how to buy essential oils

There are a host of other things one might want to evaluate when choosing an where to buy essential oils including the expertise of the founder and the company, and whether the company has a wholesale program for frequent buyers or users.
This is a very important factor for me because of the volume of product I use on a monthly basis. Click here for a list of things to consider on that level; and learn about the company I purchase oils from.
If you intend to use essential oils for your family, children and animals then my suggestion is to use 100% pure therapeutic grade oils.
But, they are used in millions of products including air fresheners, plug-ins, shampoos, laundry detergent and even our gum! There is absolutely no therapeutic value in these oils and they actually can be more harmful to our health then good so please be discreet.
Please contact me if you have any questions about therapeutic grade essential oils.
Therapeutic grade oils meet stringent distillation and testing procedures and are produced with no solvents.
If you are using oil for alternative health businesses then you not only want to use therapeutic oils but you need to use therapeutic oils.

Poor quality oils (oils that have been distilled from poor crops, have been handled improperly, are old, etc.) or adulterated oils (oils that have chemicals or other oils added to them) are not considered as therapeutic.
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Bulk Apothecary sells all of it’s Nature’s Oil brand and Bulk Apothecary Brand products for manufacturing purposes only.  Consequently all of these products may not be labeled for consumer use.  This includes nutritional facts labels where applicable.  Bulk Apothecary shall not be held responsible for any damages to property or for any adverse physical effects (including injury or bodily harm) caused by insufficient knowledge or the improper use of a product. The user of the product is solely responsible for compliance with all laws and regulations applying to the use of the products.  As with any manufacturing process, Bulk Apothecary strongly recommends small scale testing for evaluation purposes prior to full commercial manufacturing.
Bulk Apothecary shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.  Please note, the International Federation of Aromatherapists do not recommend that Essential Oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a Medical Doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy.
Whether you’re looking for eucalyptus oil, sandalwood oil, lavender oil, peppermint oil or others, you can save when buying essential oils wholesale from Bulk Apothecary.  We offer a wide range of aromatherapy essential oils and can, upon request, provide a C of A to ensure you get 100% pure oil.
In addition, Essential Oils must be properly diluted before use in order to avoid any damages to property or adverse physical effects (including injury or bodily harm).  Furthermore, Essential Oils supplied by Bulk Apothecary are recommended for external use only. Thank You.
We are one of the largest importers and domestic purchasers of many of these oils and offer them at some of the best prices available.  Other companies cut their essential oils with much cheaper carrier oils in order to sell them at a huge profit.  However, if you really want to yield the aromatherapeutic benefits that aromatherapy oils have to offer, it is important to only buy premium quality product.
Hi! I’ll be working with a large group of people and making lots of 4oz jars of bath salts using essential oils and I’d like to know if anyone knows where I can order essential oils in bulk for a good price.
So it doesn’t matter what company you may get it from, even “therapeutic essential oils from Young Living” as you referenced in your post, if it’s “undiluted”, then it’s “undiluted”.
I’ve spent the last two days trying to write a concise, easy guide to essential oils and their safety, and it ended up being just an enormous dump of information that no would want to ingest in a single blog post.
Hi! Do you recommend a book/blog/info dump about using essential oils in skincare? It aint easy to find out how to use them on my skin, and I’m all about it.
[…] A word of caution: make sure you use essential oils that can be applied to the skin, “fragrance oils” are not essential oil so avoid those.
Nonetheless, I’ve narrowed it down to 7 essential oils to consider when starting to use them in your personal care products or homemade cleaning supplies.
Because the FDA does not control essential oils, as long as a company puts at least 5% real essential oil in a bottle (the rest is a carrier oil) then they can label it as pure so it’s critical to know your buying pure EO.
I agree that most EOs cannot be used neat or undiluted – other than therapeutic essential oils such as Young Living.
Hi I’m looking to use essential oils in my cleaning products.
To use smell for a better sleep, try using essential oils (not fragrance oil!) like rose, lavender, ylang-ylang, roman chamomile and sandalwood.
They are a fraction of the price that ‘Young Living’ essential oils, also pure and organic (of course) are.
If this is your first time using and buying essential oils, I recommend reading Crunchy Betty’s 21 things you should know about essential oils.
You said that “Remember that what you’re allergic to in food, you will be allergic to in essential oils.” This is not true as stated by Dr.
[…] I found this great article about things you should know about essential oils.
As someone who has used and researched essential oils for 20+ years I am bummed to see how much misinformation there is in this article! Please don’t believe everything you read people.
“USE ESSENTIAL OILS TO HELP YOUR MOOD.
“What essential oils do you recommend I buy?” is the number one question I receive.
On a cautionary note: be careful with using essential oils on children and babies, as well as pregnant women.
Any questions? Anything you think other people should know about essential oils that I didn’t cover? Add to the wealth of knowledge and leave your comment.
David Stewart, PhD, DNM in his book “The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple”.
I’ve never used Essential oils and I have some questions about them.
Here are some of my favorite references for learning more about how to safely and effectively use essential oils in skincare, aromatherapy, and cleaning products.
PLEASE check out ‘Using Essential Oils Safely’ facebook group.
However, at the end of this post, I am going to give extensive references to those of you who would like to learn more about the fascinating world of essential oils, as well as a list of my top 7 recommended essential oils for any household to have.
I notice ‘Now’ sells essential oils that are 100% pure and organic.
I use Young Living Essential Oils.
[…] baking soda, bentonite clay, sea salt and essential oils off the shelves.
Just be careful using essential oils.
Essential oils vary in quality depending on which parts of the plants are included–lavender oil, for example can be made with lavender flowers and stalks or just with the flowers, the latter being of higher quality–the method of extraction (steam distilled is usually better than water distilled), country or region of origin, and time of harvest.
About 700 different kinds of plants contain useful essential oils, and you can find many of these online or in your local health food store, farmers market or co-op.
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Some essential oil mail-order companies are run by aromatherapists who stake their reputation on supplying high quality oils, so they may be the best way for you to get what you want.
Essential oils produced in the United States automatically demand a higher price to cover the greater costs of labor.
The price of essential oils varies from $5 to an incredible $800 an ounce or more, reflecting the difficulty involved in their production.
Cheaper essential oils may actually end up costing you more money in the end because they are weaker and you might have to use more to achieve the same effect.
This being said, you will find oils and related supplies at natural food stores, herb stores, specialty mail-order catalogs, and of course, at aromatherapy and skin care outlets.
There is great variation in the price of essential oils because some are more expensive to produce.
If you really want to make sure you get your money’s worth from your essential oils, you’ll want to learn how to store them properly.
Keville, Kathi.  "Essential Oils 101"  23 April 2007.  HowStuffWorks.com. < ;  18 October 2014.
But you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it becomes, after only a little practice, to sniff out good essential oils.
Because standards for quality control of essential oils do not currently exist in the United States, it is important to find reputable sources that sell good quality essential oils if you are planning to use them for health-related purposes.
Whether you buy essential oils in a store, from an individual, or from the internet, be sure to read any information provided on the label or website, or ask questions about quality.
There are a number of ways in which the quality of essential oils can be compromised-from the growing conditions of the plants to their harvesting, distillation, manufacture, distribution, and storage.
Although a few researchers have obtained FDA approval to conduct research on essential oils used therapeutically (as drugs), most essential oils are not considered drugs by official agencies.
The FDA considers essential oils either cosmetics or drugs, depending on their intended use.
If a company claimed that an essential oil was effective as an aid for quitting smoking or in treating or preventing any other condition or disease, the FDA is more likely to regulate the product as a drug.
Essential oils come from all over the world, and suppliers or companies usually obtain oils from farmers or wholesalers whose practices and integrity they have come to trust over time.
The quality of essential oils can vary widely.
For example, if a company claimed that the aroma of an essential oil promoted attractiveness, the FDA would most likely regulate the product as a cosmetic.
Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has responsibility for regulating foods, food additives, drugs, cosmetics, and dietary supplements.
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Thank you so much for all of your research on the different essential oils companies! I had been trying to figure out what to do with getting EO’s as a beginner, (it was like deciding on a cloth diaper system all over again!), and coming across your blog was a huge help! I just placed an order with NAN last night using your link, and I’m excited to try the oils and see how they can benefit my family.
Honestly, I want to tell you about Young Living…..I have used at least 75 of their oils and multiple supplements and I really want to tell you the truth, THEY WORK and THEY WORK, EVERY TIME! I THEM and they are 100% pure, therapeutic grade and are the real deal! I am not sure where you got yours or whom but I buy them directly from Young Living, maybe the prices on some things are a bit high, but if you want a quality product that works, you have to pay more and I will always buy YOUNG LIVING, th BEST of the BEST!!!! Plus Gary Young is an amzing man and is one of the most knowlegeable men in the essential oil business ever besides GOD, who made these first and foremost.
I found your blog several weeks ago, and I have been researching about essential oils in general for about 4 months now, but not terribly in depth on the different companies, though I have read a lot about both Young Living and Doterra and have a friend who sells Doterra.
I love that the company has been in the business of oils for over 20 years – I’ve read, researched and tried others and made the decision for my family that Young Living was the perfect fit.
Most companies, large and small, whether it is Young Living, DoTerra, Mountain Rose Herbs……they all MUST buy directly from the people who actually “steam distill , CO2 extract or Solvent extract(as in absolutes)” produce the essential oils.
To start off, following are the essential oils companies that were “on my radar” and so I started with these, wondering if I should stick with Young Living or switch to another company to be my family’s “best essential oils company” of choice.
The everythingessential.me page will tell you all about the DoTerra Oils – it’s a great resource! Yes I joined DoTerra several years ago – I have collected info on essential oils for years now and yes some brands are really good but DoTerra is the only one I will take internally because I know each batch is tested, not just once per source but each time a batch comes in.
we’ve been using doTERRA’s oils since 2009 and we love them! But that’s not why I’m chiming in, I wanted to speak from the doTERRA crowd that you’ve done a great job on your research, writing, and justifying your position.
I would love to throw my two cents into the mix — after suffering with a debilitating autoimmune illness for 6 years while I was in my 20’s, a friend of mine introduced me to Young Living Essential Oils and within one week on one of their products I got about 95% of my health back!! As time went on, I was able to get off 4 Rx drugs with the essential oils and lifestyle changes I made.
I’ve been buying Young Living Essential Oils for many years.
I’ve been using Young Living’s essential oils for some time and there is no comparison.
Some YL users whom used the products for 15 years and above claimed that the purity and quality of doTERRA essential oils are as great as when the opening of YL company.
Such a great post! I have been using essential oils for quite some time but have never used any of the direct sales company brands.
One thing I’ve recently noticed, regarding Mountain Rose Herbs essential oils, is that there can be a difference in “potency” of oils between companies.
Looking forward to your final report! I am ready to start using essential oils in my home but I have been holding off, trying to decide where to get them from (hence what led me to your blog, which I LOVE by the way!) I read somewhere that you can test purity by putting a drop on construction paper to see if it all evaporates, or if it leaves an oily ring on the paper.
If there is a good reason that Native American Nutritionals does this, I’d like to know, otherwise, I’ll pass on their blends and maybe learn about mixing my own blends with their single Essential Oils which don’t seem to be pre-mixed with a carrier oil, at least the few that I checked weren’t.
Wow! Very interesting post, Adrienne! I found it by typing a search, “Dana Young essential oils scam”! I am interested in Essential Oils for healing and found information about Be Young essential oils.
I was wondering if you’ve come across any research comparing training/resources for use of essential oils? I’m an experienced massage therapist, and just placed an order for the two basic kits, plus a diffuser from NAN -I’m so looking forward to receiving them.
My kinda research!! I’ve often wondered which essential oils company / which ones are comparable.
If someone that was so smart and work for the company couldn’t see that all you was doing was researching and trying to find what’s best to fit your need for you and your family he for sure shouldn’t be testing on something I want to use for me , my family or my clients I have started looking into other companies that sell essential oil and have started looking in other places and researching the companies and I just wanted to say Thank you for your hard work and time you put into your blog on this matter.
I’m really happy with Rocky Mountain Essential Oils (not part of your comparison, but they make blends similar to YLEO), Mountain Rose Herbs and Aura Cacia.
I’ve found another company that sells essential oils ( including Thieves oil ).
Have you ever looked into BAREF?T eos? After lots of research, these are the ones I’ve chosen but I’m not very familiar with how they compare to others as I am still new to using essential oils.
I’ve been using essential oils for 2 years.
I am not expert enough to know for sure whether Heritage Oils or Young Living Oils are better, but I did want to post that our experience with Heritage Oils customer service has always been pleasant and prompt, and we did like her products.
Our orange oil was purchased from six different oils companies: DoTerra, Young Living, Mountain Rose, Native American Nutritionals, Heritage Essential Oils, and J&M Botanicals.
 There are many more out there, and I wish it was feasible to cover them all.  In fact, I wish I had more time to completely unpack the few included here!  I have barely scratched the surface, but hopefully the information offered in this brief comparison will aid you in choosing the right essential oils for your family or, at the very least, spur you on to do further investigation for yourself.
 For example, some peppermint oils may smell sharp, minty, and delicious enough to eat, while a peppermint scent with an herb undertone more accurately reflects a true oil in its purest form.Along these lines, it is also imperative to avoid oil with pesticides and other toxic chemicals, which themselves are usually oil soluble.
 But what about essential oils?  It’s a lot easier to make a judgment about herbs, but choosing where to purchase oils can be a daunting process.
 While all true essential oils are steam-distilled, citrus oil is an exception.
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This product from Young Living Essential Oils gets 3 stars because "Thieve’s Oil" (as a formula) is truly excellent.
I love thieves and I trust Young Living essential oils.
Whilst I am not a big supporter of the quackwatch.org site (and the people behind it) and I most certainly do NOT agree with the MOST of their worldview, I will say they have turned up some interesting and insightful info about the history of Gary Young (just search Google for "young essential oils quackwatch" without the quotation marks).

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Aromatherapists prefer pure oils, saying that synthetic oils do not have the same therapeutic properties as pure essential oils.
Avoid buying essential oils from a company that prices all different oils at the same price.
Sniffing too many different oils close together can overwhelm the senses and temporarily reduce your ability to discern differences in different essential oils.
Choose pure essential oils over synthetic essential oils.
Avoid essential oils that have been diluted with vegetable oils.
Avoid "fragrant oil", "perfume oil" or "aromatherapy oil", which can be warning signs that the oils have been mixed with chemicals or other substances.
Essential oils should be sold in dark amber or blue glass bottles.
The price of natural essential oils should vary greatly according to how much of the raw material is needed to produce the oil.
Although the words "pure essential oil" is a good sign, it doesn’t say anything about how the plant was grown or how well the essential oil was stored.
Don’t buy essential oils in plastic bottles, as the essential oil can dissolve plastic and contaminate the essential oil.
Look for "pure essential oil" or "100% essential oil" on the label.


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