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Organic vs Non Organic Essential Oils. Which should you choose?

Organic Essential Oil

Organic Essential Oils

Deceptive Marketing?

You’ve seen it advertised everywhere.  Companies claiming organic this and organic that, sometimes without any proof or explanation!  But what about essential oils?  Many companies claim to have organic essential oils.  Should you trust them?  And is there really a difference between organic essential oils and non organic (aka: pure essential oils).  What’s more alarming is the fact that on average, organic goods (produce in particular) is 47% more expensive than non organic.  Will choosing to go non organic mean you will potentially be ingesting pesticides?  In this article we’ll take a look at the raw facts.

Organic vs Non-Organic

The debate around organic vs non-organic essential oils stems from the use of pesticides used when growing the plant.  Organic claims should be taken with a grain of salt however, as stated in a recent study by the American College of Healthcare Sciences.  The study revealed that even certified organic essential oils can contain pesticide residues.  Even if pesticides aren’t used in the growing of plants, passive contamination may occur.  This is when nature itself in the form of pollen or wind carries over pesticides from neighbouring fields.  Not only should you be weary of trusting a company labelling their essential oils as organic, the cost of them is exorbitantly high.

The truth about organic essential oils

Did you know that many farmers across the world choose to grow without the use of pesticides but often don’t have the resources to satisfy “organic” requirements?  This is especially common in third world countries, where farmers simply can’t afford the high price of obtaining the all-mighty certified organic label.  Essential oils are harvested from all over the world, and in some cases an organic version may not even exist.


Consumers demand a high standard in the natural industry.  When we look at non organic essential oils however, the fact is that the trace amount of pesticides used (biocides) may be totally non-existant at the time of harvest.  On top of this, the steam-distillation process can even further reduce the amount of pesticides to a few parts per million!  Robert Tisserand, a well known aromatherapist, touches on this subject in this interview here.  While we think it is important that consumers hold the natural industry to a high standard, we can confidently say that non organic essential oils don’t contain anything near consequential pesticide levels.  Hopefully this article will help you decide which oil is right for you.