Why I Quit DoTerra (And What I’m Doing Instead)

Why I quit doterraFirst off, I just want to be clear that I am not profiting in any way by writing this. No one is paying me or giving me any free stuff or even asked me nicely to say anything about their products. These are just some of my thoughts from my own personal experiences.

And I have absolutely nothing against doTerra. From everything I gather, it’s a perfectly lovely organization selling wonderful products. This is just an explanation of why doTerra ended up not being a great fit for me.

I started buying doTerra products about six months ago. I don’t have any complaints about the products, but I think I’m done with the company.

If you didn’t already know, doTerra is a multi-level marketing (MLM) company  — you know, like Avon or Tupperware, or more recently Plexus or Scentsy . . . one of those companies that often puts you in the awkward position of having your loved ones invite you over to try to sell you stuff, and then trying to get you to sell stuff to your friends. They sell essential oils and other related products.

MLM companies work by recruiting people to become their distributors/salespeople, usually with the promise of discounts on their products plus the opportunity to earn commission. Distributors sell products directly to consumers by means of relationship referrals and word of mouth marketing. They then in turn try to turn their friends into distributors, because this means even more discounts, free products, and/or more commission, plus other possible perks (think trips to Hawaii).

Overall, I don’t think there’s anything terribly wrong with MLM. DoTerra in particular seems to have a good heart, provides opportunities for stay-at-home moms to earn an income, and I know they do charity work, too. There are a couple of aspects, though, that just weren’t a good fit for me, especially when it came to doTerra, and I’ll be focusing on these.

Way Too Friggin’ Complicated

My story with doTerra starts simply enough, as it does for most people: I wanted to buy some doTerra essential oils. To be clear, I never had any interest in selling them or making a profit. That just wasn’t in my agenda.

doterra diffuser

I had heard good things about their products, and was drawn to some of their “proprietary blends.” I wanted to give them a try. But in order to get them for a halfway affordable price (a.k.a. “wholesale prices”), you have to sign up to be a distributor. And that comes with a membership fee.

So I signed up. Buying a membership makes you a “wellness advocate” (which I found a hilarious title from the start) and you get a whole packet of information explaining all the various programs you can sign up for to get further deals.

All of discount programs, I soon learned, involve first buying more products, selling to others, or recruiting other distributors. You are generally rewarded with discounts on additional purchases or free products.

For example, there’s a “product of the month” loyalty program where you have to sign up for monthly purchases, meet a minimum purchase requirement, and have them shipped before a certain date of the month. Only then do you qualify for a free monthly product of their choosing, which you may or may not even want.

Other loyalty programs also allow you get a certain amount of “points” back which you can use towards future purchases. But again, you first have to commit to buying or selling a certain amount of product every month to qualify. There are so many stipulations and minimum purchase requirements, and then many of the products I wanted (like the diffusers) didn’t quality for the discounts.

I quickly found these requirements far too constraining, and even found myself buying things I didn’t necessarily want just so I could earn points to make the whole program worthwhile. But without signing up for any of these programs, the products remained unaffordable.

Now I’m just a simple Mennonite girl with a degree in literature. I felt like I needed a business degree just to make sense of all the offers and programs to get a decent price on the products. I knew I was spending more than I wanted. For what?

Finally, I decided enough was enough.

All I wanted were some oils in the most economical way. Was that too much to ask?

Too Much Fanfare

I think my eyebrows first started to rise when I saw a photo on Instagram from DoTerra of their conference.

“Over 10,000 flowers are being arranged for centerpieces on 540 tables for the Gala tomorrow night. #doterraalive,” the caption read.

Maybe I’m miserly, but that struck me as an excessive amount of flowers. We’re not celebrating the commencement of world peace here. This is a corporation that has developed some new products to sell, and are preparing to unveil them to their sales team. 10,000 flowers? 540 centerpieces? Is Jesus going to be there??

Again, I come from a Mennonite background, where we celebrate huge life events by adding jam to a feast of bread and butter in the unadorned church basement. At my wedding there were exactly six flowers — in my bouquet, which we picked up for $2.99 from the grocery store on the way to the church. So maybe I’m not the best judge of opulence.

I will fully agree that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with lavish conventions and parties. I just don’t necessarily feel like paying a premium for a product so that the company can fund such events. I’d personally rather go with a more modest company who just wants to sell their product in an economical (but still honest) fashion.

I’m not interested in the fanfare.

Too Expensive

Why I Quit Doterra

Look, I don’t mind paying for quality. I’ll gladly reach deeper into my pockets for products that support my values (fair wages for workers, earth-friendly practices, etc). I’ve written before about how I’m willing to pay a premium for organic, local foods, for example. And doTerra does sell really excellent products, I won’t deny that.

However, I just felt like doTerra seemed to be spending too much on marketing. Too much was spent on rewarding top sellers, on fancy galas and conventions, on luring in new distributors, etc.

Moreover, I’m Canadian. When I signed up with the Canadian branch of DoTerra, I was under the impression that the prices on the site were in Canadian dollars. Because I’m not too bright, it took several very large purchases before I realized they were actually in US dollars. With the plummeting Canadian dollar, this makes doTerra oils (which are expensive for Americans) obscenely expensive for Canadian buyers.

A 15ml bottle of frankincense, for example, which is $73.94 USD (wholesale), is $97 CAD. Holy crap! That’s a week’s worth of groceries for me!

I know that doTerra advocates will tell you that only doTerra products are “certified pure therapeutic grade” (which they are, since they’re the ones who made up that term), and that they’re the only ones you can trust to be totally safe. (Young Living distributors will say the same about their products). But I did some digging around, and found another company that seems to be their equals in quality, but for a much smaller price tag.

I’m not convinced that doTerra (or Young Living, for that matter) have cornered the market on high-quality essential oils. But they are by far the most expensive. I suspect it’s mostly for the reasons I’ve discussed above — tons of money poured into marketing and fanfare.

Another Source?

Edens Gardens Essential OIls

When I complained on Instagram about the prices of doTerra products, a friend recommended Edens Gardens. I finally decided to check them out.

The price difference was astonishing. I’m talking between 40-60% off on most products. So I decided to get serious. I did some research and I made some purchases.

Here are some features of Eden’s Garden that won me over.

  • Excellent quality. From what I can tell, the quality of oils offered by Edens Gardens is every bit as high as doTerra’s. (Read their information on quality here.)
  • Stupid simple: you see which oils you want on their website, you buy them. No commitments, no membership fees, no complicated rewards programs, no grandiose titles. No nonsense.
  • Lower prices: like I said above: for most of the oils I wanted, I could get them for about 40-60% what I’d pay at doTerra. The website explains that they’re able to sell them for such discounted prices precisely because they don’t have all the fanfare associated with MLM.  They sell directly to the consumer — no middlemen. No fancy office buildings, no special prizes for top sellers, etc. (Read more here.)
  • Different size options: Eden’s Garden oils can be purchased in four different sizes, including a 5ml option. This is perfect if you just want to try out a certain oil without making a huge commitment — I bought a bunch of 5ml bottles for that reason. Many (most?) of them are under $6. (DoTerra, by contrast, only has one size option, which is typically 15ml, so you better hope you like it! Especially if you’re buying an $80 bottle!)
  • Much greater selection: doTerra offers around 45 different single essential oils and 20 blends. Edens Garden, on the other hand, sells about 131 single oils and 39 blends. You’re sure to find what you want! (Sure, doTerra sells all kind of other products like lotions, cleaners, supplements, etc, but I wasn’t interested in those).

One warning about Edens Gardens for Canadians:

The one downside to Edens Gardens is this: shipping to Canada is insane. (In the US it’s fine — free for purchases over $50). It’s one of those bizarre situations where the more you spend, the more you have to pay for shipping. It doesn’t really motivate you to buy more!

Fortunately I live close enough to the US border that I can have it shipped (free) to a mailbox in Detroit, and then hop over and pick up my package when it’s ready. But for other Canadians . . . you might not be so lucky.

So there are just a few of my thoughts on a few different essential oil companies! I thought it would be nice to offer an honest, unbiased opinion where I can’t possibly profit.

Again, a reminder: Edens Gardens has no idea I’m writing this. Just wanted to spread the word! If you’ve been looking into essential oils, here’s an option you might want to consider!

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Comments

  1. Thanks for posting this! I had the same experience with Young Living. I wanted to try some of their products after reading this post on Dig This Chick: http://www.digthischick.net/2015/02/essentially-on-our-sweet-smelling-medicine-cabinet.html#sthash.8FlFLOlP.dpbs and I have been enjoying the oils I purchased (after becoming a Distributor) but I was so overwhelmed by the whole thing. I recently bought oils from Native American Nutritionals, and am really liking them. I’ll check out Edens Garden next time. Thanks!

  2. You put into words my on going struggle with YL. Love their oils, not a huge fan of the company, but I’ve been admittedly brainwashed into thinking they’re the only ones selling quality. I’ve heard really good things about Heritage oils as well and have been debating about switching to them or maybe I’ll look into EG.

    My hangup has been diffusers. My YL diffuser has been great. No issues after a few years of hard use. All the reviews on cheaper diffusers from non-MLM companies don’t seem to be as good. I’d be interested if you have an affordable diffuser that has worked well for you.

  3. Kristin Kozar says:

    I use Edens Gardens and love them. I’m not willing to pay the ridiculous prices of Young Living or doTerra.

  4. Thanks for writing. I’ve been doing Doterra for awhile (my friend sells it.) I became “suspicious” of it after a blogger I’ve been following for a long time started selling it and then she got super into it and Doterra started sending her on trips all over the place. Then that’s all she ever talked about. It got annoying and sort of seemed a little cult like. I use Frankincense on my daughter who has epilepsy so I need good quality. I’ve tried Mountain Rose herbs and Native American oils and neither had good enough quality to help with seizures. I’m hoping to find an alternative. I’ll check out Edens.
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    • Just thought you wold like to know. Check out the following link about Frankincense. It has been researched at the Baylor Cancer Research and the type of Frankincense that doTERRA carries is the same. I know you want to to use the best out there for your beloved daughter so wanted to share this knowledge with you. I have been using doTERRA products for almost 3 years now and have seen amazing results with myself as well as my friends and family. I don’t know if you are familiar with Dr. Axe, but he is amazing and is often on the Dr. Oz show and he also works with professional athletes. Check out his website at http://www.draxe.com I think you will be impressed. And, just as an aside, he used to have his own line of essential oils. However, after visiting doTERRA’s facilities and some of their growers, he discontinued his own line of essential oils and no uses doTERRA and only recommends doTERRA. Here is the Baylor Research website on Boswelliian Frankincense, which is the kind doTERRA has. If you do your research you will find that some of the cheaper brands will have harmful and dangerous ingredients in them, including carcinogens that are cancer causing ingredients. You need to be sure to use the purest essential oils you can find because they are very concentrated. doTERRA has the research behind their products. I am very particular what I put into my body. Only purchase organic, gluten free and Non-GMO food products. Therefore, before using any essential oils I did many months of research. I love doTERRA. There products have magical results and I would never ingest any other brand of essential oils. But, to each his own. Everyone needs to do what’s best for them. But, when I saw your little girl has epilepsy and that you were using doTERRA’s Frankincense I felt inclined to share the following information with you. http://media.baylorhealth.com/ You might also want to check to see what Dr. Axe has to say about epilepsy and what kind of diet you may want to put your daughter on. See following link.
      http://draxe.com/ketogenic-diet/ Hope this helps. God Bless you and your daughter.

      • Hello Linda. I loved what you shared here. I’ve been using doTERRA essential oils and supplements for 2 years now without the intention of selling or recruiting. I just truly love the products. I saw so many changes happen in my health and my family’s health. I’ll be honest, I was really skeptical at first because of the pricing and have thought of jumping off and looking deeper into Mt. Rose and Eden’s Garden and such, however the changes in my family and myself was so amazing that I just told myself, “If it works, be grateful and know I’m paying for the quality”. For TWO years (22 months to be exact) I haven’t caught a cold when I usually have 2 big ones every year, I never reach for Motrin anymore for cramp pains because I use clary sage and I had it REALLY bad, my husband’s blood pressure dropped from a high level even though we eat whole foods with lots of veggies, my lower back chronic pain has gone from a constant 8 to a 1-3 depending on my activity (10 being most painful), my daughter being 13 has caught ONE cold in the 22 months, and she will come to me asking me what oil will help with whatever is bothering her because she plays sports and she knows it always eases her discomforts, I can go on and on! So after this time of using my oils, friends, family and acquaintances started calling me up asking me for oils and I’d freely give them oils because like I said, I had no intention of selling or they would call asking which oils they should use for whatever was ailing them. I gave away so much oil and was giving out much of my own opinions so often that I decided to turn it into a business. I just launched my oil business this month and had my first essential oil class. I was a bit disheartened to find this article but SO GLAD to have read your response. I LOVE Dr. Axe! I know he uses and often talks about essential oils and the great benefits it brings to your health, however I did not know he uses doTERRA now. How enlightening!!

        • What do you use for your husbands blood pressure?
          This is great info, thank you.

          • Amy does he have high or low blood pressure? Feel free to contact me if you would like to talk. I have been helping a few others with this topic.

          • I have nothing but huge respect for DoTERRA Essential Oils and products. After attending their Convention in Utah last month (September 2016) we were very happy to hear that no other essential oil company does as much testing of their oils as doTERRA does. Their quality and purity speak for themselves with the positive results that I and my family and friends have experienced. It was very reassuring to hear that Johns Hopkins University is carrying out a ton of research on doTERRA’s oils as they found, after using various other company’s oils, that the results obtained by using doTERRA’s oils was always consistant, while the others were not. There will be some research/reports coming out and publicly published by Johhs Hopkins very shortly. Watch for them. This company is very credible, authentic and integral. Of course they want to reward people who help share their very valuable product. There are options for all of us for what we want – do we buy for our own use, do we want to share what we experience, do we work with their program to reward ourselves with free product, plus accumulated points to purchase future products? These are all choices – not for everyone, obviously – though very rewarding for those of us who do take part. My husband and I have used essential oils for almost 30 years – using product from a few other suppliers, changing when we noticed some obvious discrepancies in product and practices by the supplier. We changed to doTERRA just over three years ago and have never been happier. The support and information we receive from doTERRA far exceeds anything we have ever received from any other supplier, plus their oils are far above any other product we have used in quality and purity. We have definitely changed our Medicine Cabinet into a Health Chest – full of VALUE!

        • Jennifer Maine says:

          Can you tell me which oils you use for cold and flu season.

        • Hi Linda what oils did your hubby use for his high blood pressure. I do use doTerra but not managed to get the blood pressure down, thanks Diane

        • Jennifer.I just came across this article as I am.trying to decide whether or not to sell doterta .I have used the clary calm as well for several months and have seen huge improvements in my mood..I’m going through the beginning of my change at 49. It has also almost totally taken away my monthly headaches , heavy clots , and cysts. I also have some autoimmune condition that had not been diagnosed. One symptom of my autoimmune condition seems to be inflammation and I have osteoarthritis in my lower spine. How did you use oils to improve your back symptoms ? Also. my teens suffer from terribly heavy and painful periods..would clary calm be appropriate for them..or do you think they are too young at 13 and 16. Thanks for your advice ! :-)

          • I know that my 15 year old has taken Vitex as have I on occasion for heavy periods. It has done wonders for us in regulating out cycles. It is an herb in encapsulated form. It is at least something for you to look into if you desire.

          • Essential oils, regardless of who is selling them, DO help many medical issues! The thing to look for is Organic. If you decide to settle, then you may use Therapeutic grade. Many companies offer both, do extreme testing and are transparent. Mountain Rose Herbs is a straight sale company (not an MLM as in Young Living or DoTerra which charge more for you to sell it). I have heard great things about Eden also.

            I use them for pain, for skin issues, for tumor shrinkage, for mood help, etc. <3

          • The Clary Calm has Vitex in it and is fine for women of all ages.

          • Clarissa, ClaryCalm is especially great for those young ladies just starting out that new pre-teen age in life! Their hormones are going crazy at that point. The hormonal support that Clarycalm gives is unbelievable! email me if you have any other questions! angela.bell@nashvillesd.com

          • I’ve been using DoTerra products for 3 yrs and was just introduced to the Woman Health vitamins that include 1 Phytoestrogen Lifetime Complex (60 caps) • 1 Bone Nutrient Lifetime Complex (120 caps) • 10 ml Clary Calm Essential Oil and it’s quite amazing. I’m 42 and just starting to have the issues, but was told it would help my “personal summers” and has it ever; no more night sweats…crossing my fingers!

      • I wonder why Dr. axe sells Numa oils on his website then? Looks like they are the only ones he sells…

      • Matthew says:

        Thanks for the great information! Where did you find that Dr. Axe uses doTERRA? I don’t see that anywhere. I do know that he sells his own oils though.

        • Lidia Gonzalez says:

          Matthew, Linda Beatty(?) from a March post said he would sell DoTerra. On a side note. My cousin is a Rep and sells DoTerra, And, she new Dr Axe. He was a Diamond for DoTerra. He left and started his own line because of the FDA getting on DoTerra and Young Living for “How to use verbiage”. What to and not to say. He did not like the fact that he was Not allowed to say “it can heal”, etc. Oils are great! But, with all the research I’ve done, I stick to the companies like DoTerra and Young Living who have the research backing. Or, the Chemical testing. Yes, I have tried other brands. None have compared to these two. Well, except for Dr Axe. He does follow the guidelines for resourcing the oils same as DoTerra and Young Living. And, Yes, I am aware that DoTerra came from Young Living…etc.

    • CIm so sorry about your daughter. doTERRA is not a cult, I can assure you. I have been using their oils for about 3 years now and my family has not been to a dr. For anything but a wellness visit. Their Frankincense is superior, they source their oils from the regions of the world where the concentration of qualities are at their highest. There is a reason that Moffit Cancer Center in Tampa Fl uses it and peppermint in the children’s hospital. It works. Some may feel the prices are too high, but I have the utmost confidence in the company due to their integrity, sourcing and how they give back to the communities they source from. Plus, the bottles last a long time….if they dont, you are using too much.

      • Love doTERRA oils, and agree that the Frankincense is the highest quality I have seen. I always get mine free in December when the company gives away a bottle with a 200 point order. I agree with Karen that the oils last a long time, and have a long shelf life as well!

      • I. Don’t. Get. It.
        I have been using Doterra oils for over a year now and have seen NONE of the supposed benefits. I have tried multiple different blends on my children to try and calm them or help us sleep – nothing. I have tried the cold and flu blends – nothing. What am I doing wrong? I am about to call it quits because I have dumped so much money into this and have had no results. I end up just putting them into the diffuser because I like some of the smells. I too am getting fed up with the pressure to BUY BUY BUY every month even when I don’t need anything. I think I am going to try some of these other companies…

        • Nicole Kezama says:

          Hey Amanda. I am sorry that you haven’t had any benefits from using the oils. I have been using doTERRA for 3 years now and they work for us every time. I don’t know who you are or where you are from but I would like to help you use your oils properly. If you are interested email me and we can set up a time to chat. This is not a sales call (you are already using the oils) I just want to help and that is what I do

          • THANK YOU!!! That is my biggest issue too!! Many WA’s are taken in by the money but have no idea how potent oils are. There are MANY oils that should NOT be used if you have epilepsy. There are oils not suitable for children. But they don:’t know that! I am certified in aromatherapy and have been using doTERRA for 9 years. My oldest is 8 years old and my youngest is 3. They have never been on antibiotics. Make sure the WA you are dealing with understands and knows oils.

          • Can you help me with my oils as well. I have quit a few. I initially bought the physicians kit. Later i bought some oils to help my son who has kidney disease. I need help in knowing how to use them. I too have epilepsy. How can i use them for myself as well as for mood. What other oils would help and how.

        • Your comment piqued my curiosity. I assume there are particular issues you are trying to remedy.

          One of the issues that I have with the MLM essential oil company I am with is that every distributor seems to think they are an expert and yet, most of them have never really studies oils or aromatherapy. MNost of the time they’re suggesting the oils that someone else suggested to them.

          Here’s the thing: a particular oil may be best for 80% of the people for an issue, but for 15% of the people a different oil works best on them. And, the remaining folks get success with other oils.

          Hope I’m making sense. And, I hope you’ve seen some progress remedying whatever issues you were hoping to address!

        • Hi Amanda
          I have found that the straight up oils are better than the blends. For example I tried usin breathe (called easy air in canada) and didn’t get nearly the results as I did by just putting a couple drops of eucalyptus oil under my sons feet. He hasn’t had antibiotics for colds in a long time, he fights of colds on his own when prior to the oils he would get a chest infection now at the first sign of a cold I put the eucalyptus on his feet a few times a day with so socks and the results have been amazing. Even my husband asks immediately for the eucalyptus when he first starts feelig a cold coming on. Also simply lavender works great for relaxing for sleep. I much prefer 1 oil to te blends maybe this would help your family as well?
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        • Shiana McDonald says:

          Try spikenard for sleeping

        • Why do people feel pressure to buy – Are you not your own maker?
          No one can make you buy anything, even if it is a quality doterra product. No one MAKES you buy via the rewards programme or keep up the point value to receive the free product.
          If you don’t need an oil, then don’t buy it.
          I studied many many brands of essential oils before I found doterra and actually could not find a more ethical company and more pure oil.
          After researching comments and studies by Dr Pappas – Essential Oil University – the guru and the amazing things doterra does for so many poor countries it was a no brainer for me.
          I just don’t get why anyone would feel pressure to buy something?
          If you love it, then buy and replace it. If you don’t, no one is twisting your arm lol.
          doTERRA oils are pretty amazing and what works for one person may not work for another, it’s trial and error. And instead of buying every oil, ask for a few samples to try first before you buy the 15ml bottles. You get what you pay for that’s for sure. They don’t have fields of lemons and limes and lavender, they actually travel to the land of origin to source the herb/plant/fruit etc so the soil is as mother nature intended and so on.
          and No I do not on sell doterra and you do not have to onsell to get all the bonuses and points – so part of this original blog was a lot of BS

          • Dōterra is nice product! One thing that upsets me is that you have to order every month! I just do not understand. I should not have to buy every month, but with getting product wholesale cost, and not retail cost. I don’t sell to others to make profit. One job is enough!

          • Diane not sure who got you started with doTERRA but you do NOT have to order every month. Their monthly loyalty rewards program is optional and you can cancel free of charge any time.

          • Sarah–but if you want to actually make money with Doterra, you have to place a 100 PV order every month. Which can equate to $125-150. Who has that kind of money to burn monthly, in the off chance that someone will buy from you or join your team? I’ve been a member for about a year and have spent LOTS of money on oils and haven’t seen any profit. That said, I do like the oils but often wonder if the “Certified Therapeutic Grade” label is BS. Even the wholesale prices are expensive! If I was a consumer I wouldn’t want to pay retail…

          • Correct, you do not have to sell to get the wholesale price! I do not sell, I buy for myself and family with the wholesale price. It’s not complicated :)

          • Sarah – the Certified Pure Theraputic Grade is anything except BS. I spent YEARS trying brand after brand of EOs unsatisfied ~ until dōTERRA. Let me explain. I owned a full service spa, complete with an oxygen bar, which infuses water with essential oils to produce the oxygen that the customer enjoys. What I found was the oil would separate from the fillers in the so-called ‘pure’ EO, mucking up the water quickly. So I’d buy ‘better’ oils at the highest quality specialty health stores, just to have the same results. This went on until I exhausted multiple brands. Then I discovered doTERRA. The water remained crystal clear throughout the day and between water changes. It was evident to my staff and customers that dōTERRA oils were the first and ONLY oils we had tried that were truly pure and free of fillers. The real kicker ~ I spent LESS on the dōTERRA oils than what I spent on each of the previous waves of substandard oils that were advertised as pure, but we’re actually diluting the oil with fillers. Those fillers can lead to allergic reactions. So someone thinks they’re allergic to an oil, only to find out, once they are introduced to dōTERRA, that they were allergic to the fillers! AND finally… dōTERRA is Food Grade, I would never ingest an EO if it was not. Through the course of business ownership, I had no interest in building an oil business as well, and I never ever felt pressure to sell. I’ve just been one happy dōTERRA oil user, with happy clients (Melaleuca in facials too) and happy family members (lemon, peppermint & lavender to soothe seasonal discomforts.)

        • There truly is a huge difference in the oils for sale to the public. It takes some digging and research to discover. As an R.N. I was not willing to use anything other than the highest of quality on my family. No one introduced me to oils. I became curious on my own and did not know any company and did my own extensive research. My convincing discovery is there truly is only 1 company who has done the research, has the relationships with the pioneers in the research of oils, did not begin for profit and still does not exist for profit. They understand that only the plants and trees drown outside the environ of toxins and chemicals, harvested at the right moment, distilled at just the right temp and for the right length of time will have therapeutic compounds for producing health and balance in the body. Most people do not understand that there are multiple lavenders, cloves, peppermint and on and on but they do not all have the same therapeutic value and companies use less than quality plants to produce their oils. They use 3rd party labs, distilleries and buyers. they do not own their fields and they add dilutions to the oils to make them more affordable but less effective. I only use Young Living and it involved lifestyle change and which reduced need to purchase over the counters items which we do not need because our experiencing good health

          • I also only use Young Living essential oils and have seen dramatic health benefits. I will admit at first I was very skeptical but after research I have found YL’s approach is to use the highest quality and purity standards available and will never compromise. YL has been around for many many years and has done extensive research over the years to produce products including essential oils that are pure and unadulterated and are free from any harmful chemicals.

        • My suggestion would be to start with the Doterra vitamins and put the oils aside for awhile; sometimes the health issues are so innumerable, you just need need to get the body back to ground zero before the oils will have great effect.

    • If you are still looking for a great frankincense ~ this company is in Colorado & has awesome oils.
      ANANDA.
      No MLM & way way less expensive than do-Terra & Young Living.
      Free shipping in USA but not Australia which is where I am from.
      However the oils ARE STILL CHEAPER shipped to OZ & better quality in my humble experience of using Aromatherapy oils for over 2 decades. (& that includes Be Young Oils, (brother of Young Living) Young Living, Brain Garden, Forever Green & do-Terra.
      I too use to love do Terra Oils & still do but they have become ridiculously expensive in Australia & the top people here are doing some very unethical things like stealing down lines & placing your people under themselves etc.
      I even know of one woman who had a car crash & had head injuries & has been sick for 2 years & they took her downline & her $2000 worth of free product she was owed at the time of her accident.
      So I am done with them!
      These oils from ANANDA are top quality & you have a number of choices ~ like organic etc.

      Here is the link for the Frankincense search.
      http://www.anandaapothecary.com/.search?query=Frankincense&results_page=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.anandaapothecary.com%2Fmy_results.html&name.x=10&name.y=11

      enJOY ~ Peace & blessings el Ma Ra

      • I love DoTerra, but I believe that is because I have an AWESOME upline that is super helpful and always willing to give of herself no matter what time of the day or night. I have heard of some awful experiences with uplines and am thankful my team is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

    • I have read all the comments written in this blog and it’s great seeing people wanting to use things that are better for their bodies. I think we all on this blog want what’s best for our families and without side affects that modern medicine offers.

      I have been using doTERRA for 3.5 years and I just wanted to say that they are an amazing company and one that puts purity and people first. The purity of their oils are top-notch and reward their suppliers with an income so that they can provide for their families that in many cases wouldn’t have an income. doTERRA also is concerned that people using the oils are using them properly (less more often is better than more less often when you have a pure oil) and so it is each Wellness Advocates responsibility that is sharing with others to learn from the experts in the field of essential oil and share this information with those they share their oils with. doTERRA could spend their marketing money on conventional modes of advertising but instead they chose to reward those that take the time to educate others on the use of the oils as well as educate them on their website. I am thankful for this since I would never have bought an essential oil if it wasn’t for my friend sharing with me after I asked her a question about an oil she was putting in her water.

      As some may imply, doTERRA does NOT require minimal orders and in order to keep your membership with them, they only require you order ONE OIL per year. However, for those of us that use our oils and need to replace them, there are perks to ordering just one item a month (with all shipping reimbursed that can be used towards FREE product orders) as well as perks for ordering more than one item a month. I have personally enrolled 65-90 people in the past 3.5 years and though I tell them what perks are available, I have NEVER called anyone asking them to place an order or pressure them in any way. I also teach others to treat others the same way. Building friendships and being a support system for one another is much more important than a “sale” of oils. There are bad people in every industry but all the folks I have met in doTERRA have helped other teams where they had no financial benefits to gain which is not usually the “norm” in other businesses that have a network marketing strategy.

      One more thing I would like to share just as a testimony is related to my Dad whose brain is broken. He was in diapers for 3 months when I started him on doTERRA’s Lifelong Vitality Pack and in ONE AND A HALF DAYS DOSAGE, his brain started telling him he had to go to the bathroom and he has not needed a diaper since. He is 89 years old and though the disease he has is still progressing in many other ways, after 3.5 years he is still on these supplements and DIAPER FREE!!! What other company’s supplements will do this? I’ve never heard of anything like this and I am thankful that we have had this result with a strategically, scientifically measured amounts of minerals, vitamins and essential oils.

      I wish all of you much success in whatever products you chose to use. Thank you!

      • Amy Saunders says:

        Hi Diane – I am just wondering if the lifelong vitality pack would help with my dad’s Alzheimer’s disease?! He has been progressively getting worse and he’s having difficulty walking when the doctors say there is nothing wrong with his legs.

        Thank you in advance!

        • Hi Amt the LLV would be a great start, because nutritious is the foundation of health. However, using rosemary and lemon could be very supportive oils as well<3 feel free to reach out with other questions. I have been using doterra for 1 year, but have researched essential oils for over 10. They are hands down the best quality and company I have found.

    • I wanted to share this presentation by Dr. Pappas with you. I did not understand the difference in testing until I saw this presentation in person at doTERRA convention. I too, was using other brands until learning there needed to be even deeper testing of the oils , because the four natural ingredients that are being added to oils that are being sold as pure, cannot be detected with normal testing. I invite you to go to Dr. Papps’s website and fb page to learn more. It is really up to us to do our research, and one of the most important aspect of the oils is to be a medical grade to be assured of consistent results, which especially is important with serious conditions like seizures. I personally have written Dr. Pappas and ask about the pureness of the off brand I was using. He will answer your questions
      . https://www.youtube.com/embed/eb1fia7kBaA
      Thank you

      • Dr. Pappas 10 year contract has just recently ended with doTERRA. He has his own Facebook page and one for his company ‘Essential oil university.’ In one of his posts regarding Nature’s Truth Frankincense fraud on April 17, 2017 he wrote ‘And no I no longer do analysis for that mlm, they do it all in house now.’

        • That is true because he now researches all companies and he still includes doTERRA in tests. He still speaks highly of doTERRA and brings out the issues other companies have with their oils. He is after exposing oils that aren’t pure.
          Feel freelike my daughter’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/roseyhealtheo me if you want more info in do TERRA I have been using oils all my life and only recently realised that some are impure. What convinced me was taking my mum with me who hated oils and fragrances because they affect her so bad but after an entire evening of smelling these she wasn’t affected at all. Highly recommend them. And…. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SELL THIS IS A MYTH

    • Holly Charlton says:

      Did EG help with your daughters seizures? My daughter is epileptic and has sleeping issues would love some insight on what is good to buy!

      • Try Acupuncture, essential oils have a place, but its not deep acting treatment, you can get herbal medicine and dry needling which may be more efffective. Its a tricky condition, and the longer its gone on, the longer it can take to treat. The treatment would help but may not cure. Just know that before hand, and investigate yourself.
        I am on here as I am an Aromatherapist, and I love doTERRA products, I have lots of them, but after 4 months going over to Essential Therapeutics (Aussie company) as a Health Practitioner I will get the finacial benefits for myself AND can sell them at an affordable price as this says with out fanfare.

    • Sorry you are having a bad experience. Doterras Frankincense is the best….I have had others tell me they use for particular problems…but didn’t get as good as results when it wasn’t Doterras. Yes I am a Doterra user and I am doing the business because of all my successes using. But you can have a wholesale account with them without having to sell, or worry about any of the other multilevel perks. Less than 10% of Doterra wholesale account people decide to do the business. And no one should be pushing you to do anything. If you have that…it’s wrong. My friend and I will hold classes for anyone who wants to simply learn more about how to use their oils. Other people chose to have classes in their homes just so they can let their friends and family learn about the oils….but no one should be pushing you to do it…..it is something that you ask for not anyone pushing you. I would say to find a better rep for yourself that will help you rather than push you….if they won’t stop after you say something. Really sorry and angry to hear of this method of pushiness you are experiencing. Doterra is a good company they didn’t make the Forbes List for nothing.

    • Wow that’s amazing I LOVE Doterra!

    • Candice Lewis says:

      Hi, I use the Frank by DoTerra and love it, but I have heard great things about a French company called Florihana. Yes, the price of shipping is horrible (I live in New Zealand) but when I can afford to buy some of their oils (recovering from my last DoTerra purchase) I will do so as the prices are so much better and the quality looks amazing. I love DoTerra oils but the cost of them (even as an account holder) is pretty high!

  5. Here here! MLM companies always give me the willies. I recently got some oils from Plant Therapy and like them. They sound similar to how you describe Edens Gardens.

    • Edens Garden & Plant Therapy are both great products and they DO pass quality tests. There is a group on Facebook that tests oils from different companies and EG & PT have all passed the same tests done on DoTerra & Young Living. their quality is just as good as the MLM companies. I have oils from DT, EG, and PT and have had no problems with any of them. THere really aren’t any other brands I would buy because unfortunately as EOs have become so popular, there are a lot of people putting them out now and too many brands to choose from making claims on quality. Frankly, I don’t agree with the MLM companies pushing ingestion of oils, which is unsafe and should not be done without advice from a certified aromatherapist or medical personnel (and I’m not going to debate that with people. If you choose to ingest, that’s up to you. I choose not to and have no interest in arguing about it because a company told you it was fine and can’t hurt you because it’s all natural. Poison ivy is also all natural but I don’t knowingly touch it.)

      • What is the Facebook group?! I’m interested in seeing their comparisons!

      • This… is not true at all. I used to get Eden’s Garden oils for the reasons that the author of this blog listed above, until I joined the same facebook group that you (Mm) just mentioned and they posted the results from a Cypriol test and found that it was adulterated. Furthermore, this was announced on the page: “The general consensus is to stay away. Among the thing already mentioned, they have poor customer service, the owner was unaware of the issues at hand and when brought to her attention was a bit indifferent, just to name a couple of other reasons.” Unfortunately, Eden’s Garden is not holding themselves up to the standards that Kathleen is quoting from straight off of their website. I decided to stop buying from them.

      • Ingesting DoTerra oils is completely safe since they have taken the time to get the nutrition information printed on their bottles. They had to jump though a lot of hoops and red tape to be able to get this.

        • Be careful. SOME doTerra oils are considered safe to ingest, and some are definitely NOT. My rep showed us how to look at the label to determine if it was considered safe for ingestion. But they are very potent and great care should be used to consider the benefits above the risks, should you turn out to be the rare person who has a bad reaction to ingestion of a particular EO.

  6. Hailey Carpenter says:

    I use & love Mountain Roses Herbs. They sell oils, herbs, spices, teas, and a bunch of other things at reasonable prices that are high quality and mostly certified organic.

  7. I’m so glad you posted this! My family sells with doterra and I was signed up for awhile but it was all so confusing that I quit. I am glad to have another option.
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    • I’m using doTerra too but the prices, oh my – insane! I looked here and couldn’t believe the price difference. Plus doTerra’s web site is so confusing and if you forget to take something off monthly renewal they send it and bill it. Just let me buy when I want/need it.

      I’m so glad I came across this!

      • As most of us know essential oils are not all equal. The difference between the purity of the more expensive oils and the cheaper ones is the purity. As an example of pure Sandalwood essential oil – It takes 40-80 years before roots are ready to be harvested from a Sandalwood tree. That is why pure Sandalwood essential oil is so costly. And the same goes for many other essential oils. As another example Would you believe that it takes just shy of a metric ton (2,000 lbs) of jasmine petals to produce a single pound of jasmine absolute? That is the weight of a typical car! Oh and also, the flowers must be picked at the exact right time of the season, early in the morning when their fragrance is the strongest. Why would anyone pay this much for jasmine absolute. Simple-because it smells amazing and has amazing properties. It has been used in perfumes for centuries and even worn by famous figures such as Louis XVI and Cleopatra. It take many lbs of petals to get a small amount of pure oil. And, of course, they are more expensive. Many companies label their products as pure therapeutic and they are not. The may contain synthetic ingredients and have no therapeutic value at all. I saw a video with Dr. Pappas who is world renoun for his expertise in essential oils. He is the found of the Essential Oil University where they test essential oils from all over the world. He knows where the best growers are. He was hired by doTERRA as a third party to periodically test their oils. Dr. Pappas speaks highly of doTERRA and has been a mentor for doTERRA. doTERRA gives Dr. Pappas credit for doTERRA being the great company it is today. They said they would not be the company they are without the expertise and knowledge of Dr. Pappas. On the video I saw with Dr. Pappas, he said you can be sure you are getting an adulterated essential oil if it is cheap. Adulterated means it is diluted with who knows what and is not a pure essential oil and some have been found to even have carcinogens (cancer causing ingredients) in them. . Therefore, I implore you to please do your research and be sure that you are using only pure oils. Otherwise, they can be dangerous.

      • Well, everyone has already voiced most of my thoughts: 1) doTERRA is an amazing company, MLM or not, they are not $$ focused, but “quality” and “helping people” focused, 2) You do NOT have to do a monthly order (which make it better than 99% of all other MLM’s), 3) (for Leanne) when you cancel your LRP, they do not continue charging you. If you got charged for an order you didn’t receive, (because it was cancelled after it was sent), they will refund as long as you send the order back. They will always refund, sometimes for things you did recieve, and sometimes they let you keep it, 4) I have been a professional in the preventive health field for over 35 years, and QUALITY essential oils have always been in the same price range that doTERRA oils are priced – and I actually believe their oils are very reasonable considering they have to pay a 3rd party lab to test every batch, 5) When you order eo brands that are not tested by a 3rd party lab, you do not know what you are getting. They can say all they want, and you can say all you want, but if they are not tested, there is no way of knowing (which is why I discontinued using ANY essential oils – for me and for my clients – about 15 years ago, and started using doTERRA about 6 years ago after I learned that Dr. Pappas’ lab was testing the oils), 6) I have had AMAZING success with doTERRA oils, and so have millions of others, which is why doTERRA became the #1 essential oil company in the world in less than 5 years of being in existence

      • Doterra isn’t really that pricey. Normally costing as low as 8 cents per drop. And for the pure oils that they are 1-2drops are all that is needed. Other oils are cheaper…but many are cut with other things to make it affordable and you won’t receive the same results. You do not have to be on a LRP(auto shipments)….ask the live chat people to take you off….you can just go on and order when you want. To keep a wholesale account you only need to place one order of a single oil per year…to keep the wholesale pricing of 25% off retail.

  8. PepperReed says:

    “Is Jesus going to be there?” <<< Soon to be my newest catch phrase and a good reminder that Less is More. The idea that you need to buy more to receive a discount is ludicrous. Buy LESS is the best discount out there, in more ways than money. :)

    • In ANY industry — buying in quantity always lends the greater discount. That’s why it’s called LOYALTY REWARDS….i.e. Customers are rewarded for their loyalty to the company/product/service. doTERRA’s LRP is optional for those customers who know they will be purchasing oils more frequently and would like a steeper discount/more perks than the wholesale prices they already receive. The quality of doTERRA is bar-none.

  9. Jen McCoy says:

    I totally switched from YL to Edens Garden, and I am loving them. You can also purchase them on Amazon, so maybe that would be better for shipping, especially if you have Prime.

    • I didn’t realize that, thanks!

      • I would be careful when buying off of amazing. You can also buy doterra off of amazon but it’s actually dangerous to do so. Because it is very easy to buy a new cap that is sealed & place it on top. Your oils could be tampered with or watered down. As said by a few people above. Make sure to do your full research before buying products!

        • Anyone else you would buy from could do the same thing! You have know way of knowing unless you know the person well. And that goes for anything else you buy anywhere. What a dumb argument.

          • Lisa, actually, no matter who you buy doTERRA oil from… it is shipped directly from the company’s warehouse directly to the customer. Whether we’re choosing to talk about cosmetics, shampoo, tanning lotion or EOs, it is absolutely imperative that you know the specific online seller’s integrity (regardless of if it’s on Amazon or eBay). Countless product manufacturers have purchased product (advertised as their own product by an online seller), sent it to a lab to be evaluated against the proprietary ingredients, just to confirm that the contents were not authentic. If it’s too cheap to be true; that’s because its faux.

  10. Coriander says:

    What a gentle article you’ve written.
    I really, really like the juxtaposition you’ve shown between you having 6 flowers at your WEDDING, the event signifying you and your husband making loving live-long vows to one another, to the 10,000+ flower event at which people attempt to sell more stuff to people to make more money. I say folks can spend their own money on what they will, but they risk looking and even being ridiculous for it.
    Haahaa, “Is Jesus going to be there?!”
    Thanks for the information on Eden Gardens. I prefer paying money to the folks doing the thinking-up and producing of a product rather than the many in-betweens selling the product, when possible.
    I agree with you on princesses, I’ll have to check out the two non-awful ones you mentioned in case it comes up with our little girl.
    I will thank God for the help and comfort you have been given, and that He will keep helping you all as He will. Felix is getting so big! I’m glad that chiropractor was able to be easily reassuring about his development.

  11. Another bonus, Eden’s Garden gives away 10% of their proceeds to faith based organizations (http://www.edensgarden.com/pages/giving-back) #soawesome
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    • That makes me want to not buy from them. I don’t like the idea of “faith based” organizations. I’d rather them donate back to the communities they get the product from.

      • May I share my observations with you? I’m a middle-of-the road kinda gal. My political view runs right down the middle, but I am passionate about issues on both sides of the aisle.

        When it comes to spirituality and religion, I’ve studied them all, gone through times when I did meditation exercises, drum circles, Sufi breathing… the whole nine yards.

        I have friends into everything. When it comes to giving back to the community; local, national, and global, this is what I have observed. Those in the atheist/Buddhist/Enlightenment camp do a great job of talking about all of the changes that need to be made and organization groups who protest and petition other people to make the changes they desire to see.

        The Christians that I know? They are making the changes. They are delivering meals, sitting with the dying, providing free daycare, building homes for the poor, providing shelter for the homeless…. I even know a woman, one woman, who saw kids running through the streets of Jamaica when she was on her honeymoon. When she came home she learned how bad the situation is there. She decided to build an orphanage. She doesn’t have money laying around for that. She decided to start a business and the earnings go to creating that orphanage. She’s already jumped through all of the legal hoops and has bought the land.

        I see all of the things my Christian friends are DOING and I wish I was a Christian! I don’t feel the draw and I don’t share the belief. I have enough integrity not to claim to be something I am not, but I wish I were a part of that group and I let them inspire me to do more. I certainly would not condemn a single one of them for donating to faith-based organizations. They are the ones feeding the world.

        The World Health Organization says we are winning the global war on poverty and it’s the faith based organizations (Catholics) who are making it happen.

        Maybe ask them exactly who they give their donations to. They may be giving the money precisely to the groups you want to receive help.

      • This was one of the things that drew me to Edens Garden in the first place. I have had great success using their oils. I am also signed up as a YL distributor but don’t feel a need to buy everything from them. EG has given me great quality and affordable prices.

        I’m always intrigued by all the statements about the better quality and purity of the DT or YL oils when all we have to go on is what we read in their info and see in their videos. But that’s exactly the same as what we have to go on with EG or any other company. Just because one says they are more pure or “therapeutic grade” (a made up term) doesn’t somehow make them better than a less expensive company especially when that less expensive company is professing the same quality and processing methods.

        I’m not questioning the quality or purity of DT or YL oils at all. Only the assumption by most everyone in those businesses that they are purer or higher quality simply because that’s what the leaders of those companies have told them. This is true for just about every product out there. Many will buy only “name brand” when generic is just as good, and often manufactured in the same plants.

    • Thanks fir the information. I’m not a Christian, and just removed Edens Garden from my list of places I’ll buy from.

    • This is really great! Moves them to the top of my list! Thanks for sharing :-)

    • Wow! I new they were a not for profit company but I like them even more now.

      Anytime I see “MLM” I run. I will admit Young Living and Doterra oils are quality but I do just fine with Edens Garden. Our world has become so money hungry, I couldn’t possibly afford You g Living or Doterra prices. And even if I could I would still choose Edens Garden. May Edens Garden never get greedy.

      Thanks for the article.

      And thank you for the information about where their proceeds go.

  12. Would you consider doing a post on how you use essential oils? I know nothing and am very curious!

  13. Does Amazon ship affordably to Canada? I always purchase my Edens Garden oils on Amazon. . .

  14. Thank you so much for this post. I’m going broke. Love oils but want good quaility at a much lower price.

  15. Someone mentioned this already, but I’d also love to hear how you use them!

  16. Adrienne Harper says:

    I stopped using doTerra mainly for the cost & that they push using their oils “neat” and internally. I was simply not at all comfortable with these protocols. I am about to start an Aromatherapy course thru West Coast Aromatherapy Institute. Here is their resource page of suppliers who they have dealt with..theyhttp://www.westcoastaromatherapy.com/resources/ I personally use
    http://www.57aromas.com/

    Great article!

  17. I use Eden’s Garden too, though partly because they are a Christian company that is all into wellness and without the weird New Age spiritual part of it, but instead seeing God’s goodness in his creation. I don’t buy DoTerra either and am also a Mennonite woman and was asked to sell the products by a family friend. I really love the smells of Eden’s Garden and love how affordable it is too! I use them for all my cleaning products that I create myself as well as for other uses medically instead of actual medicines (it has prevented illness though I don’t use it as a medicine. . .you know? My children haven’t been sick in a very long time and such). Anyway this was a great article!
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  18. I’m so glad you wrote this post. I’ve always had this strong internal resistance to DoTerra and you articulated it pretty perfectly.

    Mountain Rose Herbs also sells EOs. I don’t know specifically about their oils, but it’s a highly reputable company.
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  19. Rebecca van Velzen says:

    I have similar issues with DoTerra and Young Living, and, as another commenter mentioned, I also don’t feel comfortable with all their unsafe usage guidelines. I’m currently doing a course to become a Certified Aromatherapist, too! I’ve heard great things about Edens Garden; in fact, they’re a company I’d be quite comfortable buying from myself. Unfortunately, their shipping costs to Europe are a bit much for me. I currently love buying from Plant Therapy. I think they’re of a comparable quality with Edens Garden (from what I’ve heard), I’m very comfortable supporting the company, and they have more affordable shipping to Europe!

  20. Hi Kathleen!

    I have read your blog for years now and I just wanted to let you know that I enjoy your posts tremendously! :) They always keep me informed and entertained! Being an English Lit. major myself, I find that I seem to relate to you on a wide range of subjects. But perhaps that isn’t because we are both literature majors, but more so because I relate to you on your natural approach to living. Your writing style is very amusing though, so thank you. :)

    Anyway! I am actually from Utah (where both of these essential oil companies are based out of) and I totally agree with this post! I have used doTERRA oils myself ( those are the oils that my doula used during my labor) and I must agree that they are fantastic, but I could never bring myself to purchase any of the doTERRA products, due to the prices and the MLM nature of the company. I am always skeptical of the whole MLM company structure (and as a side note, my doula took the opportunity to try and recruit me to the whole scheme only a few hours after my son was born…I mean, come on!) I have only been given a few sample oils from friends (and my doula), but that is it. I never got to become a “wellness advocate. ” :) My husband and I actually prefer to purchase our essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs. Most of their oils are certified organic. (they also have some other great organic bulk products too if you are interested in checking their website out!) Their prices are very reasonable. They are based out of Eugene, Oregon and I’m not sure whether or not their pricing is comparable with Eden’s Gardens products and shipping to Canada though? I just thought that I would pass the information along if you if you decide that you want to investigate another option. It might be worth a look. Thanks again for another wonderful and entertaining post!

    • Thanks so much for all your thoughts and kind words! I have only heard wonderful things about Mountain Rose, and I NEED to check them out. I’m always so pessimistic about the shipping to Canada that I end up not looking into many companies on that basis alone. I WILL take a look!

  21. I think you’ve put into words, gently and clearly, what many of us have been feeling about this company and their business model… certainly if the response you’ve gotten here is anything to go by!
    I would also like to recommend (among the many other great suggestions) that you might want to check out saje.ca They’re Canadian and free ship over $75. I’ve been very happy with their oils.

  22. Thanks for the post. I started using Eden Gardens because the other oils were so overpriced. It is nice to know they are faith based.Another great faith based company is Garlands of Grace..just mentioning that. I have purchased from them. They sell head bands..all handmade and very pretty. Back to oils.. I don’t want to buy from MLM companies either. I use to follow a few blogs but then they got into doterra and that is all they blog about and push them so hard and want followers to join up. I unsubscribed. Thanks again for voicing your opinion. I enjoy your blog very much. Prayers and best wishes on your road to health with Felix.

  23. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, I’ve been thinking along the same lines and am glad to know I’m not alone. What I’ve used with Eden’s Garden I’ve been really happy with the results. From the research I’ve done, I have no reason to doubt their oils and I know there are a number of good companies out there too. I’m also in Canada, so miss the free shipping deal, but I still think they are worth it! First time to visit here and I hope to check out your blog again!

  24. Thank you for such a gentle article. It’s nice to hear from a fellow doterra Canadian. I’m usually attacked when I say, thank you, but I can afford 50+ for oils, nor can I relate to that cost. I have found other sources in Canada that have the same type of passion/compassion for oils and their health properties and I’m also learning how to make my own blends. There is life after doTerra. ;-) Blessings……

  25. I needed to comment because I feel the same way about Norwex. I sell Norwex, but to buy for myself and a few close friends who are interested in buying some Norwex. I provide a means to the product without having to host a party and all that. When I initially signed up about 8 years ago now (wow, how did that happen?) to be a “consultant”, aka. Sales person, the organization’s structure was very friendly for personal use purchases. Unfortunately, this has changed and they are making it increasingly difficult to stay this way and that really annoys me. A good friend of mine sells Tupperware and if you have friends who already want to buy Tupperware, they seem to have the best model for personal use purchases & selling to friends. At the end of the day, only a few will make money off MLM based products (I know 3 people who are doing well and it’s about 10% timing & 90% luck IMO) so I wish more companies would be more catered to the person-use sellers. We are their best marketers after all. Thanks for the validation & outlet for me to put in my 2 cents

  26. Dayna Mullen says:

    Have you ever used saje essential oils.? It’s Canadian from what I read. Here is the link http://saje.ca/essentials.html I’m wondering if it is comparable to doterra.

    • I have and do use Saje oils. I love them and get good results. I also use Eden’s gardens. I find Saje oils a bit stronger smelling.

  27. I have been in Doterra for a while, mainly because my wife was interested in the products and I have been doing MLM for the last 20 years I could see nothing in the company that gave me any red light.

    Once I had been through the information I decided to join Doterra and become a Doterra Distributor.

    At the moment I can only give Doterra 5 stars for there products and business plan.

    • Yep, same here. Love them and been using them over a year. I “sell” oils only casually as I meet people. Then it spreads at my workplace like wildfire, and everyone wants to know about them. :)

      • Agreed, while I am technically a “wellness advocate”, I have never sold one oil to anyone or recruited anyone. When people see me using them (in my home, for instance), I tell them the answers to anything they ask. With my discount, plus my current discount level (I think I am at the max which is 30% back on everything I buy), and ordering on a certain time frame, it is as affordable or more than the prices I have seen on the sites suggested here.

        That all said, I am open to other oil companies as well and will be taking a look!

  28. Just found your blog looking for info on leaving doTERRA, and I’m so glad I found you! Bless you and your followers…I think you all have helped me reconcile with my inclination to quit. I truly love their oils, think that they are great, and as MLM’s go, decent, but yes, the oils are expensive.
    Been doing some “soul-searching” to determine if I wanted to stay or go, as I can’t sustain the expense without enrolling new people, I started using their oils almost a year ago…signed up and after a couple of months had 3 “friends” sign up under me. I didn’t have the time to “market” and enroll new people, and I’m now I’m caught in between “friends” who are trying to build their businesses, and now they are sending me the “coded” message that I am in the way. What kind of friend does that? And who stays where they feel they are not welcome?
    Thank you ALL for your feedback and recommendations on other good product lines.

    • Hi Che! I’m with you . . . I’m getting so tired of “friends” pressuring me to buy things. I don’t want to participate in that. I want my friends to feel confident that I’m keeping in touch with them because they’re my FRIENDS, not because they’re potential sources of income. Hope you find a path you’re comfortable with!

    • I’m toying with the idea of “doing” doTerra. Canyou tell me what you mean by “caught in between “friends” who are trying to build their businesses, and now they are sending me the “coded” message that I am in the way. ” Trying to figure out how you could be “in the way” of someone else building there business.

      Hope to hear from you!

      Susan

      • Hi Susan,

        It means that because she is not continuing to build her organisation it is affecting the growth of her team. It doesn’t mean that her team can’t be successful but it may slow down growth and they may not be getting the support and training they need. If you need anymore help feel free to email me – catherine_vau@hotmail.com.

  29. Interesting take on oils. I believe the flowers etc that were purchased are for the convention and gala that their wellness advocates pay for. They pay $125 a person to go to a 4 day convention and $75 a person to go to the gala dinner with all the centerpieces. No Jesus definitely isn’t going to be there but I’m sure the people who paid $75 a person for a fancy black tie dinner and award ceremony don’t want to sit at a blank table without any decor. They a are able to throw the gala because of the purchase of attendee tickets. Just saying… And as for the oil purchasing, the wholesale account does get you 25%off and if you get a kit to start it waives the membership fee. You also don’t have to spend anything every month. You can get oils as needed. Now if you opt into doing the options of free product of the month or point systems, that is up to you but is never required to keep your wholesale account or discount. Lots of wellness advocates sign a couple people up a month and that covers what they pay in oils so it doesn’t cost them anything to get oils. It’s all in your perception of things. I’m sorry you had such a bad experience with them. Being a pt and mt, I have been able to see thee oils work wonders for people with certain ailments. Not knocking any Other brand but override a few and I’m sticking with what has worked for my family and clientele.

  30. I have been using essential oils for years on myself and my clients. I use both doTerra and Young Living, and I would not use anything else. Be very careful looking for “cheaper” here. Know what you are buying. I, too, bought from the health food store and the grocery store on occasion, and it just isn’t going to work the way therapeutic grade does. So, think about that waste of money. Plus, it can actually not be good for you. Essential Oils have so many beneficial uses when you are informed and educated about them and about using them. We have been using plant-based medicine much longer than traditional medicine. Too many cheap imitations out there. Be careful.

    P.S. I don’t run either of these as a business. I have my own business.

  31. Hello,

    While I can agree with you on a few points, I have found that doTERRA’s oils are much higher quality. The proof is in the pudding….customers who have no results with cheap-o ones, and then great results with doTERRA’s. I joined them because I tried a few oils and they worked wonders. I wanted to get oils every month, so I joined the rewards program. I’ve gotten over $1,000 in free product over the past year from this program. I now get 30% back from every purchase I make. I also get the full $9 back from shipping. No one else does that… pretty sweet. Since I’m a rep, and am required to purchase at least $100 to make a paycheck, I get all of my supplements. Rather than buy my supplements from some store, that I don’t trust, and not get anything in return…I can buy from my own store, and get rewards…AND a paycheck. It works out well for me.

    I don’t find it confusing at all. It just takes some looking around the website, and some good instruction from the WA you enrolled under – and it’s a piece of cake.

    Also, I trust Dr. Pappas, a third party tester for many oil companies, and he raves about only a handful of companies’ oils…and doTERRA’s is one of them. He’s not in their pocket, so he can say whatever he wants about the products. He posts his testing too on his FB page “Essential Oils University.”

    While so many people here are saying how expensive they are, and that they are just as pure as the cheap ones, I don’t believe that for a minute. Dr. Pappas does a lot of testing, and he posts his actual testing results (photos of them), and has shown so many of the cheaper brands actually have contaminants, are adulterated or use fillers. He’s a brilliant guy, and doesn’t hold back or sugar coat! He’s hilarious actually – I highly recommend liking his FB page to get great essential oil info for all consumers. You’ll get a lot of great info there on what oils NOT to buy. And what companies he likes. Although, he doesn’t always use names (usually when it’s a comparison between doTERRA and Young Living). Then he says “company d” and “company y,” but we all know who he is referring to! ;)

  32. Ashley Pitcher says:

    The proof IS in the pudding. I bought a bottle of frankincense from Eden’s gardens after seeing this post to give it a try. I diffused it instead of my doterra frank. that I typically do each night. When my husband walked into the room, he nearly had an asthma attack. He said “my throat closed.” My goodness there is a reason Eden Garden is so cheap!

  33. I understand your frustration with high prices and the rest but I was wondering if you would elaborate on what you would do if you were actually interested in making a living by sharing essential oils. That’s the dilemma I find myself in. There are a few companies out there that may be equal in quality but the only money making opportunity would be to get a degree and open a practice, right? With dōTERRA I would still want to eventually get a degree but meanwhile I can earn something for sharing with people who are already educated and want to purchase.

  34. Jenna Kirkum says:

    I’m sad that you didn’t see the quality and the difference in dōTERRA’s oils and you also have tons of misinformation in your post. You simply pay a fee to get wholesale prices. Nothing more or less. Other promotions are simply that just like the grocery store or Speedway rewards. I would never use other oils for my me or my family. Please do the research on the oils you do choose. 💜

    • Yes, SO MUCH misinformation. It’s a shame, too. And sad something so simple was made confusing. Get a membership, get wholesale prices on what you want when you want it. Doesn’t have to be any more complicated. I’m definitely not a fan of hype and glitz and glamour, and doTERRA isn’t either. Never are there dollar signs flashed across jumbo-trons in neon, or outrageous JOIN MY TEAM and get rich type claims. The flowers once a year to celebrate extremely hard working, compassionate people who have achieved their dreams? Considering there were 30,000 people in attendance at the convention last year, 10,000 (while a crazy amount of flowers) doesn’t seem SO ridiculous. And all the “trips” mentioned? doTERRA’s Healing Hands Foundation is a 50c3 non-profit where 100% proceeds go to fund humanitarian work around the globe, lifting people from poverty and empowering them to sustain themselves with meaningful work. doTERRA members pay their way on these trips and work hard building schools, digging wells, repairing orphanages, building medical clinics, and more. doTERRA Corp. covers 100% of administrative and overhead costs for this charity. Once a year they do offer an incentive trip and allow other members to pay their own way and join the prize winners. So what? I appreciate being appreciated if it is EARNED. 87% of doTERRA members are simply loyal product users, not “distributors” who are trying to earn an income. 80% of the people who purchase a membership continue to use the products and make purchases regularly for one simple reason. The products are superior and every purchase improves lives. Yes, including the person who signed you up. I love that as a mom I can help other families be health using safe and natural solutions, and help support my family at the same time. It’s a much smarter way to earn than that 40-40-40 model, in my opinion. Yes, I still have my jot as a teacher, but doTERRA will be the reason I am able to retire and take meaningful, life changing ‘trips’ around the world serving others in a profound way. I’ve tried Edens Garden (and a whole bunch of others). There is no comparison. And I HIGHLY recommend staying far away from the Frankincence especially. If you understood how difficult that oil is to source, extract, and do so without the use of solvents and harmful chemical additives, you’d gladly pay the $67 for the real stuff. Which by the way that full bottle lasts me year. Even without the earning potential, I would still be 100% loyal to doTERRA because of the quality and purity of the products, and heart of the company. <3 I've never met more wonderful people or been more inspired to do good in the world than when I'm with other wellness advocates. Oh and good news, the Canadian market is open now and prices should be in Canadian dollars and shipping more reasonable, too. :) I actually went through a period right about the same 6 month mark where I started questioning things. I'm SO glad I used it as an opportunity to learn the truth and dig deeper in to doTERRA and the way they do things because it made me so proud and inspired to share with others. Best wishes!

  35. Susan L says:

    Hello! …I’m glad I found this forum and site, becoming peculiar.com This thread about “Why I quit doTERRA…” has and is helping me process my current question “Do I want to stay with doTERRA? …I’m questioning the MLM approach to business, the whole Essential Oil world and it’s true values… and soul searching as to what fits for myself. I have difficulty approaching my personal friendships in my quest to “recruit”…It’s not for me, I know this much. My friends are my touch-stones and sanctuary to my life and living, completely unrelated to monetary goals. Thank-you all for sharing your opinions as well as discoveries of alternative Essential Oils. And thanks to Kathleen Q. for initiating this thread. I’m going to check-in on your page/blog more often! I’ve found this very beneficial!… Kindest Regards.

  36. I have taken a hit for doing MLM. Already known for my work so could have skipped it. But doTerra oils are far superior, if that is what you want. The results I have personal experience with family, friends, clients, earthquake victims, are profound. Most people do not have a clue about the difference so buy cheap. With quality oils like doTerra, a drop will do so not that expensive. Even retail price with no sign up, no deals. I do have a hospital and a university I am connected with who use doTerra. The university did studies on several oils and only doTerra had actual therapeutic capabilities. There are good studies out there but hey. Not an mlm fan but these oils are available retail and worth the price. So how DO you monetize your blog?

  37. Cricket says:

    I jointed doTERRA in August 2015 and became a Wellness Advocate. I can’t say enough positive things about this company. I’ve use other company’s oils and have not gotten the same wonderful benefits. I’m not crazy about MLM companies and it took me a long time to accept them. Their only advertising is through a wellness advocate or doTERRA user raving about these wonderful oils. I did not join doTERRA to be in a business or sell it to others, but to only use it for myself therapeutically and couldn’t be more pleased. Any of my friends who have been interested in purchasing these oils, and not interested in joining, I buy the oil or oils for them at the same price I pay and make nothing in profit. I’m in this to help myself and others! Sorry for you if you don’t agree, but that’s how I feel!

  38. Thank you for introducing me to Eden’s Garden. I just bought their “6-pack blend”, and I’m curious to see how they work out.

  39. Why is no one mentioning Living Libations?! It’s a Canadian company with high quality oils. A lot of people act like doTERRA is the only company that sells high quality oils.

    The doTERRA model isn’t for everyone. The reason people get that culty vibe from doTERRA is because people react like above. You feel attacked because someone’s giving their opinion of a brand that you identify with? (Clearing up facts VS bombarding people with brand-speak – which way of conversing is more effective?)

    The reason people think the doTERRA model is complicated is because it’s designed that way. Members eventually end up buying more than they need or want and they walk away feeling used. I don’t blame them. (I also don’t blame the people who stick around because it serves them.)

    If people want to buy from Eden’s Garden who cares? If they wanna buy the crap from the drugstores oh well.

    So tired of the brand bully.

  40. Check out http://Saje.ca – they’re based out of Vancouver, BC. My friend recently put me onto them and they ship across North America. It’s nice to see a Canadian Company on the scene and pay in CDN dollars.

  41. I have to agree with a previous poster who mentioned that people are so scared or put off by the marketing style (direct marketing) of doTERRA, that they allow this to drive their decisions rather than actually listening to their bodies or paying attention to the quality of the oils.

    Fo me, doTERRA comes down to the business model. I never in a million years thought that I would be a part of an MLM, but you know what? I’m sick of giving my money to people who don’t deserve it, and who have shoddy and shady business practices. Why people will allow their money to go to big corps like walmart, whole foods, etc, and buy their oils there because they are cheaper, and then mock the business practices of doTERRA (or YL for that matter) is beyond me. Walmart is about as horrible as they come for making sure that its employees are NOT well treated.

    doTERRA’s Co-Impact Sourcing is one of the key reasons I choose this company over others. When you buy your $80 bottle of Frankincense, you will soon actually be able to trace that bottle to the batch of frank that was distilled! Right to the farm/area it came from! This is key to transparency, and I would challenge those who thing that they are too expensive to take a second and look at your impact when you’re buying just any other oil. Do you know that they people who produced that oil are well treated? Paid fairly? Experiencing growth and benefits from their partnership with their middlemen?

    Take a second and look behind the curtain. Sure the people who founded the doTERRA are making tonnes of money. Is that a crime? It shouldn’t be. Can you not do good while still earning a profit? Is a more complicated system not worth working though to benefit your health, and to better the lives of the people toiling to bring your western self the oils? Just a thought.

    I do appreciate your honesty, and I hope that you and your readers can appreciate mine. Whatever you choose, I wish you well on your journey! ✌🌱

  42. What I love about doTerra is the medical research they are involved with. I noticed from most of the posts that the benefits of using doterra have been missed. Each bottle is tested by 3 independent labs for purity giving a true “Therapeutic grade” out there on the market. Many oils are wonderful and I love aromatherapy and its benefits. Ingesting oils is not available in most oils. This limits the features and benefits. Doterra sees the world from the lens of giving people a natural way to help people over come health issues instead of the out of control drug companies. There Doctors on Staff have made great strides in helping bring natural products into the integrative health community.
    It is not about just selling the oils…. although I have met many in many MLM companies over the years that make that the primary focus. They are not connected to the product or to the global benefit.
    I do have good news… Doterra will be changing some of its sales strategy and soon will be offering a new way to buy. It sounds like for those of you that do not want to be involved in the sales end of things… but still want the product… it could be a new option for you!
    Here is to happy oiling… and saving the world from the corruption in our medical system.

  43. Also new on the scene is Dr Axe selling his new line of ORGANIC oils. No MLM,and lower prices too! Worth checking out if you just want to buy really good quality oils at a decent price.

  44. Hi Kathleen!

    I’m actually a full-time certified Aromatherapist working for a small, Canadian-owned Apothecary in Calgary. If you ever want to have some burning questions answered (whats the difference between the different types of Frankincense, whats a hydrosol, do you do classes, etc), or you want to know how to purchase essential oils in an informed and economical fashion for yourself, email us. We’re all trained and super friendly, and our oils are wonderful quality (usually wild crafted) and price point.

  45. Crystal Wheaton says:

    Thanks so much for sharing. I just placed an order with Eden Farms and i can not get over the difference. Shipping to Canada was high but when you put it into the cost of the EO’s the Eo’s are still significantly cheaper. I’ll be ready for the cold and Flu season her in our long cold Canadian weather!

  46. I am so glad that I found this article because now I know that I was not thinking crazy about doTerra. You wrote everything that I was speculating: the expensive prices compensate for all the things you mentioned and probably more. That is ALL for MARKETING and to pay for the trips, conventions, prizes, etc. A dear friend shared her experience about starting her journey with essential oils and how it benefited her health and family. I was also on my quest for healthy, holistic healing for my family’s health so I asked her more about essential oils and then “the hook”. She didn’t push doTerra on me but I did want to try some EOs so naturally, I went to someone who has experienced them already- my friend. In 2 months, I spent close to $500 already and I didn’t have a whole lot of oils. Then my friend kept mentioning doTerra’s Loyalty Rewards Program, Share Program, and the opportunity to earn an income with this. Now I understand the excitement of discovering something new that is benefiting you but “don’t get blindsided by the excitement and throw good sense out the door”. I started to get suspicious when I saw the charges on my order, and some things didn’t make sense and I called to question doTerra. My receipt showed 9% tax but when I did my calculations, I was getting charged 12% on my total price. I called doTerra and was told that although I was paying wholesale, I was getting charged retail tax on the items – WHAT?? WHY? The whole point of me signing up as a member was to get their wholesale price but you are charging tax as retail value? Shady. Their explanation was that they charge tax at retail rate because they don’t know if you are selling them as a distributor. Well, how do they know that you are buying for personal use? Besides, if you are doing as a business, you need to file a 1099 anyways for taxes so their explanation did not jive well with me. Then they tell me that you can mark your order as “personal use” BUT here’s the catch: ONLY if you are doing their Loyalty Rewards Program and that is how you get enticed and subtly scammed into making a monthly order of some sort. I told the supervisor that was unfair to people who signed up as a member and that was deceiving to not reveal and educate that to members who enroll new people. DoTerra has the option of doing LRP (Loyalty Rewards Program order” or “one time order” and the option to click “for personal use (consumption)” is ONLY offered for LRP orders. That option should be available on both types of orders. Again – unfair and shady. I told the supervisor that is unfair to those who enrolled as a member who specifically signed up to get wholesale prices and are still deciding whether they want to purchase more. Then she goes on to explain how with the LRP, you just need to maintain 1PV a month (PV is “personal value” and is usually equal to the dollar amt of a product). DoTerra has NOTHING sold for $1 so you would have to spend something every month to stay on that program AND if you wanted to advance in the program to increase your discount, you need to spend AT LEAST 50 PV monthly AND if you enroll members and want to get a commission from your enrollees, you MUST maintain 100PV MONTHLY or you do NOT get commission. Do you now see the “scam” with their marketing strategy? The scam is not with doTerra’s product, the scam is within their insanely inflated prices and marketing to convince people to believe that “higher price equals higher quality” – that is NOT true in this case. The inflated prices are to pay for what was written in this article. I made this aware to the supervisor and she praised my diligence with analyzing their marketing strategy. She did agree with me that people get excited with the hype of their products and not thoroughly understanding and looking into the other things. I am not badmouthing doTerra’s products but rather their pricing of the oils and marketing which prey on the naive. My business friends saw right through their “pricing and marketing strategies” and agreed that I was totally right. I have since switched to Eden’s Gardens and apparently, many reviews on Eden’s Gardens were former Yong Living or doTerra consumers. Also, I shared this newfound info about doTerra charging retail tax on wholesale orders and how the option of “personal use” was only offered through LRP to my friend who enrolled me, and she was shocked and agreed that it was unfair to not offer that for both types of orders. I want so bad to share the other info (i.e reasons for inflated prices and where that extra money really goes) and share Eden’s Gardens with her to save her money but I don’t want to burst her bubble bc she is so sucked into doTerra and determined to make this a FT business at some point. I know that she was hoping that I would join her but in good conscience, I cannot sign up new members knowing what I know because I would feel dishonest and scamming people. I will be sharing the truth instead. Eden’s Gardens is able to offer low prices because they are NOT a MLM company. They don’t sell to retail stores. It is direct distributor to consumer. They have decided to not spend money on glitzy marketing or advertising and instead put it back into the company to offer savings and more selections for their consumers. Also, unlike doTerra, you get FREE SHIPPING on all orders in the U.S.A, and if you want it in 2 days, it is just $3 more. The savings are 40-60% compared to doTerra. I want my money spent on MY ORDER, not to pay for a company’s prizes, trips, conventions, etc to keep their customers and their business growing. Be smart with your money. Don’t be a naive, excited consumer. Know where your money is really going. Again, I like doTerra’s products and will probably order things that I cannot get from Eden’s Gardens but I don’t appreciate the deceitfuland unfair pricing. I will probably only order 1-2 oil blends from them. It if Eden’s Gardens makes a blend that is exactly the same, I will be ordering from EG. :-) The majority of my oil purchase will be from Eden’s Gardens.

    • Thank you for this. I’ve had many thoughtful discussions with my sister about my opinions of MLMs and why I distrust them so much. She’s very excited about doTERRAs products, and I joined to help her, but I still have my doubts. I don’t want to burst her bubble, but I do try to point some things out just so she doesn’t end up going overboard.

      My main problem with MLMs is the deceit — if they were up front with me, I would be able to say “at least they’re being honest that they’re trying to screw me out of my money (or whatever)”. But it’s the doublespeak and hiding things and walking around certain questions that really makes the hair on the back of my neck stand on end and then I start scrutinizing every single word I read about the company and its policies.

      However, some people do get super excited during those parties and I’m sad to say that I’m one of them (and it’s a family trait because all my sisters are the same). You jump in with both feet and then you either start to doubt yourself or you wear blinders because you don’t want to accept the fact that you’ve been deceived.

      I understand what everyone else is saying about the ‘you get what you pay for’, but I’m sure there are a few companies who are just as good as doTERRA and are cheaper. I am definitely going to try another company; however, I’m also going to be like you – I’ll get what I like from doTERRA, but it’s not going to be my exclusive oil supplier.

      Again, thank you for sharing your experience.

  47. Sunflower9 says:

    Well, this post is definitely “peculiar”. You sound bitter towards a company that did nothing to you. Lots of your “facts” are also incorrect:
    – To get wholesale pricing, you pay $35/year. That’s all. You don’t have to buy or sell a thing to continue the wholesale pricing. Just like when you pay for a Sam’s membership, you get their wholesale pricing. You pay yearly (like Sam’s) and you get that pricing. You also get your shipping back and the following year, if you purchase your membership again, you get free peppermint (one of the most popular oils for any brand) which is the cost of your membership, so your membership is free at that point.
    – Product of the month is easy – don’t like what it is? Don’t qualify for it. Just like if you go into any store and don’t like whatever they are offering (freebie, Buy 1 Get 1, etc), you don’t buy it. Same here. No one shoves it down your throat.
    – I have people under me that say or do nothing – they buy oils that their leisure and use.
    – Doterra will (in Nov) have the ability to tell you where the oils are sourced by entering the source code found on the bottle – do other brands do this?
    – The only oil I’ve seen that costs about $80 wholesale is Melissa which is not available year round. Go and price Melissa in Whole Foods or another store and the cost is not that much different.
    – Wellness Advocate simply means you are an advocate for wellness. Well guess what? When you use EO’s are you not doing it for wellness – physical or emotional? They make zero claims that somehow this title makes people little EO geniuses – you still have to do your research and learning.

    You are kidding yourself if you think you did yourself a favor by choosing another. It’s a brand – just like Eden’s oils. Any brand has a goal to sell and make money You choose to buy a brand or not. Is Eden Oils refunding your shipping? is Eden Oils giving some of their money to charities for sustainability?

    It’s a choice. If you choose to get Eden…fine. That is what works for you. But that doesn’t mean other brands are “bad”. It’s just what they are.

    And a word about MLM’s….
    Anyone who thinks corporations or personal ventures are better, hasn’t really sat down and thought about much. Let’s use Target for example (which a lot of people love)… When you shop there, what are they rewarding you? Nothing. They take the money and you leave with a product. Are they reimbursing your gas? You can get free shipping with the red card and 5% off – that is nice perk, sure. But you have to shop online for the free shipping (downside here is you wait) and the 5% off…ok that is great. But it is wholesale pricing? No. It is retail. Doterra at least gives you the chance to buy it wholesale or buy it retail. But Target…they make money off you and I. We get nothing in return really, except what we are going to buy.

    Personal ventures – say a store or a restaurant. There is a lot of overhead and product you have to buy. But somehow those ventures are “better” than MLM’s? Most MLM’s require no stock. It’s just you, out there, selling, getting the rewards.
    I used to think MLM”s are scams. But then I dug deeper and did my research. What is laughable to me is when people say they made no money in an MLM…did you work it? Did you treat it like a hobby? Then it pays you that way. Just like any other business – restaurant, shop, Easy store, etc. YOU have to make it your own. No different than a brick and mortar store. You would be going in every day, working- using your gas, time, etc. All your money would be poured into that. I don’t need to technically buy anything to keep selling an MLM – the internet does it for you.

    Even if I were to stop using Doterra, I wouldn’t bad mouth them. What did they do? They hosted a party with 10,000 flowers. That IS excessive – I will agree. But it’s their money lol. You think Target (or any other brand) cuts back on it’s spending because people like you and I find it excessive? Nope.

    I am glad you use EO’s and whatever brand suits you in just fine. Just make sure you are including facts.

    • Thanks for your thorough comment, Sunflower9. I don’t feel bitter towards doTerra nor am I badmouthing them — I call them a “perfectly lovely organization selling wonderful products.” I’m just explaining why I’m not buying from them anymore.

      I understand that getting “wholesale prices” is pretty straightforward . . . but wholesale is still unaffordable. In order to get them at affordable prices, you have to jump through all kinds of hoops, which I just don’t have the energy for. I’m glad you’re enjoying being a wellness advocate!

    • I would like to echo Sunflower9’s comments, as there was much that Kathleen said that wasn’t accurate. The shipping on everything (no matter how large the order is or how much it weighs) is $4, and then they give you the $4 back in free oils. If you check that you are using the oils for personal use, they will charge you the tax for personal use, if you check the box that says you are reselling it, they will charge you the tax based on that – you have a choice. In fact, you really have a choice about everything. If you want to earn free oils, you enter the LRP (monthly order) program – and yes, there are “rules” with that program, which allows you to earn literally hundreds of dollars worth of free oils – GREAT deal. And if you want those hundreds of dollars worth of oils, then yes, you have to order something (the lowest priced item is $4, you can order that) each month, and if you want to get to a higher percentage (only during the first year – after that it matters not what you order), you order $50 or more. But you don’t HAVE to do that, you can order nothing by just not being a part of the LRP program that offers you, did I mention, HUNDREDS of dollars worth of oils. I have cashed in my points of $600 at a time, and $300 another time….. it really accumulates fast. This is no scam, it’s actually one of the best MLM structures I’ve ever seen. I’m a business woman with masters in wellness & business, and I have owned stores and medical practices. I find doTERRA’s compensation plan to be well-designed and practical, and as I said, one of the best I’ve seen for an MLM. They give you many options, for what ever best meets your needs, and they have a quality product (backed by scientific research and 3rd party testing) and they are focused on quality and helping others. Great company! And when you look at the business structure of retail stores, you actually see a similar cost-center pyramid, which includes the retailer, the distributor, the manufacturer (which includes everyone from the production line, supervisor, middle management, upper-management, CEO/CFO, board members, etc), the marketing teams for the retailer, the distributor (many times) and the manufacturer…..as you can see, many layers that all contribute to the cost of the product, just like MLM’s. The best news? In America we are still free to choose, and if you choose Eden’s Garden, good for you…..if you choose doTERRA, good for you….it matters not because it is your choice. I would like to say that when someone critiques a company, then in the same article promotes a similar product, the integrity has been compromised (for me) and, again “for me”, becomes another marketing scheme to push their product by undermining another. Not very scientific.

    • I would like to add my 2 cents to this particular comment thread. Yes, those who think doTERRA is wonderful say that you get all kinds of “perks”. But you’re really paying for those perks if you look deep enough. And if you want to pay for that, it’s fine.

      But what I really want to address is the throwing around of the “presenting all the facts” phrase. You do not get 100% of shipping returned to you as points if you do not have an LRP set up that doesn’t have at least a 100PV. If you have a one-time order, you get 50% of your shipping in points returned to you.

      No, you don’t HAVE to buy anything every month, but yes, if you want the free oil of the month you must place an LRP (not a one-time) order of at least 125-150PV before the 15th of the month. So, you need to spend anywhere from $115-180 (this is an estimate for demonstration, not an exact number) to get a bottle of oil for free (of undetermined value until the name of the oil is released. So it could be an $80 bottle, or it could be a $20 bottle — or you could just save your money and buy that one bottle of oil if you wanted it).

      The rules change all the time — I’m brand new, but apparently the 100 point signup doesn’t automatically appear anymore after your second month of qualifying purchases. Which means that you have to make sure you check in to make sure that you get your points by the expiration date, otherwise you don’t get those points. And this year’s BOGO is different — you must have an LRP with a PV of 50 or above in order to get points for the BOGO, otherwise you don’t get any points for the order. So, basically, you have to spend at least $50 to get a $10-20 bottle of oil for free. When you break it down, it hardly seems worth it, especially if you’re not in need of anything but just want to take advantage of the offer.

      What it boils down to is this: yes, doTERRA has a great product, yes they give back to the community and they have good sources. MLMs have a bad rap for a reason and it’s because of the buzz words that are thrown around to get people to join, the “promise” of joining a team and then (typically, as I have witnessed on more than one occasion) you end up working on your own in the beginning when you need the most help because you have no idea what you’re doing and your team leader is too busy climbing the ladder to help you. And none of it saves you any money — regardless of what company you buy from. If you buy from doTERRA and pay for shipping and ultimately collect points to get free product and then pay for shipping, you will end up with the same amount of product as you do when you buy from another company by paying what they’re charging and getting free shipping and no free product. It’s simple math with no sleight of hand.

      The other two companies mentioned early on – Edens Garden and Plant Therapy – both not only give back to some sort of charity, but they also have information on their site about what kinds of tests are done on their oils as well as information that’s available if requested (like the MSM #). So that’s no longer limited to doTERRA.

      I’m a doTERRA WA, but I’m also not delusional about how the MLM structure works. It’s nice for people to have choices and to hear stories from others so they can make their own informed decisions on what will work best for them. Peace

  48. Fantastic site. Plenty of helpful info here.
    I’m sending it to several buddies ans also sharing in delicious.
    And certainly, thank you on your sweat!
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  49. Love Edens Garden, I order their gift sets. You can also chose which every oils you want in your
    gift sets. I prefer them over Doterra Oil. Check out their gift sets. http://www.edensgarden.com/collections/gifts-sets

  50. I really appreciate your input on this article. When I created my instagram account, I simply put love aroma which I am. In the space of 2 days, I noticed a number of doterra related instagram account following me. There was one who kept tagging me and even sending private messages to check out their products. No harm there since I really love essential oils. I checked their website and I have to admit, the prices turned me off. It was too pricy. As I read more and more about the products, I begin to realize that doterra is another one of those networking scheme program. Having experience MLM, I know how it works. With essential oils, I live by this one credo. Just because it is expensive doesn’t mean it is of the highest graded oils. I still refer to a local shop that sell at a rate that won’t dig a hole in my pocket. So long the scent doesn’t hurt my olfactory senses (I have allergic rhinitis) I could live without doterra.

    PS: The doterra ig who kept tagging me unfollowed me after a week. She maybe thinking she will not gain any profit from me. That confirmed my instinct telling me that she is not a sincere seller. There is another company, NU SKIN with their epoch line that is equally as expensive as doterra and young living. Another MLM :)

  51. This is just the information I was searching for as I am about to start using essential oils with my family but did not know which brand I would want to use. I’m getting ready to order from Eden’s Garden now. Thank you!

  52. Given some of the outrageous claims made by those claiming to be DoTerra distributors, I would wager that NONE of them have actually studied aromatherapy.

    Thank you for writing a balanced and honest article. I admit I had a giggle at the Jesus quote and the way that DoTerra distributors have descended on your post ;)

    I would also like to point out that Dr Robert Pappas is not an independent, impartial third party tester. He has financial interests in DoTerra and is inherently biased in that if DoTerra does well, he does too. I have also witnessed this man attempt to ride roughshod over many bloggers and the like (as is similarly witnessed in this thread) who dare to point out the obvious about DoTerra: that it’s a company who package and overprice oils. They certainly don’t have any hand in manufacturing or testing them.

    I am not against MLM. It can offer a small amount of people a good, legal income. And DoTerra offer aromatherapy for the lazy woman – everything written out in easy to access fact sheets with all the marketing material done for them. You don’t HAVE to know anything about the product, just that you can regurgitate what the company tells you to. Again, something demonstrated with alarming frequency in this thread.

    • Wow, really?!? “None of them have actually studied aromatherapy” – that is quite the general statement and false accusation. Yes, indeed, many have. You lost credibility immediately in your opening statement.

      And, your statement about Pappas is inaccurate. I’ve knew about Pappas long before doTERRA was even in existence. He predates them, and was well known before doTERRA was a twinkle in anyone’s mind. The only financial interest he has in doTERRA is that they pay him to do their testing. His lab and his company are very independent of them.

      And, as one of those doTERRA consultants who is well educated and has studied aromatherapy for years, I will just say that most of your comments are false. I will also say that there are many (thousands, possibly millions) of people who are totally grateful for doTERRA because just by their existence many more people have become aware of the great healing powers of essential oils, and so many people have had life changing experiences by using something alternative to pharmaceuticals.

      I just want to say to you, Leah, that you will draw many more people to natural healing by saying positive things about the products that you believe in, as opposed to negative falsehoods of the products you don’t.

  53. I’m from Ontario as well and I frequently buy oils from LIVING LIBATIONS. http://www.livinglibations.com
    They are based out of Haliburton and carry very high quality essential oils.
    The price point is close to doterra, but it is in Canadian. They often offer specials and free shipping.
    I’ve been very happy with their products.

  54. I signed up with doTerra over a year ago and only buy the stuff that I want from toothpaste, deodorant, creams, oils etc. They now have a warehouse in Canada since the summer and so shipping is a lot cheaper, plus you get the shipping back in points which you can use to get free items. I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and my son has Autism. Their oils help my son sleep through the night as well as keep calm and regulated. They help me with my tmj migraines, cramps during my periods and pains in my joints. I have not signed anyone up under me and only purchase what I need every month. Sorry but I don’t agree with your story but maybe you didn’t go about it the way that works for you. It it great for stay at home mothers who want to make extra money don’t get me wrong but I just wanted the product and that is what I do. Any time I have had an issue with something their company resolved right away. Love their customer service.

  55. I thought this was an excellent article the follow up is great I have used the oils.. and all I have to say is if you can afford them that is great, There seems to be allot of evangelism associated with the company, and they do pressure you to sell and the whole TOPSELLER mentality is whack I’m just saying especially the competitive selling part – It is an MLM sorry not trying to be negative Im saying you need to think about this stuff especially from an aspect of the holistic health community that has gone @ss up on trendiness – to me.. we use them in our house.. I do yoga and eat rite fortunately I’m in pretty good health.. and so are my kids ~ The cult like brainwashing is pretty real.. the mass SELL SELL attitude of the company is pretty real.. so I can see it in the comments above almost seem fake or like a doterra commercial or some thing ~ MLM’s pray on vulnerability and offer a false sense of hope and I think the product is great but why not just be a good company ~ if its so good and sells why all the complicated multi-level-marketing – oh its how they market.. incentive driven marketing.. Its really bad people its bad for your health and its bad for the economy..jut saying this mentality is viral .. and it effects peoples lives.. people feel bad after getting sucked into this kind of thing and they do feel ripped off, So if you know someone and you love them maybes some alternatives are nice.. to have especially if there are no strings attached – and there more affordable.. I do think they are ridiculously priced Cheers* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6MwGeOm8iI

  56. Anahí Ramírez says:

    Do you think it is expensive for candians? try being mexican, lol. Great article, btw

  57. Wow this article reads like a promo for Eden’s Garden ;) Each to their own but yes as repeated there is literally no obligation to buy and many of us would rather spend money on things we don’t actually need then invest money on our health. I love doterra and I think their business option is fantastic. It’s helping me to earn money on the side and I only ever sell to people who have a genuine interest in the oils. Sorry your experience was so bad but if you can’t afford something it just means you can’t afford something it doesn’t mean it’s too expensive. There will always be someone who can’t afford something and when I am broke which I often am I normally get annoyed with companies who charge a lot of money for their products but this says more about my relationship with money than it does about anything else :) Thanks for sharing- it’s always great to hear about people’s experiences and not everyone has to love what everyone else loves xxx

  58. I’ve ordered Doterra in the past and love their products but I can’t afford them. In US dollar and shipping expensive, I spent 500 in a moment. Funny, I spoke with a friend last night who is on the band wagon and accredits everything to DoTerra. And, had to mention a mutual friend is now a millionaire because of being at the top, again, the top. Others I know in this area are struggling to keep the minimum purchase required. I’m all for quality, but not everyone wants to be a seller, so the price is crazy expensive. I’m going to try these oils, thanks for posting.

  59. The thing that bothers me about the DoTerra people is how AGGRESSIVE they get when questioned. and how overly defensive they are about the company. If you have to be that defensive about it and freak out because someone is questioning something, or using another brand, and sit there trolling on other brands facebook pages about how they aren’t as “pure” while questioning them constantly if they own the farms, there is something wrong there.
    Essential oils have been around way way longer that DoTerra or YL have. Those companies just are marketing schemes and literally are the tupperware of essential oils. They aren’t some holy grail product, they are just another company making the same thing that others make, but it’s marketed to make you believe they are more special. It’s the same thing with Shakeology, LuLaRoe, etc. You can get the same exact stuff from other people without the crazy marketing brainwashing. If you genuinely love the products, then wonderful! But it just really bothers me how single minded the sellers of these products get and start to believe that THEIR product is the BEST EVER in the whole wide world, and get really really aggressive and pushy on anyone who happens to create the same thing under a different brand name. Thankfully not all the sellers are like that, but there are always some who use it to fuel their superiority complex which is just sad.

    • I agree Melissa. I have DoTerra’s starter kit as my friend was encouraging me to use them for certain ailments but I have yet to make another purchase as I find the oils to be expensive especially since the prices for the oils cost more for Canadians. Plus, I am a single income earner, and cannot afford to buy many of the oils that I would like to use as the cost is too high especially after adding in shipping costs. This is Kathleen’s blog, and she is only expressing, and comparing companies who sell essential oils. I don’t see a problem with this. It does not mean that you should stop using DoTerra or Young Living. The blogger is using her site to express her opinions, which she is free to do.
      There are so many essential oil companies out there. As Melissa stated, essential oils have been around much longer than most of these companies that started 10 or 20 years ago such as DoTerra, or Young Living. I don’t think it’s necessary to criticize the blog just because she finds issues with how DoTerra runs their business. Personally, I am not a fan of MLM, and also find the website complicated. I also don’t like the fact that in order to earn PV with DoTerra, you need to spend quite a bit of money just to get a bottle or whatever product for free. They are expensive enough as it is. I know that you are not required to be involved in earning PV but for those of us who are trying to find ways to save, and purchase items at a lesser cost, this doesn’t help. Also, as the blogger stated, DoTerra came up with the term Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. It’s a phrase that they made up, and got a trademark on so nobody else can use it but it does not mean that other essential oil companies do not have pure quality oils.
      I think everyone needs to be respectful of others’ opinions, and to be mindful that we are all in different situations. There are no experts here. Even doctors make mistakes! Everyone is sharing what works for them, what they like, don’t like, etc., and THAT’S OKAY!! : ) It’s the same with buying Nike, Reebok or Asics. I used to rave about Nike, and Reebok, and loved them when I was younger but then they changed the style of some of their shoes so that they were narrow. I then heard about Asics, and decided to try them, and have been wearing them for several years now! I don’t bash Nike or Reebok. I think they are still a good shoe but just not for me. Same goes with how people feel about the company that they decide to invest in when purchasing essential oils! : )

  60. I have been using doTERRA for a few years, and while I love their blends, I cannot afford to purchase many of the oils I’d like to add to my collection/need to replace, and I have grown weary of Wellness Advocates who have no formal aromatherapy training giving sometimes dangerous advice. I have been investigating other options, and found several favourable reviews on Plant Therapy. They are a family run business, with FREE SHIPPING to Canada, reasonable prices, a dedicated child-friendly line (including hydrosols which are recommended for children under two years old), they work with world-renowned aromatherapist and essential oil safety expert Robert Tisserand. You can view his quality tests on their website, and he is involved in their product development. They offer many oils and synergies (blends) not available through doTERRA. There is no minimum to purchase, no pressure to sell (it’s not an MLM company), it’s affordable, and they have quality products. Check them out! planttherapy.com

  61. I just wanted to say that there is one piece of false information. You DO NOT have to sign up to sell or meet minimum requirements. I signed up for a wholesale membership to buy the oils. I chose this company because Johns Hopkins, Sloan Kettering and local hospitals are using them. Also, go onto PubMed for fact based research about the benefits. With a wholesale membership there are NO minimum requirements. Buy what you want when you want.

  62. Thank you for this post! I was thinking to start selling doTERRA but something was unconfortable to me, And I think It is all you are writing about. Now I am sure I should do something different. I am a simple girl too…

  63. Thank you for sharing this. Based on your post, I ordered a bottle of Eden’s Gardens Vanilla Absolute. It arrived via amazon a couple of weeks later and it smells DISGUSTING. Seriously. I would rather put vanilla extract into my blends. I definitely won’t be trying anything else from this company.

    Other than that, for anyone bothering with comments this far along the thread… you do not have to sell doTerra to get the wholesale pricing. You just have to get a wholesale membership and you get the same 25% off that a wellness advocate (seller of the products) gets… and if you order monthly on the LRP program you get your shipping ($5.99 in canada) given back to you in points. If you order on that LRP over a certain amount you earn points you can spend on free items, and finally if you order that LRP before the 15th of the month and over a certain amount, you get the free product of the month as well. Not a bad deal, and you don’t have to sell the stuff.

    Maybe this is different than the available options when you looked into it, as the company seems to be always looking for ways to improve, but this is how it works at the moment.

    As for the oils themselves, I haven’t tried Young Living, but I’m sure their oils are great. What I do know for sure though, is that doTerra oils are amazing.

    I used various health food store brands for about 10 years and never got any health benefits out of them. They just seemed to smell kind of nice and the rest I figured was make believe. Enter doTerra.

    After getting a couple of samples from a friend, my mind was blown.

    The Deep Blue Rub for sore muscles is amazing. The shampoo and conditioner, amazing. My over-highlighted hair is soft and brushable again. The Easy Air/Breathe oil actually helps with sinus congestion. The Past Tense blend has ended several headaches and currently has a similar success rate to tylenol and advil for me and I am much happier rolling a little oil on my temples than swallowing organ-damaging pills.

    The face products are amazing and have cleared up a couple of weird skin bumps I have had for several years that salacylic (sp?) acid didn’t remove.

    I don’t know much more than that yet, but so far I am actually impressed with my experiences with these oils in a way I never was with any of the other brands I had tried.

    From that first smell of Motivate, that is my favourite day-to-day oil, to the Hope roller blend that is a lovely perfume, to the Lemon oil that took the stinky ‘wet-dog’ smell out of the laundry we accidentally left in the washer for 3 days, this stuff is great! I never had this kind of power in any other brand I have tried.

    And yes, I love it so much, that I actually did decide to go ahead and sell it, which is something I never, ever thought I would do, but it is quickly proving to be an excellent income opportunity as well. I’m not asking anyone on here to buy doTerra from me, and I’m not claiming they are the only company out there to buy, but for me they have been fantastic in every-which-way and I just thought you might want know how the company is currently operating in case you wanted to get back to a higher quality product.
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  64. Thanks for sharing this! It was exactly what I needed to hear. I have always sworn I’d never get involved in a MLM and I got sucked right into doTERRA’s claims of being the “ONLY” pure oil! I just placed an order to try out a few Edens Garden Oils. You have truly saved my pocketbook! <3

  65. Great article! Thanks for posting this. I recently just bought a membership with doterra and have been skeptical about this stuff from the beginning (still am). I will probably just let my membership run out after this year and I don’t plan on selling the products either. I had heard that their products were better than anyones because they are “certified pure therapeutic grade” (CPTG). Now I know that means absolutely nothing because it is done by them and not by an official certifier. Good to do research on this stuff. Wish I would have before buying a membership with them.

  66. Thank you for posting this. I wish I had seen it a few weeks ago. My sister is a doTERRA wellness advocate and I recently became one (I feel a little bamboozled because I told the woman who was running the show that I didn’t want to become a consultant). I love the product, but I agree that it’s a little cost prohibitive. My head is spinning over the literature — I’ve worked in MLMs before and I’ve never liked them. But I wanted to help my sister out and I figured I would use these products, so it was a win-win. And, I’m I got sucked in to the excitement of the home party — we all know how that can be.

    As one person said — yes, you are the maker of your own destiny, but not everyone has the fortitude to say “no” or stand up to a forceful salesperson. In any event, I don’t regret my decision to purchase (even though I vowed to never do another MLM), but the whole program is very overwhelming (and somewhat confusing). I’m always skeptical and notice the “fine print” that comes a week or two after you sign up, which always makes me want to opt out, and I probably will after my year is up.

    I’m glad to see that there are other oil companies out there that others have researched to be of similar high quality — I wouldn’t even know where to start as I just got into essential oils. My husband will definitely be happier with the less expensive alternative.

    • I have exactly the same feeling. About a week ago I signed up for a wholesale account and automatically became a consultant. My intention was to buy a set and maybe in the future some oils, but definitely not on a monthly basis through the LRP. I probably do another one time purchase and after that will opt-out. If you know how to cancel a membership, please let me know. DoTERRA’s website is not very user-friendly when it comes to canceling a membership.

  67. I too get my oils from Edens Garden. Great prices for amazing oils.

  68. First of all I can’t believe I wasted my time reading this – But I wanted to be informed -after all education means making an informed decision by hearing many sides ( let’s admit it it’s impossible to hear ALL Side’s ) here is my response in bold written within what was written

    Excellent quality. From what I can tell, (ARE YOU A SCIENTIST THAT HAS SPENT YEARS TESTING OIlS ??)

    the quality of oils offered by Edens Gardens is every bit as high as doTerra’s. (Read their information on quality here.)
    ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE
    Stupid simple: you see which oils you want on their website, you buy them. No commitments, no membership fees, no complicated rewards programs, no grandiose titles. No nonsense.

    YOU OBVIOUSLY SPOKE TO THE WRING PERSON- ITS NOT COPLiCATEd AT ALL . THE LOYALTY rewards are not required but a benefit -and let me tell you my family friends and I have taken advantage of a lot of free product ..NO GIMICKS

    Lower prices: like I said above: for most of the oils I wanted, I could get them for about 40-60% what I’d pay at doTerra. The website explains that they’re able to sell them for such discounted prices precisely because they don’t have all the fanfare associated with MLM. They sell directly to the consumer — no middlemen. No fancy office buildings, no special prizes for top sellers, etc. (Read more here.)
    Different size options: Eden’s Garden oils can be purchased in four different sizes, including a 5ml option. This is perfect if you just want to try out a certain oil without making a huge commitment — I bought a bunch of 5ml bottles for that reason. Many (most?) of them are under $6. (DoTerra, by contrast, only has one size option, which is typically 15ml, so you better hope you like it! Especially if you’re buying an $80 bottle!)

    WOULD YOU GO TO A DOCTOR THAT WAS GOINg T WORK ON YOUR CHILD because he was cheaper or that he was the best -and you would have the BEST OUTCOME.
    Your lavendar oils caused headaches in 2 of my mom friends . DōTERRA had no side effects

    Much greater selection: doTerra offers around 45 different single essential oils and 20 blends. Edens Garden, on the other hand, sells about 131 single oils and 39 blends. You’re sure to find what you want! (Sure, doTerra sells all kind of other products like lotions, cleaners, supplements, etc, but I wasn’t interested in those).

    MORE iS NOT BETTER – IT jUST MEANS they make more
    The problem here is that you are uneducated and misinformed about DōTERRA and it’s such a shame that real people that would be helped by the most superior oils won’t get help because of your nonsense you posted .
    After 4 years of using other oils – there is no duffer eve . If anyone that reads this would like me to send them research ( yes real research of why DōTERRA is best -please email
    Me at accursopt@gmail.com or text 305-962-5940
    Heck -I’ll give you a FREE sample so you can have your own experience , compare yourself and make an informed decision . There is a reason that John Hopkins has decided to do a research study using DōTERRA oils as the standard and others as the comparison – oh you didn’t know that? There may be a lot you don’t know .

    One warning about Edens Gardens for Canadians:
    The one downside to Edens Gardens is this: shipping to Canada is insane. (In the US it’s fine — free for purchases over $50). It’s one of those bizarre situations where the more you spend, the more you have to pay for shipping. It doesn’t really motivate you to buy more!
    Fortunately I live close enough to the US border that I can have it shipped (free) to a mailbox in Detroit, and then hop over and pick up my package when it’s ready. But for other Canadians . . . you might not be so lucky.

    • You know… I was sort of on the fence, but after this nasty reply, I am certain that I want nothing to do with doTerra. I’m sure that there are lots of great essential oils out there. Some are better than others depending on your purpose for use and at the end of the day, even if doTerra is the best, if you can’t afford them, then you’re going to be looking for the second best. I got to this page because I was looking for an alternative to doTerra, and now I have found one to research.

      Thank you, Kathleen, for providing your opinion on a subject that is obviously drawing a lot of interest. It gave me something new to think about!

      • Thank you for this article. I sent in my application to become a DoTerra member along with my check for $35 because my friend is selling it and urged me to. It has been many weeks and I have heard nothing from DoTerra. I guess if you don’t pay with credit card and place a large order they don’t want your business. In the meantime, while waiting to hear from them, I found Edens Garden and ordered some of their oils which shipped very quickly. I absolutely love them and they are much more affordable.

  69. Jose R Romero says:

    I was the most skeptical person you could imagine when my wife introduced them to me. But, being a supportive husband, I decided to do as much research as possible to prove her silly little essential oil business wrong. I spent months deep into the futile exercise only to become a believer and eat a little very delicious crow along the way. What I found is that Doterra not only has the BEST MLM plan but also the very BEST oils. They dont hide anything. You can speak to anyone in the organization. Additionally, you DO NOT have to buy ANYTHING or have to sign any contracts or maintain ANY level to purchase products. That’s just simply not the case. If you want to enjoy the wholesale pricing, you sign up and that’s it! NO MINIMUMS, NO requirements!!! If you want to become a wellness advocate and build a business then their are very reasonable requirements but nothing that will make you go broke like other MLM. ANYONE can do this business and have success. That’s why Doterra enjoys the highest retention of ANY MLM company by FAR. Currently over 70% So, thank you for you article, but….I’ll stick with Doterra…..!

  70. LAURA TALIAN says:

    Curious to know Kathleen if you are still using the Edens Garden oils, and how your experience has been? I recently attended a doTerra presentation, and while I loved what I saw, and all the claims etc, I too feel that it is a complicated system, and am not terribly interested in another MLM as I was previously involved in something else.

  71. Thank you for this! I really wanted to try the digestion oil fro DoTerra but was put off by the high price here in Canada. Eden’s Garden is MUCH cheaper and since I am headed to the states in the next couple of weeks, a good option. Thanks!

  72. Thanks for your great post!

    I appreciate your honest view of DoTerra
    and your wonderful,
    considerate secondary option
    of Eden’s Garden.

    Cheers to you!

  73. Great post (and wow, lots of comments!).

    I’ve noticed that people always seem to quote Dr Axe when it comes to doTerra. I actually signed up for his mailing list a couple of weeks ago, and one of his sign-up ‘freebies’ is a pdf about essential oils. In it, he talks about the four grades of essential oils, from worst to best. doTerra oils fall into the second-place category of oils. The first and best category that Dr Axe identifies is Certified Organic essential oils. He suggests you always try to go for Certified Organic if possible.

    I’ve purchased doTerra oils, and they are lovely, but they’re not organic. Pesticides are used in the cultivation of their plants. That is why they cannot be certified as organic.

    Here in Australia, we have great certified organic brands of essential oils (such as Springfields, Mt Retour, Perfect Potion) that are often priced similarly or even lower than doTerra – I assume because there’s no MLM structure to these companies and they don’t need to pay wellness advocates upstream. It never hurts to try out other brands and think about what it is you’re paying a premium for. Organic for a lower price and without all the marketing hype could well be a better option :-)

    Best of luck on your wellness journeys,
    Nat

    • Oh im so glad that I read this comment. Im Australian and have been struggling to find anything but the very over marketed DoTerra!
      Going to look up your suggestions now :)
      Louise

  74. Hi,

    Great article! I use doTERRA but wonder if these oil are pure steam/cold pressed distilled like doTERRA? Also, can some of these oils can be ingested- for example peppermint, lemon etc?
    Thanks!

  75. Mike Rideout says:

    Commitment equals results
    I was told I would die with no hope of recovery, or if I survived I never recover to a normal life.
    Black Mold entered my home via air exchange system. Before it was discovered 3 of 4 heart valves had stop working. After a year of low immune system fighting every day for 7 months just to live another day. I used Frankincense by doTERRA and highly respect Dr David Hill and his Book on Frankincense. Regardless what is the best …doTERRA is a safe place to trust for your better health and a good climate to build a worthy business that has a profound effect on your own life and thousands of others.
    I have am proud to be in an MLM company and the industry where people do not complain about their hours and their pay that never goes up. MLM is if nothing else a place where those who really commit to learn and understand rise up often much better people in the process. Honest financial gain for achievement. In all companies , churches, schools and government we see people taking advantage of others. That is just part of the human condition. However I never meet a finer management team. Plus I guarantee not one person that has ever complained of doterra has been to head office and actually spoken to the owners. Plus not one of you could operate any company like this …there was a company bragging all over the internet ( they were better than doTERRA ) Well their financials said they did 2 million that year. That same year doTERRA gave away 144,000,000.00 ( 144 MILLION ) that year in FREE products to reward and thank the millions of people that love and are loyal. In my organization that was at least 3 million in free products. How do you buy that much good will. DoTerra is a big business but one day they were small. Sure some people want to have cheap flowers and say all our flowers was wrong. Why ? Did we not support more growers in the flower industry and the shipping and I suppose flower shops and I imagine some group was paid to decorate ….but we could have it in a basement some where with no flowers. We are all part of an economy and one thing we do not need today is non buying. Buying creates jobs …. Who of the complaint people have ever created 100 jobs, how about 500 jobs or 2000 jobs …were you voted top 10 employer in a tough economy …maybe you did like doterra and you built schools and hospitals and earthquake proof schools where 8000 died in Nepal I know you drill wells in mountain towns and you creating new prosperity by offering steady market where there was little. Maybe you effect the income of 30,000 people in other countries , maybe you went there and raised the pay level 35% higher than any other company had paid.
    My Heart EF fell from 50 to 15 ….do your research and you will know that is Tombstone time. BUT I believed in Daily use 10 times a day and more of Frankincense plus Dr David Hill got a daily oil list to me for Black Mold and it left my near dead body. Another company was selling Frankincense for 40.00 less a bottle ….should I have saved 40.00 x about 30 bottles ….well maybe but you see they told me I could never rise above an EF of 20 if I did Max 23 …. well I spent 7 months in a hospital bed sleeping sitting at 90 degrees and could not have a normal life … recently I struggled to attend the 2016 convention in Utah, It was still difficult but I was inspired to be there. In the last 30 days my Echo Heart test has revealed EF has climbed to 50 again. So you all can keep your cheap oils …I love paying the price doterra has created so they can support thousand of mothers have a better life and income …what second job ever made life better. People want the best shoes, cars, Laptops, cell phones at 700 a pop but when it comes to a business or heath they want cheap. At least cheaper. Quality is always worth it …no company does more than doTERRA …. We are just getting started …the small companies just want their share of a big exciting market so their way is to sell cheaper and keep all the profit for the owners. I would not support such an idea. In todays world we need more doTERRA companies to give good people a way to prosper with out being a slave to a job or 2 jobs. Sure a few people don’t fit that mold but why bad mouth a company and a proven system that has MILLIONS not thousands seeing HOPE in their life … I think it is best if the people that are complainers and rather we did not help Thousands around the world ….just get a little job and next 30 years hope they can keep it and pay the lower prices but ask who is creating new jobs, new hope. Oh I was unable to make any phone calls in 2016 but because I believed in doTERRA and actually stuck to it. I was able to be paid $ 17,000.00 more the year I was sick ….every job in the planet would have let me go and I be bankrupt. Maybe dead. There is no better place than doTERRA. The internet is a wonderful place but who ever dreamed so many people unwilling to learn and experience the REAL MLM life that is free and empowering. Would think their greatest contribution would be to complain. Good Luck with that mindset. Here is my last thought, If you thought you like to be in the Networking Industry …. READ a book on it !!!! stop reporting what you think when you just do not know what your talking about. DoTERRA saved my life and it will for many others. A friend died a few weeks ago from a Tick Bite…. would not try our Terra Shield Bug oil …would not try Frankincense … Simple things like Tick Bites can Kill You ….simple things like Frankincense can save your life. Proud to be a professional in a great industry …very proud to be an oil guy in doTERRA

  76. I’ve been studying EOs since 1993 and love them. Recently, I’ve been doing research on which company to be involved with…..I am turned off with the LDS connection. I am pro-choice, pro-gay, pro-secular, etc, etc and I am worried my hard earned $$ will be funneled to anti-choice, anti-gay, anti-science with the strong LDS association.

    Is there a direct sell EO company that is not connected to the Mormon Church? It’s a total ick factor for me and most of my friends and family here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    Thanks in Advance for Any Help,

    Wondering in Sonoma County

  77. Thanks for your post. I too have had the similar experiences. Another option I just found is called Plant Therapy. Free shipping, amazing prices, claim that they don’t dilute the oil and from the research on their website they test each batch 3 times in 3 ways. I was impressed, and so far I love the oils that I have purchased.

  78. Wow, so many comments. You said you lived in southern Ontario, just curious if you’ve tried My Choice Natural EO – a local company that claims high quality EOs. I’ve purchased Frankincense from them which is labeled organic, steamed distilled, and therapeutic grade. I’m just getting into EO and find doTerra is awfully expensive.

  79. Thanks for posting your opinions Kathleen. You are not alone in your wariness.

    All it takes to be a Doterra “Wellness Advocate” is $35. No education, no practical knowledge, and I can sell you something that will “support” improved “function” to fend off some undefined malady. Seriously. I know this, because I became a WA with exactly that level of expertise. I never had any intention in making revenue from this MLM, but thought it would be an okay way to get some oils and support a friend who’s an “all-in convert.” But ordering for myself from the DT backoffice site is a nightmare enough to give me migraines. It’s clumsy. It crashes. It doesn’t save things when you think you did. If you try to save/process without putting 100PV in your LRP, it gives you a big Yellow Warning popup that implies you need to order more. I hate pushy people, so this is over the top for me. And let’s not get started with the multiple emails and Instagram and Facebook posts from my uplines *every dang day* going on and on about how they’ve solved world hunger or cured cancer with a blend – okay, they’d never make a claim that specific, it’s not FDA compliant, you know? wink wink, nod, nod. It has become seriously tiresome and disingenuous.

    that’s my 2¢, and a small part of the reason I am getting away from DT.

  80. Oh, I so needed this post! I have the same feelings about doTERRA. I just listened to a webinar presented by a couple and the thoughts that kept running through my mind – These oils must come at a premium price in order for them to be making the money that they claim they do. I have no issue with people making money, but I need to SAVE mine!

  81. Joleen Christopher says:

    Interesting mindset. You say ” you have to” which isn’t the way it was explained to me. What I discovered is that if I decide that I liked Doterra products and use them each month I am giving multiple Rewards, like a thank you for being there customer. Those rewards make their oils more than affordable. The quality far exceeds anything else on the market and since it goes in my bloodstream that is important to me. I absolutely love with this company is doing in Nepal and other third world countries. I love with this company is doing for women and children. I love all the free resources and Leadership training and encouragement they offer for those who want to work out of their home. If you have found another brand that you like… That is fine. But as a Mennonite should you have anything negative to say about a company that gives so much and does so much for others globally. Perhaps it would be better if you said nothing at all.

    • Moonelixir says:

      And most of all, it would be convenient if she said nothing at all, to enrich those at the top of the pyramid massively and those at the bottom, marginally. A company that works with plants giving back to those communities is the norm, not the exception. Look at Givaudon as one example. That is the barest minimums doTerra would need to do for my respect. Their unethical usage practices speak volumes (advocating internal and undiluted use for the masses). As for the quality, since reps are not required to have any training in aromatherapy at all, I really do wonder what you base that on.

  82. Woahhhh these comments are intense but im so glad i found your article! I’m new to the whole essential oil thing. After suffering severe anxiety for years and years I thought it was time to look into alternative options – not to “fix” it but to “help”.

    Everyone recommended Doterra to me but jesus, its like a cult. Maybe thats because its great or maybe its because people earn points or money from getting people to buy through them. I got suspicious and as someone who is starting out and not working, Im not willing to spend $53 (plus shipping) on a tiny bottle of serenity blend without trying out a few more affordable (and yes pure, ethical, not slave labour) options. Who knows – maybe I will end up with Doterra in the end but the whole over marketing bullshit really irks me. I did buy their Balance oil…so far I honestly dont feel more than I do with my non Doterra Lavender.

  83. Jennifer says:

    I didn’t know Mennonites could say H-ly crap. Lol. Not judging. Just found it humorous

  84. Wow the amount of doterra shills on this comment section is staggering. This company pumps out comments like this to make it appear that their products are superior to all others. this is not the case. MLM’s are a SCAM and are guaranteed to fail. I feel so sorry for anyone who gets sucked into this kind of buisness, especially when it reaches the inevitable product saturation situation that nearly 100% of MLM’s fall into.

    Additionally, many people on this comment thread are discussing “essential oil treatment” for extremely serious medical issues that should be treated by a DOCTOR not a random person selling over priced oil that has absolutely zero medical benefit to them. MLM’s are disgusting predatory business that prey on the naive and ignorant. Get out while you can.

  85. Diane Johnston says:

    It seems you can get these Eden Gardens essential oils on Amazon.ca – which is Candian – and you won’t have to pay hefty shipping charges as if your order is $25 or more shipping is free. Love your posts by the way!

  86. You should check out Zayat Aroma. They are family run essential oil company based in Québec. Extremely high quality ingredients and lots of options; from plant material, size, proprietary blends, to carrier oils and clays, and fully prepared products. Shipping anywhere in Canada is $12.00, or free if over $100.00. As a maker of cosmetics myself, I have tried a multitude of brands, and Zayat always comes out on top. I highly recommend you take a look!

  87. I’ve recently made the switch to Edens Garden myself. As someone who believes that most times “you get what you pay for”, I was initially skeptical that they could provide a quality product so much cheaper than Young Living and doTerra, but the oils I have purchased have been a very high quality and I’m quite happy with them.

  88. Moonelixir says:

    May I suggest Aliksir, Divine Essence and Zayat as wonderful Canadian brands (and certified organic by the rigorous independent farm organization Ecocert?) I love Eden’s Garden too and is one of the ones recommended by my aromatherapy teachers. None of the serious aromatherapy teachers recommend the MLM oils. by the way. Poor quality, high prices and unethical practices.

  89. Stephanie says:

    I bought a basic set of the main DoTerra oils – I never had and still do not have ambitons to be distributor but i am a ‘wholesale dist’ b/c I bought the basic set (certain cost I think) I buy 1 bottle of something each month.. lemon for our water, OnGuard and we LOVE the Terra Shield powder greens … they are JUST greens – slow /low dried, as Dr. Oz has suggested. I have had challenging time finding one at retail that doesn’t have Ginseng, Ginko, Green Tea etc.. added – just want the GREENS .. this IS just the greens. Beautiful in smoothies or with some juice. I use mynpoints from product & shipping to get greens at no cost.
    I don’t buy a lot or spend a lot, but at Christmas I got oils for gifts and got the free Frankincense :)

    It can be as difficult or easy as you make it … I like the oils & so does my husband – diffuse in bedroom at night (buy diffuser off Amazon – WAY more affordable!) and living rm when there. I add a drop or 2 of oil to my unscented hand & body moisturizer and love the scent & benefits…

  90. Elizabeth says:

    One question I have that I can’t seem to find the answer to is how do I end my doTerra membership? I’ve been a member for a little over 2 years & have a nice stockpile of my favorites, my personal life is in a bit of a changing state & I think it’s just time to try something different, & I know I will forget about it until the autorenewal comes around only to end up charged the membership fee again (& I really don’t use enough peppermint for it to justify). So I want to make sure my CC info is removed, how do I do that? Do I email them? Do I just not order & eventually the account will be voided? I can’t find anything except the statement in the contract that by signing I am authorizing yearly renewal. How do I unauthorize?

    Again, I don’t want to be talked back into it, I just want to know how to cancel it. I have the products I like stockpiled from LRP orders, I’ve been thinking about this awhile, It’s not doTerra’s fault or anything I’m just ready for change.

  91. I totally agree with Kathleen, the author of this article. I just wanted to buy quality EO’s and got roped into signing up for doTerra by a friend who told me in order to get the best price I need to sign up. Why don’t they just sell them at that price and save people the aggravation? Anyway- long story short- I gave up on doTerra and YL and am now buying, at affordable prices, from a local organic farmer that makes her own essential oils. I have also started distilling some of my own, as well. I figured the money I saved by not buying the expensive oils I could afford to buy the equipment I need to make my own. In the long run I will be money ahead.
    Thank you Kathleen for a great article!

  92. My daughter was diagnosed with Epilepsy. The neurologist was very confident about the diagnosis based, my Daughter had an EEG (no idea if it showed anything; we were tired and may have misunderstood what he said about that). MRI was negative for problems. For the past 4 months or so, I have seen weekly occurrences, making strange faces (this involved cheek twitching and lip quivering). We did not realize it could be a serious problem until she had an obvious seizure (simple partial) last week. What is troubling about my daughter condition is that we have seen many daytime seizures, and that recently the seizures seem to cluster together. No idea if there are seizures occurring at night.
    We were given a prescription for Kapra, but are still weighing the risk / rewards of giving the medication to a toddler. After returning from the hospital, my daughter experienced a round a vomiting lasting from 3 AM to 11 AM, followed by additional vomiting the following morning at around 2 AM. Nothing sense then. She has not had an appetite, is drinking fine, and otherwise appears healthy. I read a lot of blogs where people who shared their testimonies kept mentioning Anti-seizure Herbal medication. I searched for a website (http://seizurestory.blogspot.com/2008/10/seizure-free.html) I just followed the email address of Doctor Lawson that was shared on these testimonies; I got lucky when I got a reply from Dr. Lawson Bryan. I followed his instruction, used Herbal Medicine in less than 2 months, my daughter seizures reduced drastically. Within a period of 5 months, my daughter was cured. I went back to my neurologist, where my daughter checked up and marked epilepsy free. contact him +1 (979) 475-5130

  93. This article is so very wrong!!! I understand “free of speech” but there is nothing correct in the writing! To even purchase dōTERRA products you need a yearly membership, just like at Costco you need one, and that’s where you buy their products as a customer. You do not become an advocate unless you give your SIN number and that is optional not even required!!! Advocates do not sell anything, they teach classes and educate people on the oils like how and when to use them! The customer orders the oils themselves online they do not buy anything from an advocate directly, not even possible! The Canadian dōTERRA warehouse is in Canadian dollars not USA dollars!!! So I have no idea where you get your information from but it’s so very wrong and an injustice to a good company.

  94. I was searching Dr. Axe and essential oils when I found your article. :) I don’t think you even mention him i your article but I guess because of all the comments your blog post comes up.
    I’m looking for essential oils that aren’t sold via MLM because I am already in one MLM I would rather not refer people to another. I will check out Eden’s Garden. I just noticed you have another blog post about oils. I will pop over there to look.

  95. Hi there everyone

    I’m considering becoming a DōTERRA WA. I do have some scientific training and I’ve bought and used the products before as a customer so am familiar with them and the great results they offer. I wanted to thank you all for the discussion above as it’s helped me learn so much more about the company, the business structure and the ethos. Kind regards

  96. Actually if you only want the wholesale pricing you don’t sign up to be a distributor. You sign up to be a customer. A customer gets the same prices as a distributors but they do not build a business. Customers do not provide their SSN nor can they even have a team under them. Customers cannot sign up anyone. They can only buy products at wholesale just like a Costco member. As a doterra customer having a membership is no different then paying a membership to access discounted prices on products from any store online or brick and mortar that require memberships for discounts.

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