Where to Buy the Best Essential Oils

I used to think that essential oils were a scam, but I ended up finding out that they are a great resource for your natural medicine cabinet for issues such as headaches, ear infections, tummy aches, viruses and bacterial infections, and more. But I eventually felt I needed to figure out where to buy essential oils that I could trust and that I could reasonably afford.

I spent a ton of time calling companies, asking questions, sampling oils.  Literally, it was a ton.  And it was very exhausting.

I've learned a lot with all the time I've spent researching oils companies and I've covered a lot of what I learned here in this essential oils series, some of which I wrote while I was still trying to figure out which company I was going to be using and recommending.

Where to Buy Essential Oils you can trust

Previous Posts In the Series:

- Which Essential Oils Company is Best?  Starting Out - Part 1

- The Qualities of a Good Essential Oil - Part 2

- Problems in the Essential Oils Industry - Part 3

- A Close Up Look at Young Living and doTERRA - Part 4

- Are Multi-Level Marketing Oils Worth It? - Part 5

- Personal Attacks, Bias and Distillation Issues - Part 6

In this post, I'll talk about the company that I decided to purchase our oils from.

It's also the one that I recommend to you as having the best essential oils for the money, with natural healing qualities and no additives or adulterating.

Confused about essential oils? What this blogger found out will surprise you. She tried to find out which essential oils company is best and found out some VERY interesting things about oils and the companies that sell them, including Young Living and doTERRA.

How I Chose Where to Buy Essential Oils for My Family

This all started with my not being happy with the way questions were (or were not) answered by the "Big Guys" on the block.  So I started contacting a bunch of companies and interviewing them about their oils.

If you remember, when I started trying to figure out where to buy essential oils, I mentioned the following about Native American Nutritionals (now Rocky Mountain Oils) in Part One of the series.

"Looks like they carry good products, but they are a bit expensive.  Their prices, for a number of oils, in fact, are almost identical to the MLMs in this group, Young Living and DoTerra.  And I don’t see any difference on the surface in the quality department."

In this post, you can see that I ended up recommending them, but this was really a surprise for me. After thinking that I was writing them off, I got a call back from the owner of Native American Nutritionals, and I talked with the owner for a few hours (at first....that turned into many hours in the upcoming month) and found that he really "knew his stuff."

I also found out that there were a lot of differences between his company and many others in the industry. I asked him tons of questions during our first conversation, and then more and more over the course of the next 10 months, while I investigated other companies as well.  (Wow--it's been that long since I started writing this series.....)

I was intrigued by what he had to say about his company and the oils industry in general.

We had countless conversations from March 2012 - January 2013, during which I literally grilled him about his company and others to figure out which company I wanted to recommend--and if his, was in fact, good enough for my family--and for all of you.

I now can say that I feel very comfortable recommending this company to you and am now using their oils almost exclusively (I have a few bottles of other brands left over :)).

I hope you check them out and I'd love to hear about your experience.

(Disclaimer.  I did not choose this company because I was able to become an affiliate for them, but I am one. I decided to work with them and then we made an arrangement where I could partner with them.)

Where to Buy Essential Oils You Can Trust--
Rocky Mountain Oils Review

Please note - since this series was written, Rocky Mountain Oils has purchased Native American Nutritionals. Native American Nutritionals was the original company, but the two companies had a partnership. Then Rocky Mountain Oils (RMO) purchased NAN and now RMO is a new company.  I am even more confident in the quality of oils now that this all has taken place.

I've updated this post so that in most places, NAN has now been replaced with RMO.

Before we get on with the details about the company, you can Rocky Mountain Oils and see all that they have to offer.

1.  Experience

The owner of Native American Nutritionals (which later merged with Rocky Mountain Oils), Paul Dean, was in the oils industry since 1997, being first introduced to essential oils about 30 years ago.  He started his first full-time essential oils business in 1998.

Rocky Mountain Oils was founded in 2004 by two essential oil enthusiasts, Michael and Leah Vincent. With years of experience in essential oils, the acquisition of Native American Nutritionals, and 14 years of company growth, RMO has become one of the leading direct-to-consumer essential oil companies in the world.

2.  Purity

Quality Oils - all oils have been third party GC/MS tested.

Certificates are available upon request by easily entering in the batch number from any bottle.

Almost all of the oils come from plants grown in remote locations where no pesticides, herbicides, or harmful chemicals are used and only natural fertilizers are used.

3.  Indigenous Plants

All oils come from plants grown in their indigenous locations (where they grow naturally).

4.  Oils from Small Farms

Almost all oils from NAN were sourced directly from small farms (many are from third-world countries).  Mr. Dean contracted with locals in the countries from where he sourced the oils, finds a quality farm, sets up a distiller, and extracts the oils.  The oils are then sent to Native American, then sent for testing, and bottled.  The only oils at NAN that are not from small farms are mainly the organic citrus oils.

Since Rocky Mountain Oils purchased Native American Nutritionals, some of the sourcing has changed as the company has put a high priority on the purity and quality of the oils sold. Where oil is sourced depends on the oil.  They source from small farms and also from leading experts in the industry.

5.  No Solvents

They use no solvents for distillation except when necessary, as in the case of absolutes like vanilla and jasmine (since the cost of those essential oils is otherwise prohibitive.)  Update 2015: they now sell a vanilla extracted with CO2.

6.  Affordable Pricing

They have affordable prices (not as expensive as the multi-level marketing companies, but not "too good to be true" either.)

7.  Quality Pure Oils

I have a lot of standards for quality and making sure that you are purchasing quality oils. See this post on pure essential oils for that information.

In addition, I prefer buying organic whenever I can, and that includes essential oils. Recently (Nov 2017), Rocky Mountain Oils has included an organic line of oils in their lineup and should be expanding it soon.

8.  Transparency

Details for oils are listed clearly on their site (including the Latin name and country of origin)

The company is working on how to indicate the growing method now that they sometimes have a variety of sources for some oils.

9.  Reasonable Shipping Costs

I found the shipping costs with YL and doTERRA to be a little on the steep side.  I was told several times by customer service reps of one of the companies that it was due to businesses being charged more than residential customers.

That didn't make sense to me - business rates being more expensive than residential when they have that kind of bulk shipping going on? So I called UPS and FedEx and was assured that this is not the case.  So I don't know why their shipping is so high.  Maybe they are pocketing the extra?  I can't see any other answer.

Rocky Mountain Oils offers Free Shipping domestically in the U.S. and reasonable shipping internationally, with free shipping over $199.

10.  Common Sense Approach

The companies recommend using caution with the oils -- but also make practical recommendations so that you can confidently use the oils in your every day life.

11.  No Adulterating

Oils are not heated, mixed with anything else, or adulterated in any way.

The only exception is Bergamot, which they sell 2 versions of.  The FCF Bergamot is heated after the distillation to burn off the furocoumarin since furocoumarin is photo-toxic.  Their Eucalyptus Globulus isn't heated to remove the heavy "herbier" smell.

Most oils companies heat their Eucalyptus Globulus to remove that herbier smell, but Mr. Dean felt that the essential oil left alone is more therapeutic, so that is how he handled it.

12. {New} Bonus - Free Bottle of Oil for My Readers

Just added in 2018 - go to this Healthy Living Deals post to find out what bottle of oil you can get Free with Purchase.


Our family has decided on Rocky Mountain Oils to be our source of oils.

Basically, I think that the oils industry is like the food industry:

In the food industry, you can buy from large grocery stores and companies with things labeled "natural" and "whole grain," or you can buy from a farmer you know and trust. I really think, as I've learned more about the "Big Ag" industry, that it is often better to buy from a "small guy" (small farmer or small essential oils company) whom you know well, than a "big guy" (big farm or big oils company or expert).

In this case, with Rocky Mountain Oils, you can know you are supporting someone who cares deeply about the farmers he works with and who works with them directly.  Plus can support a lot of workers in third world countries as well (and Native American pays them a decent wage for their country).

For example, with doTERRA and Young Living, in order to get the best discounts on their oils as a rep, you need to order monthly over $100 of products (to get free products that essentially reduce your costs).  Do that every month and you end up with waaaay too many oils).

A lot of multi-level marketing oils reps end up ordering other things from the company like personal care products in order to get to that "minimum."  However, I wasn't thrilled with the ingredients in many of the other products offered.

Undesirable Ingredients in Other Products from Essential Oils Companies

When I was trying to decide where to buy essential oils, I looked at other things besides just oils.

With doTERRA and Young Living, for example:

- DoTERRA's On Guard toothpaste contains titanium dioxide, a metal that I initially thought that I should avoid due to the possibility of heavy metal toxicity. Now I'm not worried about it for that reason, but it simply because it isn't necessary.  It's there just for color.  Overall it is supposed to be pretty benign, but why introduce it to your body unless needed?

The company also has carrageenan (which, depending on the form, is known to cause inflammation) in their capsules and PEG 100 in their Deep Blue Cream.

{Update 2018 - I have been doing some additional research into carrageenan and am not sure where to come down on this. There are two types and it's possible that the negative effects being discussed are not of concern. I hope to have an update to this in the near future.}

Both companies' skin care products had ingredients rated 3 and above on EWG's Skin Deep rating system. I prefer to stick with ingredients rated 2, at the highest. Depending on what you are looking for, that may or may not be acceptable to you. Of course, it depends on their performance too. I don't think all of EWG's ratings are flawless, but I do pay attention when I see higher ratings there.

There was, in fact, one essential oils company whose oils I thought looked to be very high quality, but their personal care items were loaded with lots of toxic chemicals.

Also note, if you are used to Young Living or doTERRA oils, Rocky Mountain Oils carries oil blends that are comparable to Young Living and doTERRA blends.

Of course, if you've been following along with this series, you know that I think there are other good companies out there.  However, I think that there are fewer "excellent" companies than I originally thought when I started all of this evaluation.

My Choice for Essential Oils--Rocky Mountain Oils (formerly Native American Nutritionals)

So....now that you have some more information about where to buy essential oils you can trust, I'm sure that you are likely eager to use them.

I highly recommend reviewing the previous posts in the series (listed above) to see some great books that are sure to be a great help.

What About Other Companies?

PLEASE NOTE: I often receive inquiries asking me what I think about other essential oils companies.

Please read this post on Essential Oils Testing and Quality and this report on 10 Things You Need to Know About Essential Oils to see if a brand measures up.

There are more and more companies out there on a daily basis. It truly seems that every day there is a new company selling essential oils and many are making claims that they are the "only pure oils out there" - which is not true.  My standards are high. I don't just want a company that says they are pure--when deciding where to buy essential oils, I want to make SURE I'm getting purity. And more.

This post on Pure Essential Oil Testing should be of help too for evaluating any company that you wish to consider.

Wear Your Oils -- Essential Oil Jewelry

Essential Oil Jewelry is a great way to wear your oils and have their support on you all the time.

Just put a few drops of your favorite oil on the felt pad in the pendant or bracelet, etc., and you can carry your oils with you all day (because carrying a diffuser around with you all day would be awkward :).)

Many of the diffusing jewelry options on the market today are made from inexpensive metals (like nickel) that will turn colors and might turn your skin colors too--and even tend to cause allergic reactions.

These Diffuser Magnets are made from solid nickel-free stainless steel and are interchangeable and are made from rare earth neodymium magnets--known for their healthy properties. They even counteract the effects of EMFs and boost mood, and help with cellular energy.

And they're pretty too!

Just Pick a Base.

Pick a Diffuser Magnet.

Wear and Enjoy (and feel better!)

Free Essential Oils Report

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  1. I love Rocky Mountain Oils, but living in New Zealand I find it hard to get my hands on their products, which is a real shame. At the moment, I am sticking with Doterra because we have a warehouse here on the ground. I would switch to Rocky Mountain products in a heartbeat if their products were easier to get.

    1. I understand the trouble with getting oils and other things from overseas. They do still have an international shipping option, do they not?
      I hope to revisit this topic in the not too distant future! Stay tuned.......(you can subscribe here if you'd like....wholenewmom.com/about-me/)

    1. Hi there. I hope to revisit this topic later but I think that overall they are a good company. I haven't dug into their purity etc recently, however.

      Hope to soon! Stay tuned....

    1. Hi there. Sorry I responded earlier but it didn't show up for some reason. I hope to revisit this whole topic at some point to offer more info etcetera to my readers, but at present that's the company I'm recommending in my posts. I'm buried with a lot of things--stay tuned! You can subscribe here if you'd like. Take care and thanks for reading!

  2. Looking for best Food Grade oil brands that are ingestible. For example, I have used both doTERRA, Young Living and some Revive lemon oil in my water for over 20 years with no problems. They have the Nutritional Facts on the side of the bottle which makes it ok for ingesting. But I don’t like the higher prices. Don’t share my email address with any other company or sell it please.

    1. Hi there - sorry for the delay. This is something I might add to my post on essential oil myths, but basically a nutrition label does not mean that the contents are safe to ingest--the company doesn't do a GC/MS test or any kind of EO testing before getting that label as far as I know. Pure is pure so as long as you choose an oil from a trusted company, you should be pretty safe, but there are other companies outside of doTERRA and Young Living and Revive that you can shop from. I chose the company in this post.

      Of course I would never sell or share your email with anyone else. Here's the myth post that might be of help :). https://wholenewmom.com/essential-oil-purity-myths/
      I hope to write more soon and update old posts too - you can sign up for updates here if you'd like: wholenewmom.com/about-me/

  3. Rocky mountain does add menthol and menthyl acetate to their peppermint. Pretty sure there is no company out there that does not sell adulterated oil in the lines. So bottom line you are more than likely over paying for a placebo at be best and dangerous chemicals at worst no matter who you buy from.

    1. Hi Rachel. Can you tell me what your basis is for saying this? That's a pretty intense accusation. Thank you.

  4. Hi Adrienne!
    I loved reading your article about essential oils. I did have a question. As a soap maker I use Titanium Dioxide in my soaps to make them "whiter" I'm not sure it's considered a metal though. Titanium is definitely a metal but Titanium Dioxide?
    Encyclopedia Britannica defines it as a mineral which is why I have always used it in soap safely.
    Titanium dioxide, also called titania, (TiO2), a white, opaque, naturally occurring mineral existing in a number of crystalline forms, the most important of which are rutile and anatase. These naturally occurring oxide forms can be mined and serve as a source for commercial titanium. Titanium dioxide is odourless and absorbent. Its most important function in powder form is as a widely used pigment for lending whiteness and opacity.
    Thanks for the the info and research you did on EO's. I to fell for YL around 2010 and spent loads with them also. I now enjoy RMO's as well and Plant Therapy.

    1. Titanium dioxide isn't a metal as far as I know. I did some writing about it but there are mixed opinions about its safety. Did you have a question about it? Sorry if I missed it! Thanks for the kind words!

  5. Thank you, I've just been looking for information approximately this subject
    for ages and yours is the best I have found out so far.
    However, what about the bottom line? Are you certain concerning the source?

    1. Hi there. Thanks for the comment. I actually need to update everything in this series at some point to make it easier to navigate / add more information, etc. Are you asking me if I'm certain about the company that I went with?