Announcing the Best Essential Oils Company

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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.
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 make sure that I was buying from the best essential oils company 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.

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.

(Disclaimer.  Just to be clear, 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 via my blog. If you make a purchase after clicking through to their site from mine, I will earn a commission, but your price remains the same.)

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 The “Best” Essential Oils Company

Post Updated 9/17/16:

First of all my apologies for the big bold title.  I've had multiple readers tell me that they couldn't figure out what company I recommended so I am trying to make it more obvious.

If you remember, I mentioned this company in Part One of the series.   I said,

“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.”

So, the fact that I ended up recommending them 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 ended up talking 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.  I would love to hear about your experience

The “Best” Essential Oils Company  —  Rocky Mountain Oils Review

Please note – since this series was written, Rocky Mountain Oils has purchased Native American Nutritionals. I still recommend these companies,  and in fact, am even more confident in the quality of oils now.

1.  Experience

The owner of Native American Nutritionals (which merged with and is now 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.

2.  Purity

Quality Oilsall 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 are sourced direct from small farms (many are from third-world countries).  He uses very few “essential oils experts,” who are basically middlemen between large farms and oils companies.  Mr. Dean contracts with locals in the countries from where he sources 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 an 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.  Mostly Organic and/or Wild-Crafted

All of their oils are either:  organically certified, organically grown (grown with organic methods, but not certified), or wild-crafted . The only conventional oils they sell are those for which the high cost of the organic oils is prohibitive (they can be up to four times the conventional price).

 Since Rocky Mountain Oils purchased Native American Nutritionals, they have made a few changes in their sourcing.

Following is their official statement:

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

8.  Transparency

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

Rocky Mountain Oils has recently updated their site.  The Latin names are listed, as well as the country of origin.

The company is working on how to indicate country of origin and 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.

**UPDATE: 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 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 furcoumarin 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 thinks that the essential oil left alone is more therapeutic, and so he leaves them as God made them.

Conclusion

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

In the food industry, you can buy from large grocery stores and companies with things labelled “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 (formerly Native American Nutritionals), 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 much 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

With doTERRA and Young Living, for example:

– DoTERRA's On Guard toothpaste contains titanium dioxide, a metal which I prefer to avoid due to the possibility of heavy metal toxicity.  Plus, 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 (known to cause inflammation) in their capsules and PEG 100 in their Deep Blue Cream.

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. For the prices they are charging, I would prefer to buy organic and really pure products.

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 artificial chemicals and I really felt that Native American had an edge over them in that department.

Also note, if you are used to Young Living or doTERRA oils, Native American Nutritionals 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 do think that there are fewer “excellent” companies than I originally thought when I started all of this evaluating.

My Choice: Rocky Mountain Oils (formerly Native American Nutritionals)

Just so you know, a number of my readers mentioned Rocky Mountain Oils as a company that they were happy with.

As for all of the questions about 1st, 2nd and 3rd distillation questions, and the like (as we touched on in Personal Attacks, Bias, Distillation and Essential Oils), we'll be addressing this more in future posts.  I hope to have a lot more posts during which we will address the basics of: – What Essential Oils Are and – How to Use Essential Oils Therapeutically – and More 

So….now that you have some more information about essential oils, 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 has pure oils, but I want a company that has ethical business practices too.

If you are looking for organic essential oils, I recommend Neal's Yard Remedies.  In addition to having certified organic essential oils, they also have an exceptional focus on sustainability. All of their oils are sustainably sourced and they are bringing more essential oils to the market now with more to come.

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

Take Your Oils With You

I highly recommend this high quality diffusing jewelry from Diffusing Mama's.

You just put a few drops of your favorite oil on the felt pad in the locket and you can carry your oils with you all day (because you can't carry a diffuser around with you :).  That would be really awkward….)

Many of the diffusing jewelry options on the market today are made from inexpensive metals that will turn colors and will turn your skin colors too.  That's a big problem for me.

Not Diffusing Mama's.  They are high quality HEAVY stainless steel.

Here's one of their lovely necklaces.  My son loves the soccer locket and I really enjoy the bracelet that I have.

Moroccan 20 mm Diffusing Mama's

 

 

So nice to put a few drops of calming oils in to help me feel better throughout the day.

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  1. Hello –

    I just downloaded and read your guide to buying essential oils and one of the things mentioned was to be weary of “scents” however when i went to the rocky montain oils site via your link and clicked on ‘best sellers’ the first thing i see is “unlock our best selling scents’? Are they just using that term in a different way from how you meant?

    Also if i am brand new to essential oils is there a specific oil you reccommend?

    Thanks so much!

    • Hello Dayna :). And welcome.

      What I meant by that is don’t buy something that is called a “scent” but not called an essential oil. And in this case you can get the chemistry report from them so you know it’s valid. You can call the chemist to talk about it.

      Tell me what are you wanting to use the oils for and then I can help. Kits are often a good place to start. Just look at the ones they have and see what meets your current needs and you get some savings too. Hope that helps!

  2. I bought a whole loaf of Native American Oils a few yrs back baded on your pists. I cannot find anywhere, however, if they can be used for internal use or even as a mouthwash. Do you?

  3. Young Living takes its essential oils and other product uses very seriously. Teaching members how to use and how to help others to use oils and supplements properly is their first priority. I’ve observed many new distributors who cannot even recommend oils or products until they have attended classes, completed readings & trainings, used the oils on themselves and can explain the chemical composition of the products and how they work in the body. I feel better bringing to the table a product to sell that I know about through and through well enough to answer questions truthfully and with certainty. Not many companies can say that. If you are in the business to help heal others, education about your product should be on the top of your priority list. As a business, my belief is The More You Know, The More You GROW!

  4. Tonya Harris says:

    I’d love to hear about EO and adrenal issues.

  5. What does toothpaste or creams have to do with the quality of essential oils which is the subject? It is a bit disingenuous to use those examples instead of direct oil comparisons. Also to list an ominous sounding ingrediant and later refer to it as benign. I don’t think this is fair representation of actual oils. So I tend to discount your “findings”.

    • Hello D.L. and welcome. Can I ask what company you are a rep with (if you are)? I don’t think it’s disingenuous to mention that companies have ingredients of concern in other products. That being said, I reserve the right to change my opinion on ingredients.

      I don’t necessarily have an issue w/ titanium dioxide now, but since then more concerns have come up that I added to the series just this week.

      One other MLM has artificial colors and fragrances in their other products but they say that their oils are pure. Does that not seem strange?

  6. Thank you, appreciate your investigative findings. You have encouraged me to be more careful in my selections. Will definitely try Rocky Mountain Oils. Have been reading about them as well as the others.
    You convinced me.

  7. I can’t tell you how happy I am that your investigation concluded with the ‘little guy’ coming out on top. As I read the series I was convinced that one of the MLM’s would win out, and that would have been disappointing to me. I am personally put off by all MLM’s. Thanks so much for all the great info. I also discovered Neal’s Yard through this series and it looks quite interesting as well. Thanks again.

  8. Wow girl, have you been working or what!! … and here am I dreaming of distilling my own oils for my own practice because I just am unsure about (don’t trust) purity and efficacy. I read every word of your investigation and I am impressed and proud that you can hold your head high amongst the nastiness that this world brings. I will be looking in on your suggestion… and will in future only possibly be distilling our wonderful Australian natives!!!

  9. BLESS YOU!! for doing this investigation. Can’t trust any industry these days. I really appreciate the work you did here and thank you so much.

    I was just wondering if you have done any research on Living Libations essential oils? are they worth the price tag?

  10. Dawn Henry says:

    CAN YOU TAKE THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN OILS INTERNALLY. I LOOKED AT THE LABEL FOR SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS LEMON AND IT DOES NOT SAY YOU CAN TAKE IT INTERNALLY

  11. Clairissa Biondi says:

    I am very new into the EO world and your blog was so informative and useful. Thank you so much for putting in all the hours (and headaches) so that we could all be informed CORRECTLY!!

  12. I just read every word of this entire series, and honey, THANK YOU for this. I was introduced to EOs this weekend, and this is exactly the type of research that I was looking for. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am so sorry you had to deal with the nastiness.

  13. LeAnn Brightwell says:

    I do bodywork for a living, The Feldenkrais Method, & have been using essential oils for 15 years. I started with Young Living but REALLY resented having to pay such high shipping charges but they also took out taxes, even though they’re in another state. I switched to Rocky Mountain Oils. I do have some amazing testimonials, both from my own experience & that of my clients. You mentioned being able to buy they’re oils through you but I didn’t see a link to access that. I’d be happy to pay the same price & help you have a return on your time spent with all this.

  14. Hey friend,
    Glad that you made a choice that is best for you and your family. I know I did a lot of research before settling with the company I chose. I would just like to clarify one thing and that’s that with Young Living there’s no monthly minimum to receive a wholesale discount. Yes, there is a monthly program available, but it’s 100% optional. You get wholesale discounts once you’re a member, regardless of if you enroll in monthly ordering or not. Yes our rewards program is great because you earn points back on purchases but, it’s a perk not a requirement for discount pricing by any means.

    Have a good one and enjoy your oils!!

  15. Thank you so much for your insight. I apprieciate all the work you put into your blog. I found it quite interesting. I have many books on aromatherapy and I blend oils to make sprays, lotions and diffuse blends. I have found that no one company is my source. I smell each essential and decide if I like it or not. I find it to my benefit to do this as if it doesn’t appeal to me I won’t use it in my blends. In my reading material, I have found certain truths: 1. no one can grow all the plants needed for all the oils that are produced thus you need to grow plants in the area of the world where they thrive best 2. no oils are priced the same, some oils need much more plant material to get the amount of essential oil for the bottle to be filled 3. essential oils are very volatile, any bottle you buy should be in a dark colored bottle ie brown or blue 4. aromatherapy is not an exact science, what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for the next person 5. NEVER take essential oils internally, to me this is just asking for problems, I never want to cause anyone any injury and if you recommend it and something occurs you would be on the hook and might lose everything you have.