In this article you will learn what doTERRA CPTG Certified means and how doTERRA’s essential oils are superior to others because of it. Other brands of essential oils are considered “therapeutic grade,” which is unregulated. doTERRA wanted to develop a new standard due to lack of regulation and, therefore deceptive, quality and contents that can be passed off under such labeling.
doTERRA wanted to show what sets them apart from others. They pay careful attention to all the following so when you see the term doTERRA CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade), you will know that it means something and is a high standard they hold themselves to. It means they are stating that all the following things matter and that they pay close attention to all these things when producing their essential oils:
- Country/soil of origin
- What is sprayed on a field or added to the soil
- Distillation processes
- Uses of solvents and chemicals for extraction
Down the Supply Chain
As a general rule, the farther down the supply chain you go, the less likely you are to be getting pure product. There are a lot of companies out there selling essential oils and most of them have no ability (or in many cases, no desire) to do the necessary quality control to verify what they are getting from their supplier before they pass it on to their customers.
doTERRA is working directly with growers all over the world to obtain essential oils directly from the source. This has an extremely positive ecological, economical and environmental global impact.
To further understand what CPTG means, it’s helpful to read the example in my post on Co-Impact Sourcing about how Vetiver is sourced from Haiti. It explains why it is so important where the plants are grown. It really does matter where it’s grown because the chemical composition is different in different environments.
Why the doTERRA CPTG label?
doTERRA wanted to set themselves apart to show that not all oils are created equal. Oils could possibly contain:
- Inferior and/or unlabeled plant sources
- Other unlabeled species
- Synthetic compounds
What Does doTERRA CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) Mean?
- Compounds carefully extracted
- No fillers or artificial ingredients
- Methods to ensure oils are free of any contaminants
- Gently and skillfully distilled
- Additional rigorous quality testing
- Patiently harvested
- Product is guaranteed
You can read details in the Spring Living Magazine about what goes in to quality control with doTERRA.
If you would like to read more essential oil myths, including ones about sourcing and grades of oils, this article from Dr. Pappa’s may be interesting to you.