Wondering where to find essential oils?
Choosing essential oils can be a bit confusing since there are so many options available!
In general, the more expensive the essential oils, the higher quality they will be. You won’t find pure essential oils at a discount price.
This article deals mainly with how to sort through the essential oils available on the Amazon marketplace. We’ll tell you what to look for in essential oil companies and point you in the direction of some high-quality brands.
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Are they eco-conscious?
This is a good starting point to see if you should support an essential oil company. Since essential oils come from natural sources, you want to make sure any company you support does their best to enforce sustainable practices.
It’s important to make sure that a company doesn’t promote the use of endangered plants. Responsible essential oil companies take time to research eco-friendly alternatives. Chances are they’ll also alert you to plants with an endangered status.
How are the oils derived?
This is another area where fancy terms are used to confuse people. Essential oils have to be extracted from the plant either by using an expeller press or steam distillation.
Most companies use steam distillation to extract their oils. The lowest temperature you can distil essential oils at is 212 degrees. This means all companies do their best to extract their oils around this temperate.
Some companies will use terms like “low heat steam distillation” or “cool heat distillation” to make their essential oils sound fancy or intriguing.
The reality is there isn’t much room for variation with steam distillation. If the steam is too hot, it will burn away the essential oils and create a low-quality final product. If the steam is too cool, nothing will happen.
Watch out for these common mistakes
Unfortunately, you can’t be 100% sure you’re getting high-quality essential oils before making a purchase. Always take a look at user reviews in addition to the points we mentioned above. Keep the following in mind, so you don’t fall victim to common mistakes.
Labeling doesn’t always indicate quality
Insurance and industry politics can make something as simple as labeling get tricky. For a small to medium size company, it may be too expensive to print certain phrases on their labels. To print something like “not for internal consumption,” a company will have to spend tons of money on insurance and training programs for their employees. These costs aren’t always feasible for smaller business owners.
You can’t always use labeling to find a high-quality company. Don’t be afraid to directly ask the company any questions that you might have.
The paper test or blotter test
Put a drop of essential oil on a piece of paper and let it dry. If it leaves behind an oil ring, then you have low-quality oil. If it dries and leaves nothing, chances are you’re using high-quality oil.
This is a classic test that holds some merit, but you can’t go by this alone. Some oils can be high quality and diluted to be sold at a low price. In this case, no oil stain would be left behind, but the quality of the oil wouldn’t be as good.
Having a few other essential oils to compare with the blotter test will also help you discern which ones are better than others.
Does the company have a clue on how to use essential oils properly?
Some companies sell essential oils simply because they are popular. Companies who take pride in their product are usually writing useful blog posts and giving insights that can only come from people who manufacture essential oils. At the very least, they’ll tell you about their team and how they came to be in the industry or maybe give you some tips for your essential oil diffuser.
Always take note of what an essential oil company has on their website. Is it just surface knowledge or information that is actually useful?
Which brands on Amazon are the best?
Here are 3 high-quality essential oil brands that meet the criteria discussed in this article.
Now Foods is pretty popular for their other products, but they also have good essential oils. Reviews are positive so give them a shot. Report back to us and tell us your experience!
You can tell from Plant Therapy’s website they have a very clear vision that revolves around treating their customers with respect. Their essential oils have a good reputation for being high quality. You can feel confident giving them a try.
Aura Cacia is a lesser-known company, but they have an excellent reputation for high-quality essential oils. You might find the bottles to be a bit small, but these oils pass the quality test.