Aromatherapy is defined as: a form of alternative medicine that uses plant materials and aromatic plant oils, including essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering one's mood, cognitive, psychological or physical wellbeing.
With so many products out on the market being mislabeled as "aromatherapy", it has been a word that companies throw around loosely and can be very misleading to consumers. Very few of those products should actually be labeled as a true aromatherapy products and one look at the ingredients list will inform you if you have a true aromatherapy product on your hands or an imitation product that could be loaded with chemicals.
when to question an "aromatherapy" product:
//plastic bottles: if your "aromatherapy" product is packaged in a plastic bottle chances are that it's does not use pure + real essential oils, therefore it will not have any therapeutic benefits to it. The only way to preserve high quality essential oils is to protect them with dark glass (we use amber), so the light cannot get in and cause chemical degradation. Always remember to keep any aromatherapy product away from sunlight + heat + oxygen.
//check the label: High-quality pure aromatherapy products will list out the essential oil ingredients used. Skip a product if the ingredients include words such as fragrance, perfume or other words you cannot pronounce. This signals the use of artificial ingredients that provide little or no benefit other than scent.