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When you buy essential oils it is imperative that they are 100% pure, unadulterated and of therapeutic quality.
Current consumer demand has led to many new and sometimes questionable suppliers setting up in business offering cheap, inferior quality or adulterated essential oils.
The AROMATHERAPY TRADE COUNCIL (ATC) is the UK's regulatory body for the Essential Oil Trade and it is recommended that you only buy Essential Oils from an 'ATC' Member.
Most of the UK's large essential oil suppliers are members of the ATC, this includes, Neal's Yard Remedies, Tisserand, Quinnessence and Essential Oils Online. All members have to adhere to the legal requirements of the Essential Oil trade and the ATC's rules. Our bottles and labels are checked and our essential oils are randomly tested to ensure their quality.
If an Essential Oil supplier is not a member of the Aromatherapy Trade Council they may not be abiding by the ATC's rules/standards. This could result in incorrect labelling and inaccurate consumer information, or bottles that are not appropriate for storing and dispensing essential oils.
Please note, in the UK, it is illegal to say that essential oils can be used internally. Overseas companies will sometimes say this on their products and it can be extremely dangerous as some essential oils can be toxic if used incorrectly.
BUYER BEWARE: It is best to make sure that the company you are buying from is based in the UK. We have seen that many new websites have now set up with .co.uk addresses and they are based in China or America. We have seen many customers caught out by this and are either not receiving their essential oils or receiving inferior quality oils that do not have to adhere to the UK regulations.
If in doubt at all, when you are about to buy essential oils - Don't buy them. Go to a site which is recommended by the Aromatherapy Trade Council at www.a-t-c.org.uk
I hope this information helps you to purchase high quality essential oils for aromatherapy use.