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

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!

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 What the Best Essential Oils Company Is? 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.

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, LLC.


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  1. 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


  2. “Therapeutic grade” is a made up term people! The ONLY company with usda certified organic essential oils is GENESIS PURE.

  3. Janey Correa says:

    Hello, I found your article very interesting… I have recently become a faithful customer of SwissJust Essential Oil infused products! They are extraordinarily amazing!!! They are SWISS QUALITY!!! The company originated in Walzenhausen, Switzerland in 1930 (over 85 years ago) by the Justrich family! Since then you can now find their products in over 35 countries! All of this information says SOOO much and it is why I decided to go with these products! They have clarified their products are for EXTERNAL use ONLY, explaining that oils are made for 3 reasons – for aroma (perfumes), for indigestion (food), and for pharmaceuticals (medicine-type), and these oils are NOT meant to be digested, which is why other companies that say their oils are digestible, makes me uncomfortable indeed! These products not only come in pure essential oils, but also come in creams and sprays, which are enriched with essential oils! I truly LOVE them, so does my family! I strongly recommend them to anybody interested in pure and high quality products! They are the BEST! ? In fact, I am so pleased with them, that I am considering becoming a constultant to have even more benefits!

  4. I’m new to the world of essential oils, and there is so much information out there. I neither have the time or desire to sift through it all.
    A friend at work started me on doTERRA frankincense at a cost of $80 for a 15ml bottle. I recently purchased a bottle from Aura Cacia for $30. The bottles pretty much read the same, so do you have any information that would justify the cost difference for me?

    • Hi Ruth,

      Well, that’s a hard thing to say. AC I believe has 1 Frankincense that is neat and the other is blended with a carrier oil. I believe they use sacra. doTERRA’s is a blend of several varieties. I really trust the company that I went with so perhaps check back w/ me at the end of the series.

      • Shoot me an email please Adrienne. I would like to start a private conversation with you regarding essential oils and another company which I believe you have yet to look into.

        Rather than puke all kinds of links and such, I’d much rather put you in touch with people so that you’re time is spent in a more proficient manner.

        Thanks! Have a great day!

    • Cost difference =greed. They are countless of product out there that has less than the equivalent amount in them that can be considered beneficial yet we pay tons of $ for them which is sad because most herbal plants are a great source of benefit to our bodies.

  5. You mentioned Eden’s Garden… Did you look into them any further? I’ve been using them for a few months because their prices are by FAR the lowest I’ve found, and they even have free shipping, which is great since I’m on a very tight budget. I’ve tried their tea tree, clove, lavender, lemon, and peppermint and have loved them all… But they’re the only company I’ve used, besides a tea tree from Aura Cacia (which I hated–didn’t smell quite “natural” and 3 drops diluted in an entire bathtub of water irritated my skin to the point that I was walking on beet red legs for 6 hours). So I was wondering if you wound up finding any info regarding their quality. I don’t understand how they can be SO INEXPENSIVE. I love them, but it seems too good to be true!

  6. I would be very clear about the fact that you are not really doing very much research and that you are making choices based on your feelings about a company. This blog is full of opinion pieces and for people looking for real information about essential oils, they would be best to stick with a trusted source.

    • Hello Jen. Thanks for commenting.

      Did you happen to read the entire series, as well as my other posts such as these?

      I spent hours and hours on the phone and corresponding via email with experts in the industry and that has continued. Can you tell me what you think is not true about what I shared? In fact, I have leaned on Tisserand’s knowledge as well and will continue to do so.

      In fact, yes, some of my information was based on opinions, but there is plenty of real information as well and more to come. Thanks much and hope to hear back from you.

      • I absolutely love Young Living. I would not trust a brand that stated for topical use only since anything put on the skin is eventually absorbed into the body. I have researched bottles for example that stated pure and then read the ingredients to find fake ingredients. I have placed Thieves on my sore throat and it definitely soothed it and I am alive. I wouldn’t trust any other.

        • Hi Tammy. I am glad that you have found a brand that you like. As for the “for topical use only” statement, there are some reputable companies that state that since they are very concerned about internal use of oils. I too used to think the same as you, but since then have found pure oils with that statement on the label.

      • Patricia Huff says:

        Are you AWARE Young Living brought a law suit against DoTerra, causing them of ADULTERATING THEIR oils, but the renouned Dr. that had both companies tested, found that Young Living had passed synthetics off as therapeutic grade, birch and Jasmine, so the law suit against DoTerra was dropped.. Read the deposition, FYI, as you shouldn’t be bragging re: YL essential oils.

  7. Blerina says:

    Hi Adriene,
    I use coconut oil from bioplanete, and some other oils from Hemani. Have you ever heard about this essential oil companies? I am from Kosovo, thats a new country in Europe, and we don’t have many oil choices. but, I would like to know if they’re safe to be used?

    Thanks for sharing your article, it really helps a lot. Sometimes in order to be healthy and safe we demage our selves using products that are not qualitative.

    • Hi there. Sorry but I have never heard of that company. I would just contact them and talk to them and see if you feel good about their answers? The country that I recommend does ship overseas for free or reasonable shipping in case that interests you. Take care and yes, we have to be very careful about what we use. It’s a shame some companies are not honest or don’t know better.

  8. Camilian says:

    You can tell that your report is a fraud and that you favor the product you support. After reading your report it is so obvious you do not know what you are talking about. Good going isn’t there enough fraud in this world that you don’t need to be misleading people. This is a sorry sight and I will report it and never come back to it. Shame on you all for the Gain of Money………

    • I’m sorry you feel that way. The truth is that it wasn’t that way at all. Can you tell me what is a fraud about it?

      I was told that I could make $8000 a month working w/ doTERRA, but I walked away b/c I just didn’t feel right about the information that I was getting from the company. After talking to a bunch of companies, I decided to go with one that didn’t even have an affiliate program set up. They agreed to start one once I decided to go with them. It’s not different from a blogger linking to any other company using an affiliate link.

      I would have made more money staying where I was. But I did what I thought was best.

      If there is something specific that you think is an issue, I am happy to respond to it. Thanks.

      • I realize this discussion is getting heated, as does anything unless you tell people what they want to hear. But…Have you done any poking around into Organic Infusions? I was formerly with YL and their Customer Service is horrible. I am all about Organics and Wild and happen to find this company with lots of options. Thanks for the great work you are doing and will continue to do for the Healthy conscious few of us!

        • Hi there, Joni. Thanks for writing! I did come across that company but decided to go with the one that I went with instead. I’ll be writing more in the future about oils and testing. I do think that purity is more important than organic. Hope to write more about that as well.

          • Jeanette Robertson says:

            Adrienne, I have read some of the comments above and have a question for you. What do you think of Miracle Essential Oils? I purchased a YL membership / kit last year but it was pricey with literally no enclosed information on it. Haven’t been too thrilled with them so I was wondering about Miracle. Thanks so much for your help.

          • Hi Jeanette. Thanks for commenting. Miracle is a very new company from what I know. I can’t, for several reasons, evaluate every company that there is — there are more and more popping up every week. However, I will say that I don’t think there is a company out there w/ the quality controls and purity standards that the company that I went with has. I want to be very confident in what I am using on my body, on my children’s bodies, and what we are diffusing in the air. I don’t think that it’s worth gambling with our health. I will be writing more about the company that I chose and some other companies in the future. Hope that is helpful. Did you see this report:

            and this post?

            They should be helpful as well.

  9. Thanks for this awesome post

  10. Hi Adrienne. Was just curious after reading all these comments, what company did you end up going with?

  11. I have been with Young Living for over twenty years, have only had good results with the Oils. Especially with the Lavender Oil I used when I cut a piece off my thumb. One drop each day, after ten days my thumb had regenerated, you can’t see any scar. You can’t find a more dedicated Doctor than Gary Young, if you have ever seen or heard him speak. He burned his arm to try a burn spray he had made, which was all documented with a medical doctor present. We saw his arm a couple of month later, the hair now growing back and arm healing. I rust the company and Dr Gary Young fully and will not switch. I tried another Lavender form another company, supposedly 100% pure, it gave my arm an infection. I will stick with Young :Living even if it cost me more.

  12. Patricia says:

    Have you checked out The Essential Oil Company in Portland, OR? 800 729-5912. 8225 SE 7th, Portland, OR 97202

    • I have not – sorry about that.

      • Patricia says:

        I was told that The Essential Oil Company in Portland, OR is high quality. This company does not have MLM, which I actually prefer, the cost is much better too!

        • Thanks for that. I just checked them out. I would need to look more but some of their prices are lower than the company I chose and some are more. The company that I chose is not an MLM either. Perhaps you didn’t get to the end of the series yet? I would be interested in what you think once you get there.

  13. Eldisa Gonzalez says:

    I just received essential oils that I ordered from Edens Garden Oils. I have a sister that uses and sells doTerra Essential Oils. Of course, she claims that only doTerra oils are 100% pure and all other oils out there are only 5% essential oils and the rest is filler (diluted). Does anyone know if there is any truth to this? I am very interested in knowing of it is true that essential oil companies only require using 5% of pure essential oils and diluting it with a filler…and they can legally call it a pure essential oil.

    • That claim about doTERRA is not true. The company that I went with has what I think are possibly the highest standards. They do testing and link each bottle to a batch so you can see the exact GC/MS report for the bottle that you purchase.

      That 5% claim is apparently wrong as well. I heard something about that but couldn’t find it validated anywhere on the internet.

      • Eldisa Gonzalez says:

        Well, apparently if you cannot ingest the essential oils then they are not 100% pure. There are some essential oils that doterra has that are safe to ingest. I don’t know, I just want to infuse my room at night with Lavendar, so that I can sleep. I don’t know what the ratio of essential oil to water to use for a diffuser. Thanks for your prompt response.

        • Hello Eldisa. I’m sorry but are you asking me that if a company says you shouldn’t ingest their oils that they aren’t pure? If you are saying that, then that is not the case. Some oils companies state that just because they think it is not safe to ingest oils at all or not unless someone is under the care of an aromatherapist or medical professional. As for diffusing, the diffuser typically comes with directions about diffusing ratios, but I use about 10 drops per 500 ml. Hope that helps.

          • Eldisa Gonzalez says:

            Yes. My sister claims that if you can’t ingest the essential oils that they are not 100% pure essential oils. I don’t want to ingest them. I just want infuse them. Also, which essential oil do you recommend for good night sleep. The lavender oil I am diffusing isn’t working for me. Thanks.

          • I wouldn’t personally use essential oils that aren’t pure for any application. If you are putting them on your skin, things are getting absorbed into your skin and if you are diffusing, you are breathing things in.

            As for a good night’s sleep, I think you would like the Tranquility from the company I recommend. I do a lot of things for a good night’s sleep – I have a post on my site about it but am working on a new post. Let me know if I can help.

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