You’ve probably heard of Essential Oils.
But, have you ever researched where they come from or how they’re extracted before buying them?
Well, I know I definitely didn’t…up until this point anyway.
For this article, I have done a TON of research on what you should look out for when buying essential oils.
At the end of this article, I will run through and review 5 popular Essential Oils Gift Sets. I highlight which essential oil brands I consider “Best Buy” and “Best Value” after extensive research and review.
These could be great options if essential oils are something you’re interested in buying for yourself or your home.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are natural extracts that can be sourced from plant leaves, stems, fruit, roots, flowers, wood, bark and seeds.
They can’t be casually extracted from all plants – only a select few contain special essential oils.
Essential oils are highly concentrated and retain the flavour, smell or essence from the source they’ve been extracted from (Eg. Lemon Essential Oil is typically found in the lemon’s peel/rind).
In plants, essential oils are known to promote growth, metabolism, defence (warding off viruses, parasites, insects and fungi) and greater immunity.
This is why many believe that essential oils can have a profound benefit on our bodies too.
If undiluted with too high a concentration, some essential oils can be as potent as medicine or even toxic for our bodies. Especially if ingested, which is not usually recommended.
This is why, in some cases, they are combined with a carrier oil. This helps to dilute the oil enough so it’s safe for general use.
When you buy a new oil or oil set, ensure to read the “directions of use”. This will help you to confirm whether the oil is safe to apply directly to skin, to burn or diffuse or whether it needs a carrier oil.
How are Essential Oils Extracted?
From my research, there appears to be many ways that essential oils are extracted from their source.
Certain techniques are considered better and more natural than others.
For example, steam distillation and cold-pressing seem to be the most natural ways of extraction, but there are also chemical-based methods that some companies use.
Try to avoid these if you can!
Oils obtained this way are often NOT considered true essential oils because the chemicals used during the extraction process can taint or dilute them.
I’m not going to go into the complexities of extraction here, but the main thing you need to know is that the way an essential oil is collected can impact its scent.
This can be the reason why some brands’ essential oils smell completely different to others, despite being sourced from the same plant.
What are the Benefits of Essential Oils?
I was quite surprised actually….
After doing some research, I realised that there is limited scientific evidence showing a direct correlation between essential oils and the diverse range of benefits many claim them to have.
In saying this, I use my essential oils almost daily and personally do feel that they have an impact on my mood and relax me when I’m stressed.
But, scientifically it appears difficult to test. Especially given one’s mood or symptoms are often individual, perceptive and intangible. This makes it hard to draw confident conclusions.
Aromatherapy and the medicinal use of essential oils have been practiced for centuries.
Nowadays, it’s becoming even more popular as people strive for more natural treatment options and therapies.
Essential oils are believed to improve general health and well-being. With each oil having its own unique medicinal properties.
Here are some believed health benefits below:
- Improve digestion (Peppermint)
- Nasal Decongestant (Eucalyptus)
- Natural disinfectants and antiseptics due to their antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties
- Provide natural relief for body aches and pains
- Can help to reduce stress and anxiety symptoms (Lavender)
- Reduce Insomnia and restlessness (Lavender)
- Promote relaxation and positive mood, with some oils containing sedative properties
- Provide immunity support
Essential oils are a great natural way to complement a healthy lifestyle, promote greater well-being and internal healing.
If you’d like to use them to better manage your stress and anxiety symptoms, go for it! But it is worth using them alongside other strategies and techniques for the best results.
You can read more about essential oils for stress and anxiety here:
Popular Essential Oils for Beginners
There are over 90 types of essential oils available around the world.
Here are 10 popular essential oils that you can get and may have even heard of:
- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia or officinale) | Known to improve sleep, reduce irritability and relieve stress and anxiety symptoms. Can also be used on minor burns, headache and other pain relief.
- Ylang – Ylang (Cananga odorata) | Can promote relaxation by reducing feelings of hypertension, stress and frustration. It can also help with treating headaches, skin conditions and acts as a natural antiseptic. Ylang-Ylang has been used in many perfumes including Channel No.5 as it is said to be a natural aphrodisiac! So, ok then – bring on the boys!!
- Lemon(Citrus limonum) | Known to improve digestion, immunity, concentration and relaxation.
- Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) | Known to reduce stress symptoms, boost mood and improve itchy skin conditions (eg. Rashes & Eczema).
- Geranium(Pelargonium graveolens) | Promotes healthy hair and skin, enhances mood and emotional stability. Is also said to be great for relieving pain.
- Frankincense (Boswellia carterii/serrata/frareana) | Is a natural anti-depressant providing emotional relief and increasing focus and patience.
- Peppermint (Mentha piperita) | Used to assist with digestion, boost energy, reduce headaches and other sickness symptoms.
- German & Roman Chamomile (Matricaria recutita & Anthemis nobilis) | Known to promote relaxation, calmness and improve mood. Can also help with inflammation.
- Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) | Known to boost immunity and fight bacterial, fungal and viral infections.
- Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) | Can help with nasal decongestion and respiratory infections.
These are the most commonly spoken about benefits of the oils above. But, each person’s results can vary.
I suggest trying the oils out for yourself and seeing what you think. Gradually observe and see whether you can feel them having any impact on how you feel psychologically or physically.
Where Can You Buy Essential Oils?
Essential oils are now available all over the place. This can come in really handy, but can also be a disadvantage. Here’s why…
Due to the growing popularity and demand for essential oils all over the world, there are more and more companies starting to sell “look-alike” and impure essential oils.
These companies of course continue to market their overly diluted and tainted oils as 100% pure, because the industry is not strictly regulated at the moment so they feel they can get away with it.
This can make things very confusing!!! Especially for beginners.
If you’re wanting top spec, high quality essential oils, be sure to look out for the following:
- 100% natural & pure –Find a brand that contains only aromatic plant compounds and not any additional fragrances, fillers, artificial ingredients or synthetic oils.
- Try to find essential oils that have been extracted using more natural methods.
- Purchase a brand with a good reputation
- Keep an eye out for sellers who reference the scientific botanical names of the oils rather than a generic name, but this can be a hit or miss with most companies not referring to scientific names.
- Check whether the oils are free of pesticides or other chemical residues
- The oils should by GC/MS Tested.This report shows all the chemical components that make up the oil. This should reveal oil there are any impurities in the oil.
I recently learned that some essential oils brands are network marketing companies. Simply, this means that they recruit bloggers and other people to act as reps for their products.
This means that in some circumstances, these reps can receive hefty discounts from these brands off their own essential oil purchases by selling them to others.
That’s why you may have noticed that DoTERRA is everywhere on Pinterest…
Now I understand why I see doTERRA everywhere on Pinterest and online. They are one of the biggest MLM companies and brands of essential oils! As is “Young Living”.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I’m sure Doterra is a good product – but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s better than everything else or the “be all, end all” for essential oils.
They also tend to be a lot more expensive products, yet the quality is not necessarily that much better than some of your smaller brands in the market.
Just something to be mindful of…
Here are some other essential oil brands and products you can check out.
Note: I have included doTERRA as an option for those who are interested or who’d like to use it as a point of comparison. I also don’t want a riot on my hands from all the doTERRA fans out there!! haha!
A Review of 5 Popular Essential Oil Sets on Amazon
Here’s a list of 5 popular essential oils for beginners sets on Amazon currently that you can look into:
Fabulous Frannie is a relatively popular essential oils brand on Amazon.
I had personally never heard of them before, but they have almost 1,000 customer reviews, which I guess, is a pretty good effort.
This 14 set of essential oils contains Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Patchouli, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Spearmint, Sweet Orange, Tangerine and Tea Tree.
For the super cheap price, I feel that this could be a bit too good to be true – but who knows.
- They claim that their oils are therapeutic grade with no fillers, additives or carriers added
- The oils are GC/MS tested
- Many customers on Amazon have commented that the oils have exceeded their expectations.
- Despite the cheap price, they also say that they love the smell and quality of the oils.
- Comes in cute packaging
- Responsive and helpful customer service
- I can’t find any information about how they extract the oils which is a red flag for me
- They claim they are vegan and cruelty free – but this is a bit odd given essential oils come from plants not animals. Therefore, of course they’re vegan!! Derrrr!!! Unless they are referring to the oils being tested on animals which if I’m honest, I have no idea about…
- Inconsistent volumes of essential oils in the bottles
- Inconsistency with the names of the oils – with the ads saying pine oil, but then the bottles saying “fir needle.”
- Customer complaints about leaking bottles on delivery (standard for oils it seems) and poor quality oils.
The Bottom Line
If these oils are legit, then they are at an incredible price! I’m not sure I’m convinced that they’re 100% pure essential oils. But, I could be wrong.
I can’t find any information about where they source their ingredients from, or how the oils are extracted. Their website really doesn’t have much detail about the products at all which does concern me.
My gut is telling me that there could be additional fragrances weaved in here, but it’s hard to know. Could be a good buy if you’re on a tight budget.
“doTERRA” is one of the most popular brands of essential oils out at the moment. Some might say it has become a hip trend of it’s own.
This 10 essential oil set by doTerra contains Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Oregano and Frankincense, as well as a few different essential oil blends; Deep Blue, doTERRA Breathe, DigestZen and doTERRA On Guard.
This would offer beginners some great diversity in trying different essential oils. But, do keep in mind that the bottles in this set are only 5mL rather than the usual 10mL of most gift sets.
- Pride themselves on providing high quality oils
- Classify their oils as being CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, but I think this may be based on their own criteria rather than being an industry-wide test.
- They extract their oils through steam distillation and cold pressing – which is good.
- Customers have said that they like how the gift set contains short descriptions about the products
- Comes in nice and secure packaging
- Not sure if GC/MS tested
- Some customers say it’s a waste of money
- Issues with some bottles not being full or of equal volumes
- The kit only comes with 5mL bottles, whereas many other kits contain 10mL.
- Although you may be getting a larger variety of oils they are all super tiny in size.
- They are an MLM (pyramid selling) company.
The Bottom Line
To be 100% honest with you all, since I found out that doTERRA are an MLM focused company, I’m put off.
This just my personal opinion…
I’m sure that there are many bloggers out there who are giving honest recommendations and reviews on doTERRA. But, I’m also sure that there’d be some who are happy to line their own pockets rather than focus on interests of their customers.
If you’re after a reliable and quality essential oil for a SUPER EXPENSIVE price, then go for it! There are many happy customers of doTERRA, so I think in general, it is a pretty safe option.
I personally hadn’t heard of Natrogix’s Essential Oils before doing my research on Amazon. Yet, they are also quite popular.
At this point in time they have almost 1,500 customer reviews with 74% positive. Jeeezus!
They offer a 9-set of Essential Oils which is think is great and really gives you a good diversity at a reasonable price.
You get Tea Tree oil, Lemon, lavender Sweet Orange, Rosemary Lemon Grass, Frankincense, Peppermint and Eucalyptus.
- They claim that their oils are 100% pure with NO pesticides, herbicides, GMOs or other additives.
- All oils are GC/MS tested and they give you codes and reports so you can see the results
- Have super cute packaging
- They include an e-book to help educate you about the oils, various recipes and general safety etc
- Supposedly have good customer service
- They have a really great and informative website: https://natrogix.com/about-us/
- Many have shared concerns regarding the quality of the oils. Some have stated that they appear to be highly diluted or impure.
- Some have complained about the oils pouring out of the bottles really fast which causes them to go through them really quickly.
- I can’t find any information about their extraction methods either, so not sure how natural their process is
The Bottom Line
The website, the e-book provided and so many other things make me want to buy this product.
But, there are a few things including their extraction methods and the bad smelling reviews that make me unsure.
They also mention that “smell isn’t everything about essential oils”, which could put a lot of customers off buying.
Instead they focus on highlighting the importance of the oils being absorbed into our body for general health and wellbeing – which I think is pretty ballsy.
Having over 1,000 5-Star Amazon reviews is pretty awesome in my eyes and must mean something. So, I’d probably give these guys a go.
Plant Therapy is quite a well known brand for providing good quality essential oils.
Their set contains 6 different essential oils including: Eucalyptus, Lemon, Peppermint, Sweet Orange, Tea Tree and Lavender.
This is again another diverse set of oils for anyone who is a beginner to essential oils, or is unsure what kinds of smells they like.
- Company claims that all oils are 100% pure and undiluted, except for their roll-on products which are diluted for safe use on skin.
- Oils are apparently non-GMO and USDA Organic – but not sure whether there are such things as GMO and non-organic oils! Haha
- Are GC/MS Tested
- Offer some “KidSafe”formulas and options in addition to their usual oils
- They have certified Aromatherapists on staff
- Plant Therapy offer a vast range of different sized oils – from 2.5ml-10ml and 10-30ml.
- Reasonable price and great reviews on Amazon.
- Many customers state that the quality of the oils is really good for the price and that they smell really nice too.
- On the contrary, some customers on Amazon have said that the oils smell bad, are really faint or disappear after a while when burning them.
- Some have mentioned leaking products on delivery which they found disappointing, but this a common problem with products bought online.
The Bottom Line
The Plant Therapy oils could be another good option to go for.
They have many positives associated with their brand and products. The main negatives that customers highlight really come down to personal preference and opinion.
The “leaky” delivery concern is a common issue across many essential products on Amazon.
This one could be a great on to consider for your essential oils purchase.
Edens Garden is another pretty well known and growing brand in the essential oils space.
Thier 6-set of Essential Oils comes with Lemon, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Sweet Orange and Tea Tree.
This gives you some great variety, especially if you are new to essential oils and are not quite sure what scents you life or dislike yet.
- They don’t engage in MLM or pyramid selling and were actually voted the #1 Non-MLM essential oil company
- Their mission is to sell products that are 100% pure and therapeutic grade.
- NO add bases, fillers, additives, etc to any of their oils! They try to keep the oils in their purest forms.
- All oils are GC/MS tested
- Their products are sourced from organic growers and distillers and extract the oils using steam distillation or cold pressed methods. They avoid synthetic additives – which is a good sign in my books.
- 10% of profits are given to organisations which they feel are helping to build a better tomorrow
- Customer reviews on Amazon say that the oils smell great and that they appear to be high quality.
- The price is also really reasonable.
- Some customers have complained about the smell of the oils saying that overtime they either disappear or start to smell chemically. But this seems to be a common trend with all oils really.
- Apparently, their customer service isn’t great, leaving some customers quite pissed off.
- Some have experienced issues with leaky bottles on delivery.
The Bottom Line
From what I can see, 81% of all customer reviews have been 5-Stars. This is a lot more compared to some of the other essential oil brands I looked at.
In terms of the concerns regarding delivery (leaking or broken bottles), I think this is a common issue with Amazon and essential oil products in general. I’m not going to hold that against company itself.
There are also mixed comments regarding their customer service – some saying good and others saying bad.
The changing smell comments are interesting. I’ve never experienced this with my essential oils so I can’t really relate. But, this can be based on personal preferences and perception too, like the other oils.
The bottom line for me, is that the positives clearly outweigh the negatives. I’m actually considering buying the gift pack for myself to give these ones a go!
If you’re looking to get started with a reasonably priced, diverse and reliable essential oils product, I’d suggest checking them out.
So, there you go!!
There are many other essential oils brands that you can research, but these are the main ones that stood out to me and were popular on Amazon.
Gosh!! Writing this article has been such a learning experience for me. I hope it will be for you too!!
It has also taken me a ton of time to put together, so I really hope that you like it and find the information valuable.
In summary, here are the products I would recommend, and to be honest – I’m probably going to buy some of these myself, because now I’m super curious!!
My Recommendations – Essential Oils for Beginners:
~ Best Buy ~
- They don’t offer incentives to blogger/sellers to promote their product – Ie. Pyramid or MLM Selling
- Oils are GC/MS tested
- Their mission is to provide essential oils in their purest form, which is why they aim to extract oils using steam distillation or cold pressing (These are the most natural processes).
- Prices are reasonable for what you get
- Having a set of 6 oils gives you good diversity and a chance to test different oils.
- 81% of its reviews on Amazon are 5 star – that’s hard to beat.
- The major concerns about the product were smell (which I think is perceptive) and leaky/damaged bottles at delivery.
- They invest 10% of products back into the community – which I think is pretty awesome.
This would be my pick for sure! With Plant Therapy being a very close 2nd.
If you’re interested in getting some “Edens Garden” oils, you can view them here on Amazon.
~ Best Value ~
- They have over 1,500 reviews on Amazon, with 74% of these reviews being 5 start reviews.
- Their website is really informative which I think is great.
- They provide good customer service
Assuming that the oils are 100% pure and high quality based off what they have said, I believe this pack would be best value for money.
Definitely, worth trying out if you are interested in getting started with essential oils but don’t want to break your bank account.
If you’d like to get some “Natrogix” oils, you can view them on Amazon here.
I wish you all the best with your essential oils. Essentially given choosing the right essential oils for beginners can be challenging sometimes!
Let me know how you go and leave any comments you have below!
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