The Great Essential Oils Showdown ~ Which Essential Oils Company is Best? – Part 1

Wondering Which Essential Oils Company is Best? What about the "Therapeutic Grade" claims the MLM oils companies make? Come find out all you ever wanted to know about oils companies and more!

Essential oils are all the rage these days.  People say that they can do everything from being a natural ear infection remedy, to helping with weight loss, to healing eczema, and more.

Most of you tuned in for my recent posts on essential oils in which I talked about:

From all the comments and enthusiasm about this giveaway and the other posts, I can tell you are just as interested in learning about essential oils as I am.

I think you could also tell by those posts that I am a skeptic at heart and pretty detailed when it comes to sorting through all the information out there to find out what really works.  One of my readers (a friend of mine) once called me an “investigative reporter” of sorts.  My husband says that I “second guess everything.”

Well, not everything :-).

In one sense, second guessing is a good thing.  I've saved our family a lot of money by avoiding problematic purchases.

But sometimes I can go overboard and spend waaaaay too much time analyzing a product or purchase.  (Kind of like driving all over town to save a few pennies.  Not smart, especially as I saw gas at $4.11/gallon coming home from church last night.  Deep sigh.)

With the essential oils issue, I tried not to be too analytical at first.  But then…..

You read in the Are Essential Oils a Scam? – A Skeptic Looks at Thieves Oil, how I held off trying really any oils at all for years before trying Thieves.

(Well, truth be told, I do have a few old bottles of essential oils in my linen closet.  One bottle each of orange, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, and rose oil, which I bought for topical use to brighten up my laundry [ended up never using it] and for my Homemade Decongestant Rub and Homemade Rose Water Spray [which I love, by the way].)

This time around, before buying the Thieves oil and signing up as a Young Living Distributor, I dug around a little, but not too much.  I asked about all the rumors surrounding Gary Young, the founder of Young Living and I also asked some questions about purity of their essential oils

I got some satisfactory answers and I figured that well, this stuff worked really well. And I was thrilled to have great resources in my natural health care arsenal.  I mean, who wants to put more toxins in your body if you don't have to, right?

However, after my post on Young Living's Thieves and the other oils (Wintergreen and Peppermint, etc.), a number of readers started asking me about other oil companies–if they were good enough, or not that great.  And so I started wondering.

At first, I thought, “This stuff (Young Living) works great, and I'm pretty worn out right now, so I am just going to leave this alone.”

But the “investigative reporter” in me just couldn't leave. it. alone.

So I started poking around.

Today I'm sharing with you the beginning of my investigation.

There were some essential oils companies that I knew of, and some that a few readers recommended to me.

One of my readers was a doTERRA rep who said I really should check out their company to see how it measured up to Young Living.

Little did I know what lay ahead of me.

The world of essentials oils is big.  Very big.

It did start out quite small for me, however.  Just a small list of companies.  I started out looking into these companies, but the list quickly grew as the series went on and as more and more readers commented and as I went down more and more rabbit trails.  I think you will find the whole thing interesting and I hope you will learn a thing or two about essential oils and the companies that sell them.

Wondering What the Best Essential Oils Company Is? I was wondering the same thing after I first started using them. So many companies say that theirs are the best, so who are you to believe? Come find out what I learned when I started asking questions. Things got a little dicey, and you'll probably be surprised by my conclusion.

The Competitors: 

(UPDATE:  A lot changed after I started this series. Please follow the links at the bottom of this post to see how interesting everything got  – you can hop on over to read Part 2 of “The Best Essential Oils” here. 

To start off, following are the essential oils companies that were “on my radar” and so I started with these, wondering if I should stick with Young Living or switch to another company to be my family's “best essential oils company” of choice.

  • Heritage Oils
  • Native American Nutritionals
  • North American Herb and Spice
  • Mountain Rose Herbs
  • Aura Cacia
  • DoTerra
  • Young Living (the one being challenged)
  • and more.  Truth is, I called a TON of companies and read up on others.  These all included NOW oils, Butterfly Express, Spark Naturals, Edens Garden, and on and on.  My head really started to spin with all of the phone calls and notes I was taking, but I started with just the 7 listed above and went from there.

There are a TON of essential oils companies out there.  After writing this series I felt like I really opened a can of worms, but these are the companies that I started with.  Hang with me – it gets pretty interesting from here on out.

The Challenge:

1. HERITAGE OILS

A few readers mentioned this company in the comments section of my post on Are Essential Oils a Scam ~ A Skeptic Looks at Thieves Oil.  They said that their oils were very high quality and inexpensive.

Since high quality and inexpensive are right up my alley (but they typically don't go together, right?),  I looked them up.

Problem #1.  No phone number. (UPDATE: A few readers have mentioned that they do have a phone number on their site. I did not take a screenshot of their site so I am not able to prove one way or another that there was or wasn't a phone number on the site.  It's possible that there was and that I missed it or that it was a long distance phone number and we didn't have free long distance at the time so I didn't want to pay to call (being the frugalista that I am :)).  In either case, I tried to contact them a different way.)

Oh well, I tried to contact them through their Contact Form.

Still – over two weeks later–no response.

THE VERDICT:  Since I couldn't get a timely response, I decided not to go with this company.

Why?

  • I've had allergic reactions to a few oils and Young Living has promptly refunded my money over the phone.
  • I've also had 2 bottles of oil leaking on arrival and I've gotten replacements for them on the spot.

I LOVE good customer service and I am willing to pay extra for it.

Also, customer service aside, if a company is that hard to get a hold of, then I really don't feel comfortable using their oils internally on mine or my children's bodies.

UPDATE:  Several readers have commented that Heritage has great customer service and that I made unfair comments about them.  First, that they do indeed have a phone number on their site, and secondly that they have fabulous customer service.

First of all, I only reported what happened to me.  I contacted Heritage on 3/12/2012 and didn't hear back from them until 5/22/12, well after the publication of this post. I have the emails in my inbox from them to prove it. I am sure you can understand that I felt that I didn't receive good customer service. Linda, the owner, was very kind when she responded and said her response had been sitting in her draft folder.

Regarding them not having a phone number, I can only say that I didn't notice one. It is possible that they put it up later. It is also possible that I didn't notice it or that it was a toll call and I didn't have free long distance at the time. I do not like paying for phone calls and really didn't at the time of this posting.

I hope this clears everything up.

2.  NATIVE AMERICAN NUTRITIONALS

When I first contacted this company, I thought that their prices seemed a little high for a non MLM (multi-level marketing) company, but the more I talked to them the more interesting it all got.  

You'll have to read more in the series to see what happened.

THE VERDICT:  Probable high quality with no apparent earnings opportunity.   Need to check into this company more.  

 3.  NORTH AMERICAN HERB AND SPICE

From all I could figure out, this is a great company.

Trouble is, all they make is oregano oil.

So if you just want oregano oil, then this is a good place to turn.

THE VERDICT:  Oregano is a pretty amazing oil, but I want more than just that in my natural healing arsenal.

4.  Mountain Rose Herbs

I like Mountain Rose Herbs' mission and have a few bottles of their oils.  When I contacted them they told me that they did not recommend internal use of their oils as they were not produced in a food grade facility.  Much later (after this whole series was done) I contacted them again and they said that this was not the case.  I need to do more looking in to their sourcing, etc.

5.  Aura Cacia

Aura Cacia is adamant about not using their oils internally.

I personally have a number of Aura Cacia's oils that I bought prior to really digging into oils.  I can't say anything except for my personal experience which is that they don't smell as potent as some of the other oils that I have.  I do like the company and I purchase from Frontier Co op regularly, but I'm not choosing to get my oils from them.   That being said, I think that they have a lot of great information about oils and their use.

Well, this is a long enough post already – thanks for sticking with me!

Onto the other competitors in the next post and see what happens!

Looking for more information on Essential Oils?

There are sooo many books out there.  I have a bunch, but this one, Advanced Aromatherapy, is in my shopping cart at Amazon now.  Comes very highly recommended.

Advanced Aromatherapy

The Rest of the Best Essential Oils Series:

– Best Essential Oils – What a Good Oils Company Should Have – Part 2
– Which Essential Oils Company is Best – Troubles with the Oils Industry – Part 3
– Young Living vs. doTERRA – Part 4
– Are Multi-Level Marketing Oils Worth It? – Part 5
– Distillation, Bias, Vomit and More Concerns – Part 6
Announcing “the Best” Essential Oils Company – Part 7***

or read this post on Essential Oils Testing which gives you the company I went with.  Some readers are having issues reading the last post so you can try here if need be.

**Finally, you can get my Report on Essential Oils, 10 Things You NEED to Know BEFORE You Buy for FREE by visiting here and signing up for my newsletter.**

What are your thoughts?
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  1. Laurie Stewart says:

    Thank you Adrienne for your in depth information regarding the oil industry. I have used Aura Cacia and NOW essential oils, and a few others, but never doTerra or YL. I guess because I felt sketchy about these companies in my gut, not to mention how pricey some of the oils are. Anyway, thank you. I have checked out Rocky Mountain and will definitely order from them in the future!

  2. Thanks for your post. Do you know if natural’s truth is good?

  3. Ananda Apocerathy is the best I have found . Quality oils and great customer service.

  4. How do you feel about art naturals

  5. This is the third comparison post about essential oils that I have read. All of the posts have doTerra pictured but none of the comparisons talk about doTerra!

  6. I read all this but I don’t see where you recommend the best company. I have a friend who is selling the Young living oils. Before I pay out a bunch of money for those products I wondered if there is a better company.

  7. john schulte says:

    I was wondering if living pure essential oils are okay to use?

  8. I encourage anyone using essential oils to do their research on what is in them. Many companies that sell them cheaper are usually diluting them with laboratory produced chemicals that supposedly match that in the essential oils made by the plant. These do not work the same in your body. Many of the manmade chemicals are actually toxic to you but the same compound in a true essential oil is therapeutic. Most companies that tell you not to take oils internally are usually adding potent chemicals to them to make them cheaper without the good qualities of the natural oil. Get to know whomever you are buying your oils from and make sure they keep them pure from the organic field all the way to the bottle. I tell the truth when I say I have seen oils do some amazing things, from curing cancer in a man who had 4 types of cancer, one in Stage 4!!! To helping a dog regenerate almost an entire hind quarter of skin in 1 Month (attacked by coyote)!!! I use Young Living oils because I know they are pure, I am not saying others are not just asking you to please do your research on them extensively. I used to use Mountain Rose Herbs until someone smelled one of my oils and got a huge migraine from it. Then gave me his oil of the same type and I smelled it. Wow. After smelling MRH oils then smelling his YL oil I know why he got a headache. After smelling YL’s oil then the MRH oil I could smell the nasty chemical aroma he claimed was so nasty and gave him a headache. Well anyway I did a lot of research and found that many companies claim to have pure oils and switched to YL because- you can tour their farms where the crops are produced, watch them harvest, see how they distill them, and see that product goes right into the bottle in a pure undiluted natural form. A pure oil is in the bloodstream in 3 minutes or less and throughout every cell in your body in about 20 minutes. They truly are amazing and have been a blessing to me and my family.

    • Where do you order from my mom has liver cancer and I’m looking for a good Rosemary oil.

      • I use a company called Wyndmere naturals ! They are very good an female owned in the USA. Any questions are answered by a real person at the 800 number an they are very knowledgeable. Also affordable an pure. I have done plenty of research an I find these a great option.

  9. It wouldn’t hurt to look into Ameo oils. These are certified to work on a cellular level in the body.

    • I looked at them. Thanks. I don’t think that I see how one company’s essential oils can work on a cellular level but others wouldn’t. Have they done something to their oils to change them?

  10. I love Floracopeia. The founder, David Crow, works directly with the farmers and an expert in plant medicine. I took a class that he taught and the amount of knowledge he has blew me away.

    Check them out

  11. Thank you for this review. This has helped me to look closely at what is contained in essential oils. I checked out Rocky Mountain and was surprised to see added substances for aroma. Can you comment on the multiple Rocky Mountain oils that contain added substances like linalool, beta-caryophellene (EWG reports these as known human allergens). Directly from their site below:

    The main constituents in Lavender Hungary Essential Oil are:

    Linalool – provides a medium floral aroma

    Linalyl acetate – provides a medium herbal aroma

    ?-Caryophyllene – provides a medium spicy aroma

    Terpinen-4-ol – provides a medium musty aroma

    Lavandulyl acetate – provides a low floral aroma

    • You are welcome!

      This area of their site is perhaps a little confusing. Those are natural components of the oils – they are not added. EWG is actually adding to the confusion. I have heard that they are going to be rating those things differently but not sure when that is going to happen. Of course people can be allergic to all kinds of things but some are more prone to being allergens than others.

      I hope that helps!