Not all tea tree oils are created equally. Due to its anti-microbial properties, choosing a tea tree oil that provides the highest quality and purest ingredients is ideal. By following these three tips, you will increase your chances of obtaining the optimum benefit from your purchase.
- Choose a higher percentage of terpinen-4-ol.
Most tea tree oils contain the ingredients terpinen-4-ol and cineole. Terpinen-4-ol is the natural antiseptic in tea tree oils. Cineole is a natural organic compound better known as eucalyptol, the main ingredient in eucalyptus oil. Better quality tea tree oils contain higher concentration levels of terpinen-4-ol and lower levels of cineole. When comparing different brands, select oils within a range of 30-40% for terpinen-4-ol and less than 7% for cineole. Keep in mind that some may be sensitive to higher concentration levels. If you think there may be risk of an allergic reaction, then it is recommended to conduct a skin patch test prior to your purchase of a higher concentrated oil.
2. Choose oil packaged in dark glass bottles.
Terpinen-4-ol, like many other essential oils, rapidly oxidize when exposed to light causing the oil to decrease in quality. Light exposure also increases the levels of para-cymene. Para-cymene is a hydrocarbon that is known to cause skin irritation according to the Environmental Working Group Cosmetic Database. Once purchased, make sure to store your bottle in an area that is not exposed to light or extreme temperatures and moisture, like a closet or cabinet.
3. Choose to read the label and conduct research.
If you are reading this, then you have already started the research process. During the comparison phase, read the label to determine the purity of the tea tree oil. As previously mentioned, tea tree oils may be mixed with eucalyptol and/or other essential oils. Read the ingredients to know the concentration levels as diluted forms will decrease the effectiveness of the oil. Decide whether or not you wish to purchase oils that are 100% organic. Organic products tend to offer higher levels of purity and concentration of terpinen-4-ol. Finally, research consumer ratings and read reviews of different brands. The ratings and reviews will not only assist in ensuring you make a good quality purchase, but will also help you find a reputable vendor increasing the likelihood of a pleasurable purchasing experience.
Choosing the best tea tree oil doesn’t have to be an overly complex process. Use these tips as a guide for your next tea tree oil purchase.
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