(Last Updated On: January 24, 2018)

Migraine? Problem.

Lavender oil. Problem solved….?

Not quite?

You can’t just buy ‘Lavender oil’. You have to select a brand.

And there lies another rub.

If you aren’t careful of which brand you order from you may end up with lavender oil that stains paper (I’ll explain later why this is a sign of fraud).

And if you put these not-quite-essential oils in your diffuser, be prepared to kiss your diffuser bye-bye.

I don’t want you to get another migraine just selecting an oil for your migraine.

So I’ve sifted through 20 different brands and selected 5 top brands of essential oils.

At A Glance: My Choices For The Best Essential Oil Brands

Pure Body Naturals Essential Oils. They offer some interesting carrier oils and nice add-ons.

Edens Garden Essential Oils. They offer many oils to choose from AND their GC/MS test reports are available on request.

doTERRA Essential Oils. With its registered ‘Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade’ testing process, doTERRA has acquired a highly respected stature in the natural oils market.

ArtNaturals Essential Oils. Has a great range of competitively priced essential oil sets.

Young Living Essential Oils. Possibly the oldest essential oils company in the world, Young Living offers you a diverse range of oils to choose from.

 

The Best Essential Oil Brand

01. Pure Body Naturals Essential Oils Review

Pure Body Naturals states its mission simply as ‘creating beautiful, natural, healthy body care’. It has carved out a comfortable niche for itself in the lavender oils market in the United States.

For a beginner’s taste Pure Body offers a reasonably priced Top 6 Gift Set.

Diffusers: Oils work well in diffusers

Prices: In the lower range in my selection.

What I Liked

Good packaging – either a separate dropper or a dropper cap

They sell 8 different kinds of carrier oils as well

The tamanu carrier oil works great with lavender oil

Its castor oil comes with an applicator kit which is very useful for applying it around the eyes

What I Didn’t Like

Quality and purity tests not available

There are complaints that a few products fail the paper test

The Best Essential Oil Company

02. Edens Garden Essential Oils Review

Ms Grace Martin got the inspiration for this company from her trip to New Zealand

 Edens Garden has come a long way from being a tiny business in Ms Martin’s in-laws’ garage.

Diffusers: Oils work well in diffusers

Prices: In the higher range in my selection.

What I Liked

 The staff is very interactive

 They offer 141 different single oils

 They also offer 25 different carrier oils

 Their products are third party GC/MS (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectometry) tested. Reports are available on request

 The company partners with social service organizations like ‘Teen Challenge’

What I Didn’t Like

None

The Best Pure Essential Oil Brand

03. doTERRA Essential Oils Review

doTERRA (Latin ‘Gift of the Earth’) was founded in 2008 by a group of healthcare and business professionals.

doTERRA has acquired a stellar reputation within the first decade of its existence.

It has even registered its own quality standard – ‘Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade’.

Diffusers: Oils work well in diffusers.

Prices: In the higher range among our selection.

What I Liked

 They offer almost 50 different single oils

 They also offer some superb blends

 They conduct various tests like GC/MS and Chirality Analysis to ensure quality. The GC/MS results can be viewed on request

 They have a Global Botanical Network over 40 countries

 Through their Co-Impact Sourcing they make positive interventions in the lives of the farmers and harvesters they source their oils from

 They are involved with social service organizations like Operation Underground Railroad

What I Didn’t Like

 The oils are distilled by their partners (Global Botanical Network) and shipped to doTERRA

The Best Lavender Essential Oil Brand

04. ArtNaturals Essential Oils Review

ArtNaturals is a locally established business in Los Angeles.

Diffusers: Oils work well with diffusers.

Prices: In the lower range in my selection.

What I Liked

They offer many oil sets suitable for gifting

Their lemongrass (in a Witch Hazel or alcohol base) is a great mosquito repellent

Their Signature Zen, which blends lavender, rosemary, and sweet orange oils, is great for headaches

What I Didn’t Like

The scientific name of the tree is not mentioned on the label

Some users complain of defective shipping

The Best Quality Essential Oil Brand

05. Young Living Essential Oils Review

Founded in 1994 by Donald Gary Young and Mary Young, Young Living is a proud essential oils veteran.

Diffusers: Oils work well in diffusers

Price: In the higher range in my selection.

What I Liked

 Offers you almost 80 single oils to choose from

 Also offers many exciting blends and oil sets

 Has a proprietary Seed To Seal production process

 They run a battery of tests (including GC/MS) to ensure quality & purity

 Has a Global Compliance Program to ensure sustainable sourcing of its oils

 Engage in various charitable activities through the Young Living Foundation

What I Didn’t Like

 None

OK, that was a looong list; how does that help me?

We certainly don’t end there.

Having told you which brands I like, I’ll now list out how I went about selecting them, what I looked for.

And finally I’ll announce which brand I felt to be a clear winner.

What to what out for when selecting a brand

Paper Test – Smear a paper with the oil in question. If it’s an essential oil it should evaporate leaving a clean paper. If it’s adulterated the paper will have oil stains. Remember I said at the beginning stained paper is a sign of fraud?

GC/MS Tests – Paper test is a very approximate test. GC/MS is a standard test for quality and purity. You should check whether the test results are publicly available

How do they source their oils? Who grows the plants and who distils the oils?

Do the essential oils work well in diffusers? Some companies face many complaints of essential oils not working well in diffusers

Is the staff interactive? For example if you want to use the essential oil in a sauna will the company staff guide you?

If you are inclined towards humanitarianism, whether the companies are engaged in charitable activities

And The Winning essential oil brand is…

Edens Gardens Essential Oils!

There are no paper test complaints against its products. The GC/MS test results of its products are available on request. They have a huge range of oils you can choose from.

Their staff is very interactive and will guide you on how to use your oils in a variety of situations. Last but not least they have an extensive social outreach through partnerships with various organizations.

If you feel we’re missing anything or you know some other brand that deserves to be in the top essential oil brands please leave a comment below!

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