The Great Essential Oils Showdown ~ Which Essential Oils Company is Best? – Part 1

Wondering Which Company Has the Best Essential Oils? I was wondering the same thing after I first started using them. So many companies say that theirs are the best, so who are you to believe? Come find out what I learned when I started asking questions. Things got a little dicey, and you'll probably be surprised by my conclusion.

Essential oils are all the rage these days.  People say that they can do everything from being a natural ear infection remedy, to helping with weight loss, to healing eczema, and more.

Most of you tuned in for my recent posts on essential oils in which I talked about:

From all the comments and enthusiasm about this giveaway and the other posts, I can tell you are just as interested in learning about essential oils as I am.

I think you could also tell by those posts that I am a skeptic at heart and pretty detailed when it comes to sorting through all the information out there to find out what really works.  One of my readers (a friend of mine) once called me an “investigative reporter” of sorts.  My husband says that I “second guess everything.”

Well, not everything :-).

In one sense, second guessing is a good thing.  I’ve saved our family a lot of money by avoiding problematic purchases.

But sometimes I can go overboard and spend waaaaay too much time analyzing a product or purchase.  (Kind of like driving all over town to save a few pennies.  Not smart, especially as I saw gas at $4.11/gallon coming home from church last night.  Deep sigh.)

With the essential oils issue, I tried not to be too analytical at first.  But then…..

You read in the Are Essential Oils a Scam? – A Skeptic Looks at Thieves Oil, how I held off trying really any oils at all for years before trying Thieves.

(Well, truth be told, I do have a few old bottles of essential oils in my linen closet.  One bottle each of orange, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, and rose oil, which I bought for topical use to brighten up my laundry [ended up never using it] and for my Homemade Decongestant Rub and Homemade Rose Water Spray [which I love, by the way].)

This time around, before buying the Thieves oil and signing up as a Young Living Distributor, I dug around a little, but not too much.  I asked about all the rumors surrounding Gary Young, the founder of Young Living and I also asked some questions about purity of their essential oils

I got some satisfactory answers and I figured that well, this stuff worked really well. And I was thrilled to have great resources in my natural health care arsenal.  I mean, who wants to put more toxins in your body if you don’t have to, right?

However, after my post on Young Living’s Thieves and the other oils (Wintergreen and Peppermint, etc.), a number of readers started asking me about other oil companies–if they were good enough, or not that great.  And so I started wondering.

At first, I thought, “This stuff (Young Living) works great, and I’m pretty worn out right now, so I am just going to leave this alone.”

But the “investigative reporter” in me just couldn’t leave. it. alone.

So I started poking around.

Today I’m sharing with you the beginning of my investigation.

There were some essential oils companies that I knew of, and some that a few readers recommended to me.

One of my readers was a doTERRA rep who said I really should check out their company to see how it measured up to Young Living.

Little did I know what lay ahead of me.

The world of essentials oils is big.  Very big.

It did start out quite small for me, however.  Just a small list of companies.  I started out looking into these companies, but the list quickly grew as the series went on and as more and more readers commented and as I went down more and more rabbit trails.  I think you will find the whole thing interesting and I hope you will learn a thing or two about essential oils and the companies that sell them.

Wondering Which Essential Oils Company is Best? What about the "Therapeutic Grade" claims the MLM oils companies make? Come find out all you ever wanted to know about oils companies and more!

The Competitors: 

(UPDATE:  A lot changed after I started this series. Please follow the links at the bottom of this post to see how interesting everything got  – you can hop on over to read Part 2 of “The Best Essential Oils” here. 

To start off, following are the essential oils companies that were “on my radar” and so I started with these, wondering if I should stick with Young Living or switch to another company to be my family’s “best essential oils company” of choice.

  • Heritage Oils
  • Native American Nutritionals
  • North American Herb and Spice
  • Mountain Rose Herbs
  • Aura Cacia
  • DoTerra
  • Young Living (the one being challenged)
  • and more.  Truth is, I called a TON of companies and read up on others.  These all included NOW oils, Butterfly Express, Spark Naturals, Edens Garden, and on and on.  My head really started to spin with all of the phone calls and notes I was taking, but I started with just the 7 listed above and went from there.

There are a TON of essential oils companies out there.  After writing this series I felt like I really opened a can of worms, but these are the companies that I started with.  Hang with me – it gets pretty interesting from here on out.

The Challenge:


A few readers mentioned this company in the comments section of my post on Are Essential Oils a Scam ~ A Skeptic Looks at Thieves Oil.  They said that their oils were very high quality and inexpensive.

Since high quality and inexpensive are right up my alley (but they typically don’t go together, right?),  I looked them up.

Problem #1.  No phone number. (UPDATE: A few readers have mentioned that they do have a phone number on their site. I did not take a screenshot of their site so I am not able to prove one way or another that there was or wasn’t a phone number on the site.  It’s possible that there was and that I missed it or that it was a long distance phone number and we didn’t have free long distance at the time so I didn’t want to pay to call (being the frugalista that I am :)).  In either case, I tried to contact them a different way.)

Oh well, I tried to contact them through their Contact Form.

Still – over two weeks later–no response.

THE VERDICT:  Since I couldn’t get a timely response, I decided not to go with this company.


  • I’ve had allergic reactions to a few oils and Young Living has promptly refunded my money over the phone.
  • I’ve also had 2 bottles of oil leaking on arrival and I’ve gotten replacements for them on the spot.

I LOVE good customer service and I am willing to pay extra for it.

Also, customer service aside, if a company is that hard to get a hold of, then I really don’t feel comfortable using their oils internally on mine or my children’s bodies.

UPDATE:  Several readers have commented that Heritage has great customer service and that I made unfair comments about them.  First, that they do indeed have a phone number on their site, and secondly that they have fabulous customer service.

First of all, I only reported what happened to me.  I contacted Heritage on 3/12/2012 and didn’t hear back from them until 5/22/12, well after the publication of this post. I have the emails in my inbox from them to prove it. I am sure you can understand that I felt that I didn’t receive good customer service. Linda, the owner, was very kind when she responded and said her response had been sitting in her draft folder.

Regarding them not having a phone number, I can only say that I didn’t notice one. It is possible that they put it up later. It is also possible that I didn’t notice it or that it was a toll call and I didn’t have free long distance at the time. I do not like paying for phone calls and really didn’t at the time of this posting.

I hope this clears everything up.


When I first contacted this company, I thought that their prices seemed a little high for a non MLM (multi-level marketing) company, but the more I talked to them the more interesting it all got.  

You’ll have to read more in the series to see what happened.

THE VERDICT:  Probable high quality with no apparent earnings opportunity.   Need to check into this company more.  


From all I could figure out, this is a great company.

Trouble is, all they make is oregano oil.

So if you just want oregano oil, then this is a good place to turn.

THE VERDICT:  Oregano is a pretty amazing oil, but I want more than just that in my natural healing arsenal.

4.  Mountain Rose Herbs

I like Mountain Rose Herbs’ mission and have a few bottles of their oils.  When I contacted them they told me that they did not recommend internal use of their oils as they were not produced in a food grade facility.  Much later (after this whole series was done) I contacted them again and they said that this was not the case.  I need to do more looking in to their sourcing, etc.

5.  Aura Cacia

Aura Cacia is adamant about not using their oils internally.

I personally have a number of Aura Cacia’s oils that I bought prior to really digging into oils.  I can’t say anything except for my personal experience which is that they don’t smell as potent as some of the other oils that I have.  I do like the company and I purchase from Frontier Co op regularly, but I’m not choosing to get my oils from them.   That being said, I think that they have a lot of great information about oils and their use.

Well, this is a long enough post already – thanks for sticking with me!

Onto the other competitors in the next post and see what happens!

Looking for more information on Essential Oils?

There are sooo many books out there.  I have a bunch, but this one, Advanced Aromatherapy, is in my shopping cart at Amazon now.  Comes very highly recommended.

Advanced Aromatherapy

The Rest of the Best Essential Oils Series:

– Best Essential Oils – What a Good Oils Company Should Have – Part 2
– Which Essential Oils Company is Best – Troubles with the Oils Industry – Part 3
– Young Living vs. doTERRA – Part 4
– Are Multi-Level Marketing Oils Worth It? – Part 5
– Distillation, Bias, Vomit and More Concerns – Part 6
Announcing “the Best” Essential Oils Company – Part 7***

or read this post on Essential Oils Testing which gives you the company I went with.  Some readers are having issues reading the last post so you can try here if need be.

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

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

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


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  1. Laurie McGrath says:

    Did you look at plant therapy our do you have thoughts on those oils?

  2. Connie says:

    Does anyone have any thoughts on Tisserand organic essentials oils? I just bought some bottles at Home Goods.

    • Do terra are theraputic grade many totally injestionable
      One must know where the plants are grown , the condutions and the processing method
      After finding out the above and more importantly how the oils work for me I went with Do terra

  3. Ever heard of Boston Commodities International? Just tried their frankincense oil, I’m novice so just curious. Trying to find a genuine 100% pure ..,ie therapeutic grade oil that I can use internally (at my discretion of course) by placing a drop under my tongue. Who would you trust? Also shouldn’t all or any oil(s) be required to have a tamper-proof(resistant) seal?

    • Never heard of them – sorry. Keep reading. I’d be interested to hear what you think about the conclusion of the series. Do you mean a seal that shows if someone has opened the bottle? If yes, of course.

  4. I also belong to YL. Not happy with return policy on oils. You have to pay shipping to return oils on top of a 25% restocking fee!

    • I’ll be interested in hearing what you think about the conclusion of the series. The company I went w/ has a 90 day return policy now. Thanks for commenting. Look forward to hearing from you.

  5. Kaitlin S says:

    Love this article- very informative. You guys should also check out 21 drops Essential Oil Therapy. They sell pre-blend essential oil blends, which makes it super easy and safe for me to use essential oils without having to blend them myself. Super awesome company- worth looking into!

  6. Melissa says:

    Could someone please give me some clarity, honesty, straight forward information on Young Living essential oils, Plant Guru essential oils and Rocky Mountain Oils essential oils. I have tried both Young living and Plant Guru for me and my family but i wanted to be sure I don’t over spend in products they just may not be what it seem. I have used the orange essential oil by Young Living as a whitener for my teeth and i saw immediate results the next day. I have tried the Breathe and Deep muscle by plant Guru which help me a great deal for my sinus and muscle aches. I do not like taking medicine i prefer to take natural remedies.

    • Hello there. I left Young Living and think that Rocky Mountain has the best quality control in the industry. I will be sharing more about it soon. I would think you should have the same results w/ RMO’s orange oil. And it’s much less expensive. My son loves the Breathe Ease blend from RMO and I have a DIY version here that you can do yourself!

      Hope to see you around again.

      • I am disappointed with your article. It is very confusing. It seems that you are most interested in how much you have to pay and whether or not you can make money on the products. I am looking to find who makes the best oils. My advice. .keep it simple and factual. I wish you all the best.

        • Hi there.

          I’m sorry you feel that way. Of course I was concerned about price. And yes, when a company (doTERRA) tells you that you can make $8K a month selling their products it is of interest, but for me I wanted to make sure I was representing the company that I felt was the best for my family and for my readers. So I was concerned about all of those things.

          I didn’t talk much about money (income) in the posts at all — and the series became complicated. The industry itself is complicated so I don’t think you will find it to be a simple search to figure it out. I will be sharing more information soon. If you care to come back I would be glad to have you.

          Take care.

          • Kimberley says:

            I also found the series was just too all over the place. It is hard to make an informed decision when you say things like, “didn’t go with them for numerous reasons.” What are the reasons? It would have been more helpful to distill the article down to one post that shows the results of all the companies you contacted in a comparison chart that shows where each company falls in the areas of purity, distillation and extraction processes, cost and sourcing.

          • Hi Kimberley. I am sorry and I agree with you.

            I started it in one year and finished in the next. I thought it was going to be an easy thing and then really the whole issue got out of hand as I realized how many companies there were and how many different answers I was getting. I should possibly put the dates back up on the posts on my site so you can see the time between posts. It really took on a life of its own. Then the issues w/ the people coming after me was very disconcerting and I felt I needed to bring it into the series so folks could see some of what is going on in the industry.

            As for the “numerous reasons” I guess I could just say nothing and perhaps I will do that from now on. The companies change what they are doing all the time. So I could really end up answering comments and inquiries about companies constantly. In fact, I have a bunch that I haven’t responded to yet for that very reason. Does that make sense?

            I agree that a simple chart would be helpful but it’s just not feasible. Even the company that I went with has stepped up their game as far as quality control, and sourcing has gone a different direction, and costs of course change all the time, so the chart would be outdated very quickly.

            I hope this helps.

            It was hard for me to know where to go as well. I think as you hear more about the company that I went with that you will see the quality that they have, but I do think that there are other good companies out there. That being said, there are so many companies coming out all the time, and I am hearing about adulterating going on still, so one needs to be really careful to go with a company that you know how very high standards.

            Take care and hope to see you around again.

  7. Margie S says:

    Do you have any experience with Eden botanicals? I’m new to this & researching. Their website is amazing with mountains of info & references… Thanks for your info.

  8. Do you know if Eco essentials are good and made if pure oils please?

  9. Essential Oil University (website & Facebook page) is a world renowned impartial testing facility of essential oil. Look up an oil and the company brands, see for yourself. Most companies do not sell 100% pure Therapeutic EO. I’ve used EO for over 30 years and have issues with quality & consistency. Through research, I found an oil company I trust 100%. They don’t have every oil I’d like to have, but if an oil doesn’t meet their high standards (every batch is tested), they don’t sell it.
    (email address deleted by blog owner)

    • Hi Connie. Thanks for commenting. Can you explain why you left your email? It’s different than your commenting email so are you an affiliate or somehow financially connected w/ EOU? Thanks! I deleted the email b/c I didn’t know the purpose and was concerned about your getting spam – thanks.


  11. My daughter is fighting a horrible Dangerous Mold …and she uses essentails oils…I Love Oils.that she introduced to me…more i learn the better…For my Daughter and I…we are on a journey to save her life..

  12. I have found Heritage to be very professional and their customer service to be top notch… i have called them and emailed the and have had very quick service. Their oils are very pure and a very good product. we have ordered from them on multiple times….

  13. Jennifer says:

    Hi. I’m super new to this. Was introduced 2 days ago when my baby came down with Hand mouth foot disease. I’m loving what the oils are doing for her so far. But now I’m reading up on everything everywhere. I looked at the company you chose. I love their recommendations for how to make sprays and cleaners etc. and some of their synergies seem like must haves! the only thing stopping me from ordering from them is I read that essential oils should always come in dark glass containers. Theirs are light glass. May seem silly but all articles say lighter glass will cause major changes to the essential oils and to avoid buying them. Can you explain to me why you chose them despite this? Thank you!

    • Hi there. Thanks for commenting, Jennifer. I’m so glad the oils are working for you!

      I’m a little confused, however, b/c the company that I chose has dark amber bottles. Please let me know if I am misunderstanding you. Thanks!

  14. Jennifer says:

    Hi again. I can’t post a photo here I guess. Lol. So here’s a link to their site with photos of two of their products. Am I going to the wrong place?

    • No, you are at the right place. They are dark amber brown bottles. Those and cobalt blue are typically what quality companies put their oils in. Have you purchased any?

      • Jennifer says:

        No not yet I was waiting to hear back from you. So the pictures aren’t what the bottles actually look like then? I know it may sound so silly but I just didn’t want to buy and get a bunch of clear bottles and be disappointed. I also have no idea where to start. I’m looking at their starter packages. Seems a good of a place as any to start! But I’m not sure which to go with. I’m leaning towards the blends as they cover everything I’m looking for but I also want tea tree alone. I see a big bill up ahead. My husband is going to kill me haha!!!

        • They are for sure not clear. I use their oils almost exclusively and they are decidedly dark brown. But I will tell them about your concerns. I think the kits are a nice place to go. Did you see the deal they have right now? If they work for your family hopefully your husband will be OK. But maybe run it all by him first? I just used the First Aid about 2 weeks ago and it works great.

        • Hi again.

          I did contact the company and they said it’s possibly the amount of light that they used for the photos that makes them appear that way. They do have a 90 day return policy so if you aren’t happy w/ the shade of the glass you can return them, but I don’t think that will be an issue. Hope that helps!

  15. Jennifer says:

    No I did not see the deal. I checked the link out but just see a recipe ? thanks for the help and clarification!! One more quick question, I also read diffuse red should not use heat that they should be cool mist. Do you have any recommendations on where to find a good diffuser on a budget?

  16. Hi! Thank you so much for all of the information you have provided. I have been checking into EO because I am 33 years old and it seems like the older I get the worse my face, and now recently my chest and back break out. I have tried so many different products and nothing has helped. Then I started looking at natural ways to clear my skin and I bought an aloe plant and started mixing aloe, honey, and fresh squeezed lemon and putting that on every night before bed and over the past 2 weeks my face had cleared I drastically. I will never waste money on serums or any of those expensive products again.

    Along with suffering from adult acne, I have been noticing that I am starting to get under eye wrinkles. My I have combination skin and have a hard time finding a moisturizer because the majority make my face break out. The aloe has helped a lot but I can’t keep cutting leaves everyday so I started looking up some good organic aloe. While I was looking for that I also came across a website about EO that help with wrinkles, acne etc. The brand of aloe that I was considering purchasing also has EO and they come in a cobalt blue bottle. The company is called Radha. Have you heard of them? If so what are your thought and opinions?


    • Hello there. You are so welcome.

      I looked at that company and wasn’t sure what to think…..they have a lot of people complaining on Amazon that their reviews seem too good to be true. Maybe check that out? Let me know if I can help further.

  17. Lois Schraf says:

    Did you look into Rocky Mountain Oils. I have always used Young Living Oils but my massage therapist suggested RMO. She uses both.

  18. I came across this post as I was doing some research for my mom on a different essential oil seller (I use Young Living). This is completely unrelated to why I was reading this post, but when you say you had an allergic reaction, what exactly happened? I ask because I recently have had some skin issues that started around the time we began using oils in our home and I’m wondering if it’s related.

    • Hi Caryn.

      I’m trying to remember what happened. I think I had a skin reaction as well. More recently I tried a different blend (an old one that I had lying around) on my face and my skin was burning so I had to wash it off several times. It was quite bad.

      Have you been putting the oils on your face?

      • Well when I first got the rash on my face, I hadn’t been putting any oils on my face-only diffusing them. My face wash and moisturizer do have oils in them but I’ve been using them for years without problems. When I first got the rash (eczema/contact dermatitis type rash) I started using lavender and frankincense on the affected areas, which seemed to work on all but one area that got infected. Eventually the infection got so bad and nothing “natural” was working so I resorted to cortisone and antibiotics. The area that was infected has been getting irritated over and over again. I have used some lavendar oil once in awhile but the “episodes” don’t seem to be correlated so I’m not sure that’s the reason.

        Anyway, after that long winded response, do you think it would have been possible for me to have a reaction simply from diffusing oils?

        • Oh my – I have never heard of this, but I will ask the company that I work with. What were you diffusing? Are you sure there was no other change in your diet / supplements?

          • I honestly don’t recall – but I only have the 10 oils from the YL starter kit so one of those. I’m definitely not sold that oils are the reason. The only change in my diet was removing gluten literally 1.5 weeks before the reaction. Ironic because gluten tends to be a cause of skin irritation.

          • Oh my. Hmmmm….by going gluten-free did you by chance add more processed foods to your diet? Or perhaps there is something in the GF food that you are reacting to? Tell me what oil(s) you were diffusing please also.

  19. Hi, Adrienne:

    i am glad to know that you are also a EO lover. i think we may work together on something!

    We are the essential oil case maker. and we can send the sample to you for the review. is it ok? and
    we can give you some Discount No so that you can give it out to your blog fans. are you interested in it?

    Look forward to your reply!

    Best regards


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