The Difference Between Organic and Non-Organic Essential Oils

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Essential Oil Glossary: Organic

The Difference Between Organic and Non-Organic Essential Oils

Before we get started on the difference between organic and non-organic essential oils, it’s important to discuss where all our essential oils start. All of Plant Therapy’s oils are 100% pure, free from any additives or fillers. We test every single batch of oils for in-depth information on each chemical constituent with GC-MS testing, as well as evaluating each oil’s color, consistency, and general appearance to give you the most accurate information possible. We also provide the GC-MS reports for every product so you can see what we see. So whether you buy our regular oils or certified organic oils, you can trust that you are getting a quality, pure product.


What Does Organic Mean?

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Each of our organic oils is certified through ECOCERT ICO, an inspection and certification organization fully accredited through The National Organic Program (NOP). And they have some very strict standards.

First, there must be absolutely no Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) used in the entire process, from planting the seed to processing the oil. The soil where the plants grow must be clean of any prohibited substances applied to it for at least 3 years before the harvest of an organic crop. And of course, no harmful pesticides can be used. To control pests, weeds, and diseases, farmers use physical, mechanical, and biological efforts that are environmentally friendly. Another important point to consider about organic crops is these plants grow freely without the aid of synthetic fertilizers.

For these reasons and more, when you purchase a certified organic product, you are also helping to conserve biodiversity. This helps to ensure our natural landscapes and their ecosystems are maintained and intact for generations to come.


Why Buy Organic Oils?

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Ultimately, this is a completely personal choice. Some people only use organic products and some people prefer to when possible. And some are pretty indifferent to the choice either way. No matter where you fall, we here at Plant Therapy want to make sure our customers have plenty of options when it comes to the products they buy. You can shop our collection of organic essential oils here.

To learn more about all things organic, check out these amazing resources:


25 thoughts on “The Difference Between Organic and Non-Organic Essential Oils”

  • What I have read here leaves me satisfied to switch to your brand as I need to refill my supplies. Thank you for adding to the descriptions that “X product is –% organic” to your non-certified organic products. I have bought starter plants and veggies from a non-certified farm for years, and know they just cannot afford the cost of the organic certification. I look forward to future orders.

  • Thank you for the information. I Did not know that the soil Hass to be free of prohibitive substances for three years or more for it to be grown in that soil and called organic among other things that are part of the classification of organic.

    1. Hello, you can follow the dilution chart and add them to your shampoo. We would recommend making small batches at a time and use within 1-2 weeks. We hope this helps!

  • Then your non organic oils have GMO’s in them and the crops grown to make non organic oils are grown with GMO seeds/fertilizers?

    1. Hello Jenna,
      All of Plant Therapy’s essential oils are 100% pure, and free from any additives or adulterants. We work very closely with our suppliers to provide oils that come from organically grown plants. That being said, we only carry a small line of certified organic oils. These oils are clearly labeled and our line of certified organic oils and synergies is continually growing. If you are looking for a guarantee that the oil was grown organically and follows the organic standards, we recommend you purchase our certified organic oils. Since many small farmers cannot afford to certify their organically grown plants, the only way to guarantee the oil is organic is to purchase certified organic oil. The small farms do practice organic farming though. As if they didn’t you would see on the 3rd party GC/MS testing report the chemicals that would be listed. If they did show up on the reports we would not purchase from that farm anymore. We hope this helps!

    1. We don’t recommend ingesting essential oils. Adding it to your water is especially not recommended as water cannot emulsify essential oils. You can learn more here.

  • You organic Vetiver comes from India and is very different from your standard Vetiver which comes from Haiti.

  • Does not matter who the manufacturer is, you should not ingest ANY essential oils unless under the supervision of a clinical aromatherapist.

    1. Even though many of our essential oils are organic, we still do not recommend ingesting essential oils unless under the supervision of a clinical aromatherapist. You can read more about why that is here.

  • I’m 100% okay using GMO products so non-organic is fine by my standards. The mild concern that I have is when pesticides and fertilizers are used. I have heard that any of these harsh chemicals become concentrated as well as the plant oils through the distillation process. I have seen the GC/MS reports, but I don’t really know what I’m looking for. So what I’m getting at is, how can I be sure that these oils are free from concentrated pesticides/fertilizers?

    1. Pesticides and fertilizers are almost never present in large enough quantities to flag on a GC/MS report as most are burnt off in distillation. While this isn’t necessarily always the case, there is very little concern here. Plant Therapy reviews GC/MS reports for every batch of oil we get to ensure it is of the utmost quality.

  • I would love to say that this article answered my question about what is the difference between organic and inorganic essential oils, but it left me very confused. If essential oils are pure, aren’t they organic? This is similar to another person’s review/replay on this article.

    1. No, not necessarily. Essential oils can only be organic if the farm where the plant material was sourced is certified organic. Often times, the cost to become a certified organic farm is so expensive a lot of people can’t afford it. That doesn’t make the plant any less pure.

  • I love PT and I have total faith in your oils from when I buy it, to when I use it medicinally, therapeutically or just to diffuse for the great aroma. That being said, If I am going to use on my children or my face, would it be best to buy the organic ones if available? Now, I’m not on this organic shoppers that all my foodc has to be organic. I can say my local farmers around my area that I call “Clean Farming” simply bc they don’t want to jump thru the hips to become Certified Organic & they sale to the locals not roads, their Vegetables/Fruits are the best & have a much better taste than the ones I buy that are not *organic” So I guess my question is 2 fold, is it safer to use the organic when available if using therapeutically /topically on children & my face & Do the organic oils tend to have a different smell? It was a great article, it just left me wondering a couple of things. Thx so much & tyv for always delivering such high-quality oils that are affordable for all!

    1. This is entirely a personal decision. Even on the non-certified organic oils, we get a complete GC/MS report that proves purity and helps us identify bad batches that have bad things in them. Personally, I have complete confidence in the safety of non-organic essential oils from Plant Therapy.

  • This article left me with more questions than I had before I read it. If your EOs are pure, wouldn’t it follow that they are also organic? I would like to know how the oils that are NOT labeled organic differ from the ones that are.

    1. It all boils down to having an organic certified farm/facility and how the plants are grown. Some farmers cannot afford to apply and maintain this certification. Either way, however, the oils come from plants and are not adulterated.

  • I am confident that the EO I buy from PT are pure and of high standards. It is a matter of trust and I trust PT

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