AUTHENTIC: 100% pure = Single Species
Authentic essential oils are 100% pure throughout the bottle. There are no added synthetics or other species of oils. They make up the small minority of all essential oils on the market.
MANIPULATED: 100% pure = Multi-Species
Perfumers are often hired by essential oil companies to help make the final product smell more pleasing and less earthy. They will take away some of the heavier molecules or add very small amounts of another species to enhance the aroma.
PERFUME: Pure + Synthetic
You will often see an essential oil labeled as “pure” when they are not. There is a percentage of pure essential oil and a percentage of synthetic to enhance the final aroma. These types of oils often cause headaches and do not have any therapeutic action.
SYNTHETIC: 100% Synthetic
These “essential oils” are not essential oils at all. Because there are no labeling regulations on the term “essential oil” full synthetic oils are able to be labeled as pure and sold to unsuspecting consumers to increase profit. These often smell nothing like the original plant, but they can be very close, and that is why a consumer may not know they are synthetic and have possible severe negative reactions.
Rest assured, I only use pure essential oils in all of my blends!