GC/MS Testing

What is GC/MS testing?

Gas Chromatography (GC) is a method of separating the volatile compounds in essential oils into individual components and produces a linear graph that charts these components. Mass Spectrometry (MS) identifies each of these components and their percentages. This process can identify if adulteration has happened to the essential oil tested. Additionally, the precise breakdown of the chemical components in each oil given to us by GC/MS reports is significant because the therapeutic benefits and safety issues of essential oils are, in large part, determined by their chemical makeup.

Purity is essential for potency and safety

For essential oils to have a therapeutic effect, we believe they must be pure plant extracts. Adulterated oils or perfume oils will not offer therapeutic results and may, in fact, cause allergies, headaches, and chemical sensitivities.

All our essential oils are fully tested

We have every batch of oil we purchase from a distiller or distributor GC/MS tested. Once an essential oil is tested, we format the chemical constituents into chemical families for therapeutic blending purposes. All the main components and some of the trace components are listed on these reports. The chemical family information is written for the oils sold on Aromatic International’s website and is specific for each batch of oil we buy. You can see each essential oil’s GC/MS report by going to the essential oil’s page and clicking on GC/MS report.