The highly concentrated version of the natural oils in plants is known as Essential oils. The essential oils are extracted from plants through a process called distillation. It is most commonly done through steam or water and various parts of the plant like plant roots, leaves, stem, flowers or bark are used.
Essential oils exhibit the characteristic fragrance and properties of the plant it is extracted from. It also contains the true essence of its parent plant. Essential oils have some amazing healing, medicinal and therapeutic properties of the plant.
There are varieties of essential oils in the market which makes choosing the right one an extremely difficult task. Purchasing the right essential oil is a challenge for aromatherapists also as it is not easy to know what is in the bottle that you have purchased.
There are many unscrupulous sellers out there who are ready to deceive customers by selling them fake essential oils. The fake essential oils are nothing like the real essential oils and contain cheaper seed oils and nuts but are sold at real prices.
The fake essential oils are mixed with synthetics to make it resemble the scent of the plant. The high-cost of the essential oils is because it is the natural oil extracted from the plant through a lengthy process by fake oils have no natural ingredients in them.
If you are also a great admirer of essential oils, we have some red-flags for you which will stop you from buying fake essential oils.
1. The way it Pours – This step can only be performed once you have purchased your oil. Closely unscrew the cap, and notice the way it is sealed. If it is pure, it needs to be sealed with an “orifice reducer” which controls the number of drops that come out at once.
This is an important thing as it will ensure the correct dose and increase the shelf-life of the oil which is susceptible to oxidation. Avoid rubber or plastic droppers as they tend to release synthetic impurities into the oil.
2. The Name says it all – Pure essential oils will have the common name of the oil as well as the Latin name. If the Latin name is missing, it may be a non-essential oil that simply has perfume added to give a scent.
If the essential oil is real, the label should always indicate 100% pure oil. When there is no such label, it implies there is a chance it has been altered, or even mixed with something else. Essential oil needs to be pure to be effective. Essential oils should have the word “Essential.” No Essential means lower-price hybrid. It indicates that it is just a perfumed oil and not an essential oil and lacks therapeutic properties.
You can also perform a simple test – Place one drop of essential oil on white paper and let it dry. If an oily ring is formed, then it is a fake essential oil.
3. The Price – While high price does not necessarily guarantee high quality, it is important to be careful with essential oils coming at super-cheap prices. Remember a rule – essential oils are usually costly.
To fill a single bottle of essential oil, it takes a ton of plant material. And if the plant is rare or scarce, it further increases the price. Many essential oils like rosemary, sweet orange, lavender can be found easily and therefore comes at an ideal price. Oils such as chamomile, helichrysum, jasmine, rose, and lemon balm varieties are quite expensive. To be sure, you can do research about the prices of essential oils on the internet.
4. The Container – Essential oils should always be stored in glassware containers because their strong chemical compounds break down and react with plastic.
Furthermore, the glass should always be in amber or dark blue colour to protect the oil from ultraviolet heat. Bottles must be kept in a cool place because heat interferes with the chemical composition of the oil.
5. The Feel – To test this, take any seed, nut oil in between the thumb and index finger of one hand and essential oil on the other. Now, feel the difference yourself.
Good or true essential oils will not feel greasy or thick (exceptions are heavy essential oils such as German chamomile, sandalwood, patchouli, etc.).
The above-mentioned tests are some tell-tale signs to detect if your essential oils are fake or real. And, if you really want to put your essential oil to the best use, always buy the real one.