As consumers favour natural essential oils over synthetic alternatives, the price of essential oil escalates, mainly due to expensive production costs. By Haley Gershon - Beta Analytic, US.
The rising monetary value of plant oil tempts unscrupulous companies in the industry to produce and sell adulterated essential oils tainted with cheaper synthetic ingredients. The onus is on distributors and manufacturers downstream to identify these adulterated products before they reach the consumer market.
In many cases, it is difficult to distinguish between naturally derived ingredients and synthetic alternatives. Natural product testing through carbon-14 analysis authenticates plant-sourced ingredients while also acting as a screening tool to detect synthetic adulterants manufactured from petrochemicals.
Rising demand for essential oils poses challenges for manufacturers and distributors
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