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. Do you have a promo code we can use for our first order trying RMO?

  2. What’s your opinion on Plant Therapy oils? Thanks!

  3. I looked at their helichrysum oil. It is from Croatia and madagascar. The best helichrysum oil is actually from Corsica where it grows naturally. It has the highest healing properties. I looked on the French essential oil sites and the oils cost way less. Like €24.00 for 5ml. It is of better quality. RMO is overpriced!! Plus not the best source of origin when it comes from helichrysum! Not sure I trust their other oils as a result!

  4. Dianne Murray says:

    Happy to see your comment about NYRO. I use and sell their products, including skin care. They are indeed bringing new oils to the US market in May.
    “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.”
    I will also check out your recommendation. I love that it seems to have a Native component, as I have some Native ancestry.

  5. Nia McDowell says:

    Very interesting. I’m still learning as I just started with oils in December, but I see how detailed your research is. Thank you so much for all your diligence. Since I see you update as your learning new things, I thought I’d mention… I just started with DoTerra in December and was surprised to see it stated that they have high shipping costs. I learned if you sign up as a wholesale customer, they have a program to earn $ for purchases. Shipping is reimbursed. If you pay $4.99 shipping, you get $5 in that account for future purchases.

  6. Hi. Would you by any chance have which negative ion diffusers is the best and the quietest? Thank you. ?

    • Hi there. The diffusers that the company that I recommend in this post carries do emit negative ions. I haven’t tested / compared to see which is the best / quietist but they do have a good return policy.

  7. Thank you for all the work you did. I have read another article that someone else did. They too did a lot of research which took a few years. And, they too chose Rocky Mtn Oils as their favorite. I’ve been ordering from them for a couple of years now. I love them. Thank you for confirming what I read before.

  8. Thank you so much for your hard work. It is really confusing and difficult to know who to trust!! I will definitely look into Rocky Mountain!

  9. Linda Datschefski says:

    I am curiuos to find out if you have checked out barefut. They r located in utah. I have talked with the owner they are not a multi level marketing company.

  10. Queen Fernie says:

    Thank You for not talking about Pappas as it is a distraction and we are here to read about Essential Oils and I am not sure but I think the GC/MS testing is not done by all companies and they can be trusted as they are not biased. You did not mention that you, yourself cannot afford to test as I think it is $100 to test. Ask the company you are purchasing from if they test as it is important for purity. So please do not let people take away from the focus of your articles and findings as they can keep their findings for their own blog, and not confuse yours, us.

    I like that companies give the Latin names as well as the oil names. I am now taking Essential Oils classes to learn about oils and their uses. I broke my ankle and needed to make oils for the pain as ibuprofen, Tylenol and Aleve caused me too much physical distress and digestive problems. I have recently hit upon a formula and a friend also uses it for her hip and said it works better than over the counter topical meds., and ointments. Yah!

    • Hi there. Anyone is free to skip the posts that addressed Pappas. The series took on a life of its own and I felt it was important to share and posting what he wrote is part of education too. Anyhow, I think the tests are about $250 each. I could do it but of course there would be a limit to how many would be reasonable. Thanks for reading!

    • I am new to all of this and love learning about it! I would love to know what formula you have come up with for OTC pain control.

    • So could you please share it with all of us????

  11. I wouldn’t trust an essential oil company without any US/European/International organic label, as they are really easy to get already. Creating their own “label/certificates” and saying it’s 100% percent natural doesn’t make it so. As essential oils are concentrated extract of fruit and flower, any chemicals will be amplified.

    But it’s true that they have a good packaging.

    • Hi Quentin. You might be interested in this post. I am going to be writing about organic oils as well. Thanks and you make some good points that you see we agree on. https://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/essential-oil-purity-myths/

      • I’ve read your article, this blog is really interesting, great job ! I don’t know anything about US essential oil company as I am in Europe. We don’t have this kind of multi-level marketing, for essential oil anyway (It probably just doesn’t work here with our regulation and all). I prefer to buy Organic essential oil as it’s just an easy label to get after test, and it goes with GC/MS. Plus the one the company does, plus third parties test.. the more the better I guess, especially for “small/medium” size company.

  12. Morgan Patterson says:

    Hi Adrienne,

    In addition to your research in essential oils, do you have any published reviews on various clean cosmetic companies? Every time I think I’m on to a good one, I find out there was something hidden, ect.

  13. Michelle says:

    I will comment this one more time, lol…Living Libations!! I am so surprised it seems no one has heard of them! They are originally based out of Canada, but now have a U.S. shop base as well. They have a Canadian website for ordering and a U.S. website for ordering now. If you are researching E.O. companies, I would highly suggest you check them, too. They are the real thing. 🙂

  14. Do you have anything to say about Health and Beauty natural oils.com I use some of them and they seem to be good but you would know more than I do. Thank you.

  15. mariola Zajac says:

    Hallo. I Heard of this company a lot since I’ve been looking for the good essential oils however I live in Canada,Toronto area and was just wondering how easy it is to order and receive oils from the company. Or do they have prices for Canadian customers?So far I found a company that resembles close to rocky mountain by the name !

    • Hi there. They have free shipping over $199 so that should help I hope! I have more posts coming about purity and will keep trying to get more information. Thanks for reading!

    • Michelle says:

      You must check out Living Libations if you are in Toronto! Their Canada shop is based out of southern Ontario, I believe. Nadine and Ron, the company’s creators, live in Haliburton! They have AMAZING essential oils.

  16. Alisa Williams says:

    I’ve tried to subscribe to your newsletter but haven’t received anything. Thanks!

    • Hi Alisa.

      Thanks for subscribing! Did you happen to check your spam folder? Please do let me know so that we can get it sorted out for you and for others.

  17. Thank you for all of your research. I have some essential oils I bought from a company called “Now”. Did you hear about or look into them at all? But, I am just getting into use of oils. Need to learn a lot more and want to use the best out there. I would also like to sell oils in the future as I will be traveling full-time in an RV and think it might be a good way to make a few dollars. But, need to learn a lot more first. Anyways, would love to hear if you are familiar with NOW essential oils. I bought a 5 pack and mostly use them as aromatherapy. I also have one bottle I bought from Epigenetic labs called Magi complex. It has Golden Turmeric, Frankincensse and Myrrh. This I sometimes put in lotion to rub on my skin. It is certified organic.

  18. Penny Tyree says:

    Are these grown in the US?

  19. I have just begun the endless rabbit hole that is essential oil research. I found your blog to be very helpful! So thank you!!! One thing I noticed regarding RMO is that they do not have a grade on their oils. YL and DoTerra pride themselves on having grade A essential oils, and grade B for consumption. Is there a reason RMO doesn’t do this? Is it because they don’t recommend taking them internally? Curious as to how the letter grade system worked with oils. Thank you again!

    • Hello Missy. Thanks for reading.

      Does doTERRA do that? I wasn’t aware. Any indication of a Grade for ingesting doesn’t seem to mean anything to me. It’s merely some labeling regulation. Personally I wouldn’t want to put an EO on my skin or diffuse it if it wasn’t pure. Do you really want potential toxins on your skin or in the air?

      Do you mean the “I” in the coding on the doTERRA site? They are just letting you know which oils can potentially be used internally b/c some never should be even when pure.

      As for other oils companies that do not do this thing, they are either wanting to be very cautious about internal use or they just don’t see a need, or they aren’t being as marketing savvy as YL and doTERRA. Regardless of the reason, clearly this kind of labeling is confusing consumers so that they think that there is something special about the oils when there is not. It’s the same oil bottled up with a different label.

  20. loved reading all your articles, new into the use of eo’s , wanted to buy a few from a friend who is a do terra rep, next thing I now I was signed up and had forked over almost 3 hundred dollars and then they want you to keep purchasing over 100 dollars a month, in a few months times i’ll be broke! I’m not interested in promoting a business or recruiting more people to make money off of them, would just like to purchase oils for my own personal use and not at excessive prices. Does Rocky Mountain oils do that?