There are a lot of essential oils companies out there. And with that, there has been a lot of arguing and debating over which company has the purest, and highest quality essential oil. The co-op brands seem to stay out of the fray pretty well, but doTERRA and Young Living are two multilevel marketing companies who are in the thick of it.
Young Living has been around since 1993 when Gary Young discovered there was power in essential oils but had a difficult time finding consistent results within the existing essential oil products. He began growing plants, distilling oils, and bringing a consistent quality product to the market.
In 2008, doTERRA came on scene. A handful of executives from Young Living decided they wanted to make their business differently, and left to create doTERRA.
Both companies have branched outside of essential oils and now offer nutritional supplements, beauty products, and various items for your home and general health. Both companies rely on people working from home to market and distribute their products.
The doTERRA vs Young Living Debate
Depending on what side of the tracks you’re on, there is a lot of mudslinging going on about these two companies. “doTERRA executives left and stole proprietary information from Young Living.” “Young Living falsified reports to say that doTERRA’s oils aren’t pure.”
There’s a lot of hearsay and “he said, she said” going on, and I really don’t want to get into that. I did some research before joining doTERRA to see if I really thought their oils were better than Young Living’s. I read articles, blog posts, and personal testimonies. Adrienne from Whole New Mom wrote a whole series on “Which Essential Oil Company is Best?” I read it. I was so torn.
My Inner Debate
Whose oils are more pure? Which company is most ethical? Who can I feel good representing?
- I like that Young Living has control over their growing process “from seed to seal”. I like that they are involved in every step.
- I like that doTERRA sources their plants from their indigenous areas, where the plant naturally grows.
- I like that Young Living tests it’s oils and has a “Young Living Therapeutic Grade” certification for them.
- I like that doTERRA tests it’s oils and has a “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade” certification for them.
- The FDA doesn’t regulate essential oils so both Young Living and doTERRA’s purity certifications are self-regulated and self-imposed.
It felt like both companies were trying to provide a high quality product for their customers. Finally, after researching both companies and having no solid reason to recommend one over the other, I came across a post by Lindsey Leigh Bentley that gave me peace. She said,
You know what it reminds me of? High School…no, worse. Junior High School.
I don’t want to be a part of it because I honestly believe that both companies make really, really, wonderful oils. And really this ridiculous feuding only causes stress which we know isn’t healthy – hello counter-productivity!! Let’s tell both sides to inhale some lavender and chill out a bit shall we? I am sure both sides feel completely justified, and probably have valid points. But I don’t want to play and I refuse to bad-mouth another company in order to promote mine.
And suddenly the stars aligned and I felt like maybe my gut was right. Maybe both companies are passionate about what they do, and maybe they’re both doing their best to provide health changing products to the market. Maybe the founders of doTERRA didn’t like a couple things and wanted to do things differently. Maybe there was no malice, no fraud, just hurt feelings.
A Common Goal
I think the old saying, “it’s six of one, half a dozen of the other” fits perfectly here.
If you are using Young Living products and seeing improvements in your health, I rejoice with you. (And will you please tell me about it in the comments? I love hearing people’s success stories.) My mom is a Young Living wholesale member.
If you are using Mountain Rose Herbs oils and getting results, I rejoice with you! (And I’d love to hear your story too.)
As for me, I chose doTERRA. I’d like to say it is because I agree with the business model more than another company’s, or that I believe their oils are far superior. In the end though, it came down to people. I have the opportunity to work with a long time friend, Sarah DeGroff from Well Rounded Birth Prep. Sarah and I have been friends since 2005 when we were both pregnant. We have kept in touch and remained friends these past 9 (!!!) years, and Sarah had an opening on her team. I am completely thrilled to have this opportunity to work with Sarah and I really hope to be an asset to her team.
In the end of this whole debate, regardless of who did what to who, I think it’s important to remember that we’re all in this for the same thing: health. Let’s keep our mudslinging to ourselves and not give essential oil skeptics reason to question us all. Let’s be the face of health, of unity, of partnership.
For me this means doTERRA, but if you’re faithful to another brand, I hope we can still be friends.