As much as 73% of all tea tree oils are thought to be adulterated

It appears that along with manuka honey, tea tree oil is up there with the top contenders for being fraudulent. It’s said that synthetic, un-certified and adulterated tea tree oil has been flooding the market for years. It’s creating double trouble in that, not only is it putting consumers off from buying the ingredient but legitimate tea tree oil suppliers are seeing their businesses threatened by the decline in customer base.

In 2012, testing of 42 commercial samples from around Europe, North America and Australasia showed that more than 50% of these had been adulterated, which shows the magnitude of the problem. The majority of the oil came from China, where it is often sold as non -compliant on the open market.

Apparently the easiest way to minimise the risk of purchasing adulterated tea tree oil is, to purchase it as close to the source as possible, ensure that the supplier has a current code of practice certificate or purchase from individuals or organisations that have a good reputation and a QA system. There are also issues with tea tree oil that’s not grown in its native environment as this may affect the true therapeutic values.

For example when melaleuca alternifolia is grown out of its native environment it has to be fed many types of agricultural fertilisers and soil conditioners which are non-organic substances, a process that ultimately adulterates the resulting oil and affects its composition significantly.
For the consumer these adulterated or synthetic ingredients may cause irritation. For example anti dandruff shampoo with the synthetic substitute can actual cause dandruff instead of preventing it.

Cosmetic companies should follow the lead of high level players, as they rely on reputation, word of mouth and advertising for their success and need to conduct carbon dating C14 tests.

Working with natural ingredients that people apply to their skin and which are supposed to benefit the consumers well-being and health carries a significant amount of social responsibility and should not be just about profit.

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