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.

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 (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.

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.

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What are your thoughts?

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  1. Garden girl 1957 says:

    I have used edens essential oils and they r great … little more expensive.. but as the saying goes u get what pay for… not always so .. read the purity if and if it’s distilled … it depends on what you’re looking for and what you’re using it for…

  2. Awesome post. I have yet to read your other posts linked within each of the preceeding comments.

    I totally agree with you about finding out if an essential oil company has done GC/MS testing on its oils, as well as having it available with the chemist’s signature(s). Since I started making my own blends, these tests have become very important for me. Not only do they provide the chemical components of the oils so I can blend them synergistically, but I also have become very aware of the importance of SHELF LIFE. Some of my oils have lost their “therapuetic properties” from having them too long. (So I use them for scent or for cleaning.).

    Now I make sure an EO company has the GC/MS with signature and date, as well as the availabilty to view and/or download it, ALONG with the BATCH DATES of when the EOs were distilled, cold-pressed, etc. The other day I was going to purchase some more Rosemary (rosemarinus officinalis ct. camphor) from one of several companies I like (Aromatics International), but their recent batch date of that EO was not appropriate for me ONLY because I know how much Rosemary I use in a certain time period. As well, I had enough leftover Rosemary EO to wait for a new batch. However, if I had no Rosemary EO left, I would have purchased it right away from this company as I use Rosemary EOs regularly.

    I have also found it very important to know how the EO was extracted. Sometimes I need distilled over cold-pressed or vice-versa. There are other extraction processes, but I’m still learning. I know there is one particular extraction process that does contain what’s considered “toxic” and if I can find the correct word, I’ll update my comment.

    Regarding the companies you list here, I will check them out. I do know that Native American Nutritionals, whom I used to buy from regularly, has now become Rocky Mountain Oils. They do have nice blends and well-priced oils, as well as great sales and rewards. My only complaint is that you have to check the BATCH NUMBER AFTER you purchase the oil. The number is on the bottom of the oil. You just go to their website, find the GC/MS page, plug in the number of the oil you’re interested in, and up pops the GC/MS test results. I’m hoping they just switch over to listing the test results along with each batch extracted with the dates of extraction and testing. Aromatics International does this. I also think Stillpoint Aromatics does this. The last I looked at YL, I couldn’t find this information. In fact, I was shocked I didn’t find lots of specific information given that their reps seem to tout that they are, “THE BEST.”. I almost purchased from them because a friend of mine swears by them. I needed the information I mentioned above, I didn’t see it on their site, I then looked at their prices and took my business elsewhere. (Sorry if I have offended any YL purchasers.).

    The EO industry has certainly become almost vicious in some aspects. It’s really sad. I’ve experienced people becoming very vicious in claiming their company is Number 1. Also, when Dr. Eric Zielinski held an Essential Oil Summit last year, he asked if attendees would respect his choice to not have it Brand-Specific. He felt that not only were there many good EO companies out there for people to FREELY choose from, but also that he just simply wanted to have guests speak about the amazing benefits of EOs in general and for specific ailments, benefits, etc. Well, I couldn’t believe some of the cruel posts I read when attending that summit. OMGoodness! So whenever people ask me what EO company is the best, I always tell them they need to do their own research but look for key aspects that are very important before purchasing EOs. Some of that I’ve listed above.

    Finally, my personal favorites FOR NOW, are Aromatics International, Stillpoint Aromatics, Florihana (they have their own USA website and have some EOs in stock at Tropical Traditions), Rocky Mountain Oils and Mountain Rose Herbs. Again, I’m going to check out the other companies you list here.

    Oh, before I go, some other great resources for EOs are Robert Tisserand and Andrea Butje from Aromahead Institute. Andrea has lots of great videos on YouTube if anyone is interested. I’d be interested in knowing other resources that are out there.

    Thanks for letting me share.

    P.S. I am most assuredly in no way HONESTLY not affiliated with any of the above people and/or companies. These are just my FAVES for now, as the EO industry and learning about EOs is always changing.

    Peace!!!

  3. Caroline Cebula says:

    What are your thoughts on Nature’s Truth essential oil? They’re $4.99 at Aldi’s this week!

  4. I need Pamogranad essential oil / perfume oil

  5. Sheila Carter says:

    Please forgive me if I have overly odes your results on the other brands, but I would love to have your opinion on Edens Garden and NOW brand oils…. thank you in advance.

  6. Hello,

    Loved your post, very informative especially when there are so many lies nowadays. My question to you is have you researched H2O oils?

  7. Hi Adrienne! I stayed up unti 4:30am reading your information. You are PHENOMENAL. I have two questions. And I apologize upfront if I have missed these answers in the other comments. Your response is extremely important to me.

    1). Have you done any research on the NUMA oils from Dr. Axe? I watched countless YouTube videos of him and even ordered his e-books. And I’m ready to get started . Do you have any information about the quality of his EO?

    2) I was reading a lot last night about Purify Skin Therapy. I have to say that their credentials and website full of information has blown me away!! At first I thought that doTerra was it for me, then started to commit to Young Living. But I would really appreciate if you had any information about the two that I mentioned. I’m READY to purchase oils now and am over the moon excited! Any help is VERY much appreciated?? Amy?

  8. Loving your articles. Yes Eo is very confusing and way to much info out there. I’m really liking edans garden information. Can you by chance tell me what you think of them. Thanks. Oil up!!!