In Search of The Best Essential Oils – What Makes a Good Essential Oils Company – Part Two

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This path of figuring out which is the best essential oils company has been hard work.

I had NO idea that when I started out trying Young Living’s Thieves blend that I would be digging this heavily into a bunch of oils companies to find out which brand gave my family the biggest bang for the buck.

There’s been a lot of info to sort through, and life has been little [a lot] crazy over the past 6 months.)

Read on to see what I’ve been learning.

First of all, if you missed my earlier posting on essential oils, you might want to revisit:

A Skeptic Looks at Essential Oils
Are Essential Oils a Scam? – Peppermint, Wintergreen, and More
Which Essential Oils Company is Best – Part One

A lot has happened since those posts.

I had questions and more questions to ask–I think I probably almost drove a few oil company folks crazy in the process  🙂 — but I feel pretty good about what I am going to share with you now.

But before I tell you which company I am going to be recommending, let me fill you in on how I got there and give you more information on essential oils in general.

(It wouldn’t be much fun without a little more suspense, right :-)?)

Finding the Best Essential Oils Company

In trying to sort out which company I wanted to recommend to you (and where I wanted to buy my oils from), I:

contacted a bunch of companies
– looked at tons of websites
talked on the phone with employees and owners of essential oils companies
thought agonized a lot
– thought some more
– spent a bunch of money on oils (and I do mean a bunch)

I really took this very seriously.  I wanted to provide my readers with the best essential oils company for the money.

Now of course, I can be wrong–and I do think that there is more than one good oil company out there.

But I am as sure as I can be right now that I have found a good one to recommend to you all.

What to Look for in an Essential Oils Company

1.  The Essential Oils Company Should Sell Quality Oils

The oils need to be as high quality as possible without being astronomical in price.  They should be:

extracted properly (under low temperature and low pressure)
– produced from plants grown in their indigenous locations (where they grow naturally)
– made from wild-crafted (indigenously grown and/or not removed entirely when harvested) and/or organic plants if at all possible

I have concerns along these lines about some of the companies that I looked into.  For example, Young Living is a very popular essential oils company.  In fact, if you recall from my post on A Skeptic Looks at Thieves Oil, and my post on Peppermint, Wintergreen, and More, you will see that I was at first very pleased with their oils.

However, I am concerned that many of Young Living’s oils are sourced in the U.S.  That is great from the standpoint of keeping shipping costs to the U.S. low, but many of the plants from which their oils are derived are not indigenous to the U.S. and so I think that is one thing to consider.

But let’s see what else our “search for the best essential oils company turns up.”  One company might not have everything we want…….

2.  The Essential Oils Should Be Pure

The oils must not have anything added to them, nor have anything taken out that should be “left in”

Apparently it is commonplace for oils “experts” or oil companies to add things to essential oils in order to make them “go farther” and thus be cheaper to produce.  The companies can either make more profit by selling an inferior product at a high price, or they can offer inferior product and an apparently “great price.”

I heard and read a lot about oil companies “monkeying around” with their oils in order to make them:

– smell better (By distilling oils longer or heating them, the “herby” smell of some oils is changed to make them more palatable.)
– pass quality and purity tests (Some “oil experts” are apparently smart enough to know what the tests are looking for, so they add things to the oils or alter them in other ways to make them “pass” the tests.  This is the case with oregano oil.  Some companies will adulterate their oregano oil to have carvacrol levels come to where they want them to be.)
– more profitable by adding fillers like propylene glycol and others

Additionally, oils should, when possible, be extracted with steam only–not with chemical solvents.  Who wants more chemical “nasties” on or in their bodies?  Not me.

Basically, the essential oils I want to use should be only oils.

Nothing added.  Nothing taken away.

You can read more about the adulteration of essential oils here.

3.  The Essential Oils Should Be Sold at an Affordable Price

The oils should be within the reach of most consumers’ budgets.

Of course, as with everything, there are varying degrees of quality.  The company that I have chosen has very high quality.  However, even that company’s owner admits that there are comparable, even higher quality oils available, but the prices of these oils are so exorbitant as to make them unaffordable to most people.

4.  The Essential Oils Should Be Effective

The oils must work.

Of course, we want oils to do something, and not just smell nice.  I can use plain vanilla extract for that :-).

5.  The Company Should Provide Education

Ideally, the oils company will offer opportunities to learn how to properly use oils to provide healthy options for the treatment of medical and emotional issues.

Of course, there is a huge amount of such information on the internet and in books like the following.

I’m working on growing my Essential Oils library and have the following book on my wish list.  It’s one that has the best reviews on Amazon and gets in to the nitty gritty of medicinal use, which is what I am the most interested in.

I’ll be back in the future with more on these books, but this one looks like a real winner:

Essential Oils Books

How’s that for a lot of information to chew on?  See why this has been tough?

Well, hang in there with me.  I’ll be back real soon with more information.

For more in the series:

– Which Essential Oils Company is Best? – Part 1
– Which Essential Oils Company is Best – Troubles with the Oils Industry – Part 3
– Young Living vs. doTERRA – Part 4
– Are Multi-Level Marketing Oils Worth It? – Part 5
Distillation, Bias, Vomit and Personal Attacks – Part 6
– Announcing “the Best” Essential Oils Company – Part 7

 **Finally, you can get my Report on Essential Oils, 10 Things You NEED to Know BEFORE You Buy for FREE by visiting here and signing up for my newsletter.**

What do you think?  Anything you would add to this list?

The information here is for entertainment purposes only. Please consult a medical professional before changing your diet, exercise program, or before trying any natural remedies.

These comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Whole New Mom, LLC.

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  1. Hi Adrienne! Wow, amazing work you’ve done researching all of these essential oil companies! I was wondering if you could give any details, if you remember, about the oils Living Libations. It seems that they are extremely pure from all of the research I’ve done but i know you mentioned you didn’t use them for several reasons. Just wondering if you were willing to share your reasons. I know there are probably things I may have overlooked or forgot to ask and want to make the best decision. Thanks so much!

    • Hi there. Thanks for commenting. If I remember correctly when I talked to them they didn’t have sourcing information. Now it appears that they do. I would have to go back and talk to them again. Once I found the companies that I liked I decided I needed to give this a rest – plus it would literally be a full time job in and of itself to keep evaluating companies. They change what they do regularly. One thing I will say is that I don’t see that they have helichrysum and that’s an important oil. This post might help: http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/toxic-overload-health-concerns/essential-oils-testing-is-it-reliable/

      • Wow! I am truly blown away by the amount of work you have done and knowledge you have! Kudos! We are all very lucky! Thanks for the feedback and the link. I am going to look into this further. I have been using YL oils and recently started trying Native American Nutritionals/Rocky Mountain Oils and really like them. I was checking into Living Libations because my culinary nutrition teacher recommended them and she is also very thorough and does her due diligence before using a product or food. I may try them just to see what I think and also question them on a few issues you have noted in your blog post. Thanks again for all of your amazing work! I think just what you’ve done sounds like a full time job!

        • Hi there. Thanks for the vote of confidence. It was really rough while the series was going on. But glad I did it. More to come about RMO / NAN. I hope you like their new site and new quality measures.

      • Mellanie Cain says:

        I am interested if you have checked into Jade Bloom. Also, have you printed a list of the best and most affordable oils? Is there a comparison between YL and more affordable oils such as Jade Bloom? I have read 3 of your articles. But haven’t completed the series yet, so I apologize if I have missed a final list.

  2. Hello! Amazing work. I’m attempting to pick the best Christmas present for my wife including essential oils! Which company did you actually recommend? Thank you, Ed.

  3. Thanks so much for putting in all the effort so I don’t have to. I was wondering if you had a review on the diffusers. I currently only have the yl premiums starter kit and would like to buy at least 2 more diffusers. Any thoughts or recommendations?

  4. Have you researched any on Plant Therapy EO. I was in the process of either ordering from them or DoTerra and then decided to look on the web and found some of your articles. I had a friend mention to be they were pure and cheaper route to go, but figured I see if you messed with them at all.

  5. Any reviews on a Canadian product called New directions aromatics?

  6. Have you tried Camp Wander?

  7. John Dupree says:

    You have done lots of research. Thank you for all of this information. My wife and I are Ameo Essential oils users. They are the only clinical grade essential oils. I did not see where you did any research on them. Go to (site removed by blow owner) to learn more. From my research all of our oils meet you criteria. Ameo even allows you as the user to see the test done on your specific batch # along with your batch # being cell active and permeable on a cellular level. Thanks for sharing your research with us.

  8. Shiree Toon says:

    Thank you for such extensive research in a very overwhelming area! It is so hard to know which oils to use and for what! I am just getting started with essential oils and feel like they will be very beneficial. I purchased mine from Native American Nutritionals after doing some research and with all of this information that you provide, I feel like I made the best choice for me. Thanks again and thanks for sharing!

    • You are so welcome- I love them too! I hope you noticed that they have been purchased by Rocky Mountain Oils – same oils and now better. And their site is easier to peruse as well. Take care!

  9. Hi Adrienne,
    I really appreciated your comparison blog and the numerous useful tips you give there!

    I live in Germany and am just getting started in Oils. Unfortunately, I can’t find your favorite Rocky Mountain Oils. Do you have any suggestions?
    Secondly, are you familiar with the firms Primavera and Naissance ? They are available here and are significantly cheaper than DoTerra and Young Living….
    Thanks so much for your input,
    Kay

  10. Greetings, Thanks for all the important information regarding essential oils but there is one i was wondering if you have any information on this company called Plant Guru because it seems their essential oils i have use works very good! Could you please enlighten me on this company?

  11. I have tried the following from Plant Guru: Breathe, Head Ease and Deep Muscle in which these products has been amazingly working for me but I don’t know if there is any possible chance of chemicals added to the product.

    • Hi there. Sorry but I don’t know. The only way to know is to have them tested. That’s why I work with companies I know are doing extensive testing on their oils by third party labs.

  12. Just want to say thank you so much for all your information;) I’m just starting to get interested in essential oils and I’m so glad you did all the work. Now it’s my turn to try your chosen brand. Thank you, again and now I’m so excited to get involved. Beverly

  13. Hello there. I am new to your blog and must say, from what I’ve seen today I’m very impressed. I came here by accident while searching for which EO brand to go with and came across your 7 part post on EOs. First of all let me say that that Pappas guy is a HUGE JERK and needs to get off his high horse. 2nd, I found it all svery informative and useful and exactly what I was looking for. But I do however have a few questions regarding this topic as I am still very new to EOs.

    During your investigation did you by any chance find anything out about the MLM Melaleuca brand of EOS called Pure? If so, what did you think of them? What about a brand called Plant Therapy? I heard this one was a good one BUT the price is too good to be true and the bottles I’ve personally seen are quite large.

    And last question (for now lol) is, does Rocky Mountain oils have a chance to make money? I’m actually looking for an at home side job thats why i searching the different oils brands and came across your blog.

    Thank you dear!

    • Hi there.

      I didn’t really look into Melaleuca’s b/c they have artificial fragrance & artificial colors in many of their products so I tend to shy away from companies that use those things. RMO does not have a money making opportunity but you might take a look at NYR Organic. I was looking for skincare and personal care and ended up with them. They have a nice line of oils. I’ll shoot you an email as well as I have a few other thoughts. http://wholenewmom.com/neals-yard-remedies-nyr-organic/

  14. Hi! You had mentioned in one of the articles on EO research about a diffuser
    necklace that you really liked and recommended. I’m going back through the posts and I cannot seem to find the link. Would you mind sharing it again please?

    Loved the post on the oils! I will be ordering next set of oils from RMO!

  15. Have you tried Wyndmere Oils. I was very satisfied . I purchased lavendar, head ease, a couple of years ago. Great customer service.

  16. Hello, Adrienne. I thought I was pretty hard core when it comes to being sceptical and researching things. But you are off the chart! Your research was so helpful. Thank you. I have been going through this section to see if you ever talked about homemade essential oil. I felt I saw it somewhere on your site but I can’t find it. If you have a link for it, I would love to make it by myself. It’ll be the safest bet.. Could you send me a link if it’s possible? Thank you again.

    • Hello Yuki.

      I love your name. I lived in Japan for a year and was heavily involved in the Japanese culture after returning to the US.

      Anyhow, I sometimes do get in too deep :). I have been doing even more recently and have found some very interesting things out.

      I haven’t talked about homemade essential oils. I have read about it but it seems pretty complicated.

      There are some good companies that you can trust so that would be the way to go I would think. I will be sharing more options in the future.

      • Thank you very much for such a quick reply with the information. And thank you for loving my name. I am so glad to hear that you liked Japanese culture, also. They have a lot of nice cultures in Japan although young people don’t seem to care about the culture that much any more.

        I can see you get into things very deep because I am the same way. I am also an efficiency freak with time, cooking, money, cleaning, anything in my life. I am so curious how you manage your day doing SO MANY DIY stuff. If you could share that in the future, it’ll be nice. I will be able to learn so much for you.

        Thank you very much again. I will keep checking your site and continue to learn.

        • Yes, I agree with you about young people and the culture.

          Truth is that I don’t get everything done. I’m strapped for time and we have some struggles that others don’t have. I make hair products but buy some. I am now buying most of my personal care products from Neal’s Yard Remedies because they are amazing and I love their ethics and they are a real treat, which is something I need with all the other things going on. You can see more here but I have to write a better piece soon. http://wholenewmom.com/neals-yard-remedies-nyr-organic/

          I do almost everything DIY in the kitchen still so that hasn’t changed. My family is not perfect and I do type and work very fast typically. Things are always changing and I spend time doing things for my health, some which are new things that I will likely be adding in so that will take time as well. So it’s ever changing. I hope that helps :). Look forward to hopefully seeing you around again. Sayonara and Itterasshai.

          • Adrienne,

            Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts and the information.. It is so nice to hear from someone like you that you are not perfect, either. It’s a good reminder that no one including myself is perfect. ALthough I know it in my head, it’s hard to keep that in mind in my everyday life. That’s how I end up expecting myself so much and it makes me unhappy eventually.

            What you are saying is so right, too about doing more DIY in the kitchen because it is a priority at least for myself. I feel good after talking to you because I operate in a similar way as you do. I add new things and extra things when I can. That opportunity might not happen as often as I want it to happen, but that’s life.

            Do you find it hard to find female friends who share the same value? I’m currently pregnant and thinking of natural birth at home and cloth diapers. I am very happy about the decision I’m making, but the society doesn’t make me feel comfortable sharing this with other women. There aren’t that many people who value the health and the ways how things get done in everyday life(cooking, raising children, etc including any other women’s domain skill) in the real life. I only find those people only on the Internet. At the same time, I appreciate the Internet which connects people like us although we are not physically seeing each other. It makes me feel there are people who do value something I value and I am not alone. I hope this community becomes bigger and maybe hopefully it can affect more women in the world.

            I’m sorry for the long message. Maybe I’m not supposed to be writing this much in the comment!?

          • Hi there. Oh you are welcome.

            I expect a lot of myself too and every day, I think, I feel that I am not measuring up in some arena.

            Yes, I do find it hard to find friends to share the same values and it’s harder depending on the situation. I think it’s important to share regardless. If no one had shared with me, I never would have moved in this direction. Much of it started when our doctor for our first child’s birth had classes. I thought it was crazy to consider a home birth but I was open. Sort of.

            Are you in Japan now? I am sorry but I don’t remember if you said that or not. I completely feel the same way about appreciating the internet, but really disliking it the same. There are local groups of course like natural childbirth / breastfeeding groups, but I try to share what I can in other groups (like church) as well.

            You do not need to apologize at all – I’m happy to read your comments. Very much so. Let me know what you think.

  17. Hi, Thanks for you research. What is your favorite oil for Diffusers that still give off its therapeutic capabilities. Also, Do you have a favorite company you but through? Or you a member of one of those companies that sells them?

  18. Hello. I am actually in Toronto, Canada. I hated Japan when I was a teen and I left there when I was 19 years old. I studied, got a job, got houses, and I finally immigrated to Canada. I am a Canadian citizen now. I learned more about my own Japanese culture after I moved to Canada. NOw that I’m older, I appreciate Japaned culture so much more!

    I guess the kind of people who get into DIY and all natural stuff tend to have perfectionist type of personality!?

    What you said is so true that I would not be doing this if no one shares this with me. But I just feel so uncomfortable talking about this with let’s say my co-workers or friends. No one is on the same page when it comes to this.

    This is why I love Internet as a place to share this. It’s easier to go find same minded people. BUt I can see why you don’t like internet at the same time. It makes us work harder than we need to at times. Many people are addicted and wasting their time, too. I try to think anything is in moderation including Internet.

    Thank you for all the replies and encouragement. I will take my time and learn more things to make my life and my family’s life better!

    Yuki

    PS
    I didn’t find REPLY button at the bottom of your message. So I made a new message.

    • Oh how interesting. I was just in Toronto this past summer. I wish we could have met.

      I always loved Japan. For some reason. Not sure why, but I was drawn there. I really didn’t want to study a foreign language and was bored w/ Spanish and French (love the languages but didn’t like the classes) and in college I went into a special program to avoid having to take a language (it was hard to get into the program but I applied and was accepted). Anyhow, later I felt drawn to take either Russian or Japanese but decided to take Japanese though others warned me not to as it was so difficult. However I loved it. My grades actually improved!

      Perhaps we are mainly perfectionists but I think I was already one – and it was illness and a compelling that natural was necessary that added together with my perfectionism has become a problem.

      I really want to encourage you – in fact, did you see this post? You inspired it :). http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/when-you-feel-like-giving-up-on-healthy-living/

      You should not be silent. Others need to know. You have given me such courage to keep going.

      Yes, you are right about moderation in fact I should get off now :).

      I hope we can meet some day.

      And no problem about the new message :).

  19. Thank you for all the great research and sharing! Have you every checked out Camp Wander? I have recently been recommended to look at her site. I am personally familiar with YL & DoTERRA, but want to make sure that I can’t get the same quality (or better) for a better price.