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.

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.

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.


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.

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What are your thoughts?  Please share!

Post Updated 11/14/16

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  1. Hi Adrienne,
    “Haters gonna Hate”. It’s encouraging to see how you’ve managed to press on and deliver unbiased, tested and researched information in spite of the bullies out there who’d like to derail you from this insightful journey. Well done, keep pressing on and I pray you will be shielded from the negativity out there, confident that you are going forward with integrity. All the best,

  2. Wow! I’m so glad I came across your page. You sound like me…lol. except I spent one whole day doing researched on my seems too slow computer and my brain fried, so I stopped. 10 months! thanks for the work you have done and the info you have provided. I started using oils when my son was wrongfully diagnosed with asthma and put on inhalers. I told the doctor I didn’t feel he needed it and asked if she was sure it wasn’t anything else? they made me feels like a horrible parent. A friend of mine sent me samples (and a bunch of info) of DoTerra…..and so began my obsession with EO. As much as I liked them, I just couldn’t afford them. I then found AuraCacia at a local health food store. they seemed to work the same. still a bit pricey, but doable. One day, at the same store, they didn’t have one in that brand and the lady working there said, “try the other brand, its the same thing… cost less.” So I picked up a bottle of the NOW brand. More for less sounded great to my pocket. At the time I was full time volunteering and running PTO at my son’s school, so only one income was taking care of things. I have been using NOW for 3 years. We love it. I use a lot, so the price is good for us. They have some in organic now, but are $10 more than the non organic. We have been switching to organic wherever possible, and I know certified organic seal means it has to be truly organic, no chemical or bad stuff standards… but the skeptic in me wonders if they are just slapping a label on the same thing and making a killing off of it. I’m always on the lookout for other oils, trying to compare. There are sooooooooooo many, I always end up with eyeball pain. (I’m sure there’s an oil for that) lol! We homeschool now and my computer is still slow, so I’m grateful for all your research. I don’t have a bunch of time to look things up, but I’ve seen an organic company call Bulk Apothecary and one called Plant Therapy. There was another one that claimed he would go to all these countries to find the best sources, but for the life of me I just can’t remember.
    I’m wondering if you have looked into these? Also, when you were doing your research, did you use Now oils at all? I’ll definitely check out Neal’s and RMO.
    Sorry this was so long.

  3. Good morning. After reading your insights, I clicked through to RMO. It seemed (I could be mistaken and just didn’t spend enough time) that most of the RMO products are as expensive as the Young Living. So, I checked out Neil’s Yard Remedies which seemed much less expensive. How do you feel about Neil’s in comparison to RMO and YL? Do you get what you pay for, or will Neil’s work as or almost as effectively? Thanks so much!

    • Hi there. I am wondering what oils you are looking at. I just checked 3. Lavender, peppermint and Frankincense (Sacred). For each of them, my choice was lower and you don’t have to pay a membership fee.

      As for NYR, I trust them and love their oils. They are going to be expanding their line. Yes, you do get what you pay for but there are reasonably priced solid companies. I have more posts coming soon but this one might be of interest:

  4. Thank you so much for all the work you’ve gone through with this! I am a little confused about Neal’s Yard Remedies. Do you prefer that company, or is your preference still Rocky Mountain Oils? Perhaps you were recommending Neal’s for those who want a certified organic company? Thanks again 🙂

    • You are so welcome. I am confident in the purity of both companies. However if you are looking for certified organic oils and a real focus on sustainability then I think that is another great choice.

  5. Thanks for your investigation. I was trying to figure out which company to go with. This topic is so confusing and difficult to really determine which oils have’undesirable ‘ thing’s in them. I appreciate your time and willingness to help us.

  6. I am checking out their site and non of their oils are certified organic. That is very important to me. You say that all of their oils are organic or wildcrafted, so why not get them certified? It requires a lot of faith. What convinced you that what they say is true?

  7. Sabrina Dionne says:

    Hello and great articles. I have tried Neil’s backyard about 20 years ago, forgot about them, had some illnesses transpire and someone mentioned certain e oils. I went and looked in my cabinet and I had them, they smelled fresh so I used them with great benefits.
    I am now in search of purchasing more and saw this article. My question is: Are Neil’s Backyard and Rocky Mountain oils comparable in quality?

    Thanks so much and looking forward to you distillation series!

  8. I’m sorry , with all due respect , do you know where there oils come from? Can you ingest them? Do they have a seed to seal promise? Can you go to there farms anytime? When you pay cheaply for oilsyou get what you pay for:( how long have they been in business?Yl has been in business over 25 yrs and That speaks volume!! So he must be doing something right!He has farms All over the world

    • Hi there. The country of origin is on the site or on the bottle.

      As for your other questions, are you saying that having a seed to seal promise is the only way to ensure pure quality oils? Same as for visiting a farm? Some have said that if a farm has too many visitors then there would be more toxins on the farm from pollution.

      I agree with you on cheap oils possibly not being pure but there are other concerns as well.

      As for years in business, this company has been in business for 35+ years. And they will be expanding their oils line shortly.

  9. I really appreciate all the research that went into this post, but there is one thing I would point out. Young Living isn’t a US only, they have farms around the globe. Also, the seed to seal exceeds USDA organic standards. I’m not a spokesperson or representative, just a woman who lives oils. I also enjoy E.G. oils but I have to say, young living truly delivers.

  10. I was so excited to read your post, and so ready to order from a “non MLM” affiliated company (of which I m a member, no less) , so I immediately hustled over to RMO to place an order. ALAS…the shipping is RIDICULOUS! 15+ dollars for 5 bottles of oils? I guess I’ll keep looking. Dang it!

  11. thanks so much for all your hard work and efforts. I like you am a “value shopper”. I have purchased aura cacia on their website (primarily because I found an online coupon) because they are sold at a local family ru health food store with very high standards (ie they turn their nose at “Whole Paycheck’). I also recently purchased some from Artnaturals because there was a deal on the View ie on the view your deal day. I know a rep for “an MLM” who uses and preaches using oils STRAIGHT and INTERNALLY on her under 3 year old AND under 6 month old which scared me to death. thanks again and I am sure you are going to get a lot of hate mail. Again thanks for doing all the legwork.

  12. Hi just wondering if anyone has heard of purify skin therapy and Ameo both claim to be clinical grade. One is claims to be USDA organic and wild crafted. The other claim to Certi5. I would like the truth before I commit to using either. If anyone could help that would be appreciated.

  13. A young living rep got me started in October when I was sick but I didn’t want to pay the prices, so a friend got me on Nature’s Truth. Reasonable prices at stores. Seem100% good and work. I was at a vending show today & a YL rep said she had never heard of it. Wonder why your sucked into YL & think it’s the best & are trying to make a buck.