Are you thinking of making your first purchase of essential oil? Or perhaps you’ve been using aromatherapy for a long time?
Whatever your level of experience, it’s crucial to find an essential oil supplier who won’t provide you with low-quality oils.
Some suppliers sell oils which are heavily diluted, are made from less effective versions of popular plants, or come in the wrong kind of packaging.
Want to avoid wasting your dollars on substandard oils?
Keep reading for five things you need to know before purchasing from a new supplier.
1. Cheap Oils Are Often Diluted
Just because something is labeled, ‘lavender oil’, doesn’t mean it’s 100%.
Many suppliers lower their costs by diluting their products with low-quality carrier oils that don’t have any therapeutic properties.
To test whether or not your oil is 100%, try the ring test.
Place a single drop of your oil onto a sheet of white paper, then leave it to dry. If you see an oily ring left behind, your oil is not completely pure.
2. Similar Plant Ingredients Vary in Quality
Did you know that slightly different versions of the same plant can have very different properties?
If you’re looking for a specific oil, be sure to note down the Latin name of the plant that it’s derived from. Then, check labels for a perfect match.
Small changes in the name can indicate a big change in quality.
For example, ‘Lavandula angustifolia’ and ‘Lavandula intermedia’ might sound close enough, but they’re actually very different plants.
Start getting comfortable with Latin if you want to buy the right oils!
3. A Good Essential Oil Supplier Will Provide Samples
Is your new essential oil supplier willing to provide small samples, or let you test a little oil before purchasing?
If not, stay well away.
Any good supplier will be happy to let you smell and test oils before purchasing.
Small stores may allow you to use free sample bottles when you visit, while others will sell very small test bottles for a few dollars.
Never splash out a fortune on an oil you haven’t tested first.
4. Gas Chromatography Can Indicate Quality
Want to get technical about essential oils?
A special process called gas chromatography separates essential oils into their constituent parts, giving you in-depth insight into their quality.
A good supplier will have each batch of oil tested using gas chromotography, then check that each element of the oil falls within an accepted range.
If your supplier shrugs their shoulders when you ask about testing, that’s a bad sign.
5. Glass Bottles Are Better Than Plastic
Sometimes it’s the little things that matter.
The compounds in essential oils can break plastic down, which means it’s a big no-no.
Instead, oils should come in dark-colored glass bottles, which keep them in top condition and protect against harmful ultraviolet light.
If you want to get the best quality oils, look for a supplier who tests their oils, labels clearly using Latin names, provides samples, uses glass bottles, and doesn’t dilute using base oils.
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