Sourcing, Analysis, and More
Sourcing of essential oils
Through my training and self-study, I have had the privilege to learn about and from many small artisan distillers as well as many other larger and high quality distillers around the globe. Any essential oils, CO2s, and absolutes I add to my current listings are studied for weeks at times to really understand and get to know the oil. This process is especially important for oils that are not widely researched!
When first working with a distiller, I will collect a sample from them as well as from another distiller of the same plant/species. This allows me to compare organoleptics, overall quality, pricing, and work with the oil for a few weeks offered by the distillers.
Before offering an essential oil, I also like to find out as much as I can about the distiller I am interested in working with. This includes information about their farming methods, how plant matter is collected, growing seasons, distillation methods they use, how long they have been distilling, and much more. Sometimes although not often, I can visit them and work with them during distillations! Gathering all this information allows me to learn if they are employing kind and ethical farming/distillation methods and see if they value plants as I do.
Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectronomy or Gas Chromatography-Flame Ionization Detector Analysis
I am often drawn to the high quality of small artisan distillers. Even though I know their oils to be pure, having the analysis completed enables me to really see the potential therapeutics based on the chemical constituents within the oils. Although many do not understand or know how to interpret the data on gas chromatography and mass spectronomy analysis, I offer those analyses in an easy to read format based on chemical families that constituents are found in. This can be quite handy for those that look for specific constituent percentages in various oils. As I format new analysis for each oil, I post direct links to them on each aromatic oil's page. If you do not allow popups in your browser, please note, you may need to do so to read them.
Do I Make My Essential Oils?
While I would love to distill my own oils, I am not confidant in my ability to produce the high quality of those that have been doing this for several years. Nor do I have direct access to all of the different kinds of plant matter since I live in the desert!
It is much more economical and time saving for me to source directly from a distiller I trust. While a small number of my oils are sourced here in the United States, I do source from many other countries across the globe.
After I have worked with the essential oil to determine quality, I place an order from my distiller. Once I receive the essential oil, it is made available on the website but not released for sale. Before releasing them for sale, I send them off to a independent lab to be analyzed using gas chromatograph/mass spectronomy or gas chromatograph/flame ionization detector analysis. Once I have the results verifying purity, the essential oils are then released for sale.
As I have time, I then format the analysis into an easy to read format for my clients and keep each analysis labeled so they are batch specific. Using batch specific reports and labeling of my essential oils allows me to ensure you are getting the product you are requesting. It also allows me the ability to see small variances from batch to batch due to uncontrollable climate concerns like excess rainfall or drought.
Getting my oils directly from a distiller not only eliminates the middle man in the process, but also ensures there is no chance for adulteration which is so important in the aromatherapy industry. Additionally, it allows for a fantastic price on high quality essential oils, absolutes, and CO2 oils as they become available!