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–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. 

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

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  1. I greatly appreciate all of your research. I’ve been using YL for the last ten years. I don’t have any problem with the oils. Most of their other products seem to have other chemicals etc. added that make them worthless to me. I have several friends that have switched from YL to DT stating that the oils were more pure and better quality. I muscle test everything so was excited try them out. Five sample oils that they brought for me to try all tested negative. I was shocked because I was expecting them to be better. I did some searching and discovered that their oils are all outsourced. They may come from indigenous sources, but they are a 1,2, and 3 distilled mixes so not that pure. Made sense why they didn’t test well. I will be happy to try RMO so thanks for the heads up!

  2. Stephanie says:

    I don’t usually comment on the random blogs I read in the middle of the night but… I’m so glad I found your post! My friends have been raving about EO for years and I finally broke down and bought the YL starter kit last week, I am always skeptical of MLMs so I really wanted to research other EO companies but with a newborn and 18 month old I just don’t have the time.
    I checked out RMOs website and I really appreciate how they detail the different uses for the oils. I feel like YL is very vague about how to use each oil, which as a new user is frustrating. Plus, RMOs prices are better than the “wholesale” discount I get for being a YL member. I’ll definitely be checking out some of their oils.

    • Oh wonderful, Stephanie! So glad you are here and thanks for taking the time to comment. More to come on the oils soon. Hope to see you around again and I agree w/ you on all points. Glad I saved you time!

  3. Thank you so for your in-depth analysis. As a first time mom, I am new to the world of EO. I really want the best for my baby and going natural is the way for the whole family! I also suffer from endometriosis and Hashimoto’s disease. EOs are amazing, but figuring out which brand is best was daunting. I have friends who sell both YL and DT and I was so conflicted. I HATE the idea of multi-level marketing, but I wanted to help them out. Thank you for your time and dedication on this research. I also learned so much about the distillation process on your blog.

    I also love RMO’s free shipping offer. I was extremely annoyed at high shipping costs with YL and DT. We’re already spending a lot on small bottles. The companies can’t offer free shipping? Come on! My first RMO order should arrive next week and I’m so excited. Thanks again.

    • You are so welcome–I hope to have more to come. I am sorry you are dealing w/ all of that. I have Hashis as well. I don’t know if you saw this or not: http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/thyroid-disease-hashimotos-blood-test/

      My friend said Clary Sage helped her endometriosis a lot. I don’t mind all MLMs. Depends on the company and the product. Some are very well balanced. More to come on distillation too – it’s a very confusing topic as I am hearing different things from many in the industry, but regardless RMO’s oils are great and their purity standards are very high. I hope you enjoy them!

  4. Rebeca Sánchez says:

    Adrienne,
    I’m so grateful for all the thorough personal research you’ve immersed yourself in. I too have had to delve into “alternative healing” lifestyle changes as a result of ongoing chronic health issues and deeply respect those who dig in and really go the extra mile for their own health and that of their families. I’m a massage therapist who just finished a course on aromatherapy for massage therapists, has utilized essential oils for decades, and was on the fence about investing in doTerra. My mom suggested I do more research and the Universe (and google 😉 ) directed me to your site. I’m now interested in investing with NYR but would also like to like to invest in an essential oil company. I loved what you had to say and RMO. Do they offer an investor program similar to that of doTerra?

    • Hello Rebeca.

      Thanks for commenting and for your very kind words. Sounds like we are on similar paths. :).

      Unfortunately RMO does not have a representative model, but if you noticed, NYR has a decent selection of essential oils. I’m going to send you an email as well. I have other thoughts. Take care.

  5. Ien in the Kootenays says:

    How very interesting. In my MLM days I had some sideways dealings with Paul Dean and had a good feeling about him. I sensed integrity and knowledge. At the time I was involved with the Amazon Herb Company, now sadly defunct, and my upline, Anna Bond, knew Paul from their Young Living days. I got to know too many people in the MLM /oil world who ‘used to be’ with YL to want to be involved with them! Though their Thieves formula has rave reviews everywhere. Also, it was hard to tell if dissatisfaction came from concerns about the products or from changes to the compensation plan. I keep thinking I should do more with E.O.s. I do get some now and then from a small local company. The couple that runs it has been involved in the business for years, they are farmers market buddies and they are in Canada. Now, I read parts 1 and 2, skipped to the end, will read the middle. Good luck with your enterprise.

  6. veronika says:

    Wow,that’s some research there. Nice work I guess it kept you busy for a while.
    I wonder, did you come across forever living essential oils? Anything about them? I love oils,but never imagined it would be so difficult found the right one..

    • Hi there. I didn’t come across them. Sorry about that. Yes, there are more and more oils companies all the time. It’s getting very confusing!

  7. Amanda Dudziak says:

    Hello there! I can’t thank you enough for all of your research and for all of the knowledge you have shared. You have answered so many questions for me that I could never seem to get unbiased answers for. So thank you!
    My question is this…. Does NAN/RMO use 1,2,3 or complete distilled oils? If you said this in your blog and I missed it, I apologize. I feel that this is a very important part of my decision of which EO company to purchase from. I’m truly hoping you say 1st. This company sounds like exactly what I’ve been looking for!

    • Hello Amanda. Thanks for commenting.

      And thanks for your kind words.

      The distillation question is very complicated. From what I am hearing, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd and completely (or any variation of the same) would only apply to ylang ylang and maybe peppermint and that might be all. The peppermint issue is the one that is confusing. Some sources have told me that there is no distilling peppermint again, while others say that it can happen. So, I hope to write more about it. For now, focus on purity and transparency regarding the company that you wish to buy from. I will be writing more about RMO and other oils issues and other companies in the future. If you have other questions please feel free to ask. RMO has a new purity standard where they have a batch code on each oil bottle and you can get the GC/MS test for that very bottle just by asking. I believe they are the only company that does this at this time.

      Hope that helps and enjoy the oils should you try them!

  8. I recently became a member of YL and can’t keep up with the high prices. I also question some of the ingredients in their other products and their non transparency.
    I also am a member of Melaleuca and they are now selling essential oils but I can’t find info. on their sourcing, process or quality proof. They also have questionable ingredients in other products.
    I’ve been eyeing Native American Nutritionals company for some time before the merger and I’ve been impressed so far. I think its time to spend my hard earned money with RMO.
    Thanks for this blog, it’s been very informative.

  9. Exactly what I needed! I’m a program manager for a software company (Computer Geek) and it sounds like I fit the same “investigative” profile as you. I research everything. I decided to try out using EO and just before clicking the buy button on some cheap oils to try, I decided to stick to my routine and do a tiny bit of research. You’re right, there are a ton of producers out there. Too many to research, especially for someone who doesn’t know much about the field. You don’t have to be a super specialist in ANY field to do your own due diligence. Just because you don’t have a doctorate in a field doesn’t mean you can’t get to the right answers. A Deductive reasoning and fact checking can always get you what you need. So, when I stumbled on your blog I was very happy to see that someone took the time to drill down and get all the answers to the same questions I would be asking. It’s not really worth the time for me to go through all the comments to find out, but I would be curious to know if your stalker sited any information he provided or if he was just loading up the comments area with his off-the-top-of-his-head information. Either way, I’m surely going to dump my order that I had in my cart and look into Rocky Mountain Oils. I really appreciate you putting all this time and effort into this. It’s has saved me a lot of time.

    • Thanks so much, Nick! More to come on oils in general and on this company in specific. Hope to see you around again.

      I am not sure what stalker you are referring to. Please explain. Thanks!

  10. Isabel Miranda says:

    Hello!
    Tank you for all your work and your time. I have just started now my interest about this issue
    A simple question: can you tell me why being the best essecial oils company, with de most pure products, we can’t use these products of RMO for a internal propuse (like we do with doTerra)?

    Thank you very much

    Isabel

    • Hi Isabel. Thanks for your kind words. The issue isn’t not being able to use the oils internally — it’s about being cautious. This is the official statement of RMO regarding internal use:

      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.

      I hope that helps and that you enjoy the oils should you choose to purchase them.

  11. Susan Anderson says:

    Thank you for covering this topic so thoughtfully. I have been using PEO’s and making my own skincare products for 15 + years now. I primarily use Mountain Rose Herbs, Quintessential Oils and Floricopia for my supplies as I am assured by my own experience of their quality. I will happily try Rocky Mountain Oils and I am not at all concerned that you will benefit from my purchase, this I feel is a fair exchange for your contribution to the discussion. Thank you for this and all of the great content on your website.

  12. Hello!!

    A very big thank you to you for doing so much research on oils company.
    I started my EO journey with some cheap promotional offer appeared in vitacost, however I have no idea there’s so much differences between difference brands of essential oils.

    I have purchased:
    I) Frankenstein EO – vitacost brand
    ii) Lavender EO – aura cassia brand
    iii) Tea Tree EO – dessert essence

    I guess I will reconsider whether to continue used them on my skincare routine, as I basically only use carrier oil (jojoba oil) and teatree/Frankenstein mixed on my facial routine.

    thank you for sharing all your information, I guess I will need to do more studies on EO before i continue using EO’s again. I will try out with RMO for my next EO journey!

    thanks for sharing and sorry for my bad English,

    *besides that, in my country Malaysia, it was definitely very hard to obtain any brands of essential oil, they are all super overpriced in Malaysia. Anyway, RMO is offering $199 for free shipping internationally, i am excited to try it out :))

    • Hello!!

      A very big thank you to you for doing so much research on oils company.
      I started my EO journey with some cheap promotional offer appeared in vitacost, however I have no idea there’s so much differences between difference brands of essential oils.

      I have purchased:
      I) Frankenstein EO – vitacost brand
      ii) Lavender EO – aura cassia brand
      iii) Tea Tree EO – dessert essence

      I guess I will reconsider whether to continue used them on my skincare routine, as I basically only use carrier oil (jojoba oil) and teatree/Frankenstein mixed on my facial routine.

      thank you for sharing all your information, I guess I will need to do more studies on EO before i continue using EO’s again. I will try out with RMO for my next EO journey!

      thanks for sharing and sorry for my bad English,

      *besides that, in my country Malaysia, it was definitely very hard to obtain any brands of essential oil, they are all super overpriced in Malaysia. Anyway, RMO is offering $199 for free shipping internationally, i am excited to try it out :))

      ohhhh… i forgot i have some question to ask as well:
      i) is there any expired date for EO?
      ii) which ‘bundles’ of essential oil would be the most suitable for me to get if i’m mainly aiming it to use on my skincare?

      sorry if i asked too much in one comment >_<

      • Hi again. Some EOs get better with age, and others do oxidize. Keeping them in a cool dark place helps as well as only keeping the bottles open for a very short time. The citrus oils are most vulnerable. Some keep them in the fridge.

        Hmmmm…for skincare, the favorites that I know about would be frankincense, cucumber seed, and RMO has several blends recommended for skincare. If you have acne, Palmarosa is great. There are so many……rose, of course, can be good depending on what you are looking for.

        Let me know if that helps.

    • You are so welcome!! Yes, there are some big differences. This report might interest you:http://wholenewmom.com/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-essential-oils-before-you-buy/

      And this post: http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/toxic-overload-health-concerns/essential-oils-testing-is-it-reliable/

      I hope you enjoy the RMO oils – we love them!

      Your English is quite good – really. I taught English overseas and you are doing great. My uncle used to live in your country and one of my husband’s best students in teaching in Malaysia now.

  13. Wow, I am so impressed with your dedication and research on this topic. Thank you for your honesty and for exposing people like Dr Pappas who feel threatened by the truth. I find it interesting that he knew you weren’t going to select DT as the winner so decided to lash out. Thanks again – I’m going to look into Rocky Mountain Oils.

    • Thanks for the kind words, Dallas. More to come. Things have changed for the better at RMO – since they purchased Native American Nutritionals. Hope to see you around again.

  14. Andrea Meyer says:

    Hi Adriene! I really appreciate all of your research on Easential Oils! I love seeing the research and details but am not good at that part myself. Love what you’re doing with your whole blog in that way! So much great info! I see that you are a consultant for Neals Yard Remedies. I have a friend that sells their products and was curious about their essential oils. Now that you’re a rep for them, have you switched to using their oils or do you still use RMO for your oils? What is your opinion on NYRs oils? Thanks again for all that you’re doing to help educate!

    • Andrea Meyer says:

      Woops! I apologize for misspelling your name in my previous post! Also, If you already answered my question in a previous post/spoke of NYR elsewhere please feel free to direct me there…I was trying to scroll through posts but there are so many and I didn’t see anything specifically about your thoughts on their oils!

      • No problem! I didn’t write much about their oils. I think they are a lovely company and need more time to try out their oils. I think their diffuser is a great price point, but RMO will be adding more in soon as well. I also like that they have more carrier oils, but again, RMO is going to be adding those in as well. Neal’s Yard is primarily a skincare company with essential oils as on offshoot, but I am very confident in their quality. Let me know if that answers your questions or not. I have a few too many oils right now, but perhaps could buy some more and test them out. Of course, I’m only testing for preference and looking at company standards….I know that NYR has GC/MS tests for all of their batches and I trust them. These days, my trust is hard earned. I make mistakes, but I have had several companies on my blog that I have had to remove due to quality concerns that weren’t properly addressed.

        • Andrea Meyer says:

          Thanks for your reply! I haven’t tried NYR oils yet. I have been using RMO and love them. I noticed that NYRs oils are a little less expensive, so was wondering about their quality but haven’t had time to look into their distillation methods or anything yet. I was looking at their skin care and baby products and then noticed they use a lot of EOs in their products and also sell them, so then became curious about them. Thanks again for your reply and I’ll definitely continue reading your articles and exploring your blog! 🙂

          • You are so welcome! I too love RMO. Depending on the oil, RMO is less expensive on some. Not that the NYR bottles are 10 ml compared with RMO’s 15. I have a few RMO blends that aren’t my favorite but typically it’s b/c it has something in it that I don’t do well with (like evergreens) and I have had that w/ a few NYR as well. One of the NYR rollons wasn’t as potent as I would want so I am going to talk to RMO about how they are going to determine intensity. Yes, NYR uses a lot of oils in their products. I think that is part of why their products are so great.

      • Hi again, Andrea.

        I wanted to pop back in and fill you in a little more / clarify things. I was with another personal care company for awhile (Ava Anderson, which is now Pure Haven Essentials) and they had labeling issues and other problems, so I left them. I started looking for another company and looked at MLMs and non MLMs. I ended up choosing NYR as one of my sources, mainly for their skincare, but they just happened to have essential oils. So I wasn’t looking to them as being my mainstay for oils. I do, however, really respect their ethics and quality, but I feel the same way about RMO.

        I wanted to also share that one of the oils blends from NYR that I thought was giving me a reaction, isn’t. I just tried it again and it’s really nice. I think it was the roller ball – it’s kind of rough and left marks on my forearm. So I am going to talk to them about it and see if I got a “dud”. Anyhow, let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!b

        • Andrea Meyer says:

          Thank you for clarifying! I’m in a similar situations…I was looking at NRY for skincare and then noticed they sell essential oils. I didn’t realize their bottles were only 10oz so thanks for that info as well! Definitely makes a difference in price. I like the price point and quality of RMO and will probably continue to use them for oils! I like NYRs wide range of products though. Wasn’t really looking to sell them, just for a good cleaner brand that offers products that work well! I’ve struggled to find skincare that actually provides results that is organic! I’m also getting ready to launch a blog and was considering having a little online holistic “boutique” with some products that I’ve used and love and a few things I make…I know a lot of direct sales companies don’t allow you to sell their products amongst others that way. Not sure about NYR! Btw, just shares your blog with a few of my friends and they’re loving it! 🙂 Thanks again for what you do. People care about this stuff, but most of us have no clue where to start researching or digging…or even what exactly we’re digging for!

          • Andrea Meyer says:

            10ml vs 15ml…not ounces! LOL!

          • Of course!

          • You are so welcome, Andrea. I know – it’s hard to stay on top of everything!

            NYR skincare is amazing. Really. I would be happy to send you some samples w/ a catalog if you’d like. I would also recommend Miessence for skincare – I just ordered their whole skincare line to do a side by side. I used to use Miessence but moved away for a bit but am wanting to try them both out side by side now to do a fair comparison. Much of NYR is very clean, but Miessence is pretty much the pinnacle of clean brands. I will shoot you an email about the holistic boutique option. Happy to sort this out w/ you. It’s a great idea. Thanks for sharing my site!!

    • Hello there! You are so welcome and hope to see you around again….more to come! Yes, I am a rep for Neal’s Yard. I have not switched to their oils. I have a lavender that I got w/ their kit and I have tried some of the blends, but I still use RMO predominantly. I think that NYR has high standards, but so far I am preferring RMO’s blends. I haven’t tried all of Neal’s Yard’s blends yet, and I suspect I will like some. Their Women’s Balance is nice, and I like their EO book a lot. I just bought a few of their roll ons (RMO will be getting those soon) and Optimism.

      I hope to have more of their blends to try and should go and open up their lavender to see what I think. I’m not too much of a “connoisseur” really, but some of the RMO blends are going to be hard to compete against, in my humble opinion…like Tranquility, First Aid, Immune Strength, Lymph Support, Breathe Ease, Purify, etc.

      Have you tried the Neal’s Yard Oils? What do you think?

  15. Brenda Peterson says:

    Thank so so much for doing all of this research and sharing your information with the world! I’m just now starting to research essential oils, and I realize how much information there is, and how hard it is to discern what is important. I plan to share this post with others who are on their own journey! Thanks again~

  16. Danielle says:

    I read this last year and started buying from NAN, and was also really liking their supplements. Now that RMO has it they discontinued the supplements and I never see Paul Dean on anything. Such a letdown, I really enjoyed reading from that guy. I’m sure the oil are still the same I just haven’t ordered any yet.

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