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If I told you I first heard about this brand in Costa Rica, whilst doing cobra on top of a horse and realigning their chakras using the power of energy, you may have a slightly bewildered look on your face right about now. 

Learning all about horses and the healing properties of essential oils in Costa Rica.

Well, that’s exactly what happened. I spent a month on a ranch in Costa Rica, where the owner used doTERRA oils on her horses (and us of course) daily, for meditation, healing, and yoga practices. My doTERRA essential oils review comes from my genuine personal experience with the brand.

I believe this brand to be of quality and witnessed the positive effects of the doTERRA oils, from homemade mosquito sprays to ointments for the horses. Although saying this I do not buy from doTERRA anymore, read on to find out why.

It was actually quite baffling to see, when given a choice the horses would pick which oils they prefer. Maybe they knew what properties they needed from the oils? As for myself, I noticed the difference in reducing my blemishes and how I was feeling after using them, especially before meditation.

I have such a huge appreciation for this experience, not only did I learn a great deal about myself but how remarkable horses are to humans and the world. Anywho I digress on my love for horses, back to doTERRA and essential oils. 

Have a look at my article “How I test my essential oils” If you would like to see exactly how I test all the essential oils I write about.

Company History

If you’ve thought about buying essential oils I’m pretty sure you would have come across this brand. DoTERRA has 15 years of experience and is one of the leading essential oils brands in the market today. Founded in 2008, by a group of 7 healthcare and business professionals, with its headquarters located in Pleasant Grove, Utah. With their mission to share the highest-quality essential oils with the world.

Founders of DoTERRA, President of the company Emily Wright in the middle.

It’s interesting to add that four of the founders of doTERRA were previously working at Young Living. Which, in case you didn’t know, are another huge essential oil brand. There was a five-year court battle that took place when these employees left, with Young Living suing doTERRA for revealing trade secrets. 

Bit of a kick in the teeth for Young Living though as not only did they lose the battle, they were ordered to pay DoTERRA $1.5 million in legal fees. If you feel like you’re getting invested in the gossip here I’ve got a full article on the whole “doTERRA vs Young Living, whose essential oils are better?” if you fancy having a read. [link to article]

Their name doTERRA is a Latin derivative meaning “Gift of the Earth.” Which is exactly what these magical oils are.

They have been recognized as a big player in the essential oils world and awarded the Verified Market Leadership award. Also, given an award in the Global Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Market for 2020.

Getting my doTERRA tea tree oil fix in Vietnam.

Company Structure

DoTERRA is an MLM company, which stands for ‘Multi-level Marketing’. It is a system that allows people to sign up to become ‘doTERRA Advocates’. They are then able to earn commission on products they sell and also have discounts on products. This brings up certain questions, like are those advocates really in love with the products? Or are they purely driven by sales? 

Unfortunately, this structure adds a substantial amount of money to each product you buy.

I get into the thick of what I really think of the MLM structure in my article “doTERRA vs Young Living”[link to article] just scroll down to the “Multi-level Marketing Business Model” heading if you fancy a read.

Sustainability & Ethics

From doTERRA’s website, they seem to make a big effort to let consumers know where they source their oils from. They have created their own “Co-Impact Sourcing™” program, where they work with the community to change lives for the better.

They also have a “Sourcing stories” page, which breaks down how each essential oil has impacted people’s lives and communities, along with photos of projects carried out. I felt like this gave the brand a more transparent feeling to it.

With all that being said, my research sent me down a pretty dark path sadly. I watched a VICE documentary investigating the frankincense supply chain in Somaliland. The frankincense is not sold directly from the farmer to doTERRA, middle men get involved and are treating the farmers unfairly. It’s tragic to hear this and makes me so angry. I understand you could argue doTERRA are unaware of what is going on, but that isn’t good enough and they should make it their point to know exactly how these communities are being treated.

At the end of the documentary one of the farmers from the community states “We need a pure and genuine business, without adding anything bad, to keep it pure.” I agree, energy goes into everything. If these oils are coming from a place of lying and cheating, it will affect the product we put into our bodies. I strongly believe if evil middlemen are corrupting and stealing through the sourcing of essential oils, the effect it has on the product you buy will drastically change.

Quality & Testing

The essential oil industry is not FDA-regulated, putting companies in a position where it’s all on them to be on their best behavior. It sadly gives companies the temptation to cut corners. So doTERRA has taken it into its own hands, to coin its own quality-assured certification process. This is called “CPTG Certified Pure Tested Grade.™” I know it seems a bit bizarre they are just allowed to make up their own quality process, how much credibility does this really give the brand? how much of it is marketing hype? I just think it’s just good to be aware that this is made up by the brand itself.

If you’re looking at their website everything seems to be of really high standards I’ll give them that. With more than 30 scientists and 2,200 square feet of laboratory space, you can’t deny they are on top form with all of this. 

The process begins shortly after distillation, with the oil reviewed for its chemical composition. Their production facility then carries out a second round of testing, oh but they aren’t finished there. A final third review of the chemistry of the oils is conducted as the oils are packaged into the bottles, before being shipped out.

You can rest assured that they are free from fillers or artificial ingredients, contaminants, pesticides, or chemical residues. They also pride themselves on the non-dilution of active qualities. 

But are they organic though? Well, actually they aren’t. DoTERRA oils are not USDA organic, but before you close the page and start shunning this brand with letters of complaint let me explain.. when a product is labeled “USDA Organic”, it only has to be 95% organic. which means 5% could still be synthetic. Who knew, hey!

So considering that if doTERRA does all the vigorous testing and sourcing they mentioned, their oils could even be better! Although if you’re still not sold there are plenty of other great brands that offer USDA-certified organics products such as Rocky Mountain Oils and Plant Therapy.

I also think it’s worth mentioning that not only do these oils go through an insane in-house testing, but they also carry out third-party testing. All of the test results are available for you to check out online, brownie points added to their transparency! I do have to mention though, you have to buy the product before you can check the results out.

Products

There’s no doubt you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for, with more than 130 oils available. They come in a size range of 5 ml, 10 ml, or 15 ml bottles though, which is great if you’re not quite ready to commit and just want to try an oil out. 

The first essential oil I bought was actually the doTERRA family essentials kit. I say first, I’m not counting the £7 pack of 8 ‘essential’ oils Amazon so kindly coerced my poor little newbie mind into buying. I mean these were the first legit essential oils that actually helped me. I understand this isn’t the cheapest on the market but it gives a great range of oils that you will use a lot.

If you’re looking to get started with their oils you can pick up a DoTERRA Family Essentials Kit here.

My first essential oils starter kit, oh the memories!

Price

In terms of price, doTERRA is up there on the price point of essential oils, they are probably one of the most expensive on the market. This is why I love their size range, as it allows you to try an oil without breaking the piggy bank.

You can get some bargain 5ml bottles such as their Orange Pure Essential Oil or Lavender Essential Oil.

DoTERRA has the experience and company track record, but I guess it is up to you to decide if you think that is enough to warrant the high price tag.

Summary

I have always praised doTERRA in terms of quality and I’ll be forever grateful for their helping hand into the essential oil world. This being said I do not buy from doTERRA anymore. This is because, on a personal level, I do not agree with the structure of the company. I would rather buy from brands that lose the middlemen. This gives me peace of mind that people are promoting the brand for genuine reasons, also bringing the cost down immensely. 

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