I don’t know about you, but when I first began my essential oil journey, I was very overwhelmed with the wealth of information provided. And along with that, I was completely overtaken with the numerous essential oil companies of which to choose.
I had heard great testimonials from friends who had gone with some of the multi-level marketing companies, and I even tried a few myself. I also tried a few other cheaper companies that boasted good reviews.
As I considered what was most important to me in an essential oil company, a few things became clear as I sorted through the mass of information:
- Not all oils are created equal (because there is no federal regulation on what can or cannot go in essential oils, companies can technically add cheap chemical fillers and pass their products off as “pure” without penalty or accountability).
- There is a difference in levels of the distilling process, which makes a difference in potency and medicinal quality.
- It is important for plants used to make essential oils to be grown in their indigenous habitat and location.
- It is also important for those plants to be grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides so that the chemicals in turn to do not end up in the essential oils.
- Credentials and testing practices can be misleading or inflated as marketing techniques.
As I continued to research, I found one company in particular that stood out among the rest. Several friends have been asking advice about what essential oils to use. Maybe you are in the same boat and are overwhelmed with all the choices. I completely understand that it is hard to justify spending $12 on an essential oil through a credible company, while you can go to such-and-such discount store and get what seems to be the same thing for $5.99, but I hope that with all the information provided, you can make a more informed decision.
Here are some of my personal experiences and research into why I have chosen Rocky Mountain Oils (RMO) as my oil company:
- 90 Day Hassle Free Returns. After I had purchased a few singles and blends, I took the leap and ordered a kit. I spent a decent amount of money and was nervous that I might not like all of them. As I excitedly smelled all my new oils, I was very disappointed in the eucalyptus. The one in the kit was not at all what I thought it would be. At that point, I didn’t realize there were actually three different kinds of eucalyptus, and the scent I was expecting was one of the others. I didn’t think they would allow me to return one of the oils as it belonged to the kit, but I called RMO anyway, and they kindly sent me a return shipping label. I slapped it on the box and mailed it off! Easy as that! This great policy makes it much less intimidating when I order new oils that I may not like.
- Great Customer Service. As I mentioned above, the kindness and ease with my experience in returning oils has been fantastic. In addition, as I have been blogging a lot about essential oils and promoting RMO, I decided to contact RMO about being an affiliate. I was blown away by the generosity and helpfulness of the representative I’ve been emailing. While I need to grow my website more before I can become an affiliate, there were some other benefits he was willing to share.
- Quality Guarantee. Remember how I mentioned above that some oil companies add chemical fillers and pass off their oils as pure? Well, RMO takes precaution against this and provides several safeguards. You can check out their policy here.
- Price & Sales. Once I decided that selling oils was not a venture I wanted to pursue, the decision to rule out the multi-level marketing companies was an easy one. I appreciate good products at good prices, and like my mom who taught me to bargain shop, I love a good sale. And RMO delivers just that. On average, I have calculated that almost every two months, RMO cycles a sale (sometimes even more frequently). The oils on sale usually cater to the season or holiday. For example, they just finished an awesome Fall sale where several warm scents were highlighted: cinnamon, clove bud, and nutmeg to name a few. While I have gladly purchased RMO oils at full price because they are still a great price and fully deliver, I don’t usually pass up when sale time comes around. There is usually at least one oil I’ve been considering buying that will go on sale up to 40% off, and I am thrilled to get the bargain.
- Free Shipping. This is a great perk because if there is a sale, I can purchase one $8 essential oil without having to reach a threshold to get free shipping. It makes ordering oils easier and more manageable in my budget.
- Rewards Program. RMO’s rewards program is cleverly named “Oil’ty Rewards” to play off of “loyalty rewards” (for those of you who may be like me in taking a bit of time to figure it out). You receive 1 point for every dollar you spend, and while it may take a little time to rack up to 200 points, once you get there, you receive a $5 reward to spend on their site however you want! There are a few other ways to get some extra points, and I will be highlighting those in a future post.
- Variety of Blends. RMO has a wide variety of singles and blends (singles= single type of essential oil such as lemon or peppermint; blends= a combination of several oils used together to create an optimum benefit). In fact, RMO sells more blends than either of their multi-level marketing competitors! Go here to check out their comparison chart across brands.
- Education. While I still feel that additional research should be done when using essential oils, RMO does a great job to outline and explain the use of essential oils. They also do not promote ingesting essential oils, which is a recent issue I have discovered. I plan to dive more into this at another time. You can go here to check out what they teach about essential oils.
I know that the venture into essential oils can be a complicated and consuming endeavor. I hope that providing this information, your experience will be a little less overwhelming. As you begin your oil journey, keep in mind the dilution ratios for topically applying oils. You can find my helpful chart here.
This article does a fantastic job of outlining several of the great qualities of this company. I highly encourage you to go here and check it out. It was a valuable resource in making my decision to go with Rocky Mountain Oils.
I hope that you understand I am by no means anti-MLM (multi-level marketing) companies. In fact, I hope to help others promote their essential oil businesses through my Make & Take parties. I believe that those companies also have good quality oils and will benefit families looking to reduce chemical usage in their homes. As a personal preference, I was not interested in selling oils themselves for profit, which narrowed my choices and led me to Rocky Mountain Oils brand.