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?

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.

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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What are your thoughts?  Please share!

Post Updated 11/14/16

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  1. So much great information! I have studied oils for years and have used YL for ages. However… I’ve been thinking about making some changes and am happy to have all this info about Rocky Mountain Oils. I used Rocky Mountain Oils many years ago and have just started receiving their emails again. Must be time for me to try them again! Thanks!

  2. Thank you!

  3. I just want to thank you for all the time you put in. I also tend to research all things my family and I use, or eat. I am also a natural medicine gal and was very happy to read your info! Thanks again! (Keep up the good work!)

  4. Robert Mann says:

    Thank you for taking the time to write this series. You covered an amazing amount of ground and write with a voice that is much more genuine than flashy videos. Hope you do get rewarded from affiliate links because you are providing a great value to readers.

    • Thank you so much for the kind words. I don’t know how to make flashy videos. Yet. Maybe someday. But my voice will not change. Hope to see you around again.

  5. Thank you so much for this article. I’ve been doing a lot of research. I have a friend that sells doTERRA, but I wanted to make sure I was making the best choice before buying. I decided I liked Rocky Mountain Oils the best (possibly because their website is the best), and this post makes me feel really good about it. As a researcher/writer, I understand how much time and effort you’ve spent on this series. I don’t usually leave comments, but this article is very much appreciated! Thanks.

  6. Jose A Figueroa says:

    It has been a long time since I have read a blog series that has actually grabbed my attention. Thank you for the information. It really is amazing to see others make choices outside of money…. Thank you for taking the time to put this series together and sharing it with the world.

    Many blessings to you

    • Thank you so much, Jose. I will admit that it continues to be hard for me and I can’t keep on top of everything, but I have had to remove 2 companies from my site due to ethical issues. I lost a lot of time and money doing that. I appreciate your kind words. They mean so much. Hope to see you around again.

  7. Thoughts/knowledge about Melaleuca oils? I have been a rep for 10 + years and was excited to see they added oils.

  8. Scarlett says:

    I’m curious to know about goDesana oils? Have you researched them?

  9. What about Dr. Mercela’s essential oils? Have you ever heard of or researched them?

  10. Georgette Taylor says:

    Thank you so much for all your articles about oils. They are very informative and much needed in this space.
    I have been looking for a oil to use to make my own deodorant and want something that is sourced more naturally. I don’t want to use it if they have chemicals in them, that is the reason I don’t want to use regular deodorant, so Your info has helped me tremendously.
    Thank you again for helping us to navigate this crazy space of the new essential oil craze.!

  11. Kirsten Westlund says:

    Thanks for the series! I found it very informative. Sorry you had some unpleasantness along the way–I appreciate your candor and your approach to coming up with your favored EO provider!

  12. I’m also wondering if this Neal’s Yard company is an actual EO producer (i.e. distills their own oils) or a re-brander that buys their EO’s and other products elsewhere (and if so, from where?0 and repackages them for retail. Thanks.

    • Hello Abe. Sorry for the delay in responding. I got an official statement from the company:

      Neal’s Yard Remedies has been sourcing essential oils for more than 35 years and we have been instrumental in demanding single species oils suitable for use in aromatherapy. During that time we have developed close supplier relationships, and our Natural Medicines Director travels the world visiting our growers and distillers on site.
      On arrival at our factory, all bulk oils undergo full QC analysis before being packaged for sale, or used in our skincare.

  13. Hi, I also appreciate all the research. I was wondering if you had a chance to look into Simplers Botanicals. Seems like a good company staffed by herbalists (people who tend to actually care about quality, safety, and sustainability), though I don’t know anything about if there oils have ever been lab tested or how they compare to Rocky Mountain. They were one of the brands I used to buy at my local Whole Foods. They seemed to be of a better quality (and more expensive than) Aura Cacia. Also seems they were acquired by a larger nutraceuticals company in 2013. Thanks.

  14. I read your entire series and really appreciated all your research and effort! I too am a “researcher” and spent MONTHS upon MONTHS doing research on essential oils before taking the plunge. I started out with DoTerra AND Young Living before settling upon Rocky Mountain Oils. They have a rewards program, like the MLMs without the monthly purchase requirement. They ARE very transparent and seem to genuinely care about the oils industry, but not in a competitive way. Their oils are beyond belief, hands down better than the other two companies I mentioned. I could NOT believe the difference in some of them, e.g., lavender and peppermint. I got really tired of all the bickering back and forth between the two major MLM companies along with incorrect information the consultants share on their blogs and that is why I began searching for other reputable companies. Someone made a comment about their blends being 50% FCO and my comment regarding that is “you bought a BLEND!” They have full strength oil selection, but sometimes they are cost prohibitive (jasmine for example) so the blends are cost effective. I use the jasmine blend in conjunction with the Blossoms BLEND for a perfume. What’s nice about the blend is I do not have to dilute, it’s already done for me and I can put them directly on my skin when I want a nice smell. The do offer many blends that are NOT blended with FCO also. I also use Mountain Rose Herbs for their butters and carrier oils and just found another company, Eden Botanicals, that I placed a small order with today. Once again, THANK YOU, for all your effort and research and taking the time to write it all out on your blog!

  15. I’ve gotten one of their blends and liked it… but now a lot of their blends are more than 50% FCO!!!!! If I’m buying EO’s…. I’m expecting an entire bottle of EO’s! Wish they were 100% EO’s.

    • Hi Hannah. First of all, thanks for reading and for writing. So the first thing that I heard from the company when I went w/ them was that many customers wanted blends w/ the FCO b/c of the cost of buying the more pricey blends plus they felt more comfortable using them. Apparently the company is now working on bringing more neat blends back so stay tuned. Thanks for the feedback and I hope that helps.

  16. I read this series when you first wrote it. I have a couple friends that are now selling YL and DT. I’m not a fan of the MLMs, but I’m looking for better quality oils. I am so grateful for your hard work in researching oils! In comparing prices etc from several different companies tonight, I looked up this post from you because I couldn’t remember the name of the company you chose. Thank you for all the updates! In #7 in the above post you state that their oils are mostly organically grown though not necessarily certified- I sure wish they would state that on their site! They listed all the testing they do which is great, but the folks who don’t know of your blog yet, might like to know that they’re grown organically. We’ve become so ingrained to want to see those certification labels thinking we’re getting the best quality- I’m guilty of it myself even knowing that a lot of times it doesn’t mean much. But I do know that something can be grown organically but not be certified organic. I read that it costs a couple arms and a leg to get that FDA certification for labels. Thankyou again for all the info you provide us!

    • Hi Carol. Yes, the company has updated information on the growing practices and I hope to update as time goes on. I have a post planned on certification soon as well — Thanks!