What makes a good quality essential oil?

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What makes a good quality essential oil?

It is important to find reputable sources that sell good quality essential oils if you are planning to use them for health-related purposes. Whether you buy essential oils in a store, from an individual, or from the internet, be sure to read any information provided on the label or website, or ask questions about quality.

There are a number of ways in which the quality of essential oils can be compromised: from the growing conditions of the plants to their harvesting, distillation, manufacture, distribution, and storage.


The quality of essential oils can be negatively impacted by the use of pesticides and other chemicals, the variability in altitude, soil conditions and rainfall, and the difficulty of differentiating plant species and varieties.


Because of the growing popularity of essential oils and aromatherapy, there are many products on the market that may not be suitable for clinical use. They can be found nearly everywhere, from health food stores to discount stores to the Internet. These products may include pure essential oils, but sometimes they are adulterated or diluted. Such adulterations are difficult to identify.

Packaging and handling

Other considerations include packaging, storage, and handling. Chemical degradation can occur with exposure to heat, light, or oxygen. Essential oils from citrus products are especially prone to oxidation that can quickly alter the chemistry of those essential oils.


Essential oils should be stored in tightly closed, darkened glass containers in a cool place to ensure lasting quality. We recommend writing the date on the bottle after opening it so you can keep track of your own essential oils. Oxidation rates vary, but most essential oils can be safely used for 1-2 years or more after opening.


What should I look for when shopping for essential oils?

Is the Latin name of the plant provided so that you are sure you are getting the right essential oil? For example, there are several species of lavender. 

Is the name of the country in which the plants were grown provided? A consumer would not be expected to differentiate oils from different countries, but this information is important to aromatherapists because quality can vary by country. This is an indication that the company is marketing to knowledgeable parties as well as general consumers.

Is there a statement about purity? You should be informed if it is not 100% essential oil (meaning, it has been altered or mixed with something else).

Is the cost comparable in comparisons with other brands of the same essential oil? If it's really cheap, it probably isn't the real thing.

Does it smell as you expect it to smell?

How do I find quality essential oils?

Finesse Home has been a trusted supplier of essential oils for over 20 years and has built a reputation for supplying the highest quality 100% pure essential oils to Certified Aromatherapists and SPA’s worldwide. We are passionate about our oils, with an extensive range of rare and exotic oils available, coupled with our range of Aromatherapy Massage oils and other products carefully prepared with pure essential Oils. Our range of market leading products has made Finesse Home Fragrances one of the best selling Highest Quality Pure Essential Oils suppliers in North America. 

Quality Testing: All our oils have been tested to ensure there are no adulterants present or chemical residues of any sort, guaranteeing that the oil is pure. Only the best quality oils are selected from numerous samples and reports. The oils are then individually checked for colour consistency which is examined and rated as highly important, this indicates just how pure and balanced the oil is. The texture and consistency indicate the quality of the extraction method and therefore the quality of the oil.

Full Note Aroma - all our oils are carefully evaluated to ensure the aroma gives a full note range. This knowledge comes with years of professional experience to select the purest and most balanced oils.

Wherever possible we source our oils directly from the essential oil distiller, or failing that from as close to the distiller or grower as possible. We understand the importance of checking soil quality, seed quality and seeking the use of reputable distillers and value our long-term relationships with local producers.

For more information relating to Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, please visit our website at www.finessehome.com

If you own a SPA or wish to purchase wholesale please contact us at;

Finesse Home Fragrances -  tel: 604 885 5494 /  fax: 604 885 9980   e: sales@finesseoils.com www.finesseoils.com

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