Best Essential Oil Brands 2018: a Review (2019 Update)

Is essential oil quality important to you? Do you wonder what are the best essential oil companies out there?

You’ve come to the right place!

Essential oils are part of my everyday life. They’re incredibly versatile, beneficial, and fragrant. Since I mostly use them in a diffuser and my DIY skincare products, the quality of these oils matters a lot.

That’s why I’ve decided to share with you the best essential oils quality brands. Let’s have a look!

When it comes to essential oils, the one thing that pops to mind is variation. From one brand to another, essential oils can variate in quality, smell, standards of production, price and return policy, the reputation of the company and many other criteria.

Once I discovered this brand (one of the best on Amazon), I decided to stick with it because I believe they’re affordable and excellent value for money. But, I still wanted to show you the minor differences that set apart high-quality brands; a hefty price tag doesn’t always mean great quality!

So, when looking for the best quality of your oils, make sure to look at the company behind it first. I’ve tried to gather only the most acknowledged companies (that I know of), but if you believe there are others that could qualify as the most reputable essential oil companies, make sure to let me know!

While this article started out as the best essential oil brands 2018, I have updated it since it was first published.

7 Best Essential Oils Companies

best essential oil brands 2018

1.      Plant Therapy

Plant Therapy is considered to be one of the best and most popular out there. These essential oils come from a family business, established in 2011 in Idaho by Chris and Amanda Jones. They’ve strived to make a difference in the market by making high-quality oils affordable and accessible:

“Our ultimate goal is not to be the largest essential oil company; it is to positively impact the lives of as many people as humanly possible. Ultimately, I feel this is possible only by providing our customers with an exceptional experience that keeps them coming back. By selling such a high quality product at an affordable price, we not only positively affect the lives of our customers, it also gives us the financial means by which we can help those who are less fortunate to live a happier, healthier, and more productive life.”

Feel free to read more about their story here.

Essential Oils

Overall, Plant Therapy offers more than 140 different single essential oils.

Plant Therapy offers KidSafe synergies, a full line of essential oils, safe and effective for children. Apart from that, many of their oils are USDA certified organic. You can download a product sheet with every essential oil they offer, with suggested use, benefits, and other oil combinations.

Their oils are not labeled as Therapeutic Grade, but the company says this term is more of a marketing term and it doesn’t mean anything in particular.

You can choose from single essential oils, synergies, organic certified, and roll-ons. Apart from that, the company also offers oils that are safe for kids, essential oil sets, diffusers, and a wide range of body care (carrier oils, hydrosols, etc.)

Quality Control

Plant Therapy sends their oils to a third party for tests, which you can download from their website. They claim their oils are 100% pure and free of any additive, dilutions, and adulterants.

Return and Customer Service

The company claims to have the best customer service. They have Aromatherapists on staff that help users answer questions and offer professional support regarding the products.

The return policy: 90 days with a money-back guarantee option.

Cost and Price Range

The price range of Plant Therapy essential oil brand is quite fair. They offer a lot for a reasonable amount of money, according to my personal experience and a number of user reviews online.

I love the fact they have certified organic essential oils available, but what really convinced me in the first place to get Plant Therapy is their honesty and transparency. It’s not easy to find brands that are open about their work.

In short, Plant Therapy is a popular essential oil brand on Amazon and highly rated as well.

Price comparison: Lavender: $15/15ml, $29.95/30ml

2.      DoTERRA

This essential oil company was founded back in 2008 by health-care and business professionals; some of them used to work for Young Living. The headquarters are located in Utah but their offices are spread all around the world. They offer wholesale programs, but in essence, they work hard to

bring a new standard of therapeutic-grade essential oils to the world

Essential Oils

The plants for essential oils are harvested all over the world, such as Italy, Brazil, and Guatemala among others, but you can get more information about that on this website.

Their oils are considered to be pure and of high quality. They use a low-heat steam distillation and cold extraction. You can get a complete insight into the process of making the oils, from the harvest to the shop on their website.

Apart from a wide variety of essential oils, doTERRA also offer oil blends, supplements, DIY accessories, diffusers, personal care products, weight management products, storage, and literature.

Quality Control 

DoTerra claims their products are all certified therapeutic grade oils. The interesting part about that is that the CPTG trademark was invented by doTERRA itself. In other words, they say that

doTERRA’s CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade®* quality protocol employs five different analytical methods to ensure doTERRA’s essential oils are both pure (extracts contain only the volatile aromatic compounds of a plant), and potent (extracts have consistent chemical composition from batch to batch). The testing process includes gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, FTIR Scan (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy), microbial testing, and organoleptic testing. The CPTG quality protocol requires the use of independent laboratories for standardization and testing.

Whether all this is true or not, is very hard to tell with a flood of information online.

Return and Customer Service

Not happy with your purchase? You’re able to return the products for a 100% refund or a 100% product credit. Still, that depends on the when you’ve ordered your product and whether you’ve already opened it or not.

Cost and Price Range

Doterra comes with a high price tag on their essential oils. You can easily get a starter kit of three oils for about 20$, but it’s still quite expensive. This is definitely not a brand you’re looking for when on a budget. I love some of the oils that I’ve tried, but I’d personally choose this brand over them any time.

Doterra has built a name and a reputation in the aromatherapy world and they’re famous all over. While their oils are high-quality products, they somehow don’t really convince me.

At the same time, they are an MLM company (multi-level marketing) which I really dislike. Also, after some digging online, I found some nasty reviews claiming doTERRA was only a scam and nothing more, but we’ll talk about that some other time.

Price comparison: Lavender oil:  $28/15ml

3.      Young Living

Young Living was founded in 1994 and it’s another MLM company on the list. They have offices all over the world and their mission is to

honor our stewardship to champion nature’s living energy, essential oils, by fostering a community of healing and discovery while inspiring individuals to wellness, purpose, and abundance.

Apart from essential oil singles, the company also offers blends (Thieves oil being one of their most popular ones), diffusers, cleaning products, and personal care among others.

Essential Oils

Young Living company sources the plants for the oils from all over the world; they have farms in North and South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Just like other brands on the list, they also claim to only sell the oils of the highest quality and purity. Their essential oils are also therapeutic grade and very potent.

However, I haven’t found any information on these essential oils and their USDA organic certification. To quote a YL customer service (I found the comment on Essential Oil Haven):

To provide organic products to our members is very important and we strive to use organic matter in all the steps from growing, processing, to selling. We do not use chemical fertilizers or pesticides on our farms. Young Living cannot place the word ‘organic’ on our labels because we occasionally import some oils from different countries and most of these countries do not have organic standards that match the US standards. This is the reason why we cannot certify them as organic. Rest assured, though, that Young Living will not accept oils or plants that do not meet our strict standards.

Quality Control

An impressive fact is that Young Living company overlooks the entire production; they control their products from the seeds, to harvest, distillation process, and the final product. They use steam extraction, cold pressing method, and a resin tapping method in order to get the best oils.

What’s more, they follow the Seed to Seal production process standards.

Return and Customer Service

You can find email contacts, toll-free phone numbers, and a live chat on their website. They have different numbers according to various countries.

Cost and Price Range

Just like doTERRA, this is another essential oil brand in the high price range. You can purchase the oils from their website and other online retailers, such as Amazon. Since they’re quite expensive, you’ll have to decide whether you believe they are worth the money.

While they may be involved in the whole process of production, this company is quite big. They propagate their oils are a therapeutic grade, which we realized it’s only a marketing term without any real meaning. I’m also not too keen on them being another MLM company. Many love their Thieves essential oil, but I have to report that YL simply isn’t my cup of tea.

Price comparison: Lavender oil: $31.91/15ml

4.      Rocky mountain oils

Founded in 2004, Rocky Mountain Oils are a non-MLM company that is always looking to improve the customer experience, by providing the oils of the highest quality and purity.

Based in Utah, they are one of the leading brands available today. Apart from the oils, the company also offers essential oil blends, skin care, cleaning, body care, wellness, natural supplements, and various supplies.

Essential oils

RMO company offers about 77 essential oils and 60 essential oil blends. Some of their product are certified organic essential oils, others are certified Fair Trade. They also use wild grown plants as their source, which makes the oils of incredible quality.

The organic oils are orange, frankincense, lemon, lavender, tea tree, and peppermint.

Quality Control

Rocky Mountain Oils pride themselves in providing full test results, conducted by a third-party laboratory. You can find the most recent GC/MS rest results on their website next to each essential oil. You can also see the tests of a blend; just contact the customer service by phone or email for the batch number, which you then input at the bottom of this website.

What’s more, the RMO company has also created its proprietary S.A.A.F.E. Promise™ which stands for

  • Satisfaction
  • Authentic
  • Analysis
  • Free of Adulterants
  • Effective & Pure

Return and Customer Service

Rocky Mountain Oils offers a 90-day 100% money back guarantee, even if your essential oils are opened! If you’re for any reason unhappy with your order, contact them and they’ll issue a refund.

At the bottom of every page, they have a phone number listed that you can contact any time from Monday to Friday from 8:00am-5:00p MST. You can also find the number and a contact form on their Contact Us page.

Cost and Price Range

With the quality and transparency they provide, this brand is quite competitive, but still expensive if you’re on a budget, especially when it comes to their certified organic essential oils. Still, they are below the cost of some bigger and better-known companies, such as Young Living and doTERRA, which makes them more affordable and easily accessible to anyone looking for excellent quality.

It seems as if the RMO somehow competes with the Mountains Rose Herbs, but I actually prefer them because they’re extremely transparent when it comes to the sourcing, testing, and other information with their oils. They also offer free shipping on any size order, which is definitely a plus!

Price comparison: Lavender oil: $22.95/15ml

5.      Now Solutions

Supplements, natural foods, sports nutrition, essential and carrier oils, Now Foods make a ton of products that are very popular on Amazon and highly praised among their users. Some of their products are also USDA certified organic, but not all. They are one of the most affordable brands on the budget and you can see their products in many DIY skincare videos.

They are one of the oldest manufacturers of essential oils on the list; their beginnings go all the way to the late 1970s.

Essential oils

All of their essential oils are 100% pure and all natural. One of their blends is clearly marked to be synthetic (a jasmine blend), but it’s the only one and well explained on their FAQ page here.

They have a wide variety of oils and they’re grouped according to the scents:

  • Camphoraceous scented oils
  • Floral scented oils
  • Mint scented oils
  • Musky scented oils
  • Spicy-scented oils
  • Sweet-scented oils
  • Woodsy scented oils

They also offer diffusers and other aromatherapy products.

Quality Control

Now Foods put their oils through Gas Chromatography and Infrared Spectrometry, among other tests. They strive for consistency and run a full-house facility laboratory. They also use third-party testing only when necessary.

Return and Customer Service

Many essential oil companies that we’ve seen on the list, have a telephone number and offer customer service. Unfortunately, Now Foods have a dozen offices with phone numbers, but there isn’t one single toll-free line for inquiries and customer service.

For any further assistance, you have to fill out a contact form on their website, choose the topic you’re interested in and wait for them to get back to you. While this is something acceptable for some people, I believe many may find problematic and perhaps even choose a different brand over this one.

Cost and Price Range

One of the most affordable essential oils on the list, Now Foods’ founder Elwood Richard says:

The question shouldn’t be why are our prices so low, but rather, why do our competitors price their products so high?” We use the same quality essential oils as other companies; we just choose to price our essential oils with the best interests of the consumer in mind. By not marking up our essential oils like perfumes, as many competitors do, we can offer essential oils of comparable quality at a lower price.

While Now Foods may provide good quality essential oils, many users claim that the higher the price, the higher the quality. It would be great if they offered better customer service and specify into more detail the return policy.

They are an affordable brand, but if you’re looking for USDA certified oils, you’ll have to look elsewhere, as the selection of these isn’t as wide. Still, for the skincare DIYers, the prices are more affordable and you’re able to order larger batches that eventually enable you to save money.

Price comparison: Lavender oil: $6.82/30ml, $20.98/118ml

6.      Eden’s Garden

Founded in 2009, Eden’s Garden essential oil company works hard to provide the best products at an affordable price without compromising the quality of the oils.

Edens Garden is one of the best known essential oil companies, based in California and founded by Grace Martin. This is a non-MLM essential oil company and they’re proud of it. Grace points out that

My dream was to build a business that valued people over profit and dealt honestly while offering direct access to the many benefits of essential oils.

You can read more about her and the mission of the company on their website.

Essential Oils

Edens Garden claims their oils are a therapeutic grade of the highest quality and purity. Similar to Plant Therapy, Edens Garden offers an organic line of their essential oils (which isn’t certified) as well as the conventionally sourced products.

None of their products are tested on animals; the oils are natural and cruelty-free.

They offer essential oil singles, blends, carrier oils, oils that are OK for kids, and a number of other products both for body and aromatherapy.

Quality Control

Eden’s Garden claims to follow the E.D.E.N.S. pledge, which is basically a value check:

  • E- effective (the oils are therapeutic grade and therefore effective in aromatherapy)
  • D- dedicated (customers are a #1 priority)
  • E- educated (certified aromatherapists are behind the project, answer questions and write blog and newsletter)
  • N- natural (unadulterated oils, free of nasty and harmful ingredients)
  • S- safe (lab-tested oils)

They perform third party testing to ensure each product is of the desired quality and fits the standards. You can request oil test results if you wish.

Since all of their oils are 100% pure, they come from natural and holistic sources that don’t contain any pesticides. Their essential oils are free of carriers, paraffin, chemicals, additives, GMOs, fertilizers, and harmful chemical.

Return and Customer Service

Not happy with the product? No problem, you can return it within a 30-day no questions asked window.

Cost and Price Range

Edens Garden essential oils are similar in price to Plant Therapy. They offer good quality oils, making them affordable for all. You can easily get a set of their essential oils from Amazon, which will allow you to stack up on essential oils for all the skincare recipes you’ll make!

After all, this is another popular brand on Amazon, that also offers a free U.S. shipping. One of the few negative sides is that we don’t know whether they actually work with any essential oils specialists when testing the products or not.

In any case, Eden’s Graden is a great value for money. Feel free to have a look at more user reviews for a better idea about the brand.

Price comparison: Lavender oil: $8.95/10ml, $18.95/30ml

7.      Aura Cacia

A co-op company, Aura Cacia is a unique brand that was established back in 1976 in Iowa. It’s a well-known brand that is easily one of the most popular companies on the market today. It’s widely accessible not only online but in shops and bigger stores as well. Aura Cacia is proud of their products as well as their history:

Aura Cacia is committed to both quality of life and quality products. We offer outstanding products made from simple and pure botanical ingredients that improve the well being of those who use them. We test every shipment of essential oil we receive to verify its purity and quality.

As we travel the world to find top-quality essential oils, we encourage sustainable growing that preserves and improves land and resources for the future. And, as part of Frontier Co-op’s far-reaching sustainable sourcing initiatives, we support the growers’ communities with charitable projects that fundamentally improve people’s lives.

Essential Oils

Their oils are free of any fillers and additives; some are certified organic but not all. In any case, they are all 100% pure essential oils, that always come with pamphlets and literature to give you an insight into oil you’ve purchased. What’s more, the bottles have child-proof screw caps, which is definitely a welcome plus!

The brand combines single essential oils, essential oil blends, body care items, carrier oils, essential oil mists, aromatherapy accessories, and facial care products. All the product line is quite extensive and if you like their philosophy and mentality, it’s one more reason to give them a try.

They strive to be responsible to both the planet and the people, the company also supports organizations that help women improve their lives all around the world. You can read more about the project here.

Quality Control

Aura Cacia oils are pure, without any additional fillers or additives. Not all their oils are certified organic. While they extensively test each batch to double check the best quality of essential oils, I haven’t been able to find any test results available online.

The testing includes physical and gas chromatography testing for every oil. You can check the checkmarks next to each oil on their website:

  • No synthetic color or stabilizers
  • No synthetic fragrances
  • Not tested on animals
  • 100% pure essential oils
  • Petroleum &paraben free
  • Essential oil tested for purity

What’s more, just like Plant Therapy, they somehow avoid mentioning “therapeutic grade” in connection to their essential oils.

Return and Customer Service

You can return the product within the 60-day refund window from the date of the invoice. What some of you may find an advantage is that the products are sold in stores as well as online. You can get it in pharmacies, drugstores, and Target. That way, you can communicate and ask for advice more easily.

Cost and Price Range

I love how affordable Aura Cacia is; at the same time, they manage to maintain the quality and high standards of their products. Some of their oil come in smaller sizes than the standard, so make sure to pay attention to that.

Otherwise, the company’s mission, their values, and what they stand for, is really something to consider if you’re trying to support sustainable businesses and still be able to get products with high quality.

Price comparison: Lavender oil $28.56/59ml

What about essential oil testing methods?

Testing the essential oils is quite important and all companies on the list that I went through, do it.

The most important test for the quality of the essential oils is Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry, which can reveal additives in the oils, so you’ll want to look for the GC MS tested essential oils. Some smaller companies avoid taking this test because it’s quite expensive and even passing the test doesn’t guarantee the quality. It is, however, a standard.

But this is not the only test, there are many others, but to name a few:

Tips on purchasing an essential oil

There is no such thing as therapeutic grade essential oils. We’ve seen through the article that many companies do actually label their oils as such, but it’s more of a marketing term than anything else.

Still, when purchasing essential oils, there are a few things to take into consideration:

·         Purity

The number one rule of the book is: before you buy essential oils, check their purity. With a flood of essential oils on the market, it’s difficult to decide what’s what. In any case, stick to your research.

·         Type of bottle

The essential oils you’re buying should come in dark amber or blue glass bottles, which help to preserve the oil for the longest time possible. Avoid clear glass containers and steer clear of essential oils in plastic bottles as well.

·         Brand reputation

How trustworthy is the brand? Are they open about their distillation, production process, and testing? If the company is reliable, they will promote and sell only high-quality oils without any derivatives, fertilizers, pesticides, GMS, and other nasties we wish to avoid!

·         Extraction method

The extraction method plays an important role in essential oil quality. There are a few ways to get those beneficial compounds from the plants:

  • Steam distillation
  • Cold pressed
  • CO2 extraction
  • Solvent extraction

For a more detailed description, feel free to visit this post on How are essential oils extracted.

How to use essential oils on skin?

Okay, you know the brands, you know what to look for in a quality essential oil. But I’m sure you’ll want to use those essential oils asap; I know I’m always excited like a little kid in a candy shop whenever I get a new shipment of EOs.

The beauty of these oils is that they’re incredibly versatile and you can use them for a number of things. Now, there is always caution advised when using them. Many people overdo the recommended amount of their oils, pouring them into their DIY body butters and other recipes. I’m not saying you can’t use them; quite the opposite, but use them with care.

Here I’ve gathered some of the posts/recipes from the blog where the essential oils really shine through or are the star of the post. I hope you’ll find these helpful!

  1. Clay mask for acne
  2. Sore throat essential oils (+ recipes)
  3. Essential oils for sunburn
  4. Essential oils for insect bites (+ recipes)
  5. Shimmering body butter
  6. Cedarwood hair mask (for itchy scalp)
  7. Spiced Bergamot beard oil
  8. Essential oils for dark circles
  9. Essential oils for oily skin
  10. Woodsy beard oil
  11. Essential oils for beard health

What is the best essential oil company – a recap

There are numerous essential oil brands you can browse through until you find the one that fits your needs. Before buying, ask yourself; do you need the oils for aromatherapy? DIY skincare?

If you’re looking for good-quality essential oils and aren’t limited by the budget, then the brand I’d choose is the Rocky Mountain Oils. They pack an incredible combo of quality and value for money; their transparency in sourcing and testing is something all companies should look up to!

On the other hand, if you’re looking for essential oils to use in your homemade skincare projects, I’d actually recommend you to stick to a brand that has multiple sizes of oils available, making it much more practical to play with in the recipes. Plant Therapy oils are mostly my oils of choice, but Now Solutions are very affordable as well and online reviews definitely confirm their value.

Another option for the DIYers is to ignore these brands altogether. There are bulk ingredients suppliers that offer raw ingredients for the homemade skincare. You don’t even have to go far to find them; there are a few on Amazon as well! You can check essential oils at either Essential Depot or MakingCosmetics.

What is your favorite essential oil company?

Stay Wild!

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2 Comments

  1. Doris

    Thank you for this review. I’m never sure which oils to buy and some are way to expensive for my budget. I do have some of all of the above oils. I was wondering about barefut oils. Can you give any information of these? Thank you so much.

    • Hey Doris, I’m happy you found the review helpful! I can’t really say anthing about the Barefut oils as I’ve never heard of them. Id be more than happy to find out more, but if you try any, be sure to let us know what they’re like!

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