What’s in Your Essential Oil?

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Do you know what’s in your essential oil? Or where it comes from for that matter?

These are just two of the questions posed by a recent study done by Consumer Advocates, a national organization who strive to educate consumers on their rights.

Recently a spokesperson (Sam Klau) for the organization reached out to me to inform me of a new study they conducted on the safety, sourcing, and consumer education when it comes to a company’s commitment to transparency.

I have always been one to research a company before I use their product (especially essential oils) but not all consumers do.

It’s extremely important to know the quality, purity, and even the business practices of the company who’s oils you are consuming/using/buying.

Mr Klau had some nice things to say about my blog, particularly this post.

He would like me to share the report he shared with me with all of you, and I agreed. It’s a lengthy, yet informative report that any consumer who loves their essential oils should read.

After going over the report again, I found no reason why I should not share the company’s findings with all of you, they only want to educate and protect us consumers.

Here is what went into this report:

  • 600+ hours of research
  • 42 different sources were used
  • 11 companies were vetted
  • 21 features reviewed options
  • 11 top pics

You might be surprised to see one of your favorites on the list, I know I was! Not naming any names, but one of the companies I have purchased from in the past showed up in the report as having one of their oils adulterated. (peppermint)

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This was a shock to me, since as I said, I do my research on a company before I buy from them. Sometimes things get overlooked though. Like checking the testing reports.

I learned something else to: Therapeutic grade is a made up term. What?? Did you know that? That’s just one of the reasons I feel you need to check out this report.

It answers questions like: Do they practice safety? Do they all perform quality testing? Do they practice sustainable sourcing?

When a company tells me their oil is 100% pure, organic, quality essential oil, I need to be able to trust that. Some oils I don’t just diffuse, or use topically. This is extremely important!

Some oils are meant for aromatherapy only, I understand that. It should clearly state that on the label and the website. I used to think if an oil was therapeutic grade, that was the gold standard for safety and that meant ok for ingestion.

Of course, I told my doctors how I’d been using certain oils, like lemon and frankincense, yet not all doctors are trained in all things essential oils. Of course they were agreeable.

Another factor I’ve always considered is cost. If an E.O. is cheap, it’s not to be trusted for anything other than aromatherapy. Not always, and vice versa.

One more surprise in the report was that one of the major players in the essential oils game threatened to sue!! That gives one pause for sure!

Do me a favor. Read the report and let me know what you think. I would especially like to invite my friend Roxy to check it out, it’s brand new, you have not seen this yet!

Check the consumer report out here.