Let’s be honest, there are A LOT of essential oil companies out there and more are popping up every day. How are you supposed to know what to use and what to avoid?
Time for more honesty: when first I started using essential oils, they were from the local grocery store. I used them sporadically and mostly for homemade cleaners, but I was also diving headfirst into natural living and kept reading about “quality”. I started to wonder if what I was using was actually worth the money and good for my body!
So, in this post, I want to outline what helped me to choose doTERRA as my essential oil company. There are a whole variety of reasons but some really stood out to me! When you are choosing an essential oil company, please make sure you know the quality of the products and that you use any brand wisely. I only ingest doTERRA oils and am very careful about how and where I apply them. Plus, to me, diffusing an oil of lesser quality is basically like burning those candles that I’m trying to avoid! Who knows what I’m diffusing into the air!
1. Honesty and Purity
Essential oils are not regulated by the FDA. Not any company, not even doTERRA! There are currently no regulations by any government body or organization for essential oils. At all.
What does that mean for us as the consumer? Any company can put anything they want into an essential oil bottle and sell it without us being the wiser. There is a lot of speculation out there about “minimums” that companies can place into their bottles to be able to legally market them as “pure” essential oils, but I have not been able to find any information on that. The FDA is able to label ingredients with a label known as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) and you can see which oils are classified that way in the Modern Essentials reference book. (Plus, as I mentioned in a previous post, any doTERRA oil bottle that has “Supplement Facts” information on the side can be ingested.) Currently, the only regulations from the FDA related to labeling are for organic products: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5068442.
But…these “organic” regulations don’t hold a candle to the standards that doTERRA holds their oils to. doTERRA recognized that there were no regulations and they wanted to rise above that, so they created a label that encompasses all that their oils have to offer: Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG).
“CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils mean something very different. It means we protect the chemical compound of the plant just as it was produced from the earth. We don’t need to improve upon that. If we have the care, the scientific knowledge, the commitment and the integrity, we can preserve that.” -Dr. David K. Hill, dōTERRA’s Chief Medical Officer. (Source)
See, organic standards vary from country to country and one of the coolest things about doTERRA is that they source their oils from indigenous areas around the world (see reason #2). While this is fantastic, it makes it impossible to market their oils as organic. So, they did the next best thing and created a strict, rigorous testing protocol that ensures that ALL oils are free of chemical residue or other impurities. Plus, doTERRA has their oils tested by a third party, so there’s no funny business happening. A well-renowned chemist and founder of Essential Oil University, Dr. Pappas, does that third party testing for doTERRA. He is dedicated to investigating and studying essential oil use, production, and chemistry. Check out his Facebook page here for updates on what he is currently testing/investigating: https://www.facebook.com/EssentialOilUniversity/timeline.
If you’re looking for more information on exactly how the oils are evaluated and tested, here is doTERRA’s brochure on exactly what CPTG entails: https://www.doterratools.com/documents/CPTG_Brochure.pdf and exactly how they test for quality: http://doterrablog.com/testing-for-quality/.
2. Indigenous sourcing
This fact struck a chord with me early on…how do you not love a company that sources their product from their natural habitats?? doTERRA chooses these locations wisely too: “lavender from Mexico is different from the lavender grown in France”. I love this map from the fall 2014 Living magazine that shows what oils come from what countries:
Check out this video on doTERRA’s sourcing.
Plus, doTERRA runs a great charity called Helping Hands that is connected to their work in other countries:
3. They smell amazing
Seriously. I mentioned I used to use oils from the grocery store and they smelled alright, but I never pined for them. The day I got my doTERRA kit in the mail, I could not believe how pungent and potent the smells were and how I was drawn to them. I kept them in the box they came in because I was a newbie and unsure of how I would store them, and I kept going back to the box to smell them again and again. But, of course they smell fantastic – they’re sourced from their natural areas, extracted carefully using steam, and nothing is added to them so they are in the most pure and potent form! Mmm, this is making me want to go to my oil cupboard right now :-).
4. They work
My oily posts prove that, but check out other testimonials here:
- The doTERRA Product Blog – just search for specific blog articles and most have testimonials at the bottom of the posts!
- The doTERRA Science Blog – tons of research on the values of essential oils!
- doTERRA International Facebook page where they run “Tip-off Tuesdays” and people post their testimonials about that particular oil!
- www.pinterest.com – it’s a GREAT hub of experiences from oil users; just search for a particular issue/concern and you’ll be presented with a wealth of images!
5. The education opportunities/team support
I belong to a huge team with members all over the world, like really huge. We have multiple Facebook groups for different purposes: support, business building, challenges, etc. It’s amazing and I can’t image being without the support of my team; I’m on these pages on a daily basis and am always asking/answering questions! Plus, we have a great team website with even more information. And, doTERRA offers amazing professional development websites, videos, conferences, and challenges to their Wellness Advocates. It truly is an amazing company to join!! They are always providing new information and motivation for their members!
6. Their business model and compensation plan
I did not start off thinking I would sell for doTERRA. But, just like everyone told me, once I started using I couldn’t stop sharing! And once you start sharing, people want in on what you’ve experienced. doTERRA offers an amazing compensation plan for their Wellness Advocates (2016 Earning Figures!!) and tons of support on how to earn your oils for free, supplement your income, or even replace your income!! Visit this page if you are ready to get started earning an income with doTERRA!
If you have ANY questions about the above points, PLEASE comment below, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or find me on Facebook and private message me! I would love to talk oils with you 🙂
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Remember that these products have not been tested or approved by the FDA. Any essential oil product, recipe or protocol suggested here is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.