Fake essential oils may be an off brand name you have never heard of and cannot find reliable information about the product. Watch out for essential oils sold in large bottles-they are possibly diluted with cheap carrier oils or chemical fillers.
Only buy in small quantities. It also ensures freshness of the product. Do your research and make sure they are food grade (therapy grade) essential oils. Ask around. Do any of your friends know the manufacturer? Contact manufacturer and ask how the oils are pressed, what kind of machinery is used and where the products are processed. Visit your local health food store. Ask the manager what their opinions are about essential oils. Simply Skin, Young Living, and Mountain Rose Herbs are two well-known essential oil brands.
- Price: If the price of an essential oil seems too good to be true, it may be a fake. High-quality essential oils are expensive to produce and should be priced accordingly.
- Scent: A genuine essential oil should have a strong, natural scent. If the scent seems artificial or weak, it may be a fake.
- Color: Many essential oils have a distinct color, such as a yellow or green color for lemon or peppermint oils. If the color seems off, it may be a fake.
- Packaging: Quality essential oil brands will package their oils in dark-colored, airtight bottles to protect the oils from light and air.
- Ingredients List: Check the ingredients list and make sure the oil is 100% pure essential oil, and not a blend of essential oils or synthetic fragrances.
- Quality certifications: Quality certifications like organic, non-GMO, and ISO can be good indicators of a genuine essential oil.
- Brand reputation: Look for brands that have a reputation for producing high-quality essential oils.
It’s important to do your research and purchase essential oils from reputable sources to ensure that you are getting a pure, high-quality product. Additionally, it’s always best to consult with a qualified aromatherapist or a healthcare provider before using any new essential oil, especially if you have sensitive skin or a history of skin reactions.