oils. This test is called an ‘organoleptic test’, a sensory test involving smell, sight, touch, taste. Essential oil experts can almost always tell if an oil is high quality by doing the sniff and sight test. If an oil is adulterated with something else, they will be able to tell. There are some good companies that have certified aromatherapist and, also, essential oil consultants who have been working with and studying essential oils for years. That is something to look for in an essential oil company.
These tests done by a specialized lab and essential oil experts are the best way to know the quality of an essential oil and how pure it is.
COST OF ESSENTIAL OIL
A lot of times we believe that the more expensive a thing is the better quality it is. That is not necessarily true. I have spent money on expensive things only to have them fall apart shortly after I get them. In regard to essential oils, just because the oils are expensive doesn’t mean they are the best quality. And turning that around, just because oils are cheap doesn’t mean they aren’t good quality.
The best thing to do is to compare prices with several companies to see what the competitive prices are for the oils you’re looking for. Along with that, compare to see how much information they have about the oils in relation to the things I mentioned previously, lab tests, etc. Some lower priced oils, may not be 100% pure. You won’t know that unless you have access to the reports showing the component break down.
It is possible to find a reasonably priced quality oil from a reputable company.
INFORMATION FOR CONSUMER
When looking for an essential oil company, it’s also important to note whether a company offers the consumer informational resources or blogs about essential oils. This information could include safety information and how to use the oils, and possibly essential oil recipes. They should provide information about each oil, “i.e.”.e. it’s name, place of origin, extraction method. The more information the better. All of this comes into play when trying to find a quality oil.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS
My goal with this post was to bring you information so you can make an informed decision about how to choose the best essential oil company for you. There are so many essential oil companies out there and it can get so confusing trying to find a good, cost-effective, reputable company if you don’t know what to look for.
After learning these things, I have found 3 essential oil companies that meet my criteria. I will share them in my next post. Just remember, there is no perfect company and it’s up to the individual to determine which one would be best for them. If you want to find out the 3 essential oil companies I prefer, check back and read my next post. Please leave any comments and questions below.
As always, thanks for reading!