Oh the dilemma. Shall we use Doterra or Young Living for diffusing? Should I make my lotion with Mountain Rose Herbs or Jade Bloom? Can you ingest Aura Cacia or Now for my sore throat? The arguments go on and on. But the interesting facts are most of these major companies use the same processes.
The quality of the oil is established by GC/MS (Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry) that analyzes individual molecules of each plant’s oils for customers to have the best quality essential oils on the market. The oils are 100% non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms), GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) certified using sustainable farming. For your trust and safety, the plant oils have been tested by a third-party laboratory using GC/MS testing, a method of separating the volatile compounds in essential oils into individual components. The Gas Chromatography uses a computer that produces a linear graph that charts individual components. Manufacturers are concerned with our health and safety using their products, so they test the plants.
Unknown to many oil consumers is if the company puts a nutrition facts label on it, the oil is safe to consume internally. Many times it is pricing that drives you as a consumer to buy or not to buy. This is where an oily persons education comes into play!
Specific Botanical Species
Numerous botanical species can go by the same common name. Cinnamon, Lavender, Eucalyptus and Chamomile come to mind, but there are others. For example, “Chamomile Oil” can refer to oils extracted from Chamaemelum nobile, Matricaria recutita or Anthemis nobilis. Not only can the oil price vary between species, but so can the therapeutic benefits and safety precautions. Always be sure to know the botanical (Latin) name of a given oil and use that when researching therapeutic properties, safety precautions and when comparing the pricing of oils between companies.
Specific Plant Part(s) Included in the Extraction
An oil extracted from the leaves of a tree can differ in aroma, therapeutic properties and safety precautions than an oil extracted from the bark of the same tree. Cinnamon Bark Oil and Cinnamon Leaf Oil both extracted are good examples. Even if both oils are extracted from the same exact trees, the bark oil is generally going to be more costly. Although the bark oil poses greater risks of skin sensitization, the bark oil is generally preferred.
Cost to Grow and Harvest the Botanical
Some botanicals are more costly to grow and harvest than others. For example, Jasmine blossoms must be hand picked. The quality of the crop also can influence the cost of an essential oil. Some growers are much more meticulous about the care they give to their crops, and that time, care and added cost can increase the pricing of the oil.
And there’s MOre!!
Method of extraction, overhead, GS testing, labels and packaging, and whether a company has distributors and reps can determine price. In addition, there are pure versus blended in a carrier oil. Read the labels carefully! Just because it says pure Rose oil doesn’t mean it is not cut with Jojoba oil as a carrier. The average .10 oz of Rose oil is upwards of $100. But I can get a blend at TJ Maxx for $4. And lastly, supply and demand. If Blue Tansy was hit by a late frost than cost is going to be sky high due to lack of product.
My two Cents
I am a Young Living distributor. I trust their process and their oil is pure. BUT…I like Doterra too. Stop being an oil snob. I love the smell of Doterra’s Citrus Bliss blend to start my day, Jade Blooms Boost and Young Living’s Fitness when I lift, Doterra’s Yoga set for my Yoga class and then I adore finishing the day with Young Living’s White Angelica to sleep. So many oils that I can’t choose just one. And won’t. Go with what you like and what moves your spirit.