Purity Test for Essential Oils

Essential oils, used for everything from insect repellents
to aromatherapy and fragrance, are very strong and need to
be used with care, but they can cause environmental health
problems if the brand doesn’t provide pure oils. Some oils
have petroleum-based solvents added, which can be very toxic.
Petroleum-based solvents are often long-lasting in the
environment, are stored in our fat, and are a source of
volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) that negatively affect
indoor air quality.

Do an easy blotting paper test to see if your oils are pure.
Put a few sample drops of your oils on a blotting paper. Pure
essential oils will not leave any residue once they have
evaporated, whereas petroleum solvents will.


Cheryl B.
Cheryl B3 years ago

great info ...thanks

Nitin Arya
Nitin Arya4 years ago

that is a wonderful tip, I tried Tea Tree and Jojoba oil for immunity and that really worked for me. I sourced from www.AromaShop.in and the brand was GBU (God Bless U), that is the best oils i ever used.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago

Thanks for the info!

Debbie L.
Debbie L.4 years ago

Is the blotting paper a special kind of paper? Or am I reading too much into the wording?

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Harshiita Sharma
Harshita Sharma5 years ago


Chad W.
Chad W.5 years ago

Great tip! Because of poor testing requirements; many essential oils are allowed to be labeled 100% pure even though they are made up of synthetic compounds. The test that most companies use, only test to see if the compounds that make up a certain oil are actually present and does not distinguish between real (organic) or synthetic. This is why we (my family) only use CPTG oils (certified pure therapeutic grade).

Joy Wong
Joy Wong5 years ago

Thanks, I will go and test it.

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago


Magdalen B.
Magdalen B5 years ago

Interesting. I'll check the ones I have.