Did you know in the U.S., there is no rating system for essential oils. The closest we get is an FDA requirement that in order to label a bottle essential oil “pure” or “therapeutic grade,” the contents of that bottle must contain at least 5 % essential oil!
All oils in the world fall into 1 of 4 categories: Authentic, Manipulated, Perfume, and Synthetic.
Authentic: means the oils are 100% pure, with no added synthetics, or other species in the bottle.
Manipulated oils: means the final product has been made to smell more pleasing and less earthy. Some of the heavier molecules have been stripped out, or another species introduced, to enhance the aroma.
Perfume oils: are not pure oils at all. Often contain adulterating chemicals and solvents like hexane are used to gain a higher yield.
Synthetic oils: is called “floral water” and is usually a by-product of distillation done during the Authentic process. Typically labled as “scented products.”