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

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Post Updated 2/28/17

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 – (Now Hopewell 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.


  • 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 (now Hopewell) 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.


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.  


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.

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What are your thoughts?

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  1. Have you ever researched PlantTherapy essential oils?
    If so what are your thoughts?

    • Hello Alysia – thanks for reading! I am looking at other companies now and hope to have more to share in the not too distant future. I’m being very careful since I have had many things turn up with oils companies and personal care companies – where companies weren’t doing what they said and such — it’s been a huge headache to investigate and then later remove endorsements from my site after discovering unsavory things about them. Please stay tuned!

  2. What do you think of the essential oils sold behind the counter at the pharmacy. Are they worse, same or better than ones you listed?

  3. Has anyone purchased feom a company called bulk aromatherapy (.com)? Im looking to purchase several gifts for the holidays so i wanted it to be cost effective. They are a wholesale company. They also have created their own line of shea butter balms and lip balms and other products which i HAVE had a chance to use and was not impressed with. But all im looking to purchase are economical essential oils that are phenomenal in odor. Ive tried some long ago from health food stores that smelled [gross]. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  4. Wow! So much information! As others, while I was cross referencing which company to go with, I came across your site. There was a similar blog to yours with the author doing research as to what company is *the best* and her conclusion is Better Essential Oils. Do you have any experience/info on them?

    • You are so welcome! Thanks for commenting and welcome! I did look into them but decided not to go with them. I am going to be sharing more companies later. Please stay tuned. I can give you on other small company as an option in the meantime if you would like to look into it. I think they have about the same offerings as Better Essentials in terms of the number of available oils. Thanks! Email if you need more info. wholenewmom {at} gmail {dot} com.

  5. I’ve been reading your information over the last few years and really like how you’ve dug into this essential oil maze. Thank you for your time in this and making it easier for us to understand oils and oil companies better. I was looking to see if you had checked into the company “Miracle Essential Oils” and it took me to your site. I read it through but couldn’t see it referred to anywhere.

  6. You recommend Rocky Mountain Oils, I’m new to essential oils and have been debating between YL and other options. I’ve heard great reviews on RMO. I’m wondering though are they save for children if I apply to the body? My daughter has eczema and heard that Lavender helps with this so I wanted to give it a try but wanted to make sure that I’m using pure oils.

  7. Debora Weksler says:

    Hi. I have had some exposure to the Young Living multilevel marketing (MLM). Had friends and coworkers that I went to some seminars with and I have used some there oils and even taken some classes about the oils and how or why to use them. The thing that bothers me the most about these MLM essential oil companies is that they are basiclly practicing aromatherapy but outside the checks, standards and knowledge base of this field and no one I have ever met from Young living had a background in aromatherapy. This bothered me so much I contacted a woman at an aromatherapy association and and boy… did she have aromatherapy lot to say about these companies. Mainly that they use the oils very wrong and that the testing of their products is done by their own company. I’m surprised that this aromatherapy radical I’d not check on this angle of the story.

  8. I read all of your articles about essential oils and which one you commended. I do have a question for you though…did you ever consider looking into a company that actually wholesales & distributes essential oils, to weed out the middle person(s)? Curious as to your thoughts. Costs are much more reasonable.

    • My understanding is that there are only a handful of wholesale “experts” out there and I don’t believe that they sell to consumers. The company that I went with actually did go right to farmers but things have changed since the purchase by RMO for several reasons. I’m communicating with them to get all of the information.

  9. Thank you for all the work you put into these reviews! I’m looking into essential oils and am overwhelmed with information. Have you looked into Eden’s garden at all? The price is very tempting but I don’t want to buy oils that don’t work. Thanks!

    • Hi there and thanks for reading!

      I think it’s necessary to have a GC/MS report that shows the chemist’s signature so you can go somewhere w/ questions. I will be doing a post on this. To my knowledge this is not the case presently there but you can check. Thanks!

  10. Do you know anything about earthroma essential oils

  11. I have been using Doterra oils but want to change. With Doterra there are several oils that can be taken orally or internal. I see you don’t suggest that. I have Slim and Sassy, plus I use the lemon and grapefruit oils in my water. Please advise since I have ready your articles and trust you.

    • I am very concerned about too much internal use. If you go to the final post you can see more. I am talking to other companies as well. Are you looking for a new company to go with? Let me know what you are interested in.

  12. Anne Chambers says:

    My husband has pancreatic cancer and I was told to rub frankincense. Oil on the bottom of us feet and on his back where the pancreas is located.. Can you recommend the Best essential oil for this?
    Thank you.

  13. Hi, I wrote about your research on the best oils earlier asking you which brand you recommended as I am new to EO,,,I am thinking Plant Therapy? I looked at their site and all the reviews..I would like to get started, so could you tell me if this is the one you would recommend? I submitted my comment but don’t know if it was seen because I was not subscribed at the time. Thanks

  14. Hi, I am looking for the BEST essential oils as I am not familiar with any of them and I want to go by your recommendations …so far I have not seen where you have posted that info…could you please do so ? I am particularly interested in Frankincense oil. Will be waiting for your reply. Thanks

  15. christine foley says:

    you obviously are a rep for young living. a completely irresponsible company with under educated lay people selling a product which should only be recommended by qualified individuals, educated in aromatherapy. There is no reason to recommend taking essential oils internally when they are therapeutic when inhaled or simply applied to the skin with a carrier oil. The only reason young living reps are trained to instruct people to take these oils internally is so that the company can make more money. It is completely unsafe and they should be sued and put out of business.

    • Hi there. No, I am not. Please keep reading :).

      • Patricia Burroughs says:

        I started with y.l.oils. they are a scam, matter of fact, the distributors and upliners are not properly trained. A couple of months ago, all over the y.l. Facebook post, was to put a drop of lavender in my tube od mascara. I followed the instructions, and within 10 seconds, my eyes were tearing, and burning like crazy. I used almond oil to try and stop it, but didn’t work. My husband came home, saw my eyes, and took me straight to the e.r. I was in the hospital overnight, and I guess you can imagine what the cost was. ASIDE from t the meds, 60+ dollars. I contacted my distributor and her excuse was it was just a suggestion. It works for me. I couldn’t believe it. She never contacted y.l. but I did, and so did the Dr that treated me. MY dr has reported this, and he has dealt with it before, he has contacted the BBB, CDC, and the a.m.a. Not one word back from y.l.. and I have been emailing the complaint Dept every other day. So I am going to let my Dr handle it. YEs, y.l. is a scam. And way too expensive, for a tiny bottle of oil. I am currently looking for another company. Any suggestions would be appteciated. Patti

    • Patricia Burroughs says:


    • We have oils called vitality oils that FDA passed for digesting . We are also the only essential oil company right now to have products passed by the FDA .

      • Hi Katie. I looked into this and it doesn’t seem to make sense. I consulted w/ an aromatherapist as well. So the formulas haven’t changed – you are saying that YL has gotten FDA approval for ingesting oils? My understanding is that having a supplement label does that and YL has had that on many oils for a long time – so can you tell me what has changed? Thanks!

    • Elizabeth Lee Brown says:

      Sour grapes?! I have been a nurse for 25 years and am also trained to use aromatherapy. Is that enough training for you? I use young living oils, Doterra…whatever works for my health issues. I actually don’t do MLM for any of these EO companies, but I have let others use my oils for pain and allowed them to draw their own conclusions. Your post seems rather hateful. Maybe you can find another oil company that works for you and you won’t be so nasty.

    • Elizabeth Lee Brown says:

      Maybe she just wants to talk about her oils. Stop being so negative.

  16. I did not see the review on NOW oils I have been using them for many years I was just curious.

  17. Hello,
    I was searching and found a company called HOPEWELL. Have you had any experience with them??

    • Yes, I looked at them but decided against them for several reasons. Thanks for reading! (They used to be called Heritage – I mentioned them in this post).

  18. Have you checked out Ameo Clinical (not therapeutic) Essential Oils? Each bottle is coded during purity and standard testing – access to that testing batch is available on line to see what results they got in establishing the clinical purity standard. The oils are only available through direct purchase from the company (Zija) through a distributor. They also have a 30 day return guarantee for all three divisions (Zija/Ameo/Ripstix).

  19. Eo_beginner says:

    Hi there stranger,

    I read your recommendation and was ready to buy some oil from rmo.

    But then I got on Amazon and I see that all of their oils are 5 star review. I dig deeper and the truth is 100% of these reviews are paid for. All of them say they received discount for “honest” review ( aka. 5 stars)

    I thought this is a decent company but decent company does not use this shady practice.

    Previously only those cheap chinese iphone charger people use this tactic, but it seems to spread fast.

    Kind of disappointed. Please give some comment if you think otherwise.

    Thanks for your work, though.

    • Hi there. I am not sure what to say – I see this happening with more and more companies but haven’t had the chance to really look into the situation. I did communicate with one company that seems to be reputable that is doing something similar, I think, but not all were discounted products. I wonder if more companies feel that they can’t compete with Amazon ratings without doing this?

  20. I am very confused? which is your #1 Choice????