Purchasing essential oils is easy to do but finding high-quality oils is an entirely different task. When it comes to picking out pure essential oils, it’s important to know that the cheapest options aren’t always the best. For the essential oil to be effective, it needs to be 100 percent pure. Otherwise, you’ve wasted money on a low-quality oil that doesn’t offer the same benefits as pure oils do.
Low-quality essential oils might have been mishandled, or they have additives. With these oils, you might as well as be using water – although, sometimes poor-quality oils have been contaminated and come with potentially harmful side effects. Ideally, your essential oils should be a potent liquid that has been distilled from leaf, rind, root, or flower or an aromatic plant.
How can you tell if the essential oil you’re purchasing is fake or pure? Below you’ll find a list of some of the best signs to tell if your essential oil is pure.
How the Oil Pours
After purchasing your essential oils and opening the cap, take note of how the bottle is sealed. Essential oils should be closed using an orifice reducer – this is a cap plug which controls how much essential oil comes out of the bottle at one time.
The orifice reducer is very important to not only making sure that you’re getting the right dose, but it’s also important to help prolong the shelf life of the essential oil – which is vulnerable to oxidation, this plug reduces its exposure to the air. When trying to find pure essential oils, you should avoid any bottles that are made from plastic or rubber because the materials can be broken down by the chemical compounds of the essential oil – causing synthetic impurities to enter the oil.
The Look of the Oil
Essential oils aren’t true oils at all. They were given the name since they don’t interact well with water. This fact is a great way to discover any hidden oils (i.e., vegetable oil, nut, and seed oil) that might have been secretly put into the essential oil.
You can easily perform a test to find out if any hidden oils were put into the essential oils. All you need to do is place a drop of essential oil onto a piece of white paper and then let it dry. If, after it’s dried, you notice an oily ring left behind, you know that that essential oil isn’t pure.
However, there are some exceptions to this trick including German Chamomile, sandalwood, patchouli, and vetiver oils which are naturally deeper in color and heavier in consistency.
You should also look for a statement regarding the purity of your essential oils. The bottle should always specify if the essential oil is 100 percent pure. If a bottle doesn’t have one, then chances are the oil has been altered or mixed with something else or it may be essential oil blends.
Another thing to look out for when deciding on the quality of essential oils is if the label has the word “essential” on it. If you find a bottle that doesn’t have the word essential on it, then chances are it’s not pure oil. This is because often when the word essential is left off, it’s nothing but aromatic oil.
The price might not always be an indicator of the highest quality, but there is usually a good chance that an incredibly cheap essential oil isn’t going to be the purest.
Remember: essential oils can be expensive. Why? Because it takes a lot of plant material to fill a bottle of essential oils, and when the plant is scarce or rare, the price gets driven up.
Essential oils are stored in amber glass or dark blue glass containers because their strong chemical compounds can react and break down plastic. The amber glass and dark blue glass container are used to protect the essential oil from ultraviolet heat.
Essential oils should be stored in a cool place, so when you are buying essential oils, you should take note of the temperature of the bottle.
To tell if there is a different oil in your essential oils, there’s a quick test that you can perform. You can put a droplet of vegetable, nut, or seed oil on one of your index fingers and another droplet of essential oil on the other. Using your thumbs, rub the two oils between your fingers. You’ll notice a difference, and some similarities, between each.
What you’ll notice is that pure essential oils have a little slip to them. They should, for the most part, not feel thick or greasy – remember that heavy, richly colored essential oils are an exception to this test.
Above are the best ways to find out if your essential oils are pure, so with them in mind, you can go ahead and test your oils to make sure that you have only the purest oils available.