You’ve heard of essentials oils, right? But what are they exactly and why are there so many brands to choose from? What makes one brand better than the other or are they all the same? Confused?
Essential oils quiz time…
Pick which one you think is correct, no peeking!
Essential oils are…
A) oils that have been made to smell like plants or flowers
B) aromatic molecules that naturally occur in plants that have been turned to liquid form and bottled
C) the oil you get from pressing the peels of certain fruits
D) some naturally occurring molecules mixed with a chemical filler
Ready for the results?
The answer is actually all of the above.
There are Essential Oils and ‘Essential Oils’
Some ‘essential oils’ brands fall under A or D. They are merely oils chemically enhanced to smell like something they are not or they have some natural components but the rest are chemical fillers.
These are similar to processed meats, while your ham may have started off as a pig once-upon-a-time by the time it hits your plate it’s more plastic than pig.
I hope I don’t need to tell you that they are not good for the skin and under no circumstances should they be ingested and I’m talking about the essential oils, not the ham.
True essential oils are ‘made’ when the aromatic compounds that occur naturally in plants are extracted. There are a number of ways in which this extraction can take place including (C) cold pressing or (B) steam distillation – turning the aromatic compounds into a liquid form.
Some methods use toxic solvents to extract or separate the essential oils from the plant, which in turn ends up in the bottle. Which is just as bad as adding a filler.
Because all of the above are classified as essential oils it can be really hard to choose the best essential oils or essential oils brand.
I went in blind when I initially started buying EO and honestly shudder to think of some of the ‘essential oils’ I have used in the past.
To help you to not make the same mistake, I’d like to share my 5 ways to choose quality oils that will benefit and enhance your wellbeing.
5 Ways to Choose the Best Essential Oils
This may seem like a strange one, but if all the essential oils a company offers are around the same price or very cheap let that be the first deterrent.
For example take lemons and lavender. The lemon peels are cold pressed to extract the oil and the flowers of the lavender plant are steam distilled. As they grow in abundance, i.e. lots of peels and flowers, they are generally going to be cheap. Certainly cheaper than helichrysum italicum which grows in the Mediterranean and its tiny flowers yield very little oil.
If you find cheap oils, they are just that, cheap fake oils.
By way of comparison, Doterra’s Lemon essential oil retails at $18 (AUD) while Helichrysum is a whopping $180 (AUD)*
2. Use your nose
While this can be a bit tricky online, use your nose if you are buying an essential oil in-store. Our bigger chemists here in Australia sell essential oils and if a tester is available, let your nose be your guide.
You know how the phrase goes if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck… Well if it smells like chemicals, it’s probably mixed with a filler.
When my first bottle of Doterra peppermint EO arrived I nose-pared it a bottle I had bought from the chemist and the difference was so evident. Genuine essential oils have a depth of smell and a purity that their chemical partners lack. I noticed the same difference when I got my first bottle of Tea Tree oil too.
Use your nose as your guide, if it tells you it doesn’t smell right, trust it.
3. Information underload
As opposed to information overload. If the brand you are interested in has little to no information available online, then that should ring warning bells too.
A few years ago I found an online store that sold raw materials to make your own creams and soaps. They sold containers and carrier oils and essential oils too. I could find no information at all relating to the essential oil brand they had available, in hindsight it was probably their own ‘house brand’
If you can’t fully investigate a brand, then how can you tell that it is ethical, genuine or legit? No news is not always good news.
Despite that, because the shipping was cheap and the essential oils were cheap and I wanted to buy other things from the store I ended up buying some Jasmine essential oils for a bargain.
Knowing what I know now, Jasmine EO is rare and very expensive due to the way its oil is extracted. Because of this Doterra don’t offer it for sale regularly, so finding it for a steal was a steal, of my money!
We live in an age of connectivity and I know many of us use peer reviews before we buy. Essential oils are no different. If you can’t find any reviews or you find bad reviews, that should help with your decision.
Many essential oils brands I looked into had no information on them at all. See above. Doterra’s negative reviews were mostly focused on its MLM (marketing) aspects. At the end of the day all I really cared about was the oils, not how they are sold Afterall Tupperware is great, who cares if it’s a MLM product.
I found many testimonials, both online and from acquaintances praising the quality and benefits of using the Doterra brand and that’s why I chose them.
For more information on that journey have a look at my ‘The Essential Edit’ blog post.
Do your research and look into company reviews before you commit.
5. What’s in it for me?
We all love getting something for nothing. That is why shopping rewards cards are all the rage and why we are offered buy one get one free and framples (free samples).
While I didn’t have the thought of ‘what’s in it for me’ in mind when choosing the best essential oils brand, maximising my spending has been a welcome bonus.
Maximise your buying power with special offers, discounts or bonuses.
I love Doterra’s points system. When you set up a monthly wholesale order you earn points that can be used to buy more oils. It has been especially handy since I’ve dropped to part-time work and income. I can still get the oils I love by using some of my points.
Plus I get all my oils at wholesale prices. Lemon EO only costs me $13.50 instead of $18 (AUD)* They also have regular promotions and fixed shipping costs.
Using these 5 tips means finding the right brand doesn’t have to be as hard for you as it was for me.
But wait, I hear you, buying the oils is all good and well, but what do you do with them?
If you purchase Doterra essential oils from this link, CONTACT ME and the first 20 budding essential oils users will get a 20 minute Personal Master Class.
By clicking here we can get in touch to work out the best time/day for your master class. You can either choose to wait until your oils arrive before we catch up or take advantage of your offer straight away.
Depending on your location, you will be given a 20 minute personal call via Skype/Facebook/What’s App/Zoom or Mobile and if you are local we could even meet face to face!
The content of your Personal Master Class will depend on what oils you have chosen and what you are looking to use them for. It will be as individual as you are.
Also if you have any questions about anything you’ve read, feel free to contact me using the same link, no purchase required 🙂
Hope to hear from you soon!
~ Allison, called Binney
*prices correct as of 05/07/17