How To Choose Essential Oil

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Previously, we’ve shared with you about the difference between natural essential oil & fragrance oil. Has that made purchasing essential oil easier?

On many occasions when we go grocery shopping, we would check out the ingredients list on the back of the product, making sure its safe for us to use. The same goes for essential oil, we could check its country of origin, and further understand its background.

Essential oils are extracted from various parts of a plant, hence it will be different due to climate, time of harvest, labour costs and method of extraction, causing the price to differ. Similar to coffee and red wine, the climate at the time, the rarity of plant species and difficulty of extraction determines the price of the essential oil.

Hence, the next time you find yourself having difficulties choosing essential oils, try having a look at the following information on the label of essential oil:

  1. Origin: Every essential oil has its signature place of origin that includes years of acclimatisation and extraction experience. The oil that comes from these regions will also have a certain guarantee in effectiveness.
  2. The extraction method and Plant Parts extracted from. With different parts of the plant being extracted, the resulting oil will also be different such as Sweet Orange Essential Oils are extracted from the skin of its fruits, Ginger Essential Oils are extracted from its roots while Rose Essential Oils are extracted from its petals. It depends on how much oil can be extracted and that affects the price of the oil. For example, 5 tonnes of roses can only extract 2 pounds of essential oil. Consequently, the price of Rose Essential Oil is much higher.
  3. The rarity of Plant Plants such as sandalwood is not widely available around the world, thus its price of essential oil has risen accordingly. However if you noticed the price of sandalwood essential oil sold on the market is similar to that of lavender essential oil, that should raise some questions regarding its purity of the product.
  4. Colour of Essential Oil Different parts of the plant being extracted from, its colour also will be different. The flower of lavender is purple in colour but Lavender Essential Oil is almost transparent.
  5. GCMS Report for a precise purity, there are scientific methods that can be used to know its compositions. Essential oils that are mixed with chemicals often have simpler and less complex compositions and harder to provide its report of the oil. So even when the essential oil has the same origins, the composition may differ due to the climate difference which is why it needs to be regularly updated instead of being a one-off thing. Therefore choosing a brand that regularly updates its reports are recommended.

Thru learning more about essential oil and its background, we make it easier to incorporate it into our daily lives and lead a more balanced and colourful life~

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