essential oil safety
Essential Oils are highly concentrated, powerful liquids extracted from a plant via steam distillation or cold-pressing. Depending on the essential oil, extraction can utilize the flowers, leaves, stems, bark, or root of the plant. It takes a large amount of plant material to yield just a few teaspoons of essential oil, which is the reason essential oils are more expensive than their synthetically produced approximations (called Fragrance/Perfume Oils). Because essential oils are so concentrated, it is important to treat their use with care and respect, and users are encouraged to educate themselves about an oil's properties prior to use.
Purity refers to the natural constituents of an essential oil. A "pure" essential oil means that an oil has not been adulterated (mixed) with another, lower-quality oil. Because of limited supplies of plant material, unpredictable harvest yields due to climate change, and rising demand for essential oils, some essential oil suppliers/distilleries will mix high-quality oils with lesser-value or low-quality varieties. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia/officinalis) Essential Oil, for example, has been known to be adulterated with Lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia 'Emeric ex Loisel' or Lavandula hybrida), Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia), Spanish Sage (Salvia lavandulaefolia), or synthetic linaloool and linalyl acetate. When an essential oil is adulterated, its therapeutic benefits are compromised and it is classified as poor quality.
At Centri Terra Natural Bath & Body Products, we are committed to the quality and purity of our essential oils. We regularly inspect the chemical testing results of our suppliers to ensure that we do not sell adulterated oils. If at any time you are curious or concerned about the quality of our oils, we welcome you to contact us and we will share our findings.