This path of figuring out which is the best essential oils company has been hard work.
When I started out trying Young Living's Thieves blend, I had NO idea that I would be digging this heavily into a bunch of oils companies to find out which brand gave my family the biggest bang for the buck.
There's been a lot of info to sort through, and life has been little [a lot] crazy over the past 6 months.)
Read on to see what I've been learning.
First of all, if you missed my earlier posting on essential oils, you might want to revisit:
A lot has happened since those posts.
I had questions and more questions to ask--I think I probably almost drove a few oil company folks crazy in the process 🙂 -- but I feel pretty good about what I am going to share with you now.
But before I tell you which company I am going to be recommending, let me fill you in on how I got there and give you more information on essential oils in general.
(It wouldn't be much fun without a little more suspense, right :-)?)
Finding the Best Essential Oils Company
In trying to sort out which company I wanted to recommend to you (and where I wanted to buy my oils from), I:
- contacted a bunch of companies
- looked at tons of websites
- talked on the phone with employees and owners of essential oils companies
thought agonized a lot
- thought some more
- spent a bunch of money on oils (and I do mean a bunch)
I really took this very seriously. I wanted to provide my family and my readers with the best essential oils company for the money.
Now of course, I can be wrong--and I do think that there is more than one good oil company out there.
But I am as sure as I can be right now that I have found a good one to recommend to you all.
What Makes a Quality Essential Oils Company
1. The Essential Oils Company Should Sell Quality Oils
The oils need to be as high quality as possible without being astronomical in price. They should be:
- extracted properly (under low temperature and low pressure)
- produced from plants grown in their indigenous locations (where they grow naturally)
- made from wild-crafted (indigenously grown and/or not removed entirely when harvested) and/or organic plants if at all possible
I have concerns along these lines about some of the companies that I looked into. For example, Young Living is a very popular essential oils company. In fact, if you recall from my post on A Skeptic Looks at Thieves Oil, and my post on Peppermint, Wintergreen, and More, you will see that I was at first very pleased with their oils.
However, I am concerned that many of Young Living's oils are sourced in the U.S. That is great from the standpoint of keeping shipping costs to the U.S. low, but many of the plants from which their oils are derived are not indigenous to the U.S. and so I think that is one thing to consider.
But let's see what else our "search for the best essential oils company turns up." One company might not have everything we want.......
2. The Essential Oils Should Be Pure
The oils must not have anything added to them, nor have anything taken out that should be "left in"
Apparently it is commonplace for oils "experts" or oil companies to add things to essential oils in order to make them "go farther" and thus be cheaper to produce. The companies can either make more profit by selling an inferior product at a high price, or they can offer inferior product and an apparently "great price."
I heard and read a lot about oil companies "monkeying around" with their oils in order to make them:
- smell better (By distilling oils longer or heating them, the "herby" smell of some oils is changed to make them more palatable.)
- pass quality and purity tests (Some "oil experts" are apparently smart enough to know what the tests are looking for, so they add things to the oils or alter them in other ways to make them "pass" the tests. This is the case with oregano oil. Some companies will adulterate their oregano oil to have carvacrol levels come to where they want them to be.)
- more profitable by adding fillers like propylene glycol and others
Additionally, oils should, when possible, be extracted with steam only--not with chemical solvents. Who wants more chemical "nasties" on or in their bodies? Not me.
Basically, the essential oils I want to use should be only pure essential oils.
Nothing added. Nothing taken away.
You can read more about the adulteration of essential oils here.
3. The Essential Oils Should Be Sold at an Affordable Price
The oils should be within the reach of most consumers' budgets.
Of course, as with everything, there are varying degrees of quality. The company that I have chosen has very high quality. However, even that company's owner admits that there are comparable, even higher quality oils available, but the prices of these oils are so exorbitant as to make them unaffordable to most people.
4. The Oils Should Be Effective
The oils must work.
Of course, we want oils to do something, and not just smell nice. I can use plain vanilla extract behind my ears for that :-).
Now, this is something that perhaps needs qualification. Of course when talking about essential oils being effective, there are a lot of things that can go into that--the individual's condition, how the oil is applied, etc., whereas the other means of evaluating an oil (outside of the organoleptic [smell] testing) are more objective.
It's important to note that if an essential oils works, that doesn't mean it's pure. Also, if an essential oil doesn't work, that doesn't mean that it's impure or inferior.
5. The Company Should Provide Education
Ideally, the oils company will offer opportunities to learn how to properly use oils to provide healthy options for the treatment of medical and emotional issues.
Of course, there is a huge amount of such information on the internet and in books like the following.
How's that for a lot of information to chew on? See why this has been tough?
Well, hang in there with me. I'll be back real soon with more information.
The Essential Oil Company I Recommend
If you'd like to find out which essential oil company I went with at the end of this long search, read this post:
you can also read the other parts of the series here:
For more in the series:
- Which Essential Oils Company is Best? - Part 1
- Which Essential Oils Company is Best - Troubles with the Oils Industry - Part 3
- Young Living vs. doTERRA - Part 4
- Are Multi-Level Marketing Oils Worth It? - Part 5
- Distillation, Bias, Vomit and Personal Attacks - Part 6
Let's Get Educated!
I'm working on growing my Essential Oils library and have the following book on my wish list. It's one that has the best reviews on Amazon and gets in to the nitty gritty of medicinal use, which is what I am the most interested in.
I'll be back in the future with more on these books, but this one, Exploring Essential Oils, looks like a real winner:
Get My Free Essential Oils Report and VIP Newsletter Access
Also, if you go and grab my Free Report on 10 Things to Know About Essential Oils Before You Buy, you will not only get more myth-busting essential oils information, but you'll get access to my VIP newsletter as well–complete with updates, great healthy living offers, of course new posts on essential oils, and more.
What do you think?
Anything you would add to this list?