Why are Essential Oils so Expensive?

doTERRA is committed to providing the purest, most potent essential oils possible. doTERRA employs a global network of farmers who knows intimately the process of growing plants for essential oils. Every doTERRA essential oil is put through the highest standard of rigorous and thorough testing and sets the bar for quality, purity, efficacy, and consistency.

Are oils expensive?

Essential Oils have always been part of my life. When I was an infant, my mother (who immigrated from Germany at the age of 18) had family send her some peppermint essential oil. Throughout my childhood, adolescence, and well into adulthood, I used Lavender, Peppermint, and Melaleuca. I used them primarily for Aromatic and Topical application. When I found doTERRA, I knew something was different... special... a class of it's own in quality. We (my husband, son, parents, extended family) have been using doTERRA oils exclusively since March of 2013, and it has been one of the most life changing decisions for us. I am so proud to be part of a company that cares so much for the wellbeing of everyone all over the world, including those that harvest and source our oils.

I am so grateful that we have such pure and potent essential oils, that are safe for all members of the family. Today I am excited to share a couple short videos with you and some fun science info, so that you can see why the purity of an essential oil matters so much. Before you dive in, think of it like this: If you went to Starbucks and ordered an Americano, you expect it to be strong and pure black coffee. If they instead served you up a hot cup of water with 1-2 drops of Americano coffee in it, do you think you would experience the same thing as that pure black coffee? I didn't think so.

The purity of an essential oil is its most important characteristic. An essential oil that isn’t pure means you run the risk of putting germs, heavy metals, or adulterants onto or into your body, which can provoke irritation, adverse effects, or even sickness. Without an accepted standard for essential oil quality, doTERRA created its own testing process, calling it CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. The CPTG process certifies that there are no added fillers, synthetic ingredients, or harmful contaminants in their essential oils that would reduce their efficacy. doTERRA even goes a step further, putting all their products and the packaging through a battery of tests to ensure a long and effective shelf-life. This protocol ensures potency, purity, and consistency batch to batch.

Before the CPTG® Process Begins

Proper methods of growing, harvesting, and distilling are also crucial to maintaining purity. Poor production practices and the development of synthetic essential oil variations suggest that it is impossible to accurately identify a pure essential oil without scientific analysis. Appropriate analysis of the constituents within an essential oil is one of the most challenging and detailed aspects of quality assurance.

Knowing which of the many different species of a given plant will provide the most profound therapeutic health benefits is the first step in producing the highest quality essential oil. Relying on the expertise of botanists, chemists and wellness practitioners, botanical materials are carefully selected for their natural concentrations of active aromatic compounds.

Nurturing plants in the most favorable environment and carefully harvesting and transporting plant material for processing ensures an optimal yield of pure and potent essential oils. Spanning the continents of the globe, doTERRA’s exclusive network of growers and harvesters are experts at cultivating plants specific to the essential oil industry.

The CPTG® Process

The CPTG testing begins immediately after distillation with each oil being reviewed for its chemical composition. A second round of testing is carried out at our production facility to ensure that what was distilled and tested is the same essential oil as was received. A third review of the chemistry of the oil is conducted in a three-phase procedure as the oils are packaged into the bottles we use as consumers. Each of these tests confirms that the essential oil is free of contaminants and unexpected alterations during production.

The CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade quality protocol includes the following tests:

  • Organoleptic testing

  • Microbial testing

  • Gas chromatography

  • Mass spectrometry

  • Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)

  • Chirality testing

  • Isotopic analysis

  • Heavy metal testing

Historically, gas chromatography was sufficient to identify individual components in an essential oil. However, as more sophisticated methods for developing synthetic essential oil products formed, further validation methods were needed. Over time, additional testing methods such as mass spectroscopy, chiral analysis, FTIR Scan, carbon isotope analysis and others have been developed to more accurately identify each individual essential oil constituent. Providing CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) essential oils is part of doTERRA's promise to you to give you the best the world has to offer. doTERRA is continuously creating new ways to provide the quality you deserve by focusing on the details.

When you purchase and use essential oils, you want to make sure you are putting the best quality product on your body, in your diffuser, and even in your body. I can't tell you how amazed I am, as a lifelong essential oil user, at how incredible the quality is of doTERRA's essential oils.

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