3 Ways to Tell If an Essential Oil is Pure


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How do you know whether or not an essential oil is pure?

I read years ago that it takes 21 years to become a “Nose”, someone who can smell an essential oil and know whether or not it’s pure. I’ve been using essential oils since 1997 so I don’t qualify yet, but I can share how I determine whether or not an essential oil is pure.

#1 – Pure essential oils waft easily and naturally from the bottle

You should not have to inhale with all your might to drag the aroma from a bottle of essential oil. A true essential oil diffuses from the bottle once it has been opened, even if the bottle is closed again, because pure essential oils are naturally volatile. You don’t have to put the bottle close to your nose to smell the oil. It wafts up and greets you!

This point was driven home to me at a visit to our local Farmer’s Market. We had visited a small room off the main area where a vendor was selling essential oils. I went in and surreptitiously opened a few bottles. They smelled fine. We left the little room and as we arrived back in the larger Market area my husband said, “What’s wrong with those oils? We would have smelled your oils from the moment we entered this building!”

#2 -Pure essentials oil impact more than just your sense of smell

Pure essential oils are something you experience with more than just your nose. You feel them in your body. They have an immediate impact on you and how you feel when you smell them. Pay attention to this when you open a bottle and inhale.

#3 – Your intuition will guide you

Use your intuition when shopping for essential oils. Your body intuitively knows what is good for you. Use muscle testing (applied kinesiology) to see if the essential oil is something pure and real that can benefit you. The way I muscle test is to stand with my feet about shoulder-width apart and hold the bottle in front of my chest. I take a deep breath and notice if my body leans (or wants to lean) toward the bottle or away from it.

I love to access my intuition, or verify it, with muscle testing. There are various simple ways to muscle test like the one demonstrated in this video.

Additional due diligence you should do

There are many other ways to know if an essential oil is pure. Research the company who sells the essential oils. Learn where they procure their oils, who grows and distills them. Pay attention to their business practices and level of integrity. We don’t always have the chance to get this information. Yet your nose, your body and your intuition will never lead you astray.

How do you determine whether or not an essential oil is pure?

Photo credit: Naomi King

  • Hi Lori! Interesting points, I think you are either born a “nose” or not. It is a gift we are born with. It might take us years to be able to tell all the different fragrances or enumerate all the ingredients in a composition. Practice does the trick, maybe you do not have to wait another seven years!!
    Just today I had a discussion with my brother about organic essential oils. He was rather doubting and he mentioned the heavy use of chemicals in extracting the essence, for instance in Ylang Ylang and how often it was sold as “organic”.
    I have spent years looking for reliable suppliers, I tend to believe them but I am rather aware of any bargains. Essential oils will never be “cheap”. It would be best if we had international standards and labels.

  • Late_Bloomers Hi Barbara! I don’t think I’ll ever be a “nose”! I think I know what’s good for me, though. Plus after experiencing pure essential oils I can tell when an oil is less than pure. It just took me a while to know how exactly I knew!
    You’re found reliable suppliers where you are or do you import essential oils?