Essential oils are a wonderful way to improve the health of your whole family. From creating cleaning products, natural remedies through diffusing, and DIY beauty products, there are many ways to use them in your life on a daily basis.
What are essential oils? Essential oils are concentrated liquid plant extracts which hold the aroma and health properties of its origin plant.
Where can they be bought? While you may be able to easily purchase essential oils from your local store, it’s important to do your research before buying. The quality between essential oil brands varies quite a bit as many brands have jumped on the bandwagon and created cheaper versions which can be either ineffective or even dangerous for your health.
Choosing an Essential Oil Brand
- Look for a brand which participates in third party testing and provides customers reports upon request.
- A supplier that has a strong reputation within the essential oil community as being trustworthy.
- It is important that the brand is transparent about their practices and doesn’t take advantage of their employees nor cut corners during production.
- Brands which have only one ingredient listed on single essential oil bottles. For blends, ensure that only the ingredients advertised are listed on the back of the bottle.
Young Living, Doterra and Other MLMs
I personally do not support MLM companies based on the ethics of their practices. If you look into their brands, you will find made up marketing terms used to convince customers of their authenticity. These companies do not go through third party testing and will avoid bringing this up.
In addition, they make misleading promises to their customers about how much money they can make by signing their friends up under them. Almost everyone who signs up for these MLM programs end up losing money and getting stuck with inferior essential oils.
Brands that I Have Tried and Trust:
Organic Aromas is a health conscious brand which offers pure organic essential oils, single essential oils, hand carved diffusers, laser engraved diffusers, essential oil specialty blends and plenty of accessories.
Organic Options: Yes, there are plenty of organic essential oil options to choose from -lavender, eucalyptus, ylang ylang, tea tree, grapefruit, lemon, bergamot, sweet orange, rosemary and peppermint.
Third Party Testing: Yes, all essential oils from this brand are tested by a third party lab located in Montreal, Canada.
What’s Unique: I find this Discovery Collection (pictured above) to be a remarkably diverse set. It comes with over 40 essential oils in 2ml vials which gives beginners and new customers the opportunity to sample an incredible range of scents and health benefits at an affordable price point.
If you are looking for a new brand to try or are new to essential oils, this is a great set to get your feet wet and help you figure out which scents you love best. If you’re like me and love DIY beauty and cleaning projects using essential oils, you’ll enjoy being able to make various recipes without having to run to the store to buy several different oils at full price.
I personally have had such a great time getting to know each the oils in this Discovery Set. Each oil smells absolutely divine and I love their unique blends!
Rocky Mountain Oils
Rocky Mountain Oils is an essential oil company which offers organic essential oils, single essential oils, specialty blends, mom and kid options, roll-ons, natural cleaning products, diffusers, blending supplies, nutritional supplements, as well as skin and body care. Each essential oil is sourced from its native environment.
Organic Options: Yes, Rocky Mountain Oils provides organic tea tree, peppermint, orange, lemon, lavender, frankincense, oregano, eucalyptus, grapefruit, and turmeric essential oils.
Third Party Testing: Yes, GC/MS testing is provided for each of their essential oils. To verify your specific essential oil, simply refer to the unique batch number found at the bottom of your bottle and enter it on this page.
What’s Unique: Rocky Mountains is the first essential oil brand to implement a bottle recycling program. They accept bottles from their own brand as well as other brands. You have the choice to either send them your old bottles in the mail or use this page to locate a local glass recycling center.
Kokokahn (translation: “white heron”) is a brand which offers pure essential oils, body and skincare, diffusers and salt lamps, aromatherapy for pets, chakra oils, essential oils, jewelry, essential oil books, inhalers, and bali spa products.
Organic: Yes, by opening each essential oil product on the website, you can find out whether that particular product is organic.
Third Party Testing: Yes, each essential oil is GC/MS tested to ensure purity and therapeutic quality.
What’s Unique: While there are many unique attributes to this brand, what really stands out to me are their inhalers. Their ‘Breathe’ inhaler is one of their best sellers and I can definitely tell why. I feel icy and refreshed each time I use this inhaler and have started forming a habit of using it while working on the computer. You can check out their complete aromatherapy inhaler line here.
Plant Therapy offers a wide selection of single essential oils, synergies, organic essential oils, roll-ons, kids safe blends, body care, essential oil sets, diffusers, jewelry, and many accessories like essential oil boxes.
Organic: Yes, Plant Therapy offers an enormous selection of organic essential oils. To see the entire list, visit this page.
Third Party Testing: Yes, every essential oil from this brand is GS-MS tested and results are available every batch on the website.
What’s Unique: Plant Therapy definitely has the most extensive Kid Safe selection that I have seen so far. These essential oils are undiluted, just like the rest of the oils offered by the brand, and are chosen based on research. For example, essential oils like peppermint, thyme, and ylang-ylang are avoided as they’ve been shown to cause adverse reactions in children.
Aura Cacia is a humanitarian essential oil brand which offers single essential oils, blends, mists, roll-ons, bath and shower products, body care, diffusers and accessories. They have a very extensive selection of essential oils, which can be very useful if you like to create more exotic blends.
Organic: Yes, Aura Cacia does provide some of their essential oils in organic form. Be sure to check each individual product for more information.
Third Party Testing: While there isn’t any information on third party testing that I could find, Aura Cacia claims to do in house product testing. This may be cause for concern from some people, but I personally trust this brand and have found their essential oils to be effective. I highly recommend their ‘manuka’ oil.
What’s Unique: I have to say Aura Cacia has one of the most incredible humanitarian projects I’ve seen; it’s called the Positive Change Project. This annual program supports organizations by helping women and girls transform their lives for the better. In addition, Aura Cacia offers very large sized versions of their products, which can help you save money.
There are many essential oil brands to choose from out there, so it is very important to do your research. These brands I have discussed above really do go above and beyond to ensure quality products which improve lives.
A big thank you to Organic Aromas, Rocky Mountain Oils, Kokokahn, Plant Therapy and Aura Cacia for providing samples to help make this review authentic and possible. As always, all opinions are my own. : )
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