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.


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

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


    Speak Your Mind


  1. HI,
    I know that you were limited with your space of writing, but it would have been nice to see more research on all of the companies spoken about, vs. little clips.
    Also, to clarify, Young Living does not require $100/month, to use their oils.
    You have the option, if you want to business build, but for a basic membership, you only have to place one $50 order/year, which makes it nice for anyone who just wants to use a few oils each year, and not business build.
    I hope this clarifies this for your readers.
    Also, as a YL member for over 10 years, I’ve never had a reason to even look elsewhere, because they work.
    I use them in my home, with my children/grandchildren, and in my massage business, with high success.
    I have high standards with oils, and tried a large amount of them, prior to making a choice. YL has never once, disappointed me.
    We like to pay higher costs for good food, good clothing, a good vehicle, but somehow, when it comes to supplements or oils, we are looking for cheap.
    I believe what goes in or on, is crucial for our overall body.
    For those researching, please try many oils, and what works best for you, is what is meant for you.
    If they do not work, they are not a pure oil. Always consult your oil company to see how you are suppose to use their oils. Most are not meant to be put on or in the body, but people blindly follow another companies way of using them.
    Thank you for working to educate others.

    • I have been doing my own research I also was a firm believer that Young Living was the best option out there but the truth be known as long as it’s one hundred percent therapeutic grade and distilled properly, you do not have to spend as much money as Young Living wants you too

  2. Alexandra Rooker says:

    What do you think of Dr. Axe’s Essential Oil Institute? He uses or sells NUMA Essential Ouls.

  3. As I read through your posts, it looked as if you had gone with Neals Yard Organics, are you still with them?

    • Yes, I am. I chose them for personal care b/t the company that I was with formerly, Ava Anderson, had a bunch of issues with labeling and ingredients and more. I was trying to find a new company or companies (either direct sales or not) and chose them and have been very happy with them for a variety of products. They have recently expanded their essential oils line. I still work with the company in this post.

  4. Not enough time to read all the comments, so forgive me if you’ve been asked this before, but can you give your second, third, and even fourth choices for reputable companies? Are there (hopefully) other companies you feel pretty confident giving a thumbs up to? Did you ever finish researching Mountain Rose Herbs?

    The reason I’m asking for next-ups is RMO doesn’t make many of the oils I need right now, so I have no choice but to buy elsewhere and would love to benefit from your research and judgment. I’m guessing this issue will come up for others, too. Thank you!

    • Hi there. I’m working to see what else I can do. If you look in this post I did give NYR Organic an endorsement but they don’t have a huge variety of oils. Can I ask what oils you are looking for?

      MRH told me in an email that they had found synthetics in their oils so it’s very important to go w/ a company that does batch testing on the final delivered product: and you might wish to sign up for updates as I will be writing more on oils in the future:

      • I want to make an insect/mosquito/tick spray for myself and my dog. The recipe calls for: catnip, neem, rose geranium (the Pelargonium capitatum x radens type), lemon eucalyptus, rosemary and fennel. I am new to essential oils for the most part, but my research indicates these oils are also safe (when diluted correctly) for dogs. RMO makes the lemon eucalyptus and rosemary only. Thank you for whatever suggestions you’re able to make and for your excellent work on essential oils! So glad to have found your site.

        • Hi there. They have the Geranium and the Fennel. Does that help? Feel free to let me know if you need more assistance.

          • It’s the other type of rose geranium that I need, which is supposed to be better for this application, specifically ticks. Yes, RMO has fennel, my oversight. That just leaves catnip (which one study found to be ten times more effective than Deet), neem and the less common variety of rose geranium.

            Mountain Rose has catnip and neem, but the wrong version of rose geranium. You think they’d be OK for the two available? They also have hydrosols (cheaper), which is a brand new thing for me (probably a whole ‘nother topic, going to have to research).

            The rose geranium type I need seems to vary in price. The only brands I’ve been able to find so far are: Greenhealth, Botanic Planet, Quinessence, and Coventry.

            Thank you!

          • Hi there. I thought that that is the kind of rose geranium that you listed in your first comment? Can you check? Thank you. I haven’t heard of those other companies.

      • And what about Eden’s Garden? I have been using some of their oils. I am a beginner or newbie to essential oils, but I do like the Eden’s Garden oils. Thanks.

  5. Tatiana Sonensein says:

    I am curious about something, and wondering if you asked it during your interviews with RMO. When you look at YL oil blends, for example, they state that all that they have in the bottle are the oils of the plants, but some of RMO has the oils of the plants mixed with a percentage of fractionated coconut oil. Are these blends less in quality or can they even be diffused due to the added carrier oil?

    • Hello Tatiana. Thanks for reading. Yes, they had the FCO in there b/c apparently customers wanted something already diluted for easier topical application and for a reduced price. The company just released a grouping of neat (undiluted) blends that you can check out. You can buy either way. Yes, you can diffuse diluted blends. You just might want to use a little more. Hope that helps!

  6. Tracy Lowen says:

    Hi, I just started getting into the essential oils and came across your blog. First of all thank you so much for desiring to share your knowledge and passion for products that are safe for us and our families. I do plan to go back and read all your information but I confess I skipped to the final because I am so anxious to order. For right now, I wanted to know if RMO are food grade. I am sorry if you are having to repeat this answer.

    • Hi there and welcome! Your words are so kind. Thanks. I don’t mind the question. The situation w/ food grade is not easy to figure out. I assume you are looking to take these internally or use them in your food, correct? I don’t advocate using essential oils internally without the guidance of a medical practitioner or aromatherapist but when you are looking at using any essential oil in any way, what you have to be concerned about is purity–not whether or not a company says it is food grade. This post should be of help:

      Your liver filters things out that you eat but things you put on your skin go right to your blood w/o going to the liver first so in a way what you put on your skin might matter more. If you have other questions I’m happy to help.

  7. I am trying to research the best oils for the price. I love your research and thank you so much for sharing. Do you have an opinion on Bulk Apothecary and Now Essential Oils?
    Thank you

  8. I steer clear of the EO from MLM’s mainly because I don’t want the marketing pitch – I already have a job! Plus I find them extremely expensive. Have you looked at New Direction Aromatics? I’m researching them now and am going to try a small order to see how I like the products. I’m also curious what you’d think about Saje products. I have some blends from them and I enjoy them but they are pricey compared to making your own.

  9. Rebecca Smith says:

    Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into this. Like all human beings, I love nothing more than having my own opinions validated, oh wait, hearing my grandchildren tell me they love me tops even that. LOL. I’ve been an RMO customer for years and any time I have tried other companies’ products I came away disappointed! Living as I do in a fly-in only area of bush Alaska access to stores is limited to a $200.00 round trip flight to Anchorage in tiny planes, so finding a company with fast and reliable shipping is Imperative. I reccomend RMO to anyone who wants reliable qualityand speedy service without any sales pressure other than the occasional sale notice by email!

  10. I have used mostly YL oils and have noticed they now have Vitality which is labeled for internal use. Your thoughts?

    • Hi Faye – thanks for reading. That new labeling is due to YL wanting to have a label that indicated food usage. However, the oils haven’t changed and haven’t gone through any additional testing to my knowledge. It’s merely a result of the FDA regulation that they will not allow a label to be on a product for more than one use and the original YL labels already indicated 2 uses. I maintain that these guidelines are good for knowing if your oils are pure or not.

      I will be writing more soon – stay tuned!

      If you’d like to not miss a post please sign up for my newsletter here: Thanks!

      • Yes yl has vitality line labeling. They paid for it. They did the work. All others will try to follow suit. Now you know the leader

        • Hi Trina. I think that YL has done a lot to bring essential oils into the mainstream but it isn’t a logical conclusion that the first in an industry is necessarily the best. Nor is it logical to say that if others follow that it was a good thing to do. Many people copy bad things and many companies that aren’t the first are top notch.

          I’m a real stickler for honestly in advertising and have left many companies b/c of statements that don’t make sense.

  11. Christina says:

    Thank you so much for all of your time and research! As someone with a lot of health issues that really affect me mentally, I just cannot do much research and so rely on people like yourself to do it for me. I was searching for a good EO company (had my doubts about YL and DoTERRA) and am so excited to try Rocky Mountain Oils! Young Living introduced me to the world of essential oils, and I will always love their Digize (I think we all have an oil (or blend of oils) that made us fall in love! ) . But, like you, I just wanted to make sure I was getting the best. I hope you are profiting from this and good for Rocky Mountain… they deserve all of the new customers! I also really appreciated the way you handled the conflict (sorry you had to deal with that!). I’m glad I found you. You have a new follower!

  12. Amy Pilato says:

    Hello there, I remember reading your series on Essential oils and was obsessed. I’ve been using Rocky mountain oils and for some strange reason Im looking for a change. I thought I remember you listing another company as you began using after you completing the series. Thanks so much!

  13. Adam mortley says:

    This is a very informative read and I would be interested to see how they fair against the bp monographs to validate the ability to use them for therapeutic purposes. Without this essentially it can not be used against any clinical evidence. While I strongly applaud this company for its strong stance on accurate acquisition of oils including co2 extraction, I would be interested to see if it can meet the bp monograph in order to be therapeutic.

  14. Daniel S Lennox says:

    Hi All, I just want to ask if anyone ever tried using medical cannabis as an alternative meds? I have read many articles about medical marijuana and how it can help you in terms of chronic pain, glaucoma, eating disorder/anorexia, anxiety disorders and panic attacks, inflammation, even cancer and a lot more. Like this article about a marijuana strain:Phantom Cookies from: . Cbd and thc are also new to me and I don’t even smoke. If this is true I cant find any solid conclusive evidence that speaks to its efficacy. Any personal experience or testimonial would be highly appreciated. Thanks

  15. 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!

  16. Thank you!

  17. I’ve enjoyed reading the series. Funny thing, I was going to ask you what you thought of Ha ha! I’m using YL and found your blog when I thought, “I wonder if I can find pure oils at a cheaper price and with less hype.

    The only thing I will say in which I differ from your school of thought is that, to me, there’s nothing wrong with ingesting certain oils in small quantities (for example: 1 drop off peppermint oil to 32 oz. water), or ingesting oils for use in recipes (oregano or garlic oil, etc.) I believe that people with health issues should most certainly research everything they are ingesting including the horrible junk the FDA approves. It’s risky business otherwise. Medicine givers, I mean doctors, have a great purpose in stitches, setting broken bones, and surgeries, at times; but they aren’t God. Sometimes, getting back to basics and truths of old provide greater relief and even a better quality of life. The best doctors listen to patients, admit when they don’t know, and are willing and continue to learn.

    On another note, I’d love to get you’re take on blends you have tried from RMO.

    Finally, ignore the critics who say you “ramble.” They are just a different type of personality and communicator. Me, I can take a two minute conversation and turn it into a fifteen minute story. (That’s called creativity.) Logical minds see things from all angles and perspectives then find the best possible solution based on what they have learned. (It’s the same reason we can load the dishwasher with twice as many dishes or the trunk of the van with all the luggage and still have a window to see out of in the back. ?)

    All that to say…Keep learning and telling! Thanks!!!

  18. 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!)

  19. Oh wow! I just found this blog. Thank you so-o-o much for all of your research. I am a stay-home, homeschooling Mom and have used YL since 2012. Not as a distributor. I don’t like MLMs. (I have done many). I just bought the kit to get the discount. It has helped my family, most of the time, but the cost has been a lot due to automatic monthly shippings. And I was just thinking the other day if I should look into DoTERRA since my doctor’s office switched from YL to DoTerra etc…Your research has helped a lot and I am going to click on your link to Rocky Mountain Oils. (Oh and I am a former Pharmaceutical sales rep so, I was way-y-y-y skeptical about essential oils and alternative medicine in general. Now, I am a cheerleader).

  20. 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.