If you're using essential oils because you want to replace the toxic products you've used with pure and healthy therapeutic grade resources, then it's important to you to make sure that your essential oils are not fake or tainted.
How do you know?
There are countless companies selling oils and new ones added to the market all the time. Most claim to be "pure" and many claim to be tested. Unfortunately, many of them are lying. So how DO you know?
Dr. Robert Pappas, a chemist specializing in analysis of essential oils and consulting in the essential oil industry, recently wrote a great Facebook post on this topic. He ought to know... He's tested most essential oils on the market today!
I encourage every essential oil user (or those interested) to go read the entirety of his post, but here is a summary of his "hard and fast" rules for those looking to buy:
- "Be wary of when buying EOs on Amazon or eBay." He advises not to do it and says that the risk would not be worth it to him. More about that HERE.
- "Pay close attention to the label." What should you look for? He shares more HERE.
- "Learn the market prices for the essential oils in bulk, direct from source." He knows most people can't do that and so he shares a bit of what he knows, including naming one popular fraud he's tested HERE.
- Third party testing. "Vendors who care about what they are selling will take the steps necessary to insure they are selling what they claim by having the oil analyzed by a reputable third party lab." More info HERE.
I am grateful that the company I buy from does pass all of these tests. If you'd like to learn more about the source I trust, start here: Why Essential Oils?