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.

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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–for the big announcement you’ve been waiting for.  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, and ethics about oil production that I am proud to represent.

(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.

(Sorry 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 them 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. 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 (I guess you’re not surprised about that), 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 – 2/2016: 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.

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.)

2.  Purity

Quality Oilsall oils have been GC/MS tested.  Certificates are available upon request. More than that, 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.

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) – wild-crafted The only conventional oils they sell are those for which the high cost of the organic oils is prohibitive (they can be four times the conventional price).

8.  Transparency

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

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 2015:  Rocky Mountain Oils and Native American Nutritionals now both offer Free Shipping domestically in the U.S. and flat rate shipping internationally, with free shipping over $199.**

10.  Common Sense Approach

The companies recommend using caution when using the oils — but also make recommendations as practical as possible so that you can figure out how to 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.  And you can support a lot of workers in third world countries as well (by the way, 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.

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:

– the doTERRA On Guard toothpaste has titanium dioxide in it, a metal which I would prefer to avoid due to heavy metal toxicity, and 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 has a listing of oil blends that are comparable to Young Living and doTERRA blends on their front page. 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 are sourced the same, 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 would highly recommend going back to the other posts in the series (listed at the top of this post) 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 see if the brand you are interested in measures up. 

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  1. Fasttravel13 says:

    I just wanted to say I greatly appreciate the work you did on this, very informative and helpful…and time saving for the rest of us!

  2. Hi Adrienne, thank you for all these posts. Did you learn anything about Simplers Botanicals oils at all? I’ve bought them a few times. I can’t afford NAN, and Simplers seems only one step down.

  3. Have you ever looked at Poofy Organics oils? They are first distilled and USDA Certified Organic.

    • I have just been looking at the company. I didn’t evaluate them for their oils. As for them being first distilled, that only applied to ylang and peppermint (possibly) so if they said that they are first distilled then they might not know what that means. Let me know. Honestly, if I were to evaluate every oils company out there I would be doing it nonstop full time as there are so many and they are continually changing what they do. I didn’t know that when I started looking but I am sure you have noticed that more and more companies are showing up. Thanks!

  4. Wow! This is fantastic information. Thank you so much for all the time you’ve taken to research and sharing the whole process with us.

    My family has been using essential oils for over 20 years and I’ve just stuck with one or two brands, not really knowing too much about the companies.

    Your series of articles has changed that for me.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  5. This was an awesome post… and will definitely be buying some of the oils after using your link. Thanks so much!

  6. What a find to come across your post. I just went to a do Terra intro, but I decided not to buy anything because I had a friend that does Young Living and wanted to hear from her before I spent the money. I really want to start using oils in my home, and with a couple health issues, I need to and am eager to start. I took a brief look at the web site and the starter kits, but was hoping for a little more “help” on what to get before I make the investment. Which kit to you recommend? Thank you again for all the information!

    • Hi there. Did you mean which kit from Rocky Mountain or Native American Nutritionals? or doTERRA?

      • I am looking for a kit from NAN/RM off the link in this post. I’m looking for a basic starter type kit. I know both YL and DT have starter kits, something I can go to instead of the “medicine cabinet”. Do they have kits that come with starter info as well? It also doesn’t appear that they are an MLM/Direct sales either. Is that true? Thanks again for all you info, research and help!

  7. Good morning,
    I am with a company called Melaleuca wellness. I have been with them for quit a few years now and they are now introducing pure essential oils as well. I am just getting started into using the oils. I feel I can trust the company.
    have you ever heard of them? I love all their other products they have to offer .

    • HI there. Yes, I have heard of them. I don’t like that they have some really bad ingredients in some of their other products – perhaps you didn’t notice? They have artificial flavors, artificial colors, artificial fragrances, acesulfame potassium, and more. I know that they say good things about their products being natural, but those ingredients are not natural and it bothers me that they market themselves as being healthy when they are not. What do you think?

      • Its tough when you don’t know what to look for in stuff like this.I am going to look at the labels more closely.I know with the cleaning products I don’t get headaches anymore since I use them.I know its hard to list them all but can you name a few more that I should be watching out for. Did you see anything wrong with there oils by chance?

        I love the feed back you are giving and research
        Carol

  8. Just wanted to tell you that I love your series on checking out essential oils. I started out trying to do that and found you had done it for me!!

    My friend started using Young Living and shared some products which I thought were excellent. I was thinking of signing up but couldn’t get past the pricing and multi-level marketing approach. Personally, I’ve been pleased with Somatherapy (Dreaming Earth Botanicals) and Flower Essence Society (small collection) but now looking for the best quality at the best price.

    Thank you for all your work on this topic. Much appreciated!

  9. Samantha Erin says:

    I just went to this website sincerely interested and found them to be very often massively dilluted with coconut oil. That really turns me off….if you are paying that much for only 5% or 33% essential oil in a bottle when YL is not dilluted, that does not seem right or a good deal. I am with YL but thought this would be a good place to get oils YL doesn’t make, like vanilla for example. What are your thoughts on this dillution in your bottles?

    • Hi there. Basically the oil blends are sold that way bc of customer demand. If they were neat they would be maybe $70 per bottle. The other reason folks want them (besides for cost savings) is to have the convenience of not having to add a carrier oil. Which blends are you interested in? I can talk to the company and get a neat blend recommendation for you. Let me know…

  10. Hi Adrienne, thanks so much for all of the effort you put into this project. I noticed that when I used you link to go to Rocky Mountain Oils that the link switches from an affiliate link to the company’s home page. Did you decide not to be affiliated with them any more and if so, did you learn something about them that might influence your recommendation? Thanks! Haven

    • That is fine – sometimes they change like that. I didn’t change my recommendation — in fact I feel better about them than ever. I will be writing more soon to bring you up to speed. I hope you enjoy them should you try them!

      • I wonder if this has something to do with the fact that they have merged with RMO? It was a little confusing to me when I first went to the NAN site. Second time through I noticed the link to their new e-store, which is actually taking you to the RMO site. So if your affiliate was through NAN, I assume that going to RMO would lose the link. Probably just need to switch it around.

        • The option to go to RMO is b/c of the merger but the link disappearing can be pretty typical. I still get credit if you end up shopping at RMO. Thanks for checking!

  11. Hi Adrienne, Does NAN/RMO recommend their oils for internal use?

    • Hi there. The company (and I) does not recommend internal use except under professional care. Here is their official statement:

      We recommend you consult with a professional before ingesting any essential oils. Consult a Medical Doctor, Naturopath, or clinically trained Aromatherapist who knows you and is aware of your medical history, as well as any medications you are on. With this information, the professional can tailor a regimen that works for your body.

      That being said, if you are asking if they are pure enough to do so, the answer is yes – that you can check their purity guarantees on their site. I think you will see that they go above and beyond to guarantee purity.

  12. Adrienne,
    Thank you for all the information. I appreciate your work. I have a few question about using essential oil . There are different opinion about the internal use of essential oil. There was a gut summit where Dr. Axe and Dr. Eric Z. were talking about essential oil, and both of them recommended using essential oil internally. I also bought one of Dr. Axe information package about essential oil, and there are some advice about using essential oil internally. So I am totally confused. Why do they recommended like that if it is not safe without working personally with a doctor. I have just started using essential oil. I would like to get a basic information about using them., and learn about them as much as possible. The books you are recommended are more advanced. Can you give me some information about the basics. Thank you very much.

    Erika

    • I have a few thoughts. I used to use oils internally but only did it a lot when I was with doTERRA. It was when I started talking to the owner of NAN (that has now been bought by RMO) that I questioned that as he told me that the oils were so strong and if you are especially using the hot oils you could really change the microbiome of the gut. So I really backed off. I think that the big MLMs benefit from promoting so much internal use.

      Is it going to kill a lot of people? Probably not. But I think that it’s best to use caution. I know that there are a few cases of people getting very ill due to side effects of mixing the oils internally w/ Rx meds, and such so I would just be really careful. There is also the big mess of the FDA. They are getting increasingly involved in essential oils on the internet and so companies are being more cautious.

      Dr. Axe is with doTERRA. Eric Z. is as well. You can see why I walked away from them (doTERRA).

      As for a book, I would look at this one. https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/wholenewmom/area/shop-online/category/books/product/7861/essential-oil-book/ I just started working with this company for a number of reasons that I will share later, but the author is incredible (I got to speak with her on the phone the other day) — she is very very knowledgeable, and the reviews I have seen on the book are stellar – 5 stars all the way. It is more of a beginner’s book.

      These are the reviews I have read:

      Easy to read and understand, Susan Curtis, has a wonderous understanding of holitic therapies. Essential Oils by Curtis gives the basics on aromatherapy (ie. how essential oils work, storage and care, blending, base oils etc.) along with a detailed discription of 42 essential oils. Each essential oil has informaton on its orgin, therapeutic properties, method of extraction, psychological profile and its’ most common use. Paper quality and photographs add to the quality of this book, as well as, a table of “method of application” listed on each essential oil.

      this is the 3rd copy of this book that i am puchasing. i keep loaning it out, and nor getting it back. it is a wealth of knowledge. i have used this book for curing just about any ailment. i highly recommend it.

      My avocation is making herbal medicines and cosmetics. This is one of the few reference books I cannot live without – ragged from constant consultation. The descriptions of the essential oils are thorough and quite useful, without being overly technical. The chart in the back of ailments and the oils that can be used to treat them is particularly helpful. The psychological profiles of the oils are also interesting, but not overstated. This book would be suitable for people new to essential oils and their properties as well as an appropriate tool for those who are more knowledgeable.

      There are more, but you get the picture. Also, they are published by DK books, so you know it will be lovely. I am ordering it myself today :).

      Hope that helps and good timing on the book question. I was just looking at all of their books last night thinking I need to check them out more, so you pushed me to do so. Thanks!

  13. Hi Adrienne,
    I was wondering if you also researched Eden Gardens during this process?
    If so what did you find. I was also wondering if you would have a ranking of the companies?
    Maybe listing the top 4-5 companies and why they are ranked that way.
    Thanks so much for all your work!

    Terri

    • Hi there. I did look at them but didn’t choose them for a number of reasons. I think your idea is great but the thing is that these companies change what they do all the time – it would be very hard to pin them down. For example, if they get caught w/ synthetics in their oils they can start ordering something else….or they might not have names on their bottles and then they get them. It’s craziness trying to keep up. There are some other good ones out there, but it’s hard to stay on top of it and I sure can’t w/ how fast the industry is exploding. Everyone is trying to get a piece of the pie, so to speak. You’re welcome!

  14. Hi Adrienne! I am so glad I came across your posts and really appreciate all of the effort and research you put into this. I was wondering if you had done any sort of research on Arlys Naturals. Thanks!

  15. Stephanie says:

    Thank you so much for sharing all this information. I’ve read so many reviews here, I’m on information overload?
    My friend just got me into YL and I’ve spent a bit of money on their oils. I think I’m more confused than ever. I didn’t see where it was ever mentioned what the head of YL did, but am curious. I have fibromyalgia, stomach issues, get sick quite a bit and am going through depression due to the death of my son. I want what is best for my health, but it’s so expensive. For tonight, I’m just going to leave this here and maybe tomorrow do more reading. My brain is in a fog, so only so much information can go in at any given time ?
    Thank you again for you time, God Bless! If you want to share or suggest anything, I’m open to receive it ?

  16. I’ve been using Rocky Mountain Oils for at least the last 4 years in my massage business. I do continue to order from them but I am careful as to which oils I order. (I’ve had some go rancid) So, my recommendation is that don’t order an oil just to have it. Wait for when your need for a particular oil arises then order it.
    RM oils has great information on their web site for which oils to use for specific purposes.

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