Grades of Essential Oils: the Good, Bad and the Ugly

There are significant differences between synthetic fragrance oils and superior pure essential oils. All of Young Living Essential Oils are pure, grade A, and superior quality. Synthetic fragrance oils may duplicate the smell of the pure botanical, but the complex chemical components of each essential oil created in nature determine its true benefits. In other words, synthetic fragrance oils will not have the medicinal properties; they are not suitable for aromatherapy and they certainly are not suitable as ingredients in food or dietary supplements, personal care or household cleaning products, if you want to be healthy and minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals.

The 4 Grades of Essential Oils

Which grade of essential oils are the best for at home applications, massage, diffusing, first aid, dietary supplements:

  1. Grade A oils are pure therapeutic and superior quality. They are usually made from organically grown plants, and are distilled at the proper temperatures. These can  considered superior quality ‘food grade’, as we see with our YL essential oils that come from edible plants and trees. This is the class, or grade, of YL essential oils. They provide no other grade, ever.
  2. Grade B oils are lesser quality and are still considered ‘food grade’, they may contain synthetics, pesticides, fertilizers, extenders, or carrier oils. These can have the words “Organic”, “100% Pure”, “Pure Essential Oil”.
  3. Grade C are perfume grade and may contain the same type of adulterating chemicals as food grade oils. They usually contain solvents which are used to gain a higher yield of oil per harvest. Solvents are not healthy. These can have the words “Organic”, “100% Pure”, “Pure Essential Oil”.
  4. Floral Water is a byproduct of the distillation process, a very high quality, IF it comes from a Grade A distillation process. Accordingly, it is a low quality if it comes from poor quality raw materials and/or poor distillations processes.

What it Takes to Create One Bottle of Young Living Essential Oil®

Young Living: The Seed To Seal™ Process

Strict attention to detail—from the seeds sown to the plants harvested—ensures that the oils you obtain from Young Living are the purest, most potent essential oils available. This precise, detailed method is known as the Seed to Seal process.


Potent essential oils come from plant species that have been authenticated by Young Living experts. Species certification involves scientific research, field study, university partnerships, and on-site planting certification.


Through cultivation on the four Young Living farms, Young Living Essential Oils has mastered the creation of pure, potent essential oils. The company takes this knowledge around the world to co-op farms to certify that these farms’ growing processes meet Young Living’s strict quality standards.Distilling essential oils at the Young Living farms


Young Living’s proprietary low-temperature, low-pressure steam distillation process ensures that the beneficial plant compounds in every batch of essential oil remain uncompromised during the extraction process.


Each essential oil must pass Young Living’s stringent testing to ensure the optimal bioactive natural compounds are present. Young Living uses its own internal labs, in addition to third-party audits, to verify that international purity and potency standards are met and surpassed.


Young Living completes the Seed to Seal process by carefully sealing each bottle of essential oil before shipping them to members worldwide.

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About Evelyn Vincent

As a classical Feng Shui practitioner, Native Plant Landscaper, and Young Living Distributor, Evelyn brings a background of living naturally to her business. Also trained in Space Clearing and Labyrinth Design & Facilitation, her passion for balanced and harmonious living and lifestyle is an inspiration to others. Essential oils play a large role in creating surroundings of beauty and peace - from shifting stagnant energy to insect pests to cooking - the vitality of therapeutic oils and natural products helps restore the connection to self and nature. Please contact Evelyn if you have questions or need assistance.

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