Are you thinking of buying emu oil and want to know how to choose the best kind for you and your family?
I've been using it for a number of years and have tried a variety of different brands from a number of different manufacturers and ranches. I don't consider myself an expert, but can pass on what I've learned from buying many products.
Many people are becoming more aware of the health benefits of emu oils. It's been proven to improve skin tone, reduce inflammation and enhance skin healing.
How do you choose the best kind? How do you know you're getting the highest quality product for your skin?
The following information provides the steps you need to take to getting the best type for maximum health benefits.
Choose only 100% pure, fully-refined oils
Use products from organic farms - raised without antibiotics, steroids, and hormones
Check ingredient labels on products claiming to use this active ingredient
1. Choose 100% Pure, Fully-Refined Oils:
Using fully-refined products may help insure the active ingredients are free of bacteria, toxic metals and other contaminants.
Fully-refined oils can be used for cosmetic, pharmaceutical and/or dietary supplement use. The liquids have been processed at high temperatures to remove any contaminants.
Research studies have proven the effectiveness of 100% pure, fully-refined oils. Products of lesser quality cannot guarantee the same effectiveness or quality.
In North America, the American Emu Association certifies fully-refined oils:
Farms that have AEA-certified products practise humane and environmentally-friendly farming.
Oils certified by the AEA are considered to be the highest quality for personal use.
2. Use Products from Organic Farms:
How do you know if the product you're using was made from animals raised on steroids, antibiotics or growth hormones?
While you may or may not want to use an organic product, I believe the best products come from farms that practise safe and humane farming. These farms don't use steroids or antibiotics on their livestock and many believe in organic farming practises.
3. Check Ingredient Labels on Body Care Products:
You can find these oils in skin care lotions, shampoos and soaps.
Always ask, "How much actual active ingredient is in this product?" A general rule of thumb is higher amounts of the active ingredient will be listed closer to the beginning of the ingredient list.
If you buy soap and you see emu oils listed at the very end of the ingredient list, this tells you that you're probably getting minimal amounts of the actual oil.
The best products should provide an ingredient list that use ample amounts of this active ingredient in their formulations.
These are 100% purely refined oils that haven't been diluted or mixed with other oils.
It has been tested by an AOCS (American Oil Chemist Society) certified chemist. The final product has been certified to meet very strict specifications. A sample is held in storage from each batch and can be pulled for testing if its purity is questioned.
Only products that go through this evaluation process can carry the AEA Certification Seal.
This is a special distillation process that removes impurities not removed by traditional refining methods including unwanted moisture, undesirable free fatty acids and bacteria.
Molecular distillation takes fully-refined oils one step further in the purification process.
Manufacturers using this method claim it's the purest and highest quality products available.
When buying emu oil you can choose between Fully-Refined and Molecular-distilled.
When you buy this product, you may find a difference in the color of the oils. These color differences may be caused by the diet of the emu and different oil processing techniques.
Research shows there's no difference in quality between different colored oils.
In 2004, the AEA compared products from 9 different countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and United States. All samples were equally tested and the fatty acid content was analyzed. They found no difference between oils, regardless of which country it came from.
The University of Massachusetts compared the anti-inflammatory properties between Australian and American oils and they found no significant differences.
You can buy these products in different quantities. The most common size available is 1 - 2 ounce bottles; however, you can also get oils in larger one liter jugs.
The average costs are $5 - $10 per ounce.
Buying the oils in 'bulk' quantities will usually save you money and you'll pay less per ounce. The prices also depend on the manufacturer and the purity of the oil.
Four Star Emu Oils
I bought this 16 oz. bottle from an AEA-certified ranch in Kansas called 4 Star Emu Ranch. I found them through eBay.
I paid just under $40 a bottle, which works out to less than $2.50 an ounce. I think this is a pretty good price as you can usually find some products costing $5 - 10 an ounce.
I've been using this product for the past two years and I'm quite happy with it. It's molecular-distilled and certified by the AEA.
I found these oils go on really smooth and absorbed rapidly into the skin. You can also get a variety of different sizes to suit your needs.
If you're interested in trying 4 Star Emu Oils or other AEA-Certified oils, see the links below.
There are a number of high quality oils to choose from. Since much of the industry is self-regulated, you should choose products that follow some sort of certification process for purity and quality.
You can also find a few online retailers that offer these products.
Here are some of the best brands that provide information about their products and how their oils are produced:
- This is one of my favorite oils that are recognized by the American Emu Association (AEA) Certified Program. They're produced by Mary Geller and you can learn more in my review of Thunder Ridge emu oil.
- Thunder Ridge is a popular North American product grown on a 30 acre farm outside Manassas, Virginia. Mary practises organic farming and doesn't use any antibiotics or drugs on her emus.
- Here's a variety of thunder ridge emu oil available at Amazon.com.
- This is another high quality oil that's produced by 4 Star Emu Ranch.
- 4 Star Emu Ranch is owned and operated by Larry Sharp in Kansas. He's been farming emus since 1995 and is a proud member of the American Emu Association and Kansas Emu Association.
- His emus are farmed in open grasslands and grains and he produces some of the most healthiest organic oils in North America.
- I've been using 4 Star Emu Oils for a few years and it's another one of my favorite skin care products. I find it has a nice creamy texture, no odor, and it really helps moisturize and nourish the skin.
- Country Divine produces a number of different grades of oil.
- All of their products are AEA Certified. They sell an Ultra, Ultra Clear, Regular and a solid/creamy oil.
- Prices start from about $5 for 1/4 ounce to $28 for 4 ounces. You can also get gel caps, skin lotions, joint creams and pet care products.
- You can find Country Divine at LBemuoil.com
- Willow Springs is produced by at Outback Emuzing Ranch on Vancouver Island, Canada.
- This is another AEA-Certified emu oil containing no mineral oils or by-products.
- Willow Springs offers regular oils, lip balms, pain creams, soaps and body lotions.
- Their products start at $10 for 30 ml to 240 ml for $49.
- Willow Springs products are available from emuoilcanada.com.
- This is an Australian oil product. It's certified 100% purified and meets requirements by the Australian Standardised Specifications for Emu Oil.
- All of their products are 100% Australian and you can get pure oils, eye creams, hair products, pet shampoos and more.
- Prices range from $17 for 50 ml to 1 liter for $100. Shipping is from Australia and based on weight. I've ordered from them for delivery to Canada and a 50 ml bottle took about 2 weeks for delivery.
- You can learn more at emustore.com
You'll also find pure emu oil products from Amazon.com. One of Amazon.com's biggest sellers is Emu Oil Pure Premium Australian. This Australian emu oil has garnered dozens of positive customer reviews with many claiming it helps soften hair as well as diminishing scars and rough skin.
Another place you may be able to find these oils on auction sites; make sure to research the company that makes the products to ensure you're getting highly-purified ingredients.
When ordering from North America, AEA (American Emu Association) Certified oils are pretty reliable for consistency and purity. You can also find high quality products available from many organic, family-run emu farms.