Now a days buying essential oils is easy. Everywhere I go, there they are! A little here, a little there - you can get them anywhere. Sadly, with mass production comes flaky imitations! As easy as they are to come by, these little babies are not easy to distinguish from real to fraud. So, the inner detective came out in me and I did some research so that I may not only investigate on my own behalf but for the benefit of others. Here are some tricks and tips on how to tell the indisputable from the impostor.
Essential Oils: Real or Replica?
First off – I NEED to KNOW what an Essential Oil is.
An Essential Oil is the oil of the plant from which it is extracted. An oil is “essential” in the sense that it contains the “essence of” the plant’s fragrance (the distinct fragrance of the plant from which it comes from). The term essential used here does not mean vital as with the terms essential amino acid or essential fatty acid which are nutritionally required by a living organism.
So, it essential oils just means the literal oil steamed, or pressed from the specific plant. Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation (steam), expression, solvent extraction, absolute oil extraction, resin tapping, and cold pressing. They’re used in perfumes, cosmetics, soaps, flavoring for food and drink, adding scents to incense, and household cleaning products.
Now that I know what an essential oil is, here are a few tips to determine whether they’re real or replica.
Tip #1: Since essential oils aren’t a huge fan of water, they don’t tend to mix. Rather they float absurdly around refusing to mingle and blend in with the crowd (aka water). So, a one good way to see if they’ve been mixed with a fraudulent oil is to get a drop of oil and drop it onto a piece of white printer paper. If it dries and leaves an oily ring its fake. The only exceptions are essential oils that are naturally dark and heavier in consistency – such as German chamomile, patchouli, sandalwood, and vetiver oils.
Tip #2: Essential oils like rose, lemon balm, neroli, jasmine, helichrysum, and chamomile varieties should always be very expensive. So, if a brand sells these oils cheap, be weary of their other oils. Check multiple oil sites to see the average prices.
Tip #3: Always examine the products listing and become sure that the plant’s Latin name is listed on the label or, if you’re shopping online, the webpage. If only the common name is listed (for example, "Rose essential oil") you might be shelling out for a lower-cost hybrid. And if it doesn’t specify that it’s an essential oil, it isn’t. "Rose oil" is nothing more than perfumed oil; it may or may not contain material from the plant, and won’t have the same therapeutic properties as "Rose essential oil."
Tip #4: If the container is plastic, run away…run far, far away. It must be a dark blue or amber GLASS container oil’s strong chemical compounds break down and react with plastic. The bottle must always be cool to the touch. If it is warm or in a heated environment, the heat could negatively alter the oils chemical structure.
Tip #5: Essential oils shouldn’t feel thick or greasy. Heavy, richly colored essential oils like German chamomile, patchouli, sandalwood, and vetiver are exceptions. BUT for the most part, if you were to put veggie, nut, or seed oil on the tip of one of your index fingers and an essential oil on the opposite index finger, they will feel completely different. The essential oil should most certainly (beside the above exceptions) dry smooth and soft on your skin shortly afterwards.
Tip #6: When you open an essential oil, you should see a little plug like orifice reducer that controls how many drops come out. Be cautious of built in dropper pipettes as most of these are plastic or rubber – which can both break down and release synthetic impurities into the oil. They also expose the oils to more air limiting the shelf-life of oxidation-prone oils. Most legit oil distributors will know how to properly package their oils.
So, I hope you can take this information out into the world and make sounds choices when choosing your Essential Oils. I can promise you that you can test Renewed Health Oil's products all day and not one of our oils will disappoint you. From one confidant to another - Real friends don't let friends buy fraud oils!