When I was new to the essential oil game, I remember Googling which brand of oils was the best quality. My mind became flooded with names of companies and people that were claiming X Oils were better than Y Oils because of this and that. I quickly became frustrated with the amount of information that was being thrown around so I gave up. Google can be your best friend at times but can also get you into a lot of trouble…
Since I’m not rich, I just opted for the most affordable oils at my local vitamin store. I remember thinking that it was expensive as I checked out 2-3 bottles and wasn’t pleased with the amount of money that I had to pay for them. So, I began my search again via Google and books.
What I found is that like people, all oils are created equal. Check the labels– if they’re not made with 100% ingredients, then realize that they aren’t going to be as strong as what another company may be able to offer you. Another thing that I found is that some oil companies are outrageously overpriced and sell the same exact products.
There are far too many oil reps that are fighting about who’s essential oils are the most real. But let’s face it: the only reason that you truly believe that one company is better than another is because of money. Money has a sneaky way of conditioning your brain to believe what it wants to believe, which makes you a good seller but a dishonest human being.
When people argue about which company is better than the other, it makes me appreciate the quiet, introverted side of myself. But as someone who has been seriously taken advantage of with the biggest investment you’ll ever put your money into, I’m on a mission to publicly call out any deceit that I witness.
The Price of Brand Names
I’ve learned by default that people don’t want to hear the truth. Much like when you tell someone that name brand drugs are exactly the same as generic brands. Hell hath no fury like a thyroid patient who insists they HAVE to take Synthroid because levothyroxine doesn’t work for them. Newsflash: it’s the same thing.
My husband and I debated this when we first began dating. Like many people, he didn’t believe that generic brands worked as well as the name brand. One day, while we were in the store together, I showed him the label on Aleve and the label on naproxen. Surprise! They same exact ingredients are listed in each one for the coinciding milligram.
I’m not lying folks. One of the first things that I learned in the pharmacology portion of nursing school was that generics are the same as name brands. Name brand medication comes out first. After a period of making millions of dollars off of people, it will often come out as generic. If you’re interested in how a name brand drug eventually has a generic replica, this is a good article that explains it.
Essential oils are an easy way to treat everyday problems. Are they intended to diagnose or cure diseases? Absolutely not. They’re just supposed to make you feel better.
How do essential oils work?
You smell them. They make you happy inside.
Some people ingest them for some reason. I’ve never felt the urge to ingest oils but I do know that it is not recommended, unless you’ve been trained to do so.
They’re all “therapeutic grade”. You know what else is therapeutic grade? Lemons, lavender flowers, and peppermint leaves. “Therapeutic grade” is a phrase that is made up to make a company sound like they have something that another company does not. Essential oils are not regulated by a governing body, therefor the actual company that is claiming to have “therapeutic grade oils” are trying to pull a fast one on you 😉
So, like most things in life, the only real decision you have to make is how much you want to spend on the same exact product? Here are some stats that compare the price of different oil brands for the same scent and size:
Crazy price differences.
I have no explanation for DoTerra and Young Living. I have tried samples of both products and had no issues. However, I was not blown away by them. It’s not liquid gold or anything. Just plain old pretty smelling oils.
My Favorite Oils
I am an affiliate with Barefut. I signed up for their silver package a couple months ago and like all other oils, am very satisfied with the product. Here are the reasons that I buy my oils from Barefut now:
- Cheap price.
- Good quality.
- You earn money with every purchase that you can use towards your future purchases. That is a really nice incentive and “thank you” to their loyal customers, or at least I think so.
- Free oils. Each month, they offer a 100% free oil to add to your cart with your purchases. I always look at it the way that I learned from my coupon writing jobs:For example, if you order their Bronze package, you will receive 4 oils + 1 lip vitality each month. Then, you will need to add the free oil to your cart as well.So, you will receive 5 oils that are 15 mL each for $29.99. That is only $5.99 per bottle PLUS you get a free lip vitality.
I am so happy that I signed up for a Bronze package and as you can see, within two months, I have quite an impressive collection of oils already! Barefut preselects oils for you, which takes the hassle out of which ones to choose from. They automatically renew your monthly subscription but you can cancel at anytime if you want. I look forward to my new Barefut package in the mail to see which oils I get. It’s a quick pick-me-up!
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However, I would never recommend a product that I don’t currently use and love. Barefut is the cheapest around and until someone comes out with cheaper oils with the same quality, I will be a faithful customer.