There are countless essential oil companies; some claim to have pure essential oils, other 100% pure, still others say their oils are organic or wildcrafted. So what’s the difference between them and does it really even matter?
It is possible for “Pure” essential oils to have been treated with pesticides in the farming process and although it is argued that only a miniscule amount (if any) is transferred through the distilling process of an “pure” essential oil, “Pure” is not an ‘organic’ or ‘wild crafted’ essential oil. There is also the a clear difference between companies who label 100% pure and just pure. Although none of the companies that use either of these labels admit to having synthetic chemicals in their oils… there is no one to regulate or monitor either of these particular labels in the essential oil industry. And it has been proven through testing of some of the large name brand essential oil companies that they do indeed have harsh synthetic chemicals in their so called “pure” oils. So can you really believe them if no one is monitoring or testing their oils.. but them?
What About Organic
“Organic” essential oil have to meet strict guidelines which ensure the plant material has been grown and farmed organically; this has to meet the growing country’s criteria for organic farming. A farmer has to be certified as an organic farmer to be able to produce plants which will distill organic essential oils. Consequently, “organic” essential oils are usually more expensive than “pure” essential oils as they are more costly to produce, distill and market. But isn’t it worth the couple of extra dollars to KNOW that you are actually getting only natural essential oils and not synthetic chemicals?
This is the reason I switch to an organic brand of essential oils. After finding out that the big name brands that we so easily trust are out right lying and getting away with it… I decided the only way to ensure that I was getting the “real deal” is to use the only monitored system in the essential oils industry and that is… organic.
For me and my health… it’s worth the little extra money.
Then What Is Wildcrafted
This term is used when essential oils are obtained from sources of wild plants; this may happen naturally, or can be cultivated, if the plants and farming methods again meet certain strict criteria.
There may be times when there is overlap between “organic” or “wild crafted” essential oils; for example, some plants don’t need pesticides or fertilizers to produce essential oils and are, by their very nature, naturally “organic” or “wild crafted”. And so when searching for safe essential oils to use, if you come across a brand that primarily sells “wildcrafted” essential oils you can be sure they are safe to use, since they to have to go through a strict monetization process in order to be able to use this label.
How Do I Know If It’s Organic, Wildcrafted or Pure
If you’re wondering how to tell if the essential oils that you currently are buying are pure, organic or wildcrafted… it’s really quite simple. If they’re organic they will say so right up front and you will see the organic logo on everything that is organic. Organic farmers have nothing to hide and pride themselves in this label, so it’s never hard to find. The same goes for wildcrafted essential oils, the label is similar to the organic label and is posted on every product that falls under this category.
“Pure” or “100% pure” on the other hand… well that can be a bit tricky. You will typically see these either on the label or in the companies descriptions about themselves. Companies generally use one term or the other and not both. So you can count on if they say “pure” instead of “100% pure”… the oils definitely have synthetic chemicals or additives in them.
**Beware… just because they claim to “100% pure” doesn’t guarantee that they are and just because they claim don’t have additives doesn’t mean they don’t. Because in this category… there is no one to regulate them for “purity”.
If they use the term “unadulterated” however, then you’re safe. This term (so far) has proven to only been used by companies that truly have unadulterated essential oils. But this term is also rarely found listed on “pure” or “100% pure” essential oils, so that kind of says something to me.
Is Organic or Wildcrafted Enough
Although knowing your essential oils are either organic or wildcrafted should put your mind at ease… I do recommend a few other check points before I go and buy essential oils from a company.
Here’s my exact checklist, as you can see… I don’t let them off easy. I want to know all the important things about their essential oils before I buy them.
- 100% Pure Essential Oil or Unadulterated Essential Oil (unless buying a blend)
- Extraction Method (steam distilled is best for all oils except citrus, which you want to be cold pressed)
- Latin or Botanical Name of the Plant
- Country Where Plants Are Grown and Oils Are Extracted From
There has only been a few companies that I have found to fall under all 6 criterial of my checklist. Once I found them, I simple compared them to each other to determine which one works best for me. I compared pricing, style of their website, customer reviews & testimonials, shipping options and bottle size availability. The last one standing was Purify Skin Therapy.
Mainly because the entire line is hand selected by an Aromatherapist, but also because… they don’t recommend for you to consume any essential oils, they label and teach you to dilute all essential oils and they have specific essential oils for babies and pregnant woman!
Price wise they are in the same bracket as DoTerra, Young Living and Miracle Essential Oils. I’ll do a more indepth comparison for you soon. In the meantime, feel free to visit their website and see what you think for yourself. 🙂