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How To Choose The Best Essential Oil Company For You

Essential oils have become quite popular over the past 5 to 10 years. People are discovering how beneficial they are for improving their health and using them to keep healthy. Essential oils can help you feel better physically, emotionally, and mentally. But with so many essential oil brands out there, how do you know you’re getting a good one? Hopefully, this post will help you understand how to choose the best essential oil company for you.

In this two-part post, I will share how to determine the best essential oil company for you by sharing what things were important to me when I was searching out a reputable company. There are dozens of essential oil brands; some good and some bad. In part one, I’ll show you what to look for in a good, reputable company. In part two, I will share my 3 choices for the best essential oil brands.

WEEDING OUT THE GOOD FROM THE BAD the good and the bad

With so many essential oil companies out there, it’s hard to know which ones to buy from. It’s important not to settle for the first one you find because you like the price or your friend, sister, aunt, or cousin is using it. It takes some research to find a good company. There are several things I look for to determine if a company is a reputable one. My goal is to bring you information that I use and help you find the best company for your needs. Here are three things that I look for and are important to me when choosing essential oils.

QUALITY AND TESTING OF ESSENTIAL OIL

There are several things that I have discovered in my research of essential oil companies. The first thing to consider is the quality of the oil. In searching for good quality oil, you want to make sure the oil is 100% pure and that it is properly sourced. In searching, you will find companies or websites telling you to make sure it’s pure therapeutic grade essential oil.

There is actually no FDA regulations or other organizations that decide whether an oil is ‘therapeutic grade’. This is a marketing term used by some companies to make them different from other companies. They promote their own therapeutic grade standard. It could be called their trademark. Because it says ‘therapeutic grade’ doesn’t make it any better. If a company claims their oils are therapeutic grade, their oils can still be adulterated. There is no legal risk for them. A majority of the companies do state that their oils are therapeutic grade to let people know they are good to use for their health.

With that being said, how do you find good quality oil? The first thing I look for is the source of the oil. A reputable company will give you information on the geographical area the plants are from. Plants that are grown in their natural habitat and thrive in their natural climate and soil, make the best oils. These, along with the time of year and day they are harvested have an effect on the quality of the distilled oil.

A reputable company will have a good relationship with their farmers or suppliers and know what they are getting. field of lavenderThe best oils would have terms like ‘Certified Organic”, “Wild Harvested” or unofficially organic. Certified means that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved it as being organic. It can be quite expensive to become certified, so there are a lot of farmers/suppliers who are still organic, but not certified. These are ‘unofficially organic’. There are no chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers sprayed on them, and no genetically modified seeds were used. Some plants are totally wild and harvested out of their natural location. These are ‘Wild Harvested’.

Another important thing I look for is to see if a company has GC/MS (Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometry) profiles or lab reports for their oils. These lab reports are done in third party labs (a lab not connected to the company). The GC/MS test analytical testing method that combines features of gas chromatography and mass spectrometry to identify different substances within a liquid or volatile sample. Read about it HERE. Look for a lab that exclusively tests essential oils. This test evaluates the composition of the oils and breaks down the components of the oil. It lets you see exactly what the oil has in it.

The best reputable companies will provide this report for each batch of oil. And most of these companies will provide those reports on their website. With others, you can request these reports if you can’t find it on their website and if they are a decent company, they will provide a full report. With these reports you know exactly what you are getting. According to Dr. Robert Pappas a few important things to look for on a report is 1) a recent date 2) the batch/lot # of the oil 3) the lab doing the testing. You can read what else he says is important HERE. This is a big help in determining reputable companies.

There is another test that helps to determine the quality of essential oils. This test is called an ‘organoleptic test’, a sensory test involving smell, sight, touch, taste. Essential oil experts can almost always tell if an oil is high quality by doing the sniff and sight test. If an oil is adulterated with something else, they will be able to tell. There are some good companies that have certified aromatherapist and, also, essential oil consultants who have been working with and studying essential oils for years. That is something to look for in an essential oil company.

These tests done by a specialized lab and essential oil experts are the best way to know the quality of an essential oil and how pure it is.

COST OF ESSENTIAL OIL

A lot of times we believe that the more expensive a thing is the better quality it is. That is not necessarily true. I have spent money on expensive things only to have them fall apart shortly after I get them.expensive oils In regard to essential oils, just because the oils are expensive doesn’t mean they are the best quality. And turning that around, just because oils are cheap doesn’t mean they aren’t good quality.

The best thing to do is to compare prices with several companies to see what the competitive prices are for the oils you’re looking for. Along with that, compare to see how much information they have about the oils in relation to the things I mentioned previously, lab tests, etc. Some lower priced oils, may not be 100% pure. You won’t know that unless you have access to the reports showing the component break down.

It is possible to find a reasonably priced quality oil from a reputable company.

INFORMATION FOR CONSUMER

When looking for an essential oil company, it’s also important to note whether a company offers the consumer informational resources or blogs about essential oils. This information could include safety information and how to use the oils, and possibly essential oil recipes. They should provide information about each oil, “i.e.”.e. it’s name, place of origin, extraction method. The more information the better. All of this comes into play when trying to find a quality oil.

MY FINAL THOUGHTS

My goal with this post was to bring you information so you can make an informed decision about how to choose the best essential oil company for you. There are so many essential oil companies out there and it can get so confusing trying to find a good, cost-effective, reputable company if you don’t know what to look for.

After learning these things, I have found 3 essential oil companies that meet my criteria. I will share them in my next post. Just remember, there is no perfect company and it’s up to the individual to determine which one would be best for them. If you want to find out the 3 essential oil companies I prefer, check back and read my next post. Please leave any comments and questions below.

As always, thanks for reading!

12 thoughts on “How To Choose The Best Essential Oil Company For You

  1. I have been using essential oils in many ways during the last few years and I have actually experimented with tons of companies that sell them. As you said, I’ve had some good experiences with some of them and bad experiences with others.

    I look forward to your next post where I will hopefully find some new high-quality vendors to try… Thanks a lot!

    1. Harry,

      I was amazed at what I found out about some companies and how they adulterate their oils.  I’m glad to hear, though, that you know the value of using essential oils.  What is your favorite way to use them and which ones have you used?  In the very near future, I will be sharing the companies I prefer.  Thanks for reading….

  2. I have developed sensitivities to numerous things that are highly scented as I have become older.  I am curious abut the world of essential oils and am looking for some specifically for headaches and allergies to pollen.  I also wonder if there is anything you could suggest for restless legs syndrome.  It keeps getting worse, even to the point of waking me at night.  I cannot continue to be taking medications.

    1. We live in a world that has ventured far from the natural. Many scents used in scented things today are artificially created from various chemicals; many of them are derived from petroleum (yes, the same petroleum that is used to make the gasoline you put in your car!)

      They can include endocrine disruptors, and may inculde toxic chemicals that have been linked to birth defects, central nervous system disorders, and allergic reactions.

      The main reason that these are used is that they are cheaper to make, and it’s impossible to easily duplicate many scents. To create scents from natural products takes a lot of the product; as we are talking about essential oils on this site, I’ll give you a couple of examples.

      To produce 15ml (about 1/2 ounce) of lavender essential oil, it takes about 3 pounds of lavender flowers.

      To produce 5ml (about 1/6 ounce) of rose oil, it takes about 242,000 rose petals.

      To produce 30ml (about 1 ounce) of peppermint essential oil, it takes about 16 pounds of peppermint leaves.

      So, in general, it’s best to avoid synthetic scents, but it will be very difficult! You should find that the following may help with your headaches and may help with your pollen allergies.

      Specific oils for headaches include lavender and peppermint. I find they work for me.  I use 1 drop; put it on the back of your neck, at the hairline, and rub it down your neck, also put some of that on each temple. I have found that this will usually give relief within a very short time, but, interestingly, sometimes one works better than the other.  

      For allergies, see our recipe post HERE. I have a recipe for a “nasal inhaler” that seems to help when my allergies are at their worst; it may not completely cure it, but it does help. In addition, while not essential oil related, a teaspoon of local honey each day seems to help the body build a tolerance to the pollens. I stress to use a local honey, preferably from a local beekeeper as much of the honey sold in stores has been refined, i.e., the “impurities”, including the pollen that you need, have been removed. Also, you need the honey made near you, as that’s where the plants you are allergic to live!

      As far as the RLS, research has shown that lavender essential oil is the #1 oil to help relieve symptoms.  Read about it HERE.  There are a couple other oils, such as frankincense and roman chamomile that can be used.  Find them HERE. You can also go to their blog and search restless leg syndrome for a recipe.  I have read there is no cure for RLS, so I think natural products would be the way to go for relief.   

      I hope these work for you.  Please let me know if these suggestions helped you…

  3. I had no idea so much went into choosing a good essential oils company. Mind you, I’ve always purchased the organic option, simply because I had no other information on what could be an acceptable and safe type of oil to use in my home. Since I have two small children I have to be careful which essential oils we use around the house and for other purposes. 

    Very glad to find out about the ‘unofficially organic’ option. Are these, maybe, less expensive? I’d love to find out and would like to know which might be your recommendation? 

    Thank you for this very interesting article, I really enjoyed reading it and looking forward to the next one. 

    1. Hi Alenka!

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article.  You’re right about using oils with your children.  There are a few companies that make a line of oils for children, or at the least let you know which ones are safe to use on/with children and how to use them.  I will be talking about some in my next post.

      As far as organic oils, if it is unofficially organic, that usually means that by all means and ways it is organic, but the  small farmers can’t afford to go through the certification process.  This doesn’t mean these oils are any less organic.  As far as being less expensive, it depends on where you buy them.  The price is about the same as official organics.

      What oils have you been using and for what?

      In my next post, I will be talking about some companies I prefer and why.  Hopefully it will help you…

      Thanks for reading!

  4. Thank you for this, my wife is always looking for new and different oils to try and the research you provided should help a lot.  I realized a long time ago that more expensive does not necessarily mean the best quality.  

    That is true for all products really.  My wife had a friend who never buy items off the clearance racks at stores and would wait for them to go back to their regular prices before buying them, how silly is that?

    Anyway, thank you for pointing out a good company will have a great relationship with the farmers, that actually makes sense and a quality product will trickle down to consumers 

    1. Ibrahim,

      I appreciate you reading and glad we’re in agreement that expensive is not always the best.  Unlike your wife’s friend, when I go shopping I go straight to the clearance racks, so I’m always looking for the best deal, even in oils.  By the way, do you know what essential oils your wife uses?  I always like to learn what others use and why.

      Thank you so much for reading and come back when I post about the companies I prefer to bring me that quality oil.

  5. Hi Lynn, I found this very helpful as I am using essential oils but unfortunately, sometimes I don’t get the quality I expect compared to what I paid. Your tips helped me a lot because I want to find a little cheaper company but that it is high-quality. Thank you for sharing, I know many people have the same problem as companies are looking to earn money instead of helping the people.

    1. Daniel,

      So glad to hear that you are using essential oils.  What do you use them for?  No matter what it is, you definitely need quality oil.  When I first started buying oils, I didn’t think twice about it, but I soon found that there are no required official guidelines for essential oil companies like there are for drugs or food.  That’s why it’s so easy for companies to adulterate their products and get away with it.  And, yes, they are in it for the money.

      I’ll be posting part two of this soon, giving my preferences on essential oil companies. 

      Thanks so much for reading!!

  6. I have been doing some research on essential oils, mainly to see if there is any benefit for back pain. As you mentioned, essential oils are very popular right now and I know a lot of people swear by them for various ailments. It’s good to have a better understanding of what to look for from an essential oil company. I also assumed the more expensive, the better. If you have any recommendations on which oils may have benefits for back pain, I would be very interested to get your take on that. My back problems are more disc related and I am not sure if an oil can help me with that or not.

    1. Steve,
      There are some oils that have anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and analgesic. These would include roman chamomile, geranium, ginger, lavender, clove, peppermint, and marjoram. These may help the inflammation and pain caused by the disc. You could take a combination of these oils totally 12-18 drops and add to 1 oz. carrier oil and massage on the area of pain for pain and inflammation relief. You can try different combinations and amounts of oils to the carrier oil and see what or if they will work.

      These are only suggestions and they may or may not work. It may be a good idea to go to a doctor to make sure it’s not a serious condition, and you need more than what the oils can give.

      Thank you so much for reading! If you try this let me know how it works. I’ll be posting part 2 of this about my essential oil companies I prefer. Come back and find out what they are!

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