Remember Tupperware parties? Probably not, if you’re my age. That was my mom’s generation. But my generation had our own parties and there have been several crazes: 31 Gifts, candles, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, etc. The parties made the circuit, once or twice, then died into oblivion. Not to say the products were bad, they usually were fantastic, but the whole consultant/party thing seemed to die out. We looked for the next big thing.
I thought it arrived in the form of essential oils. So needless to say I was extremely skeptical.
But all my friends seemed to have amazing stories of how essential oils helped them. So I decided to give it a try, thanks in no small part to my persistent friend who gave me samples!
Peppermint oil was the first thing I tried. Wow! Talk about a wonderful substitute for ibuprofen. I rubbed some on my temples and neck for a tension headache and it took care of it! Plus the cooling sensation was wonderful on that hot summer day.
Still…I had reservations. I read and I researched therapeutic grade oils. I read testimonials and joined an online group. Certain oil companies seemed to have the higher ratings for purity and effectiveness but were so expensive. Less expensive brands had good reviews. I was confused and a little overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information on essential oils so I decided to do a little experiment of my own.
I purchased peppermint, lavender, and lemon essential oils from three different companies. Each came highly recommended. Eden’s Garden, Young Living, and doTerra were the 3 companies and I had very specific experiences with each. (Disclaimer: I am not a health professional. I evaluated these oils for my own use.)
I chose this brand because their reviews were very good and were inexpensive in comparison with other therapeutic grade oils. The bottles were also a larger size, 10 ml, compared with the price of the other brand’s 5 ml bottles.
The oils smelled good and seemed to be quality. However, it seemed to be slightly “runnier” than the other brands. Perhaps it was distilled more? The peppermint also was not nearly as effective on headaches. It did make for a good linen spray and room deodorizer. I mixed lemon and peppermint with distilled water and it works great in refreshing laundry.
The other thing nice about this company is that it is not a multi-level marketing set up. They have a simple, straightforward website, ordering process, and rather quick shipping. You do not have to be a member to get the products or find a consultant.
- Peppermint- $3.75 for 10 ml bottle
- Lemon- $3.45 for 10 ml bottle
- Lavender- $6.25 for 10 ml bottle
This company is the one the majority of my friends and fellow church members found. My friend gave me a sample of their peppermint oil and it is wonderful stuff! But before I made commitment to Young Living (YL), I wanted to see if I liked their products. I’m impatient so I went to Amazon and found lemon, lavender, and peppermint.
Overall, their product is excellent. The oils were not “runny” like Eden’s Garden and smelled amazing. They also guarantee “seed-to-seal,” which means YL oversees the whole operation from planting the seeds to harvesting and bottling the oils. They make claims that few other companies can match including the fact they use as little distilling as possible so you get very pure oils.
My biggest issue with YL is the multi-level marketing aspect. You do have to know a distributor in order to get the oils and become a member. I tend to prefer not having to get caught up in an organization when I just want to order oils. But their customer service online is quick and effective. I did join so that I could order their Everyday Essential Oils collection kit and further my exploration. The kit included, lemon, lavender, peppermint, frankincense, Peace & Calming, purification, Valor, Panaway, and Thieves (5 ml each). I have used Panaway and Valor and must admit they work wonders on sore muscles and headaches. The Peace & Calming broke en route so I contacted customer service. They immediately responded and mailed out a replacement. Thumbs up for great response time!
I found YL’s website to be difficult. It’s tough to navigate and once logged in, you still have navigation hiccups. Ordering is a bit of a hassle, having to go through several menus before placing an order and a saved credit card on file does no good. You still have to enter it every time. Also, if you don’t finish browsing within a five minute window, the system kicks you out and you have to sign in again.. Their catalog is huge- and a bit overwhelming, so it is tiresome to browse online when you have to keep logging in.
Shipping costs are fairly high even for ground shipping
There’s a lot more (good and bad) I could say about YL but to simplify my findings, here’s a comparison cost breakdown:
Cost: if you are a distributor
- Peppermint- $23.50 (15 ml)
- Lemon- $11.25 (15 ml)
- Lavender- $21.50 (15 ml)
Last but not least, I tried doTerra. They also came as a very highly recommended company due to purity in their oils and quality products. From what I gathered, doTerra is YL’s primary competitor as the two have the highest therapeutic grade oils.
I ordered a $25.00 kit that included each of the oils I mentioned previously, lemon, lavender, and peppermint. These are the ones I keep on my night table. I love them! I use a blend of them for relaxation at night and even my husband likes a little lemon on his nose to open up his sinuses. His snoring used to keep me awake half the night but between lavender for me and lemon for him, we’re getting much improved sleep.
I explored doTerra further and found they had a Peppermint Beadlet for fresh breath. These tiny little beads are fantastic for breath, stomach issues and any time you need to take peppermint internally. My next kit is on the way. I ordered the Family Physician kit with Slim & Sassy. I can’t wait to try their Deep Blue and Melaleuca oils.
One other reason that sold me on doTerra was the fact their bottles have a see-through label so you can actually check the levels of oil left in the bottle. Sounds a little silly but that’s big for me!
Plus navigating their website isn’t nearly as difficult as YL (however, slightly less easy than Eden’s). You do not have to become a member to order if you are willing to pay retail but there are some better discounts if you do. Again, I dislike the multi-level marketing aspect but I am very impressed with the quality of product doTerra puts out. I also love the fact that they don’t overwhelm you with pages upon pages of oils. They seem to work hard at putting out a few great products rather than a multitude of mediocre.
Cost: (I purchased this kit from a seller on Amazon w/ free shipping.)
$25- for all three 5 ml bottles of lemon, lavender, and peppermint.
I decided that doTerra is the company I prefer. I love their oils and oil blends and their books and literature are so easy to navigate. Their desk reference book, Modern Essentials, is detailed and easy to reference. I love their quick reference guide for solutions to everyday needs. I signed up to become a distributor with them and even if it’s just for my family and me, it’s money well spent.
I have not yet been able to evaluate YL’s desk reference but I look forward to doing so.
Again, this is just my journey…I’ve enjoyed the research and look forward to life changes with oils!
One last story to share-
I was still skeptical after all the good these oils did me over the course of the week with headaches, muscle aches, cuts, etc. However, the true test came with the onset of PMS symptoms. Previously, I had been researching hysterectomies due to how bad my symptoms were each month. Cramping, bloating, migraines, back pain…you name it, I had it.
Then I ordered doTerra’s Solace. It’s a blend of clary sage, bergamot, lavender, chamomile, and many others and was made for hormonal balance. At the first sign of symptoms, I used it on pulse points, back of my neck, and abdomen. I inhaled it. And guess what? NO symptoms! No cramping, no headaches, no back pain! It was the first pain-free period I’ve had- ever.
So I’m sold. And especially sold on doTerrra.
Call me a believer!