How to Make Sure Your Essential Oil is Real

Whether you need to uplift your mood after a tiring day, or just enjoy the smell, essential oil is a popular and everyday choice for many homes. But along with its growing popularity, the amount of fakes on the market has also grown. Fake essential oil not only hurts your body, but also your wallet and those around you. Here are some things to pay attention to when buying your next essential oil.


The Smell

First, recognize what ethyl alcohol (regular drinking alcohol) smells like, and know that essential oil should NOT smell like that. If it does, the essential oil may not be 100% pure and may have been extended, which sometimes causes headaches and other negative effects. However, there may be a detox reaction when you FIRST use pure and therapeutic-grade essential oils (often used for aromatherapy), but this should not continue to occur each time. If it does, we strongly recommend you stop using it.


The Label

Is the Latin name of the plant provided along with the rest of the ingredients? There are several species of lavender, for example, so make sure you’re getting the right (and real) essential oil by checking the label. If it’s approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it should also appear on the label, which will help guarantee the authenticity of your product. When in doubt, and if there’s no such information on the labels, you can always reach out to the seller and ask!


The Feel

Although it is called an oil, essential oil should not be greasy. To test it, rub a drop of essential oil between your thumb and index finger. It should absorb/permeate easily into the skin and not leave a greasy substance behind that needs to be washed off. Additionally, while real essential oil may cause skin irritation or a rash if applied directly on the skin (which is why they should be diluted with a carrier oil before application), fake oils may include chemicals that have a much more damaging and long-term effect on your skin. Buyer beware!


The Marketing

When purchasing an essential oil, if the seller does not explicitly say it is 100% pure, then there’s a large possibility that something has been altered or mixed in. Having no foreign substances is important as it means the essential oil is made from organically grown plants and will last for a lot longer. 100% pure oils can also be safely used on the skin (using proper dilution) and are highly recommended for use in aromatherapy.



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