When you decide to buy essential oils, it’s imperative to know what you’re buying.
I’ve used many different brands over the last few years.
When it comes to which ones I will use in my home and near my family I’ve been careful to buy brands that I’ve researched and felt were safe.
I am not an essential oils expert but I’ve learned some things to look for when trying new brands.
I realize it’s tempting to buy cheap oils especially if you are on a budget but sometimes those oils aren’t the purest.
Likewise, just because an essential oil is expensive doesn’t mean it’s the only safe brand.
Please note: The information and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. It is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. These are simply things that have worked for me personally or my friends.
Nine Tips For Buying Essential Oils
Due to the lack of regulation in the essential oils industry, you’ll want to know what to look for, what questions to ask, and why these things are important.
Here are 9 things to watch out for when you are buying essential oils.
1. Where Is The Oil Manufactured
Knowing where the manufacturer is located, and the local laws surrounding the standards of the place is a good way to ensure that your product is made properly.
Does the company use safe practices, pay a fair wage, and use the right techniques for extraction to create a high-quality product?
2. Watch For Safety Claims
The term “therapeutic grade” is often used to describe essential oils.
Typically these oils are considered safe but because essential oils are not regulated the term has no legal meaning, so anyone can say it.
Some other claims that use words like “grade” or “certified” in their description are potentially misleading.
3. How The Oils Are Tested
Look for companies that tell you how they test their oils.
Their website should describe their procedure for testing their oils and how they evaluate purity.
If the company doesn’t list it on their website don’t buy it.
I personally wouldn’t buy an essential oil at Walmart or Target unless it is a brand I’ve already researched online.
4. Check For Proper Packaging
Most good companies use dark amber glass or blue glass to bottle their essential oils.
Note that even in this type of packaging some oils may lose their potency and shelf life varies.
The best rule of thumb is to use your essential oils within a year of purchase.
Tip: Write the date on the bottle when you get it.
It doesn’t mean you must throw it out after a year but it is good to keep track. Use your freshest oils in your skincare or for immune support.
Older oils could be used in your garden to get rid of bugs.
5. Ensure Labels Are Accurate
One way to ensure that the manufacturer knows what they’re doing is with proper labeling.
The information should be detailed. Not just the name of the oil but the botanical name (Latin name) and the country of origin.
The information is vital because you can then look up the growing practices of that country.
If you wish to research specific essential oils this is a popular book on Amazon with over 2566 reviews.
6. Understand Their Extraction Method
You also want to know how the company extracts the essential oils.
When you’re using oils for a treatment, you want to ensure they use the purest, least potentially contaminating way of creating them.
7. Avoid Additives
Pure essential oils should not have any additives.
It’s okay to buy creams and lotions made with essential oils, of course, but that is not the same thing.
Do not buy essential oils with additives such as vegetable oil or witch hazel.
8. Is The Price Comparable To Other Brands
When comparing the same oil if one brand is considerably cheaper than other brands then it’s probably not the real thing.
There is a range of prices for each type of oil. For example, if a bottle of Frankincense is under $10 it’s probably not the real thing.
On the other hand, quality Lemon oil could be $10 a bottle.
9. Buy Smaller Quantities
Because essential oils do not last a long time, and because you use so little at a time, always buy it in smaller quantities.
The only time you might buy larger quantities would be for instance if you were using the oil in your garden to get rid of bugs.
You will go thru it faster than if you are just using it for headaches.
Which Essential Oils Should You Buy
If you are on a budget stick to the oils that have the most uses.
Usually, every company has a starter pack you can purchase.
The essential oils that most people start with are lemon, lavender, peppermint, tea tree, frankincense, and eucalyptus.
These oils can be used in multiple recipes for cleaning your home, immune support and in your diffuser.
I’ve written about the 6 most used essential oils here if you want to learn more about each oil.
What Brands I Use
There are 3 brands of essential oils that I typically buy from and each for different reasons.
Simply Earth has the best Subscription Box – use code STACYRUSSELLFREE for a $40 rebate.
—>Read my Simply Earth Review
Plant Therapy has a huge selection of oils with free shipping plus weekly specials listed on their site.
—>Go here to learn more about Plant Therapy Essential Oils
Isagenix doesn’t have a wide variety of oils but I use their oils for things like breath freshener or lemon water because they have food grade oils (used sparingly).
I already purchase their cleanse support supplements and protein shakes so it’s convenient to buy their essential oils.
—>Read about the Isagenix Essense Essential Oils
Following those tips above to help you pick a quality oil for your family.
Buying the right type of essential oils, and using them the right way, will give you the confidence that your essential oils will work when you need them too.
More Essential Oil Information
Dr. Axe’s videos are very informative. If you are new to essential oils this is a good overview.
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