- August 21, 2018
When purchasing your essential oils, it is crucial to choose ones that are pure. Adulterated or perfume oils do not offer the same therapeutic benefits and may cause allergies, headaches, or chemical sensitivities.
The best way to tell if an essential oil is pure is with GC/MS testing done by a professional laboratory. Gas Chromatography (GC) is a method used to separate the volatile compounds in essential oils into individual components. The components are then charted on a linear graph. Mass Spectrometry (MS) is used to identify the percentages of each component. This testing process may identify if an oil has been adulterated in any way. Additionally, the results of GC/MS testing, often referred to as the GC/MS report can be used to determine the therapeutic benefits and safety concerns of essential oil as those are determined by the chemical components in every essential oil. Yay, science!
Aromatics International has every one of their oils professionally GC/MS tested by a third-party laboratory and post every GC/MS report on the products’ pages in a format that is easy to read and understand.
Other things to consider when choosing your essential oils and carriers include:
- Are the oils single origin? Avoid oils that have been combined from different countries and distilled at different times. We love working with oils that are from one distiller and one country.
- Are the oils organically crafted? This could mean certified organic, organically grown, and/or wild crafted. Oils that are not organic could contain harmful chemicals from pesticide spraying, etc.
- Are the plants ethically and sustainably harvested? This is a major concern, as overharvesting has already put several plants that are highly prized for their essential oils and resins on the endangered species list. Exploitation of local workers and unethical work practices and conditions are other concerns that are often overlooked, but equally important. A few examples of oils that are on our sustainability watch list are spikenard essential oil, rosewood essential oil, and frankincense essential oil.