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.