Some things to look for when choosing your essential oils:
Here are a few key things that matter when choosing which essential oils to buy:
Where and how are the oils grown and extracted?
Check to see if the company is providing details that explain the oils origins, and other supplementary information. Soil and climate conditions play an important role in determining the quality of the crops. Thus, some countries will produce better quality of a specific essential oil. The window from harvesting plants which will yield a high quality essential oil is very small, and experienced farmers know the difference. Make sure the company you are selecting for your essential oils is forthcoming with this information.
Are the oils diluted?
One of the grim sides of the essential oils business is that some companies dilute or pollute essential oils to spread them out longer, make them smell better, or make them cheaper. Essential oils should come to you in a highly concentrated state, and then as you use them safely, you can dilute them as you need with carrier oils so that the essential oils within the bottle stay their best and don't degrade quickly.
Essential oils come from plants, and because they are from living organisms that differ from each other, just like humans are individually different, often one batch of oil will not smell 100% the same as another depending on that year's harvest, how much rain/ heat etc... the plants are living and differ a little bit. It is important that the oils smell natural, if they smell too much like something synthetic, or unnaturally sweet/strong they probably have been enhanced or altered. Essential oils should smell similar to the plants that they come from.
Look for companies specializing in essential oils, particularly those that have made it their niche. Satisfy yourself that sufficiently detailed information on products and company ethos has been provided. Finally, be especially wary of suppliers who make outlandish claims and client testimonials that sound farfetched. Too good to be true is a definite red flag as far as any essential oils are concerned, and should be avoided.
Check labels and packaging
Essential oil labels reveal key information on the product, so be particularly cautious if information is sparse or absent. Examine the label and packaging to check if this information is listed; common and botanical name, net contents, and the name and address of the manufacturer or distributor.
In addition to labeling, look for comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the product. For example, does the website include details on country of origin, extraction and distillation methods, and directions for use. These are all key indicators that you should look for before purchasing essential oils.
Reputation and business practices matters
In this industry, good reputation takes years to build. It's the result of a steadfast commitment to producing the highest quality essential oils so customers get the results they expect.
Check to see what people are saying about the company. Read reviews users have posted. See what customers have to say about the products and the company.
Are essential oils guaranteed and suppliers available to answer questions?
Final point to remember when purchasing essential oils seems quite obvious, but it's surprising how few companies will actually guarantee customer satisfaction or answer questions on their products.
Make sure the company you buy from is available to answer your queries and extend post-sales support.