Something that’s been bothering me for a while is the rise of multi-level-marketing (MLM) companies selling essential oils.
(And, to be honest, I get a lot of students and clients asking me about the quality of the essential oils, etc., too!)
So, I went searching and found someone who has done the research. She found that MLM prices are on average 3.22x more expensive than traditional online outlets. With some individual oils being p to 5x more expensive.
Yes, that’s right, up to five times more expensive.
Basically, it works like this. All companies get the essential oils from a small number of international supplies. These suppliers in turn, get them from the growers. So, the bigger the company, and the more the overhead, the higher the price of the essential oils.
With the MLM company structure, the prices have to be higher.
(Now, I’m not saying I’m against MLM, as I do purchase some cosmetics and vitamins from friends via multi-level-marketing companies. And I like that personal touch.)
But I don’t think people realize that the cost is higher than buying essential oils directly from an on-line independent distributor.
Here’s a couple of companies whose essential oils I like (and I’m not an affiliate, just sharing the good stuff.)
In addition, (you knew there’d be more, didn’t you?) I personally don’t like the standardization of the essential oils distributed by MLM companies. It’s the same as adulteration, which quite simply means the natural plant essences are altered in a laboratory, so they contain the same chemical constituents every time.
I recommend small companies, and looking for the product labeled with its Latin name. That way, you’re more likely to get essential oil from the plant and not the lab.