For the past years, we’ve seen a tremendous change in the field of aromatherapy and essential oil use. The general trend to move away from synthetic chemicals, and use natural health products once again is what brought essential oils back into the forefront of the health product industry, and made them more readily available for the Singapore consumers. With various essential oils to choose from, and the many brands available online and in local stores, choosing a high quality essential oil can seem like a daunting task. But worry not, since we’ve consulted the experts for a guide on how you can make the best choice when it comes to essential oils.
What to Consider When Choosing Essential Oils
Whenever you purchase a bottle of essential oil, it’s important to remember where that oil came from. It takes about 250 pounds of rose blossoms to produce an ounce of rose oil, which explains the high cost of pure rose otto. Although other oils are easier to produce, understand that each oil requires a large amount of plant matter just to produce a small amount of oil. This just means that good quality essential oils will never be cheap, but this doesn’t mean that the more expensive oils will be better than the less expensive ones.
Also, don’t be fooled by big box stores, discount retailers, or bazaar vendors who offer essential oils at significantly low prices, or charge the same price for all the oils they’re selling. Truth is, investing in a true pure essential oil will be advantageous on your part because using a drop or two of a particular oil is already enough for most applications, making your purchase cost-effective in the long run.
Other than price, an oil’s purity is another factor worth considering when choosing an essential oil. The concern with essential oils not being pure is a valid one. Some concerns and complaints are related with distillers or suppliers who adulterate essential oils just to make more money. Essential oils can be adulterated at different stages of its production, and in various ways at that.
The good thing is your risk of buying an adulterated oil can be minimized by purchasing from a credible and honest Singapore retailer who specializes in essential oils. There is a big difference in good essential oils to smell from Singapore, and those that are artificial. These retailers are more likely to be involved in the essential oil trade and in the validation of their product since it’s their business and reputation that’s on the line.
• Variety of Products Offered
Not all essential oil retailers sell every single aromatherapy essential oil, which is why you may find yourself purchasing oils from different vendors. No need to worry though, since just checking the GC/MS report of a particular oil from each retailer will already help you in determining which retailer sells the essential oil with the constituent profile that you want. If the reports aren’t enough, you can do product comparisons based on the oil’s price (shipping fee included), availability, as well as the customer support that each retailer is offering. With this, you’ll have better chances of determining as to which high quality oil suppliers you’ll be getting your oils from.
What Consumers Should Be Looking For
• Essential Oil Testing
One of the first things to look for in determining an essential oil’s authenticity is by identifying the particular oil with its origin’s botanical or scientific name, and in some cases, its chemotype. Other than that, the country of the plant origin, and the distillation and expiration dates are also essential in knowing an oil’s authenticity.
Remember that an essential oil business that cares about selling pure essential oils will have their oils simultaneously tested with two tests: the Gas Chromatography and the Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) tests. Most retailers provide a batch-specific GC/MS report on their websites, while others only provide the report on request or along with a nominal fee – and those who provide this report are often preferred by trained Singapore aromatherapists.
1. Clinical or Therapeutic Grade. Recently, terms like ‘clinical grade’ or ‘therapeutic grade’ have been used by some essential oil suppliers to claim the superiority of the oils they’re selling over the other oil brands. These terms are not standardized though, and only means whatever the supplier wants them to mean. Still, it doesn’t mean that the supplier using these terms are being misleading about their oils. The terms they’re using aren’t just standardized within the industry to meet any specific criteria.
2. Organic, Wildcrafted or Unsprayed. If you’re looking for the best quality essential oil, then we suggest that you purchase organic oils. The term ‘organic’ means a lot of things in different countries, but is known as a universal indicator of an essential oil’s quality. Other than organic, some retailers also sell oils that are ‘wildcrafted’ and ‘unsprayed’, meaning the farms where the oils came from weren’t certified as organic, but they don’t spray on medicines on the crops that they use.
Some essential oil suppliers will surely fail to meet any of the aforementioned criteria, but as you check on various essential oil shops and contact the suppliers, you’ll definitely get a better feel for suppliers whom you’re comfortable doing business with. So use the said criteria to find an excellent supplier whose priority is ensuring that the essential oils they provide are pure and are of high quality.