Some in the Essential Oil / Aromatherapy industry feel that the term "Grade" should not be used since there is no organization that grades essential oils. But, many essential oil companies freely use the term to mean that they have done the research / due diligence to determine that the oils are of good quality and suitable for in aromatherapy. Even though we have chosen to avoid the use of the term "Grade", since there is the implication that there is an official grading system, we still consider the terms "therapeutic grade" or "therapeutic quality" to be virtually synonymous and many use these terms to mean that the oils are of the very best quality and are completely natural with no components added or removed. And, of course, some companies do not operate ethically and simply sell the cheapest of oils as being therapeutic grade or quality.
NOTE: In addition to the few unethical companies that sell the cheapest of essential oils as being therapeutic, there is another camp of unethical companies that promote their essential oils as being the only therapeutic quality / therapeutic grade essential oils in the world. This is simply not true.
Some Essential Oils that are not identified as therapeutic quality, such as generic, food grade or pharmaceutical grade essential oils, may have had components removed or added to "standardize" them and some consider them not suitable for the aromatherapy industry. But, it should be remembered that essential oils that are not labeled therapeutic or aromatherapy quality or grade are not necessary of lesser quality. They may, in fact, be just as good as oils labeled as therapeutic quality. Ultimately you, the consumer, will have to be the judge. Pick a brand or two that you like and trust.
The use of the terms, aromatherapy grade essential oils and aromatherapy quality essential oils is essentially the same as "therapeutic" above. We consider the terms "therapeutic quality/grade" and "aromatherapy quality/grade" to be relatively the same but do try to avoid the use of the term "grade" since there is actually no grading body. Instead, we choose to use the term "quality".
There is no official body or organization that grades essential oils. The "grades" (therapeutic grade, aromatherapy grade, 100% pure, therapeutic quality, aromatherapy quality, etc.) are subjective. We use these terms to let you, our customers, know that we have done rigorus research to find what we consider the best essential oils. We do not obtain just any essential oil to sell under the Artisan Aromatics brand. We vet the distiller or vendor and make sure that proper lab testing as well as our own "nose" testing is done on each oil before we add it to our line of essential oils.
The word "artisan" is used to mean essential oils that have be produced by small, "boutique" distillers/producers specifically for the therapeutic and aromatic properties of the oils. These oils are considered to be "therapeutic quality" and are our first choice for personal use although they are not necessarily "better" than "regular" therapeutic quality essential oils that have been obtained from larger producers or sources. We simply like the fact that these Artisan Oils come from the "little guy".
There is some debate as to whether or not the term "absolute" should be applied to the essential oils produced be enfleurage. We believe that technically an essential oil produced by enfleurage is an "absolute" since a solvent is used as part of the extraction method even though, in this case, the "solvent" is alcohol which is much less harsh than other solvents used to create most absolutes.
The only absolutes that we sell as part of our Artisan line of essential oils are those produced by enfleurage.
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