Are Essentials Oils Chemical-Free?

Linalool. Linalyl acetate. D-limonene. These are the chemical compounds found in most oils like Lavender, Clary Sage, Lemon, etcetera.

In its strictest sense, saying that we are chemical-free when using oils is inaccurate because oils are actually made up of chemical compounds belonging to different chemical families: monoterpenes, sesquiterpines, phenols, aldehydes, ketones. These chemical families have different characteristics and safety considerations.

I made this inaccurate statement all the time, too but what I really meant was synthetics πŸ™‚


Eugenol, for example found in Clove, is a phenol. It is highly skin irritating and according to IFRA, maximum dermal application is 0.5% which means 1d in a 10ml carrier.

When using oils such as clove and nutmeg, tuck them in other skin nourishing oils such as lavender, tea tree, frankincense.
Of course, the probability of skin sensitization is just a probability. Some would argue that they use these oils neat all the time.

It really depends on where you are coming from and your risk appetite.

My risk appetite is low (my husband’s heart was eaten by a bacteria and that is below 1% probability that it could happen but it did) so I always err at the side of caution. πŸ’œπŸ’šI only teach what I feel and know is safe and it’s up to you to apply it to your blending practice πŸ™‚