Which Essential Oils Company is Best? Young Living and doTERRA – Part 4

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Post Updated 4/26/17:

Here we are again – moving toward finding the Best Essential Oils Company.

To clarify, what I'm after here is the Best Essential Oils Company for the money.

So you can work on natural healing without breaking the bank–and I think I've found a good one.

Just being realistic:

I'm one person looking into a bunch of companies–with some help.  So I'm leaving the door open to the possibility that I might be wrong.

I've had to admit I was wrong about things before.
–  My thinking that Lilla Rose Flexi Clips were a waste of money (see my “changed my mind Lilla Rose review” here).
– or saying my Natural Dishwasher Rinse Aid was a great idea.

We need to be willing to admit we were wrong.

Was I wrong about Young Living?  Remember my enthusiastic posts about their Thieves and Peppermint and Wintergreen?

Let's find out.

Today I'm going to share what happened as I looked into the “heavy hitters” in the Essential Oils Industry–

(Oh, and if you are jumping in in the middle of all of this, here is a link to Part 3.)

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Young Living and doTERRA.

If you've been looking into essential oils at all, chances are you have come across YL and DT.

You've had folks tell you “Young Living is the best!” or “doTERRA is the most pure”.

Or something like that.

I touched on some of these issues in Best Essential Oils Post – Part 1.  But here's more.

First up–Young Living

Young Living Review

1.  Reputation and Ethics –  There are some pretty not-so-savory things on the internet about D. Gary Young.  Of course, the internet can be full of truths and lies.  But I still think these things are worth paying attention to.  Dr. Stephen Barrett has written a load of unsavory things about D. Gary Young.  In fact, this information is a lot of what gave me pause when I initially was looking into signing up with YL.  I mean, the Thieves Oil worked great for me, but I really didn't like what I was reading.

Now, I do have my concerns about Mr. Barrett–mainly that he's basically an “anti-alternative therapy” hound.  And I like alternative therapies.  Most of them, at least.

I personally am very concerned about abuses in the alternative medical field.  But I'm also concerned about abuses in Western medicine.

My family and I have been harmed by the practices of traditional Western medicine (overuse of anti-biotics, over-use of prescriptions meds, doctors misdiagnosing acid reflux, etc.).  In some cases, we've been healed despite what mainstream doctors told us to do.

I know there are abuses on both sides.  But Quackwatch appears to be just targeting everything alternative:  Chiropractic, acupuncture, Chinese medicine….You name it.  If it's alternative, it's Barrett's target.

I could go on and on about his site, but suffice it to say that I am not sure of all of Barrett's accusations against Gary Young. (UPDATE – All comments by Mr. Barrett against Gary Young appear to have been removed so I can't cite them any longer.)

However, his writings about Young Living and Gary Young leave something to ponder.  Moreso in light of what else I found…

2. OSHA Violations – I found this interesting entry referring to Young Living OSHA violations.  I didn't find any by the other oils companies, although I didn't look all of the essential oils companies up, of course.  That would take a long long time and I couldn't find them all for sure.

Now, Young Living is the oldest oils company, so they've had more time for there to be violations, and all of the violations appear to be of the same incident.

Of course, OSHA violations don't mean that a company is bad.  If they cleaned up their procedures correctly, then possibly their new procedures are better than ever.

3.  Non-Indigenous PlantsMany A good number (updated 4/2015) of Young Living's farms are located in the U.S.  I think that's fine for a company being more “in control” of their product, but not great if you follow conventional wisdom that plants grow best (and have the best therapeutic qualities) when they are grown in their indigenous locations (where they are supposed to grow naturally).

If you read through the comments of Best Essential Oils Parts 2 & 3, you'll see that Young Living reps tout the fact that YL farms are in the U.S. as being an advantage–that it gives Young Living control over the whole process.  Maybe, but other companies like doTERRA and most of the other companies I've looked into have their oils sourced from wherever the plants grow naturally for higher quality.

4.  What's That Smell?

You know I like testing things before recommending them to you, like in my:

Best Cinnamon Sugar and
Best Eye Makeup Remover posts.

Then you won't be surprised to know that we did this with essential oils as well.

I purchased YL, doTERRA, Mountain Rose Herbs, Aura Cacia, and 2 other companies' oils and did a little “Smell Challenge” with my not-so-specially-trained Smell Testing Panel (a.k.a. my family).


We had a blind smell test of 3-5 brands of the same oil.

In each instance, Young Living was singled out as having a chemical (synthetic) overtone.

Does that mean there were synthetics added?

Not necessarily of course, but we still didn't care for it.

doTERRA Review

Besides buying the Young Living Starter Kit, I also bought a large kit of doTERRA's oils to try them out against YL.  I asked doTERRA reps and corporate employees tons of questions, and I even used their oils exclusively for awhile.

One thing I really like about doTERRA is their educational resources — and also, their oils smell great.

But their great smell is part of what concerns me.

One thing I really don't care for is that a lot of doTERRA reps (and corporate employees as well) say something like, “You'll know it works by its smell.”

This from doTERRA's website: “A 100% pure therapeutic-grade essential oil should have a balanced, broad fragrance profile and should smell crystal clean.”  I don't know about you, but I don't know what “crystal clean” means.

Before I go into more–I mentioned distillation techniques in one of my previous posts.  Basically, the going wisdom about essential oils is that you put the plant parts and water in a distiller and under low pressure and low temperature, you distill the essential oils out of the plant.

They travel down a tube and into a vat–along with the steam.  The oil collects on top of the water and is removed and–voila–you have essential oils.

The most coveted, and most expensive (and thought to be the most therapeutic) oil is that which is collected during the first part of the distillation period.  The resulting oil is called “first distilled.”

This “first distillation” only applies to ylang ylang and possibly peppermint, according to what I have learned.


doTERRA's peppermint smells good enough to eat–as in “candy cane” good.

But that might be a problem.  Here's why.

Most peppermint essential oils smell like the peppermint you find growing out in nature. Kind of herby and not really like a candy cane.

Candy-cane-smelling peppermint is apparently, according to several sources, possibly from a redistill.   The oils are either redistilled or some components are taken out to give the oil a clean pepperminty candy smell. (Source).

The other alternative is that someone did something else to the peppermint oil to reduce the herby smell.

This is exactly what doTERRA's peppermint oils smell like.  So yummy, in fact, that if you have kiddos in the house, you'd best keep it out of arm's reach.

Here is the response I got from doTERRA stating that their peppermint oil is a “complete distill”:

You can let her know that our Peppermint uses complete
distillation.  There is 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and complete and we use complete.  (Source:  my email.)

So if in fact, the first distillation of peppermint oil is the most valuable, then their peppermint oil might not be top quality.

Update 8/16:

If there is truly no such thing as more than one distillation of peppermint, as many say, then why is doTERRA stating that there is a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and complete distillation of peppermint?  Possibly it was an error.

Please note, this whole topic is very confusing and I am digging into it more and am going to be adding more information to this series about it and/or addressing it again in another post.  You can read some information in later posts about why one chemist thinks that doTERRA's peppermint mint smell this way.


doTERRA prides itself on selling the top of the line quality.  Their ylang ylang, however, is also a complete distillation.  Some may say that this is a matter of taste, but in the essential oils industry, the first distill of ylang ylang is more valued and therefore, a higher priced oil.  To their credit, doTERRA does call their ylang ylang a complete distill on their website.

Ylang Ylang first distill (which is referred to as “extra”) is typically considered to be the quality of oil that is most sought after / of highest therapeutic quality–not the complete distillation.


Thanks to Kitchen Stewardship, I realized that doTERRA doesn't disclose all of the oils in this bug repellant blend.  I will say that we have used this to treat after bite itching (and my son likes it), but I think that not including ingredients on a label is not preferable. (UPDATE – doTERRA now discloses the ingredients of their Terra Shield blend. I'm glad they are doing that.)

What I think is troubling here is that doTERRA makes a lot of claims about their oils being the best–top quality.  And their prices sure reflect that.  I don't think I would purchase complete, 2nd or 3rd distillation oil for more than other companies are selling 1st distill for–would you?

UPDATE 4/16: I will be updating this distillation information.

Of course, there are other things to think about–purity, etc.  So we'll keep the conversation going and touch on other companies as well.

I hope this all makes sense.  If not—ask away.

Thanks for your patience!  This has been a long road, but I promise, we are nearing the end.


This isn't necessarily a negative, but thought I should point it out since Frankincense is such a popular essential oil these days.

Most companies sell either just one variety of Frankincense Oil, or several varieties, but doTERRA's Frankincense is, at least as of the date I am writing this addition to this post (Aug 2016), a blend of different varieties (source):

– carterii (typically the least expensive)
– serrata
– frereana

The Rest of the Best Essential Oils Series:

– Which Essential Oils Company is Best? – Part 1
 – What a Good Essential Oils Company Should Have – Part 2
– Which Essential Oils Company is Best – Troubles with the Oils Industry – Part 3
– Are Multi-Level Marketing Oils Worth It? – Part 5
– Distillation, Bias, Vomit and Personal Attacks – Part 6
Announcing “the Best” Essential Oils Company – Part 7 

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UPDATE: 2/7/16:

What About Other Direct Sales Oils Companies?

I get asked all the time what I think about other direct sales essential oils companies.  And there are more and more of them coming out all the time….. including companies with other products at the forefront that are adding EOs to their product lines.

I looked at all of the Direct Sales Essential Oils companies (Ameo, Be Young…..) and didn't want to go with any of them for numerous reasons.

Well, I still feel the same way, but I have found a company that meets my high standards — and they happen have a nice essential oils offering.

So, if you REALLY want to make money and have essential oils as a part of that, I highly recommend you check out Neal's Yard Organics.

I'd heard of them before, and frankly, had “poo pooed” them – but only because I felt they didn't have a large enough of a selection of oils. Well, I recently ended up going with them for their personal care (including award-winning skincare) and am loving the aromatherapy side of their business.  I even got to talk to Susan Curtis, the author of this amazing book on Essential Oils just after I signed up.

Regardless of whether you are interested in having a home business, however, this book, Essential Oils, from Neal's Yard Remedies, is a must buy in my book.

Neal's Yard Remedies Essential Oils Book

Essential Oils is not brand specific and is really one of the best books on essential oils that I have found. It's organized well for the beginner, but with plenty of fabulous information for the more advanced user.  It's newly updated with new content and better organization.  Plus DK Books designed it.  If you know anything about DK Books, you know how lovely, in addition to informative, this book is.

The book has all of the following:

  • Understanding Essential Oils
  • Using Essential Oils
  • A-Z of Essential Oils (all about each oil in alphabetical order)
  • Base / Carrier Oils
  • Essential Oil Recipes
  • Healing Remedies

Just so much great information.

This is not the company that I ended up going with for oils, as they didn't have enough oils for those of us who want to use oils a lot when I was looking, but they do have a nice aromatherapy option in addition award winning skincare.  Update 5/1/17: They have added more oils to their site and plan to add more soon.

I'd love for you to join me with this fabulous company. No website fees and no huge minimums.

Anyhow, we're not done yet………

Keep reading to find out where I ended up as far as choosing as essential oils goes…….

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    Speak Your Mind


  1. What’s your thoughts on the company Birch Hill?

  2. What is your assocation or relationship to Rocky Mountain?
    I appreciate the blog, but there is so much misinformation in it and some truth in it and most definitely find this in the comments. I feel this blog like many others out there use the doTERRA and Youngliving names which will funnel many people into this and then you say you recommend Rocky Mountain. This whole blog to me feels like soft advertising to me. I feel you are very well connected to Rocky Mountain. Is my intuition correct? And if I investigate this will the results ring true to your answer to me and better yet, will my post here make it into your blog. I don’t have anything again RM. But I’m sure it’s hard to compete now that doT and Yl has made EO’s be a household name.

    • Hi Gia.

      I’m an affiliate for the company. In fact, I was the first one with the company that was selling oil to them – Native American Nutritionals.

      I’m happy to respond to any concerns that you have. I didn’t use this as a way to funnel people in. I was honestly using both YL and doTERRA and was trying to figure out what to do.

      The first post was actually written a long time before the others.

      I was with doTERRA and was told that I could make $8000 a month if I stayed with them but I had some questions that weren’t getting answered so I started to wonder if there was a better option for me and for my readers. This series was the result of that.

      I don’t know what you mean about results ringing true and of course I will put your comment on my blog.

      I hope that helps.

  3. Hi…. I scrolled and scrolled but I cannot actually find which essential oils company you recommend? I read about doTerra and then Young Living and then couldn’t find anymore information…. I’m looking for the most natural, purest oils, like everybody else, I suppose. What is the verdict?

  4. Linda Porasso says:

    Hello Adrienne,

    Great series so far!

    Perhaps you might be a little interested in some real essential oil history from a user for close to 35 years. I got interested in Essential oils for healing in the early 1980. That is when very few knew what an essential oil actually was.

    My first introduction was Jethro Kloss in his book Back to Eden (maybe mid 1970). I then learned how to process my own oils but decided it was way to much work when quite a good selection could be imported from Europe to a couple of distributors here in the USA. There were 2 prominent companies that I used as suppliers (for my family use only). Back then I could buy an 8 oz. bottle of Lavender for about $13. That was pretty much the going price for most every oil available. I quickly moved to 4 ounce bottles because who on earth uses that much pure essential oil once you mix it into whatever form you choose?

    For those who say fresh is better? I beg to differ. PURE IS BETTER!. My bottles today are over 35 years old (most of them at least 50% full) not one of them has ever gone rancid. A couple of my blends however melted the rubber dropper stoppers until I realized they needed to stay capped with regular bottle caps after the 1st year.

    Personally I chuckle at the foolish banter going on between these companies. Most are infants in the game and their blends are probably stolen from those like Jeannie Rose and others who were more than willing to share back then. Many of these companies have not been in business long enough to know what their product will actually do … they just hope and cross their fingers that it will.

    I am from California and Victoria Edwards started her essential oil business (Leydet Aromatics here early on (as I recall she imported unusual oils that were not easily found here in the USA) My main supplier was a company called Lavender Lane in Sacramento, CA. Unfortunately they have since gone out of business. Their product was the best I ever encountered as well as reasonable. As mentioned before my oils are still as good as they were when I purchased them. I am glad today as a single mother back then I splurged for the bigger amounts. I am probably sitting on a liquid gold mine in “pure quality” … lol.

    Just a bit of history if you are interested.

    I have found your series very interesting so far. Thank you!

    Would I purchase anything from doTerra? Not a chance because of the info they advertise … I suppose it takes someone who has been around long enough to know a “crock” when it is foisted onto the world. In truth they might have a great product … it appears their ethics suck … therefore they do not deserve my dollars.

    Not to mention I do not need their product anyway. If I did I would be searching for someone who manufactured for at least 30 years … just my opinion 😉

    • Hi there. Are you not concerned about the shelf life of EOs? Please let me know your thoughts on this: https://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/shelf-life-of-essential-oils/

    • I am interested in the EO company or companies that you use. I use EOs not only for myself and family but my animals as well. I do currently purchase from doTerra as well as the Now brand from my local Nature Store house. Is there away that you can help someone like me find a EO supplier that I can be happy with and promote their product. I use my EOs for equine massage as well.

    • Kelly Master says:

      Where would you buy your oils today? I am researching for myself and don’t want to get sucked into the wrong hype.
      Kelly Master

  5. Katherine Rausch says:

    Odd that none of my comments are shown. Makes me wonder even more about the integrity of doTERRA

    • Hi Katherine. I moderate all comments on my blog. I am not sure why you think that your comments not being published have anything to do with doTERRA – did you think that I am going to be promoting them or that I am not trying to be as ethical as possible?

  6. Larry Harrell says:

    Let me clear some things up about YL and doTerra. First off, the “founders” of doTerra were employees of YL. They branched off because of YL creating farms in countries that certain plants are best grown in. doTerra decided that, due to growing farms outside of the US, the price would be too much for consumers when the same plant can be grown in the US for a cheaper price. The problem is that many of doTerra’s “blends” are direct recipes from which they “stole” from YL. The other thing wrong with this is that the plant grade is not up to par in YL’s cooperation when grown in the US because the plant itself does not reach it’s full peak in American soil. I understand that most people think this is bs, but let’s look at the facts. YL goes through extensive procedures, first off, to make sure the soil from which they grow their plants are untainted. Furthermore, YL tests their products in triples. Their are three phases from which a product from YL goes from oil to consumer. Before the product is brought in, it is tested. It is tested again after reaching the office. Then, it is tested a third time after it is shipped to the location from which it will be bottled and sealed. If a product is failed throughout any part of this process, it is shipped to another location where it is tested again for good measure. In fact, YL is the only EO company with a Seed to Seal process. It is the only company to own the majority of it’s farms (and those it doesn’t own that they receive oil from is exclusively used by YL). doTerra, on the other hand, has a much more relaxed approach to testing their products, and they ofter buy oils rejected by other companies. The amount of testing and number of tests used on YL EO’s is far too much to state here, but the company itself is involved in MANY philanthropy projects throughout the world. YL is the only company that I trust, as a consumer, not a distributor, to use. I ingest the products daily from oils to supplements far more superior than GMC, Walmart, or any other company. I use it on my kids and myself. I can say that, being a person that use to get sick from allergies every time the wind shifted, I have only had to battle a common cold once or twice since using YL for three years now.

    • Hi Larry – that’s interesting. I don’t know if that is the case b/c so many businesses are taking business out of the US due to the costs outside of the US being cheaper. Are you sure about that information?

      You know that doTERRA buys oils rejected by others? Do you have proof of that? I would be very very careful about ingesting oils without the guidance of medical practitioner or aromatherapist – people are becoming sensitized to oils more and more. Glad to know that your health is doing well, however.

      As for Seed to Seal, and triple testing, one of the companies that I work with has a Seed to Seal type of situation as well so that is not accurate information. And as for testing I see doTERRA testing as being pretty thorough. What part of their testing do you think doesn’t match YL’s? Please do share.

      • As far as doTERRA being thorough, they do all of their own testing and they own the trademark for CTPG. Its like Windex doing testing on Windex and saying its completely safe. (why wouldn’t they they want to make money) As for Young Living part of their Seed to Seal process is outsourcing to a 3rd party to test the oils and make sure they are 100% pure.

    • John Snow says:

      Hi Larry, Get your facts strait, Looks like YL’s allegations of doTERRA “Stealing” trade secrets was a lie, you obviously aren’t aware of truth, and it is hard believing your “bold” allegation, and a waste of time. There is a reason doTERRA is the LEADING Essential oil company in the world. It’s oils speak for themselves.


      • For John Snow or anyone else that can answer this – can you explain to me why you say do terra is the LEADING oil company in the world? I saw those words associated with them when they first started the company in something like 2008. How is it that you can say you are the LEADING company when you first start up? What is the definition of Leading? I’m totally confused. I know they have grown a lot since they started but Leading?? YL has been around for 20ish years, has millions of members, and from what I can tell they put EOs on the map including the foundation for do terra. I truly don’t get it.

  7. So was it NYR you went with? Or a different company? I saw someone mention Rocky Mountain Oils, which i use, was it that one?

  8. If you are purchasing your essential oils wholesale, ask for a GCMS (gas chromagraphy and mass spectrometry testing). A good wholesaler will have their oils tested and offer the graphs with legible results to their customers. Why?

    Wholesalers buy their oils where they can, and to what they can afford. If a company is short on an oil, they may have to go to a foreign supplier that buys up whatever lots they can, and wait. Some of these companies are upright and ethical, and some are not. Some will send your distributor a sample of good quality oil, then fill the drum with substandard oil. Bringing in oils from Asia is time-consuming and costly, and some companies take advantage of North American companies that way.

    So ask for the GCMS right away, and check those constituents. You also want it right in the paperwork that the wholesaler is a member of the right ethical organizations, an ISO company, and has the certifications in writing for the oils you are purchasing.

    Regarding certain retail distributors especially the ‘multi-level marketing companies’, Google their names with ‘FDA warning’ and Dr. Pappas’ as terms, and you will learn what you need to about them. And please remember that in North America, it is illegal to prescribe the internal use of an essential oil unless you are 1) licensed to prescribe, and 2) have certification in clinical aromatherapy. If someone is telling you to take these oils internally because their boss told them that, DON’T!!! You can find out how many ER visits and deaths have been made because of the ingestion of essential oils.

  9. You should check out Living Libations. Not cheap, but hands down the best wildcrafted, organic oils you will find. The cream of the crop?

  10. I use YL oils, but I have had some issues with them. Promised quicker shipping if you enrolled in the rewards program. It can take weeks for my shipment. In the beginning you could skip a month, not anymore. You get pushed back to new enrollee status. I’m really considering switching to dottera oils.

    • I’ll be interested in what you think after reading to the end. 🙂

    • I spent hours last night reading your blog, my goodness I wish I would have found this a year ago!! You answered a lot of questions I had swirling around in my head. I have made a decision to cancel my YL rewards to end my relationship with them and switch to Rocky Mountain oils. Thank you for all your research.
      How do it get blog updates?
      Ps I had repeatedly asked YL if there was a cleaner for the diffuser, they never heard of such a thing, use thieves was their answer. Hmm Rocky Mountain oil sells cleaning tablets for a diffuser. Yep that’s on my first order. And free shipping!!

    • Rachel Wittig says:

      I do doTerra oils and have been very happy with them. If anyone is interested, let me know!!

      • I also use doTerra. However, I think it’s pretty terrible and shady solicit business on someone elses blog.

    • I have never had an issue with doTERRA.

    • Hi Kathy, in regards to promising quicker shipment for essential rewards, that is not a promise they make. . Maybe the person who enrolled you but certainly not YL. Shipping is determined by the shipping option that you choose. Essential rewards purpose is to fulfill your minimum PV for the month (if business building) and to earn you points to get free products. Since changing the ER Rewards program, it only benefits us more! More free gifts, and more points the longer you are on it 🙂

  11. Any research on Ribby Rue Essential Oils. They have been recommended to me, but can’t seem to find any research or answers.

  12. I found this thread to be so helpful, I’m very new to essential oils. I tried a doterra blend from a friend ( I think for tension) and it helped my chronic tension headaches so much that I fell in LOVE with oils. I want to make a business out of this because I know it’ll help other people too. I want to try to become a rep for RMO but I didn’t see anywhere on the website where I can. Do you have recommendations on what company I can make a profit with oils? Any advice from you I would really appreciate 🙂

  13. Kim Edwards says:

    It’s great your not done yet!!! How about don’t ever be done??? Thank you so much for all your hard work. I am thoroughly enjoying all your info. Keep your head up you are LOVED!!!


  14. Sandra Stoppkotte says:

    I used to get my lavender oils at GNC, A brand called NOW. I LOVED that stuff, but recently decided to try some of this YL brand and lavender oils that I found at Walmart for giggles and grins. I have to say that I have never been so disgusted in my life!!!!! I just paid 15$ for something that smells like pure toilet water, with a hint of lavender!!! As luck would have it, the brand obtained at Wal-Mart smells even more Luke toilet water!!! I tried a drop straight on my hand, smelling from the bottle & diluted. Personally, I’m going back to GNC’s brand.

    • Young Living (YL) is NOT sold at Walmart. It’s available through direct sales only; like Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, etc.

  15. Kathy Moore says:

    Who will talk with Dr. Robert Pappas of Essential Oils University who tests the Doterra oils independently, he will tell you that our peppermint oil is the purest nothing added nothing synthetic I think the YL peppermint did not test as high

  16. Used to be a consultant with one of the big two and I quit because of my own research into some shady things. As in contacting schools, etc. They have fantastic oils and lines but I couldn’t represent them any longer. Also doTerra is not a member of the DSA which I don’t care for.

    I am now a consultant with Neals Yard! LOVE their products. and they are a fabulous, transparent company that’s won awards for ethics! Which is BIG for me after working for the others. I do wish they had more oils and am glad they are adding more all the time.

    Thanks for this whole series. I have recommended it many times to others.

  17. Angela Murphy says:

    Hi Adrienne. What do you think about Eden’s Garden, or Plant Guru? Are they good brands?

  18. I just copied this from above.
    You are selling these right?

    “I’d love for you to join me with this fabulous company. No website fees and no huge minimums. Just $100 in a rolling 12 months.”

    • Yes, I started working w/ that company for their personal care / skincare but they have a lovely line of essential oils and they are expanding it this year. Happy to talk w/ you more about it if you are interested.

      • Laura Uzun says:

        Hi Adrienne….Is this the company you have started working with? https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/corp/area/become-a-consultant/
        When I first looked up Neal’s Yard it took me to a british site. I then looked up an American site and I found the one above. Thank you for your extensive research. I am looking to get into the world of Essential Oils and promoting them. I would love to work under you if you are accepting consultants through Neal’s Yard. Thank you for your time.

        • Hello Laura!

          Yes but this is my site: https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/wholenewmom/area/become-a-consultant/

          You are so welcome! I’m still digging into things! I am taking consultants of course! Let me know if you have questions. Feel free to email adrienne {at} wholenewmom {dot} com :).

          • Okay – so you are a distributor for this company. No wonder your information is slanted. You will not be able to objectively assess YL & do Terra as they are the two “main” or largest growing companies. I’m glad I read this far. I actually thought you were doing research and providing objective findings.

            And people, from reading above, left one company or the other for ‘ethical’ reasons or ‘shady’ dealings but they have no issue with your communication. It makes me tired……

            Seriously glad I read through this.

          • Hello EB. I’m not understanding your comment. What is your concern here? I signed up with NYR a long time after writing this series – I was looking for a new personal care company and they happened to have some oils that are top quality. In fact I might remove them from that post so it’s not confusing.

            I can’t tell if you are upset about something or not so please do respond and let me know. Thanks.

  19. I am not sure if you answered the question ….
    “Which Essential Oils Company is Best? Young Living and doTERRA ”
    I gather from you writing that you liked the education that doTERRA has. So which oil company is better, or/and which is better?? I want to know because I need to know if it is best to buy through a distributor or a store as far as 100% Pure and Organic ? What I like about 100% oils is, you can ingest a lot of them, and I feel there is a better chance to get better and faster results. So Adrienne, Which of those or any do you like the most?

    • Actually I would love to hear what anyone else thinks about it too.

      • Dana I have never used doTerra but I do use YL. I can tell you that YL does meet all FDA guidelines for ingestion of its oils. It uses different labels vitality and diffuser oils. They get all their oils from the first distillation. In my personal opinion. They are the best.

        • I would have to look into this more but my understanding is that the FDA has different labeling for topical and aromatic usages b/c apparently they can only have 2 usages on each bottle. So the FDA doesn’t test the oils to see if they are pure. What are their guidelines? It seems to me that the oils company discloses what is in the bottle and the FDA can then say if the label can go on it or not.

          As for the first distillation, I have gone back and updated the information on that as it’s complicated and was only meant to apply to a few select oils. Hope that helps.

        • I absolutely agree with you! 1st distillation and FDA approved for internal usage. My family and I love our YL oils and how they have changed our lives for the better.

          • My understanding is that 1st distillation only applies to a few select oils. And the FDA is not an approval – it’s a labeling issue. They don’t allow for more than 2 uses to be on a bottle. So the other oils are for aromatherapy and topical and YL did another line labeled for internal use. I don’t see anywhere on YL’s site that they are approved for internal usage by the FDA.

    • Hi there. Hard question. I left both companies for different reasons. Perhaps this post will help regarding the purity question. I will be writing more about organic in the near future, hopefully. https://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/how-to-know-if-your-essential-oils-are-pure/

      I have never heard of 100% Pure and Organic. Just b/c a company says you can ingest their oils doesn’t mean that they are pure. And just b/c a company says that they don’t recommend it doesn’t mean that the oils aren’t. Hope that helps.

      • Can you explain more about why you left young living and Doterra?

        • Hi Lacey – thanks for reading. I am not at liberty to share all of the reasons but I was not happy with the answers that I did / did not get from both companies. I don’t like the aggressive recommendations of internal and undiluted oil usage and that the membership plans lend themselves (in my opinion) to overbuying and overuse of oils that I think has become a big problem regarding sensitization.

          I have been courted by reps to join their teams since leaving, and have had several untruths told to me that apparently came from corporate. No company is perfect but that all was enough for me.

          I hope that helps.

      • Stephanie Cook says:

        Hey Adrienne,
        I really appreciate the time you put in to researching this topic and the companies so thoroughly. Just wondering, did you research a company called Epigenetic Labs? They have a limited selection of oils, but claim to be 100% pure, organic and non-gmo, all while being grown indigenously. I have not purchased from them, so I can not speak to the quality of their oils, just wanted to know if your research covered their company. Thanks again for all of your hard work. Have a blessed day.

    • She didn’t, because this entire post was an ad for her consulting with a different oils company. A well-written ad, but still an ad.

      • Hi Jen. You are actually wrong about that.

        If you look at the comments in the posts (maybe I should put the dates back on the posts in that series), I started the whole thing at least 1 year before the end, if I remember correctly. I had no idea what I was doing w/ it and where it was going. No idea. I just wasn’t getting the answers that I wanted from the companies that I was with and wasn’t comfortable with that. When I did the post on those 2 I was just wanting to outline some things out them. I think there are plusses and minuses about both. As it turns out I wouldn’t be able to go with either of them at this point in good conscience. I could have written a bunch more and I have more thoughts now that I have seen other things about both of them and been heavily pursued again by reps of one of them.

        I appreciate that you said it was well written, but it wasn’t meant to be an ad. It was meant to be a documented journey and it ended where I didn’t expect it to be.

        And I do not get paid to consult with any oils company. I decided to become an affiliate for one and that’s all. It’s the same as being an affiliate for any company like Amazon or Squatty Potty, or others. I hope that helps.

        I did take a look at your site – love the travel focus. I traveled a good bit years ago and I miss it.

        • Beverly YL 1681999 says:

          I will use nothing but Young Living – I stand behind their quality, integrity and Seed to Seal processing!