Are your essential oils certified?

by FabulousFrannie

In a culture that’s continually going back to its roots, we’re (rightfully) increasing our tendency to question the terms that are used to label our food and body care products. Recently it has become popular for companies to use certain terms solely for marketing purposes. This is the case when you see essential oils labeled as “certified.”

Truth be told, there’s currently no agency in the United States that provides certification for essential oils. In Europe, however, standards are established that outline the natural chemical profile and principal constituents of a high-quality essential oil. These standards help both manufacturers and consumers differentiate between a therapeutic grade essential oil and one of inferior quality.

Here are the different grades that do exist…
Therapeutic Grade: Pure and undiluted essential oils suitable for all applications. Naturally grown, harvested or processed organically.
Food Grade: Generally cut with a food-based carrier oil.
Cosmetic Grade: Suitable for most applications. Medicinal use is not recommended as theyʼre partially steam distilled and partially formulated in the lab.
Commercial and Synthetic Grade: Not recommended for skin or aromatherapy applications. Considered safe for cleaning products, candles, incense, potpourri, etc.

This means that essential oils, like the ones we offer, can be therapeutic, but they can’t be “certified” therapeutic.

And, although essential oils aren’t officially “certified” by a government agency, our distributors independently test all of our oils. We receive a certificate of analysis and Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) from our distributors that authenticates that the oil is pure and unadulterated. (Please note: You may request these at any time.) So, although we can’t officially claim that our oils are “certified,” neither can any of our competitors.


*For informational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Carol Pierson June 23, 2015 - 2:22 pm

Do all your E.O. carry the MSDS certificate?…especially all the fruit oils that are good in drinks sweetened with stevia….at this time I do ingest a drop or two in a smoothie. Thanks.

FabulousFrannie June 24, 2015 - 10:22 am

Hi Carol! We carry both certificates of analysis and MSDS for all essential oils, but the one that would most likely be the most beneficial to you is the certificate of analysis.

Additionally, I just want to caution you in ingesting essential oils. Although they can add benefits to foods, such as smoothies, I would recommend meeting with a trained Aromatherapist or doctor first (if you haven’t already!). Let me know if you have any more questions or would like to request either document! 🙂

Martha Goudey July 10, 2015 - 1:20 pm

I just read on the previous post that your essential oils are not organic, but above, therapeutic grade says “naturally grown, harvest, or grown organically.” But you do not say what your essential oils are…can you clarify?

FabulousFrannie July 13, 2015 - 10:28 am

Hi Martha,
All of are oils are grown naturally and with as few chemicals as possible (sometimes pesticides must be used in order for the plant to survive and thrive). Due to this fact, we cannot declare our oils “organic” by the USDA’s definition; they are, however, 100% pure and safe to use for therapeutic applications! Hope this helps clear up any confusion, and please let me know if you have any further questions.

Debi August 11, 2015 - 10:16 am

Just to clarify on the use of pesticides. Can you say which pesticides you use?

FabulousFrannie August 18, 2015 - 7:44 am

Debi, Since we do not grow our own plants, we aren’t privy to the specific brand/type of pesticide that our distributor uses on occasion. Please note, however, that the pesticides that are used are not present in the final essential oil product because they are “removed” during the distillation process. You are using 100% pure essential oils that are free of pesticides (you can request an MSDS sheet to see for yourself)!

Nilam parab February 24, 2018 - 12:35 am

Can we consume it.
My daughter is autistic. Someone suggest me cilantro oil.
So I am confused plz tell me.

Fabulous Frannie February 26, 2018 - 10:11 am

Hello Nilam,

There are many ways to use essential oils besides ingestion. You can diffuse them into the air, apply topically with a carrier oil, use in homemade sprays, or lotions, salt etc. It is strongly recommended that you consult your doctor before using any essential oils, especially if you have any medical conditions or considerations. Here is some helpful information about essential oil ingestion. Our essential oils are 100% pure grade. They’re not cut, diluted or adulterated in any way, making them highly concentrated botanical substances. Pure essential oils are 1000 times more potent than their leafy counterparts. While we’re not advocating ANY essential oil ingestion protocol here, we would like to clear up the confusion regarding essential oil ingestion. Most essential oils commonly used in aromatherapy are safe to ingest in very small amounts (approximately 1-8 drops/day), depending on the oil and the users medical condition. If you feel this may improve your health, we strongly urge you to do so only under the guidance of a licensed aroma therapist who will help you determine the right program for you.


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