Product Variations


Variations in Oils and Other Natural Botanical Products

We are frequently asked about variations in color or clarity, even the consistency of some products purchased at different times throughout the year. Maybe you’ve ordered the same oil at separate times, and the oils don’t match in color or clarity. It’s very possible for the same oil to have a different color, clarity or even consistency from one batch to the next. But this is no cause for alarm— variation in oils and in batches are standard whenever you have plant-based botanical ingredients. Here’s a quick reminder of how that can happen and why it’s nothing to worry about.


Causes of Variations

The factors that influence how a plant grows are numerous—think about good and bad seasons or crops, or even climates and wine growing. The amount of sun and rain impacts the way a plant develops. Perhaps temperature fluctuated, or it was a warmer season than normal. Maybe the plants were harvested at a younger stage of development, or producers mixed batches from different fields. It’s not hard to imagine the variation you might see in how plants develop, and how color and consistency might fluctuate over time. For example, Tamanu oil can vary noticeably fluctuate between each season. The properties are the same, but the appearance varies–this variation in oils is quite common.


You may see a big difference between the organic and non-organic varieties of oils, too. Depending on the process, traditional versus organic ingredients may smell and look completely different from one another.


What does Variation Mean to You?

This matters to us when we buy ingredients. Many times we will receive oil or botanicals from the same farmer or supplier where the color is noticeably different—but the properties remain the same. If needed we can color-correct a product, but we prefer to leave it naturally as is. Although it might be inconvenient, it’s a great reminder that we only source oils and botanicals made from real plants that grow in the earth, not just using ingredients produced in the lab.


Refined oils tend to be more consistent across batches because of the refining process. Impurities are removed and the oil itself is refined a great deal. Many companies with mass-produced products rely on this process for their products to remain consistent in color and clarity. Cold-pressed oils and ingredients containing them, however, are very susceptible to color and consistency changes. Cold-pressed oils are made simply from the plant being pressed, collecting just the oil, and bottling it.


A final note—variation is normal, and variation between products containing these oils and botanicals can be different from company to company/supplier to supplier. However, when we source our oils from suppliers we trust, we rely on the to do their research, we count on them to tell us the country of origin and the season harvested, and if they cannot they’re not doing their homework.


We are always here to help, so let us know if you have any questions!


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