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Certified Organic

Organic certification is a certification process for producers of organic food and other organic agricultural products. These ingredients have been cultivated by natural means on unpolluted land without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. 


Traditionally grown crop on a farm as compared to the wild. Farmed ingredients may be field grown or grown in an artificial environment.

Field Grown

Crop grown in a field rather than in a pot or other artificial environment


A specific process that uses complete living cells or their components (e.g., bacteria, enzymes, chloroplasts) to obtain desired products.


Excavated earth for the purposes of extracting raw minerals and materials.


These plants have been grown wild in nature without human intervention and ideally
have been harvested following wildcrafting guidelines.



Cold Pressed

Cold pressed oils, also known as cold expeller pressed oils, have been mechanically pressed from the fatty portions of the botanical while ensuring that the maximum temperature (caused by friction) does not exceed 120 degrees.


These ingredients are now in a state devoid of any natural liquid.

Expeller Pressed

Expeller pressed oils are mechanically pressed from the botanical material at high pressure to obtain maximum yield. Not all expeller pressed oils are cold pressed as high pressure extraction can cause temperatures to rise above 120 degrees. Only if temperature is monitored and kept under 120 degrees, can the oil be called cold pressed. Otherwise it is simply called expeller pressed. 

Hand Pressed

This method of oil extraction is mechanical in nature as described above in the “Expeller Pressed” definition, though instead of the presser being applied automatically, it is controlled manually.


During hydrolysis, oils are placed under the combined force of pressure, temperature, and water. The ester bond breaks and causes the glycerin to split from fatty acids and be absorbed by water; at which point the resultant is further isolated by distillation to increase purity.

Steam Distilled

This method is the most commonly used practice for extracting essential oils from plants. During this process, steam is injected into the still, usually at slightly higher pressures and temperatures than Water Distillation.

Supercritical CO2 Extraction

Supercritical carbon dioxide is a fluid state of carbon dioxide where it is held at or above its critical temperature and critical pressure. Carbon dioxide usually behaves as a gas in air at standard temperature and pressure, or as a solid called dry ice when frozen. If the temperature and pressure are both increased to be at or above the critical point for carbon dioxide, it can adopt properties midway between a gas and a liquid. More specifically, it behaves as a supercritical fluid above its critical temperature (87.98 °F) and critical pressure (1,071 psi), expanding to fill its container like a gas but with a density like that of a liquid. Supercritical CO2 is becoming an important commercial and industrial solvent due to its role in chemical extraction in addition to its low toxicity and environmental impact. The relatively low temperature of the process and the stability of CO2 also allows most compounds to be extracted with little damage or denaturing. In addition, the solubility of many extracted compounds in CO2 varies with pressure, permitting selective extractions.



Some ingredients undergo a refinement process in order to remove impurities,
improve the color or texture, or stabilize the shelf life of the oil. Refining can include degumming, bleaching, deodorizing, and neutralizing. In order to meet Apothik Nature supplier standards deodorizing may only be accomplished through the use of steam and bleaching must only occur through the use of heat, Fuller's Earth (a naturally occurring mineral), activated carbon or activated clay. Apothik Nature does not use any ingredients that are chemically bleached, deodorized or neutralized. 

Steam Deodorized

Neutralizing odors of oils or butters by blowing steam through the heated product.


Simply, unrefined ingredients have not been processed to remove impurities or
unwanted elements and display odorous and colorful properties.


These items have not yet been touched, used, or exploited. Virgin and Unrefined are
used interchangeably as descriptors for personal care ingredients.

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