I was talking essential oils with a friend recently and she mentioned how much she loved one of the blends from a certain Big Name direct sales company. "I know you hate MLM oils, but..."
Wait a tick!
I certainly don't hate essential oils from the MLM brands. I have used a couple, even, with no complaints!
The reason I don't actively promote MLM oils or buy them myself is simply because they are overpriced.
They. Are. Overpriced.
I mean, they have to be. That's the nature of MLM companies. When you have tiers and tiers and tiers of salespeople to pay, you need to build that into your pricing. I'm not knocking it... that's just the way it is.
And it adds up... a lot.
"But.. the testing! The rigorous testing!"
You can find cheaper brands that are also well-tested and that are just as high quality.
"But... the certifications!"
They don't mean a thing. Read that link. You'll find that "therapeutic grade" means "shady marketing" more than anything.
All that being said, I don't think it's a bad thing to buy essential oils from these companies. If you want to support a friend who is starting a direct sales business, by all means, that's great! If you simply like the oils better than others you have tried, onward!
But don't be fooled into thinking you're paying for higher quality. ALSO don't be fooled that your friend, who has had sales training, necessarily knows what they're talking about. I mean, they might... but only if they've done their due diligence beyond what the MLM companies teach their salespeople.
What you're paying "extra" for is marketing. Period. Not quality, not "aromatherapy education." Marketing. Sales training.
Well, now what?
So now that we've established why I personally don't buy essential oils from MLM companies, you're probably wondering which companies I do buy oils from and why. I encourage you to do more research beyond reading my blog (as always) but my hope is that this will be a helpful resource as you start or continue that process.
- Aura Cacia
- NOW foods
- Plant Therapy
- Starwest Botanicals
Each of these brands offers both organic and non-organic options. I don't always buy organic essential oils. *GASP* The thing is, most herbs are naturally pest-resistant and don't really need pesticides or herbicides to grow well. So an oil might not even have any pesticide or herbicide residue present, but still not be labelled organic because it's really expensive for companies to do that. I suggest looking into the growing practices of the plant in question. If you don't have time to do that or if it sounds really boring, buying organic oils is safe bet... It will just cost you more. 🙂
Are there others? Most definitely. The Hippy Homemaker is a smart lady and she has a list of her favorite brands along with some really helpful, unbiased info about the essential oil industry and labeling. I also learned a lot from Whole New Mom's "Great Essential Oil Showdown" series. Check those out for even more info - there's nothing else I could say here that isn't linked. 🙂
As always, my dears, if you have any questions, concerns, hopes, dreams, desires - leave a comment and let me know! I absolutely adore you, you know.