Which Essential Oils Company is Best? Young Living and doTERRA – Part 4

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Here we are again – moving toward finding the Best Essential Oils Company.

To clarify, what I’m after here is the Best Essential Oils Company for the money.

So you can work on natural healing without breaking the bank–and I think I’ve found a good one.

Just being realistic:

I’m one person looking into a bunch of companies–with some help.  So I’m leaving the door open to the possibility that I might be wrong.

I’ve had to admit I was wrong about things before.
–  My thinking that Lilla Rose Flexi Clips were a waste of money (see my “changed my mind Lilla Rose review” here).
– or saying my Natural Dishwasher Rinse Aid was a great idea.

We need to be willing to admit we were wrong.

Was I wrong about Young Living?  Remember my enthusiastic posts about their Thieves and Peppermint and Wintergreen?

Let’s find out.

Today I’m going to share what happened as I looked into the “heavy hitters” in the Essential Oils Industry–

(Oh, and if you are jumping in in the middle of all of this, here is a link to Part 3.)

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Young Living and doTERRA.

If you’ve been looking into essential oils at all, chances are you have come across YL and DT.

You’ve had folks tell you “Young Living is the best!” or “doTERRA is the most pure”.

Or something like that.

I touched on some of these issues in Best Essential Oils Post – Part 1.  But here’s more.

First up–Young Living

Young Living Review

1.  Reputation and Ethics –  There are some pretty not-so-savory things on the internet about D. Gary Young.  Of course, the internet can be full of truths and lies.  But I still think these things are worth paying attention to.  Dr. Stephen Barrett has written a load of unsavory things about D. Gary Young.  In fact, this information is a lot of what gave me pause when I initially was looking into signing up with YL.  I mean, the Thieves Oil worked great for me, but I really didn’t like what I was reading.

Now, I do have my concerns about Mr. Barrett–mainly that he’s basically an “anti-alternative therapy” hound.  And I like alternative therapies.  Most of them, at least.

I personally am very concerned about abuses in the alternative medical field.  But I’m also concerned about abuses in Western medicine.

My family and I have been harmed by the practices of traditional Western medicine (overuse of anti-biotics, over-use of prescriptions meds, doctors misdiagnosing acid reflux, etc.).  In some cases, we’ve been healed despite what mainstream doctors told us to do.

I know there are abuses on both sides.  But Quackwatch appears to be just targeting everything alternative:  Chiropractic, acupuncture, Chinese medicine….You name it.  If it’s alternative, it’s Barrett’s target.

I could go on and on about his site, but suffice it to say that I am not sure of all of Barrett’s accusations against Gary Young. (UPDATE – All comments by Mr. Barrett against Gary Young appear to have been removed so I can’t cite them any longer.)

However, his writings about Young Living and Gary Young leave something to ponder.  Moreso in light of what else I found…

2. OSHA Violations – I found this interesting entry referring to Young Living OSHA violations.  I didn’t find any by the other oils companies, although I didn’t look all of the essential oils companies up, of course.  That would take a long long time and I couldn’t find them all for sure.

Now, Young Living is the oldest oils company, so they’ve had more time for there to be violations, and all of the violations appear to be of the same incident.

Of course, OSHA violations don’t mean that a company is bad.  If they cleaned up their procedures correctly, then possibly their new procedures are better than ever.

3.  Non-Indigenous PlantsMany A good number (updated 4/2015) of Young Living’s farms are located in the U.S.  I think that’s fine for a company being more “in control” of their product, but not great if you follow conventional wisdom that plants grow best (and have the best therapeutic qualities) when they are grown in their indigenous locations (where they are supposed to grow naturally).

If you read through the comments of Best Essential Oils Parts 2 & 3, you’ll see that Young Living reps tout the fact that YL farms are in the U.S. as being an advantage–that it gives Young Living control over the whole process.  Maybe, but other companies like doTERRA and most of the other companies I’ve looked into have their oils sourced from wherever the plants grow naturally for higher quality.

4.  What’s That Smell?

You know I like testing things before recommending them to you, like in my:

Best Cinnamon Sugar and
Best Eye Makeup Remover posts.

Then you won’t be surprised to know that we did this with essential oils as well.

I purchased YL, doTERRA, Mountain Rose Herbs, Aura Cacia, and 2 other companies’ oils and did a little “Smell Challenge” with my not-so-specially-trained Smell Testing Panel (a.k.a. my family).

THE CHALLENGE:

We had a blind smell test of 3-5 brands of the same oil.

In each instance, Young Living was singled out as having a chemical overtone.

Does that mean there were chemicals added?

Not necessarily, but we still didn’t care for it.

 

doTERRA Review

I also bought a large kit of doTERRA’s oils to try them out against YL.  I asked doTERRA reps and corporate employees tons of questions, and I even used their oils exclusively for awhile.

I really like their educational resources and their oils smell great.

But their great smell is part of what concerns me.

One thing I really don’t care for is that a lot of doTERRA reps (and corporate employees as well) say something like, “You’ll know it works by its smell.”

This from doTERRA’s website: “A 100% pure therapeutic-grade essential oil should have a balanced, broad fragrance profile and should smell crystal clean.”  I don’t know about you, but I don’t know what “crystal clean” means.

Before I go into more–I mentioned distillation techniques in one of my previous posts.  Basically, the going wisdom about essential oils is that you put the plant parts and water in a distiller and under low pressure and low temperature, you distill the essential oils out of the plant.

They travel down a tube and into a vat–along with the steam.  The oil collects on top of the water and is removed and–voila–you have essential oils.

The most coveted, and most expensive (and thought to be the most therapeutic) oil is that which is collected during the first part of the distillation period.  The resulting oil is called “first distilled.”
This “first distillation” only applies to a few oils – ylang ylang and peppermint, according to what I have learned.

1.  PEPPERMINT

doTERRA’s peppermint smells good enough to eat–as in “candy cane” good.

But that might be a problem in my book.  Here’s why.

Most peppermint essential oils smell like the peppermint you find growing out in nature. Kind of herby and not really like a candy cane.

Candy-cane-smelling peppermint is apparently from the second distillation or a complete distill (distilling for a long time).  The oils are either distilled for a longer time, or redistilled and some oils are taken out to give the oil a clean pepperminty candy smell. (Source).

The other alternative is that something else is done to the peppermint oil to reduce the herby smell.

This is exactly what doTERRA’s peppermint oils smell like.  So yummy, in fact, that if you have kiddos in the house, you’d best keep it out of arm’s reach.

Here is the response I got from doTERRA stating that their peppermint oil is, in fact, a “complete distill”:

You can let her know that our Peppermint uses complete
distillation.  There is 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and complete and we use complete.  (Source:  my email.)

So if in fact, the first distillation of peppermint oil is the most valuable, then their peppermint oil isn’t top quality.

2.  YLANG YLANG 

doTERRA prides itself on selling the top of the line quality.  Their ylang ylang, however, is also a complete distillation.  Some may say that this is a matter of taste, but in the essential oils industry, the first distill is more valued and therefore, a higher priced oil.  To their credit, doTERRA does call their ylang ylang a complete distill on their website.

Ylang Ylang first distill (which is referred to as “extra”) is typically considered to be the quality of oil that is most sought after / of highest therapeutic quality–not the complete distillation.

3.  TERRASHIELD

Thanks to Kitchen Stewardship, I realized that doTERRA doesn’t disclose all of the oils in this bug repellant blend.  I will say that we have used this to treat after bite itching (and my son likes it), but I think that not including ingredients on a label is not preferable. (UPDATE – doTERRA now discloses the ingredients of their Terra Shield blend. I’m glad they are doing that.)

What I think is troubling here is that doTERRA makes a lot of claims about their oils being the best–top quality.  And their prices sure reflect that.  I don’t think I would purchase complete, 2nd or 3rd distillation oil for more than other companies are selling 1st distill for–would you?

UPDATE 4/16: I will be updating this distillation information, but please note that doTERRA’s Frankincense is a blend of 3 varieties, including the less expensive carterii.

Of course, there are other things to think about–purity, etc.  So we’ll keep the conversation going and touch on other companies as well.

I hope this all makes sense.  If not—ask away.

Thanks for your patience!  This has been a long road, but I promise, we are nearing the end.

The Rest of the Best Essential Oils Series:

– Which Essential Oils Company is Best? – Part 1
 – What a Good Essential Oils Company Should Have – Part 2
– Which Essential Oils Company is Best – Troubles with the Oils Industry – Part 3
– Are Multi-Level Marketing Oils Worth It? – Part 5
– Distillation, Bias, Vomit and Personal Attacks – Part 6
Announcing “the Best” Essential Oils Company – Part 7 

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UPDATE: 2/7/16:

What About Other Direct Sales Oils Companies?

I get asked all the time what I think about other direct sales essential oils companies.  And there are more and more of them coming out all the time….. including companies with other products at the forefront that are adding EOs to their product lines.

I looked at all of the Direct Sales Essential Oils companies (Ameo, Be Young…..) and didn’t want to go with any of them for numerous reasons.

Well, I still feel the same way, but I have found a company that meets my high standards — and they happen have a nice essential oils offering.

So, if you REALLY want to make money and have essential oils as a part of that, I highly recommend you check out Neal’s Yard Organics.

I’d heard of them before, and frankly, had “poo pooed” them – but only because I felt they didn’t have a large enough of a selection of oils. Well, I recently ended up going with them for their personal care (including award-winning skincare) and am loving the aromatherapy side of their business.  I even got to talk to Susan Curtis, the author of this amazing book on Essential Oils just after I signed up.

Regardless of whether you are interested in having a home business, however, this book, Essential Oils, by Susan Curtis is a must buy in my book.

NYR Neal's Yard Essential Oils Book by Susan Curtis

Essential Oils, by Susan Curtis is not brand specific and is really one of the best books on essential oils that I have found. It’s organized well for the beginner, but with plenty of fabulous information for the more advanced user.  It’s gorgeous and newly updated with new content and better organization.  Plus it’s designed by DK Books.  If you know anything about DK Books, you know how lovely, in addition to informative, this book is.

This is not the company that I ended up going with for oils, as they don’t have enough oils for those of us who want to use oils a lot, but they do have a nice aromatherapy option in addition award winning skincare.

I’d love for you to join me with this fabulous company. No website fees and no huge minimums. Just $100 in a rolling 12 months.

Anyhow, we’re not done yet………

Keep reading to find out where I ended up as far as choosing as essential oils goes…….

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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

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  1. Hi, I’ve been sporadically using essential oils for a couple of years and am planning to use them on a more consistent basis. I am, therefore, searching info that will help me decide which oils are best.
    The comments about Melaleuca: what large book are you talking about, Janice? I have used some Melaleuca products for years. When I went to their FAQ page re: oils a question was raised about their process (I think, similar to seed to seal). Their lack of a direct answer to the question indicates to me some version of political correctness vs their simply saying “no” to the question and then explaining their position. That bothers me.
    Adrienne, you reported negatively re: Ameo. Could you please give specifics?
    Adrienne, I haven’t yet read all pages in his blog but do intend to so do. I am thankful for the information you present and for the questions and responses made by the participants

    • Hi Paula. There were several reasons. It’s all very complicated. I am very careful about companies I associate myself with – from quality to reputation to marketing strategies. I am not perfect but I would say that I am very picky. I am working w/ a company now that is mainly personal care but has a nice aromatherapy arm – you might be interested in them. http://wholenewmom.com/neals-yard-remedies-nyr-organic/ If you are keen on making money with oils that might be a good option for you. Thanks for the kind words!

      • Thanks, Adrienne, I will check the references/sites you suggest. I’m actually more interested in therapeutic use.

        • Hi Paula. Yes, for therapeutic use, purity is the issue and I think that NYR is very careful about sourcing. So I didn’t mean that their oils are only for skincare – however, even for skincare one would want pure oils. The only reason I shared them w/ you is that I get inquiries about how one can make money by selling oils and this is the first company that does direct sales of essential oils that I have been comfortable with. However I wasn’t searching them out for that – I was looking for a personal care company and it just so happens that they have an aromatherapy arm. Hope that helps.

  2. This information was so helpful for me (who just returned from a party (with friends/nurses) promoting DoTerra. I bought the company “bible” (Modern Essentials) to learn about what to use and how and am still gathering information (since I like to read books). I also placed an order with DT, but I research everything and am appreciative of the work you put in to share with others. I am going to continue digesting what I am reading and will certainly keep an open mind. I applaud your efforts

  3. Good Morning,
    I just recently got interested in the EO’s in general. We have a wonderful organic restaurant here. They have a large selections of organic products. One I found they have a lot of is Simplers Botanicals. I bought the ginger oil. It’s called Ginger CO2. It smells amazing! I love the smell of ginger. I was told that ginger was a great one to use for pain. Which is actually worked.

    any who.. I have been looking into YL and just thought I would do some research. I came across your page..
    Very interesting for sure..

    Do you have any thoughts about this company I mentioned or have you heard of it?
    I am all for trying new things and also finding natural products. But now I am just confused lol,

    thanks for your time..

    Becky M

    • Hi there. I have never heard of them or that product, but have passed the product information on to the company that I recommend in the final post.

      Let me know if I can help w/ anything else. The company that I work with does have a lovely Ginger Root oil that you might want to try out.

    • Becky, simplers botanicals is a great company. When I run out of my wholesale oils, I refer all my clients to Simplers, which is found in most health food stores.

  4. Have you been to any of the farms? Looks like Young Living wrote the 1st books on how to use essential oils. Also the fact that do-Terra evolved from some greedy reps from YL should speak volumes. Dr. Hill was supposed to represent YL and everything he has learned is from Gray Young. Out of greed he opened up his company. Then lies his oils are more “organic” has no farms. His oils were examined and have lot of synthetics added. They may smell more like perfume grade because they are. Who would you like to learn from. YL (the teacher / World Leaders in essential oils ) or do-Terra the student / copy cats!

    • I think Marie that wrote a comment on 3/22/16 at 4:16pm about Young Living and do-Terra stating Young Living-World Leader? Young Living has been caught with adding synthetics/fraud to reps and consumers in their Cinnamon Bark and other oils and products that incorporate the Cinnamon Bark into the blends. This includes Thieves. Testing their oils by 3 different test facility companies have proven their oils are not pure and are adultered. They have also chose to deny and not be upfront and honest with their reps who make a living from selling their product. The seed to seal promise is worthless. One of the best places to get great information on great and true unadultered oils is in a facebook group called Essential Oil Consumer Reports. It is a closed group that you would have to request to join. The real problem I see with any essential oil company is proper and healthy usage. Too many advise the incorrect ways to apply and improper usage. I would check the group out. Just a suggestion.

    • DoTERRA Rocks says:

      Hi. I applaud the woman that took the time to fill us all in. Just a few things. First, essential oils are amazing and I love sharing this gift with others. They have truly helped and prevented many health issues…..have to be excited about the benefits no matter what. Business talk- I’m a diamond in DoTERRA which means I bring in over 8K monthly, sometimes even more, but I can count on that at the least. Took me 36 months. Was not easy, because I left Young Living after 10 Years!!! I was making over 10K monthly and then some. But I’ve been a part of YL from almost the get go and know a TON of the background and what not on what went down etc…. DoTERRA does have the purest 100 % essential oils, they have the most amazing relations with their rural areas and countries for where the plants are grown and distilled to make these amazing little bottles….they put everything and then some back into those areas and just their global impact is incredible, they have the helping hands organization, the compensation package is CRAZY amazing if you decide to build a team of wellness advocates, the giving back, the heart. My apologies, but it’s where His blessings are. Not to mention they are one of the very few Debt Free Billion Dollar companies……….the persons who left YL, including Dr. Hill had good reason. And just FYI dr hill and dr young are both equally amazingly intelligent when it comes to essential oils, just bc one was the “Face” of it all doesn’t mean they get all the credit. Please check resources and double check and talk to people to find more out. Choosing to become a wellness advocate with DoTERRA has been the Biggest Blessing to me and my family. Had to share.

  5. Young Living owns farms outside of the U.S. in order to grow plants in their natural habitat. They own acreage in Utah, Idaho, Ecuador, Canada, France, and Oman.

  6. I really like Native American Nutritionals. Has anyone done research on their products? Just my preference. http://www.nativeamericannutritionals.com/

  7. I have been a practicing Aromatherapist for 16 yrs. I have always sourced my oils from an apothecary as this is what their business is based around. They aren’t trying to push a brand but rather pure oils coming from a person who is actually trained in Aromatherapy. You are not paying for a label or name such as in these other companies. Also after years of personal blending for clients to I ha e seen amazing results from other companies and I do not feel like supporting multi level marketing, but that is just me. I really appreciate the peices about plants and medicinal potency based on location. I really feel like if you were looking for the highest medicinal potency in an oil, you would have to test every batch from every company because elevation, soil content, sun exposure and water all effect a plant. If you have a field you may find a test from all corners would have a little variance.
    Thank you so much for putting this info out there.

  8. Beth Geurin says:

    Except for ylang ylang, doTerra uses complete distillation.
    Now think about your comment. When a distiller distills a plant there is really nothing left to distill if done properly. Why would you stop the process, then restart. You are wasting energy and it is not the best method for production.
    Ylang ylang is different. It is treated different during distillation.
    Peppermint questions have been asked and tested and answered. Refer to Essential Oil University.

    I urge you to research distillation further. I believe understanding the process further would answer your questions and negate some of your comments. Thanks

    • The distillation issue is very complicated. I should do an update to the post. Were you able to make sense of the “vomit-related” ingredient? There were other concerns about doTERRA. I kept getting different answers about why their peppermint had its distinctive smell. Never could get to the bottom of it. Thanks much.

  9. Can I also suggest you look into who was in charge of the oils when YL were found to have added synthetics etc, and where that person went when he was sacked and the business he then went off and started.

  10. Frustrated… Wrote you a letter and I guess my internet messed up and it didn’t post. Sigh. Anyway, I don’t even know if I could remember it all. So I won’t try. But one question just came up while searching RMO site. Do they not recommend taking any oils internally.? Thank you in advance for your time.

    • I’m so sorry! I know how hard that is. This is their official recommendation:

      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.

      Hope that helps!

  11. Iris Valcourt says:

    I recently started using EO and went with YL however I am still in the learning curve and would like to hear more about your findings as we travel this journey together. I simply want to say that most recently I bypassed having to take antibiotics and steroids by using YL’s Thieves as it helped me tremendously and I can testify that when I feel a sore throat coming on, a cup of tea with Thieves helps tremendously for this reason I’m sticking to it. Thank you again and all who have provided such great insight to both YL, DoTerra and other companies.

    • Hi Iris. More to come – I was just working on more posts on oils earlier this morning. I agree that the oils can help support your body so you need fewer meds. What was going on re: the antibiotics and steroids? I should add that the official position of the company that I recommend in this series on internal use of oils is:

      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.

  12. Darryle says:

    Finally taking the time to sit down and read these posts that I’ve had bookmarked for months. I have been using EOs in moderation my whole life but have recently been wanting to take the plunge and purchase a full-range arsenal of different oils instead of just having the common lavender, peppermint, tea tree, etc. I knew how complicated the companies and processes were but wow, I am so overwhelmed and feeling like unless I make them myself there’s always going to be pretty be pretty big compromises made when purchasing oils. I really appreciate you taking the time to do the research so many of us would like to do ourselves! I’m just starting my own research and your posts have been very helpful.

    • Yes, it’s totally overwhelming. More to come on oils as well as on the company I ended up going with. I do send out deals about when there are sales, so if you subscribe to my newsletter and blog you will get all the notifications. Take care and thanks for the kind words.

  13. Hi. have you heard of/ tried Le Reve essential oils? and what do you think of their quality?

    • I haven’t. Sorry. I did notice that I don’t see country of origin on their site nor what variety of oil it is — for example Frankincense doesn’t list if it’s sacred, carterii, serrata, or another.

      • Hi aren’t we supposed to be buying or using organic EO’s? Doterra and YL are not organic correct?

        • Good timing! I was just talking w/ the company that I ended up going with about this very thing. Originally I thought that organic oils would be the better choice, however, what I am hearing now is that there isn’t much, if any, and that any pesticides, etc., would show up on the GC/MS test. The company that I went with says that they will go with the organic oil if it passes their strict quality control test and if the cost isn’t prohibitive. Bt they will go w/ purity over organic (and not pure) any day. I hope that helps.

  14. Thanks so much for all your research and detail! I’m new to the oils and started with young living but just attended a do terra “class”. Both are very pricy IMO. I wanted to ensure whether one was better than the other but will now check out RMO per your recommendation and get the book. I’ve been using peppermint oil from YL mixed with fractionated coconut oil for headaches. It mostly works but can you recommend anything else? I also have bad allergies right now and am wondering what will work for that. Thanks again!

    • Hello Sandy – thanks for commenting. I have read about a lot of things about allergies and headaches. I have heard of people using lavender, lemon, and peppermint, but typically they are ingesting and I am not comfortable w/ regular ingestion of oils. I have read that diffusing those oils can help. I personally use nettle tea and some local honey and allergy shots and an air filter and don’t keep the windows open in the spring. What are your main symptoms? I was thinking about writing a post about allergies so good timing!

      About headaches I have read about lots of things – mainly peppermint and black pepper and basil. Other oils might be eucalyptus, helichrysum, lavender, roman chamomile, and spearmint. I hope that helps!! I had HORRIBLE allergies in my teens and 20s so I know how bad it can get.

      • Thanks so much for the response! I have migraines/vestibular headaches. When I get very congested in my inner ear, I will most likely get a dizzy attack. And they get bad. Allergies – eye pain and headaches behind eyes, runny nose, congestion. I already take Zyrtec and mucinex and have upped the dose during this bad season. Also do nose spray and an antihistMine nose spray when all else fails. Probably taking too much but I try to prevent the dizzy at all costs. I’ve had a lot of success with the peppermint oil and haven’t had to resort to my Zomig headache stuff since 2/20 (before I started the oil). I have one now tho that I can’t shake with the peppermint. Sorry for so much detail!

        • Someone I know uses the RMO blend Relieve Me for migraines and says they really help. I have heard going grain free helps a lot. I don’t know if that would be the case w/ the kind of headaches you get?
          I just got this information from someone:

          It depends on the type or cause of the congestion. If it’s allergies, then a blend that helps relieve congestion would help. If it’s too much fluid like Meniere’s Disease, then cutting out salt and grains from your diet might be the best option. Cutting out grains will help with the allergies too. It all comes down to figuring out the cause instead of treating the symptoms.

          • Sandy p says:

            I don’t have Menderes but my dad did. Gosh – if I gave up grains and salt I’d go nuts. I’ve given up so much food already. It sounds like the immune blend and the relieve me blend may work though. The peppermint seems to mostly but I think everything is blooming right now and I can’t stay on top of it. Thanks again for all your help!

          • Oh interesting. I don’t know anything about that. I would not be able to give up salt either. Hope I never have a reason to. Things aren’t blooming here — yet. You are more than welcome!

          • You should never give up salt. Only reduce it if you’re eating too much. It’s an essential ingredient to sustain life… but most Americans ingest more than we should, especially if we’re eating prepackaged foods. Also, do some research on the glycemic index and glycemic load. Grains get a really bad rap, though there is a lot of research to suggest there are many foods that are just as bad or worse than grains that many whole food eaters are eating thinking it’s healthy. Though, I’m not confident it has much to do with retaining fluid causing your ear issues. I can tell you the constant flux of blood sugar from eating high glycemic foods creates free radicals that can really contribute to allergy symptoms.

  15. I find it pretty amusing.that lately it’s been all the hype to become a distributor for these EO companies,Many years ago YL was a decent company when they were small,now their way to big ,and so if there ego ,along with do terra .There oils are so overpriced it’s not even funny,I have been using EO’s from an apothecary and a few small companies my whole life,also my mom and my grandmother and aunts have also,we are all Pagans,and very spiritual,and a lot of our crafting requires the use of EO’s,but we also use it homeopathic care also,and for cleaning.I never would use a big company like YL or doterra,I have no idea what is in those bottles,and yeah a lot of it smells perfumy which it shouldn’t at all,if you using oils from flower plants like rose,then yes it be floral smelling but also herby smelling,some of the oils I am Required to use for certain things don’t even smell that great,but in those big companies they smell nothing like what they should.I was also taught never to by a blend cause you don’t know for sure what’s in it,always make your own blends.I guess these big companies charge so much for their oils because there MLM’s.Inwould never pay double and sometimes triple the amount for something just because you could be a distributo for that company,that’s not EO’s are about and I actually think it’s sad in a way I don’t know why ,that someone has figured that out how to ruin these oils ,make crap and get people to sell it for them.I am happy someone has finally exposed them somewhat for what they really are,and the company you ended up being the happiest with,NAN is a wonderful company and I do order from them from time to time.To me and my beliefs ,we believe EO’s to be a sacred and magical tool for us,and to see them get used in a way that these MLM’s are using them ,and them not being pure and they lie about it,is heartbreaking.

    • I am with a wonderful company that uses only pure essential oils and we have 4 other lines of products that are healthy and safe for your home and the environment. Would love to share more information if anyone is interested.

  16. Iced Death says:

    I think that doTERRA is better because their oils contain ABSOLLUTLY NO Pesticides. A Pesticide is a DANGEROUS CHEMICAL used to kill bugs. But if you want to go with Young Living (which contains Pesticides) and want dangerous chemicals put on you than go for it.

  17. Hi. I am wondering where I would buy Frankincense that can be taken orally as well as being able to use in homemade soap and lotion, I would like something that is distilled once and pure. I am so confused by all of these Essential oil companies and don’t know who to trust. Plus a lot of them don’t tell you how they extract their product or how many times it is distilled and if it only has one ingredient or not like in: “doTERRA’s Frankincense is a blend of 3 varieties, including the less expensive carterii.” Thank you for your help.

    • Hi Winona. Frankincense is a little complex. As far as the distillation goes, the first and second distillation, etc only applies to ylang ylang and possibly peppermint as far as I know and I hope to write more about it in the near future. As for pure, I write about my company of choice in the final post but NYR’s oils that you see in this post are also pure. It is just carterii. There are other companies that are good as well but I love these two. As for doTERRA, yes, they have a blend with the primary oil being carterii so you can see it’s quite pricey. Does that help?

  18. Thank you for sharing your insight. I blend and sell essential oils as part of my self care remedies for clients. I’ve smelled many different brands of essential oils and find that there is something very off putting about doterra oils. I’ve never used YL because I’ve heard they’re not the best quality. I purchase my essential oils wholesale from White Lotus aromatics and love the quality of their oils and botanical variety. I think it’s very important to purchase oils from their place of origin and know if it’s organic, wild or conventionally grown. I asked around for that information from doterra but it’s not easily accessible.

  19. elizabeta says:

    Hi, have you heard of New Directions EO and what do you think of them, thanks

    • Hi there. I have and I didn’t choose them for a number of reasons. Of course, things change w/ companies so I can’t say now. I am very happy with where I am. Thanks!

  20. Robin Cheah says:

    Hi there. Thank you for sharing your opinion and insightful research on the available EO companies. I am from Malaysia and the selection may be scarce. I am glad that companies that you mentioned such as YL and NYO are available in my country. However, after reading your post about which one is the best, I understand that you would opt for RMO. While I am excited to try out RMO, I don’t think they are available in my country 🙁 So, shipping may induce some cost. In fact, as for YL, I have been exposed to this company for some time (been reading about it and someone also shared with me about it, and I am still consuming it) I find that I am happy with the oils that they find. I have signed up as a member with YL but I find that the minimum order that they impose seem to be costly. The products are rather higher in price as well. Again, being a Malaysian and living in Malaysia, I find that my choice is rather limited. YL has just set up an office in Malaysia and NYO also has a shop in my country. May I ask that each company has their own specialty in terms of their products and pricing? Say for example, for skincare, I don’t think YL heavily promote on their skincare (used one of their cleanser but doesn’t quite make any difference), but NYO are more focused on their skincare. Perhaps I would go for YL when it comes to essential oils and will perhaps try out NYO when it comes to skincare. As for RMO that you mentioned, sadly, I don’t think they have an office in Malaysia yet, which I think they should because it would be a good market for them. Let me know what you think? Thank you for your insightful remarks and research!

    • Hi Robin! I do think that RMO will ship to Malaysia – it’s $8 flat rate shipping and free if you order $199 or more.

      Please check it out! Yes, NYR is more focused on skincare. Please let me know – I just tried to do a shopping cart and it did give me a choice to ship to Malaysia. Best wishes!

      • Robin Cheah says:

        Hi Adrienne! Thank you for your reply! Thanks a lot as well for helping me to do a test check out to find out if they ship to Malaysia. That’s awesome! $8 shipping fee isn’t too high. I might consider them. Hehe. Yeah, because of what you wrote I dashed to one of the NYR counter near me just now and oh boy, the differences in terms of price is huge! For instance, frankincense oil costs half the price of what YL is selling. But like you mentioned, they’re a direct selling company. Having said that, I think they would need to empower their on-ground staffs with more knowledge though. Hehe.. YL seems to know their products and the NYR staff who served me (with much respect, I really enjoy and love her sharing) seems to read from the label. One thing to note though, YL says that their essential oils can be induced and applied directly on the skin. Contrary to the NYR staff who attended to me earlier, she told me that the oil can’t be applied directly on the skin, more so I don’t think it can be induced orally. Is there a difference in terms of their product, you think? Or both are also same, it’s just that the companies are on the safe side by training their staffs to not educate consumers to orally induce the oils. What do you think? But yeah, they are more focused on skincare as compared to YL though.

        • You are so welcome! Yes, the prices are great. RMO’s prices are great too. As for the Frankincense, some of it is due to the kind of Frankincense. NYR’s is carterii which is less pricey and their bottles are 10 ml. However, one of YL’s is carterii. The other is sacred. RMO has sacred and serrata. DoTERRA’s is a blend. NYR is very cautious about applying oils and they only recommend applying lavender neat. It isn’t about purity – they are being very cautious. In NYR’s oils book they say to only take oils internally under the guidance of a practitioner. Hope that helps.

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