Have you made up your mind between RMO vs Young Living or RMO vs DoTerra? I have. I’ve been using some of the best essential oil brands faithfully for six months or so.
You might be surprised to know I am throwing out my essential oils. And you might be wondering “Why would anyone do that?” I’m glad you asked. Let’s chat.
Here’s why I think Essential Oils Work
I rub peppermint oil on an existing wart daily.
Peppermint goes in my diffuser necklace any time I have a headache.
I drip little drops of essential oils on the pillows of my boys to help them sleep.
What is an Essential Oil?
Essential Oils are all-natural compounds extracted from plants using steam distillation and cold press methods.
I firmly believe essential oils like rosemary, frankincense and tea tree oil are are solving some of my most pressing issues and helping my family.
So why in the world would I be throwing out my essential oils?
I’m glad you asked.
Since the very first time I got an essential oil (Lavender was my first) I have wondered why it had this odd edge to the fragrance that kept it from being entirely pleasant to smell. My lavender essential oil does not smell good! I’m not saying it didn’t help me sleep – but I certainly wasn’t enjoying the fragrance in the process.
Peppermint was the next oil added to my tiny collection. The smell of peppermint I loved.
After this, I added a few more single oils — lemon, tea tree, and Eucalyptus. I didn’t notice any odd edge to the aroma of these oils. So I purchased two or three additional lavender oils in various brands (I really struggle with sleep) and guess what? They were all too off-putting and unpleasant because of that funk on the edge of the fragrance.
That “funky smell” in my essential oils.
Finally, I started purchasing a few blends. I wanted to try the Relax and Tranquility blends for my boys to see if they helped the little ones sleep at night. The reaction I got from them was fascinating. Not one of them enjoyed the smells of the blends I had purchased.
Nor were they willing to have a drop of those oils on their pillow at night. Oh no! They wanted Sweet Orange or Lemon or Peppermint. And unfortunately, those oils are not exactly known for helping someone sleep. As I began to try the blends myself, I noticed that these blends all had a slight “off” edge to the fragrance as well.
What I think about MLM Oils
Now, this was all very interesting, but because I have refused to “sign up” for an MLM company, I only had experience with a few of the best essential oil brands I was able to purchase in stores or directly from the manufacturer. I wanted (and still want) to purchase my essential oils direct.
Personally, I don’t want to pay the higher price for multi-level marketing in which multiple people make a percentage from each sale. Did you know that on MLM purchases often up to four people profit from a sale in addition to company profit?
You can look at the various Young Living Compensation Plans here and see for yourself. This is just one reason why I go with RMO vs Young Living.
I figured that this funky smell (almost like an “after smell”) was just something everybody lived with in order to get the benefits of essential oils in their home.
The Most Popular Essential Oil Brands
Rocky Mountain Oils. A merger between Native American Nutritionals and Rocky Mountain Oils created a rock-solid essential oil company with high-quality standards and a huge collection of pure essential oils and growing line of organic essential oils. This company is direct to consumer, often offers free shipping, and has a 90 Day return policy with a strong focus on customer satisfaction. Purchase Your Essential Oils from MY Favorite EO Company Here.
Young Living. A multi-level marketing company that skyrocketed in growth in spite of the facts. Young Living promotes the idea of a pure therapeutic grade oils for ingesting safely, which is a myth.
DoTerra. Another highly popular MLM with a slightly different structure.
Plant Therapy. Some of my first oils ever came from this company, and while I definitely do not love the lavender, I’m a huge fan of the sweet orange. This company also has great carrier oils and organic oils.
Simply Earth. This little company is newer on the scene but shows good promise with quality control and has some really beautiful products. I’m in love with the car diffuser that hangs on your rearview mirror. Simply Earth donates 13% of proceeds to organizations that work to end human trafficking — I love that.
Eden’s Garden. This one is a faith-based company with a decent selection and a quality promise.
Mountain Rose Herbs. Mountain Rose Herbs carries a large selection of both essential oils and herbs.
NOW. This brand is available in stores and is largely popular for this reason.
Aura Cacia. This brand is available in stores and is largely popular for this reason.
Does Young Living do GC/MS Testing? Really?
I’m getting pushback on this in the comments a lot, so I decided to do more research.
Read what happened when an independent lab tested an unopened bottle of the Young Living Oils here to see another reason I won’t purchase from that company. And why I’m horrified that people still ingest YL oils as if it is no big deal.
After acquiring five Rocky Mountain Essential Oils for myself and comparing those to what I had in my cabinet, I’ve made a decision. All those other essential oils blends in my case are going in the trash. Why keep potentially adulterated oils that kinda stink, and that my family won’t use? Young Living has also gotten in trouble for illegal harvesting of protected species.
What is the Top-Rated Brand of Essential Oils?
There is so much controversy about this and honestly there is no published FDA study or official, trustworthy comparison guide with data to back it up. Every article I found rated one specific company as the best simply because that is the company the website owner works with.
Young Living gets a lot of hype because they have a huge and almost rabid following in their MLM downline. But what really makes a great essential oil company is quality control, and we’ve already talked about how YL does not have that — even as much as they claim to have it.
I’m not going to pretend I don’t work with RMO, but I will tell you that these companies are the ones I would trust to have unadulterated oils: RMO, Plant Therapy, Simply Earth, Eden’s Garden, and Mountain Rose Herbs. While RMO is on that list, it is not the only one and I would never tell you that there is only one.
So Now Which Essential Oil Brand Will You Trust?
Do I really need to keep oils whose ingredients I cannot even identify with any certainty?
Why keep oils that don’t work for what we need?
And even those that were working – if the quality of the blends is not as amazing – what does that say about the quality of the single essential oils?
It took me a while to make up my mind, but going forward my family will be using Rocky Mountain Essential Oils exclusively. It’s one of the best essential oil brands, they are affordable and clean, shipping is free, and the customer service is amazing! RMO vs Young Living? RMO wins hands down.
Which Essential Oils Brands Should You Avoid?
I would definitely steer clear of the knock-off brands found on Amazon, which you can almost always tell have synthetic fillers from the smell. If it smells like perfume, it is not an essential oil.
The names of these oils change all the time, but a quick search on Amazon turned up Lagunamoon, Cliganic, Artizen, Phatoil, Eternal Essence, and more. These are all knock-off brands that are almost certainly adulterated with synthetics.
The Essential Oils I Actually Love
Over the course of a few days, I was also able to try several blends from Rocky Mountain Essential Oils as well. So far, I have used Immune Strength, Deep Breathe, Purify, and Pain Ease.
I love them all! Somehow words cannot express to you how different these blends are in how they smell. You are going to have to experience this for yourself. I can *finally* understand why someone would want to diffuse oils in their home! RMO is definitely one of the best essential oil brands available. Also this E.O. box. Swoon.
This made me start asking questions about how Rocky Mountain Essential Oils are made, and what kind of purity I can expect from the company. Obviously, to me, something makes these oils different.
Did you know Rocky Mountain Oils is the first essential oil direct ship company to include batch numbers on their oils and provide full GC/MS data for each batch? Another great reason to go with RMO vs Young Living! GC stands fro gas chromatography and MS stands for mass spectrometry and both are chemistry terms for methods used to test the purity of the oils you are buying. Are these oils what they say they are?
That means when you purchase oils from RMO, you can know the exact chemical makeup of the exact batch from which you purchased. All you have to do is go to their website, click on the GC/MS tab, and enter the batch number. That’s pretty huge and guarantees you are gettng what you’ve paid for!
A Few Other Things to Consider
If you would like to see a direct comparison of essential oil blends between Rocky Moutain Oils and Young Living Essential Oils or RMO and DoTerra — check out this chart.<– Hint. If you are trying to replace Thieves Oil — try Immune Strength!
What are some good essential oils for introducing people to aromatherapy?
Does the idea of an Essential Oils Starter Kit excite you, but you don’t want one from an MLM company? – this post details how to build an essential oil starter kit from scratch using Rocky Mountain Oils and free shipping.
Can Essential Oils be Harmful?
Yes! Absolutely! As more and more peopel turn to unsafe practices, egged on by the MLM companies who want to make a bigger buck, we find out more and more about the permanent internal damage being done by these oils. They are strong chemicals.
I’m hearing reports of burned esophagus, damage to the stomach lining, kids with asthma caused by constant diffusing and more. Please be responsible and use your essential oils safely around your children, your pets, and your own self.
If you are concerned about Essential Oil Safety for your family <– this post will help you sort it all out. Another reason I prefer RMO vs Young Living is safety. The MLM companies do not teach safe use of essential oils. It’s frightening how many people are diffusing oils 24/7 to the detriment of their child’s lungs. Or requiring children to ingest unsafe oils. Because oils are unsafe to ingest. All oils. 100%.
What is the best diffuser for essential oils?
A diffuser is a simple machine that takes the essential oil and turns it into a steam mixed with water to fill the air with the scent of the oil. Making diffusers is a simple task and there are many great diffusers on the market.
Get an awesome and effective diffuser to benefit from aromatherapy in your home. Diffusers should not be run for more than twenty minutes at a time no matter how pure your oils claim to be.
I love the Droplet Diffuser from Rocky Mountain Oils fro the home or office setting.
Find some new blends for your diffuser and get your oil on — try Winter Essential Oil Diffuser Blend Recipes <– this post is just what you need.
Let me tell you a few other reasons I want to stick with Rocky Mountain Oils as my essential oil brand of choice.
- FREE SHIPPING. This is huge. No order size requirements, just completely free shipping.
- Single oil purchases allowed. No kit requirements, no membership requirements, no long-term high-cost purchase agreements. If I need a bottle of peppermint, and that’s all I need – that’s all I have to order.
- Because RMO uses top-quality cold-pressed or steam distilled oils, no fragrance stabilizers, and no extra funk. Several of the RMO oils now come in a USDA-certified organic option too!
- A commitment to customer education. If you have questions and you call Rocky Mountain Oils, they can help you figure out exactly which oils you need to get. That means they are not just out to take your money! You can also find tons of DIY ideas and even more ideas of different ways to use the oils on the Rocky Mountain Oils blog.
- Transparency. There was some frustration with Native American Nutritionals before the two companies merged. But, Rocky Mountain Oils has been serving the essential oil community with integrity for a long time now. That was why they introduced GS/MC data. Because with it, you know exactly what you are paying for. This is independent third-party testing, something that Young Living has refused to do to this date. Transparency is a big reason I still believe RMO is one of the best essential oil brands.
- Price point. In general, the price point for oils from RMO is lower than the price point for equal or similar MLM brand oils. Now – make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Same size, same plant source, and same dilution if there is any. Also, make sure you are comparing the full price of the MLM oil. Make sure you do not compare the price after your discount unless you also factor in the *cost* of that discount.