How to Buy and Store Essential Oils

Essential oils are extremely precious and should be treated with respect. They also vary in cost depending on the plant; jasmine and rose can be very costly. The lavender plant produces lots of oil, rose and jasmine produce very small amounts, and that affects the price.

Here are some tips by Margo Valentine Lazarra from her book Blissful Bathtimes (Storey, 2009):

• When purchasing essential oils, make sure the oils come in brown or blue glass bottles; the coloring protects them form decomposition caused by ultraviolet light.

• Purchase the smallest bottles in order to kept your expenses down until you discover your favorites.

• You should purchase only products marked “Pure essential oils” and check the origin of the brand.

The experienced aromatherapist can tell just by smelling the oil whether it is high-quality or has been diluted with carrier oil—such as jojoba, grapeseed, or apricot—so that it can be used in a massage or perfume blend. Quality also depends on the method of processing and extraction: how and where the plant was grown and whether the right amount of pressure and steam was used during distillation. Just keep in mind that essential oils do vary tremendously.

You might find oils or products that are listed as “essence.” These are chemically synthesized. You do not want these; although they might smell nice, they do not have medicinal properties. Inhale some essential oils sold in health food stores and pharmacies and buy those that appeal to you. Let your nose guide you.

19 comments

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Dianne Lane
Dianne Lane4 years ago

Thanks so much!

Joy Wong
Joy Wong4 years ago

Thanks for the info.

yana dimitrova
yana dimitrova4 years ago

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Patricia H.
Patricia H.4 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

thanks for the info

Chaplain Andrea
Andrea Tackett4 years ago

j.l. S.--
I know many people who use only 1 brand. Several friends/co-practitioners swear by Young Living. I personally love & only use Wyndmere. They have a vast website & some health food stores, such as Whole Foods, carry their items as well.
God bless!

j.l. S.
Jen S.5 years ago

Excellent article. Does anyone have a favorite source of essential oils?

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Robert O.
Robert O.5 years ago

Good tips. Thanks Melissa.