Essential Oils Adulterations


The perfume industry is the largest consumer of essential oils, followed by the food industry. These industries need to produce oils of the same chemical formula (and therefore the same aroma and taste) each year.

In the perfume and fragrance trade, it is always accepted that essential oils are standardized and not always 100% genuine, and not necessarily derived from the specified plant species. It doesn’t have to be. 

Not used to affect the health of the body, but used as a scent or taste-a very different kind of fish! When aromatherapy first appeared, it was an incredibly small part of the essential oil trading business-liters, not tons. 

The uneconomical supply of non-standardized or untreated oil for such a small part of his business could not be expected of traders. 

This is almost true today, and unfortunately, there are still essential oil suppliers for aromatherapists who source oil from such sources. 

Comparing essential oils to wine helps the perfume and flavor industry explain why it is important to change the original natural composition of essential oils.

Wine is known to have good and bad years. If the same vineyard produces wine from the same grapes each year, the aroma and taste will vary from year to year. 

Weather and environment contribute to these changes, as do essential oil crops, by changing the chemical formulas of the oils produced. 

Also, the same plant grown elsewhere in the world produces different oils. Therefore, perfumers who create famous scents from recipes using essential oils have difficulty. Essential oils must be standardized for him. Otherwise, the final product will not have the expected scent and will not be accepted. 

The important thing is to adjust (mix) the essential oils to achieve legitimate goals. 

Terpenes, a major feature of most essential oils, may be removed to concentrate the remaining more desirable ingredients. The resulting compound is known as a folded oil or terpeneless oil, which is often used to mix different oils. 

Essential oils are also mixed for commercial reasons-probably an unethical method in the field of aromatherapy. Before getting the essential oils directly from the producer, they were often asked when ordering. 

 “How much do you want to pay?” At the time, I didn’t know how complicated it was to buy essential oils, but not only did I know the real oil, but I didn’t want to be asked how much I would pay. I knew enough.

What is Adulteration?

Adulteration, cutting, standardization, stretching, refining, refining-call it as you like. These terms and modifications mean that the essential oils have changed somehow since they came to rest. Some of these processes are simple. Some are very complex and require sophisticated equipment. All of these terms apply when a producer (or an intermediate further down the supply chain) adds something to essential oil to “stretch” or standardize it. 

  •  Essential oils can be mixed in a variety of ways. The adulterants used are: Alcohol (for inexperienced people, the scent is not noticeably different from pure oil) 
  • Isolates made from other essential oils (available in large quantities at very low cost, such as lemon and orange terpenes) 
  • Another cheaper essential oil (and with this (and number 2) you can claim that the product is still a natural essential oil!) 
  • DPG (colorless and odorless di propylene glycol, usually added to make up lavender oil) and PEA (phenyl ethyl alcohol, a natural ingredient of Rose Otto that can be used to concentrate this oil), etc. Synthetic product. 
  • A slightly similar alternative, cheaper oil to be replaced as a whole (lavender is often sold under the name of lavender and quadruples the profits of traders) 

These methods are more or less accepted in the perfume industry.

It is said that essential oil can be considered pure if it contains 51% of the original material. Indeed, some perfumers sometimes refer to essential oils as “soups .”However, this should not be tolerated in the therapeutic world. Therefore, pure essential oils that live up to their name are of utmost importance.

I quote from the Haarman & Reimer Book of Perfume

“… bad harvest, political conflicts, exhaustion of the soil or transportation difficulties are imponderables which make it impossible for the perfumer to rely on nature’s raw materials against that background, synthetic fragrance substances appear economically indispensable substitutes for Nature’s original”

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