Grades of Essential Oils


While searching for essential oils on the internet you may come across some companies claiming to be approved by the ISO or to comply with guidelines established by AFNOR or to be GRAS approved and even companies  to have Certified Pure therapeutic grade /  FDA approved.  What does this mean and how does Spark Naturals fit in or what is our standard. 


Here are the terms:

ISO (international organization for Standardization. An organization that publishes international standards for everything from food safety, medical devices, social responsibility, risk management. Guidelines not laws. 

AFNOR  french national organization for standardization (similar to ISO)

GRAS - FDA term for "Generally Recognized As Safe"

FDA Approved - FDA does not "approve" health care facilities, laboratories, or manufacturers. FDA does inspect product manufacturers to verify that they comply with good manufacturing practices. FDA approves drugs and pharmaceutical items. Essential oils usually fall underneath and are marketed as "supplements"

Supplements : Dietary supplement manufacturers and distributors are not required to obtain approval from FDA before marketing dietary supplements. Before a firm markets a dietary supplement, the firm is responsible for ensuring that the products it manufactures or distributes are safe. Any claims made about the products are not false or misleading, the products comply with federal food, drug and cosmetic act and fda regulations in all other respects. 

Therapeutic Grade :  There is no governing body that regulates essential oils or supplements. Companies have trademarked terms such as "Certified Pure" & "Therapeutic Grade" to created a standard which they own and no one else can have to create a perceived value for their products. Therapeutic grade is  a loose term and the only real way to judge a quality oil is through chemistry and science.  
SPARK NATURALS:  We at Spark make a promise.  We sell Quality! We don't compromise or take a crop when we know it is not to our standards.  We trust our experience and we trust or suppliers & distilleries. We are in this for the long haul, we stand for our customers and we stand by our products. We sell 100% pure essential oils and natural products. If it has a carrier oil, we will tell you. If you don't like it send it back for a refund. We want to be your go to... we want to have your trust!