Aren't All Essential Oils the Same?
If you’ve never used essential oils, you might be wondering, “Aren’t all essential oils created equal if they're from the same plants?” The honest answer, sadly, is no. Essential oils are gaining such popularity that pretty much every “health” company out there is branding their own version of essential oils. Unfortunately, there is no governing body overseeing the essential oil industry, which means, there is no reason for a brand to be honest about what's actually in that bottle of “100% pure lavender” they’re selling for $5.99. They often contain fillers or other contaminants that dilute and alter the purity and potency, which diminish the therapeutic quality of the oil.
When it comes to buying essential oils, there is a lot to consider—price, ease of use, your personal preferences and needs, etc. However, the most important thing is quality. Pure essential oils will generally be safer and more effective, which means that your money will be well spent.
The quality and efficacy of an essential oil depends heavily on the production process and dozens of little details throughout an oil’s journey from plant to bottle. Even seemingly tiny factors (like the type of soil used to grow the plants or the time of day that the plants are harvested) can dramatically impact the quality of an essential oil because all of these elements impact the oil’s chemistry.
Cutting corners during any phase of the oil production or bottling process will always result in a lower quality oil. Not all essential oil producers take the same time and care necessary to produce high-quality essential oils and the difference is clear from both the resulting aroma and the efficacy of the oil when you use it.
The majority of essential oils on the market today are either contaminated or adulterated. Contamination is unintentional and usually happens due to inexperience and insufficient equipment being used. Adulteration is completely intentional and means lowering the quality of a substance by adding another substance to it.
Today, we see a lot of carrier oils being added to “extend” the oil in order to increase profits. Companies will also add similar oils, for example, Cassia is often added to Cinnamon Bark because it has a similar chemical make-up, but it will still be labeled “100% pure Cinnamon Bark.” Because of its popularity worldwide, Lavender essential oil is one of the most commonly adulterated oils, with companies adding individual chemicals that are lower quality and often times synthetic.
It has a dōTERRA label, but is it really dōTERRA?
You also need to consider who you purchase from. By purchasing from The Oils Room, you get your oils directly from the source, ensuring that you are receiving an authentic product. Unfortunately, the world of online shopping has made getting verified product difficult. Many online sellers claim to be selling oils from dōTERRA, but unfortunately it's relatively easy for unverified sellers to take the cap and ring off a bottle and either dilute or replace the oil entirely. They then put on a new cap and seal and sell it for profit.
I get it. If you’re used to Amazon Prime like me, it’s tempting to go for the free 2-day shipping. But remember, there’s no guarantee on oils purchased through other sources online. Using an oil that comes from uncertain origins could be potentially dangerous for you and your family’s health. Buying only from someone you trust or directly from dōTERRA is the only way to make sure you’re getting the quality you want.
dōTERRA is dedicated to providing the highest quality essential oils in the world. Their unique sourcing model, rigorous testing and commitment to transparency, dedication to science and research and partnerships with top universities and medical professionals make them a leader in the industry. You can be certain that you are getting the purest, most potent essential oils that will provide consistent results EVERY TIME.
This is why The Oils Room chose dōTERRA. Only the best for our families and yours. If we’re teaching you how to use essential oils for yourself and your children, we want to be sure they are the highest quality; sourced and produced by a company with strong ethics and integrity.
What's in Your Bottle of Essential Oil?
Most essential oil companies say their oil is “100% Pure”, but that is simply not true.
“80% of commercially available “pure” essential oils are adulterated in some way." - Aromatic Plant Research Center (APRC)
Some might wonder, “Does it really matter if I use pure essential oils or not?” It turns out, when it comes to using essential oils, purity is possibly the most important attribute. When an essential oil isn’t pure, it has the potential to expose the body to germs, adulterants, or other undesirable things like heavy metals. If an essential oil contains contaminants, it can lead to unwanted effects like irritation and even sickness.
Along with shielding the body from adverse effects, using pure essential oils also allows you to get the maximum benefit that the oil has to offer. If an essential oil is pure and free from contaminants, it will be safe to use (with appropriate application methods), and will provide the desired benefits. Not only do pure essential oils give you peace of mind that your body will be protected from unwanted additives, but you will also find the oils to be more effective.
Before you purchase an essential oil, do some of your own research to see what kind of testing methods the company uses to ensure purity. By educating yourself, you’ll be able to protect your family by using only pure, potent and effective essential oils.
The dōTERRA Commitment
dōTERRA has partnered with various farmers and distilleries around the world and is involved throughout the entire production process to guarantee that no unwanted substances are added. They also created the Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) testing standard; so that you can be assured you're receiving the highest quality, purest essential oil in the world.
The CPTG process certifies that there are no added fillers, synthetic ingredients, or harmful contaminants in their essential oils and ensures consistency from batch to batch. dōTERRA even goes a step further, putting their products and packaging through a battery of tests to ensure a long and effective shelf-life. Utilizing its own facilities, as well as trusted third-party labs, dōTERRA essential oils undergo testing that far exceeds the industry standard to ensure that customers receive the highest quality oil, every time.
On average dōTERRA runs over 175 analyses on the life of a single oil, more than any company in the industry. They are so confident that their oils are pure, you can check the quality of your single essential oil bottle on their website sourcetoyou.com.
MOST TESTED. MOST TRUSTED.
What's Determines Potency?
Another crucial element in providing a quality essential oil is guaranteeing that there is maximum potency.
Where the essential oil is sourced matters. Plants grown in their native environment produce a higher quality potency. The growing season, elevation, climate, moisture, and soil all play an important role.
While the temptation for a company as large as dōTERRA may be to buy large plots of land and mass produce oils, instead they’ve chosen to develop sourcing partnerships with experienced farmers all around the world who have generations of harvesting knowledge.
Preserving a Plant's Chemistry
Once an aromatic plant has been properly harvested, it's transported to a distillery. Extracting essential oil is an extremely delicate process. If done improperly, distillation can dramatically alter or destroy a plant’s aromatic compounds. If distillation is completed with customized care, the resulting essential oil retains a strong chemical profile that will provide therapeutic benefits to its users.
dōTERRA partners with expert distillers who apply custom pressures and temperatures to extract each essential oil—ensuring the most potent and beneficial chemical profile.
Making an Impact by Using dōTERRA Essential Oils
dōTERRA’s process of sourcing is intended to provide powerful essential oils as well as create an industry that uplifts and instills hope in farming communities around the world. This process is called Co-Impact Sourcing®.
By purchasing from dōTERRA, you're not only receiving an extraordinary product, you also become a part of the Co-Impact Sourcing® movement that is blessing and changing lives around the world.
In addition to supplying the highest quality essential oils, dōTERRA is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of farmers, harvesters, and distillers who contribute to dōTERRA’s oil production.
dōTERRA sources its oils from over 40 countries—more than half of which are considered developing countries. The Co-Impact Sourcing® initiative ensures that small scale farmers and harvesters in disadvantaged areas are treated ethically.
Co-Impact Sourcing® is an initiative that seeks to develop long-term, mutually beneficial supplier partnerships while creating sustainable jobs and providing reliable income in underdeveloped areas. dōTERRA is committed to the ethical treatment of its suppliers by providing on-time payments at fair prices. Growers and harvesters are encouraged to form cooperative groups to share collective benefits and bargaining power while improving skills and capacity.
These extensive sourcing partnerships with artisans who champion the best seeds, soil, growing environments and distilleries empower dōTERRA to produce exclusive, proprietary oils and blends that preserve the purity and potency of each plant.
Ninety-six percent of dōTERRA single oils and oil blends are exclusive, ensuring that essential oil users receive a product that is truly one-of-a-kind.
Some of dōTERRA’s Co-Impact Sourcing® Initiatives
Brazil’s Amazon: Copaiba
Bulgaria: Lavender and Melissa
Kenya: Ginger, Geranium, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Oregano and Thyme
Madagascar: Ylang Ylang
Nepal: Wintergreen and Spikenard
New Zealand: Douglas Fir