How to Tell The Purity of Essential Oils

Essential oils have varying levels of purity.

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Essential oils send off vibes of purity and nature and have a special aura. But you can't always be 100 percent sure that the essential oil you want to buy is 100 percent pure, or if it has been filled out with another oil to bring it to the allotted amount. To be absolutely certain of the oils' purity, you would have to have them tested in a lab, but you can compare essential oils at home to see which ones are most likely pure.


Buy a few essential oils of the same kind, such as lavender or rose, from several different distributors that claim that their essential oils are "certified pure."


Check for a certificate of authenticity or a certificate of naturalness (EU). There may also be a certificate stating that the oil was not derived from a genetically modified plant, making it organic.


Sniff each bottle of the essential oil. The purest one is the one that smells the strongest.

Tips & Tricks


Some essential oils become better with age, a few of which are rose, patchouli and myrrh. To prolong the shelf life of your essential oils, store them in a cool, dry place.

Essential oils, such as citrus essential oils, can oxidize and turn toxic with age.


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