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Purity Test for Essential Oils

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.

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4:59PM PDT on Sep 14, 2014

great info ...thanks

10:48PM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

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

4:07AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Thanks for the info!

8:57PM PST on Jan 18, 2013

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

1:34AM PST on Nov 6, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

11:39AM PDT on Sep 15, 2012


8:30AM PDT on Sep 14, 2012

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).

12:51AM PDT on Sep 14, 2012

Thanks, I will go and test it.

6:12PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012


4:34PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Interesting. I'll check the ones I have.

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