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5 Ways To Spot Fake Essential Oils

Essential Oils

5 Ways To Spot Fake Essential Oils

One thing you’ll hear me talk about over and over is the importance of using high quality, 100% pure essential oils. One quick search on Amazon for essential oils will yield around 200,000 results from hundreds of different brands. So how do you identify which essential oils are fake?


It doesn’t take a scientist to spot fake essential oils. Once you know what to look for it can be quite easy and obvious.


But before we dive into the 5 ways to spot fake essential oils I want to be very clear that choosing essential oils shouldn’t only come down to whether the essential oil is pure or not. Although, that should be the number one deciding factor. It is also important to know where the plants are sourced. Whether the plant is organic or not. How the essential oil is distilled. And many other factors.

But we’ll get into that in another post at another time. For now we’re just going to go over 5 simple ways to identify fake essential oils.

How To Spot Fake Essential Oils

1 | The Packaging

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When it comes to essential oils the packaging is very important. Essential oils should always be stored in glass containers. Essential oils contain strong chemical compounds that can break down and react when coming in contact with plastic.

The bottle should also be a dark color. Essential oils can go bad if exposed to ultraviolet radiation.

2 | The labeling

A clear indication an essential oil is fake is it will only include the common name of the essential oil on the label instead of the Latin botanical name. For example the label will read “Lavender” instead of “Lavandula angustifolia”. Most reputable essential oil companies will include both names.

3 | The Price

Higher price doesn’t necessarily mean higher quality. I had to learn that lesson the hard way. I used to use very expensive oils until I did some research and discovered high quality oils at extremely affordable prices. More about that later!

But if there is an insane price difference between brands for the same oil, that’s a red flag! More than likely it is fake or adulterated.

4 | The Smell

This one is a little it harder to implement unless you already have some experience with essential oils. Once you’ve smelled high quality, pure essential oils you can smell the difference when compared to cheap oils. If it has an artificial scent or smells like alcohol it’s more than likely fake.

5| The Test

There is a super simple test you can perform to see if an essential oil is fake or not. Take a blank white sheet of paper and pour one drop of oil on it. Let it dry for a few hours. After the oil has completely dried there should be virtually no visible trace of the oil left on the paper. If there is, it’s possible the oil is fake or a carrier oil has been added to it.

Final thoughts about how to spot fake essential oils

If your essential oil fails any of the above tests I would honestly just throw them out. Not only are fake essential oils useless but they can also be harmful to your health.

Like I mentioned earlier, 100% pure essential oils don’t have to cost a fortune. Florihana essential oilsYou can read my full Florihana essential oils review here. They have amazing, high quality, unadulterated, 100% pure essential oils at extremely affordable prices. I also recommend Plant Therapy and Eden’s Garden. They have affordable oils as well.

And if you have any questions at all, please share them in the comments below. I’d love to chat!

Author: Candice Sinner

Hi! I’m Candice & I’m an essential oil junkie. I want to help you break free from toxic chemicals & toxic living so you can live the life God created you to live. Click here to learn more about me and my health journey.

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  • Reply
    Sue Adams
    March 3, 2020 at 3:37 am

    Thank you for your insight. What are your thoughts on Gurunanda oils?

    • Reply
      March 9, 2020 at 7:52 pm

      Hi Sue. I’ve heard a lot about Gurunanda oils but I have personally never tried them. I plan to soon though. And when I do I plan to post a review. So keep an eye out for that 🙂

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