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6 Ways To Tell If An Essential Oil Is Fake

6 Ways To Tell If An Essential Oil Is Fake

When we think of the wordcounterfeit, the first thing that comes to mind is money. The word seems intrinsically linked to the image of fake dollar bills. But essential oils can be counterfeit, too! At Edens Garden, we only stock the highest-quality essential oils so you can be sure you’re getting the very best. To help you understand the EG difference, here are our top tips for spotting the fakes.

Carrier Oil Is An Undisclosed Ingredient

Sure, some companies offer pre diluted essential oils to make them more affordable for consumers. In our case, we offer prediluted Roll-Ons so you can conveniently apply your Roll-On topically. But, the fact is that you know this when purchasing your oil. An untrustworthy company will sell you an oil that’s been cut with carrier oil and not tell you. One way to identify this is if, say, an oil like Rose, Jasmine or other generally expensive oils seem erroneously cheap. In which case, you should ask the company if the oil contains a carrier oil  in hopes that they’re honest with you.

It Contains Synthetic Fragrance Compounds

Close your eyes the next time you smell a newly opened bottle of essential oil. Does it remind you of commercial room sprays, perfumes, candles or other fragrances? If so, it may be adulterated with synthetics or it’s completely synthetic. Keep in mind, there’s no such thing as “Honeysuckle” or “Apple” essential oil and essential oils generally smell like the plants from which they’re derived –not an “Ocean Breeze” or “Sugar Maple Cookie.”  

The Oil Lacks Qualities Characteristic Of Its Kind

Is your Blue Tansy essential oil clear? Does your Tea Tree smell more fruity than medicinal? Is your Sandalwood oil thin and runny? Characteristics of an essential oil can vary depending on where its grown, but certain characteristics generally never change. If you pick up an oil that is far removed from others you’ve experienced of its kind, and the supplier has no reasonable explanation for it, run the other way.

You Have A Bad Reaction To It

Certain essential oils oxidize quickly and easily, like citruses for example. An oxidized oil will oftentimes have a rancid aroma and can cause skin sensitivity. If you buy a new bottle of Sweet Orange and it has an off-putting aroma, it irritates your skin despite being properly diluted or both, it could very well be oxidized. In which case, ask the supplier when the oil was distilled. 

How It’s Labeled

It’s important to note that all essential oils have a Latin name, which is their official name. If you’re buying an essential oil that isn’t labeled with its Latin name, be aware that it might be an inferior oil. If it’s a blend, be sure to check for an ingredient list that arranges oils in order of greatest to least and includes the essential oil name and latin name as well. 

They Don’t Offer GC/MS Reports For Oil Batches

It all comes down to this. You can speculate about whether an oil is of low or high quality, but at the end of the day, it’s just speculation unless theoil is tested via GC/MS. At Edens Garden, we GC/MS test our essential oils because it accurately reveals if an oil contains synthetics, carriers, pesticides and more. After testing, both our third-party lab and our in-house aromatherapists analyze the tests, checking that the oil is pure and of the highest quality available. We offer these reports on our single oil’s individual product pages under “Reports,” because our oils have nothing to hide but pure goodness.  


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10 Responses

Yolanda Lewis

April 20, 2020

Thanks! For the honesty and the good information it helps out so much!

Edens Garden

April 17, 2020

Hi Renee! This is a good point. Some people are much more sensitive to essential oils than others. But as we concluded, all of our points are merely speculation. The best way to tell if an oil is good quality or not is by GC/MS tests and analyzation.


April 17, 2020

I absolutely love your oils. And please feel free to just read this and not post it. I just wanted to give my input.

I don’t think that if people have a reaction to the oils, that’s an indication they aren’t pure. I’ve broken out multiple times when I’ve had contact with many of your oils, over the past year, even while using a carrier oil. Not because they aren’t pure, just because my skin is very reactive. (The same thing happened when I tried doTerra several years ago).

My lips have even gotten red and swollen (again, multiple times) when I diffuse certain potent oils like clove or ginger or synergy blends. So I’ve learned to not use as many drops for those. ((Or put on a thick lip balm as a protectant first).

So I would take that one off of your list if I were you or some people may think your oils aren’t high quality — some there may be others like me who get rashes and such from contact with even high quality essential oils.


April 15, 2020

I use lots of there products and very very happy with everything that I use,Thank you Eden Gardens,great customer service, you will only find there products I. My home

Nanci Veglia

April 15, 2020

It’s SO nice to know these things because we just don’t have this knowledge!

Tammy Michel

April 15, 2020

I will only buy my essential oils from Eden’s Garden. I know I can count on Eden’s Garden to send me exactly what I am paying for! Thank you!!

Kim Greif

April 15, 2020

Love Edens Garden oils. They are now my go to disinfectant while being home.

Carrie Hoot

April 15, 2020

Thank you for being transparent and for offering this information to consumers. So many people get tricked into thinking all oils are the same. I am incredibly grateful to have an oils provider that is honest and Christlike with how they operate and serve their customers.

Ms. Virginia

March 10, 2020

Thank you for this article! I’ve recently bought 3 bottles of 2 different kinds of essential oil for the first time to see if they could help my somewhat unique problems. So far, so good! I loved the article, again, thank you!

Jan Johnson

March 10, 2020

Love Eden’s garden essential oils. Have been using them for several years (recommended by a friend). My daughter, grandson, son and I use them every day and we don’t get head colds anymore. Love to bathe in Epsom salts and essential oils added to that (usually tea tree, rosemary, lavender and lemongrass or oregano).