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Understanding Essential Oil Grades

Here are the four different grades of essential oils available on the market today:

1. Synthetic Grade - Synthetic grade essential oils are often used in perfumes, deodorants, soaps, air fresheners, candles, shampoos, etc. These oils are synthesized in a laboratory to mimic the aromas of a natural plant oil.

2. Food Grade - These are the types of essential oils typically used in food, beverages, breath mints, and chewing gums, and have been FDA approved as generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for human consumption.

3. Therapeutic Grade - Until recently, Therapeutic Grade was deemed the highest standard of essential oils on the market. These are the oils that you typically find in health food stores, bath and body stores, and even dollar stores. Companies selling therapeutic grade oils may have their oils tested to ensure they contain the correct molecular compounds, however many of these tests do not determine whether the oil contains pesticides, impurities, solvents, or other chemicals.

4. Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade - CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality protocol is the new industry standard established by dōTERRA. Since essential oils are largely unregulated, dōTERRA stepped in to privatize quality assurance by going above and beyond the minimal requirements set forth by the FDA, and other governing entities. CPTG quality protocol employs five different analytical methods performed by third-party, independent laboratories. Learn more about that in the next section!

With all of the essential oils floating around out there, it's important, from a safety and efficacy perspective, that you use the best essential oils on the market.

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