Hi everybody!!! And welcome back to the last post in the really fun learning series about essential oils. You are all really savvy with your oil knowledge by now! And since you’re still reading these, you’ve developed some curiosity! I bet you’ve even been to my Young Living website (or thought about it!) And if you’re like me, the first thought was…. Wow. Price. More than I expected! Why are they so much more money than the oils at my local health store or from other companies such as Eden’s Garden, Plant Therapy, NOW, etc.?
Well remember when we talked about the meaninglessness of words such as 100% pure, therapeutic grade, “our oils are the best,” etc, etc. And remember when we talked about the lack of a governing body in the US over the production of essential oils, and the importance of the Process? Well those are real things! And they reflect in the price.
Consider something else that reflects in price too: The enormous amount of plant material in each bottle. Here’s some examples. 27 square feet of lavender in each bottle of Lavender, 75 lemons in each bottle of Lemon, one pound of peppermint material to make one bottle of Peppermint, 5,000 pounds of rose petals to make 1 pound of Rose EO (can you even fathom what 5,000 POUNDS of rose petals looks like!?), and Frankincense is made from resin that’s leached out of a tree in the Middle East and scraped off by hand. These stats are incredible and even difficult to wrap a brain around.
***Let’s break down an example: I can buy 10ml of Frankincense from Eden’s Garden (EG) for $8.95. Young Living will sell you 15ml for more like $94. Or I can buy a bottle of EG Lavender 10ml for $6.20 versus YL Lavender 15ml for $30.
***Let’s think critically about what we now know to understand this price gap:
Frankincense – A Boswellia tree (carteri or sacra) is grown in Somalia and Oman. A cut is made in the bark in which a resin comes out. Kind of like Maple Syrup! The resin is harvested by hand and then distilled into essential oil. It is then rigorously tested and sealed on site and sent to you. That’s some serious hard work. If you are buying Frankincense cheaper than I’m buying my maple syrup, then there’s a problem!! I don’t know what’s in that inexpensive bottle, but I CAN tell you what’s NOT in that bottle. And nobody has to tell you the truth either because there is no governing body over EO production in the US. This is tough for a consumer because it requires you to do research and not fall prey to convincing words. And not fall prey to our desires to save $$.
Lavender – 27 sq ft of lavender is in every single 15ml bottle of Young Living Lavender essential oil. It is grown organically, harvested, distilled and rigorously tested on site before being sealed and sent to you. If you are offered all of that in a 10ml bottle for $6.20, you should be skeptical. Does common sense tell you that that is even possible?
***GET THIS: Statistics show that one company — Procter & Gamble — uses two times the amount of essential oils than are actually produced IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. And according to the Lavender Growers Association, 100 times more “lavender oil” was exported from France than is actually grown there. SAY. WHAT?
***What the heck are we missing as consumers?
*Secret ways to cut costs: Multiple distillations, Solvent Extraction, CO2 extraction, the addition of things like propylene glycol or SD 40, DEP, and DOT to increase volume. None of these are particularly dangerous or toxic, but they are not essential oil and don’t belong in the bottle! Your company does not have to tell you that they do or use any of these things, so why would they? They want your business. But since you are so savvy, you know for sure that a true bottle of Lavender or Frankincense or whatever oil you’re looking at…. Will not come at the price of $6-$10 a bottle. You might be better off with the synthetic products you’re looking to replace… at least you know what’s in there!
*Things that increase cost: Besides the things that we already know (SEED, CULTIVATE, DISTILL), there is the TEST. Third party independent testing costs money. This testing is really necessary to keep a company honest. Also, Gas Chromatography: Special testing to see what compounds are actually present in an EO (or what is NOT present lol). This is expensive too since you need a professional who can do the testing as well as the equipment.
***Disclaimer: I’m not trying to tell you what to do or what to use. I just want you to use your heads as the careful and curious consumers that you are. If you want to dabble with some oils, then by all means go cheap. If you want to use oils for benefits for you and your family, then you need to exercise due diligence, common sense, and get the actual essential oil.
Thank you, sincerely, for being here with me through this series. Education and heart are two things that will really make oiling a success for you! Without those two things, you won’t see the results that you are looking for, you might not even exert the effort to use them at all, and you may even do more harm than good.
These are the kind of things that we talk about every day in Oils & Us (Read about Oils & Us here!). We’re always learning and sharing. If you think you’d have some fun in a group like this, we would love to have you! We’re more than doubling as a group every month and it’s for GOOD reason! Keep an eye out for the summary post of this learning series. Beyond the obvious oily changes, Young Living has completely turned my world upside down in so many surprising and wonderful ways. We just might have a lot in common 🙂 See you all next time!