How to Determine the Quality of Essential Oils, Part 2: What Do the Certifications Mean?

| 9/21/2015 11:23:00 AM

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Click here to read Part 1 for more background on how to determine the quality of essential oils. And Part 3 will help you hone your senses.

While searching for essential oils on the internet you may come across some companies claiming to be approved by the ISO or to meet and/or exceed guidelines established by AFNOR or to be GRAS-approved and even one company claiming to have Certified Pure therapeutic grade/FDA approved. What exactly do the terms and certifications mean?

'Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade'

This is a relatively new trademark by a company within the industry. They own the right to this mark, although they do not have the exclusive right to the actual words “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade.” This is a commercial trademark that the company has registered and paid a fee for to use.

ISO: International Organization for Standardization

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from over 100 countries, one from each country. ISO is a non-governmental organization established in 1947. The mission of ISO is to promote the development of standardization and related activities in the world with a view to facilitating the international exchange of goods and services, and to developing cooperation in the spheres of intellectual, scientific, technological and economic activity.

ISO’s work results in international agreements, which are published as International Standards.  In addition to quality and environmental management systems, ISO also publishes standards that set criteria for film speed, data stored on ATM and credit cards, wine glasses for use in competitions, crayons, and more.

10/5/2015 7:42:05 AM

question please, enjoyed the article thank you. Business aspect didnt work out, but use doTerra, because i trust their Testers/Scientists, but on the GRAS, if i go uptown, how do i know because it says that, its safe to ingest? doT is costly, so want to know how to answer ? or help others, after reading, all seems a scam in marketing. NOT in any way saying they do not work, they DO, i just want to know on what to trust to ingest, thank you so much, Teresa

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