Announcing the Best Essential Oils Company

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.

Update – 8/23/16: Since Rocky Mountain Oils has purchased Native American Nutritionals (NAN), the Native American Nutritionals site now forwards to the RMO site.

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. (update 12/7/15 – the companies are merging.  More information to come, with some that has been added to this post.)

2.  Purity

Quality Oilsall oils have been third party GC/MS tested.

Certificates are available upon request. 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 purchasing 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. Below is a link to our quality page.

http://www.rockymountainoils.com/quality/

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 and Native American Nutritionals now both offer 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.  Even Native American's 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 plan to bring more oils to the US market in the future.

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.

What are your thoughts?  Please share!

Post Updated 11/14/16

These comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Whole New Mom, LLC.

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  1. Hi and thank you so much for your information. I had a really bad experience with DoTerra, the consultant I joined through, not the oils themselves. I am looking to find another reputable company to buy just the oils from, so now I will look into RM. I am hoping you are not a scammer, and I trust you are not just trying to get business for RM. There are only a couple of oils I injest, at my own and DR’s discretion, and that is oregano oil in HEAVY DILUTION, as a natural antibiotic, as I cannot take any antibiotics, and a digestion formula, again, in HEAVY DILUTION, and these work for me. These oils have a nutrition label on them, the same one you see on food products. According to my research, and per DT, those are the only Ines supposedly safe for consumption. There are a few others, but I have only consumed the two I mentioned. I use most other essential oils for aromatherapy and diffusing. Thank you again! ????

    • Hi Lisa. Thanks for reading and for commenting. I am not a scammer and not just trying to get business for a company. I did a lot of work — it took hours and hours and hours. And I am still doing it. Just at a different pace and not just with oils. I have yanked other companies off of my site when there were ethical issues that turned up and I am willing to do it again if need be.

      An oil doesn’t have to have a nutrition label on it to be pure. That being said, I think oils should be pure for diffusing and topical use. The liver filters what we ingest but we have no liver for skin applications or for breathing. I think pure is important for all uses. I hope that helps. I will be writing more so stay tuned. I have a post on purity upcoming.

  2. Hi Adrienne, I’m curious what the procedure and cost for signing up with RMO’s? I looked around a little bit on the company site, but didn’t see anything about becoming a member (or whatever this company calls it). I’ve been looking at YL at the moment. The problems is, I now live in Mexico. The YL company has a lot of different oils to purchase. Living here, I’m very limited in the oiled I can purchase. I didn’t know that when I told my friend I’d sign up. I’m very interested in RMO, especially after reading all you’ve written about. Can you help me please? Feel free to email me directly, just make sure to put something specific in the subject line, as I get a ton of junk mail. Thank you so much. Nancy

  3. From one home school mom to another…thank you for all your hard work! I just started using oils (actually a surprise gift from a friend (who sells YL) and my husband and have read a book “French Aromatherapy: Essential Oil Recipes and Usage Guide”. I am an extreme newbie and have only used the oils for diffusing or massage with a carrier oil. However, I really wanted to know more about the “oils” which is why I bought the book, never having heard of French vs German Aromatherapy…there’s so much to learn. I really appreciate all the dedication and hard work you’ve put into this blog. I will continue to read what you’ve researched and check out the company you have spoken of. I enjoy the comments from other readers too…minus the hateful ones that do nothing to educate. I’m all for a healthy debate and gaining more intelligent information. Please keep persevering…it is greatly appreciated! 🙂

    • Hi Julie – hello and thanks so much! I should point out that the author of that book is a big Young Living rep so keep that in mind as you reference it. I am working on some more posts so do stay tuned :). Thanks for the encouragement!

  4. Hi! Have you tested Verditas Botanicals? Can you tell me about them please!!!

  5. Yes, these oils are 100% pure. Again it is the law dictating the packaging and labels. The FDA states that the label can only have 2 uses on it (aromatic and topical). The FDA also says certain oils are safe for consumption (the list is currently growing), BUT it is a law that there cannot be 3 uses on the bottle. Therefore, a new label for the same product had to be created. It DOES NOT mean that you have to purchase both labels. Again, the company is open about that also. There is NOTHING to hide, it is to follow the laws! Lastly, there are different types of aroma therapies (French, German, etc) and some believe in consumption and some do not. Young Living believes/follows French aromatherapy. French aromatherapy is heavily educated in consumption and promotes proper consumption, whereas German aromatherapy does not believe in or recommend consumption of oils. And of course the discretion of how each person uses oils is there own.

    • This is from the YL site:

      The Vitality Line “gives you a new way to discover the versatility of our pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils!” Why is this a new way to discover oils if they are the same oils?

      As for the different schools of essential oils use, that is a little simplistic. There are focuses that each has but German usage does allow for German. And there is British as well. I would assert that all might be changing as more and more sensitizations are being reported as is noted by Tisserand. He is getting very concerned about this issue.

      Again, I used to think that neat use of oils was fine and that internal usage was fine but I don’t any longer. I think we are causing a lot of problem with this kind of recommendation — for people’s health, for the health of the planet (by overuse and over harvesting of oils) and more.

      • It is a “new ” way because it is for consumption, which is new to many people. That is the intent behind it. To clarify and simplify which oils are safe to ingest.

        • That’s interesting. I think most people know about ingestion of essential oils and are aware that Young Living and doTERRA are the foremost promoters of such use. You don’t think so?

          • No. I have been hearing about essential oil usage for years but didn’t know they were ingested.

          • I guess it depends where you come into contact w/ the oils. When I started, Young Living and doTERRA were the big players and there wasn’t the plethora of other companies that there are now. I still think that most people are aware of this–it’s one of the most frequent questions I am asked about.

  6. Adrienne, I am wondering if you know of any literature that addresses which essential oils to avoid for people who have been diagnosed with a hormone positive cancer, such as estrogen/progesterone positive breast cancer? Any information would be appreciated.

    • From what I have read, and this is not medical advice, there is not much evidence of oils being hormone disruptors, if that is what you are concerned about. Does that help?

      • Jane DeShaw says:

        I have read (in the Higley Reference Guide for EOs) under certain descriptions of oils, which include “Body System(s) Affected,” that hormonal systems are listed as being affected in some. An example is Ylang Ylang. And in the list for Geranium, under “Other Possible Uses,” is listed “hormonal balance.” There are others, too, listed that may affect hormonal systems, such as clary sage, sage, rosemary verbenon. I am a beginner to the essential oils but am, frankly, a bit frightened to use them because I really haven’t seen much of anything written about using (or not) certain oils if one has been diagnosed with a hormone positive cancer diagnosis. I have read your posts on Essential Oils, and they were super-informative. Thank you.

        • Yes I have read about hormones being affected by essential oils and I was thinking about that when I responded to you. I think this would be up to you and I can’t medically advise. Have you been told by a practitioner to look at hormonal effects of all foods and substances? Just thinking out loud but perhaps endocrine disruptors are more crucial to be looking at than those things? I did find this in a thread on a forum but I am not saying I agree or disagree but it’s interesting:

          There is really a misconception about herbs and oils having estrogencic properties. I am not even gonna address it for fear of backlash. But as an herbalist I have studied extensively on this. There is a huge difference between raising estrogen and balancing estrogen. There r 2 pathways that r used. There r some oils you shouldnt use. I know basil is one. A lot of research about lavender having a positive effect on breast cancer. You just need to do the research. Just for what its worth.

          I will ask someone.

          • My oncologist, who prescribed an aromatase inhibitor (to help block estrogen production) to be used for 5 years told me to go easy on any soy products because there is no definitive conclusion about soy and estrogenic effects. On my own, I have ditched all lotions and other products that contain parabens and phthalates, but I am sure there are some hidden ones that a person who is not a biochemist would know about in any given product. But no other practitioner has mentioned anything about foods or other substances. But that is not surprising, given Western medicine. (But to Western medicine’s credit, I am alive today, so I don’t mean to disparage it. I just wish they would be more willing to acknowledge “alternative” methods, along with their methods.) Thanks for posting the above thread about herb/oils and estrogenic properties. Interesting. The Higley source I referenced earlier has nothing about basil being estrogenic or having anything to do with the hormonal system. I am not the Lone Ranger in my diagnosis, so I think it would be so helpful for those of us, which I am sure is many, to have more information concerning this topic. I just don’t know where to get it.

          • You are doing your homework and I applaud you. As for the lotions and other products, I would just add that there are many companies lying about their ingredients. I have had to remove 2 off of my blog due to finding that out. Happy to chat about that more if you would like. It’s very upsetting to me.

            I have asked to see if there is any more information out there, but there might not be.

  7. Hi,
    First I would like to say I loved reading your article and all of the research that you’ve done. Second, I have been in a lot of contact with Rocky Mountain oil company and I have to say I disagree. I do not feel they are the best company because though they’re all oils do not have expiration date on them, their potency changes within 1 to 5 years. There is no way of knowing if your oil will actually work or as they told me in some cases will have increase potency, just making an effective or potential he dangerous. Also, none of your oils are safe for consumption and I have found awesome uses for oils being consumed as well as simply adding them to your drinking water. Using lemon oil versus lemon saves the enamel on your teeth and does not change the pH of your blood. So that being said, it all needs to be taken into consideration when choosing your oils. Best of luck!

    • Ugh… autocorrect. “Their oils….thus (not just) making them ineffective or potentially dangerous… none of their (not your)

    • Hi Sarah. Thanks for commenting. I am writing more about oils purity but here are some thoughts in response to your comment:

      1. Most companies do not put expiration dates on their oils. What company’s oils do you use that does that? None of mine ever have.

      2. I wrote a post on this: https://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/shelf-life-of-essential-oils/

      3. I don’t know what you mean by “none of my oils are safe for consumption”. The determination of oils being safe for consumption has to do w/ purity and then consulting w/ a physician or medical professional or aromatherapist. Not with a label that a company puts on the bottle. Why do you think that they are not pure?

      4. I would read this about putting oils in water: https://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/essential-oil-emulsifier/

      I hope that helps. Please do respond to my questions so I can know what you are thinking.

      • Hi,
        Some oil companies to put expiration dates on them and that is actually a bad sign. I use oil’s that do not have an expiration date on them. However, my point is that there oils essentially “Expire” because they do not last in their original state for longer then 1 to 3 years. In terms of consumption, there is an oil company that has a line that has been specifically labeled for consumption. If an oil can be consumed, that is the highest level of safety. And that comes from the aromatherapist that I referred to for all of my use of oil’s .

        • I agree with you on shelf life but actually they change immediately upon exposure to air. As for that company I know you are referring to YL. Is there any difference b/t the food labeled oils and their “regular” oils? I don’t believe so. Can you tell me what different protocols or procedures have been done to have those oils be labeled as being for consumption? If nothing, then it’s merely for marketing purposes.

          • It’s not actually for marketing purposes. The FDA requires that it be labeled differently because you cannot have three uses in one label. Also it distinguishes that was intended for consumption versus those that are not. Company deliberately states that they are safe and intended to be consumed, unlike other companies that specifically recommend against consuming their oils.

          • So can you tell me what the difference is between the essential oils that are intended for use?

            I just called Young Living. They said that there is no difference b/t the oils labeled for internal use and those that are not. So if you are talking about pure oils and you want to ingest them, do you see a reason to seek out a special label if you already know that there are other oils that are pure? Some companies recommend against it b/c they do not want the liability — it is not b/c the oils are not pure.

      • In terms of consumption, there is a line of oil’s that is GRAS ( generally regarded as safe ) by the FDA. There separately labeled for consumption. Give your water bottle a good shake before taking a sip and you’re all set!

        • Did you by chance read my post on emulsifying? I disagree that shaking the water / oil mixture is satisfactory for internal use. You are risking damage to mucosal tissues. Is there a difference in how the oils are produced for those that are labeled GRAS and those that are not?

          • The special label is for the FDA (which they probably told you). In order for it to be approved for consumption, it has to be labeled differently because they (the FDA) restrict the label to two uses (aromatic and topical). It is simply an FDA regulation and any company that wanted to market an oil to be used aromatically, topically, and for consumption would have to do the same thing. Yes, you are correct that the oils in the regular bottle are the exact same oils in the vitality bottle and can be consumed, but the FDA requires the oils that can be consumed have a different label on them. They do not charge differently for the different label, therefore eliminating the idea that it is a marketing ploy. You can purchase either bottle in it for all three purposes and the company is very clear on that. Also, as I mentioned before it is an alert to let you know a certain oil is safe and intended to be consumed like orange, lemon, grapefruit versus oil’s that should not be consumed like pine, patchouli, and citronella (to name a few). My point is, that rocky mountain oil company does not recommend that you consume there oils where as young living has a line regarded safe for consumption by the FDA.

          • I don’t see other companies doing this and I don’t see why an oil needs to have that label on it. I don’t see an apple needing a label for consumption or for topical use if I want to make a mask out of it. Perhaps I am pushing the issue too much here, but I have had other YL reps on my blog commenting about how special this labeling is so clearly it’s working as a marketing move. People see it and think it’s important to have it.

            Just b/c the price is the same doesn’t mean that they didn’t do this for marketing.

            RMO and other companies do not recommend oral consumption without the guidance of a physician, practitioner, or aromatherapist simply b/c it’s a good safety precaution. I used to think differently but I agree with them now.

          • My entire point is that other companies are not doing it because there are oils are not approved by the FDA as pure enough to be safe for consumption. And again, the reason the label is because the FDA has a law stating it must be different. It has nothing to do with the company other than stating they have oils safe and pure enough for consumption. It does not have anything to do with the sale of a particular oil. And anybody who is educated regarding the company would know and understand that and very honestly share that information. I personally do not sell the oils to anybody but only purchased them for use for myself and my family. I am not into multi level marketing however but I have done extensive research and spoken with representatives of each of the oil companies you have mentioned including a few others and I consult with an aromatherapist as well. By pushing the issue, it is coming across as you’re not understanding that young living did not put the label on for their own sale purposes but due to the requirement of the FDA. Also they do recommend consulting with physicians and aromatherapist as well.

          • I hear you, but my point is that if the oils are pure then there is no point in labeling that way if the oils are the same as those that are in a bottle that is not labeled that way.

            As for YL and their education, this post on their site talks about adding oils to water or milk. I strongly disagree with the safety of this recommendation. http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/essential-oil-emulsifier/

          • I so agree with you Adtienne. YL and DoTerra are the ONLY companies that market their oils as safe for ingestion. Sarah, you might want to do further research on these Companies, their founders, and how they got started before pushing their products and your beliefs about the superior purity of their products over others. Just my opinion, however, if the products are sooo pure, than there is a risk of damaging mucous membranes inside your body from the oils high concentration factor. I know, as a massage therapist, who uses oils daily topically and automatically, that some oils can burn the skin if not diluted properly. So someone, who is not a physician, certified aromatherapist, nutritionist or otherwise certified and educated in any of these area’s , in my opinion, should not be advising others to ingest products, just because the Company indicates this to be true!

  8. Hi, I read part 1-7 and truly appreciate all of time, money and passion you put into your research. Being new to EO I have been trying to educate myself on the many companies out there. It became a little overwhelming as every person has their favorite brand. I wanted information to empower myself to find what I like and want in EO. I believe your blog has done just that! We as consumers need to remember “buyer beware” with our purchases. I now feel that I know what to look for in EO and what questions to ask a company I may be interested nursing in. Thank you!

  9. Jasmine Ward says:

    Hi! I am excited to see you will be writing more about EOs soon. Your research brought me to RMO and I have been purchasing from them for a little while. Tonight, someone pointed me over to this link, and RMO is one of the companies she says she does NOT recommend buying from.. but I do not see anything specific to that company as to why she is against them. I would love your weigh in on what she has had to say about all of this.

    Love your site and blog! 🙂

    Site link is for Using EOs safely ….url changed by blog owner.

    • Hi there. Thanks for reading. I removed the link from your comment mainly b/c I have been having a lot of issues w/ links in comments. My understanding is that that blog owner had an issue w/ them awhile ago. She had bought a sample from them and it tested problematic. However, it turned out that she had bought the wrong oil. That is what I understand transpired. I will for sure be writing more. I’m doing more work and it’s taking longer than I had hoped!

      • Jasmine Ward says:

        Interesting. I was so surprised at the ones she put on her list with her “star rating,” and then put RMO on the “I would never buy” list.. and with no explanation! Hard for me to trust her opinion. I am going to contact her and ask her what her issue with the company is, though, because I am curious.

        I love RMO and continue to buy from them.

        Thanks for your reply. 🙂

  10. Thank you for all of your research. After being diagnosed with MS recently essential oils have become one focus of mine and wading through fact v fiction has been overwhelming.