As you may have surmised, the EO world can be quite snarky.
To tell the truth, in my opinion. there is not a whole lot of difference between the premium essential oil companies that include DoTerra, Young Living, Rocky Mountain, Spark Naturals, Florihana, and others. These are all reputable companies that sell quality products that are 100% pure. Does this surprise you?
Here are my thoughts.
High-Quality Essential Oil Companies are Similar
The difference between most reputable EO companies, in my opinion, is their marketing strategies, price, and transparency in testing. The key word here is reputable. I am not talking about companies that promote fake oil along with a bunch of fake reviews on Amazon.
So here is the scoop.
I personally do not like MLMs and pricing schemas that require a monthly purchase or distributor agreement to get the best price. For that reason, I have steered away from DoTerra and Young Living. That, plus the fact they are extremely expensive for what you get.
No One Essential Oil Company Is Perfect
For years I used essential oils from Spark Naturals because I have gotten to know the people behind the product and trust them. Their prices are fair and the only oil in their line that I hated (really hated) was Jeddy’s Blend. That being said, I realized the time had come for me to expand my EO collection to include quality oils from other companies. Alas, this was easier said than done since I needed to assess the performance of various EOs in my tried and true salve and roller ball formulas. In addition, I wanted to find a budget-friendly company that offered 100% free shipping all of the time.
So far, I have had excellent results with essential oils from Plant Therapy. This was a logical choice since Plant Therapy has always been my preferred source for carrier oils such as Fractionated Coconut oil and Jojoba oil. Plant Therapy carries a huge variety of EOs and are available to purchase directly both on the Plant Therapy website and on Amazon. The best thing, though, is that I have noticed no difference in efficacy when they are used in my DIY products. As a bonus, their web site posts test results individually by oil along with the corresponding batch number. This assures me that the oils are not fake.
I should say a word about NOW Foods, Edens Garden and others. There is nothing wrong with these super budget-friendly oils except the fact that they are mass produced and thus likely to be less picky in their source material (the plant, herb, and flowers used to make the oils). Still, to save money, I often use these bargain brands in my cleaning supplies and soaps since the product is going on my cleaning rag or down the drain and not being applied to my skin. I use a bit more of the budget oils than I would from a premium brand (say 20 drops in my cleaner instead of 10 or 12).
Does any of this make sense? I sure hope so because I try very hard not to say that any one essential oil company is the BEST but rather a brand I choose to use myself because I trust the company, their ethics, and the purity of their products. Plus, I get good results where it counts so why change?
Summing It All Up
Whew, I didn’t mean to go on and on. By all means, let me know if you still have questions. At the end of the day, stay in your comfort zone and I am sure you will be fine.
Yours for a Joyful Life,
Just the basics. These are the EO essentials that I recommend. For additional items, view my Resources page.
NOW Foods Essential Oils: To me, these are not as potent as the oils from other companies but they smell great and work just fine in cleaning products. They come in large bottles so you can afford to use larger amounts. Try their Tea Tree oil or Natures Shield Protective Blend in your cleaning products.
Essential Oil and Roller Ball Opener: Where have these been my entire EO life? This recent purchase makes using essential oils so much easier. Instead of prying off the orifice style droppers with my nails, I now use this nifty tool to get the job done. Ditto the tops of roller ball bottles. Well worth the $5 or $6 cost.
Glass Liquid Droppers: It was only recently that I discovered the value of droppers that have measurements on the side. What this means is that instead of dropping oils into my blend one drop at a time, I can now, for example, use the markings on a dropper to measure 1 ml of each oil I am using in a 50/50 blend. I just did this yesterday with lavender and cedarwood, a calming diffused blend that I frequently use when I need to relax. You will love these glass droppers and of course, they can be used over and over again.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: This book, by Valerie Warwood, is my essential oil bible. I purchased the first version in the late eighties and have never looked back. Highly recommended for your home remedy and first aid library.
Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser by AromaSoft: As with many of the products I promote, this diffuser is not going to be the cheapest on the block, although $20 is not bad especially when I used to pay $60 or more for a diffuser. This BPA-free diffuser puts out a strong mist that can fill a room. All that in spite of its size. Plus, it comes with a lifetime warranty.