Okay so what about that testing??? I got you. Here's just a snippet of the testing done in YL labs and our secondary (outside our control) testing.
01. Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) - This is an analytical technique that can be used to measure elements at trace levels in biological fluids. Thorough testing can find one molecule of a bad metal in one billion molecules of essential oils. (Ex: in summer 2017, YL used the ICP-MS and found a hint of mercury and sent 800 kilos of a very needed oil back to the supplier... They checked back in a week on that oil to see what happened with it and it had been sold… Wonder where it went? 😉)
02. Gas chromatography (GC) - this is a method for separating components in a mixture and measuring the relative quantities of each component. The components in the mixtures separate according to their chemical makeup as they pass through the GC column. The resulting graph that charts the separated components in the mixtures is known as a gas chromatogram.
03. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) is the technique used to obtain an infrared spectrum of absorption or emission of a solid, liquid and gas. This technique counts the details of the microscopic properties of oils by shining a monochromatic light beam at a sample and measuring how much of it is absorbed.
04. TEMPO system uses Automated Bacterial Enumeration to automate testing and colony counting for coliforms, E.coli, staph, yeast, and mold. Basically - it counts the bacteria, both good and bad in the oils & other products.
05. MicroBiology Testing using Vitek - a high-speed microbial identification system. it can identify up to 60 different samples for a variety of mirobial agents.
06. Disintegration testing.. pH testing.. flash point and combustability... additional quality and safety tests as well as adding to the catalog of just "knowing our oils"
The system YL uses that sends oils through all the testing properties is a huge financial investment in time, money and training, etc.
07. Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS) - This is a specialized technique used to provide information about the geographic, chemical, and biological origins of substances. The ability to determine the source of an organic substance stems from the relative isotopic abundances of the elements which comprise the material. Measurement of the isotope ratios can be used to differentiate between samples which otherwise share identical chemical compositions.
👏👏 We are the only essential oil company in the world to have this instrument. Our scientists go through two years of training before they can even use this instrument. They measure the oils to measure the carbon isotope ratios to assure that they are existing exactly in sync of how they're supposed to exist in nature.
7) Racemic testing measures isotopes. Optical isomers are created in synthetic materials. If you have the equipment for measuring optical isomers, you can determine if there are synthetic materials in the oil. For example, see the graph for the two orange oils. If there is a "double isomer" on the graph, that means the chemicals are synthetic. If there is only a single isomer (see the orange graph) then it means it's only and completely natural materials.
They measure every oil batch in 15-20 tests, 3 times, twice. Each test is done when the oil comes and when the oil comes out of each machine. Then they run that test three times.
YL does a ton of testing... they also outsource from a half a dozen few forensic labs sometimes when they need to further analyze data or need help with anything. These are the top of the line forensic labs used by the FBI.
IN SUMMARY... Young Living's team of highly trained, highly skilled scientists perform state-of-the-art tests, including but
• Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)
• Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES)
• Gas Chromatography (GC)
• High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
• Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy
• Automated Micro-Enumeration
• Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GCMS)
• Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS)