Announcing the Best Essential Oils Company

Confused about essential oils? What this blogger found out will surprise you. She tried to find out which essential oils company is best and found out some VERY interesting things about oils and the companies that sell them, including Young Living and doTERRA.
I used to think that essential oils were a scam, but I ended up finding out that they are a great resource for your natural medicine cabinet for issues such as headaches, ear infections, tummy aches, viruses and bacterial infections, and more.

But I eventually felt I needed to make sure that I was buying from the best essential oils company that I could reasonably afford.

I spent a ton of time calling companies, asking questions, sampling oils.  Literally, it was a ton.  And it was very exhausting.

I’ve learned a lot with all the time I’ve spent researching oils companies and I’ve covered a lot of what I learned here in this essential oils series, some of which I wrote while I was still trying to figure out which company I was going to be using and recommending.

If you’ve missed any of the previous posts, here they are:

Which Essential Oils Company is Best?  Starting Out – Part 1

The Qualities of a Good Essential Oil – Part 2

Problems in the Essential Oils Industry – Part 3

A Close Up Look at Young Living and doTERRA – Part 4

Are Multi-Level Marketing Oils Worth It? – Part 5

Personal Attacks, Bias and Distillation Issues – Part 6

Now, in this post, I’ll talk about the company that I have decided to purchase our oils from and the one that I recommend to you as having the best essential oils for the money, with natural healing qualities and no additives or adulterating.

(Disclaimer.  Just to be clear, I did not choose this company because I was able to become an affiliate for them, but I am one. I decided to work with them and then we made an arrangement where I could partner with them via my blog. If you make a purchase after clicking through to their site from mine, I will earn a commission, but your price remains that same.)

Confused about essential oils? What this blogger found out will surprise you. She tried to find out which essential oils company is best and found out some VERY interesting things about oils and the companies that sell them, including Young Living and doTERRA.

Native American Nutritionals / Rocky Mountain Oils
How I Chose Them.

(My apologies for the big bold title.  I’ve had readers tell me that they couldn’t figure out what company I recommended so I am trying to make it more obvious.)

If you remember, I mentioned this company in Part One of the series.   I said,

“Looks like they carry good products, but they are a bit expensive.  Their prices, for a number of oils, in fact, are almost identical to the MLMs in this group, Young Living and DoTerra.  And I don’t see any difference on the surface in the quality department.”

So, the fact that I ended up recommending them was really a surprise for me. After thinking that I was writing them off, I got a call back from the owner of Native American Nutritionals, and I ended up talking with the owner for a few hours (at first….that turned into many hours in the upcoming month) and found that he really “knew his stuff.”  I also found out that there were a lot of differences between his company and many others in the industry. I asked him tons of questions during our first conversation, and then more and more over the course of the next 10 months, while I investigated other companies as well.  (Wow–it’s been that long since I started writing this series…..)

I was intrigued by what he had to say about his company and the oils industry in general.

We had countless conversations from March 2012 – January 2013, during which I literally grilled him about his company and others to figure out which company I wanted to recommend–and if his, was in fact, good enough for my family–and for all of you.

I now can say that I feel very comfortable recommending this company to you and am now using their oils almost exclusively (I have a few bottles of other brands left over :)). I hope you check them out.  I would love to hear about your experience

Native American Nutritionals Review/ Rocky Mountain Oils Review

Update – 2/16: Rocky Mountain Oils has since purchased Native American Nutritionals. I still recommend these companies,  and in fact, am even more confident in the quality of oils now.

You can still use either site, but the Rocky Mountain Oils site is much more user-friendly.

Update – 8/23/16: Since Rocky Mountain Oils has purchased Native American Nutritionals (NAN), the Native American Nutritionals site now forwards to the RMO site.

1.  Experience

The owner of Native American Nutritionals, Paul Dean, has been in the oils industry since 1997, being first introduced to essential oils about 30 years ago.  He started his first full-time essential oils business in 1998. (update 12/7/15 – the companies are merging.  More information to come.)

(see above for information on the companies)

2.  Purity

Quality Oilsall oils have been GC/MS tested.  Certificates are available upon request. Almost all of the oils come from plants grown in remote locations where no pesticides, herbicides, or harmful chemicals are used and only natural fertilizers are used.

3.  Indigenous Plants

All oils come from plants grown in their indigenous locations (where they grow naturally).

4.  Oils from Small Farms

Almost all oils are sourced direct from small farms (many are from third-world countries).  He uses very few “essential oils experts,” who are basically middlemen between large farms and oils companies.  Mr. Dean contracts with locals in the countries from where he sources the oils, finds a quality farm, sets up a distiller, and extracts the oils.  The oils are then sent to Native American, then sent for testing, and bottled.  The only oils at NAN that are not from small farms are mainly the organic citrus oils.

Update 8/23/16: Since purchasing Native American Nutritionals, some of the sourcing has changed as the company has put a high priority on the purity and quality of the oils sold. Where an oil is sourced depends on the oil.  They source from small farms and also leading experts in the industry.

5.  No Solvents

They use no solvents for distillation except when necessary, as in the case of absolutes like vanilla and jasmine (since the cost of those essential oils is otherwise prohibitive.)  Update 2015: they now sell a vanilla extracted with CO2.

6.  Affordable Pricing

They have affordable prices (not as expensive as the multi-level marketing companies, but not “too good to be true” either.)

7.  Mostly Organic and/or Wild-Crafted

All of their oils are either:  organically certified, organically grown (grown with organic methods, but not certified), or wild-crafted . The only conventional oils they sell are those for which the high cost of the organic oils is prohibitive (they can be up to four times the conventional price).

Update 8/23/16: Since Rocky Mountain Oils purchased Native American Nutritionals, they have made changes in their sourcing.  Following is their official statement:

Although we have not gone through the FDA process to be able to label our bottles as certified organic we have strict standards of quality that we hold ourselves to. Our oils have not been adulterated with fillers, synthetics or fragrance enhancers in any way. We have all the oils GC/MS tested to insure that there are no added chemicals, pollutants, or pesticides in the oils that we offer. We offer the test results on the website for each oil by the batch code on the bottom of the bottle. Below is a link to our quality page.

http://www.rockymountainoils.com/quality/

8.  Transparency

Details for oils are listed clearly on their site (including the Latin name, country of origin, and growing method) 

Update 8/23/16: – Rocky Mountain Oils has recently updated their site.  The Latin names are listed, and they are figuring out how to indicate country of origin and growing method now that they sometimes have a variety for some oils.

9.  Reasonable Shipping Costs

I found the shipping costs with YL and doTERRA to be a little on the steep side.  I was told several times by customer service reps of one of the companies that it was due to businesses being charged more than residential customers.  That didn’t make sense to me – business rates being more expensive than residential, when they have that kind of bulk shipping going on? So I called UPS and FedEx and was assured that this is not the case.  So I don’t know why their shipping is so high.  Maybe they are pocketing the extra?  I can’t see any other answer.

**UPDATE: Rocky Mountain Oils and Native American Nutritionals now both offer Free Shipping domestically in the U.S. and reasonable shipping internationally, with free shipping over $199.**

10.  Common Sense Approach

The companies recommend using caution with the oils — but also make practical recommendations so that you can use the oils in your every day life.

11.  No Adulterating

Oils are not heated, mixed with anything else, or adulterated in any way.

The only exception is Bergamot, which they sell 2 versions of.  The FCF Bergamot is heated after the distillation to burn off the furocoumarin  since furcoumarin is photo-toxic.  Even Native American’s Eucalyptus Globulus isn’t heated to remove the heavy “herbier” smell.  Most oils companies heat their Eucalyptus Globulus to remove that herbier smell, but Mr. Dean thinks that the essential oil left alone is more therapeutic, and so he leaves them as God made them.

Conclusion

Basically, I think that the oils industry is like the food industry in this respect.

In the food industry, you can buy from large grocery stores and companies with things labelled “natural” and “whole grain,” or you can buy from a farmer you know and trust. I really think, as I’ve learned more about the “Big Ag” industry, that it is often better to buy from a “small guy” (small farmer or small essential oils company) whom you know well, than a “big guy” (big farm or big oils company or expert).

In this case, with Rocky Mountain Oils and Native American Nutritionals, you can know you are supporting someone who cares deeply about the farmers he works with and who works with them directly.  Plus can support a lot of workers in third world countries as well (and Native American pays them a decent wage for their country).

Rocky Mountain Oils and Native American Nutritionals also carries a wide range of other healthy living products that I think are a great addition to your family’s natural medicine cabinet.  Update 8/16: The company isn’t selling these products at the current time in order to focus on other essential oil related products, but they are considering carrying them in the future.

For example, with doTERRA and Young Living, in order to get the best discounts on their oils as a rep, you need to order monthly over $100 of products (to get free products that essentially reduce your costs).  Do that every month and you end up with waaaay too much oils).

A lot of multi-level marketing oils reps end up ordering other things from the company like personal care products in order to get to that “minimum.”  However, I wasn’t thrilled with the ingredients in many of the other products offered.

Undesirable Ingredients in Other Products from Essential Oils Companies

With doTERRA and Young Living, for example:

– DoTERRA’s On Guard toothpaste contains titanium dioxide, a metal which I prefer to avoid due to the possibility of heavy metal toxicity.  Plus, it simply because it isn’t necessary.  It’s there just for color.  Overall it is supposed to be pretty benign, but why introduce it to your body unless needed?

Both companies’ skin care products had ingredients rated 3 and above on EWG’s Skin Deep rating system. I prefer to stick with ingredients rated 2, at the highest. For the prices they are charging, I would prefer to buy organic and really pure products.

I don’t think all of EWG’s ratings are flawless, but I do pay attention when I see higher ratings there.  For example, phenoxyethanol is in a lot of doTERRA’s skin care products.  Here is an article on phenoxyethanol that gives me pause when considering using a skincare line that includes it in almost all of their products.

There was, in fact, one essential oils company whose oils I thought looked to be very high quality, but their personal care items were loaded with artificial chemicals and I really felt that Native American had an edge over them in that department. With Native American Nutritionals, you can buy MSM, natural toothpaste, supplements like Defense, and Ph Rescue and feel good about the ingredients used and the quality.

Also note, if you are used to Young Living or doTERRA oils, Native American Nutritionals carries oil blends that are comparable to Young Living and doTERRA blends. Of course, if you’ve been following along with this series, you know that I think there are other good companies out there.  However, I do think that there are fewer “excellent” companies than I originally thought when I started all of this evaluating.

Rocky Mountain Oils and Native American Nutritionals

Just so you know, a number of my readers mentioned Rocky Mountain Oils as a company that they were happy with.  During the time that I have been talking to Paul Dean, Native American and Rocky Mountain were talking about merging and they are now working together, though not in a completely merged capacity.  They hope to join together to offer more quality customer service and educational offerings in the the future.  I look forward to learning more from them.

You might find that shopping with Rocky Mountain Oils is a bit easier than shopping at Native American Nutritionals.  They have fewer oils to choose from (for example, Native American Nutritionals has multiple kinds of several of their oils) for one thing.  Update: 9/15 This is changing as the companies move towards working together more and more.

Their oils have the same source, so just choose the company that you like.

As for all of the questions about 1st, 2nd and 3rd distillation questions, and the like (as we touched on in Personal Attacks, Bias, Distillation and Essential Oils), we’ll be addressing this more in future posts.  I hope to have a lot more posts during which we will address the basics of: – What Essential Oils Are and – How to Use Essential Oils Therapeutically – and More 

So….now that you have some more information about essential oils, you are likely eager to use them.

I highly recommend reviewing the previous posts in the series (listed above) to see some great books that are sure to be a great help.

Take Your Oils With You

I highly recommend looking at this fabulous high quality diffusing jewelry from Diffusing Mama’s.

You just put a few drops of your favorite oil on the felt pad in the locket and you can carry your oils with you all day (because you can’t carry a diffuser around with you :).  That would be really awkward….)

Many of the diffusing jewelry options on the market today are made from inexpensive metals that will turn colors and will turn your skin colors too.  That’s a big problem for me.

Not Diffusing Mama’s.  They are high quality HEAVY stainless steel.

Here’s one of their lovely necklaces.  My son loves the soccer locket and I really enjoy the bracelet that I have.

Moroccan 20 mm Diffusing Mama's

 

 

So nice to put a few drops of calming oils in to help me feel better throughout the day.

What are your thoughts?  Please share!

PLEASE NOTE: I have received a ton of inquiries asking me what I think about I think about other essential oils companies.  While I would love to check into all of them for you, I just can’t do that.  I recommend that you read this post on Essential Oils Testing and Quality and read this report on 10 Things You Need to Know About Essential Oils to see if a brand measures up. 

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

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  1. Sheetal Patel says:

    Hi Adrienne, While I have used only a handful of oils for therapeutic/massage reasons, I am new to incorporating so many of them on a regular basis (as a diffuser) only because a friend was selling Young Living. I have used aura casual and NOW (from whole foods)And, the whole MLM turned me off and got me researching and brought me to your wonderful blog. I can’t thank you enough. So, I have read up on all the good things you mention on Organic Infusions website. Based on what I read(haven’t yet contacted them personally), I really liked what I saw and read; they seem to have a great selection of carrier oils other commentators on here mentioned about. And, they are sourced indigenously too. Have you come across this company? Also, while I like locally sourcing and supporting local companies, I did find an organic company called NHR organic oils based in the UK. I like how they are packaged, each oil is dated, individually packaged within a metal container with PDFs on testing info as well MSDS information on all oils. I bought a few recently and I seem to really like their products. Please do share if you learn anything from Organic Infusions and or NHR organic oils. I’d be happy to provide my input as you have provided to us. It is good to learn and become an educated customer. And, I can’t thank you enough and I look forward to trying the companies you mentioned.
    Thanks, Sheetal

    • Sheetal Patel says:

      Sorry for my typo…*aura casia*

    • Hello there, Sheetal.

      Nice to hear from you. As for Organic Infusions, I believe that is the company that I called this past week – they said that they don’t do GC/MS testing on all of their oils. As for NYR (I think that is what you mean) / Neal’s Yard Remedies, I am a rep for them and I love them. Here is more on them http://wholenewmom.com/neals-yard-remedies-nyr-organic/ and here is my site. https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/wholenewmom/area/shop-online/category/aromatherapy/ May I ask if you are a masseuse? Please let me know if I can be of more assistance.

      • Hi, I thought you were a rep for Rocky Mountain Oils. ? Oh please help my confusion.

        • Hello Terry. I am an affiliate for RMO, which means that I make money potentially when someone clicks through to their site from mine and orders from them. It depends on when they order. It’s how bloggers make money – for example if you click on an Amazon link from a blog and then place an order the blogger whose site you last clicked through would likely make income. For Neal’s Yard, I had known about them before, but became a rep for them just this year when I was looking for a good personal care company. They just happen to have essential oils as well, many of which are certified organic. I hope that helps. Please feel free to ask should you have more questions.

  2. Oh my gosh, THANK YOU FOR THIS ARTICLE! I feel the same as you and I’ve been a skeptic of the essential oils for a L-O-N-G time! I just had to try it out as we had a skin condition for my son that did not respond to Western medicine and I was desperate. I have several YL friends and that’s what I started with. But honestly our budget just can’t support that and I’m not willing to give up on what I’ve found using the essential oils. Thank you for your grueling, in-depth, well thought out and meticulous research. This is what I would like to do but I homeschool as well, work two days, support my husband at church on Sunday and then repeat each week. So I can’t devote the time to it. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  3. Hi! I just started learning about essential oils and found your blog super helpful! So thank you!! So to clarify… RMO would be the one you’re recommending correct? I’m still a little confused with the NAN and RMO companies. Is RMO being ran by the same people you researched that we’re apart of NAN? Thanks!

    • Hi Alisa.

      NAN was the name of the company when I found them. They were selling oils to RMO so the oils were the same. They were talking about merging, but it ended up that RMO bought NAN and has changed some things but the purity is better now. I will be updating things in the near future, hopefully, talking about the company now. And I hope to add other oils to the mix as well since I have been getting a lot of questions about other companies. RMO’s owner is the same as it was before, but they have new staff now and I work closely with several of the people there. My understanding is that the owner of NAN is a consultant for RMO now.

      • Ok thank you!! And you still recommend RMO as your go to company for essential oils?

        • I ask because I’m really wanting to order some oils and prefer to go the non-MLM route :). Thanks again!

        • Yes, I do. I have been recommending NYR Oils (the company is mentioned in this post http://wholenewmom.com/neals-yard-remedies-nyr-organic/) also this week as I have been getting emails and comments from some readers who are concerned that since RMO has their new site up that they are not listing organic / wild-crafted, etc growing conditions on their site. I have been in contact w/ RMO about this and they are determining what they will be doing regarding this so I wanted to give another option to my readers and NYR has quite a few organic oils. I am talking to a few other companies as well, but I can’t endorse them yet. RMO is very careful about purity and has a great return policy and a good selection so yes, they are still recommended. I hope that helps! NYR is an MLM but they are not high pressure and they do not have monthly purchase requirements. Let me know if you have more questions and welcome!

  4. I like their oils, but they need to get more reliable bottles. One had stuff spill out the sides.

  5. I use bulkapothecary which seems to have everything in order with what you have reported. Did you check them out? They are inexpensive and have all the oils you could dream of, plus some of their own blends. I am new to EO’s but they seem excellent to me. I have shopped Rocky Mountain Oils but they don’t have a wide selection as you need for formulating skin care and numerous rollerball recipes. I am able to find almost anything I need at bukapothecry, and though not all of their oils are certified organic, you do get that option with a lot and the others are crafted as you have reported. However I need an expert opinion simply if you checked them out and thought them to measure up to your specifications. I would love to hear from you!

    • Hi Tera,

      I did look at them. Did you ask them if they do GC/MS testing of each batch of oils? Please do let me know. Thanks!

      • Thank you so much for replying as busy as you are! And I didn’t get the chance to thank you for taking on such a tremendous project. We are all in debt to you for doing research we should do on our own. You are a blessing! I will talk to Dan hopefully and find the answer as this is so vital Thank you for leading me in the right direction. I was on their facebook page and asked them if their oils were wild crafted as I didn’t read anything to that nature. I do so hope they pan out for I love their service and ideas for diffusing and crafting soaps, perfumes and their upbeat and helpful nature. I already feel part of their “family,” and can always find what I need. They do have a special section for organic oils and it does include all of them. So I have some work to do! Thanks again Adrienne!

        • Sure thing. There are companies posting old tests, tests for oils that they didn’t even buy (they just got certificates for them), and more, so you do need to be careful. I am hoping to have a post on GC/MS testing to help consumers better determine what they are getting.

  6. Why are you paying such a high price for these oils when they’re all diluted with filler oils? I prefer to have only the essential oil and be able to have the choice of using it neat or diluting it. I love so much about what this company looks like and how their entire process goes, but that aspect, I don’t like at all. 🙁

    • Hello Stacie,

      I’m sorry but I don’t understand what you mean? The company’s oils are not all diluted with fillers. They do have some that are blended when the neat oil is very expensive but they have some of those that are offered neat as well. As for their blends, they have both. Apparently a lot of customers like them diluted so that they don’t have to mess w/ carrier oils. I can see their point. Please do let me know if you don’t notice what I am referring to. If there is a specific oil(s) that you are looking for that is neat that they don’t carry I’m happy to help with contacting them or having another option. I’m working on other alternatives for my readers who can’t get their needs met with this company. Thanks so much.

  7. Firstly, I would like to thank you for a really informative blog. This is partly for selfish reasons, you have done what I was going to do and investigate EO companies, so you have saved me a lot of time.
    Secondly, a bit about me, I have been using herbal medicine and EO for over 20 years, but I don’t lump all alternative medicine together. I have had no medical training and I’m not a scientist. But I am an extremely well educated person with an inquiring mind and I need to know the science behind everything I use. I also will continue to use what works for me, my family and my pets. I learnt about EOs the old fashioned way, I went to libraries and read books from cover to cover, I went to herbalists to find out about herbs, I attended local courses, I brought books, I asked lots of questions in shops. I still prefer this way to confirm what I read on the internet as often the information there is so full of inaccuracies.
    Until 2 years ago I lived in England, now living in USA. Recently I got to know a neighbour here in USA and she is a Young Living distributor. I listened to what she was telling me about the oils and went along to a meeting with fellow YL reps and listened to what they had to say and their recommendations for the oils and I was appalled. These people certainly aren’t EO experts.
    The first warning bell was when one of them said, as you can eat peppermint leaves, there is no difference with the oils, so you can put the oil in a drink. This showed me how they had no idea about how much stronger EOs are compared with the plant leaves. They also were liberal with putting drops of oils on their skin. The only oil I would put on my skin undiluted in an emergency is Lavender oil, but I know some people can tolerate some other oils undiluted. But I also know there are oils that should never be used undiluted. This has made me wonder about YL claims about their EO being 100% pure and undiluted.
    Another claim made that day was the one so many people uneducated in alternative medicine claim, that because the EO is natural, it can do no harm. This is so wrong, tell that to Socrates when he was executed with Hemlock, tell that to a child who has just eaten nightshade berries, tell that to people who have walked through poison ivy. Just because it is natural, doesn’t mean it’s safe. I only use oils for me and my family. I am not a doctor, I have no medical training. But, because I have taken the time to learn about EO, I know certain oils can’t be used on pregnant women, babies and the elderly. I know some oils interact with some medication. I know some oils will cause a rash if used undiluted. You can’t just throw these oils on your skin and in your drink and expect, because they are natural, that they won’t cause harm. No warnings were mentioned during this meeting.
    So, from that meeting and also what I read about Young Living’s founder, I will not touch their oils. And, from the abuse you are getting from an associate of doTERRA, I won’t buy from them either. But I will look into the companies you recommend and I am glad to see you use NYR, I love that shop, used to visit it in London whenever I could. Another recommendation, and I am not affiliated with them at all, is the Tisserand Institute. They are very knowledgeable and their web site is so interesting to browse through.

    • Hello Pippa! So nice to have you here and thanks for commenting. NYR is amazing, aren’t they? I so hope to get to see their store and more someday!!!

      I will look at Tisserand. I know he is very knowledgeable. Oh so I did just go there. What do you think about the use of some of the synthetics in his products…like phenoxyethanol? And a few others. NYR uses some synthetics but I know they dumped phenoxyethanol a long time ago.

      • Hi Adrienne

        Thank you so much for your reply.

        So my view on synthetics is that I would always prefer to get a product that is undiluted and as natural as possible. But if a company uses synthetics, they should tell us. That way, the consumer has the facts and can make an informed decision. I would also like the supplier to say why they decided to use synthetics in their oils. On a subject that is off topic, but proves the point, I have been most disappointed to find that USA doesn’t demand GMO products are labelled as such. Again, it denies the consumer the ability to make an informed decision and the same should be available for EO products.

        That said, I really mentioned Tisserand because I have found the Institute a wealth of knowledge, rather than suggesting buying oils from them. There is so much on the internet and in books that is based on just a little knowledge, and yet from that little knowledge they act like they are an expert. That is why I liked this series of yours, you are trying to investigate and use your educated mind to find out as much as you can, and you have been truthful about your knowledge and expertise. Very refreshing!!

        • Hello Pippa. You are welcome.

          As for synthetics, I meant in the personal care products, not in the essential oils. Not sure if that was clear or not. Of course no company should be putting synthetics in oils (or in anything else, for that matter) without disclosing it. Yes, I totally agree with you about GMO labeling. More and more I get my food in bulk and don’t buy anything w/ a label on it. And we grow more of our own food. I hope to increase that as time goes on.

          I think Tisserand is a wealth of information. Thanks for the kind words and hope to see you around again!

          • Yes, I did realise you meant products, rather than essential oils, I just probably wasn’t that clear with my reply!. My opinion on synthetics is I can understand if a company uses them because the natural version is too expensive, or unstable, but we should be told that and then we can decide what to do and if we are happy to buy those products. It’s a pity that finding out information is so often very hard to do.

          • Do you think people would buy essential oils with disclosed synthetics in them? Yes, it is hard.

  8. What did you not like about young living oils?
    I aknow because I just started as a distributor in yl and would like to know the cons about yl! Thank you!

  9. WOW WOW WOW! From one mom to another thank you! Im falling on this series years after you went down this exciting (& then painful) rabbit hole…I just listened to Pappas on the “EO Revolution” Summit. Fascinating stuff, but wow this blows him out of the water (all the immature nonsense he was saying to you.. & Im left wondering if he ever apologized. I mean WOW). None of these “experts” are willing to outright support or state which brands are truly superior… they say there is no “#1 Brand” & we’ll give you the steps you should take to research which brands are right for your family (honestly, how many people can do what you did with phone calls and internet searches, etc?!)….I’m not looking for the easy way out but a little direct guidance is nice with the amount of knowledge these people have, right!?! …but yet when I click into links of things people like Pappas were hyping like “Aquamarine Frankincense” he was far to eager to state his biggest client was the largest EO company in the world. Your series has really helped me form my direction for what essential oils I’m going to purchase moving forward….and from someone that isn’t an “expert” persay, but someone who has enough smarts to do her research and ballsy enough to actually say it allowed despite the pitfalls and attacks. Bravo & thank you.

    • Hello there and welcome. Thanks for the kind words. No, I never got an apology from Pappas. He is a very smart man but I wish he had been more polite in his interaction with me. That Aquamarine Frankincense is interesting but looks like it’s not something any of us can buy. I am still working on my series and updating things so I’m not done yet. More to come on distillation (you most likely saw some updates there) and organic vs non organic, emulsifying, GC/MS testing, and more. I hope to see you around again.

  10. Lisa Loya-Sosa says:

    Wow! I am blown away at all the research, time, and hard work you put into the look into essential oils. i’m glad somebody has. I am just like you (well, maybe not as extreme since I didn’t go as far as to looking into it as deep as you did ;)) as far as being a skeptic. I never believe anything unless I’ve seen the results myself to which I make myself and my husband the guinea pig lol and if deemed safe my 3 kids. I ended up using DoTerra’s essential oils bc my friend sells them and I was dying of the flu and used them bc I would try anything for relief at that moment and thought it would be the perfect time to get results if they really worked like my friend said. I was surprised that the oils worked since I thought it was silly that a little bit of oil could “make a person better” in my eyes it was like saying, “hey these fairies gave me some pixie dust to dab on you and take care of all your problems… it’s magical”. Anyway, after it worked and I tested it out on some other self experiments I decided to distribute DoTerra essential oils but I’ve never had any other oils to compare them to until now. I’d like to say that I completely understand that your blog isn’t saying that DoTerra or other oils don’t work but are merely pointing out the “best” most “reputable” company that YOU have personally found and I really respect that bc you did so in such a way as to not bash on any company. I say all this leading up to my point and later a question but I only like to recommend to people the best products and especially ones that are what the company claims them to be. I’m disappointed in the company to be honest but it seems typical of a large corporation. It seems like really info gets lost or like telephone changes after it’s been passed down from person to person. I am curious though, you had mentioned that DoTerra and Dr. Pappas work together? Do you have solid evidence of this? I ask bc I was told that he is an unbiased party =/ I was just starting to get my business going but am now reconsidering it for a couple reasons; they are a little expensive but I thought I was getting the best which was why I was willing to pay for it, and bc I probably will start testing the brand you have found to be the most reputable. I really hope to hear from you so I can get to the bottom of things, I hate when things are unresolved in my mind =)

    • Hello Lisa and welcome!

      I’m totally with you on how I thought the oils were a joke. I am not saying that doTERRA or other oils don’t work. However I would like to make the distinction that something working doesn’t mean that it is pure. I’m not saying that doTERRA’s oils aren’t pure but I am saying that there are some impure oils out there.

      Pappas does (or at least did) testing for doTERRA. He tests for other companies as well. He has also spoken at their convention(s??) and you can find videos of that online. He also used to own The Perfumery, which my understanding is that it sold oil and synthetic fragrances.

      Are you hoping to sell oils? Happy to answer more questions.

  11. I want to thank you for all the research you’ve done! I was w/ YL back in the early years and then left the essential oil world until this week. Didn’t know where to start w/ all the new companies, so I’m grateful you’ve done a lot of the research for me. I’ll check out Rocky Mtn. and try to order through the link on your site.

    I’m sorry you’ve received so much flak after spending so much time and $$ to try to help the rest of us. All the best

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