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Little Known Ways to Know the Difference

I am amazed at all the different essential oil brands available these days. Seriously, they are every where!

If you are new to oils then quite possibly these are some of your initial impression questions:

  1. How do you know what is a good one to try?

  2. Aren’t they all the same?

  3. Good Gravy, how are the prices all over the place on these things?

I use and distribute doTERRA essential oils because the research showed me they were the right ones for me and my family. doTERRA was recently recognized as the 2018 Global Leader of essential oils as well. Their standards for quality are excellent and I’ve never been disappointed with any of their oils.

However, let’s say you’re brand new to oils and you’re not sure if doTERRA would be right for you. How do you safely experiment and not dump a truck of money into this endeavor without knowing what you like?


If you know someone who distributes oils a really good way to try them is to ask for a sample. I love sharing samples with new people, because the first time you try them it will knock your socks off.

I often hear people go, “whoa I didn’t know it would be like that.” or “wow, that little drop and it did all that!”

However, depending on the person and company they distribute for you could be setting yourself up for some hounding to buy as soon as that sample is provided. I personally do not hound and hate hearing it when someone else does it. That’s just not what I believe is right and it’s certainly not the culture we practice at doTERRA.

My best advice in this situation would be:

  1. Ask for a sample and say you are wanting to try it or that you are trying various brands before deciding

  2. Respond to the follow up call or email you will receive from the person who gave you the sample. You WILL receive a follow up communication. Please don’t avoid and run away. You asked for the sample so the person who shared with you would like to know how it worked for you.

  3. Ask them questions if you have any.

  4. Let them know what you think about the oil. Let them know if you’re interested or not.

If you are upfront with someone it will save you the grief and awkwardness with that person. They are wanting to know if the sample worked for you. PERIOD.

They are being nice and taking time to share out of their personal oils with you. Be polite and respond back with a thank you and information on if you are interested in the oils or not.

It’s perfectly ok to say you’re interested, on the fence, changed your mind about them, or are not interested. But don’t let a sample be the reason you never speak to someone again.

I’m happy to share samples with anyone who asks. So if you’re new and haven’t tried doTERRA let me know. It feels good for me to share with others because I know what they have done for me and my family and know they will work for a lot of other people.

Trial and Error

I highly recommend trying different oil brands and comparing them. People are all different and have different needs that oils can support. However, if you do this here’s what I advise:

  1. Research the oil before you use it! Make sure it’s good quality before you use on your skin, in your body or on your pet and child. Perhaps try them on your husband first. Just kidding.

  2. Don’t over do it! You use only 1 -3 drops in most of the situations where an oil is being used. They are potent and yes that one tiny little drop will do the trick.

  3. Dilute. Always.  If applying to your skin, mix with lotion or coconut oil. If  taking internally, use with water, juice or food or even a capsule.

Seriously, take a minute to make sure it’s a good quality oil. Read the label, look up the company, read the reviews, ask your friends.

Size Matters

Another good way to tell quality is the price and size of the container.

If you find a 6 ounce plastic bottle of Lavender for $3 then chances are it is not a real essential oil.

Quantity and quality are truly separate spectrum ends with oils.

The bottle will be between 3ml, 5ml or 15ml (sorry no gallon sizes).

The bottles will be glass. It’s always recommended to use steel or glass with oils because it will absorb into plastic (if it’s real oil) and this will change the chemistry of the oil and ruin your plastic container.

Good Oil Characteristics

  1. The ingredients listed only contain the essential oil and nothing else

  2. You can pronounce or recognize the ingredients

  3. If the oil can be used internally, the label will say for supplemental use and contain a serving size of 1 drop

  4. The bottle will contain the CPTG symbol indicating it has been tested for quality

  5. The bottle will be sealed

  6. The oil will be returnable (if the company is credible)

Where to buy oils

You will NOT find quality oils in the dollar store or other big box discount store. Sorry but walk away from those!

Again, if you’re buying from a network marketing based distributor, check the company out and look at their quality test results and reviews. I think this is a great way to get oils but do your research upfront. This method assures you will have personal ongoing support to learn how to use your oils and an advocate to help with any questions.

Another way is the internet. There are several companies online that sell oils. Research is important to verify quality and the reviews on the oils but you can maybe find some good products that way.

Interested in more?

If you would like to try a sample, please reach out. I’m happy to help you find the oils right for you… even if it is not doTERRA, but at least give doTERRA a try.

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