Young Living vs. doTERRA Essential Oils: Which One Is Right For You ?

Young Living vs. doTERRA Essential Oils

Which One Is Right For You ?

DISCLAIMER: The information provided in this post is for information purposes only and should not be interpreted as medical advice. It is not a substitute for your doctor’s care plan or advice.

Are you interested in high quality pure essential oils? Have you asked the question do essential oils work? The answer is yes and this review will compare the top two essential oil brands in the pure essential oil industry so that you may make a sound decision regarding quality essential oils.

Let me first start by saying I am a skeptic at heart and pretty detailed when it comes to sorting through all the information out there to find out what really works and what really doesn’t.

I am personally concerned as well as many others about manipulations in the alternative medical field. But I’m also concerned about manipulations in Western medicine. I know there are abuses on both sides.

Young Living and doTERRA.

If you’ve been looking into essential oils at all, chances are you have come across YL and DT. You’ve probably had people tell you “Young Living is the best!” or “doTERRA is the most pure”. Or something like that.

Young Living, was founded in 1993, and doTERRA, was founded in 2008, they are two good-sized multi-level marketing companies, which take in “tens of millions of dollars in annual profits from the sale of rival products,” according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

What to Look for in an Essential Oils Company

The Essential Oils Company Should Sell Quality Oils

The oils need to be as high quality as possible without being astronomical in price. They should be:

– extracted properly (under low temperature and low pressure)

– produced from plants grown in their native locations (where they grow naturally)

– made from wild-crafted (natively grown and/or not removed entirely when       harvested) and/or organic plants if it’s possible.

The Essential Oils Should Be Pure

The oils must not have anything added to them, nor have anything taken out that should be “left in”. Deceptively it is normal for oils “experts” or oil companies to add things to essential oils in order to make them “go farther” and thus be cheaper to produce. These companies can either make more revenue by selling a “mediocre” product at a high price, or they can offer a low-grade product and at an seemingly “great price.”

The Essential Oils Should Be Sold at an Affordable Price

The oils should be within the reach of most consumers’ budgets.
As with everything else, there are unpredictable grades of quality. The company that I have chosen has the right high quality.

However, even that company’s owner acknowledges that there are comparable, even higher quality oils available, but the prices of these oils are so excessive that it has made them unaffordable to most people.

The Essential Oils Should Be Effective

The oils must work. This is important. We want oils to do something, and not just smell nice.

The Company Should Provide Education

Ideally, the oils company will offer opportunities to learn how to properly use oils to provide healthy options for the treatment of medical and emotional issues.

The Dark Side Of The Oils Industry

I don’t have documentation for all of this but here is some of the “dark side” to the essential oils industry.

Potential Problems with the Oils Industry

Some of the companies actually distill at high pressure and high temperature to get more oil out faster, despite it being widely known in the oils industry that low temperature and low pressure is the way to go.

Some oils are contaminated with chemicals, fragrances or cheaper oil. Some oil companies allow for oils to be labeled “pure” with only 3% of the pure oil in the bottle. There are health food store brand oils that are labeled “pure” but its tested with 75% propylene glycol. Basically, if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.

False Certificates

Some oil company owners has sold small amounts of 2 varieties of an oil to a smaller company. “Complete distillations” or “redistillation” vs “first distillations”, while there is no official standard for how oils are distilled, oils are being reheated to make them smell more pleasant.

Chemical Solvents

Some companies are distilling with solvents.

Safety Violations

There are some companies without good reputations.
I did some really detailed reading and this is what I ended up finding and realizing about the two companies.

Young Living vs. doTerra

Time On The Market

doTERRA quickly grew in market share, effectively reaching a younger demographic with attractive marketing.

Young Living has been around for over 20 years and has had quite a bit of time on the market.

Striking Similartites

Many of their products and blends had the same similarities


The founders of doTERRA were once Young Living executives.


Young Living has more choices than doTERRA


doTERRA was only a dollar or two less than Young Living however, it wasn’t a significant difference.


Although doTERRA uses the term “CPTG” as there trademark it has been proven that this isn’t a certification of any type, and no other company could use the term “CPTG” to describe their products.

doTERRA has built their reputation on being a “quality” product however, it was discovered that doTERRA and Young Living both use synthetic elements for some of their essential oils. This isn’t a bad thing but it’s safe to say there is no such thing as total purity in the essential oils market.

Here is an article detailing the feud between these two companies regarding their marketing and quality ethics.

Damning Evidence That Young Living and DoTERRA’s Essential Oils are Adulterated!

Business Details


doTERRA was founded by David Stirling, Emily Wright, Gregory P. Cook, Dr. David K. Hill, D.C., Robert J. Young, Mark A. Wolfert, and Corey B. Lindley.
David Stiriling was employed as Chief Operating Officer at Young Living and Emily Wright as the personal secretary to Mary Young at Young Living. Dr. Hill and Gregory Cook were also employed at Young Living.

Young Living

Young Living was incorporated by husband and wife team Gary and Mary Young.

Product Quantity and Variety

DoTerra has less exclusive essential oils (meaning the particular essential oil is not offered by the company).

Quality Assurance


doTerra contracts with local growers around the world to grow the raw materials for some of their essential oils. They also rely on local growers for their expertise in growing, harvesting and distilling at the proper time.

They prefer to use, where possible, raw materials grown in their home-grown locations. Some essential oils are distilled by third party distillers. Some oils are purchased through third parties.

They exclusively use the Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade branding (CPTG) as their seal of personal approval over the purity and potency of the essential oils they sell.

Young Living

Young Living owns their own farms to grow raw materials in. Young Living has exclusive collaborating growing operations.  Not all oils are personally grown, or from co-op/partner farms, some are sourced through vendors, but are still held to the Seed to Seal standard.

Young Living distills oils on their owned and partners farms. Their partner farms are subject to the same quality/growing/distilling standards as owned farms. They use the Seed to Seal branding to represent their seal of personal approval over the purity and potency of the essential oils they sell.

Lab Quality Testing

Both doTERRA and Young Living order quality lab test.


doTerra’s lab testing is done by Dr. Robert Pappas and other analysts.

Young Living

Young Living does internal testing at their labs on their farms. Young living also orders third party testing from third party labs.

Charitable Efforts

Both doterra and Young Living are involved with charitable activities.


doTerra Helping Hands Foundation, there work spreads abroad both locally and internationally.

Young Living

The Young Living Foundation, there work runs five projects worldwide.

Click here to learn more about the income potential of both companies…

My Personal Preference!

I have a preference over the two and I want you to be able to use this comparison to make the right decision for you and your family, no matter where that leads you.

Both companies are legit. Honestly, the qualities of dōTERRA or Young Living essential oils are both incredible. I would trust Young Living oils on my children just as much as I trust dōTERRA. They both grow “beyond organic” and do extensive testing on their oils. I know neither of them has contaminated oils, like you would find at the grocery store or sometimes health food stores.


Both companies are providing a product that helps people. Both Young Living and dōTERRA offer products that can seriously change peoples’ lives. If you’re a skeptic and can’t believe that essential oils can make a difference in your life, I challenge you to try them. You won’t regret it.

Both companies have teamed with hospitals and scientists to further advance the research and knowledge base of essential oils. This is so important! Both Young Living and dōTERRA are involved in encouraging more extensive research on the benefits of oils. Both have started to get their hands into traditional hospital settings, which I think is amazing!

So, those are some ways the companies are both reputable and why I trust them both. However, I did obviously choose a company to ultimately work with, and that company is dōTERRA. So why did I choose them over Young Living or any other company out there?

Why I Chose doTerra Essential Oils

dōTERRA grows indigenously. This may not seem like a big deal to you, but dōTERRA works very closely with their farmers and distillers. In each plant’s local location, they ensure the plants are grown to specification, harvested at peak and distilled properly.

Why is This Important?

The same plant grown in two locations will not yield the same levels of beneficial compounds in both locations. Plants blossom better in their native regions and habitats. This does not mean they won’t grow in other places; but you cannot expect the same quality of plants from these two different locations.

The soil organisms and nutrients, humidity, rainfall, sunlight hours, altitude, etc. all play have influence on the plant. And ultimately, they play a factor in the oil that is extracted from that plant.

Young Living owns most of their own farms (which can also be a good thing). However, they grow most of their lavender on their farms in Utah, whereas dōTERRA sources from France.

dōTERRA works closely with farmers. dōTERRA does co-impact sourcing, meaning they work with farmers who have often been stuck as the middle man in oil bidding wars. doTERRA makes solid contracts with them, and most importantly, they pay the farmers YEAR ROUND. This is something no other essential oil company does.

Unfortunately, most farmers who grow plants for the essential oil industry are poor most of the year and have to make cuts on the production just to survive.

My gut and the fact that I’ve use and enjoy doTerra products was ultimately my final decision-maker. I just went with my gut. It’s not that Young Living is a bad company or low-grade in any way.

It’s just that when I researched the two companies, I felt at home with dōTERRA. I knew it was the company for me. Before I even researched doTerra I had used their Family Essentials Kit in which my favorite is peppermint and balance. I love them! I was introduced to the brand by one of my favorite voices in holistic healing Dr. Audrey Sanders.

I would like to recommend getting started with essential oils “starter kit” that comes with some of the most popular oils to get you started. May I recommend the Family Essentials Kit or Home Essentials Kit? Because I am not an independent contractor with doTerra I am not offering the home business option.

However, if you are interested in learning more about the opportunity I would like to refer you to Dr. Audrey Sanders who is an independent contractor. She will take great care of you and make sure you are able to get started efficiently.

This is all for my review on Young Living vs. doTerra Essential Oils.

What are your thoughts on essential oils? Do you think they work? Is this review/comparison sufficient enough for you to make a sound decision? Leave your thoughts and comments in the comment section below.

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2 thoughts on “Young Living vs. doTERRA Essential Oils: Which One Is Right For You ?”

  1. This is really an in-depth article about essential oils and I definitely learn a lot from it specially about those 2 prominent brands of essential oils. I practically grew up with using chamomile and camphor oils for whenever I’m under the weather. I think as Asian, we were more inclined to use herbal and natural oils for home remedies, and they totally work 😉 And now I’ve been reading a lot about the benefits of other essential oils particularly in relieving my seasonal allergies, and there are many other more. Thank you for this in-depth review. 🙂

    1. Hi Juice Fan! Thanks for commenting! Omg.. I love essential oils lemon, lavender, and peppermint to get me through those seasonal allergies. I’m glad the article was able to give you a better perspective of these two brands.

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