First off I would say I do think Doterra Oils are pure and very strong and of the highest quality. Their prices are very reasonable for mid-priced and expensive oils. Their cheaper oils like Lavender and Lemon can be purchased elsewhere for a fraction of the cost. They spend considerable time and effort making you think they are the only place to get true therapeutic grade oils. This is not true. Bottom line, they are not the only kid on the block.
One of my favorite places to order Essential Oils is www.bulkapothecary.com. I have ordered a lot of oils from them recently and they are very pure, very strong, and each bottle has a batch ID number so you can order the report from them via email. They are the best oils I have found anywhere. You can tell by scent, color and consistency. In other words, a Sensory Evaluation.
Some ways to test quality and Purity of essential oils at home…
- The Potency of the aroma is the first clue. Once you start smelling essential oils you will recognize that the strongest ones are the purest.
- You can quickly determine quality of an essential oil by visual examination. If you research the color, consistency and appearance of the oil before hand, you will notice right away if an oil has been diluted.
- For all thin consistency oils you can refrigerate and if they become thick, a cold pressed vegetable oil has been added.
- Another method is to put a drop of oil on construction paper. It should evaporate fairly quickly and not leave a visible ring on the paper. This works again for most thin consistency oil but does not work for the dark colored thick consistency oils like Patchouli and Vetiver.
I also like the bottles, supplies and lids with droppers that fit the bottles from Bulk Aromatherapy that can be purchased at Aroma Tools.com.
I want to order some essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs.
They are a very reputable and ethical company and have come highly recommended. Their prices are very reasonable.
I will have to write more about them later.
I have been making my own blends and will share my favorite recipes and my favorite recipe websites next post.