My Honest 2018 Review of the 20 BEST ESSENTIAL OIL COMPANIES! (Part 1 of 2)

Best Essential Oil Companies - Part 1 of 2

Quality and Authenticity

Two factors about essential oils are at the heart of Aromatherapy- their quality and authenticity. And that is why it is very important to source these oils from the best essential oil companies.

The quality of essential oils is often a contentious topic, one that brings up many opinions and emotions. So, I have written this guide to erase all confusion and help you choose the best essential oil brands. Armed with this knowledge you can set out on a path of health and well being that you expect from using quality essential oils.

This is a 2 part article; in the next one, I will discuss 10 more reputable essential oil companies. Before we begin an honest review of these 10 of the top essential oil brands, let me give you a brief lesson about how essential oils came to be retailed. 

Want to go directly to Part 2 of 2 of this 20 Best Essential Oil Companies review?  Click here... 

Essential Oil Retailing

In Europe, in the early 80s, essential oil retailers catered only to the needs of Aromatherapy practitioners. In contrast, the American market was much more consumer or retailer oriented. More and more people wanted essential oils in their daily lives and this led to a proliferation in their manufacturers.

With an increase in number of essential oil brands and companies, the variation in quality also increased. For a newcomer to the field of Aromatherapy, distinguishing between companies selling low quality oils and high quality ones started becoming an incredibly challenging prospect.

How to Choose The Best Brand?

As a practitioner in this field, I feel blessed to have learnt from the best. I have experimented and experienced different essential oil brands both in Europe and United States. Having spent nearly a decade in this field as a student, practitioner and researcher, it continues being a challenge to answer questions like: “How do I choose the best essential oil companies?” “How do I know whether the oil I am buying is indeed pure and authentic?” “Which are the top essential oil brands available today?”

Today, every essential oil company claims to be the best. Each one uses branding and marketing techniques accompanied by claims that their oils are the purest and most authentic. That is why I have come up with this handy list of essential oil company reviews so you can overcome issues you encounter while searching for high quality, pure, and unadulterated essential oils in the market. Before moving on to the reviews of essential oil brands, here are some important things to always be aware of before purchasing the oils:

Before You Buy

  • Avoid essential oil companies that sell bottles without dropper caps.
  • Pure undiluted essential oils are always stored in dark colored glass bottles.
  • If a company is selling a whole range of essential oils at the same price for the exact same size of each bottle, then you can be absolutely sure that the products inside do not reflect what is written on the label. For example, 10 mm of pure Jasmine essential oil will cost nearly 18-20 times the same amount of Grapefruit essential oil.
  • The company you choose must give your product a Latin name which will show you which species of plant the oil was extracted from. For example, Eucalyptus comes from different plants like Eucalyptus Piperata or Eucalyptus Radiata. Strictly avoid companies that fail to mention this information either on the bottle or on their product catalog.

Now - do not let these points scare you away from using essential oils. All of this might seem like lot of work-even difficult but think of it this way: when buying a car, do you not consult several people before you zero in on one? The same is true about essential oils.

When selecting ‘the’ best brand of essential oils, you should consult friends, aromatherapists, and other health practitioners about the brands they recommend and use. Once you have shortlisted a couple of best brands of essential oils, look them up online. Locate their company phone number or email and ask them to send you a catalog. Study the catalog well and then decide for yourself.

Finally, let your nose be your guide. Smell different oils from top essential oil companies-(choose the same essential oil from different brands). Get familiar with its aroma. Over time, you will be able to tell the pure and authentic oils from the poor and fake ones. Now let’s move on to 10 of the 20 best essential oil brands reviews.

10 of The Best Essential Oil Companies (Part 1 of 2)

Here's a chart that gives you a quick essential oil company competitive overview. Continue reading after the chart for lots of great detail...

Essential Oil

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DoTerra 

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Young Living       

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Ananda Apothecary

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ArOmis Aromatherapy

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Butterfly Express

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Art Naturals

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Fabulous Fannie

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Calily Essentials

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Edens Garden

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dōTERRA

The first thing you will notice about dōTERRA essential oils is its CPTG certification. CPTG stands for Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils, an important feature to consider when choosing between different best brands of essential oils.

Here are different characteristics on the basis of which I review the different reputable essential oil companies.

Purity and Quality

95 %
Purity and Quality

Essential oils from dōTERRA are advertised and generally accepted pure and unadulterated. You won’t find any other oil in these essential oils which other companies often add to dilute their products.

There are no artificial ingredients, chemicals or preservatives in these oils. Each dōTERRA oil goes through stringent quality analysis and testing which many brands do not bother with. They also undergo mass spectrometry and other testing to ensure that they are pure and authentic.

​Update Note: Since first writing this article I learned a couple of additional important points:

-dōTERRA's oils are sourced from farms located where the associated plants are indigenous. This may ensure the plants are of the highest quality, however, they are grown outside the direct control of dōTERRA.

-dōTERRA apparently uses an oil redistilling process they call a 'complete distill' that allows multiple distillations. However, it is generally accepted that the initial distillation, called 'extra' is the highest quality essential oil.

Pricing                      

dōTERRA oils are fairly expensive.

75 %
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Company Integrity

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Company Integrity

I love the fact that dōTERRA is doing a great deal of charity such as supporting development of women in third world countries etc. The company’s Healing Hands organization is really helping many communities through the sale of their products.

The company is working for sustainable means of harvesting the herbs and plants for extracting the oils. dōTERRA endeavors to grow the plants under the right circumstances and environment. The oils are also extracted only under favorable conditions

Customer Service and Reputation

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Customer Service & Reputation

dōTERRA has a wide reach through social media and other platforms. They really know how to connect with their audience not just for marketing and sales but also to educate the consumers.

Judging from the way people love them on social media, the reputation of this best essential oil brand seems great.

Young Living

Young Living is one of the best brands of essential oils and also one of the oldest. The company started nearly 2 decades ago and today, their reach spans the globe.

Purity and Quality

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Purity and Quality

Young Living has patented the Seed to Seal® technology that guarantees and preserves the integrity and potency of their products. 

Update Note: Since I first wrote this article I learned...      Young Living does not employ a re-distilling process. They use a one-time distillation only practice, producing the highest therapeutic grade oils.

At the R & D lab in Utah, Young Living oils undergo stringent testing and quality analysis particularly tests like Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry. These tests ensure that every essential oil coming from this lab meets the Young Living standards. Note that there is no single standard body for testing essential oils-so we just need to depend on each of these so-called ‘best brand of essential oils’ having its own standard.

Pricing

Young Living essential oils are some of the most expensive.

Update Note: This is likely due to their one-time distillation process which ensures the highest quality oils...by forgoing re-distillation to extract more volume of lesser quality oils.

70 %
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Company Integrity

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Company Integrity

Like dōTERRA, Young Living Foundation also supports various charities such as the Tibetan project, a hospital in Israel, etc.

Customer Service

Young Living products are known to take nearly 2 weeks to arrive owing to the higher demand and depending on where you live. Like most top oil companies and brands, the company has an active social media presence. They have an easy to reach 1-800 phone number. You can also mail them.

85 %
Customer Service

Reputation

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Reputation

Having been in the industry for over 20 years, the reputation of this best essential oil brand demonstrates their products are well loved.

Ananda Apothecary

Relatively young, this Colorado based brand of essential oils came into existence in 2004. Their unique selling point is their moderately priced products.

Purity and Quality

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Purity and Quality

At Ananda Apothecary, the oils are supplied to apothecaries, doctors and practitioners. They grow their products and use unique extraction methods. Many enthusiasts are known to have pitched these products against Young Living products and found that Ananda products were actually superior.

Ananda uses different extraction methods for each essential oil and their website lists the different methods used for them. CO2 extraction is an expensive process so the oils are also superior in quality but also more expensive. The steam extracted oils are cheaper in comparison. Compared to many other brands, Ananda oils are reasonably priced. You can read more about their quality promise here.

Pricing

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Ananda's pricing is significantly more affordable than essential oil brands that compete with them on high essential oil quality.

Company Integrity

Ananda Apothecary is owned by a group of like minded natural health professionals who have dedicated their lives to making positive changes in everyone’s lives.

It is founded by Eric Cech who is a practicing aromatherapist and has written all the blogs on the website.

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Company Integrity

Reputation

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Reputation

The company may be small but their customers are all repeat customers.

Many are practitioners themselves and they order large batches of different oils from Ananda.

ArOmis Aromatherapy

ArOmis Aromatherapy is a small family owned business in Colorado. They are not only into essential oils,they also sell diffusers. Their electronic nebulizers and diffusers are very popular and purchased by practitioners, spas and retailers alike.

Quality and Purity

ArOmis oils are third party tested by USDA and EcoCert. Their wood and glass diffusers are very popular and many people using it have raved about these products.

Not only are these diffusers physically beautiful, they also offer professional grade diffusing. They even make diffusers for use in cars.

90 %
Quality and Purity

Pricing

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Aromis Aromatherapy essential oils are quite affordable.

Customer Service

The company is still young. They do not have much of a social media following.

A reviewer mentioned he was trying to contact them by phone and email for 2 weeks but got no response. His post on Facebook was also unanswered.

65 %
Customer Service

Butterfly Express

Butterfly Express is an Idaho based company founded by mother-daughter duo of LaRee Westover and Valaree Sharp nearly 22 years ago.

Quality and Purity

85 %
Quality and Purity

Butterfly Express sells over 150 therapeutic oils and 100 synergistic blends. They have a small warehouse in Idaho and while their lab might not be equipped with all the modern spectrometers and gadgets as other top essential oil brands, their oils and blends are popular and they work.

Pricing       

Based on their blog, the reason why Butterfly Express oils are affordable is because of their small sized company, no overhead costs and no MLM prices.

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Pricing

Customer Service and Reputation

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Customer Service and Reputation

If you want to return opened products, you may be charged 25% of the cost. The company however endeavors to offer great customer service and easy returns. I personally refer to their free handout (Butterfly Expressions ) a great deal and it has helped me a lot when making my recipes and blends.

The reputation of this company is good as far as the aromatherapy world is concerned...practitioners believe in this brand. The owners are not out there to make huge profits and they really seem to want to help people.

Art Naturals

Art Naturals is a California based company. They sell not just essential oils but also beauty and hair treatments like shampoos, face masks, serums etc.

Purity and Quality

I am usually wary of companies that sell several things apart from essential oils. However, Art Naturals source their herbs from places of origin-for example their Argan oil comes from Argania in Morocco and the Tea Tree oil comes from Melaleuca in Australia.

The website does not state any other quality or purity related information for their oils-especially the tests conducted on them etc.

80 %
Purity and Quality

Pricing

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Prices of Art Naturals oils are low and affordable.

Customer Service

The customer service is excellent. Apparently a customer ordered an essential oil set via Amazon which had leaked. They reshipped a whole new set, free of cost.

90 %
Customer Service

Reputation

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Reputation

I have not used their oils but people seem to love their products. The essential oils are great, affordable and they really work. Their natural hair care range has also helped many customers with their hair related problems.

Fabulous Frannie

Fabulous Frannie does not manufacture the oils themselves but has a variety of distributors around the world from where they source 100% pure essential oils.

The company does not sell a wide range of essential oils but the few oils and blends they do sell seem to be quite popular. This is why I have included this company in my list of top essential oil brands.

Quality and Purity

Fabulous Frannie oils undergo stringent quality testing and all the products the company sells has received the Material Safety Data Sheets Authentication.

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Quality and Purity

Pricing

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The company offers oils in two types of bottles-10 ml and 30 ml. Both quantities are affordable. They also sell aromatherapy sets which make great gifts. You also get a huge discount for every 4 oil bottles you add to your cart!

Customer Service

You can easily return the products within 7 days in case you are not satisfied with them.

85 %
Customer Service

Calily Essential Oils

Calily is a popular brand and their set of 14 essential oils gift set is a huge hit with customers.

None of the oils are ingestible-use them for topical purposes only.

Quality and Purity

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Quality and Purity

Essential oils sold by Calily are 100 % pure. They offer a wide range of therapeutic grade oils which are free of fillers, base, additives, or carriers. Calily oils are extracted with state of the art distillation methods. The company promises to ‘create one bottle at a time’ with extreme care and devotion.

They have identified the best geographical locations to source the oils in the most desirable quality and potency. On the downside, the print on the bottles is difficult to read and the boxes of the oil sets are difficult to open.

Pricing          

Calily essential oils are quite affordable.

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Majestic

Majestic Essential Oil Company is one of the best essential oil brands and thousands of people have given it a great rating on retailer sites.

Quality and Purity

Packaged in the USA, Majestic promises that all their oils are 100% pure and unadulterated. The essential oils are undiluted, unfiltered and do not contain additives, fillers etc.

95 %
Quality and Purity

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They have convenient gift sets containing top essential oils like Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rosemary and other favorites. The size and price of the bottles is great-you get exactly what you pay for.

You get free shipping too when you purchase more than $50 of product. The bottles will last you for a long time to come. On the downside, the bottle sets do not come with a user guide.

Customer Service

Company offers 100% refund on products returned within 7 days.

90 %
Customer Service

Company Integrity and Reputation

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Company Integrity and Reputation

Majestic does not test products on animals. Their oils are 100% cruelty free. The company is a well loved brand in essential oils though purists often compare it with doTerra which emerges the winner in the comparison.

Edens Garden

Edens Garden’s claim to fame as one of the top 250 sellers on Amazon shows that their basic 6 oil pack set is highly popular with consumers.

They sell nearly 164 varieties of oil blends which are all GS_MS tested.

Quality and Purity

Edens Garden oils are 100% unadulterated, pure and therapeutic grade. Each oil is subjected to Gas spectrometry and packaged in 5 different sizes in amber colored bottles.

People sensitive to perfumes and strongest of essential oils have tolerated this brand well. The gift set box contains all the popular blends like Stress Relief, Aphrodisiac and Breathe Easy which are great for diffusing.

97 %
Quality and Purity

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Edens Garden makes really affordable oils.

Customer Service and Reputation

Consumers love these oils! People who ordered the box set have even received a handwritten note “ENJOY!” with a smiley face near it.

These small touches go a long way in personalizing one’s experience with a brand of essential oil. The sample box is an easy to use gift and people love it for the packaging, and convenience. Orders are shipped the same day too.

97 %
Customer Service and Reputation

That concludes my review of 10 best essential oil companies.

In part 2 of this guide, I’ll cover 10 more best essential oil brands.

Stay tuned!

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Jill Holiday

Jill Holiday is publisher of Pure Wild OIls, an e-magazine devoted to articles about the benefits of essential oils and related product reviews.