An important thing to keep in mind when choosing an oil is the quality of the essential oil.
Only pure oils can bring forth the preferred effects on your body. Sadly most health food stores and natural cosmetic stores carry essential oil goods that have been expanded with vegetable oil or other oils called “extenders”, produced in a lab, or created from extract with similar scents. In the same way, adulterated perfume oils are also extensively available for purchase.
Synthetic or artificial oils are produced to allow the industry to churn out perfumes and cosmetics cheaply. These oils can’t be used to make natural body care, facial care, etc. In my opinion, these oils also do not have the same effect on your body as a pure essential oil does. There are a few ways you can test whether or not the oil is pure.
Testing Quality of Oil
- Put 1-2 drops on your fingertips and rub them together. If the oil is greasy it more than likely has a vegetable oil added to stretch it.
- Put a drop of oil on a piece of paper and wait for it to evaporate. If it leaves a grease spot then it has a vegetable oil added.
- Smell the essential oil. If it has an alcohol smell to it then it has been altered.
- Look at the price. Adulterated oils will be much cheaper than pure oil. You will also find brands where all the oils are about the same price. Trust me a frankincense essential oil is worth a lot more than a lavender essential oil
Other things to check. See if you can find out how the essential oils are tested. For some, they will say “tested in house”. Others will list different organizations/laboratories that their oils are tested at. Like anything, the more research the better.
It’s important to make sure the oils you have chosen to use are pure essential oils. Using adulterated oils can be toxic to your body. Through much searching and studying, I have found pure oils that I absolutely love and share with my family and friends. Click here to see the oils that I use for myself and my family every day and I highly recommend to anyone.