When it comes to aromatherapy, not all essential oil's are created equal. We have spent countless hours researching, learning from certified aromatherapy experts and educating ourselves on the proper formulation of oils and how to get the most medicinal benefits from the oils. The oils we put on our site are the companies that we have found to be reliable and their practices are ethical. Even though we know that a lot of these companies are competitors, we still support them as they have different products to fit different needs. If you have a essential oil distributor already, please contact them for your oil needs.
Essentially there are 4 grades of essential oils:
1. Grade A oils are pure, therapeutic, and superior quality. They are usually made from organically grown plants, and are distilled at the proper temperatures. “Virgin” soil may also be used. WE ONLY CHOOSE THESE
2. Grade B oils are the most common essential oil and they are sometimes labeled as “pure.” However, they may still contain pesticides, fertilizers, synthetics, extenders, or carrier oils. While Grade B oils are considered “food grade,” I would never recommend ingesting these oils.
3. Grade C oils are perfume grade and usually contain the same type of adulterating chemicals as Grade B oils. They also often contain solvents which are used to gain a higher yield of oil per harvest. Solvents are not healthy. Still, these oils are sometimes used in aromatherapy or for making perfume products.
4. Floral Water is a byproduct of the distillation process. It can be very high quality if superior, organic material is used and it comes from a “Grade A” distillation process. However, if it is from compromised raw materials and/or a poor distillation process, it will be a very low quality. Floral Water is often used for more expensive oils, such as Rose Oil, since it takes 5000 pounds of roses to make just one 1 pound of essential oil.