Lemon Adulteration

August 22 2018 5 Comment(s)

As you know from our previous posts, there are three common ways to adulterate an oil. An oil can be watered down with a carrier oil, but after that adulteration gets more complicated. A common oil, lemon, has several ways in which it can be adulterated. Remember, when an oil is adulterated the constituent benefits can change and result in negative side effects.

Aromachemical Adulteration A common way to adulterate lemon oil is by using natural isolates like like D-limonene, beta pinene, or myrcene, or gamma terpinene as well as fossil fuel based citral.  

Similar Oils or their Isolates

Another popular method to adulterate lemon is by adding a similar oil or its isolates to create something that smells like lemon oil. An example of adding a similar oil is when producers take beta-pinene, gamma-terpinene, and myrcene and add them to orange oil to make it smell like lemon oil. Orange has similar constituents to lemon but is often short in beta-pinene gamma-terpinene, and myrcene, so by adding them to orange, the orange smells more like lemon. An example of adding isolates is when a producer combines citral and bisabolene Beta from a similar oil and mixes them with other constituents to make lemon oil. Cheaper citruses like mandarin, tangerine, and clementine are often used to make adulterated lemon oil to save costs and increase profit margin.

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Comments and responses

  • Lisa:

    24 Aug 2018 13:59:00

    Thank you for the information…

  • Sue:

    25 Aug 2018 01:48:00

    So what you are saying is that if you have a lemon oil and the results of the GS/MC that there should not be any Gamma Terpinene, Beta Pinene and Myrcene.? True? Thank you, I just needed to clarify for my own brain!

    APRC Response: Hi Sue! Actually, there should be beta-pinene gamma-terpinene, and myrcene in lemon oil. Orange oil does not have these components in the same quantities as lemon oil, so producers add them to orange oil to create lemon.

  • Marion:

    25 Aug 2018 12:17:00

    This is great information.
    Glad I’ve been introduced to doTerra

  • Carolyn:

    12 Sep 2018 22:34:00

    Shouldn’t Lemon oil just be pure lemon oil and that is it nothing else?

    APRC RESPONSE: Exactly Carolyn! Oils need to be pure to have all the benefits, but sometimes producers will adulterate an oil to make a larger profit. Lemon oil should only contain lemon oil!

  • Stephanie M Lind:

    02 Oct 2018 00:15:00

    Is there somewhere I can look up with which companies have been found to adulterate their oils? May I quote this blog and link to it? MANY THANKS for your AMAZING work. This is an incredible resource. Thank you

    APRC Response: Thanks for all of your support Stephanie! We do not have a list like that. As far as I am aware, there is no accurate list like that. And yes, you may of course quote and link to this blog!

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