What is the Best Essential Oil Brand?
This is a question we get asked a lot. It is one that I asked myself when I was first introduced to therapeutic oils.
I think the reason why there are so many questions about brands is that a lot of companies tend to market themselves as the only brands that you are supposed to buy from. There are some famous and reliable brands of essential oils such as doTerra and Young Living.
They provide information, even claiming that every brand, but theirs is unsafe, synthetic, or not truly pure therapeutic oils. But that’s not true.
You know a lot of companies purchase many of the essential oils from the same distillers. The uncommon distillers that provide true therapeutic oils are very few in the world.
There are a lot of myths surrounding essential oil brands. But that does not matter; you can use any brand that appeals to you as long as you use it correctly.
The only concern is usually safety. As much as I would like to tell you that every popular brand is safe, that’s not normally the case.
Some of these brands may write all sorts of things on their websites to get you to buy their products.
What to Look for in an Essential Oil Company
There are so many brands of therapeutic oils on the market, and they run the scope between cheap and expensive and high quality. Here are the key factors that I insist you consider:
Know Your Labels
Transparency in an oil company is extremely important. The most honest brands will display all the necessary information on the labels. Make sure the labels are readable. The info on the labels should include:
- Botanical or Latin name of the plant
- The country of origin of the plant
- How the plant was grown
- If the oil is obtained from dried or fresh plant material
- When the product was distilled
- The ingredient list
- The expiration date of the essential oil
- Warning for external use
- Caution, especially if the oil contains known skin allergies
If any information is not found on the bottle labels, then it should be easily accessible from the brand’s website.
If You Can, Verify the Brand
An honest brand is one that is transparent about their ingredient, especially how they obtained them. In most cases, genuine brands will back up their claims with verifications and third-party tests.
Verifications and third-party tests demonstrate that the processes and the products of the brand are of acceptable quality and safe for consumption.
Two main tests are normally conducted: a mass spectrometry test and a chromatography test.
The information that you should be looking for here includes:
- The type of tests that were conducted
- How regularly are the essential oils tested
- Can the company provide you with the results
Sustainability and Ethics of a Company
A good company is one that has sustainable sources, which means the quality of their essential oils will never go down.
When a brand markets its essential oils, it is obligated to provide what it promises to its customers.
For example, if you respond to an essential oil ad, you should be able to get that particular product when you approach the company—not being told that the product is out of stock.
Ethical standards in an essential oil company are built off a good customer value strategy. This means the company is committed to providing value to you.
When a brand is committed to providing its clients with true and safe products, there will be no cause of alarm to doubt the company from a strategic perspective.
For example, if a given product from a trusted company ends up being allergic to most people, this may force consumers to mistrust that company.
Are Essential Oils F.D.A. Approved
Some essential oil companies may claim their products are the only ones approved by the F.D.A. Well, that is certainly incorrect.
Therapeutic Oils can be compliant with F.D.A. regulations, but none is permitted by the regulatory body in the way that a given brand can proudly state that they are approved.
The F.D.A. regulates essential oils concerning their intended use. Factors the F.D.A. uses for such determinations are the claims that brands make in labelling on their websites and in ads.
They also look at what consumers expect to do with the therapeutic oils and make their decisions on the case by case basis.
Is the therapeutic oil being promoted as a cosmetic or a drug? Cosmetic oils are produced that help makes you more attractive; while drugs are produced that are meant to heal your body.