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?
The information here is for entertainment purposes only. Please consult a medical professional before changing your diet, exercise program, or before trying any natural remedies.

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

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  1. Hi, what do you think about DoTerra Oils? I heard good things.

    Thanks,
    Angelica

  2. You might look into Stillpoint Aromatics. They have great quality, selection and customer service and all their orders are hand poured for the customer.
    Check them out!!

  3. Judy Bennett says:

    I am completely new with the oils movement, so I need all the help that I can get. I had a brain injury in 2012 and have been one so many medications that it is ridiculous. I am looking for help with pain management, joint issues, skin issues. Plus I just want to be as healthy as a person can be and get off some of my medications. I realize that there is no set oils for a brain injury, but I would like to find a healthier way to be healthy and feel better.

    If you could help guide me in the right direction I would be so grateful to you. Thank you in advance for your info and your help. Judy Bennett

  4. I am curious about your take on Young Living Essential oils in this article. You only stated that you had an allergic reaction to one and another arrived leaking. But you stated this within the your review of Heritage oils. You then continued to inform of your disappointment about customer service which was referring to Heritage oils just after having mentioned YL. Unless a person is a careful reader, one could take away from the article that YL was not recommended due to bad customer service. Plus there is no separate review just for YL in this article.

    I have been using YL oils for the past 20 years and have appreciated the opportunity to be “able” to share the benefits of oils as you are with others and share “the opportunity” with others if they are into that sort of thing. Different people approach the business of YL differently. Many highly successful business people such as Kiosaki, Tony Robiins to Soros to articles in Forbes highly recommend the system of Network Marketing/ Direct Marketing, etc. Unfortunately there have been MLM’s that have failed and given the genius system a bad name but the same goes for any industry. There will always be those companies with integrity and those without. I think it is time to re- frame the concept of Network Marketing so more people have a fair chance to a possible life changing experience. The way “MLM” is thrown about, it carries such negative connotations that it gives reputable companies a bad rap. Kind of like a bad smell you can’t quite locate. This is changing because people are starting to look into entrepreneurship due to the failing corporate structures that give no security and where loyalty is rare. So I ask everyone who stigmatizes Direct Marketing to ease up a bit- it is not as bad as many “skeptics” proclaim. On the other hand it allows one to use quality products from a company that resonates with their lifestyle and at the same time have an opportunity to share and even make some extra cash if it were of interest or take the business to a whole new level and take control of one’s financial life if one chooses. I’d rather join a company that allows me the Opportunity to take it to another level. One cannot deny the lives that have been enriched by this type of system.

    So back to the first paragraph- what has been your experience with YL, I would really like to know. Thank you

    • Hi there. I talk about YL more further into the series. I think you will understand more as you read on – it’s in Part 4. I couldn’t write everything but that should help. Thanks for reading. The info here was just to say that I liked YL’s customer service as compared w/ not getting a response from a company.

  5. Hi… thank you so much for your research. I’m from Mexico and I found a few brands providing escencial oils here. Some of them, you already mencioned , but I just want to ask you if you have any information about YOR health. They seem to have more than escential oils, organic certified and fist extration,but other ?roducts that sounds really interesting. do you know anything about them? thanks
    😀

  6. Emma davis says:

    Any oil company’s in the U.K.? I use amphora at the moment?

  7. I’m looking for any type of Herb oil, which is so potent that it burns your skin if it touches you. Over 10 years ago I bought some oil of oregano from a locally owned Health food store. The bottle was about 15 mL. I could mix 5mL with a standard size spray bottle, along with water, and spray it around the perimeter of my fruit tree, only to watch squirrels run toward the tree and when they hit the perimeter they would veer off. My wife sprayed it around the perimeter of her garden, And after they had been rummaging through it previously… They ceased. I don’t care where it’s made, how it’s made; just so it is a natural oil. At the time I believe I paid about $15 for it. This would definitely not be for internal use, but rather varment control. Zorkwhomp

  8. It is all depending on what purpose you are using these oils for. If you only use them in diffusers or topically, any one can do, but if you are looking for oils pure enough to ingest in capsule or in a glass of water, YL, doterra and edens garden are the only ones I trust. I love doterra, they have no secondary undertones and are so pure you can drop them in a glass of water and drink them, but my mom loves YL and I trust my mom, she is a very intelligent woman and she researches like a mad woman, as I do, so I would trust YL oils as well. I still have not tried YL oils, never had the chance because my mom lives in IL and I am in FL, but I really like the fact that they are an established company and they have MANY more singles choices than doterra. I love doterra’s DDR Prime for killing cancer cells, they also have the onguard which has anything and everything from immune support gel caps to soap and laundry detergent. I have never sampled the Eden brand but I have read up on the company and hundreds of reviews. I know they are a 0.1 behind doterra and YL and Radha is behind them in quality. Many people trust Eden’s oils to take internally but they do not think Radhas is pure enough to ingest, so as I mentioned, it is all abbout the purpose you are buying them for. What makes me feel uneasy about YL is that why do they have separate oils for cooking? Doterras oils are same, they do not have more Pure oils for cooking, all their oils are pure… but maybe that is just for the FDA I don’t know, I asked questions of the YL company and never received a reply.

    • Hello there.

      I think it’s very important to go w/ a company that does 3rd party testing using GC/MS and has a chemist’s signature on the test results. I also am concerned when companies recommend internal use without consulting with a physician or aromatherapist.

      The YL issue from what I understand is just a label change but the oils are the same. Hope that helps.

  9. Leslie Hopp says:

    Thank you so much for this information! I am a massage therapist and in looking for a new brand found this blog, I now use Rocky Mountain oils in my practice and everyone loves them! However, the spa I work at sells plant therapy. I’m not sold on the too good to be true pricing, but can’t find much info on the company. Did you do any digging on them by any chance? I’d just like to know how that company stacks up so I can convince my boss to carry RMOils.

    Thank you again!

    • Hello Leslie.

      Thanks for the kind words. I did look at Plant Therapy. I would recommend staying tuned as I will be writing more about Essential Oill purity hopefully in the next week.

  10. Are you familiar with JadeBloom? If so, what are your thoughts?

    They claim to be ingestible and I LOVE their low prices, yet because they are so new, I’m a skeptic. I enjoy not breaking the bank (JB), but I appreciate the effectiveness of DT.

  11. Hi wondering what essential oil brand do you feel best to use

  12. I bought the Immunity oil on line and it came withe no directions can you help?

  13. I’ve purchased Young Living essential oils, but after doing some research, I’m not sure that’s who I need to be going with. I’m VERY New at this.
    I’ve read up on Mountain Rose essential oils and I like what they are saying.
    Do you have any comments on Mountain Rose?

    • I love Mountain Rose Herbs. I love Frontier too for many of my spices but I used MRH for years for the harder to find products. However, I was talking to them about their oils and found that they didn’t do GC/MS testing on their oils but just trusted their suppliers. They had an oil turn out to be problematic in a 3rd party test and said that they had run out of their trusted supplier’s oil and went w/ another company. However, when I talked w/ them more recently, they said that they had started testing some of their oils. They found that there were some oils, even some organic, even though they were from their trusted suppliers, that were adulterated. I suspect that Mountain Rose Herbs will do the right thing, but for this reason, I recommend going w/ a company that tests every batch and has GC/MS test results for every batch and that it has a chemist’s signature on that report.

      I hope that helps. I’ll be writing more on the topic.

  14. Thank you so much for this informative series of posts.
    While I will always be a devout user of Thieves and Joy, I was curious as to whether or not YL oils were indeed the best out there. I learned a lot by reading all of your posts, and I am placing my order for The Secret this morning, as well as Sacred Frankincense (both RMO).
    And I am curious as to what you will find out about Eden’s Garden. I ordered Frankincense from them, and while I haven’t used it yet, I noticed last night that the bottle was half full. It also didn’t really smell like Frankincense, however, I have purchased their version of Joy,
    for use only in my diffuser and it’s pretty close. Thanks again!

  15. Betty Daniel says:

    Did not see a place on your website that said essential oils are lethal to cats because they don’t have an enzyme to digest elements of the EO and that shuts down their liver and kidneys and the cat DIES.. I almost made the mistake of ordering some essential oil to diffuse for my daughter. She asked me if it would harm her cat. I searched and found many many websites saying dogs, horse, etc were ok w EO but it was LETHAL to cats and that looked like it included almost all of the EO. CUSTOMERS HAVE TO BE TOLD THIS. I COULDVE KILLED HER BELOVED CAT AND SINCE I WAS GETTING EO ALSO, IT WOULDVE KILLED MY CATS.
    IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE EO WEBSITES NOT TO MENTION THIS, IVE LOOKED AT MANY EO SITES AND NEVER SAW ANYTHING ABOUT EO KILLING CATS UNTIL I DID THE SEARCH:” DOES ESSENTIAL OILS CAUSE ANY HARM TO CATS”. WOW, I WAS ASTONISHED. I SENT AN EMAIL TO MY CATS VET SO SHE IS AWARE OF THE DANGER. AROMA THERAPY IS SO POPULAR AND SUPPOSED TO BE SO HEALTHFUL, THAT I IMAGINE MANY CUSTOMERS CAN INADVERTENTLY KILL THEIR CATS. THE VETS CANT DO ANYTHING TO SAVE THE CATS.. PLEASE RESPOND. Betty

    • Hello Betty. I agree that one needs to use caution when using essential oils around cats. Here is a statement from an EO company about cats:

      Although this is a subject we are passionate about, and hope to be able to provide this information in the future, we currently do not have anyone on our staff that is educated in using essential oils on pets. For cats and other small animals, essential oils can be toxic and unfortunately, Certified Aromatherapists are not trained in the use of essential oils with animals. This is considered a specialty and requires additional education. We do know that hydrosols are very safe for most pets, but it is best to check with your veterinarian or someone who is educated in this area.

      You may find this book helpful, “Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals” by Kristen Leigh Bell, in gathering more information on using essential oils with animals.

      (that link is an affiliate link)

      Hope that is helpful.

  16. Hey Adrienne,
    There is an amazing essential oil store called Saje natural wellness that you should check out!
    They’ve just recently expanded into the United States but are originally from Canada. All of the oils are FDA approved and absolutely 100% natural. They have incredible customer service and have the best return/exchange policy I’ve ever come by.

  17. I heard about oshadi essential oil, how about this company…..seems challenging???

  18. Have you any information on an oil company by the name of Miracle?

  19. Any thought on Piping Rock essential oils?

  20. Hi what can you tell me about Best Blend essential oils? Found them on Amazon never used oils before…is this a good company? Thanks.