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 Young Living’s oils are almost all 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.

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  1. Any updates since this article?

  2. What about Auroma? http://www.auroma.com

  3. I have really enjoyed reading I can’t wait to see who you think the best is! I have just started using and I have several brands

    • Thanks! I would love to hear what you thought after you reached the end. It was a huge dilemma for me to be sure. My husband and I were just talking about that the other day.

  4. Hi, thanks for all your research on essential oils. Please check out Edens Garden. They not only have pure oils at a more then reasonable price but they give back to the community. Check it out. I was surprised when I did. A friend told me about them. For many years I bought from another company related to one you mentioned. When the owner started to dilute the oils, I noticed right away and questioned my rep. I stopped buying from them and eventually she noticed too and quit the company.

    • Hi there. I did check them out – thanks :)! Hope to see you around again.

      • Hi, i was wondering if there is something wrong with this company. You did not mention anything you liked or disliked. At least I could not find any in you reviews. Just curious.. I don’t want to get stung again, so I was looking forward to your opinion or anything that you had said about EG. Thought maybe i missed something when I checked them out. Thanks

  5. Diane Hembree says:

    I can’t see the last series announcing the best company. Can you email me that? How can I get that? Thanks!

  6. Debra, RN says:

    The best one I have found is from an online company called “deSensua”. Very impressed!

    • Hi Debra. I just checked the out quickly. I did notice that they have pretty limited choices, and no helichrysum, which, while pricey, is something I use fairly often, and also most of their oils are not organic or wild/crafted which is the case of almost all of Native American’s. It appears that their prices are higher too from the few that I checked. Of course, if you are happy you should keep using them, but seems that Native American would be worth a second look (of course, perhaps you didn’t get to the end of my series yet :). Here it is in case you missed it: http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/natural-remedies/announcing-the-best-essential-oils-company-and-a-great-sale/

      • Debra, RN says:

        Hi Adrienne. Thanks for your prompt feedback. Striving for organic is when those oils are crafted in areas where pesticides, etc. are used. deSensua oils come from all over the world where the sourcing is most pure and potent. They do have oils that are “wild-crafted”. Many crops outside of the US don’t use harmful chemicals and their soils are rich and untainted. Regarding pricing, I love deSensua’s Myrrh and found theirs cheaper than Native American’s. And the bottle came in a velvet back to further protect the oil from any light. I hope this helps.

        • Thanks. I already knew about the other countries and their usage of pesticides – of course, it will vary by country. Most of Native American’s oils come from countries where they don’t use any chemicals. I wonder if the bag is necessary if the bottles are blue or amber? I have heard good things about the blue bottles that NAN uses. I keep most of my oils in a drawer b/c that keeps dust off of them too.

          • Hi Adrienne and Debra,
            So i read your whole series and loved the information. I have narrowed down my EO collection to just that of NAN and DeSensua (and YL thieves, i just can’t give it up). I LOVE DeSensua but haven’t used it enough to know if it doesn’t “work” i have searched high and low to find a though review on the company and could not find anything. negative or positive my only complaint with the company is the lack of information they provide for each oil. I also love my NAN seriously, my only complaint with them and its so petty i know but i HATE their packaging/labels. So silly i know, but when you have market experience you just can’t ignore it haha. Anyways, I know that you cannot do anymore reviews but if you could point be in the right direction for more information on DeSensua i would appreciate it. If not i do understand.
            Debra, what about you? do you have information i could get?

            • Hi there! Not sure what Debra you are referring to, but anyhow thank you! I loved Thieves too but I have had great success with NAN’s Immune Strength and my DIY version of Thieves http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/homemade-anti-bacterial-thieves-essential-oil-blend/.

              I don’t know about desensua but one of their reps kind of spammed my comments w/ a bunch of links to her site which I don’t like really :).

              I don’t see any indication of their oils being organic and/or wild crafted. Do you? Also I don’t see that they even offer helichrysum oil – maybe I am missing it? I don’t have much more time right now but those are the first things I noticed. Of course, that could change and it’s a very cursory look at their site.

  7. According to my research the number one essential oil brand out there is livinglibations. There quality control is higher then young livings and they only sell what they can find that meets there quality demands. I asked them about youngling and they told me they like the company for there education on oils but based on what they see in videos etc they see too many quality control issues to recommend there products. living libations sells direct from there website so no network marketing markups like other companies do.

    • Hi there. I did look at their oils. I asked for a chart w/ information on their oils but what I got was a chart of the oil name and the qualities they felt it had. I just went to their site and I don’t see a Latin name or country of origin or growing practices, but of course that could change at any time. I still have the chart they sent me, however, so I could show that to you if you would like to see it. They had nice people there though :).