Oilopia strictly uses high quality essential oils for all clients. Suzanne has chosen to work with sustainably sourced essential oils from small organic farms and artisans from around the world that meet all quality control standards, from sourcing, distilling, storage, and shipping. This commitment ensures Oilopia’s purchases of essential oils, herbs, and carrier oils from suppliers will meet strict purity standards.
Quality Testing Techniques
Oilopia relies on third-party testing, as the third-party testing guarantee provides us with a detailed look into the variety of chemical constituents that make up each individual oil. These reports are called GC/MS, which stands for Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry data sheets.
This is industry recommended testing for essential oils. Other analytical techniques seen on a report, are Specific gravity, Infra-Red analysis, Thin layer Chromatography, Refractive Index, and Optical rotation. By utilizing these standard profile reports, we will guarantee the highest quality and purity of the essential oil.
Quality Testing Reports
There are many different beliefs when it comes to the quality of essential oils. It is often a contentious subject among practitioners, vendors and MLM wellness advocates. It can spur protectiveness, heated discussion, and challenging beliefs on social media. Interpretation of these reports depends on the education, experience, and knowledge of the aromatherapist. The information on a GC/MS should not be the sole guide to purchasing high quality, unadulterated pure oils.
GC/MS reports will not tell the quality of an oil or the age of the essential oil. Confidence in the supplier and their mission as a supplier, for example, are they selling inexpensive essential oils to the public or are they selling high quality, typically high-priced essential oils primarily to aromatherapy practitioners as well as the public. In addition to an olfactory assessment, the GC/MS is the ultimate analytical tool for an aromatherapist.
Prior to 1990, there were only a handful of essential oil companies in Europe designed to meet the needs of aromatherapist who practiced in the community and in hospitals along with conventional medicine. As interest in aromatherapy spread to the retail market, a plethora of companies exploded onto the North American market. With such an increase in companies offering essential oils, it has become incredibly challenging to differentiate between companies selling high quality and low-quality essential oils.
In the 1990, clever marketers came up with the term “therapeutic grade”, they wanted consumers to believe that there was “therapeutic grade” essential oils and then there are other essential oils. Quickly, other companies caught on and therapeutic grade became therapeutic grade A, B, C. The truth is that there is no such thing as “therapeutic grade” (or grade b, c, d), it is a product of marketing.
Certification & Trademark
Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade is a trademark created and owned by DoTerra. According to their website, DoTerra created its own testing process, calling it CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. Access to these reports is readily available after purchase.
Here are some more terms you may see when purchasing essential oils, carrier oils, and herbs. ISO, The International Organization for Standardization is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from over 100 countries, one from each country.
- ISO is a non-governmental organization established in 1947.
- FMA, stands for the Fragrance Material Association.
- ECOCERT, is the Canadian governing body that issues certification for organic farming products, natural organic cosmetics, organic textiles, fair trade, etc.
- USDA stands for the United States Department of Agriculture, governing body for food safety and inspection services.
- FDA, federal drug association in the United States.
- NHP, natural health products.
- CFIA, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, a governing body that is dedicated to the safety of food, animals, and plant
What to look for when purchasing an essential oil; it should have a common name, such as Lavender and a Latin name (the exact genus and species) Lavandula Angustifolia in this example, this is important as there are 47 different species of lavender each with its own chemical makeup.
Where does the plant come from, country of origin, how the plant was processed, type of extraction, distilled, cold pressed, or CO2 extraction.
How was the plant grown, organically, wild-crafted, or conventional/ traditional? Does the plant have a Chemotype associated with it? The bottle should have a lot number, an expiration date and safety warnings on the label or packaging.
Supply Chain & Delivery
Looking for a supplier can be a daunting task, look for a supplier dedicated to supplying essential oils to the aromatherapy practitioner market and educated public. Owned by an aromatherapist, clinical aromatherapists or has them as employees. Company that provides both GC/MS report before purchase and after on each essential oil it sells, as well as MSDS safety data sheets. A company who has a strong ethical and high standards reputation in the field, will happily share all reports requested.
With that said, as a practitioner, I do purchase from a supplier that does not provide reports, such as a small distiller that I trust implicitly. It can be very costly to test each oil for a smaller distillery or artisan, some specialize in growing one specific plant and concentrate on quality.
Purchasing essential oils at a health food store or storefront may be tempting, read the label, does it meet all purchasing requirements, when does it expire? Does it look old or dusty? It may not be the therapeutic remedy you are looking for.
Bottom line: Do your research when choosing a company. Pick a few different companies, do not limit yourself, they may have the same oils, many from various regions with different chemical components to compare depending on your intention for the blend. It is fun to explore different oils from faraway lands.
At Oilopia, we are a proudly Canadian company, we strive to source our material from Canada first and foremost followed by companies that ethically source their products.