The Great Essential Oils Showdown – Troubles in the Essential Oils Industry – Part 3

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!

We’re back with Part 3 of the search for the Best Essential Oils Company.

After writing Which Essential Oils Company is Best – Part One (basically, where this whole thing started) and Which EO Company is Best – Part 2 (where I outline what you should be looking for in a company), I thought that I should share how I came to find “the best essential oils company”.

Come along for the investigative adventure with me…..

Now, of course, I am only one person.  And a homeschooling mom who is battling adrenal fatigue.

And one of my kids has Aspergers’s (See The Best Autism Therapy) and life-threatening food allergies (see Food Allergies and Eczema – a Healing Story) and the other has dyslexia.

Let’s just say I am busy.

If I were only studying essential oils full time, I could possibly check out every essential oils company on the market and get back to you with a list of all of them in order of preference.

Would be nice, huh?

Well, I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started, but if you go back and skim through the comments on Part One and Part Two, you will see that there are LOADS of essential oils companies out there.

Even for my intensely investigative mind, there needs to be an end.

At some point, I needed to be “OK with a super good, reasonably priced company” and call it a day.

That’s what I think I have and this is how I got there.

How I Chose “The Best Essential Oils Company”

All of these events kind of converge with each other, so bear with me.  It will all iron out in the end.

1.  Young Living

Here’s where it started.  You can read my post on A Skeptic Looks at Thieves Oil to see that I really thought that EO’s (as they are referred to in the oils world) were a bunch of baloney.

I finally tried them and became a fast believer.  Check out Peppermint, Wintergreen, and More to see how well they worked.

I wasn’t thrilled with some of the things that I’d read about Young Living’s Founder, Gary Young, but I spoke with a number of people about it (including one previous skeptic at Young Living) and felt that if the products were good, then I could deal with the negative.  The information in this document was particularly disconcerting to me, but then again, the author of Quackwatch pretty much has nothing good to say about any alternative modality of healing so I didn’t want to put too much stock in his words.  In fact, it appears that Mr. Barrett (the author) seems to have issue in his past to deal with as well, including ties to the FDA (from my post on “Probiotics are Dangerous! Arsenic is Safe!” you can see that the FDA isn’t really kind to “alternative” companies.

Anyway, after sharing my Young Living posts with you all, I read through all of the comments and started talking with other companies.  I just felt that I owed it to my family, and my readers, to look into other companies more.

Little did I know that the fun had only just begun :-).

I started contacting numerous companies based on those mentioned in the comments on my oils posts.

2.  doTERRA

One of the first things I did was to contact a rep from doTERRA (one of the commenters on my Best Essential Oils post) and after asking a ton of questions (really – a TON), and doing a little investigating into some of the other non-multi-level companies, I decided to take the plunge and buy a starter kit (Yes, I have spent a LOAD of money on oils).  To this doTERRA rep’s credit, she was very much “not pushy” about doTERRA and I had to even ask her if she was a rep or not.  That meant a LOT to me.  I NOT into pushy salespeople.

My first thought–their oils smelled AMAZING.  My youngest son always wanted to smell them, particularly the peppermint.  In fact, as I walked down this path, he was always asking voting for doTERRA as being the best essential oils company.  :-).

I used their oils some, but didn’t know what to think.

After awhile, I thought I’d dive in and commit to using only doTERRA oils for a bit to see what results I would get.

Some OK results and some really great ones too.

a.  A leg / groin injury.  I tried to heal this with YL’s oils for months, but it never went completely away.  doTERRA’s lemongrass and peppermint took it away.
b.  Sleep – no apparent help from either lavender or vetiver.  Sad, tired mom.
c.  Oregano – really helped with warts, but we didn’t use it long enough to get rid of them
d.  Frankincense – husband had what looked like a precancerous spot on his back and this healed it up quickly.
e.  On Guard – I never really felt that this had the same “punch” that YL’s Thieves did.
f.  Slim and Sassy – tastes great (with stevia in water), but no weight loss here.  I’m not really heavy, but would love to drop about 2-4 pounds.
g.  Allergies – no help there either with peppermint, lavender and lemon.

I do really like their educational support from reps and their company.

3.  Troubles with the Oils Industry

I contacted other companies, and went on literally a heap of essential oil company’s sites. Then, during my investigations, I ended up being asked by a company to help them choose an essential oils supplier (crazy, huh?) so I got to try out another company’s oils (for free this time) and found out more and more about oils along the way.

 As all of my testing of doTERRA and Young Living was going on, I started looking at other oils companies and talking with folks in the industry.
This is where it gets really interesting.  I don’t have documentation for all of this but here is some of the “dark side” to the essential oils industry.

– Some of the companies actually distill at high pressure and high temperature to get more oil out faster, despite it being widely known in the oils industry that low temperature and low pressure is the way to do it.

Oils are adulterated.  With chemicals, fragrances or cheaper oil.  I heard from one source that CODEX allows for oils to be labeled “pure” with only 3% of the pure oil in the bottle.  I couldn’t get documentation for that, but I can see it being true.  You’ve seen those bottles labeled “pure vanilla extract” that have a lot of alcohol and sugar in them as well, right?  The vanilla part is pure but there’s other stuff in that bottle.  One oil company owner told me he once tested a health food store brand that was labeled “pure” but it tested with 75% propylene glycol.

Basically, if the price seems too good to be true, it likely is.

False certificates – One oil company owner told me that he had sold small amounts of 2 varieties of an oil to a smaller company.  They asked for the certification of the more expensive oil, apparently for “verification”.  Later, they ordered a large amount of the less expensive oil to sell to their customers.  The first company’s owner later visited the buyer’s site and saw that the company had posted the certificate for the more expensive oil alongside the info for the “cheaper” oil they had just purchased from him.  Ugh!

Just because there is a certificate doesn’t mean that is what is being sold.

“Complete distillations” or “redistillation” vs “first distillations”.  While there is no official standard for how oils are distilled, here is very interesting information showing how one gets a “candy cane-like” smell when distilling peppermint oil.  Apparently if you distill it at a higher temperature or pressure, or redistill, you get this same “candy”-like smell.  I will refer to this later.

– I have also heard about oils being reheated to make them smell more palatable.  Remember we said “low temperature”?

Chemical Solvents – Some companies are distilling with solvents.  No more chemical nasties, right?  Ick.  There are a few exceptions, but very few.  You want steam distilled oils only otherwise.

Safety violations – There are some companies without good reputations in this arena as well.  I will talk about this next time as well.

I could go on, but again, you can see that this is a murky industry.  Kind of like the modern-day food industry.

More about other companies (and more on YL and doTERRA) in my next post, Best Essential Oils – Part 4.  Hang with me–the end is near :-).

Please note – some of the following links are affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

There is sooo much to learn about essential oils. If your appetite is whetted like mine is, you’ll want to grab this book.

I love using essential oils on my sons but I have a lot more to learn about what to use and how.  I love Valerie’s style so this book is next on my “to buy” list.

She doesn’t recommend using oils internally, which I am fine with (used with caution) just so you know.

Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child - Valerie Wormwood Essential Oils

For more in the Best Essential Oils Series:

Which Essential Oils Company is Best? – Part 1
Best Essential Oils – What a Good Oils Company Should Have – Part 2
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

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.

Source: - Livestrong


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  1. I am so glad there is a part three… for a minute I was worried you were going to say that Young living and doterra are the best out there and I’m not a fan of either of those brands. I don’t like that doterra is so expensive yet most of their oils are not organic but yet they tell people to take them internally… yuck!

  2. Really enjoying this series Adrienne! Can’t wait for part 4. :) I’ve been using doTERRA since May, and fall in love with them more every week…
    One question- Did you try YL’s lav/lemon/peppermint oils for your allergies as well without results? Or just doTERRAs? Just curious. ;)

    • Hi Jill! I think so but that was a long time ago. They really didn’t seem to make a dent. I felt I’d be downing a whole bottle each per day if I kept it up :-).

    • Becky the Beekeeper says:

      Jill, you are better off working with a local beekeeper for allergies. Raw local honey will help build up your immune system and kill bad bacteria in your system.

      :) Becky the Beekeeper

      • I agree with raw local honey. Totally helped me break a nasty cycle that occurred year after year after year. Best wishes!

        BTW, I am intrigued about your EO discoveries. Glad to hear a part 4 is coming (and maybe a part 5). I have used YL EOs (way back when) and they do last a good long while, but I have heard disturbing stories. I prefer other brands.

  3. Danielle Greenwood says:

    Thanks for all the hard work, Adrienne!
    I’m a DoTerra rep, and use the oils but i’m open minded and would love to see if there are higher quality or less expensive (or both!) oils out there. Its so hard to know about these things unless you truly trust your source of information or you are actually in the lap testing things yourself.
    I feel the same way about natural supplements and foods! Oh well, I’ll try not to stress too much. ;)

  4. Thank you so much that you’re doing this.

  5. I have to ask, did you settle with one of the 2 companies mentioned here, or is there a 3rd company that won your vote?? I use YL, but have been wondering about another company that a blogger I follow uses.

  6. Thanks for the posts. I’ve really been wanting to try EOs, but was overwhelmed by all of the companies and claims out there. Just today I came across this After reading, I decided to try a few of their oils. We’ll see!

  7. Have you tried Mountain Rose Herbs essential oils?

  8. Oooh, this is getting interesting! I am VERY eager to hear your conclusions on this matter! Personally I have been using YL oils for several years, and I really like them, especially their Thieves blend, but I also have not really had any super healing experiences with their oils like so many of the testimonials that I read. I can’t wait to hear all that you have discovered! Thank you for doing all this research for all of us!

  9. Can’t wait to hear the results. I’ve been using EO for 20 years, and have used many of the companies you are looking into. Thank you for researching so thoroughly!

  10. The suspense is killing me =)
    I thought about getting the 32 piece set from Eden’s Garden for Christmas. I think I’ll wait. I am new to EOs, but I want to make sure I get the best. In the mean time I have some Doterra and some Aura Cacia. Thanks for your hard work.

    • I use Eden’s Garden and love their oils. But mostly I love their price. I contacted them and they claim their oils are 100% pure and they don’t adulterate them. I’m pretty happy with them as a company and their oils as a whole. Just my opinion.

      • Just a note. Companies can say whatever they like. You really need to look into them. I so far haven’t found any company admitting up front to adulterating ;-).

      • do you know if Eden’s Garden are non GMO and if they can be ingested?? YL are all non GMO and you can take them internally as well. a lot of the other companies out there , you can’t. i have contacted a few of them.. I am also trying desperately to find a quality oil that you can both take internally as well as use topically. and are non GMO .. I really really want the Copaiba and the Franckensence since i have Fibromyalgia, epstein Barr and virus and osteo arthritis.. Those oils would be very beneficial to me but live on such a stict budget i can’t afford to waste any money at all! Don’t mind doing with out something else when it comes to my health as long as it is worth every penney i am paying for it. I also have numerous food allergies as well so I have to be careful there is no soy added to any of these oils which i heard some companies do. Please give me your feedback.. this is the third post i have written but for some reason they keep disappearing.

        • I don’t know about Eden’s but Native American’s are all non GMO. I wasn’t personally impressed with Edens.

        • Kathy I also just got done suffering from a year long acute epstein barr flare up:( how long have you been suffering? can i tell you what really worked for me? i mostly had pain in the back of my neck and would constantly have the nodes in my shoulders and back of head and jaw flare up and the edens garden peppermint neet applied really stopped the pain. in all of my research someone had said they had success with a lemon/frankincense/lavender blend applied on their lymph nodes as well. as i started to get better my lymph nodes under my arms and in my groin were swollen and would ache. i have a sensitivity to lavender so i just used 1:1 lemon/frankencense mixed with a few drops of coconut oil applied to the area. it worked so wonderfully. my other secret weapon was epson salt baths. i would definitely recommend them.

      • I too use Edens Garden EO’s. Mostly because they are much cheaper than doTerra and YL. But i have gotten amazing results from them as well. Would really love it if you could check them out because if i’m not getting what they say they are providing i would look at another company.

  11. I also did just a little bit of research on YL and d?TERRA and decided to go with d?TERRA. I was not disappointed! Everyone in my family including my husband who didnt think it would work uses them on a regular basis. He was the first one we used the oils on when he had a migraine. We used peppermint and worked great. I am currently using the deep blue for my post back surgery pain for my sciatica pain. All i can say is i am in love with d?TERRA Essential Oils!!

    • Becky the Beekeeper says:


      Try Niacin, I think it is B3 for Migraines. It will help open up the arteries in the brain for blood flow.

      :) Becky the Beekeeper

  12. Really interesting. I’ve been using Young Living for about 15 years now. I love them but wouldn’t mind finding something a little less expensive. I’ve tried several different brands over the years but always end up going back to Young Living. I guess in the the end you pretty much get what you pay for. Thank you for all of your research. I’m interested in hearing your final conclusions!

  13. One thing I don’t understand is YL uses wintergreen in the thieves oil. I keep reading you should NEVER take wintergreen internally. Makes me think all the companies that want you to take oils internally isn’t very strong. I love that you are doing this but you are making me feel like I’m waiting for my tax return! Just joking!

  14. Have you looked into Floracopia and Mountain Rose Herbs? I personally don’t go for Doterra or Young Living, they’re both brothers and have a lot of shady business in their past and have got better at covering their tracks in my opinion. I can’t wait to see what part 4 and 5 hold. You’re so amazing for doing all this research!

  15. This is awesome! Have you heard of Ananda Apothecary? That’s where I get mine…they SEEM to be a great company, but maybe I’m wrong!

    • Yes – you can look at the comments or hold on. I will address them again.

    • KarinSDCA says:

      Thanks for mentioning this company! I haven’t investigated the essential oils or other products, but I sure am in love with some of their education components of the web site. I’ve been searching for the number of drops per milliliter for a long time. I used a generic 20 drops (water) for one project and it is wildly inaccurate, according to Ananda Apothecary’s website…. I researched longevity of oils (essential and carrier) awhile back and my information mostly matches Ananda Apothecary’s website.

  16. I have enjoyed reading your posts, Adrienne. You are definitely putting lots of time into your research. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of 2011. After much prayer and research I decided to go the traditional route and then build up my system afterwards. During my chemo treatments I had a very weak immune system. The Dr. said I shouldn’t take any supplements such as vitamin C to build it up for fear of interfering with the chemo. I work at a college and there are always sneezing, sick people in my office. I used Doterra’s On Guard in a diffuser and I didn’t even get a cold! I am done with my treatments and I’m doing great. I use Doterra’s Oregano and Melaluca in capsules, along with OnGuard in a diffuser whenever I feel like I’m starting to get something and they knock it right out. I love Doterra but I am interesting in the results of your research. Thanks!

  17. I want to dive into oils. I wish information on their use was easily avail.

  18. I had received some YL peppermint from my mom and I used it so quickly. I replaced it with Aura Cacia peppermint and I hate it. It doesn’t smell pure at all :( Guess I learned my lesson on buying cheap oils!

  19. Becky the Beekeeper says:

    Let me begin with, I sell and use DoTerra.

    My caution in any oil is understanding how an oil is used. Here are a few reasons.

    First, many push the use of oil in a high volume. As a local beekeeper and in what I have learned from bee, I do not encourage people to eat pollen. Although raw honey is highly beneficial to many for food and allergies, the pollen I have concerns with. I also have concern in eating the wax.

    Note, pollen is taken by the bees from acres of plants. EO is the same. One small jar of EO is from 1 to 5 acres of plants. We humans were not made to consume an acre of plants in a moment. My concern is over dose and actually poisoning to some.

    Second, I understand there have been some great results from EO. EO may work for, lets say autism in some, but it may not work for others. Our bodies react differently depending on our heath. Eczema is known to be the reaction to your body being highly toxic. The skin is the LAST organ of the body and one would need a good cleanse before adding EOs to their system.

    Third, using an EO from only one company may not always be best. For years I have used melaleuca oil from the melaleuca company. Not sure what the difference is, but I like their tea tree oil better than DoTerra’s. In all other cases, I use DoTerra.

    Forth, I caution anyone to use any oil without testing it for their body. I can use Melaleuca Company Tea tree directly on my body. I can use DoTerra peppermint oil directly on my temples, back of my neck and in my mouth. But I CAN NOT use it directly anywhere near my shoulders. It will burn my underarms, even if it is on my clothes. Lavender is the same.

    There is a reason lemon oil will melt a styrofoam cup if placed on it directly.

    Finally, my advice is always cut oils with something. place it in shampoos, soaps, bath salts and foods. And, use real food when available instead of EOs. If cilantro is available, use it instead of the EO. There are green goodies you will get from the food that you will be missing in the EO.

    Just a few thoughts to ponder over,
    Becky the Beekeeper

    • Absolutely love what you have to say Becky. Excellent advice…especially about always cutting the oil with something. I hate the claims from YL & DT that their oils can be taken internally when everything I read from people NOT selling oils says not to take any EO’s internally. I admire the fact that you are selling DT but can look at things objectively.

      • The issue of internal vs external us of oils is actually more of a philosophy difference. British vs French philosophy. I personally think that both uses are appropriate and I use the oils both ways. And both with caution, of course.

  20. I went and looked at thieves and I did NOT read wintergreen. I think I read or misread it on one of the posts…. Sorry for that! Cant wait for your results.

    • You might have been thinking about Eucalyptus. One kind of eucalyptus is not OK to take internally – Eucalyptus Globulus. Radiata is the kind in Thieves. :)

  21. Lisa Kasper says:

    I’m disappointed that you have ignored the legal troubles that Young Living has gone through, and continues to go through. They DO cut their oil. Their claim that they use “all parts of the plant” are also worrisome because not ALL parts of the plants are healthy (some parts of some plants are even poisonous). Young living charges unnecessary high prices. But they do this because they sell their products via a “Pyramid” scheme. In other words, they are more concerned about making money than healing. Thieves’ oil is not a “Young Living” discovery, and in fact, I buy a 30ml bottle for $14.99 off of that is the same recipe, but from a company called “Plant Therapy”. That same bottle from YL would cost almost $100.00. I don’t know what research you did, but it sounds like you got hoodwinked by a YL rep. I implore you to dig deeper into Young Living, their founder, their company, and quality, and their practices. Try Google.

    • I am very curious about your comments. It sounds like you are upset at me but I don’t know why. I shared some things about YL in the post. Did you not read all of it or Part 2? Thanks. I know about the legal issue going on now with doTERRA and YL but I haven’t kept up on it – is that what you are talking about? Or something else? Thanks.

      • Lisa Kasper says:

        Oh Honey, I’m not mad. Just disappointed. There is much controversy over YL. Much of it is buried, but a lot of the info is in one spot found here: and then you can take that source info and move off to explore each aspect individually. Its easier.

        YL is a dubious company at best. Way overpriced and profit driven at worst. The founder has a history of unlawful practice of medicine. He is self-proclaimed in all that he touts.

        YL claims to have pure EOs but they use a carrier oil to cut the oils with. Thus, you THINK you are paying for pure 100% EOs, but in fact, you are not, and that begs the question: Then what are you paying for? So, while it wouldn’t be SO bad to buy oils from this company if they were “just oils” (as long as price was not an issue),the oils are not even pure, and if they truly do use the entire plant, some may even be toxic.

        And really, I don’t want to buy my health products (in this case essential oils) from a Multi-Level Marketing company that is profit driven. That never bodes well for the consumer.

        Sorry if I came across as angry. I think any frustration that came through on my comment is towards the company that was founded on deception.

        So, in conclusion, with regard to YL… Caveat Emptor

        • Hi Lisa. I appreciate your writing back. I have already linked to the Quackwatch article – did you miss it? I don’t really care for S. Barrett b/c of his constant attacking of all thing natural, but well, you will see where I am going in Parts #4 & #5. I do think I’ve read / heard quite a bit about YL but if you would like to shoot me some specific things I would honestly be very appreciative. You can just email wholenewmom at gmail dot com.

          Thank you so much.

        • Nancy Sheridan says:

          Lisa, you sound like the Be Young and Dterra reps that have approached me. Always very attacking of Gary Young, first of all, and then attacking our oils. One kept after me to provide her with an oil so she could test mine against hers. ~sigh~ I pay more for YL because it is the largest therapeutic grade essential oil company in the world. Each plant is farmed, harvested, steam distilled or extracted to exacting standards. Each plant has to be distilled for a specific length of time as well as a specific temperature. With over a hundred and thirty oils and new ones being discovered by Gary every year, that is a very expensive undertaking. Every distillery he has around the world has a fully appointed scientific lab to tested the oils as they are being produced. Some of the best and brightest scientific minds currently performing clinical trials on frankincense and cancer will only use YL oils. One of them spoke at convention on his discoveries of frankincense and bladder cancer. Dr. HK Lin had a very unfortunate and negative experience using DTerra oil in a clinical trial and he tested the oil they gave him. The current lawsuit has everything to do with fraud. There is not a single eo company in the world that can claim to have frankincense from Oman. Young Living has an exclusive contract. Also, Dr. Lin revealed to us that the DT frankincense he tested was discovered to be diluted with 60% liquid paraffin. That makes me very angry. People are using oils to heal their bodies, not add toxins. Young Living is my business. I have used them for 6 years. I teach and mentor my people. I care about what happens to them. If a company’s oils are cheap, I cannot speak to the quality or therapeutic value of the oil. An oil off the shelf or through many of these companies will not provide a consultant to guide and educate in the use of essential oils and eo products. YL’s design allows for training and mentoring to be an integral part of a business that has wonderful values and integrity.

          • Nancy- it is clear you have put much faith in GY and his company and you appear to be one of his ‘disciples’ as he calls them. Every person is entitled to their feelings and opinions. I never put much thought into GY until we had personal experience with him. I do not use YL or doTERRA, however, my husband worked with both GY and David Hill, the CMO of DoT while we lived in Utah. I’m not expecting you to change your mind but I would encourage you to do more research beyond what Gary claims. After working with him personally at YL farms in Mona, UT, there was absolutely no way my husband could be convinced to ever support GY. He often showed up to meetings in an ‘altered state of mind’ that was extremely reminiscent of marijuana use. He made outlandish request that were extremely dangerous to his health and that of his workers. He made many claims and would later conflict them. Many of His oils are grown in the US on non native soil and on farms that re-use the land year after year. He has homes in both France-where he primarily resides- and in South America (I think Nicaragua but I may be remembering incorrectly) and most likely grows and harvest oils there as well. He does not ‘discover’ these oils, which are documented to be used by the Ancient Egyptians. While I agree that the author of quackwatch is extremely bias and anti-natural (I was raised by two doctors but practice natural medicine against their approval and am acutely aware of doctors in this mindset) it would behoove you and Gary’s followers to consider other sources. There is no reason a man who claims to be making such miraculously healing oils should be under as much fire as he is, all the way from just being a fraud to being wanted for murder. All companies undergo fire at one point or another but the amount of people after him is excessive and I very highly doubt it is because he is so innocent. My husband personally saw things that were just plain wrong at YL farm. If their oils are such great quality and truly work then by all means people should use them if they find them beneficial to their bodies, but it is extremely frustrating to hear people regard Gary with near God-like reverence when we personally witnessed the excessive amount of money he spent on numerous events to ‘rally’ his followers with excitement while rarely providing evidence. He has yet to legitimately prove his credentials and uses his flamboyant personality to gain a following. There are things on here I cannot publish for confidentiality reasons and you probably would not believe me but as I said before, I think it would be extremely beneficial for GY followers to do research beyond GY’s proclamations. I am not angry at GY and I’m not going to make claims against his products because I did not personally see the process but I’ve seen his Mona farm (which is open to the public and he holds the ‘running through the lavender 5k’ there along with numerous events) and there were a few things that were questionable or ‘out of place.’

          • That would be news to the owner of Enfleurage. She lives there and had the proper export permits before Gary Young. I have no idea why Young Living thinks it’s worth it to would put out false information about things that can be so easily verified.

            See also:

        • AbsoluteTruthiness says:

          I agree on all points, Lisa Kasper. The YL group are almost like Moonies, not doing their own research on anything, and simply regurgitating YL ‘prose’ on their own websites. It is difficult to get true information because of all of these sites that YL people put up, proclaiming their expertise.

          I have been innundated with aggressive ‘sales’ from a few YL reps and it’s totally turned me off. First they say it’s the ONLY pure oil out there. Then they make other claims that are at best, doubtful.

          I am reminded of a time back in the 60’s when my parents went into the Amway craziness. Luckily they came to their senses in a matter of months. ;-)

          • Hey there. We experienced similar stuff w/ Amway folks, but I will say that the founders did and do put a ton of money into the city that they came from. I don’t know where all the nonsense comes from but it is super annoying.

    • Lisa, did you READ these posts? Or just see the name Young Living and assume Adrienne is recommending them? Adrienne has been very clear that she has concerns about YL, and has been investigating them and other companies. She hasn’t yet said which company she decided to go with.

  22. Sandi in MN says:

    I’m so excited to keep reading….I’ve wanted to learn more about essential oils for years but it’s so overwhelming! Where do you start for which ailment and then there’s the cost. I have a friend who uses Thieves for all her cleaning and loves it. Can’t wait to find out what you think. Thanks for researching for those of us who don’t have the time (or energy :))

  23. Lavender from the US (I’ve been told 3 drops a couple times a day) and raw honey from within a 100 miles of your house for allergies. Most Lavender EO’s you find are from France. Young Livings St. Maries Lavender is grown in the United States.

  24. Adrienne,

    I am so appreciative of the research you are doing into the oils. It is on my list (I research daily – my daughter and I suffer with adrenal fatigue also) so this will be nice that someone else is doing the work for a change! Interesting note, my chiropractor/ Chinese Medical doctor tested the energy of the oils with their machine and YL was the highest in energy, with doTerra being “up there”, and the NOW brand nearly without any at all. Hmmmmmm…. Can’t wait to see the results!!

    • Sorry you struggle too. My practitioner is well-versed in Chinese medicine as well but I don’t think she tests energies. She is far away from me regardless…

    • Babs, so good to know!! I to struggle with adrenal fatigue and have just begun looking in to the benefits of EOs for me and my family. I have some doTerra and NOW…guess I can dump the NOW product.

      We have a bulk company near the house that dispenses EOs into our reusable vials. I will have to ask them where they get their oils from.

      Adrienne, I know this is a ton of time, research, and work for you! Like many others I want to say THANK YOU for doing it and sharing all that you are learning. It’s benefiting so many moms and their families!!

    • Jennifer R. says:

      How do you test the “energy” of an oil?

  25. Here is one I came across the other day. The company is out of the UK where their laws are much stricter than ours so I was wondering if the quality was better.

    ever heard of them?

  26. I’ve recently found your blog and am finding lots of useful info! Thank you. One thing I saw in this post – the part about the False Certificates. Are you going to publish the name of the company that used the cheaper oils but used the false certificate to make it look like they were using better oils (or would that open you up to a lawsuit?)…and were those cheaper oils really inferior?

    I’m looking at various products that I use and am now wondering what’s really in them (e.g., Badger, Herb Pharm)…

    • Michele, I don’t know the name of the company. But of course, in this case cheaper isn’t as good – like not organic vs organic. I can ask which company but it might get me sued. I will share what I know as I can.

  27. I love NYR! So much that I became a rep for the company! The reason that their offerings are slim is because they are a small organic company that will not compromise with their very high standards. They source most of their herbals from small family owned farms. I can send you a sample if you want to include it in your article series.

  28. Ok… I am feeling way less frustrated now!! Thanks so much for your hard work. I have 7 children – one being very special needs with heart defect, etc… so I understand your time is limited. I am going to stick with buying from where I am buying from until the LORD gives me the word to change! I look forward to your upcoming information with great expectation!

    • I’m sorry – were you frustrated w/ me earlier? I do think I recall your commenting but can’t find your comment now. I so hope to have the next post up next week, but not sure. I kind of need to do a giveaway or something and of course, there’s this little thing called Christmas and I have to fight someone to get $500 back on my credit card so I need to document all that. Ick. Just a tad busy. If you are desperate let me know. How funny to see your son was @ the Bible Bee. My son was there once and placed another year, but we decided against it. Too much anxiety and too much time for Dad to take off work.

  29. Oh how interesting about your son participating in the Bible Bee! I know that if he was there this year, Jordan would have loved getting to know him! Jordan and Eden can’t wait to compete again next year!

  30. I have only started using essential oils and looking at different companies for about a week, but I can give you two examples, one good, one bad:

    Eden’s Garden:
    Only 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils and carrier oils, nothing else. I’ve ordered twice from them and both times the products arrived sealed, as described and within 3 days of ordering. I have been using them in soaps, lotions, and scrubs and have had no issues whatsoever. My last order was missing one product but an email inquiry was responded to within the hour and with absolutely no fuss…they apologized for the oversight and immediately shipped the missing product. A+ for both customer service and quality of products.

    Mountain Rose Herbs:
    I can’t vouch for the quality of the products as I haven’t received them. The website promises an immediate confirmation email and orders packed and shipped within two days. Not only did I not receive a confirmation email, the status shown in the “My Account” section of the website still shows the order as “Order Placed”, after 4 days. A very polite email was sent inquiring when I should expect the products to be shipped, and I’ve heard nothing back after 2 days. While MRH appears to have a ton of products (oils, butters, even containers for homemade cosmetics) and their website is very informational and easy to navigate, it really doesn’t matter if I can’t get my items in a reasonable amount of time or at least a timely response to my inquiries. F for service.

    • I’ve had the same experience with Eden’s Garden. I love them and swear by them.

    • Hi Anna,
      I was looking into Eden’s garden as well and would love more information. I like their prices but am a bit concerned about them not having a phone number to contact them directly. You seem very happy with them. I am also not sure if they ship to Canada, will be e-mailing them shortly, but would love an un-biased view on their products.

      • Hi. I am not sure where you got the idea that I am very happy with them. Can you tell me what made you think that please? I looked at them. They only have about 6 organic oils. They also have solvent extracted vanilla, which I would prefer they not have. I asked the owner of NAN about these companies and he says that he knows of no supplier outside of the US who is selling real birch and theirs is from Russia so that is a confusing point.

        • Hi Adrienne, I was referring to the original poster, Anna, she made the original comment about Eden’s Garden back on 12/15/2012. I’ve since posting this, after about a half hour of additional research have discovered some troubling facts about the owner of Eden’s Garden. There have been several bad reviews on other essential oil companies on that have been linked back to the owner of Eden’s Garden. It is believed the owner is negatively reviewing other companies in order to make hers look better. *sigh* another bum company.

  31. Just wanted to add one more company to the mix…SanFrancisco Herb Co.

    Thank you & hoe you get to feeling better soon.

  32. Great post again! seems like a lot of work has really gone into this. I still really feel that you should at least call and talk with the owner of Nature’s Fusions Essential Oils. Making a decision without investigating this company a little would be a mistake in my mind. I have researched and used oils for years, I started with YL and doTERRA and was happy with the quality, but NOT with the extravagant prices. Nature’s Fusions is owned by three brothers, and was started because their younger sister was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. They were sick of false information and high prices coming from the MLM companies and started Nature’s Fusions with the intent to bring the highest quality oils from the highest quality sources around the world extracted in the best practices in native distilleries at a consumer friendly price with accurate, scientific study-based information. All blends were formulated in conjunction with mid-wives and Essential Oil Practitioners of years.

    I have never heard a complaint about their oils, and their labeling is amazing. Give the founder, David Peterson a call at 1-801-376-5799 and i know you won’t be displeased. Even if a very short call.

    You mentioned Asperger’s and Autism treatments. The owner actually has Adult Autism, and would be a great resource for additional knowledge as well.

    • Thanks – I looked into NF and have thoughts – I am talking with someone else about this and I am not as pleased as with where I am going. But I appreciate your kind words. I might be interested in looking further, however.

  33. Wow Adrienne. That is crazy. I guess it pays to do the research. Thank you for all that you do.

  34. There are so many types of oil/ natural/ skincare & other related products I’ve found it overwhelming to decide which products to use. My skin is very important to me! When I was looking to try out more natural skin care, I did rely mostly on articles (such as yours), blogs, and user reviews. My favorite product (and the product that worked the best for my skin) has been Defend. If you’re interested in checking it out – I purchased this at I came across a couple of user reviews for Defend on other blogs I have been reading and it seemed worth checking out. My skin has felt hydrated, which is a huge plus during these upcoming winter months. I am really pleased with the product!

    • Looks interesting. Is it a new company? I just saw one before and after photo.

      • According to the company background page, they’ve been in business since 2011. Personally, I just discovered the company a few months back (after reading a comment that someone else had written on the product). Since it has worked so well for me, I like to continue to spread the love!

        Looking forward to reading more from you in Part 4!

  35. I *really* appreciate the research you’ve done and the concise and thorough way you are delivering it. I’m sorry you haven’t been feeling well and I truly understand how busy things are but I must say I do not care for the way this has dragged out. Will be looking forward to the conclusion.

    • Hi Mel. Sorry–you sound pretty frustrated with me. Believe me–I didn’t mean for this to drag on. But I just didn’t think it was right to just write a post telling folks where to go and buy oils w/o explaining the process. And it’s been a long one. As I sat to write it got longer and longer and I didn’t want to lose everyone with a 4,000 word-long post. If you think I should have done something differently, I am open to that. But please keep in mind–I am just one person. I am trying my best not to be a full-time blogger and a zero-time mom :). And some really tough things have come up in my life that have hard deadlines so I have to do what I have to do. Thanks for reading.

  36. Thanks for all of the hard work. I can’t wait for part 4. I would like to know which company you think is best.

    We may have met by chance…but we become friends by choice.

  37. My friend who makes the products on our site gets our oils from which supplies organic products. I edited the book entitled “The Art, Science & Business of Aromatherapy” for Essential Wholesale’s founder, Kayla Fioravanti. Talk about a crash course in oils! I’d be curious what your objective take is on them?

  38. Rebecca C. says:

    I am Very eager to hear the results, too, but I am also very glad to hear the steps you are telling how you got to your conclusion :)

    Have you looked into Bulk Apothecary? If not, that’s okay, no pressure :) But if you have, I will keep waiting to hear about it.
    Thank you again. And blessings and peace to you this season.

    • Yes, I have. Thanks!!!

    • I use Bulk Apothecary’s oils for soap. So far I have tried Lavender, cedarwood and patchouli from them. Being a newbie myself, all I can say is that I am happy with the lavender. I used it on my kids’ eczema and it got rid of it. Still not sold on one certain company for other things just yet. My kids have asthma. I used NOW’s eucalyptus and it worked fine using it on skin diluted with almond oil. However, my son’s face broke out after using it in a humidifier. Not sure if it was a coincidence or not.

  39. Alison Armstrong says:

    do you know if you will have part for up before Christmas? I keep checking to make sure I haven’t missed it! thanks!!

  40. Hi, I am going to be ordering a huge essential oil order from Young Living, (because YL is all I have tried), but I an a new massage therapist and I will be using oils in my business. And I want the best for the clients, if I say that they will work I want them to work. But I want to place a big order hopefully this week. For the the Raindrop Technique, massage oils, and emotional release, and weight loss, etc. Can you email me privately if you want. Just give me a heads up if you can. I have looked into others beside YL, but I have found great stuff about YL. So if you think there is some better than YL, please let me know what you think. I just want good quality. quanity and price doesnt matter. thanks for doing the research for us all. becky

    • Hi. Depending on when your order is and how much…..well – you decide if it is urgent :). I am having a rough time answering emails :). wholenewmom at gmail.

  41. So much great info! I have been wanting to invest in some quality oil, but just do not know where to start or what company I can depend on. Can’t wait for the next installment!

  42. This has come at the perfect time for me as I just began my journey into EOs. Thank you for the time you have put into it that will surely save many others much time and confusion. I was ready to sign on with Doterra and then discovered Heritage EOs. Quite naively, I thought Doterra was the ONLY pure EOs! I am looking forward mostly to getting Frankicense and Doterra has it free this month with 200 points. But then I noticed I could get all that came in the beginner’s kit with free Frankincense for half the cost at Heritage without free Frankincense. It seems rather insane…and I am sure you agree it can make you feel insane! Enough said. I look forward to your next posts! God bless and Merry Christmas!

  43. Wow~ I am so thankful to find this blog, and I must say thank you for your time and effort into this subject. I am a Registered Nurse and have just signed up with Doterra. I happen to find this blod by doing some research myself on essential oils. Being a nurse and a mother of a child with some health issues, only allows me to have caution and want to know more, however I am also frustrated with the overuse of pharmaceuticals in this country. I am excited to know more of what you find out and I also hope that you Christmas is wonderful and peaceful.

  44. I’m really interested in what you think of Heritage EO!!

  45. I am eager for your next post but definitely take your time! We all have things more important in our lives than what is going on in the cyber-world right now.

  46. Thanks for these posts, I found you on a “blog hop”. and was very interested bcuz I have used YL for 4 years, and recently (within the last year), Doterra has become very popular in my small town. I have tried both; however, I am vested in YL’s company and am sticking with them. I use a lot of their suppliments and vitamins. thanks for all this hard work and the courage to put this on your blog when we live in a “stand by your EO company” world!!!! One last comment, I do use a few of DOterra’s products that YL doesn’t carry (like the Deep Blue rub and I like their cough drops better)!! Thanks again:)

  47. So thankful your hard work, there are so many companies to wade through. I do hope that if you find out anything undesirable about Mountain Rose herbs that you will let us know, being that , that is who i buy from. Thank you so much :)

  48. Have you looking to Evergreen essential oils too? I adore your work, hang in there. You are a treasure, and your family is very, very blessed to have you caring for then. “Come to me, all you who are weary, and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”—

  49. I’d like to recommend Eden’s Garden. They are NOT a MLM company and as such can keep their prices at about a third of what YL and DT charge. Their oils are all certified therapeutic grade. I have used both YL and DT and I now almost exclusively use Eden’s Garden I find their oils to be on par with or better than YL and DT. I am in no way affiliated with EG I am just a very happy customer.

    • I looked at them – thanks!!

    • I agree with you 100%. I love Eden’s Garden and love paying 1/3 of the price of the MLM companies. I love that they donate part of their profits to Teen Challenge too. I’m glad Adrienne looked into them…I’m interested to see what she has to say. But like you, I’m just a 100% happy satisfied customer of theirs and will sing their praises until the end of time!

  50. Adrienne,
    I just want to say I admire your efforts in looking into essential oils. I am currently taking courses to become a certified Aromatherapists and the information out there on EO’s is enormous. When I first started classes I was amazed at the clinical, scientific, industrial, economic, you name it aspects of the industry. My input to readers of this post is to ask a registered or certified aromatherapist for adviced about what essential oils and company is most legit.

  51. Thanks for all of the work! I’m debating purchasing YL right now- I’ve used Eden’s Garden in the past, and the huge price variance (not to mention the difference in the smells, which you mention above) make me question things. But, as you point out, there’s so much to question, I’m not even sure where to start! I’m glad my research into this topic led me to your site- I look forward to continued reading!

  52. I just wanted to agree that maybe there doesn’t need to be one company fits all. That aside, for sleep try DoTerra’s Serenity on your feet before bed. It puts me to sleep every time. We also use it on our cats scruff when it’s time to take them to the vet. (just one drop) Seriously, the vet always comments about how well behaved and calm they are. Actually, it seems to work on one cat more than the other; so it could be with humans too!

    • Hi. I just wanted to add a word of caution with the use of EOs and cats. They are missing a liver enzyme, that humans, dogs, and many other mammals possess. Because of this it’s very difficult for cats to metabolize many EOs. EOs can build up and cause toxicity and liver problems. This is especially true for oils high in phenols and hydrocarbons. Also this applies to not only placing EOs on their body, but to them inhaling the EO. For those that have cats and clean with products containing clove, cinnamon, eucalytpus and citrus oils, please be cautious when spraying around them or leaving residue behind that they may touch. I’m truly just trying to help spread the word as many are unaware of this concern.

      P.S. Thanks Adrienne for all your very helpful posts and comments. :)

  53. I’ve been wanting to start using more essential oils but have been so overwhelmed by it all and didn’t know where to start or what company to buy from. This series is awesome, I’m so glad I found it! I would love if you could share this post at Simply Natural Saturdays

  54. For insomnia, I have discovered a blend of essential oils that work for me. I usually awaken at 3am and seldom get any decent sleep after that hour. Now I apply the oil blend before going to sleep and sleep all night. Here’s the blend:
    one drop melissa (lemon balm) ananda apothecary
    two drops ravensara ananda apothecary
    two drops wild lavender ananda apothecary
    three drops ylang ylang extra now essential oils

    Applied by turning a very small bottle of the blend over onto a finger. Apply to temples, side of neck and upper back. Once or twice as necessary. I use 1/8 ounce bottles (about 7ml) The aroma is both beautiful and relaxing.

    It works well for me. Ananda has proven to be a good supplier of quality oils and their service is excellent and shipping usually the same day. I always use two day priority. It’s worth the slight extra cost.
    David G. from Ohio

  55. Added Note:
    Both Melissa and Ravensara are known to be potent virus killers. Lavender is good for the liver (balances blood sugar) and also good for the skin. (this according to Kurt Schnaubelt “Advanced Aromatherapy”) Lavender also balances and harmonizes the blend. Amazing, these essential oils, how many things they treat when they are pure and unadulterated.

  56. I personally only use oils from Birch Hill Happenings. They are local company (small mom and pop shop) that source their oils from organic sources and they 3rd party test all of their oils to be sure they do not contain any chemicals or pesticides. They also include how the oils were collected and where in the world they came from. They have relationships with all of their suppliers and love to educate and answer questions regarding aromatherapy. I would encourage you to talk with them–they return all of their phone calls themselves.

  57. Adrienne,

    I just want to say THANK YOU for doing the leg work on this topic. It is immense and I apprecaite you taking the time to research and post about it. Definitely put your family first, because in reality, we could all do the research ourselves, so don’t neglect your family to research this topic. Take your time. You efforts are MUCH appreciated. You rock. We are all blessed to have you in our cyber-lives. I pray God’s blessing on you and your family in the coming year!

    • Thank you, Brooke! I had some more inquiries this past week to make sure I had picked a good company and I am really pleased. I hope to get to part 4 soon! :) Blessings on you and I hope you are having a restful Christmas!!

  58. Thank you for posting all your research! I have recently wanted to get into essential oils and I also can’t wait to see how this series ends. Have a merry Christmas!

  59. Denise Benner says:

    Thank you !!! I am now in calm mode and happy using NOW essential oils until the end of your excellent series on essential Oils. Wanted to encourage you in your path :) I cannot tell you how valuable your work is to me. I know the cost of your time. Keep on keepin on :) we are cheering ya on here :)

  60. Jennifer Henderson says:

    Nature’s Sunshine also has Essential Oils. Have you looked at them at all?

  61. Rebecca Rentschler says:

    I am eagerly awaiting the publishing of the essential oil information that you have collected. I am holding off on replenishing my stock until your next parts are published. Your diligent work is greatly appreciated!

  62. Have you used Fabulous Frannie?

    • No, I haven’t. I have mostly looked into oils companies but haven’t used each company’s oils. I’d be completely broke – as opposed to just having my wallet emptied partially :).

  63. Thank you for all your research and sharing it! I have started researching as well and have learned (as you have) so much about the industry. I would like to know more about the testing and what they mean. I read that you can test eo’s on blotting paper to see if they are mixed with a carrier oil. If pure, then will not leave an oily residue. I am looking forward to your next post. Hang in there sweet momma!

  64. Sending you an email! I can’t wait to hear your conclusions!

  65. This is such a huge and messy topic! I have gone down this rabbit hole many a time. Best wishes!

    I personally have found three companies that meet my needs for different price points, uses, and selection. Just recently, for example, my favorite local aromatherapist (she teaches and practices locally…not with any particular company; she studied all over the world) recommended black spruce EO. This is not easy to find. I ordered from my favorite small company online along with a hard-to-find hydrosol. I’m about to place an order to replace some common easy-to-find EOs and will use a different company.

  66. becky stewart says:

    So do you think you are getting close to a decision? Cant wait to hear what you have decided. I am needing to order a big order soon of eo and boy sure if I should order from young living or somewhere else. I am so glad you are doing the research; thanks for doing all you do.

  67. Thank you for your detailed research of this subject! I started my EO journey with Young Living, and I now use doTERRA oils. My personal experience has been greater success and better product support with DT. There is new documentation available that outlines the rigorous standards associated with DT’s Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. I’d be glad to send it to you if that would be helpful!

  68. Thanks SO MUCH for doing all of this research!! This can all be VERY overwhelming to sort through, so I’m very thankful you are sharing all of this helpful info with us!! Have you any opinion of Wisdom of the Earth essential oils? Just curious =) I hope you & your family are well & enjoying this holiday season!! Patiently looking forward to the conclusion ;)!! Best!!

    • HI Alicia. I did look into them. Several thoughts. I am hoping to get Pt 4 out this coming week. Let me know if that’s not soon enough. I am not sure if I’ll address them in Pt 4 or not.

  69. Just wondered if you hav e checked out Simpler’s Botanicals ( Got the h2eo diffuser for them for Christmas from my hubby (he had done research, which blew me away), and they seem to have a good understanding of the process (very balanced), from the guide they sent with my order. (They sell oils, just happened to get that diffuser from them b/c it wasn’t avail. On amazon). So have not tried their oils yet, but prices reasonable and quality sounds good. My friends and I are eagerly awaiting the results!

  70. I have worked in the medical field my whole adult life. I am just starting on my natural journey, since
    Last April, cleaning up my food, cleaning supplies, personal care items. I think I’m ready to start learning about more natural healing as well. It is foreign & confusing to me. I would love to learn about EO, as well as other natural suggestions for daily health care needs. Can’t wait to hear your conclusions. Is there others places you may suggest to learn more about other natural healing? Thanks for ALL you do!!

  71. Thank you for all of your work! I am anxiously awaiting the final results of your research. My question: will you be saying anything about some of the other brands of herbs you researched? I would love to hear what you thought of my favorite, Mountain Rose Herbs?
    Thank you!

  72. I need to start w/ the basics I think, like colds, flu, headaches, sleep disruption. I’m sure as I learn more I will understand how to realize bigger issues. :)

    • It’s a lot. I don’t get everything myself but I have been working on sleep issues. Check out my heavy metals and adrenal posts and see what you think :).

  73. First of all, thank you for your research. Second, I have recently started using EOs and have a friend that recommended Butterfly Express EOs to me. I haven’t seen anything on this company so far. Have you researched them and/or are you going to talk about this Butterfly Express?

  74. I know you’re almost done your research, but have you looked at plant therapy? They have great reviews on their website and on

  75. Have you seen this? This gentleman did his review, but I’m not sure how, exactly he did it. he recommends Doterra first, then Mountain Rose Herbs, then Edan’s garden.

    Have you looked at those two companies?

    I’m glad you’re doing this research and look forward to hearing more of how you came to your conclusions!

  76. Adrienne, will you be able to comment further in part 4 or 5 about Nature’s Fusions that Matthew mentioned? I was intrigued by what he had to say about them. either way, thx!

    • Likely what I will do it outline the major companies and what I think. Then I will go into what company I chose and why. I might touch on the companies I didn’t go with but it would be a really exhaustive list. I have to think about how to do this. But I did take them into account so if they are the “winner” I will explain why. If not, I will either explain publicly or perhaps privately. Remind me if you don’t hear. I will do what I can to address individual questions one way or another.

  77. thx, so excited! :)

  78. Like Kim, I’m very curious about Plant Therapy Essential Oils. Their “compare to Thieves” blend is sold on Amazon and gets pretty good reviews by people looking to purchase oils at less expense than through Young Living…

  79. alexandra says:

    doterras serenity oil is what i use to help me sleep, when i started using it it just helped me realx, i only used it at bedtime though and eventually it became associated in my mind with going to bed and now it can put me to sleep. i would try that since lavnder was not helping, i have not tried vetiver personally.

  80. OMG !!! thank thank you…trying to decide if its worth investing more in Doterra…or WhAT!!! thank you for doing this…

  81. I wanted to applaud Becky the Beekeeper for urging restraint on the internal use of essential oils. A reminder to all those reading…every ethical supplier that I know of discourages blanket internal use of the essential oils…because, as stated earlier, our bodies are NOT designed to metabolize essential oils. The only reason to urge internal use, or undiluted topical use is economic…to sell more oils. For the massage therapist eager to outfit her practice with YL oils for all the various uses: you mentioned Raindrop Therapy. Are you aware that the two professional aromatherapy associations in the US both condemn the practice of raindrop therapy as unsafe? Perhaps educating yourselves beyond the education supplied by MLM’s might help. There are two professional associations. NAHA and the AIA Another non commercial informative site is Robert Tisserand, a world renowned authority on essential oils and essential oil safety is found at There are literally hundreds of well respected books and industry specific magazines, so that you can educate yourself. Please don’t believe everything you read. Compare sources, then decide.

  82. Ann Marie says:

    I’ve been using doTERRA oils for several years with good results. An aquaintance has now recommended to me Josiah’s Oils Perhaps you can add it to your study. Thanks.

  83. Adrienne, I have enjoyed your posts, your research, and your comments all along–they reveal integrity & sincerity, and I am really looking forward to your conclusions!

  84. Did you post Part 4 yet? I couldn’t find it and I’m very excited to read your selection and thoughts!

    Thank you for doing this…just getting into EOs and feel like my head is swirling from all the information.

  85. Thank you for doing all this research! (Sounds from all the questions in the comments like you need to put a list in the final post of all the companies you looked into at all, to save you answering the same sort of question again and again. ;) ) I eagerly await the conclusion. :)

  86. Hi Adrienne, I am new to EO’s, all of my neighbors use and love doterra. But I can’t afford their prices! A friend recommended Butterfly Express EO’s and I’ve been trying to study up on them these last few days without being able to find the answers I’m looking for. I haven’t been able to find your opinion on them in your posts or in the comments. If you have looked into them, would you mind emailing me your breakdown? I would really appreciate your opinion and I am so glad I came across your blog :) Thank you for looking into all of these companies!

  87. We would love to be considered. I am a fellow HS mom who started the company for my son who has special needs and benefits from EO. These are our family recipes!

  88. Hi Adrienne. We use a few very good sources and always test each batch [Mount. Rose and Eden Botanicals r 2 of my favorites]. I buy only organic when possible. Because of the lack of regulations, I find that a very well-trained nose is the best way to determine if an oil is high quality. I also think that topical application is a fast, effective and MUCH safer way to benefit from oils [I could go on about that) :)check out: The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy — in your spare time LOL! At any rate we make salves as well and train our customers to make their own products like hand “sanitizer”, household cleaners . . . with pre-blended essential oils. I also have some a research page. I am really enjoying your site. Thanks

    • So you buy from those companies and sell in smaller bottles? Is that a book you are referring to? I am really looking for some good books. I have the YL and doTERRA books but am wondering if I want to hang on to them or just sell them and get other books. I have my eye on one I really want but would love some more insight. Thanks! You’re very kind. I’m working on more DIY stuff as well.

  89. Yes, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy is a book and doesn’t advertise any particular company, but rather is a scientific look at oils how they are gathered and how they work/heal. I highly recommend it!

  90. Look into Eden Botanicals. I researched for months on the importance of extraction. My research led me to them, and I finally ordered my arsenal of needed therapeutic oils. This company is amazing. It tells you on every oil what grade it is, extraction method used, and where the plant came from. I say compared to the big names, they are much more reasonable in costs and the extraction is done correctly, not the case with the multi level marketing brands I researched. My oils are potent so a little goes a very long way. I am thrilled with them. Also, when using a diffuser for therapeutic use, it should be an ultra sonic nebulizer. No heat to break down the oils. I love the one I got from Puritan Pride for about $60. Hope my research helps someone.

    • I am looking at them. Thought I had but looking now. You are right about the no heat on the oils :). That’s the kind I have but mine was from doTERRA. It was more than $60. The company I recommended I think has 2 in stock now and they also prioritize how far the electrical source is from the oils so they are pretty picky. :) Thanks!

      • What company do you suggest for a diffuser?

        • I am very intrigued by the diffusers at Native American Nutritionals. Check out my review of them in Part 7. The breeze one looks really good to me and the owner is very picky about them. If you end up purchasing, I would so appreciate your telling them that I sent you – you can mention my blog name or use code:90166. Thanks!

          • Yes when ordering through Native American, the code 90166 is not working. Any other ideas?

            • 90166 now just lets them know I referred you. It goes in the “how did you find out about us” place. There is no sale code right now…but hope to have another one in the future. Make sure you are subscribed :).

  91. We are trying to order, but the code is just telling me it is not valid. Any other ideas?

  92. Thank you so so much for all of this information. I am diving into the EO world and am really overwhelmed. I had no idea there were so many choices and that they could be altered in such ways. I would love to buy the top one (DoTerra and the native american one you referenced) but I am currently a single mama on a single budget with 2 little boys. My husband is gone for a year which put a huge financial strain on us but I so desperately want to be wholistic like I had planned before they were born. I have heard Eden Botanicals is a great product especially for the cost, thoughts? Also someone told me about Fabulous Frannie’s on Ebay

    but I just don’t know now. I don’t want to waste my money on something that isn’t exactly what I wanted. Any advice? Also what are good oils to start with? I have a list so far of Lavender, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Lemon Grass, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Cypress Oil, and Lemon. Thank you again for all your help!!

    • I can’t find the info on Eden now – I think I had info on it but I can’t find it now. Frannie’s stuff? I am just swamped now, but she is selling 40/42 lavender which is a synthetic blend. Not something I want to use therapeutically. If you hang in there, there will likely be another sale soon. Can you wait? I think your starting list is good except I haven’t used chamomile. Did you check out NAN’s emergency kit? Those seem to be a good group to start with. Drop me an email if you need to buy right away :).

  93. I have been using only one brand which is Primavera (German company) for last 10 years and for the last a few years I have been looking a replacement since their oils are too expensive,I don’t mind pay the price if the products are good.But I would like to find out if there is cheaper and better or cheaper and same quality.Do you happen to know which company could compare Primavera?
    Thanks a lot

  94. I haven’t seen anything about NOW brand…do you have any info or experience about that company?

    • There is some info in the comments —I don’t see country of origin and their prices seem “too good to be true”. But I do like the company. Use a lot of their stuff.

    • Aromahead says:

      @Mandy.Thank you for your post. I have been getting the majority of my essential oils from NOW and the quality of their oils is excellent. I hope to hear more from you Adrienne on this company. Cheers!

      • I think they seem too inexpensive to be high quality, but I don’t know. However, I don’t see claims of being organic or wild crafted which are important to me when I can afford them.

  95. I just heard that Primavera is a very good company, as well as Shirley Price, did you research either of those companies?

    • I looked at both just now. Primavera looks to possibly have nice quality but their prices are about triple that of the company that I recommended for the oils I checked. As for Shirley, I couldn’t figure out their site. They say they sell oils but I couldn’t figure out where to see details or pricing. I can look perhaps if you fwd that to me.

  96. Aromahead says:

    I have been using a very good company called NOW foods for my essential oils and have been very pleased with them. Their prices are great too !!!! Check them out.
    They also distribute their products through Iherb

  97. Thank you for all the work you put into the posts. I was looking up oils to make a natural hand sanitizer and completely got sidetracked-as often happens online. I really appreciate your honesty and mentioned you with the order I placed with Native American Oils :)
    I will read more of your posts in the future.

  98. Adrienne ~ I need to tell you that I have read through your entire EO series and I really really appreciate your hard work. There is something else I appreciate, too, and that is your ability to take criticism and questions from your readers, even the very rude and pointed ones, and respond so gracefully and thoughtfully, and selflessly. As a fellow blog and business owner, I really admire that. And since I’ve read through your comments I feel more confidence in responding to potentially tough comments I might receive or have received in the past. Thank you for that ~ that is truly just an extra thing that you probably didn’t even realize you were providing inspiration for.

    I love your EO series and you have done so much work for me. I plan to order some NAN oils, as I like so much about what I have heard/read/seen. I have a very open mind so none of the healer info affects me in the least.

    Thank you again, I just subscribed to your blog and am looking forward to being further inspired by you!
    Sincerely, Katie m. Berggren (I’m a painter-mama) <3

  99. Wendy Thomas says:

    PureSacra Frankincense oil is much better then young living and also half the price, you can get it from this site

    • Sorry to remove your link. I am really needing to cut down on URLs in comments due to malware etc. The company I recommend sells a great Frankincense and it’s super reasonable.

  100. I just came across another EO company/website after purchasing some oils from N.A.N. as my browser popped up with some “recommendations”…
    Doe anyone here know why Plant Therapy oils are so cheap? I noticed that no cultivation methods are listed only the origins of the oils… Is this possibly a bad sign?

    • I ran this company by the owner of NAN and here are some of his concerns:

      1. They don’t have the high quality helichrysum, which is the italicum.
      2. Their myrrh is solvent extracted.
      3. They have rose in their blends but don’t sell it so it is likely not good quality.
      4. Apparently their frankincense is lower quality as well.
      5. He says they are selling the neroli for less than he can buy it for.
      6. 40/42 lavender is blending either multiple lavenders together and typically it is synthetic so that isn’t something I would want to buy.

      I hope that helps.

  101. Debra Smitham says:

    Hi! Do you have comments or advice on Plant Therapy brand essential oils? Your information is extremely helpful.


  102. Hi, I wanted to quick share my experience. I’ve ordered from and done my research on a few companies as well. I am a pretty frugal person which wars against my desire for high quality! I’ve gone too cheap with bad results- recently ordering Frankincense from Edens Gardens. The oil was awful. It smelled like fennel and turpentine. Nothing like the other, wonderful smelling Frankincense oils I have ordered from other companies. I am wondering if anyone else has had similar experience with this company? (I actually returned it and got another bottle which smelled equally bad.) I have, on the other hand- loved the oils and value from Ananda Apothecary, Nature’s Kiss and Eden Botanicals.

    • I don’t have thoughts on the other 2 yet, but I have concerns about Ananda. This is from the owner of Native American:

      When a company is selling absolutes when there is a low cost alternative, that is bad. You do not want to use solvents with the oils! Solvents are only used in the two absolutes we carry — Jasmine and Vanilla — and they are listed as such. If someone is selling Jasmine essential oil, they are not telling the truth. Jasmine does not give up its oil through pressing, steam distillation, hydro distillation, or CO2 extraction. All pure jasmine oil is an absolute. A good absolute has less than 1% solvent remaining. (I’m not sure how much solvent Ananda has in their Jasmine, but they do use it.)

      Plus, they were offering free shipping in exchange for positive reviews, which I consider to be unethical.

      • I meant that I had a positive experience with them, and my gut (and nose!) told me the oils were of the highest quality.
        In response to the statement from NAN I found this info on the Ananda Apothecary website on their use of solvents in absolutes-
        “Some plants, and particularly flowers, do not lend themselves to steam distilling. They are too delicate, or their fragrance and therapeutic essences cannot be completely released by water alone. These oils will be produced as ‘absolutes’ – and while not technically considered essential oils they can still be of therapeutic value. Jasmine oil and Rose oil in particular are delicate flowers who’s oils are often found in ‘absolute’ form.
        The processing of an absolute first involves the hydrocarbon solvent extraction of a ‘concrete’ from the plant material, a semi-solid mixture of typically 50% wax and 50% volatile oil. The concrete is again processed using ethyl alcohol (the same alcohol found in beer, wine, etc.) in which the wax is only slightly soluble. The volatile plant oil separates into the alcohol and this mixture is removed. The alcohol is then evaporated and the result is an almost pure plant extract – depending on the care taken in the evaporation process, sometimes 2% or less of the ethyl alcohol may remain. The use of solvents in the extraction process notwithstanding, absolutes can have incredibly deep and complex aromas.”
        It appears they use harmless solvents. I’m sure NAN is a great company with the very highest quality oils but that doesn’t mean that every other company is bad. I did benefit from the free shipping and other ‘freebies’ from Ananda. I didn’t feel like they were being unethical at all. More that they were showing customer appreciation, get genuine endorsements and building a loyal fan base. No more unethical than say, compensating a writer to endorse your products. Just sayin’.

        • I will get back to you when I am able. I don’t think that it is ethical to give a freebie for a positive review. What I do is ask for money for my time to do the review, but I do not take anything if I can’t give a positive review. That’s a little different than paying for the positive review. I hope you can see my point. You are buying the positive instead of paying for the time. I do appreciate your comment, however. I think I have the answers to your other concerns – I will be back with you on them.

          • Hi again- I was trying to point out the obvious parallels between you being compensated to promote a company you like on your blog (not unethical in my book) vs. me (just a regular, non-blogging consumer) writing a genuine positive review (which I would have been happy to do anyways) for a product/company that exceeded my expectations, and being ‘compensated’ with (a nominal, but still appreciated) free shipping on my next order. Both companies are compensating, if you will, positive word of mouth to help word get out about their great companies. If this blog is only open to casting one e. oil company in a positive light you should make that a bit more clear.

            • I don’t think it’s completely a parallel situation. A review on a blog takes a lot longer to do and so it’s not as easy to do a positive review to gain as it would be to write a little “I love Ananda” type thing for them. So it is like them buying a review. Plus I have to write a disclaimer and there is nothing like that on their reviews so it is deceptive in my humble opinion. I have never said I was only open to casting 1 company in a positive light. I have contacted one company recently about talking about their oils but they never responded. I have no idea why. I think that many of the companies out there aren’t doing business the right way and I picked one that is. Again, it’s my humble opinion.

              • Ok, I’m really just trying to point out that the claims are a tad hypocritical. You look into the best e. oil company which just happens to be one that ends up compensating you to say they are the best. Fine, whatever, it’s your blog and a free country and all that good stuff. But it is (in my opinion) hypocritical to say that a company must be junk if they are offering freebies for positive reviews. As soon as there is any sort of compensation involved there could be an alleged bias, regardless. All in good fun :)
                I just really wanted to share in my experience which companies I have had good experiences with. Disclaimer: I’m not getting any compensation for saying this. I’ve found Plant Therapy and Eden’s Garden to be low quality. On the flip- I believe (from my own research) that Eden’s Botanicals and Ananda are selling great oils at a decent price. That is all. :)

                • Hey there again. I do not think it is hypocritical at all. Tell me what you think is a problem. I made it very clear to the owner of NAN that if I ever found any reason why I thought I couldn’t represent them that I would drop them like a hot potato. And I will stick by that. I found them and liked them and after that is when we figured out a way for me to be compensated. Not the other way around. I was told by reps at doTERRA that I could make about $8000 per month with them. And I had a bunch of folks under me there and at YL but I walked away b/c of what I found out. And I assure you I am not making any $8000 per month from NAN. I take my integrity very seriously and while I wish to be polite I get offended myself that folks would insinuate that I am skewing my reviews due to monetary issues.

                  I just ditched a company that wanted to pay me $350 for a post b/c I found offensive products on their site. That was a really hard decision. Believe me. But I can’t do something that is going to compromised my integrity with my readers. Things will happen, and the ads that rotate on my site are not always companies that I love, but I am not endorsing them specifically so that is something totally different. That being said, if I find an ad that is really problematic, I take a hit in ad income and ask the ad network to take it out of rotation.

                  I am still looking into Eden’s but I stand by what I said about Ananda. I don’t care for their marketing practices and I don’t like their comments about distillation either. I hope that helps clear things up – thanks.

                  • Adrienne, let me know what you unearth about Eden’s, ok. I spose I got the impression that…eh nevermind. I do appreciate what you are doing- as a fellow Christian Mom with a son with aspergers and another son with allergies/eczema looking to treat things naturally and lead a healthful lifestyle, I appreciate blogs like yours. God bless! -Sierra

                    • Thank you Sierra. I will. I think maybe I should write another post about the money issues w/ NAN and my blog (including that info about the $350 post). I was so disappointed b/c they have some nice things but when I saw an ad of theirs elsewhere w/ profanity on the t shirts it was all over. Sigh.

        • Here is the owner of Native American’s response to Ananda’s response that you quoted. I hope it’s helpful :).

          With the oils normally used by most everyone, usually there is only one sure absolute — Jasmine oil. (However some distillers are claiming they found a way to get the Jasmine oil out without using a solvent. I have not seen this personally, so I won’t comment about it right now.)

          Now with Rose oil, you do not want to purchase the absolute if you can get the steam distilled oil for about the same price. The same with other absolutes. You want to be careful with the absolutes because the “experts” play a lot of games with them. For example a lot of “experts” will turn low quality plant material into an absolute oil because they can sell it for more profit. Basically as a general rule an absolute is lower in quality and normally about 1/2 the regular price. For example: right now we sell the Vanilla absolute simply because it was 1/2 price of the distilled oil. Since that oil is already a super expensive oil, we went with that.

          All absolutes will have solvent remaining and that is not necessary good for the body. A high quality absolute will have less than 1% solvent remaining. The absolute solvent use can be a wide range of things. I have came across all types of different solvents used, like paint thinner for example. For most all absolute extractions on the market, I find they don’t use the “harmless” solvents.

          So here is the simple version:
          1. Purchase a absolute only when a low cost distilled oil is not available.
          2. Make sure your absolute has less than 1% solvent remaining.
          3. The absolute you purchase should be about 1/2 the price of the regular high quality distilled oil.
          3. Make sure your supplier knows what solvent is being used in the absolute and just isn’t giving you the standard marketing hype.

          • Thank you for the helpful info. I have purchased a vanilla absolute (Plant Therapy) that smelled funky, like alcohol or chemicals. I also sampled coffee, for fun- but it smelled like old coffee grounds to me. I have a cocoa absolute that smells awesome but I’m not sure how to use it!

            • Yes, you might want to look at the comment I just approved about Plant Therapy.

              • Can you post a link? Thanks!

                • Here it is: They appear to sell synthetic lavender and it isn’t clearly disclosed. 40/42 is blended and most likely it is mainly synthetic. Here is the owner of NAN’s comments about them. I’ve commented on his response in a few places.

                  a. Black Pepper — their oils seem to be the regular low cost conventional grown oils.
                  b. Rose – could not see they had it (makes me wonder if they are using it in their blends — if so are they using the synthetic)
                  c. Helichrysum – did not have the italicum (that is apparently the highest quality)
                  d. As I was looking I did see they had one Organic oil for Frankincense (I also saw a few more) – but this is the frankincense from India as well – so much like the helichrysum they are not offering the best therapeutic oils in those
                  e. Myrrh – solvent extracted garbage
                  f. Neroli from Italy —- Selling is for less than you can purchase that oil for.
                  g. Lavender — all adulterated stuff (his definition of adulterated is blended and likely this is synthetic as well.)

                  • Good to know!

                  • Have you contacted the owners of PT to ask them about their oils? Their organic lavender oil is the 40/42 so it can’t be synthetic, right? Also, just because the frankincense and helichrysum aren’t a particular type, doesn’t mean the type that they do use is not pure. When researching oils, i emailed the company and this is what they told me: “Therapeutic grade is a made up term in the essential oil industry. There is not government entity or any other entity that grades or certifies essential oils. It is important that the oils are pure, undiluted and don’t have any chemicals in them. This is the case with all of Plant Therapy’s essential oils. We ensure this by having a third party test each batch of oil using GC/MS testing. We also work with a world renowned essential oil expert who tests each batch of oil. Please let me know if you have any other questions. ”

                    They seem like a great company with great oils, even though they do seem too cheap to be true. Thoughts?

                    • If the oil is 40/42 then it has to be adulterated on some level or it can’t be standardized like that. I have heard from several sources that 40/42 lavender is almost always adulterated w/ synthetic stuff. Also, there was a recent test that PT ended up w/ not being compliant in in the GC/MS testing. They went and resubmitted more oils so clearly they know that their oil was bad and they went out and got something else. I can’t think of another explanation. When did they send that information to you? I find that interesting considering they failed that other test. If it is too good to be true it just might be. Depends on how cheap it is, you know?

                    • Wow, thanks for the quick reply!! They sent that to me about a month ago. I thought they would be a reputable company because I found out about them through village green network.

                    • I am not sure what to say but just because a blogging network recommends something it doesn’t mean the product is good. This is what PT told a blogger friend of mine that Plant Therapy said when she asked about their lavender:

                      Our Lavender 40-42 is for fragrance. There will be some therapeutic properties to it because it is just a mix of Lavenders to get the best fragrance. Our Lavender Population is the one that you would want for the cradle crap and for the more therapeutic properties. It is the “real” lavender.

                      So it seems that their 40/42 is the type that is typically regarded in the industry as being adulterated either blended or artificial or otherwise but you would need to ask them. I can’t say that that is or isn’t what they are doing.

                      I just really am swamped and can’t keep up w/ all of this but I appreciate your interest in what I think…I’m a mom trying to make the most sense of it myself :)!

                      Thanks and stay tuned!

  103. In your research of companies, did you read about new direction aromatics? I’ve had horrible luck with YL and a friend suggested new direction. Just not sure about their quality since cost is a lot different than YL.

    • I did look at them. Many issues from the owner of Native American:
      1. On their home page the first thing I see is they do soaps and candles. This normally is an indication to me of low quality or adulterated essential oils. This is simply because you do not want to use the therapeutic oils for soaps and candles.
      2. The next thing I see on their home page is they sell Coconut Oil that is refined, bleached and deodorized. This is not a good product and should be avoided. I also see they carry quite a few products that are not good like this.
      3. Going into their oils I see they sell “Fragrant Oils” and they admit they are synthetically compounded. So at least they admit that, but the sad part is they don’t tell you that they are toxic. (Most all Fragrant Oils are toxic and extremely harmful to the body.
      4. Going into the oils and straight into lavender — I see they sell low quality perfume grade Lavandin. I also see the don’t sell hardly any organic products at all. I also see they sell the synthetic lavender 40/42. — I see, at least to me, they are trying to market the 40/42 as pure oil even though it is synthetic. They do admit that “its therapeutic levels are the lowest” but they don’t tell the customer this is because it is 95% synthetic. They go into that it explaining that it is “standardization of both Linalool and Linalyl acetate esters” but they do not explain that the standardization process is take 5% pure oil and then mix 95% synthetic Linalool and Linalyl to the batch to make 40/42. (So they admit to selling synthetic oils but they try to sneak in Lavender 40/42 as a pure essential oil.
      5. Ok looking at their citrus I see they sell a lot of adulterated citrus oils with the “folds”. Looking at this I see Vanilla (10 Fold). This is an adulterated Vanilla and after checking on the price I see the pricing is not for the real stuff.
      6. Jumping over to Frankincense. With all their frankincense oils they sell the steam distilled type. This is the lowest of the therapeutic qualities. Since frankincense is also one that normally adulterated by the experts, I look at their pricing. The frankincense is priced to low for it to be absolute pure essential oil.

  104. phill herbert says:

    I have recently placed an order for EO’s with bulkapothecary. This is due to the fact I am very new to this and decided to ‘try’ EO’s on a budget first.
    I also placed an order for some carrier and base oils.
    Has anyone had any experience with this
    company and how do you rate their products.

    I found your 7 part series to be outstanding and loved your research and knowledge. Thank you so much

  105. AbsoluteTruthiness says:

    I had gone through your postings with great interest. I am of course, still learning about EO’s but have been using them for over 20 years in a limited manner.

    I just made a decision today, after wringing my hands, worrying about this or that brand, that perhaps the old basic Aura Cacia is just fine. I have an aged vetiver from them that is to die for! I’ve used products fromm Eden Botanicals (not to be confused with Eden’s Garden) for 20 years and have always been pleased with them. I also just bought a few things from Native American Nutriceuticals and was very pleased with the service.

    There are some sellers online, though, that are problematic IMHO. I just received a Helichrysium that was a thin oil and smelled like a petro chemical, not like the thick, rich Helichrysium I’m used to. I also received a Frankincense Sacra from them that smelled funky too. I received no tracking and it took 4 emails to get a tracking ‘screen shot’, and then it showed that it tracked to a different location. I’ve had a lot of ‘attitude’ from these women, and when I questioned their product, they became insulted and claimed to have called me a several times, but only one showed up on my caller ID. Bottom line, it was a bad experience. This company, BTW, normally charges a 15% re-stocking fee and requires that you return items at your cost. They said they would not charge me the re-stocking fee.

    So, the reason for my diatribe is to warn to do some background research on anyone you do business with. I did not research these people adequately, and now, looking back, I see that there is nothing online about them nor their products. All I find in a search is their own site and pages within.

    I’ll continue to follow this blog with interest. I’m always thrilled to learn something new!

  106. Hi, i was introduced to essential oils about 2 years ago (in form of doterra). I signed on as a consultant and have introduced many people to EO now. I have been amazed at the positive results with these oils. However, due to cost, have been looking into other oils. Can you tell me what you discovered about mountain rose herbs oils? Or what made you not choose them? Thanks for all your hard work!!

    • Hi there. I answered about them in the final comments. Mainly inconsistent answers about internal use. I like them but I prefer NAN’s transparency. I stopped digging when I had that problem w/ them.

  107. Lisa Allen says:

    I just spent an entire (long awaited) afternoon to read your entire series on which essential oil is best. I truly appreciate all the time and research you put into it to my benefit. Above, you mentioned using Frankincense successfully on your husband’s, what appeared to be, a precancerous spot. Did you apply it directly, undiluted? Now that I’ve decided on a company to buy oils from (NAT), I need to educate myself in the use of them. Thank you very much.

  108. Lisa Allen says:

    One more question…I received an order of oils today from Essential Depot (ordered before reading your series). From your research does this statement about their oils put up any red flags? My red flag is if their lavender oil is $6.29, how can it be as pure and effective as NAT’s which is over $20.

    Thank you again…

  109. Do not buy from Bulk Apothecary they misrepresent their product. They give the run around about returns.

  110. Hi,

    I tried read through all the responses below but was wondering if you looked at NYR Organic (Neal’s Yard Remedies) Yes we are a direct sales company in the US (NYR Organic). Neal’s Yard Remedies has over a 33+ year history in the UK. Our owner Peter Kindersley does own a Certified Organic farm where we grow as many of the herbs as possible and has a long history of working with small farmers for herbs that are not indigenous. If you have not researched NYRO I’m happy to put you in contact with our product director. Thank you for your research and information.

  111. Above you mention that some of the oils from YL and doTERRA didn’t work that well or give you the results you were expecting. Have you had this experience with any of the oils you have gotten from Native American Nutritionals?

    This blog series has been very helpful for me as I’m just getting into this EO thing.


    • I don’t recall at present but of course, sometimes you will not get what you want b/c possibly you are using the wrong oil or you need something different. Right now, I can’t think of it but I am sure I had some experience like that. Thanks!

  112. Deanna Scott says:

    has anyone heard of The Bulk Apothecary? I have read wonderful articles from people who buy their products and they state rave reviews not only for the price but also for the quality. I have purchased from them and can’t wait to try them to give my feedback. I used to sell young living but found that the people there are money greedy. They demand you become a distributor AGAIN to get $100 of oil promised to you in previous years yet their certificate says no expiration date. I’ve yet to hear from them. A distributor said if I rejoined he’d get me the $100 owed to me yet Young LIving knew nothing about it. BIG RED FLAG! So I found this sight. While not every single oil is distilled I found most of them are and the reviews caught my attention Food for thought! I can hardly await to see how their products hold up to my tests!

    • Bulk Apoth is buying from experts and I don’t trust them. There are other red flags, like their selling “scents”. I think it is very important to buy from someone who purchases directly from the farmers. Thanks :). I do get their cocoa butter though :).

  113. Hi, I am very new to EOs and not a fan of MLM so I was lead to find other quality oils. My initial research lead me to RMO so I was thrilled to see someone with far more knowledge than me recommend and endorse it as well as give all the good and not so good about other companies. I too am looking for a quality oil at a reasonable price; paying an unknown number of people above me seems to add to my cost.

    That said, I looked on RMO and NAN websites. If they merged why do they still have two totally different sites?


    • This is from the owner of NAN:
      The original plan was bringing NAN over to RMO. We were working out all the programing and such but then things completely changed. After much discussion we are going to keep the two different companies. They will carry the same oils, but be under two completely different labels. We are going to have NAN deal with more of the “Spirit” of the oils and RMO more of the “Facts” of the oils. So different people will be attracted to different companies. I’m not sure about the RMO customers buy my old NAN customers really wanted us to be different.

  114. Can you help me out with something? If a company claims that their oils are 100% pure, unadulterated, etc. And they have the GC/MS testing saying that their oils are good. What makes their oils inferior or less effective? For example I saw that you don’t recommend NOW Foods. Here’s a page from their site:
    It even says they can be ingested if need be. So are these just not grown in their native regions? Or is there other tampering that happens that we don’t know about? Or are they really just as good as a $30 bottle of oil? That’s the point that I’ve been most confused about with deciphering which company to use. They all make the same claims, but there’s such a vast difference in prices and quality.

  115. Hi, I’ve just read most of this series on essential oils. I’m doing some research myself, because I have a friend who just recently joined doTERRA, and she has been (obviously) raving about them. I just can’t stomach the thought of spending that much money on a single oil, much less a blend. So I have been trying to find a really good “cheaper” oil.. one that is good quality, and essentially does what it says it does, without the high cost (but retaining the quality, I hope). I was really hoping that you would spend more time speaking about companies like Eden’s Garden, Aura Cacia, etc. I am new to oils (outside of Melaleuca oil, which I get directly from Melaleuca, and not including those I use for home diffusers). I had been hoping your “series” about essential oils would give more thought to these less expensive brands (that do get pretty great reviews on Amazon, for example).. and was somewhat disappointed when you ended with a company you have just signed on to sell through. (Not that I’m against it). I do find your site quite interesting, and have been checking out your Pinterest page. I’m interested in some of your information on Asperger’s, as my son has high functioning Autism (among other issues) and I absolutely detest the guinea pig he’s become with doctors. Thanks for all of the helpful information, and if you did point out your thoughts on some of the less expensive brands (and I simply missed it), please let me know where you’ve posted so I can check it out. Thanks!

    • Thanks for writing. I “signed on” while trying to figure this all out. But keep in mind I had about 19 folks under me at Young Living and was courted by doTERRA reps w/ one saying I could make $8,000 per month with them. I assure you that I don’t make that now. In a sense, I took a pay cut to go this way. I was really stressed about it but did it anyways.

      The cheaper oil companies buy from “experts” and I think it is important to go w/ someone who buys direct from the farmers. That way you aren’t dealing w/ someone who might blend an oil w/ something else. Let’s just say I have heard some interesting stories about heating and mixing oils, and more. I prefer unadulterated. Thanks.

      • I’ve been reading your posts recently and they are very interesting and helpful. A huge thanks for all the work that obviously went into this project. I see many, many posts asking you about certain suppliers…so I wonder, for those of us who have oils from suppliers not on your final list, would you consider posting a list of the suppliers you reviewed and the results of each, or how they ranked and any “red flags” or positives about those. It would help those of us less knowledgeable folks who now sit and wonder if the oils we have are inferior because they aren’t on your top supplier list. If this is too much to ask :-), I’ll join the other posters and just ask about the oils I have purchased that I’d like to verify their quality as I try to build my own essential oil kit….Heritage E.O.’s, Ananda Apothecary, Nature’s Alchemy, Simplers Botanicals, Organic AuraCacia, Bulk Apothecary, and Creation Pharm. Any info you are able to share would be appreciated! Thanks!!!

        • Hi there. I am sorry but I am trying to figure out the best way to handle this. Just not sure yet. If you read my GC/MS post you can see what things are important to look for (in my opinion) and then you can evaluate the oils themselves. But I might be trying to do something – hang in there :).

  116. This blog was so helpful as I want to learn more about using EO. I made a purchase from NAN. This is my very first EO purchase so I am anxious to see how well the blends work. I will be sharing your blog with other moms.

  117. Paula Popper says:

    I have a few comments regarding oil purity, based on your paragraph about it above.

    For an oil to be “pure” in the CODEX or retail sense, the only oil in it is the one listed. Most oils need to be “cut” with a carrier oil. Some by tremendous amounts, simply because the practical ability to use a dropper that will deliver the miniscule amount needed of certain oils (because they are so strong) is almost nil. The ultra small droppers are hard to get into the hands of the retail consumer, they are challenging to use, and with the strongest oils, going over the amount can be truly toxic. So, a carrier is use (such as a jojoba or almond oil) to dilute it to the level that is more easily administered by the retail consumer. This is the case with any essential oil, whether used for flavor, scent or medicinal purposes.

    Baking vanilla is a pure if it has only the vanilla and the alcohol. The label will be required to lists the mgs of sugars present because alcohol is pretty much a liquid sugar.

    And then there is the fun part: the word pure cannot be copyrighted or trademarked. There is no definition of what is actually pure. Your definition of pure being only that essential oil and nothing else is certainly a valid description, but not even remotely possible in realistic consumer use. So, pure for an essential oil should be only the EO listed on the label and the carrier – whether an oil or an alcohol (there are reasons to use one over the other).

    Just adding to the knowledge and the fun of exploring essential oils.

    Paula Popper
    Holistic Life and Health Coach

  118. In case it helps anyone, there is a phone number listed for Eden’s Garden on your packing slip when you get your order in the mail. It’s 949-388-1999. Hope that helps!

    • I’m not sure what the phone number is useful for here -could you explain please?

      • Christina says:

        I think it was shared because others had mentioned concern over that fact that the Eden’s Garden website had no phone number listed for contact. Similar to the concern you had with Heritage Oils.

  119. Shawn Lagacé says:

    I would like to ask you a question, when you said you asked a ton of questions, did you ask about their process of how they make their essential oils… Because the more pure it is, the better it works… like for example is their oil process Steam distilled(to a certain temperature 150 degrees Celsius), some of the oil’s out there are extracted with alcohol, witch might screw up the nature of the Essential oil… I am happy with the work you’ve done so far, part of the reason why some oils might work better than others is because maybe they have a different process for how it’s done. {Like for example with chicken (To get their meat) you can pluck them or you can skin them…}

  120. Isabella B. says:

    Thank you for this informative article. I used to work in a spa and was in charge of researching a healthy essential oil provider. After extensive deliberation I narrowed it down to Elizabeth Van Buren essential oils. They are known as beyond organic and do extensive testing on their oils also known as GC/MS- gas chromotograph, mass spectrometer. You can google it. Pretty much means it filters out the harmful impurities making it much healthier for you and your clients when using. Their owner , Elizabeth Jones, is the director at the College of Botanical Healing Arts in California. Now isn’t this the type of business you would want to buy from? Not to mention their price points are SO reasonable. Their pms blend is incredible. My cramps disappear upon application onto the abdomen. You just feel so healthy using their products. I love using their roll on blends. Good health and happiness to all!

  121. Rev Keith Pace says:

    To help with adrenal fatigue and symptoms of autism check out and read the book ” Treating the symptoms known as Autism” by Kerri Rivera.
    I Know both authors personally and I know what they say works.
    Happy trails- Rev Keith Pace

    • Sorry to have not responded sooner – I’ve been going through old comments to address the ones I missed. I am reading that they use chlorine bleach for treatment – is that true?

      • Actually it’s Chlorine Dioxide ( oxidizer ) is as different from Chlorine ( chlorinator ) as Sodium Chloride ( table salt ) from Sodium Hypochlorite ( drain cleaner ), sounds similar but big difference.
        Chlorine Dioxide at the correct ppm is used to clean water, meat, seafood, fruits and vegetables it is also used to clean surfaces of Ebola the list goes on.
        After accidentally curing malaria it was discovered that it help healing in general as well as detoxifying the body including heavy metals.
        Check out testimonials at

        Lets heal the world together- Rev Keith Pace

        • Interesting. A friend just came by yesterday telling me her son has been greatly helped by Chlorine Dioxide treatment. She is under the care of a physician. So I am curious if most folks do that or if they try to treat themselves. She said it has cleared her son of tons of parasites. Wouldn’t they just come back later?

  122. Hannah C. says:

    I’ve been using the DT oils since November last year. In addition to some other incidences where they’ve worked amazingly well, a special oil combo taken internally healed my dad from Shingles in a week and they’ve helped me a lot with depression and healing up from a concussion. However, I’m not completely sold on them for a lot of the reasons you listed. I too am trying to find the best alternative healing options and I know that EOs have a lot of power. I’d love to find out more about your research!

  123. If you truly have adrenal fatigue and haven’t been misdiagnosed you need to remove TB from your adrenals before you heal. You will never heal if you do not do this. My naturopath here in Austin, TX healed me of that in one week. To him adrenal fatigue was no big deal and it wasn’t. Another point, if you have adrenal fatigue you have other glands involved. You can’t just treat the adrenals.

    • What is TB? Do you mean tuberculosis?

      • Yes – tuberculosis. Also, you can’t just treat the adrenals. You have to treat thyroid as well among other things.

        My doctor in Austin Texas does phone consults :-)

        • So you are saying that anyone w/ adrenal issues has TB issues? Thanks.

          • Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? when My Lab Tests Are Normal: a Revolutionary Breakthrough in Understanding Hashimoto’s Disease and Hypothyroidism

            I believe it states tb in adrenals for adrenal fatigue. Must treat tb first to heal. I bought this for my medical doctor and chiropractor after my new naturopath healed me in like a month of adrenal fatigue. I had gone to my chiro for over a year for treatment for adrenal fatigue With no relief. I bought it for my medical doc because she is a woman and felt she could benefit from it.

            When I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue everyone scared me to death about it. They were like oh my gosh you have adrenal fatigue. So hard to get rid of. Etc etc. When I went to see this naturopath I shared with him all my fears and he was like so upbeat and assured me no biggie and heal quickly. Trick is to get rid of the TB. Within a month or so I had so much energy and sleeping so much better. He didn’t just focus on adrenals either. He worked on other different things. I was really sick. I grew up on industrial farm in middle of Iowa. Parents and grandparents smoked. Worked with pesticides and herbicides and in grain bins with black mold with no protection – EVER. Had mono in high school. I just had my second child and could not get off the floor. My body was full of pain. Before I went to see naturopath my chiropractor helped me do some intense detoxing. Many different types of detoxing from standard process 21 day to drinking tea from a Mexican witch doctor (I say this with a laugh. They have a specific name can remember it) and another one with supplements and colonics. It has been 4 years since the healing of the adrenals. I still do detoxing but mainly thru foods and juicing now.

            I have also had 3 dental surgeries to remove all mercury, I had 4 cavitations cleaned out and a root canal removed. Lots of bacteria and viruses (micro organisms) to clean out of body.

            I also did Julia Chang detox from Canada. I think her website is Google Julia Chang and detoxing.

            My next thing I am going to invest in is an ionic footbath. I will get the one from Indian in the machine. Works on lymph and circulation and helps body get water into the cells.

            My naturopath here in Austin really thinks outside the box. I have been to many naturopaths and he is like no other. He uses a variety of supplements from a variety of companies. He monitors your health closely and I liked that too. A normal naturopath is like here are your supplements see you in a month. I was so sick I needed to be seen at least weekly if not more.

            God bless and pray for your healing.

            • Thanks and sorry for the delay in responding. I was thinking about your comment and didn’t approve it as I wanted to do more thinking. What did you do for the TB? And why did he think you caught it? This is very interesting. I assume he doesn’t work w/ people long distance? Thanks!

  124. Love all your research . Have you heard of organic infusions? , an online sight . I think the prices are reasonable compared to yl and doterra, but that makes me skeptical. They also have a huge selection. Would love to know what you think Thankyou!

    • Sorry but I just can’t comment on all the companies – I’m swamped :). I would check out this post to see if they measure up and I hope to write more soon. Thanks!

  125. How about Organic Infusions ? They are reasonable and have a huge selection. I am skeptical and would love to know your thoughts

    • So sorry but I am so swamped = with tons of requests to look at different companies. Maybe look at this post and see if they measure up. I hope to write more in the near

  126. I live in Canada, and I’ve been pretty happy with a Canadian aromatherapy (oils, blends, etc.) shop called Taiga Therapy ( Pure oils at good prices. Used to shop at Escents but their prices are way too high. Seems you have to make a special order if you wanna ship to the US, though..

  127. Based on my husband biology major… My question is how many times has it been distilled ??? hence, the more times it’s distilled, the better the quality and getting rid of the stuff you don’t want or by products .

    • That’s a different concept than in oil production. In one case you are distilling to get rid of by products but in oils you are supposed to (in the case of organic especially) be starting w/ high quality and just getting the strongest oil (most prized) at the beginning and lesser later. In any case, this really only applies to 2 oils – peppermint and ylang ylang.

  128. Have you heard of Dr. Sabina DeVita? She has a book out about EOs called Vibrational Cleaning. She has a website that takes you to Young Living if you choose to order oils. I heard of her thru a web radio show called Sanitas. I told my cousin about this as she is into EOs and quite knowledgeable as well. When I mentioned Gary Young she immediately thought it was a scam as she heard about his long rap sheet. So I am very skeptical of Young Living EOs. I am on your site because I am investigating him and learning more about EOs. Thanks for your work on this.

  129. I see that you endorse Native American Nutritional Oils. I am not affiliated with any essential oil company or distributor, and I signed up for emails from the above company after I saw your review. Do you agree with their practice of making healing claims for their oils? Obviously you know much about essential oils and I admire the credible research you have done. This was recently in an email from Native American Nutritional:

    “Overcome severe illness with oils for severe illnesses”


    “Nerve Repair
    Heal all types of nerve damage with this unique blend, specially created for you by a Native American Medicine man. ”
    I am just wondering about your thoughts on healing claims. (Hey, it’s certainly all right with me if they do “heal”).

  130. Lois A Bisbee says:

    I have a few shot glass recipes and one in particular helped me tremendously. I awoke with a throbbing sinus headache, sore throat and aching muscles. I took a shot glass and added the suggested oils, then I rubbed doTerra Lavender, then peppermint to my forehead, and went to bed diffusing breathe. Within 10 mins, my headache was gone, my sinuses began to open up, and what was usually the signs of a 1 to 2 week struggle, turned into a day and a half. One happy gal, here.
    I have an 8 year old grandson in Texas who has been struggling at school. He would just tune out and couldn’t seem to think straight. I sent “In Tune,” which is a focus blend to him, and I told my daughter to add Rosemary and Peppermint to his terra cotta necklace. That was 4 weeks ago. For the first time in the past 2 years, (the school wanted to keep him back in the 2nd grade this year), his reading is where it’s supposed to be. He came home with 4 – A’s yesterday. His spirits have been so lifted. He face-timed me to let me know mom and dad were taking him to his favorite pizza place to celebrate. I am so happy with the oils.
    Also, since diffusing doTERRA oils, my daughter has been able to go off her anti-depressant medicine. I am recieving good reports left and right from people who have been helped with joint pain, stress, headaches, etc.
    I always keep an open mind, and I am enjoying your articles.

    • That is so good to hear. I never tried their In Tune – I think Native American has something that is supposed to work similarly. Thanks for your kind words!

  131. I am totally new to using EO, I have two children with Autism, and Im at the point where I will try anything! I have a friend who gave me some samples to try from YL and they did seem to help my kids sleep better. It was too pricey for my budget so Im happy to hear there are more affordable options out there. I would really appreciate if you could recommend which oils to get and how often to use them. I’m so green when it comes to these so how exactly do you dilute them? Thanks! :)

  132. I am excited to read your post. I am a fan of essential oils. It all started with Lavender which helps me to have a good night sleep or calms me when I was really stressed out by work.
    Now being on a spiritual journey, I was introduced to Young Living, Earth Magic and Doterra.
    I just signed up for Young Living Wholesale Distributor Starter Set. Not that I have a business, but since I love essential oils. Why not do it like a hobby?

    I am also looking out for alternative brands. Noticed NOW brands are priced so much lower. And yet the word Pure etc is always written. I am now confused.

    Your research is so helpful and going to be so helpful.
    I am so following your blog!

  133. I have found a Great site to purchase your oils from they sale 100% pure essential oil and have great prices this site is defiantly the best i have found throw my hours of searching. hear is the link this site is a most see.

    • Hi there. Sorry but it looks like you are trying to promote your own oils site which I would prefer folks not do. If that’s not the case feel free to respond and I can respond to you. Thanks!

  134. I found this article and immediately went on NAN website and purchased a couple of oil blends. Do you recommend a place to buy carrier oils in bulk? I want to start using almond oil as a moisturizer but it is not available on NAN. I found it on Mountain Rose Herbs Camden-Grey and Bulk Apothecary but not sure which is best?

    • I don’t know – are any of them organic? Might be worth spending extra. I did mention to NAN and RMO that they should consider getting it – thanks!

  135. While NYR Organic is not strictly essential oils, they have a great selection and are a very ethical company with high quality organic products. I would really like to see your review on them.

  136. In my opinion you should take some courses at an accredited college and learn from people who are Registered Aromatherapist or at least certified. And I can tell you that all those companies you listed, you will find out that no one is even certified aromatherapist. Aromatherapy is very powerful and should be used with caution just as any other medication. Just because it’s natural, does not mean you can just use it any way. Get educated by the professionals and not by self proclaimed people.

    • Hi Danielle and thanks for commenting.

      This is a very common comment I’ve seen around the internet and here. Certified aromatherapists can be a valuable resource. And so are those who have spent a lot of effort researching for themselves. Saying that only a certified aromatherapist can tell you to ingest oils implies that having it come from a certified aromatherapist makes it a magical solution. Kind of like saying that if your physician says to do it then you should. Doctors are a valuable resource, but I have gotten plenty of bad advice from them and always “think” before I follow. But ingesting the oils on your own direction, which might even be in the same way a certified aromatherapist tells you to ingest them, will not work because the certified aromatherapist didn’t give it the stamp of approval. I’m always suspicious when I hear someone say “Only ______________ can say ___________.”

      Fortunately, there are 3 ways to use essential oils — ingestion, topical, and diffusion. The more people study on their own, from multiple sources, the better it is for them. Granted, many legitimate sources are going to disagree. Doctors often disagree as well. So you should always read up on why and learn what you can and ultimately, you are the one deciding what, where, and how to use your essential oils. You shouldn’t be a sheep, no matter what side you’re on.

      People have been ingesting essential oils for a few decades so I don’t think it’s a fad. However, the idea that you must be a certified aromatherapist to give any sort of advice on essential oils is much newer than the issue of ingestion. As far as ingesting Lemon oil goes, we say if you want to ingest essential oils, start slowly. Find out what works for your own personal body chemistry.Some people like to have it in their water. If so, keep it 1-2 drops in 12 ounces of water. Some would rather ingest it with a capsule. Then you put 1-2 drops in a gel capsule with Olive oil and ingest with a full meal.

      Ultimately, people need to educate themselves and not spout off what they heard someone else say — whether it be a certified aromatherapist, a sales rep for a company, or anyone in between. Maybe when they are done researching, they will agree with what they heard the certified aromatherapist say. Maybe they will find they disagree. But then they will have the research to understand what they are saying and that’s what matters the most.

      I hope that helps and would love to hear what you think!

  137. brenda johnson says:

    Personally I have researched and discovered doTerra was created from trusted execs who left Young Living and began their own business!! Being a person who had this identical experience with my own grown business and an employee contacted ALL my customers to earn their business, I know what a betrayal this is. I could never support a company with this kind of standards. I chose YL a few months ago and have had the BEST customer service and greatest products available today!!! I guess each to his own but I prefer to choose a company who isn’t built on someone elses’ ‘work and studies’.

  138. I recently bought the book Healthy Child and it mentions Sweet Thyme. Thyme Linalool. I can’t really seem to find it. Anyone have this oil and is satisfied with it? Where can i purchase this oil?

    • I am sorry but I haven’t any idea. Is it crucial to get that option or could another sweet thyme be a possibility? I am going to email the company I recommend to see what they think.