Pricing of Essential Oils

Understanding Pricing of Essential Oils:

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It is virtually impossible to compare two essential oils on pricing without understanding the complex variables that go into the specific oil you are looking at. Some of the factors involve the rarity of the plant and cultivar, the source from which it has to be obtained, the cultivation methods, including the added costs for organic certification and the processes required to maintain that certification, the distillation method and yield, and the availability of supply and demand taking into account harvests, weather conditions, and many other factors.

Certified organic Helychrisum ( Immortella) field in High Provence, France

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There are also different qualities or grades of the very same plant and cultivar, so just as you may source a fine wine from a particular region and type of grapes, or find an inexpensive wine from the same region and type of grapes, in the end, it is important to recognize the purity and fullness of the scent, the richness of the oil, and the subtle properties obtained through proper care and handling from the time of growing, through the entire process of distillation and handling.

Vetiver harvest, Madagascar

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There are also extraordinary differences in the yield of essential oils from different plants, that contributes to their cost and their rarity. For example, it may take as much as 10,000 kgs. of Lemon Balm plants to distill 1 liter of pure Lemon Balm oil. By comparison only 30 kg of Eucalyptus leaves are needed to make 1 liter of Eucalyptus oil. One of the most expensive oils, Rose oil, requires about 5,000 kgs. of Rose petals to make 1kg of Rose oil.

5oookgs represents a mountain of rose petals, similar to this one where these Bulgarian women have fun with.

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Many essential oils come on the market for use in what may be called industrial¬Ě uses. They are produced in large quantities through high pressure or solvent extraction methods and they are thus produced very inexpensively, but do not yield high quality aromatherapy¬Ě grade oils such as those supplied by Oshadhi. Some brands use cheaper sourced grades or synthetic blends to reduce cost further. Oshadhi has made the decision not to compromise on the high and pure quality of our oils and our prices reflect the purity, quality and care that goes into our products. At the same time, since we are able to develop direct relationships and thereby reduce middle-man expenses, we are often able to pass along premium quality products at moderate price levels.

Sandalwood oil , Australia