How to buy good quality oils
The wellness and holistic health industry is booming and many people want to use carrier oils and essential oils at home or when they first sign up to a training course they are keen to purchase what they will need. However there is so much choice out there and it is hard to know the fakes from the real quality which is what we all want.
As a buyer you need to be clear on what you want, if you want organic and the rawest form or oil possible then you have to be prepared to pay for it and also prepared for the variety from harvest to harvest. Also particularly with carrier oils this means they may be thicker in consistency, darker in colour and more pungent in aroma. If you want a more uniform look then you need to look for refined oil as these are likely to have less colour and odour.
Any good quality essential oil and carrier oil provider will be more than happy to answer your questions and help with any queries. Currently there is very little legislation surrounding selling or labelling essential oils particularly in the UK so I recommend checking the Aromatherapy Trade Councils website for a list of suppliers as these have all been checked and approved by a regulatory body. The link for this is https://www.a-t-c.org.uk/membership-list/. Any company that has been vetted for selling essential oils by the ATC will also have been vetted for their quality of carrier oils too.
There is a saying in life that you get what you pay for and the same is to be said of oils to purchase for the treatment room or therapeutic use at home. Every oil has a price which is related to the amount of plant material available, the amount of oil contained in this material and the cost of extracting it. Below this price genuine oils do not exist. It takes 1 tonne of rose petals to create 1ml of rose essential oil and this why bottles of rose are so expensive. Should you see one for sale for £10 it is not likely to be a good quality oil and may just be synthetic fragrance.
Sometimes you need to be investigative if your not sure and contact the company you want to purchase from and get a feel for them as intuition is a great thing. You can also ask for documents from them that will ensure they are selling quality goods. Gas-Liquid Chromatography, commonly referred to as gas chromatography (GC), determines the components and their relative proportions in a given essential oil. Any good supplier should have these for each batch of essential oil as it shows they are checking the quality of what they are selling and a GC trace is an industry standard test. Certificates of Analysis are also something that companies do for both essential oils and carrier oils that prove each batch is being tested for quality so ask for this if you are still not sure.
Louise Mac – Anatomy & Physiology, and Aromatherapy Tutor