We spent the last 3 months testing essential oils to find the best 5 essential oils for women. We tested the essential oils on everyone in our family (including my girls and our dog Buster). We tested doTerra, Young Living and many others and found the best ones. We ranked them on quality of oils (most important of all), price, ease of ordering, and education. Here are the 5 best essential oils brands:
1. REVIVE ESSENTIAL OILS
REVIVE Essential Oils earned the #1 spot and is our favorite essential oil brand by far. We used their oils on our entire family (dogs included!) and had great results. Sleep, energy, pain, allergies – you name it and there is a Revive EO essential oil or blend for it. My husband loves the Sleep blend.
Quality: ★★★★★. We were really happy to hear that Revive uses their oils on their own families. To us, that means they care about quality. Having used Revive oils for 3 months, I can tell you they are as high quality as doTerra oils I was using. More importantly, Revive posts their GC/MS reports on their website for each Revive Essential Oil. We reviewed the GC/MS reports in detail and concluded that Revive Essential Oils are 100% pure therapeutic grade, natural with no fillers or fragrances. They are so high quality that we can ingest their oils (I quit diet coke and drink lavender sparkling water every day!). The GC/MS reports demonstrate that the Oils are as high quality as doTerra and Young Living. And we were glad to see we weren’t alone – we love all the great reviews that Revive EO has earned, including one from us!
Price: ★★★★★. Revive prices are great! Thieves blend for $14. 100% Boswellia Sacra Frankincense for $18! I was a doTerra customer before but I was spending more than $1,000 a year because it’s so expensive. Revive isn’t an MLM. It sells directly to consumers and so they offer the same quality but at a lower price!
Ease of Ordering/Gimmicks: ★★★★★. REVIVE offers FREE SHIPPING & RETURNS. I don’t purchase things online without this! I like that their return policy is almost as good as Costco (a mom’s disneyland!) and that they offer a 100% money back guarantee. There are no annual fees or pressure to keep ordering. I order what I want based on what I actually use. I like their kits which are a great deal. Our favorite kit is their best value – 10 bottles for $76.50 with the HEALTH10 Coupon Code – the REVIVE Starter Kit.
Education: ★★★★☆. I like the GCMS reports and the Top 10 uses of each Essential Oil and Blend on the website. I was able to communicate with the Revive aromatherapist via email and found her knowledgeable and helpful.
Overall Rating: 19/20
UPDATE: For a Limited Time, the folks at REVIVE Essential Oils are offering 10% off any purchase! Use coupon code: HEALTH10.
doTerra is an essential oil company that started in Utah. I was a former doTerra customer for years! Ultimately, I grew tired of the navigating the sales pitches and how expensive it is.
Quality: ★★★★★. doTerra essential oils are natural and high quality. My complaint about their GC/MS testing is you have to enter a lot number on their website, which you can only get from a bottle of oil you have already bought.
Price: ★★☆☆☆. DoTerra is really expensive. People think it’s expensive because of quality but it’s expensive because of the MLM – up to 50% of my purchase price goes to the MLM of doTerra advocates. And I didn’t know this but doTerra makes $300 million dollars a year in profit (1)!
Ease of Ordering/Gimmicks: ★★★☆☆. I find it painful, to be honest. I can never keep track of their monthly specials and found myself spending too much time optimizing for saving money than purchasing the items my family really needed.
Education: ★★★★★. I love the education I can get from doTerra through the MLM. This is where doTerra stands out. I’ve learned so much about how to use Oils and Blends.
Overall Rating: 15/20
3. Young Living
If you’ve bought essential oils, you’ve likely heard about Young Living products. Did you know they own their own farms?! Young Living Essential Oils are sold in a multi-level marketing (friends earn financial rewards by referring products to others). It has great Essential Oils (Thieves is my favorite) but is expensive and so we ranked Young Living. #3 on our list.
Quality: ★★★★☆. Young Living has amazing programs coined “seed to seal”, “lacy’s act”, and “partnership principals”. They say that they audit their farms, have binding agreements, and stringent testing. Big problem though – they don’t post their GC/MS reports.
Price: ★★☆☆☆. Like DoTerra, Young Living is really expensive. It’s expensive because of the MLM and because Young Living makes $400 million dollars a year in profit (2). Even at wholesale price, Young Living Essential Oils are marked up 400% to 600% (this is how jewelry gets marked up).
Ease of Ordering/Gimmicks: ★★★☆☆. Alongside the personal pressure from friends to keep ordering, you’ve to pay for Shipping! Also upon checkout they tried to sell me membership, and it just reminded me how much I was overpaying for all of their products.
Education: ★★★★★. I love the education I can get from Young Living through the advocates.
Overall Rating: 14/20
4. Rocky Mountain Oils
Rocky Mountain essential oils used to be called Native American Nutritionals. They are also based out of Utah.
Quality: ★★★★★. They have high quality oils and easily accessible GC/SM testing for every item! I love it!!
Price: ★★☆☆☆. Rocky Mountain Essential Oils has expensive oils. And opposite to instincts, more expensive does not always equal better quality. They are the same price as doTerra but are not doing as many community events as Young Living and doTerra. They have high quality oils like the 4 companies listed above but cost alone cannot be used to describe the quality of something.
Ease of Ordering/Gimmicks: ★★★★☆. I love that I can order from Rocky Mountain and they have quick shipping. I love even more that it is free shipping. I get a little overwhelmed with how many different lines, and kits that they offer.
Education: ★★★☆☆. They have good information for each essential oil in easy to consume little drop down menus. It is not as extensive as Young Living or doTerra websites.
Rocky Mountain overall 14/20
5. Serene House
Serene House is an essential oil company sourced out of Germany. I liked that I could pick it up in at my local Nordstroms, but at the same time I haven’t been able to find any quality reports for Serene House. I also found it on Amazon but couldn’t find any information validating the quality of the products. It’s also only 5ml. We tried a few scents with Serene House, and liked all the blends and so we gave it our #5 spot.
Quality: ★★★☆☆. They don’t share the GCMS reports so I don’t trust their quality. Nordstrom has a quality vetting process but that’s not enough for me to trust the quality of Serene House.
Price: ★★★☆☆. Serene house is around the same price point as doTerra. But a perk is they are only 5ml bottles so for the same price as doTerra you can have one bottle in your purse, one at home, and one at work.
Ease of Ordering/Gimmicks: ★★★★☆. I can pick it up in Nordstroms or order from their website.
Education: ★★☆☆☆. They do not have much education on essential oils on their website. But I still gave them two stars because they have information about how to use all the different diffusers they offer.