There are many essential oil companies out there -- how to choose?
Below are facts about the company we chose to partner with, as well as some important points to consider when in the market for essential oils. The highest quality doesn't just apply to essential oils -- Young Living® also provides products to support creating a Healthier Home environment, a healthy body, and a healthy mind.
Also see below: 12 Questions to Ask an Essential Oil Company
What is adulteration of essential oils?
Many oils sold on the market are adulterated or extended with the use of synthetic chemicals. Scent can be engineered and imitated but the entire constituent of true essential oils cannot be duplicated. Only nature can create therapeutic-grade essential oils.
Adulteration is intended for the fragrance and not for the beneficial health of the body.
An example is adding dipropylene glycol to Lavender to hulk up the oil. DPG is colorless and odorless.
Young Living's testing is able to find 1 molecule out of a billion that is bad. That's equivalent to a filling up your home with rice and finding one bad rice grain or finding a bad drop of water in an Olympic sized swimming pool.
Young Living regularly sends samples to test alongside their in-house testing to third-party labs. About a half dozen of them request to remain anonymous because they work for the FBI.
IRMS - Isotopic Ratio Mass Spectrometry
It takes 2 years to become an expert in using an IRMS
About 90% of every single oil readily available in the United States is unsafe for infants because they use synthetics or contain harmful-to-babies fillers.
Did you know that Young Living goes far above any industry standard by doing 20 tests in triplicate, two separate times in the process? This is a direct statement from Dr. Buch, Young Living’s Chief Science Officer.
The extensive testing is the main reason to never use any brand that does not verify the ENTIRE oil production process from seed selection, to cultivation process, to distillation, to testing, and to bottle sealing.
Young Living Seed to Seal
- Zero pesticides, herbicides or fungicide chemicals permitted
- Chemical-free soil for 50+ years
- 5 years of growing before being eligible to meet standards
- Weed by hand
- Control pests with essential oils
- Continual testing of water, soil, and air
- No conventionally-grown seeds
- 50 trained scientists on staff
- 3rd party testing required
- In-house testing required
Young Living's Farm Map
Young Living's Testing Standards
Every single batch of essential oils is tested by Young Living's in-house labs, as well as third-party testing. If a batch of oil does not meet Young Living's strict standards, the batch may be used in supporting the soil at the farms (depending on the oil), rejected altogether, or sold to other companies that have lesser standards for their product.
Here is a list of the testing performed to ensure quality and purity of Young Living's essential oils, all done in triplicate -- two separate times:
- Gas Chromatograph
- High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
- Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
- Automated Micro-Enumeration
- Disintegration Testing
- Chiral Chromatograph
- Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry
Additional facts about Young Living:
- Known supply chain
- Grows their own products
- Extensive farm quality control
- Walk the farms - Young Living farms are open to the public to explore
- Specific plant species cultivated
- Extensive clinical testing
- Has developed an Over-the-Counter approved line of products
- Scientifically-supported claims
- Invests in continued research
- Gives back to communities
- Supports small business
25 Years of Stewardship
Millions around the world have discovered the benefits of pure essential oils, derived naturally from plants. Young Living is committed to establishing and maintaining the ultimate, industry-leading standard in essential oil products. For Young Living, the non-negotiable benchmarks for delivering a product that their customers can feel great about are multifaceted and exacting. Young Living is proud to offer an extensive line of essential oils and essential oil-infused, plant-based products that represent the best of nature—through the standards of our Seed to Seal quality commitment.
Young Living embraces a rigorous quality control standard to help ensure our products meet strict specifications. Seed to Seal is our commitment that helps ensure that with every pure essential oil and Young Living product your family uses, you’re enjoying the benefits of our global resources, industry leadership, and over two decades of innovation. The result? A pristine final product that you know has been created with conscientious Sourcing, Science, and Standards—the three pillars of Seed to Seal.
As the leader of the essential oils movement, Young Living is paving the way for every other essential oil company to improve processes that protect our planet and ensure the highest quality standards.
Watch these videos to learn more about how Young Living is driven by a desire to serve the global community and to inspire our employees and customers around the world.
Young Living's 3 Pillars
Young Living Sourcing
Sourcing - sourcing guides the process by which we obtain essential oils from our corporate farms, partner farms, and Seed to Seal-certified suppliers by ensuring that the production of these products is the highest quality.
Young Living Science
Science - science guides the formulation and stringent testing of our essential oils, products, and ingredients to deliver pure, effective essential oils and innovative wellness products that meet our rigorous quality standards.
Young Living Standards
Standards - standards guides the compliance measures taken throughout our sourcing process to ensure all domestic and international legal guidelines are adhered to as part of our effort to protect plants species throughout the world.
Learn more at about Seed to Seal
12 Questions to Ask an Essential Oil Company
By Dr. David Stewart
- Does their company own any farms on which to raise herbs for oils? And if they do, are they new farms on land formerly polluted with herbicides, pesticides, and chemicals that contain residuals from the past, or are they farming land that is clean, which has never been cultivated or has been untilled for at least the last 50 years?
- Does their company have their own fully equipped testing laboratory to verify an oil's composition?
- Do they have anyone on staff with a trained nose who can analyze oils by their smell? (There are less than 200 people in the world with noses sufficiently trained to discern the chemistry of a fragrance.)
- If their company purchases oils from outside suppliers, do they visit the distilleries and farms of those suppliers periodically to observe if the herbs are grown organically, i.e. without pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers?
- Do they know if the grower has a testing laboratory on the farm to determine when the crop is at its peak for oil harvesting?
- Do they know if the crops were actually harvested at their peak time and, if so, was there an inordinate delay in taking them to the still and into the cookers?
- Do they know if their distillery personnel understand the art and science of distilling, exactly how to pack the cookers, how to administer the steam, how to maintain minimum temperatures and pressures throughout the cooker, and how to continuously monitor the process throughout distillation to make sure the oil produced contains all of its components in the proper proportions?
- If their supplier makes a mistake in the distillation or harvesting processes that results in an inferior grade of oil, does that supplier sell the oil anyway or do they discard it?
- Do they know if the the cookers in the distilleries of their suppliers have domed lids or cone shaped lids? Most stills use dome-shaped lids. Cone topped cookers deliver a better grade of oil than dome tops.
- Do they know if their suppliers supplement the distillation process with solvents to extract additional oil from the plant matter?
- Do they know if their suppliers bottle their oils directly from the distillery without modifying the composition of the natural oil by adding anything or taking anything away?
- Do they know if their company has tested their company’s oils side by side with Young Living oils in the same lab to make a fair comparison? And if so, where is the data?
This is not a comprehensive list of questions you could ask, but if their answer to any or most of the above is “no,” or “I don’t know,” then how do they know their oils are “pure therapeutic grade” and that they are “as good or better than those of Young Living?” Without such knowledge, how can they make any verifiable claims that compare Young Living Oils with their brand?
With Young Living, you know that the answer to all of these questions is “Yes.”
Essential Oil / Government Regulations as per FDA website
"There is no regulatory definition for ‘essential oils’, although people commonly use the term to refer to certain oils extracted from plants. The law treats ingredients from plants the same as those from any other source." Source
Which means that if a company is diluting their oils by 10, 40, 60% and labelling it organic and 100% Pure, it’s not a regulated industry, and they can get away with it.
This is why Young Living is transparent during EVERY step of the process.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration