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?

The company also has carrageenan (known to cause inflammation) in their capsules and PEG 100 in their Deep Blue Cream.

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.

This post on Pure Essential Oil Testing should be of help too for evaluating any company that you wish to consider.

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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  1. Are you able to ingest Rocky Mountain essential oils?You can with Young Living and DoTerra

  2. Thanks for your information. Before your post I only know YL and Doterra and only actually used doterra.
    Two things I have questions:
    1. When you compare YL and Doterra you said Doterra is Complete Distillation. But you didn’t mention if RMO is 1st distillation and I’m really curious about it since it determines the quality of the oil.
    2. Regarding the shipping cost, I don’t know other companies but all shipping in Doterra was given back as credit. You can use that to buy any EO in the future.

    Thanks,

    • Hi there, Susan, and welcome!

      So it’s all very confusing. The distillation issue is really only for Ylang Ylang and maybe peppermint – just select oils. doTERRA was making various claims about their peppermint oil and why it was special – from it being just from the leaves and flowers to being from Washington state to more. I could never get a real answer. I’m updating the information in the post now.

      As for shipping, I don’t think that was the case when I was with the company. Hope that helps!

  3. Hi,

    I have yet to enter the world of essential oils and had been doing a bit of research until I came across your page. I was going through the comments and wanted to ask, why did you choose Rocky Mountain Oils over NYR?

    • Hi there. Sorry for the delay. I passed over NYR when I first was looking for an EO company b/c they had so few oils and I wanted more options. Then later, the personal care company that I was with (Ava Anderson) had a lot of ethical issues so I left them and went looking for a good replacement with MLM or not. I ended up with NYR Organic. They recently increased their EO offerings. But still there aren’t as many as I would like. They will be adding more and they have a nice focus on organic and sustainable.

      I use Beautycounter for my cosmetics and go b/t NYR and Beautycounter for skincare. I trust both of them. Hope that helps!

  4. Enjoyed the articles on essential oil companies. However, I am somewhat disappointed in the selection of Rocky Mountain Oils as the winner. Looking at their prices they are comparable to YL and DoTerra and do not seem to be passing on the 40% surcharge that MLM companies charge for sales incentives to reps. Since they are a retail and not MLM I would think the prices could be better.

  5. I have thoroughly enjoyed your EO series as I am just getting into them now. So far I am only using Doterra oils but I actually found your blog due to my research of RMO. I kept seeing great things about them so wanted to research for myself! I was excited to see that as your final pick but my question to you is how have the oils actually measured up as far as their effectiveness? Does their lavender actually help you sleep? Does their relief blends actually give relief, etc? You didn’t hit on that factor when explaining your decision (or I may have just missed it lol) …anyways, thanks SO much for your hard work. I’ve learned more from reading your blog than in have these past few months if looking on my own 🙂

    • Hi Leanna. Good question. I think that it all depends on the person and of course I don’t want to be using impure oils on myself even if they “work”. Lavender has never worked that well for me re: sleeping, but I shared some with a local friends who said it really helped them sleep and they didn’t know that it was lavender. They were using it for an ear problem. I have heard testimonials from readers who love their relief blend. I have had benefits from other oils that I have used, however.

      I hope that helps.

  6. Stephanie says:

    Sorry called NOW

  7. Stephanie says:

    Great articles. Thanks so much for doing the research that I wanted to Do!!
    I was wondering what you thought of the brand wow.?
    It was recommended by a health store owner and I couldn’t find the info I needed to declare it as good as Rocky mountain. Hope to hear back from you.
    Stephanie

  8. Thank you for the time you have put into researching this subject. I found your site by googling the best EO company and came upon your series. There is a lot to learn about essential oils and you have definitely helped considerably in this area. I’m sorry that you have had to deal with the rudeness of some people and that they can’t see that it is your research, your choices, your opinion. Personally I am thankful that you took the time to find out as much as you did. I had no idea about the different processes involved. I’ve been wanting to try out eo for some time but always hesitated because there were just so many questions I had. Your posts have answered a lot of my questions and given me a lot to think about. Thanks again.

  9. Hello, thank you for doing such an investigative report. I was wondering if you did any in-depth research on Mountain Rose Herbs. I appreciate RMO’s review, but somehow I’m not convinced it is centered on small-farm, fair trade and organic products based on their website. RMO’s website does not tout any of these very marketable qualities in their mission statement the way that Mountain Rose Herbs seems to do (see “Principles” at the bottom of their website). Please advise. I do value your opinion after reading your 7-part series.

    • Yes, I did. There is a lot of confusion out there. I expect that MRH has fixed it but they did tell me that they had done testing and found synthetics in their oils, including in their organic oils (some of them). So I think that following this post would be of import: https://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/pure-essential-oils-testing/

      I recommend staying tuned–I have more to say on the subject. Are you mainly wanting a company that does small farm, fair trade and organic? Or pure? Or both? You might be interested in this company for now? They are getting more oils. As I have time I will be doing more research.

  10. Hi! I really enjoyed your blog series! I think a lot of effort went into your research, and I’m glad you posted this. I was actually wondering if you’ve ever looked into the essential oil company Healing Solutions. For some background, I read your whole series of blog posts, but found that RMO was slightly over budget for my college journey, and I’m not sure I want to splurge for one oil (looking at clary sage). Thanks so much!

  11. Wow, it looks like you’ve done a lot of research and I look forward to going back and reading more of your oil posts. I sell for Poofy Organics as their products meet my high personal standards. They have a small essential oils line that are USDA certified organic. I had been wondering what company to buy from for oils they don’t have and had heard good things about Rocky Mountain. So thank you for putting your personal search out there even with all the flack you got.

  12. I don’t think you can truly be an accurate source. There is complete bias on your part. You are with an oil company, which is tiny in comparison to YL, but you did not disclose that information until the comments section (please correct me if I am wrong) which completely misleads anyone who is reading or trusting your words. It’s deceiving.

    I’m really happy with my YL and the YL community. So maybe it’s butterflies and rainbows but the oils work and I am better for it!

    • Hi Natalie. Thanks for commenting and for reading. It’s late but I would like to address what you are saying. I started the series with no company and ended with one. Meaning, I didn’t know where I was going. Did you not understand that? I was trying to figure out what I was going to do for a long time. I could put the date of the posts on those posts perhaps and that might help? I am pretty sure there was at least 9 months between the 1st post and the next one. I just was talking to companies and trying to figure out what to do.

      I’m glad you are happy where you are. I hope you will stick around. More to come – and I am always open to concerns or criticism. I just don’t want people to be rude. Thanks!

  13. Susie dyck says:

    Hi Adrienne! Do have any Canadian websites you would recommend?

  14. I know you looked into many different companies and I was just wondering if Plant Therapy was one of the companies you looked into, and if so, what made you not choose it? I just started looking into all this stuff but I really don’t want to spend days researching so I am so glad that you did! Thank you. I had it narrowed down to RMO and Plant Therapy and then stubbled upon your posts. So I would love to know your opinion on Plant Therapy if you have one. Thanks!

  15. Can you please speak to ingesting/ using RMO internally. I know I have used other oils, specifically peppermint(YL and Doterra) internally. Thank you, I appreciate all your research on this topic!

  16. Tina Brown says:

    You quoted Rock Mountain saying ‘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.’ my eyebrows shot up. Why wouldn’t they go through the process in order to have their products certified organic? This doesn’t sit right with me.

    Thanks for sharing your research. Tina

    • Hi Tina. The company prioritized purity over organic for several reasons but that might be changing. I mean that they might bring organic oils on board. There are different reasons why companies choose organic certification or do not and some might be b/c they don’t feel that there is enough of a market for them. I will say that you can get any report on purity from them at any time – it’s accessible on their site – This might be of interest: https://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/pure-essential-oils-testing/

      I will be writing more on the topic in the future – oils and organic vs non, etc.

    • At this time I don’t think there is a FDA standard for essential oils.

  17. I just completed reading your “Best Essential Oils” series. Thank you so much – it was much needed. Not sure if my comment made it through earlier today, or on which blog page I left it. I am just a little confused if you still use/recommend/sell/advocate for Rocky Mountain Oils since it seems you are a Neal’s Yard Consultant.? Thanks so much for all your information and investigative research.

  18. Do you still use/sell/advocate for Rocky Mountain Oils? I just completed reading your “The Best Essential Oils Company” series, but I see the NYR Organic ad on your site and see that you’re a consultant so I’m confused all over again. haha

    • Hi there. I went w/ NYR for personal care and they had some EOs but not many. Now they are growing but I still recommend RMO. Hope that helps! NYR has a decent amount of organic which RMO doesn’t have now but they might in the future.

  19. Madilyn A Davis says:

    So one of my friends sells YL and I’m so glad I read your posts before I signed up. I hate to have to buy so much and I really don’t want to become a distributor.I get severe migraines and wanted to get EO’s for that and maybe for my son’s autism.

  20. Hi Adrienne! Thanks for the informative posts. You did tons of research to get all that info! I am sorry for all the ugly posts you have had to endure. There is no excuse for that. I am a YL distributor, but I can appreciate that we are not the only essential oil company out there. Keep up the good work.