10 Ways To Spot Fake Essential Oils — Aromatherapy Advice

** UPDATE: A lot of viewers have asked why the Ylang Ylang left an oily stain. Some base notes will leave a stain – even 100% pure oils. So this applies to other base note oils like ginger, sandalwood, etc. Plus, some coloured oils (e.g. orange, blue chamomile) can also leave a stain. The paper test is NOT scientific or reliable by itself, it’s just ONE thing you can do, taking into account all the other factors outlined in this video. It’s better for testing top/middle notes. **

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  1. Vijil O'Neal on April 19, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Can you please do a video on essential oil brands you recommend? or share with me the ones you use 🙂 Thank you!!

  2. T Regis on April 19, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    @ 3:45 I see your "Real" Ylang Ylang did not evaporate. Do you know why? I’m currently paper testing 100PureEssentialOils.com , I can’t find not one link on Google where someone outside the company is proving their oils are pure. They’re quite watery compared to what I’m used to in Young Living. I’ve never paper tested YL due to the abundance of validation they get online. I’ve tested 6 of the 100PEO and so far, only Grapefruit and Rosemary have evaporated. However, due to the valve they have down to the bottom, I didn’t get just one drop but a whole straw’s worth. I’ll update in a while.

  3. Glenn Taylor on April 19, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Hello, thank you for this informative video. Much appreciated. I have just subscribed. I have a question. Do you know much about the UK essential oils company Aroma Energy? Could you also tell me some U.K. Companies you know & trust, please.

  4. Count It All Joy on April 19, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Does anyone know anything about Jade Bloom? They seem to be good but their frankincense is more inexpensive than usual.

  5. My Social on April 19, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Low hearing quality. I can’t hear you.

  6. GOVTISTHEPROBLEM on April 19, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Anyone know if natures truth essential oils are any good. I honestly love them but I can’t find any positive or negative reviews on them.

  7. MaryAnn Pallitto-Warnick on April 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Thank You for your information I plan on sharing it’s caring!

  8. lilfr3shy on April 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Hi, I’d like to know why real Ylang Ylang has oil ink left over?? Thanks

  9. Ellen Fuller on April 19, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    How are the WayOfWill oils?

  10. Sabre on April 19, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you so much! Very helpful. I live in scotland and am confused as there is a serious lack of aromatherapy courses. I struggle to tell apart fake from respectable courses. I’m not interested in massage but more learning about oils, for their purpose and of course, safety. I make natural soaps and body balms for personal and family use. How does a person become a qualified aromatherapist?
    Also, I’m struggling to know which water diffuser to buy from amazon. Can you recommend a make/type? I’d love your opinion.

  11. Joe Bien on April 19, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    There is no such thing as "therapeutic grade" essential oils. Period.

  12. Gary Day on April 19, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Is steam distilled ok? What Im trying to say is, are the precious compounds killed off? Ty

  13. Five Point Five on April 19, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    I tried the paper test! My ginger and orange oil left an orange mark on the paper, is that normal?

  14. Essential Oils & You on April 19, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Great to see some clarity on essential oils on you tube! Thank you English Aromatherapist!

  15. Idalia Hernandez on April 19, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    What are hour thoughts on Natures Bounty essential oils? I did the paper test with the lavander essential oil and it did not leave a mark.

  16. Kojo Kay on April 19, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Please can the oil be drinking or not thanks

  17. medwatt on April 19, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Hello. I’m just starting afresh with aromatherapy. Since you’re based in the UK, have you ever tried oils from a company called Freshskin Beauty: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BBD1A5E/

  18. Ghost Zion on April 19, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    this video had a low sound to it. you should look into fixing that

  19. Cracking Sounds on April 19, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Why real ylang ylang left oily spots?

  20. Jennifer Estep on April 19, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    thanks for the information.. I tried the paper test with a lemon oil nad it seems to have left an oil spot… so that means it was stretched right?

  21. CAROL PATTRICK on April 19, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Very interesting, thank you

  22. naturegirl321 on April 19, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    DO you have companies that you recommend?

    Also, should you really use a drop of essential oil neat to see if it’s fake or not? I thought using them neat Isn’t advised. Especially when some can burn your skin

  23. Asma Asgar on April 19, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Will u please share the brand name of ur real essential oil collection??

  24. Dee Trychel on April 19, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Need to speak louder. Was good presentation but difficult to hear. Also, on the paper the ylang ylang had oily spot on both sides???

  25. simeon schneiss on April 19, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Wow Edens Garden Ginger Essential Oil left behind its color on white paper. Shocked thought they were pure.

  26. butterflybless bless on April 19, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Very useful

  27. Karen Dalldorf on April 19, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Brilliant advise! Now every time I buy a bottle of oil I always do the paper drop test!

  28. Ingrid B. on April 19, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Thank you for your advice. I did a test with the essential oil on paper. I had a residue with blue chamomile. You mentioned some essential oils will give a residue, the heavier oils. But I don’t think blue chamomile is a heavy oil, is it ? thank you.

  29. rrt401 on April 19, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Thank you! I have subscribed to your channel. I am just investigating getting into EO’s. Your channel by far is the best and most informative one I’ve come across!

  30. Mary Nnenna on April 19, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    I love your darling voice :o)

  31. Buck teeth productions on April 19, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Is majestic pure fake ?

  32. Karen D on April 19, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Very helpful video. Thank you so much! Amazon is flooded with synthetic oils claiming otherwise. It’s sickening. What are your thoughts on Patchouli oil? Would that leave an oil residue as Ylang Ylang would?

  33. Kr1zToV on April 19, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    what kind of oil did they inject into your face ?

  34. Leta Robinson on April 19, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Would cold pressed oils have an oil base?

  35. george cushing on April 19, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    ..i found this vid and have no idea what youre saying but it sounds good..so I’ll hit autoplay as i go to sleep..like earomatheapy..weird? yeah i know

  36. Virgil Li on April 19, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    the compamy Camden Grey sells some oils in plastic with out instrucyions.I knew there was something odd about that. I don’t use that company anymore. Thanks for the info.

  37. Niamh Seren on April 19, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Thanks for this. I’m just getting into oils.

  38. Kr1zToV on April 19, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Your face looks fake :/

  39. Earthwooman55 spirit on April 19, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    I really like and value your presentation. Only trouble was hard to hear the audio, had to turn my tv volume all the way up.

  40. lakedolfin on April 19, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    I did the paper test and the next day all greasy stains disappeared, even store bought cheap oils. What gives?

  41. rrt401 on April 19, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Thank you for responding below 🙂  One other quick question (maybe you have a video already?) Do you recommend a water diffuser or a nebulizer type?

  42. J. Divine on April 19, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. I am new to essential oils and still doing a lot of research and experimenting to find the best quality to fulfill my needs as I have already noticed that some oils from the same brand do not work well with difusers. Loved the paper test.

  43. Charlotte West on April 19, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    I wouldn’t mind trying this.

  44. Husneara Begum on April 19, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    I always buy essential oil from Holland and Barrett.

  45. Wynetta Chambers: Mrs.ladybass on April 19, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Can’t hear you

  46. Vincent Tan on April 19, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Hi, I’m from Singapore. Many thanks for the paper test method and the oily feel test. I have tried using the oil to remove the ink on an old credit card, some Lavender do remove the ink easily and some don’t, not sure if it is the good testing method.

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