Strawberry + Lime Slice (Chocolate Dipped, of course) by Elaine So

The words ‘bliss ball’ and ‘energy ball’ have always been enough to send me running a mile. Dates and nuts squished together. No thanks. It has meant that coming up with wholefood treats that are both delicious and super simple to make using ingredients already on hand is a priority for me. You can really let your imagination run wild with flavour combinations but my little one loves strawberries so I knew this would be a flat out winner. Warning for the coconut weary, coconut indeed lies ahead. #glutenfree #refinedsugarfree #organic #vegan

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2 cups cashews
1/4 cup strawberries (frozen ones then defrosted and mashed up, keep the liquid)
1/8 cup maple syrup
14 - 20 drops doterra lime oil (depending on your taste, adjust for extra or less lime!)
1 tbs coconut oil melted
1 cup fine dessicated coconut
*(we use doTerra essential oils, please check if using another brand before consuming)

3/4 cup cacao powder
1 cup coconut oil melted
1/4 cup maple syrup (1/3 or half if you like it sweet)


crushed dehydrated fruits for garnishing
crushed nuts or toasted coconut can also add texture
edible flowers if you love them can be a nice addition if you are serving straight away (they won’t hold up well in the fridge)


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1. Blend cashews in a high powered blender until creamy. Note you may have to turn your blender off in between if it heats up too much during this process to give it a break.
2. Add in the rest of the ingredients except the desiccated coconut and blend again for a minute or so until well combined.
3. Add in desiccated coconut and blend once more until evenly mixed. If some liquid oil is coming out, don’t stress. It will help solidify in the fridge or freezer.
4. Depending on what shapes you like, you can either take the mix out and press into a tray of your choosing to get the desired thickness. If you know you are going to use a cutter and make shapes like we have then make sure you pack it tightly and evenly so you have an even layer and the same size thickness when using the cutter later.
5. Put the tray in the fridge to set for a few hours.
6. Once set, either slice into desired shapes or use a cutter and cut out whatever your heart desires. (Of course you can also roll into balls, I did this with the leftover from the shapes and left those ones undipped)
7. Put these back in the fridge to cool again once you make the chocolate dip if you are choosing to coat them.
8. To make the dip, combine all 3 ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
9. Use a fork or spoon to dip your shapes or slices into the mix and flip to coat, angle them to drain off excess chocolate and place on a cooling rack to set. (Note, if you have chosen to garnish, then have this close by so you are able to garnish in time before chocolate sets. Do this as you go along a few at a time. You’ll get into a rhythm)

Intuition, you've got it, now how can you use it? by Elaine So

What a month it’s been so far.  I know I’m not the only one who’s feeling it.  

Each month brings on new challenges, opportunities for growth and changing direction, and I can't help but feel the pull to follow my intuition with two dominant insights from my inner guidance; "It’s ok to simply ‘change your mind", and, "Am I allowing my guidance to lead me?  The very same guidance I use in my readings.  Am I using it for myself?". It's this guidance which has me questioning if I'm simply changing my mind and listening to my ego or listening to my intuition and souls purpose. 

Photography, Marie Luise-Skibbe

Photography, Marie Luise-Skibbe

More than ever I'm called to share the direction I’m being led in.  I’m not attached to the outcome, but I know that I am being led in this direction by my soul while my ‘logic brain’ (as I tend to call it) has been shoved out of the way and had its mouth taped shut, and honestly, that feels really, really good.  I’m obsessed with doTerra essential oils for endless reasons but their power goes above and beyond the physical and ‘practical or tangible’ uses. Their spiritual and emotional properties are what really call my name like nothing before, and it's for this reason I am narrowing my focus.

While I love teaching about the practical day to day uses of the oils, it’s nothing that you can’t find yourself from other resources. I want to add value to your lives and equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to utilise these potent, pure essential oils to heighten your intuition and go precisely where you are guided. I want to teach you how to go inwards when you want to go outwards; to allow you the space to practice talking to your higher self and asking your logic brain politely to step aside.

Then, like a muscle getting stronger and stronger with practice, and over time, it becomes routine.  That sweet, sweet routine of closing your eyes, going inwards and channelling the answers you are looking for by yourself.  Everything you need to know is already within you, I know you know this.  Break free of the conditioning that all our answers are lying outside of ourselves and trust yourself.

Right here, right now.  How do you feel about empowering yourself to channel intuitively?

‘How does life get any better than this’? - Peta Kelly

How to keep your hydration game strong as the weather heats up. by Elaine So

We all know how important it is to drink water throughout the day regardless of the weather. But sometimes, you simply forget! So here are a few fun ideas as the weather heats up to keep your hydration game strong (and also delicious). Remember, if you are using oils in your water bottle, always drink from glass or stainless steel only.

Photography, Marie Luise-Skibbe

Photography, Marie Luise-Skibbe

Citrus oils are amongst some of the milder oils in the range and make for delicious additions to plain or sparkling water or your own fruit water mixers. Oils that we like to use regularly to encourage that 2L a day water habit are Lemon, Grapefruit, Lime, Tangerine, Wild Orange + Green Mandarine.

Add a drop of your favourite doTerra essential oil to a glass of sparkling water and your go-to sweetener, stevia, xylitol, honey or maple syrup and you’ve made yourself the healthiest ‘fizzy drink’ going around.

Or make a mixer using organic frozen fruit as below, these two combinations in particular are always popular with friends - Raspberry + Lemon or Blueberry + Lime.


1 cup organic frozen fruit of choice
1/2 - 1 tbs sweetener of choice
filtered water
favourite doTerra citrus oil
* If you aren't currently purchasing doTerra at wholesale prices, please contact us to find out how or take a look at this page x


1. Add frozen fruit to a pitcher along with 1/2 cup of filtered water.
2. Allow to defrost until you are able to squash the berries a bit.
3. Give them a quick mash to break them down a little and add your favoured sweetener (remember you can always add more later so don’t be too heavy handed)
4. Depending on the size of your pitcher add approximately 1 drop of oil for each 200ml or liquid
5. Give it a mix and let it sit for half an hour before you top with filtered water and allow to sit either overnight in the fridge or for a few hours before drinking.

Blackberry, Pear + Fennel Smoothie Bowl by Elaine So

The last recipe in the 3 part series from Ashley at Gather and Feast is the addition of Fennel to a fruit combination.  If you haven't yet tried, adding essential oils to your cooking will be a lot of fun.  They offer such a unique flavour profile that you won't find anywhere else.

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Recipe and images, Ashley Alexander of Gather and Feast

Recipe and images, Ashley Alexander of Gather and Feast


1 large frozen banana
½ cup frozen blackberries
½ fresh pear
1 ½ cups almond milk
½ tsp vanilla powder or extract
1 - 2 drops doTerra Fennel oil
* If you aren't currently purchasing doTerra at wholesale prices, please contact us to find out how or take a look at this page x

Dehydrated pear slices, frozen blackperries, bee pollen.

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Serve in a glass or pour into a bowl and top with your favourite toppings.

Strawberry + Basil Smoothie Bowl by Elaine So

Next in the 3 part recipe series from Ashley at Gather and Feast is this super fun berry smoothie recipe.  Strawberries are always a favourite and the vibrant colour is a bonus.  This time the addition of Basil doTerra essential oil is a surprisingly delicious combination.  If you haven't yet tried, adding essential oils to your cooking will be a lot of fun.  They offer such a unique flavour profile that you won't find anywhere else.

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Recipe and images, Ashley Alexander of Gather and Feast

Recipe and images, Ashley Alexander of Gather and Feast


1 large frozen banana
1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
1 cup coconut milk
½ cup coconut yoghurt
½ tsp vanilla powder
1 drop doTerra Basil oil
* If you aren't currently purchasing doTerra at wholesale prices, please contact us to find out how or take a look at this page x

Fresh or freeze dried strawberries, toasted coconut, torn basil leaves.

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Serve in a glass or pour into a bowl and top with your favourite toppings.

Stewed Wild Orange Rhubarb by Elaine So

This quick and easy rhubarb recipe is a winner to top porridge, chia puddings, yoghurt, cakes or anything you can dream of with.  

Topped this cake mix with the stewed rhubarb before baking.

Topped this cake mix with the stewed rhubarb before baking.

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Topped cake after baking with stewed rhubarb.

Topped cake after baking with stewed rhubarb.


1 bunch organic rhubarb
2 tbs maple syrup
1 dried star anise piece
1 dried clove piece
1 cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla paste
1/4 cup filtered water
2 drops doTerra wild orange oil
* If you aren't currently purchasing doTerra at wholesale prices, please contact us to find out how or take a look at this page x


1. Remove stems from bunch, wash thoroughly and rough chop.
2. Add rhubarb along with all ingredients except the Wild Orange oil and bring to a simmer over low heat.
3. Stir from time to time but allow the rhubarb to soften and come apart.
4. Remove from stove once rhubarb is cooked through and softened to your liking.
5. Once cooled, stir through the essential oil and enjoy.

This can be stored in the fridge for a week but is great to top cakes with as well as add to all your favourite breakfasts.

Cacao, Wild Orange + Cardamom Smoothie Bowl by Elaine So

This gorgeous recipe is the first of three created for us by Ashley from Gather and Feast and I can't wait for you to try it.  Ashley takes what could be a simple Cacao flavour and packs a flavour punch with the addition of our doTerra essential oils.  It's super simple to take your recipes next level by adding essential oils, they offer such a unique flavour profile that you won't find anywhere else.  Wild Orange for example is extracted from the rind and tastes different to a conventional Orange flavour not to mention the amazing quality and potency.  A little goes a long way.

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Recipe and images, Ashley Alexander of Gather and Feast

Recipe and images, Ashley Alexander of Gather and Feast


1 large frozen banana
2 tbs soaked raw cashews
1 ½ cups almond milk
½ tsp vanilla powder or extract
1 tbs cacao powder (Pana Chocolate is always the best, can't beat the quality)
Pinch fleur de sel or pure sea salt
2 drops doTerra wild orange oil
1 drop doTerra cardamom oil
* If you aren't currently purchasing doTerra at wholesale prices, please contact us to find out how or take a look at this page x

mixed fruits, nuts, seeds + edible flowers of your choice for garnishing.
used above are cacao nibs, dehydrated oranges, bee pollen, rose petals + Pana Chocolate bars.

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Serve in a glass or pour into a bowl and top with your favourite toppings.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake by Elaine So

My all time favourite chocolate cake is this recipe from Ashley at Gather and Feast but when Organic Beetroots aren't in season and I need something I can make super quick, this is it.  When it comes to flavour combinations, you can keep it super simple and stick with the real deal chocolate on chocolate or let your imagination run wild and take this cake next level.  Adding doTerra essential oils to your chocolate frosting will blow your mind and getting creative with the colour contrasts of your fruits, nuts and or flowers and herbs will wow your lucky cake eaters. #glutenfree #refinedsugarfree #organic

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2 cups almond meal
½ cup buckwheat flour
½ cup Pana Chocolate cacao powder
½ teaspoon (level) baking soda
½ teaspoon gluten free baking powder
3 organic eggs or equivalent replacement flax eggs for vegans
½ cup organic maple syrup (less if you feel it's too much and add an extra splash of milk)
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup coconut milk
pinch of sea salt

¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ cup melted coconut oil
½ cup pure maple syrup (less if you don't want too much sweetener)
1 teaspoon vanilla paste or vanilla extract
splash of coconut milk
*option to add essential oils (we use doTerra, please check if using another brand before consuming) for frosting flavour, some all time favourites are Wild Orange, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Ginger, Peppermint or Spearmint.  All super delicious flavours to mix with cacao.

mixed fruits for garnishing
edible flowers if you love them can be a nice addition
crushed nuts or toasted coconut can also add texture

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Preheat your oven to 160 degrees.  

1. Sift all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.
2. Add all the wet ingredients and mix gently until well combined ensuring no lumps.
3. Pour into a lined baking tin, this is a 20cm diameter round. *If you are making this for guests, you might want to ensure you have flat sides around your tin or frost the sides as well so you have a cleaner look.
4. Bake for 35 minutes or until just cooked through to retain the moisture.  Depending on how how your oven runs it may take up to 50 minutes but this cake tastes best when it retains it's moist texture.
5. Remove from the tin and set aside to cool before frosting.
6. To make the frosting, sift the cacao powder into a bowl, then add remaining ingredients and mix until you have a thick frosting.
7. Adjust to your liking, adding milk small amounts at a time until you have the frosting consistency you like (this is personal preference but if you want to garnish with fruits then a thicker frosting will hold better for presentation reasons)
8. Make sure the cake is cool before you frost, spread frosting evenly over cake top, allowing for a bit of texture with your strokes to build up the height of the cake.  Add garnishes to your liking and serve! 

Guacamole Magic by Elaine So

This is it.  The guacamole that has everyone begging you for the recipe.  Note there are a lot of additions that you can opt to either include or omit from your own recipe (I just go with whatever we happen to have on hand at the time).  As long as you've got the basics and your doTerra essential oils, it will ALWAYS be super delicious.



2 avocados
2 drops doTerra Basil oil
2 drops doTerra Cilantro oil

1 large handful shredded kale leaves
1/3 cup diced cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup fine chopped spring onions
small amount of chopped red onion

Rough mash the avocados, stir in your oils and season with S+P to taste.  If you’ve chosen any of the optional additions, add and fold through before serving.

Let me know how you go! We have this at least twice a week in our house, either with roasted sweet potatoes or a mexi style bowl with brown rice.  So YUM x


Top 4 Essential Oils every mother MUST have by Elaine So

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Whether you are a full blown alternative health nerd or you are simply curious, as a mother, these are the Top 4 doTerra Essential Oils we feel would best serve an array of common issues that pop up in the everyday lives of a family with children.  Below are just a few (there are so many more but we won't overwhelm you straight up) of the simple ways in which this magical Top 4 could make your life so much simpler and introduce the highest quality, plant based + chemical free alternatives into your household.

Easy Air / Breathe (depending where you live)

+ As the name suggests, may aide with relief of a blocked nose, any sinus or breathing issues.


+ Can be used for burns, sleep issues, calmingrelaxation, to relieve cuts/bites/scratches and earache complaints.

On Guard

+ Can be used for colds, flu, viruses, teething.  We definitely recommend using as a preventative measure when sickness is going around amongst other children or family members. 


+ Can be used to help relieve fevers.

If you'd like any more information make sure you contact us here or if you'd like to have access to our ongoing support and also access wholesale pricing (the same prices we pay) then head here to purchase your essential oils.

* We always recommend starting with roll ons as they are pre-diluted which means they are best to use when first starting to use essential oils on your children.  


Everything you need to know about the new 'Yoga Collection' by Elaine So

Anyone can enjoy the beautiful benefits of the new doTERRA Yoga Collection. Created with the help of Elena Brower, (doTERRA Blue Diamond, author of Art of Attention, and creator of, the collection consists of three 5 mL blends called Arise, Anchor, and Align.

These blends are for everyone, whether you are just beginning to experience yoga or you have been practicing for a lifetime, you will enjoy using each distinct blend in your practice. Each blend is carefully designed with a unique combination of essential oils to provide different scents and benefits.


doTERRA Arise Enlightening Blend
At moments when discouragement and opposition affect your ability to reach your goals, doTERRA Arise Enlightening Blend can provide a joyful, encouraging aroma to uplift and help you rise up. Featuring Grapefruit, Lemon, Osmanthus, and Siberian Fir essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil, Arise’s fresh scent is both happy and inspiring and will help you continue to reach higher. 

Our Favorite Uses

  1. When you wake up, apply two to three drops of Arise on your heart while practicing daily affirmations to help you rise up and face the day with clarity and joy.
  2. When practicing challenging yoga poses, apply Arise to help yourself achieve the next level.
  3. Apply several drops to diffusing jewelry to remind you of your goals throughout the day.

Ideal Yoga Poses with Arise

  • Standing
  • Arms high and standing side stretch
  • Half Moon

doTERRA Anchor Steadying Blend
When uncertainty affects your world, doTERRA Anchor Steadying Blend can help to restore balance and stillness in your life. Featuring Lavender, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Black Pepper, and Patchouli essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut oil, Anchor’s aroma is earthy, woody, and rich helping you feel rooted and grounded.

Our Favorite Uses

  1. When faced with challenges or big decisions, apply two to three drops of Anchor on your heart to help encourage a steady foundational sense on how to move forward.
  2. Apply to ankles, base of spine, and bottoms of feet to promote feelings of completeness and calmness.
  3. Apply two to three drops to desired areas while meditating to feel steady, complete, and calm. 

Ideal Yoga Poses with Anchor

  • Seated Meditation
  • Seated Twist
  • Bhu Mudra (one hand on the heart, the other on the Earth)


doTERRA Align Centering Blend
It’s easy to feel disconnected and out of control in the busyness of everyday life. Combining the properties of the doTERRA Align Centering Blend with certain yoga poses can help align and create a sense of peace and purpose. Align is made with a unique blend of oils such as Peppermint, Basil, Geranium, and Jasmine Flower to create a fresh, green, and herbal scent.

Our Favorite Uses

  1. Before starting the day, apply Align over your heart, wrists, and the back of your neck to promote feelings of self-acceptance and fluidity.
  2. Add two drops of Align to diffusing jewelry to enjoy the scent during your yoga practice.
  3. Apply one to two drops to your heart or other desired areas while practicing aligning yoga poses.

Ideal Yoga Poses with Align

  • Warrior II
  • Triangle
  • Gate pose

Excited about this trio? The new Yoga Collection is now available,

* Information in this post was taken from the DoTerra official website.

Adaptogen Elixirs + Essential Oils was so much FUN by Elaine So


Back in early September, we held our first Adaptogen Elixirs + EO workshop together with our gorgeous friend Natalie Warner of Greene Street Juice at the incredible space Greenfields Albert Park.

WOW.  We had so much FUN!

With a group of like minded individuals, we played with essential oils, demonstrated and tasted a range of delicious medicinal adaptogen elixir recipes created by Natalie and shared tips on shooting and editing your best food snaps.  We also enjoyed a super yum Organic breakfast and great conversation to finish. 

AND.  It's happening again.  If you'd like to join us for our next workshop, just follow this link and we look forward to meeting you x

Photography, Madeleine Gill

Photography, Madeleine Gill

Ah - Choo, Hello Spring by Elaine So

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If you're a hayfever/allergy sufferer, this needs no explanation.  Here in Melbourne, Spring has begun.  Queue sneezing, runny/blocked noses, itchy eyes, scratchy throat and laboured breathing whilst you try to get your beauty sleep in.

In the past, (I'm talking over 5 years ago now), I had tried everything available to humans over the counter and off the shelves.  Nothing worked for me, not even the double strength, prescription only, blah blah amazing wonder pill.  Just nothing.  No results.  No symptom relief.  For anyone who experiences hayfever, you know what I'm talking about.

When the hayfever kicks in for me, it KICKS IN and the only relief I have ever found, is from DoTerra essential oils.  While I could go on and on about this forever, you may as well have a look for yourself, if you're looking for some ideas on how to relieve your symptoms, click here to download our Top 5 Essential Oils for Allergies Tips if you've got any questions about the oils, be sure to get in touch x

There's so much more to essential oils than just a 'nice smell' by Elaine So

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Yes, essential oils do smell nice but that is just the very beginning, just the very tip of the iceberg.  Imagine it’s natures way of luring you in to the magic that is plant based medicine. 

Plant based medicines, pure, potent extracts have so much value and magic to add to our lives.  Whilst there is so much knowledge to share and learn, beginning along an alternative pathway is so very simple.  And the beauty is, it is FUN and it is FREE.

We regularly hold free introduction to essential oils workshops for anyone who doesn't already have an existing DoTerra account, so come join us to learn about and experience these incredible alternatives for yourself and see how they may play a part in your everyday life.  Take a look at our upcoming dates here or contact us here for any other enquiries.

Why it's time for an Alternative by Elaine So

I have been interested in and practiced alternative health for 10+ years and my world changed significantly back in 2015/16 when I became a Mother.  My enquiry was heightened as I navigated the choices in front of me regarding my childs health and the home environment we were bringing her up in.  Alternative health no longer felt like a personal journey that I could play around with and I wanted to ensure, as any parent does that we are making the best decisions for our family when it comes to our health.    

Being a part of Pana Chocolate (which is 100% Organic) and then founding ACE cookies, also Organic, it meant that I had a background understanding of why we were choosing chemical free and feel lucky enough to be able to always choose Organic within our home. It didn't happen overnight for us but it did happen.  And it is still happening.

It was and still is an ongoing journey of enquiry, sharing, discussing with friends and experimenting. Mine has gone a little like this -

Wholefoods, alternative health practices (essential oil use, kinesiology, chinese medicine, reiki, meditation amongst many others), chemical free body products, reduction in household chemicals are likely areas to explore that spring to mind followed by the not so obvious

Funnily enough something that had been completely escaping my mind for years ... my make up.  I had realised that my baby Willow's skin was touching my face a lot but the penny only dropped for me when she started to lick my face.  At which point, I totally panicked and had to find an alternative, immediately.  Cue the incredible Emmily Banks from Depths of Beauty and Sarah Di Orio's incredible Organika salon (check them both out and you will discover heart centred women, contributing to the most inspiring positive change).  Both introduced to me by my gorgeous friend Natalie Warner from Greene St Juice.

And now seems like the perfect time to share, an Alternative Way with others who are looking for something more and something different.  

*It's an important note and reminder to myself that regardless of what we think, feel or decide for our family, all parents are doing what they believe is best for their child.  We are all trying our best.

Why quality always wins by Elaine So

If you want quality, of products and results.  Then don't compromise.  Be uncompromising in your respect for your health and your body.  Maybe you're not up for reading all the finer details but lets just remember this, when it comes to our bodies and our health, we can choose to prioritise these things.  After all, if we don't have our health, what do we really have?  With respect to ingesting, topical application and diffusing of oils into the air we breathe, it just isn't worth compromising for the short term savings.  It's your health and we're not about band-aids, we're after long term, vibrant living.

Not all ‘essential oils’ are created equal. Country or region of sourcing, distillation and testing processes all play a vital role in determining purity and potency of essential oils. It is also important to recognise that price often reflects quality based on the extra attention given to sourcing and testing methods. When purchasing an essential oil for a relatively lower price, there is often no guarantee this ‘essential oil’ will not contain fillers or synthetics and that is both pure and potent.

doTERRA created its own testing process, calling it CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade®. The CPTG process certifies that there are no added fillers, synthetic ingredients, or harmful contaminants in their essential oils that would reduce their efficacy. doTERRA then goes a step further, putting all their products and the packaging through a battery of tests to ensure a long and effective shelf-life. This protocol ensures potency, purity, and consistency batch to batch. The CPTG testing begins immediately after distillation with each oil being reviewed for its chemical composition. A second round of testing is carried out at our production facility to ensure that what was distilled and tested is the same essential oil as was received. A third review of the chemistry of the oil is conducted in a three-phase procedure as the oils are packaged into the bottles we use as consumers. Each of these tests confirms that the essential oil is free
of contaminants and unexpected alterations during production.

The CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade quality protocol
includes the following tests:

Organoleptic testin: Sight, smell, taste and touch.

Microbial testing: No contamination during filling proces.

Gas chromatography: Determines composition of the oi.

Mass spectrometr: Synthetics are not presen.

Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR): Ensures potency
and consistency of each batch of oi.

Chirality testing: New testing method to ensure synthetic free,
can sometimes be missed in the mass pectrometry test.

Isotopic analysis: Determines the level of the chemical building
blocks (isotopes) present in the oi.

Heavy metal testing: Shows if any heavy metals are present,
pure oils have none.

As a takeaway and to keep it simple to remember,
every batch is tested at more than one stage from distillation.