Are Butterfly Express Oils EOBBD Certified?
I’ve been asked this question a lot lately because of the marketing campaign of other essential oil companies. The answer, in short, is YES! But what needs to be understood is that EOBBD is a regulation entitiy much like the FDA is a regulation entity. When the EOBBD tests an oil in order to certify it as therapeutic grade, they only test for 4-6 compounds. If the essential oil has those 4-6 compounds in the correct range, then the oil is certified and EOBBD approved. However, at Butterfly Express, just because an oil is certified and approved by the EOBBD does NOT necessarily mean that it will meet our standards of quality. We are very picky about our oils and also take into consideration: environmental conditions, chemical additives, pesticide and insecticide use, and even harvest time, since these all affect the value of an essential oil. Pesticides and insecticides can be used on a plant and other chemicals can be used when making an essential oil and it will still meet EEOBD testing standards! So an essential oil that is EEOBD certified may still not be good enough for Butterfly Express. 🙂
Why are Butterfly Express oils so affordable? Are they lower quality?
There seems to be a misperception in the essential oil world that higher cost means higher quality. That’s not the case with Butterfly Express. As I mentioned before, Butterfly Express oils are 100% therapeutic grade essential oils. They are a very high quality essential oil that has been tested, certified, and approved. So why are they so affordable? Well, there are a number of factors that contribute to their affordability.
When a company sets a price point for their product they need to consider things like overhead, pay-roll, profit margin, etc. There are other things that go into determining the retail price, but those are three that I’m going to talk about today.
First, overhead. Butterfly Express has a modest, but sufficient, office, warehouse, and factory in Preston, Idaho. They don’t have expensive multi-level office space or international offices that need to be paid for. That eliminates expenses that drive up the cost of the essential oils.
Second, payroll. Butterfly Express is not a multi-level manufacturer. As with all things, the closer you get to the source, the less expensive the product. Businesses all over are promoting, “cut out the middle man.” A perfect example is a food co-op. When you purchase from a food co-op you spend less than if you purchase from the grocery store. Butterfly Express isn’t a co-op, but they don’t have a lot of “middle men” either. They have employees and distributors. That’s it. You either purchase whole sale – directly from the owners, or you purchase retail. There aren’t six other people between you and the owner who each need to make a profit.
Third, profit, or as I like to call it – intent. The intent of Butterfly Express is really what makes this company as wonderful as it is. The intent of the owners is not to become multi-millionaires. They don’t own a jet, they don’t take expensive vacations, they have a very humble home. And that’s the way they like it. They sell essential oils because they know they work, and they want others to benefit from them just as they have. Essential oils have saved their lives – literally – and they want to share that with others.
Those three things – overhead, payroll, and intent keep Butterfly Express oils affordable. The INTENT of the owners is what makes the company the success that it is.
A quality product at an affordable price and owners with integrity and good intent are the factors that really sold me on Butterfly Express and the reasons I chose to become a distributor.
Are there other quality essential oils on the market? Yes, but if I can get a very high quality oil at an affordable price AND support a company with ethics and values that I agree with, then that’s the company that will get my business.
Are Butterfly Express oils safe to ingest?
This is another question I hear regularly. The answer, in short, is yes. However, before you make the choice to ingest ANY essential oil, you need to do your due diligence and use common sense. I say this for a couple reasons. First, every study that has been conducted and determined that a particular essential oil was unsafe was done with ingesting essential oils. Second, when you ingest an essential oil in a gelatin capsule, it has to go through the digestive system before it can enter the blood stream and reach the area of the body you want it to work on. Yet, when you apply an essential oil topically, the molecular structure of the oil allows it to enter the blood stream and penetrate cell walls where it can quickly begin to feed, balance, and heal the cell.
So, for me, the question really shouldn’t be is it SAFE to ingest essential oils, but rather is it NECESSARY to ingest essential oils.
But what about cooking with essential oils? Well, yes, I have used essential oils in foods and drinks – not always with success. 🙂 One drop of rose essential oil in a gallon of lemonade was PERFECT! One drop of peppermint essential oil in a gallon of limeade was way too much! One drop of coriander oil in a 6 quart bowl of salsa was PERFECT when I forgot to buy cilantro. So while essential oils can be used in cooking, remember that it takes between 100 pounds of plant material and 1,000 pounds of plant material to make 1 pound of essential oil and you’ll rarely (if ever) want to use more than a couple drops of Butterfly Express essential oil in a recipe. If you have a recipe that calls for more than 3 drops of essential oil, they may be referring to a lower quality or lower potency essential oil and you’ll want to start off with one drop of Butterfly Express oil – or less – and taste before adding more. FYI, to use less than a drop of essential oil, dip a tooth pick in the bottle of essential oil and then drag the toothpick through the batter or whatever you’re cooking.