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.)

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

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).


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 of course, but we still didn’t care for it.

doTERRA Review

Besides buying the Young Living Starter Kit, 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.

One thing I really like about doTERRA is their educational resources — and also, 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.


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

But that might be a problem.  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, according to several sources, possibly from a redistill.   The oils are either redistilled or some components are taken out to give the oil a clean pepperminty candy smell. (Source).

The other alternative is that someone did something else 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 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 might not be top quality.

Update 8/16:

If there is truly no such thing as more than one distillation of peppermint, as many say, then why is doTERRA stating that there is a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and complete distillation of peppermint?  Possibly it was an error.

Please note, this whole topic is very confusing and I am digging into it more and am going to be adding more information to this series about it and/or addressing it again in another post.  You can read some information in later posts about why one chemist thinks that doTERRA’s peppermint mint smell this way.


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 of ylang ylang 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.


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.

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.


This isn’t necessarily a negative, but thought I should point it out since Frankincense is such a popular essential oil these days.

Most companies sell either just one variety of Frankincense Oil, or several varieties, but doTERRA’s Frankincense is, at least as of the date I am writing this addition to this post (Aug 2016), a blend of different varieties (source):

– carterii (typically the least expensive)
– serrata
– frereana

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 newly updated with new content and better organization.  Plus DK Books designed it.  If you know anything about DK Books, you know how lovely, in addition to informative, this book is.

The book is small but the company is coming out with a new book soon and it will cover many more oils at much more depth.  I will share this book when I have it available.

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!

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.


    Speak Your Mind


  1. Wow amazing g research thank you very much, I have joined the doTerra group and so far very pleased. I wish I could access this sort of information for Australia. I am sure there could be some other very good oils at a lower prices here. I learnt a lot reading this information and in all fairness to doTerra I have not been to their information sessions which they keep encouraging me to attend. So thank you! I feel a lot more informed about these wonderful oils.

    • You are so welcome. Thanks for commenting!

    • There is a great Australian company that sells organic skin care and cosmetics using essential oils. They are also a MLM, which I am a rep for. I’m not trying to use someone else’s blog to push my product, so if you’d like to know more, just email me at (email deleted by blog owner). I just saw you mentioned Australia and thought you might be interested!

      • Sorry, Tara, but I don’t allow marketing posts on my blog. Glad you found something that you like – I might be connected with them as well, actually. 🙂

  2. Adrienne – Great info. Gives me a lot to think about and digest. Thanks for your hard work here. I’ve signed up a few months ago with YLO. The oils I’ve used so far for various things seem to work fine. I especially like the vitality oils. However, I don’t like the extremely high prices for the small amounts I receive, and I also am not a fan of the MLM thing. I always go with my gut on things, and lately I’ve been feeling like there’s a lot of pressure to “recruit” friends, family & strangers in order to get discounts and benefits. I don’t want to do that…I just want to enjoy the oils for myself and my family as well as share with people in my blog (like you do) and on my website. Our son was dx with autism @ 3 yrs. (he is now 9) due to gut damage by chemicals, toxins and antibiotics (I won’t elaborate, but I’m sure you get the point)- so my website/blog is all about how we have been able to restore his health and reduce & eliminate ASD symptoms. My main reasons for becoming interested in the oils. Do you use oils internally at all from the company you are now with? Just curious. I like peppermint in my tea and thieves in my coffee! Even grapefruit in my white wine. 🙂 Again, thanks for sharing your hard work with us! Take care!

    • Hi Erin – thanks! MLMs can be good or bad. Depends on the company, the products, the pricing, and more. If you are a “shareperson” instead of a “salesperson” I think it can be a great model. I am aligned with a few Direct Sales companies that I think are ethical and have sound products and I am proud to be associated with them. I would love to know what blog you have – please do share. I am very very careful and almost never use oils internally now. I am concerned about damage to the microbiome. I just use other things in my coffee substitute and tea. I love the oils but I think better safe than sorry. Hope to stay in touch.

    • Will you please share your blog link?

  3. Hi! I know you are recommending RMO but I was wondering how you felt about Eden’s Garden. I was considering them and want to know what you think.

    • Hi Monique. I am talking to other companies to see if there are others that I can share more information about on my site – but I haven’t gotten to EG yet. I did look at them years ago when I started the series, however.

  4. I do am a beginner re essential oils and have no affiliation with any company so your series is of particular interest to me. However, I had just read a blog comparing young living to doterra and they said that a group of execs left young living to create doterra, possibly in violation of non compete and misuse of proprietary information (http://www.theessentialfamily.com/why-i-passed-on-doterra-essential-oils/) …… I don’t know whether they had good reason to leave or not, but there have been at least 2 lawsuits against doterra. I also did a google search on Stephen Barrett, and thought you might find the following interesting. http://anhinternational.org/2008/01/18/quackbuster-stephen-barrett-md-loses-appeal-and-leaves-home-town/

    Anyways, I can’t give any credit to anything Mr. Barrett says. So you might want to reconsider living Young. Especially if his comments against them had to be taken down. I do a lot of research and give a lot of thought to whether positive or negative reviews are actually credible. Given that Mr Barrett has zero credibility regarding therapeutic essential oils/aromatherapy, I am concerned that your statements and inclusion of him give him false credibility and may steer people away from a company for invalid reasons. As an investigative reporter, I would expect better from you. But I am happy overall with what you are trying to do, and as a mom with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and much more, plus a grown son who had medical and neurological problems I understand, and again am thankful for what you do. (my son had a feeding tube for 6.5 years and was diagnosed as autistic, high functioning He is now a marine corporal.) Oh, you may want to read a book by Malcom Gladwell called David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. This book has a chapter devoted to dyslexia, and how struggling with that can actually make one more successful as an entrepreneur. Great reading and it will help relieve some of the worry that comes with being a parent of a “developmentally disabled” child.

    • Hi Janece,

      Thanks for commenting. I appreciate what you wrote about Barrett. I did put a disclaimer in about Barrett – did you not see it? If you think it should be stronger I can go back and revisit it.

      Have you seen the info some other commenters linked to about YL and adulteration claims? I didn’t know what to think about it all.

      I really appreciate your kind words. They mean a lot. Thanks for the encouragement about special needs. Needed that.

    • I have some very close insight on the lawsuit and it’s a pretty ugly battle going on. Bottom line – YL has proprietary blends that were taken by DoTerra exec’s (some of who are family members of Gary Young sadly). I hate all the mud slinging and I do believe this world is big enough for all to profit. Yes YL has been around longer than most oil companies. Know who your essential oil companies truly source from and that their oils are not diluted. It’s becoming like the wild west out there with oils – there is alot of junk being sold as pure so do your research on the company your sourcing from and don’t buy random labels on amazon bc many are sourced from China and white labeled – meaning someone is sourcing from China, slapping a logo on the product and selling it but if you can’t find details around the company or brand selling the oil – buyer beware!

  5. Shivani Arjuna says:

    There is no such classification/certification as “therapeutic grade” essential oil.

    Essential oils are extremely concentrated and many of them can very seriously injure you if applied externally undiluted and if used internally.. Directing people to use undiluted essential oils on their skin or to ingest hot , spicy oils is completely irresponsible, as is telling people who have done this that their injuries are just some sort of “cleansing.” This sort of thing is also prompting the FDA to view essential oils in general as dangerous and resulting in bad PR for essential oils in general.
    The companies that tell you outright not to ingest essential oils are not doing so because their oils are in some way inferior, but because they put your well being before their profits.
    A good source of information for those interested in the safe, healthful use of essential oils: http://www.floracopeia.com/education/how-to-use-essential-oils-effectively/

    • Hello Shivani and welcome. Yes you are right about undiluted oils as well as ingesting. I don’t recommend that kind of use. Lavender is the only oil I will use undiluted. Thanks again!

  6. Does the essential oil company that your recommend grow their oils in indigenous countries as you mentioned it early on in the article but didn’t say this company does. thanks

  7. Shauna Myron says:

    I’m confused. I thought you prefer RMO? But now I see this post linking to NYR Organics. I’m lost…

    • Hi Shauna – The situation is complicated and I will write more, but RMO was my first choice for oils as you can see from the post series. I did look at NYR at the time I was looking at oils companies and didn’t go w/ them since they had a smaller offering and I actually didn’t look into the company that much. Later, I ended up looking at them for personal care and after many hours of research, I went with them for that purpose, but they do have a nice aromatherapy line as well. Their book is lovely and they had carrier oils long before RMO’s recent release of them.

      Recently I have been talking about them more in the comments of this series since RMO did a site update and they have changed some policies in their company. They do not have growing conditions indicated on their site at present but are working out how to do that. As such, and since many of my readers are looking for organic oils, I am recommending Neal’s Yard oils to them, if the company has what they are looking for. I anticipate that there will be updates to RMO’s site that will address this issue but it isn’t done yet. Additionally, RMO’s oils are not all labeled w/ the country of origin at present since the site update.

      Neal’s Yard Remedies’ oils are all grown sustainably which is something that many people care about as well.

      I hope that makes sense. Please feel free to ask any other questions. I will be writing more in the future. Thanks for reading!!

    • Also I should add that I am talking to other companies as well to have additional information and resources for my readers. Nothing that I can recommend whole heartedly yet and I am swamped here, but trying! Thanks again!

      • What about Plant Therapy?

        • Hi there. I’m not sure. They had some things I didn’t care for when I started this series and a 3rd party test showed that they had poor quality oils. So I would really have to dig into them now. I’m looking at a number of companies now but it’s taking a lot of time. Hope to write more soon. I do recommend Neal’s Yard unequivocally. All oils are produced sustainably and they are all GC/MS tested as well. https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/wholenewmom/area/shop-online/category/essential-oils/

          • Hello,

            I am very interested to know about Plant Therapy, as I have started selling them, but now I am questioning this choice. The fact that Robert Tisserand was one of their testers kinda sold me on their products, along with some of the reviews, where people were very happy.
            I have previously only used YL, for better or worse (and essential oils bought in India) – expensive, but reliable? not sure I got your full take on them in the end. At the moment I am wanting to treat some quite serious health stuff with oils, so knowing they are pure is a must for me and for my conscience in seling them 🙂
            Thank you very much for all of your research and information

          • Hi there. I am talking to other companies now – stay tuned!

  8. Is there an oil that will help reduce fine lines and one that will fade age spots?

  9. I am more confused than when I started regarding where the best place to buy quality essential oils is! Gained some great information regarding distillation processes and some customer care challenges I want to stay clear of, but still don’t know where to buy my oils.

    One more thing, I am not a sales person, don’t want to be a sales person…why are all of these companies insisting and the pyramid thing? Jeez!!!!

  10. Jade Macomber says:

    I am very confused…..i read your blog series on the best essential oil company…. i liked what i read about rocky mountain oils so i checked them out, and decided to try their oils, and im very happy with them. I have been using essential oils for over ten years, im 29 and started using them around the age of 18. I can tell a good oil from a bad oil….but have recently decided to care more about the growing process, distillation process, and whether the company is using indiginous, organic plants to make their oils. So i was delighted to see you were doing much of the leg work. But now im just very confused…..what oil is it that your recommending???!!! Ive now tried rocky mountain oils and i am loving them, what is it that you now arent sure about? Do you not believe theyre organic? And what company do you now recommend ….and why?

    • Hello Jade,

      Thanks for commenting. I am glad you have enjoyed the RMO oils. I am very certain of the company’s purity. What has happened is that they did a new site update and for now they do not have country of origin on all of their oils indicated and they are not listing growing conditions. They have moved away from all wild crafted, organic, or organically grown and now have some conventionally grown plants. This is their official statement:

      Although we have not gone through the FDA process to be able to label our bottles as certified organic we have strict standards of quality that we hold ourselves to. Our oils have not been adulterated with fillers, synthetics or fragrance enhancers in any way. We have all the oils GC/MS tested to insure that there are no added chemicals, pollutants, or pesticides in the oils that we offer. We offer the test results on the website for each oil by the batch code on the bottom of the bottle. Below is a link to our quality page.


      So basically I have been talking to them about this and about how my readers (and I) want country of origin on the site and that many people want organic and sustainable oils so they are working on how they are going to be putting this information on their site. In the meantime, I am recommending Neal’s Yard Remedies to those who would like sustainably grown oils, and they have a selection of organic oils as well. I am talking to other companies also. I am being very selective. I got an email back this past week from a company that sells a lot of organic oils – they were not doing any or a lot of GC/MS tests but they started it and found that some of their oils, including some that were certified organic, had synthetics in them. So I cannot work with them. I need a company that batch tests and can stand behind their quality unequivocally.

      If you have a specific need you can email me at wholenewmom {at} gmail {dot} com and I can try to accommodate you. I’m moving as fast as I can. Thanks for your patience. Here are the Neal’s Yard Oils. https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/wholenewmom/area/shop-online/category/essential-oils/

  11. Hi I was wondering if your research ever came across the brand ELIZABETH VAN BUREN oils? I’ve had testing done on my body and it does not like the do terra or young living but this brand it loved. Thank you in advanced for any info

    • Yes, I did. I didn’t see information on their site that they do GC/MS testing on every batch, no did I see a way to see the results – do you have different information?

  12. High quality essential oils that come from companies NOT engaged in multi-level-marketing (pyramid) sales tactics are your best bet, Mu two cents, coming from a family that loves essential oils but has given too much money to direct marketing companies whose clai,s about purity are not based on fact.

    • Hi John.

      Can you tell me what you thought they weren’t being honest about regarding purity? I’m not a big fan of most of the MLMs out there, but just to be clear, a pyramid is illegal – it takes money for a promise of something but not for goods. So that is not what these are. There is also a difference between MLMs and Direct Sales, with MLMs http://smallbusiness.chron.com/difference-between-direct-sales-multilevel-marketing-20952.html

      • what about Dr, Axe oils Numa?

        • Hi Kim. Interesting you ask. I have a few thoughts.

          I haven’t studied their oils but I would want to know if they are doing GC/MS testing on each batch. That is a must for me. I will be writing more about that but just the other week, a company claiming that their oils were pure started doing more testing and found synthetics in their oils – even in certified organic ones.

          I also saw a statement on Dr. Axe’s Facebook page (I have a copy of it) stating that theirs were the only USDA Certified Organic Essential Oils on the market. That, I assume, was a mistake, but that is completely not the case. There are other companies that have that certification.

          When the line first came out I saw a clip or blurb about them claiming they were the only pure / quality oil on the market. I wish I could find it now, but I really wish that companies would not say that. I think that there are, of course, oils that are not pure and that aren’t the quality that I would want to use, but there are a good handful of decent companies out there and it’s better for us to work together than to say “ours is the only one”.

          This is the claim on this page now: https://draxe.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/223608788-NUMA-Essential-Oils

          Together, they wanted to create the purest and highest quality essential oils available.

          In a video on their page they are talking about the oils being for internal use. I am concerned about that depending on whether or not they are emulsifying this because it can really be a problem to take oils internally – it can damage the mucosal tissue. I only think someone should take oils internally under the care of a medical practitioner and even then you should be very very careful.

          Finally, they claim that they are therapeutic grade. That’s a subjective term.

          So bottom line, I would assume they are quality but I don’t see any indications of testing.

          I am doing more research to have more options for my readers. You can check out this company now and I hope to have more available. http://wholenewmom.com/neals-yard-remedies-nyr-organic/ I hope this all helps! I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time on this recently.

  13. Christina Hales says:

    Id be interested in your feedback on MojiLife Essential Oil line. The take 15ml of 100% therapeutic grade A EO and saturate it into a 100% wood fiber wick and use it with their AirMoji that disperses it (no water, no cord, no heat) into the air. The EO pod is $11.95 and the AirMoji unit is $44.95. I know you were looking for “best bang for your buck.”-Wondering what your thoughts are on that companies EO product line?

    • I don’t see any ingredient information on their site for their fragrance blends. I don’t see anything about their quality on their site. Sorry about that. I am very very careful.

  14. Thank you for all of the great information. I would not consider anything Stephen Barrett has to say. He has gone to prison for fraud. He is an angry person and writes negative comments about any company that is related to alternative health and is doing good things.

    • You are so welcome. I know about his problems. Of course, someone with bad backgrounds could still say some things that are accurate just like someone who has a good background could say inaccurate things. Correct?

  15. Katherine Fox says:

    Can you add Melaleuca oils to your list to research? I know that they have more testing than most of the big companies (doTerra and YL). I’m curious to see what you can uncover.

    • Hi Katherine, and thanks for reading (and writing).

      Can you tell me why you think they have more testing than doTERRA and Young Living?

      I am concerned about their having artificial colors and fragrances in their other products, as well as the inclusion of ingredients such as acesulfame potassium. Could you tell me what you think about that? Thanks.

  16. Joyce George says:

    I’m really interested in purchasing oils and I’d like to know which company you’ve chosen!!

  17. Hello there
    your blog is wonderful! stumbled upon it while doing research on EOs of course…I am considering becoming a rep for Young Living, but reading about NYR Organics and what you have to say about them makes me want to lean toward NYR. If I am to join your team, will I be given marketing tools and will I have someone to help me along with this process? And did I read that correctly? I will only need $100 in sales per year to continue being a consultant? Thanks!!

    • Hi there. Thanks for the kind words! Yes, you would get marketing tools and support from me, the company, and others. Yes, it’s only $100 in a rolling 12 months. Happy to answer any other questions. The are coming out with a new essential oils book too.

  18. Just curious about the ” No website fees and no huge minimums. Just $100 in a rolling 12 months”.

    Young Living has a $50 minimum for a year membership.

    • Hi Beverly. I was talking about this company: http://wholenewmom.com/neals-yard-remedies-nyr-organic/

      Let me know if you have any more questions. They have a Joining Special this month.

      • Okay – it just seemed like you were saying that YL had website fees and huge minimums. A rolling $50 order a year is less than a rolling $100 order a year so I didn’t understand the comment about huge minimums 🙂

        Thanks for the informative post!

        • I am not sure what the agreement was when I was with YL. I see now that they have Essential Rewards to get discounted shipping and other benefits and you need to do a 50 PV order monthly to get that. I wish I had copied what it was when I was w/ the company but I don’t believe I mentioned website fees. Thanks for reading!

  19. Hi
    I have a question about Young Living and Rocky Mountain Oils. I’m looking to get frankincense sacred. Young living claims that they are the first and only company allowed, (after hundreds of years) to bring this oil to the west, from Oman. Yet, RMO says they also have this oil from Oman. Can you share your thoughts on this?

    Also, thx for such an informative website- I read and enjoyed your whole website in detail.

    • My understanding is that you can tell if it is Omani Frankincense from the GC/MS test. You can get a copy of this on RMO’s site.

      Does that help? I am familiar w/ the claim by YL. There are some interesting posts about their claim on the internet if you search. Thanks for the kind words – more to come!

  20. Also, I apologize in advance, I didn’t realize my post published the first time, so I reposted twice.