Young Living vs. doTerra Essential Oils — UPDATED

by Julie Behling-Hovdal on July 10, 2013

Feeling Confused About Essential Oil Companies?

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If you have been exposed to the power of therapeutic-grade essential oils, chances are you have heard of the pioneering company Young Living Essential Oils and the latest up-and-coming essential oil company, doTerra.

I have been a part of Young Living Essential Oils since 2005 and the oils I recommend and sell are Young Living oils.  Young Living was founded in 1993 by D. Gary Young, a pioneer in the field of essential oils.  To date, Young Living has farms and/or essential oil distilleries in six locations on 4 continents and the expansion continues.   Young Living has revolutionized the field of aromatherapy by growing many of its own plants and distilling many of its own oils using proprietary techniques developed by Gary Young.  All essential oils that carry the Young Living label — whether purchased from around the world or not — are rigorously tested with gas chromatography to ensure the oils have not been adulterated.

Since 2008 when six members of Young Living’s corporate staff left the company and started doTerra, I have seen and heard some interesting things especially since I live in Utah where both companies are headquartered!

Through the years doTerra has built itself up largely standing on the shoulders of Young Living.   Many of its essential oil blends are strikingly similar to Young Living’s.  I noticed many other similarities while at the same time catching wind that doTerra was routinely disparaging Young Living founder D. Gary Young and Young Living products.

I have mostly kept quiet since this new competitor arrived on the scene as I feel that tearing down another company is not only in poor taste, but an unattractive and ineffective way to build my business with Young Living Essential Oils.  But I have gotten so many questions from clients of mine as well as potential clients asking me what I think of doTerra that I finally felt it necessary to come out of the closet in regards to the Great Essential Oil Company Battle!

Why I Love Young Living Essential Oils

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Over the past few years as people have asked me what I thought of Young Living vs. doTerra, I would usually just tell them how much I love Young Living!  Here are a few reasons why I love Young Living:

  • I’ve been with Young Living since 2005 when Young Living’s NingXia Red gave me 95% of my health back within one week after being partially-disabled with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for the previous six years.
  • I got off 4 Rx drugs I previously couldn’t function without using Young Living oils.
  • I’ve had so many results with Young Living essential oils, there are too many to name.  Besides two “incurable” autoimmune illnesses, here are a few more conditions I have personally gotten powerful results with using YL oils and products: burns, cuts, shingles, insomnia, thyroid problems, corns, insect bites, sunburn, acne, cold/flu, an illness resembling mumps, an illness resembling swine flu, sprained ankle, migraines, nausea and vomiting, food poisoning, fatigue, weight loss, stress, emotional balance, dealing with a divorce, spiritual connectivity, physical and emotional detox, ovarian cysts, and heart palpitations.
  • I absolutely LOVE their skin care line and essential oils for skin care!!
  • I ADORE many of their supplements — vitamins, protein shakes, probiotic, and others!
  • I have seen hundreds of clients get massive results with Young Living essential oils and other products, including for such things as cancer, West Nile virus, severe anxiety, hemorrhoids, acid reflux, chronic pain, tendonitis, depression, ADD/ADHD, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, vision difficulties, diabetes, hypoglycemia, childhood diseases, and this is the short list.
  • I love my Young Living family — the people I have met at conventions, worked with on various projects, my wonderful up-line leaders were instrumental in helping me when I was sick, depressed, and down and out when I met them years ago!
  • I have had a great experience with Young Living employees and corporate staff over the years and appreciate their strong efforts to treat their distributors well.

Why doTerra Isn’t For Me

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  • See all the reasons above why I love Young Living as a company and Young Living products!  Even supposing that I were to find that doTerra was superior to Young Living in some way or another, my experiences with Young Living and my loyal nature provide ample reason for me to not be interested in doTerra!
  • I am not impressed with some of the actions of doTerra leaders, many of whom I knew back when they were on Young Living’s corporate staff.  Six of the founding members of doTerra’s company leadership are currently being sued by Young Living for allegedly stealing proprietary, protected information including oil recipes, vender lists, and customer lists.
  • I am not impressed with the anti-Young Living rhetoric from doTerra leaders and distributors that I have come across personally and heard about from clients of mine, some of it quite vitriolic.
  • I do not enjoy when doTerra distributors try to recruit me and my customers and distributors.   My doTerra friends, I am not trying to recruit you into Young Living — no need to try to recruit me and other Young Living distributors and customers!  There are plenty of other people out there to market your product to!
  • I have not been impressed with the doTerra essential oils I have come across.  While I can tell they are better than most health food store oils, there is something about many of them that smells off and artificial to me.  Their On Guard oil, a knock-off of Thieves oil, was a real disappointment.  To me it seemed like a weak attempt at copying a masterpiece, kind of like a generic watered-down version of the original.  There is no comparison whatsoever to Thieves.  I’ve been equally unimpressed with several of their other blends.  A few of the single oils I have smelled from doTerra seemed fine.
  • There are real reasons to question the purity of doTerra essential oils.   It has recently come to light and been verified by a 3rd-party laboratory in France that doTerra peppermint oil contains the synthetic chemical additive ethyl vanillin, and doTerra lavender oil is adulterated with the synthetic additive linalyl acetate as well as geranium and chamomile essential oils.  (details & documentation here).  I also have questions regarding doTerra’s frankincense.  Dr. HK Lin, phD who is one of the foremost scientists researching the use of frankincense oil for cancer spoke at the Young Living Convention in 2012.  He is not affiliated with Young Living as a company and was there to share the status of his studies on frankincense and cancer.  He has primarily used Young Living frankincense in his studies and found that it kills several types of cancer.  He mentioned that he used doTerra frankincense oil for a while in his studies and found that it did not work against cancer.  Ironically, I know that doTerra distributors have often called Young Living’s frankincense into question.  Lastly, I was exposed to doTerra cinnamon oil at an event I did back in May and within a minute or so of standing next to the diffuser pumping out molecules of the “pure” cinnamon oil, I had a headache.  In all my years with Young Living, I have never gotten a headache from the oils!

I Don’t Have the Full Story

I have just taken a look at the documents in the lawsuit of Young Living vs. doTerra, and if Young Living’s allegations prove correct, it could bode poorly for doTerra as a company.  I do believe in innocent until proven guilty, though the attached documentation showing doTerra’s oils to be adulterated, along with my experience with their oils, is enough to convince me!

doTerra, in turn, has filed a lawsuit against Young Living alleging they purposely falsified laboratory data in order to disparage doTerra.  Those documents are available here.

I don’t know the hearts of all the people involved, or what their motivations are and were.  I like to assume the best of people.  Is it possible that Gary Young ticked some of these people off?  Absolutely.  I have a huge amount of respect for Gary Young, but I get the feeling he is a very demanding employer.

Did the former Young Living corporate staffers who started doTerra want to have a different business model than Young Living and focus more on the business aspect of the MLM?  More than likely yes, and if so, good for them!  I just don’t agree with what I know of how they went about it.

I happen to have personally met and talked to the Young Living distributor from whom they swiped their model of teaching distributors to build their business.  This Young Living distributor who had attained a nice degree of success told me these then top Young Living corporate staffers picked her brain for months on end for details on her system.  All along she thought they were going to use this information to help other Young Living distributors, so that’s why she was willing to give away all her secrets.  Much to her chagrin, they shortly left Young Living and started a competing company using her business model!

Do people get results with doTerra oils?  Apparently they do, and I am honestly very happy for that.  I have friends and acquaintances who use doTerra oils and if they are satisfied, then I am satisfied for them as long as they know that at least some of doTerra’s oil may be laced with chemical additives.  I am happy that doTerra is spreading the word about the power of essential oils and reaching people that Young Living may not have reached.  I am saddened, however, at what appears to be dishonest marketing on behalf of doTerra.

My final thoughts are this — there is enough room in the world for two essential oil companies to succeed and bless humanity, as long as the playing field is even and both companies properly represent their products.

May the truth prevail.  And may the knowledge and understanding of the power of essential oils continue to spread like wildfire!!

- Julie =)

UPDATE October 2013 –

I previously had a video on here where I shared my understanding of the Young Living/doTerra lawsuits, but doTerra threatened to sue me if I didn’t take it down.  I will make no further comments about the lawsuits.  However, I do think it’s relevant to post the public findings of a recent 3rd party testing of peppermint oil from 12 different companies, including both Young Living and doTerra.

In this independent test, the doTerra peppermint oil was found to have the synthetic ingredient ethyl vanillin.  Incidentally, 10 of the 12 peppermint oils, including the Young Living and doTerra peppermint oils, also were found to be “not in compliance” with ISO standards.  This concerns me far less than the finding of synthetic chemicals.  It’s kind of like testing an orange and finding it has a little more Vitamin C than expected, a little less of something else.

Learn more here –

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Julie 2 June 2013 crop Young Living vs. doTerra Essential Oils    UPDATEDJulie Behling-Hovdal is a reflexologist/holistic healer and founder of Essential Survival where she teaches people how to prepare for the #1 cause of death in the event of an economic collapse — lack of access to medicines.  In 2005 Julie was able to get off 4 prescription drugs and heal from a 6-year stint of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia with products from Young Living Essential Oils. Get a free copy of her report “Fast Track Survival Medicines” at


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K November 6, 2013 at 11:42 am

I recently got roped into this new EO concept by a friend who was having a “baby class” and it turned out to be a Doterra EO class. Well I listened and sure enough, she started “bad mouthing” in a way YL. Saying there EO are not as pure as they say, use synthetics, etc. Now I read this blog and I say “hmmmmm” Don’t know what to think or believe but what I have heard is that Lavender oil causes breast growth in young boys esp those who haven’t reached puberty yet. This scares me as I have been using DT lavender oil diluted with grapeseed oil in a roller ball on our toddler almost every night at bedtime. He doesn’t have problems sleeping but I just love the smell and wanted something to relax him while I read him his bedtime book and we sat togther in his chair. Can you shed some light on this new Lavender scare for baby boys?

Melanie November 7, 2013 at 9:03 am


I just bought my first essential oil. I am learning. I am a person that digs and researches and tests because I like the truth. I read an article this morning and wanted to just add it here–not that this thread even needs it! I was just really impressed by the digging for the truth. It was educational. I was against YL and for doterra simply because of the scientific lab like bottles, a woman I met at a health fair that said doTerra was THE best as far as purity and that she had seen their facilities and compared to “other” companies doTerra was the only PURE and responsible company…then I needed some oil…who do I choose? The more Youtube vids I watched…I went back and forth. You have validated this other woman’s research but hers goes into more detail about WHY something is pure or is less pure and how she knew herself without just listening to other folks..
Thanks for your post.

Janine November 8, 2013 at 9:52 am

Thank you all for sharing so many different experiences with both Young Living and doTerra.
Julie I am sure that it is difficult to remain composed while being attacked for sharing what others asked of you- argh!!! Thanks for doing it.
I am even more interested in doing even more research on my own now.

J.Lang November 9, 2013 at 4:13 pm

K, you don’t need to worry about using lavender oil on your toddler. That is a myth. Here is a really excellent article by Robert Tisserand, an essential oil expert, who explains why. He is not involved with either Young Living or doTERRA by the way. I hope this eases your fears.

Julie Behling-Hovdal November 9, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Yes — I would be MUCH more worried about the xenoestrogens in personal care products with parabens and other chemicals that mimic estrogen. I would not be concerned at ALL with lavender oil if it truly pure and therapeutic-grade.

- Julie =)

Eija November 11, 2013 at 1:43 am

Have you noticed these allegations?

Julie Behling-Hovdal November 11, 2013 at 2:12 am

Hi Eija –

Yes, these Quackwatch allegations are a crock. You can read YL’s rebuttal here — and here — If you read the rebuttal you’ll see that even Gary Young’s ex-wife defends him against the ridiculous allegations that he held their newborn baby under water for an hour and killed it.

By the way, everything that gave me my health back from chronic fatigue syndrome 8 years ago is maligned by Quackwatch.

- Julie =)

Bethany November 11, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Interesting…the only bad mouthing I hear and read about is Young Living Gary Young about doTERRA. doTERRA founders are quiet about it. They have dignity I think. On the other hand Gary Young won’t stop his rants…..this is what made me decide to go with doTERRA>

Julie Behling-Hovdal November 11, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Hi Bethany –

On what kinds of occasions have you heard Gary Young “ranting” about doTerra? I’ve been to almost all the YL conventions since doTerra was founded, and also attended the YL Silver Retreat this summer. I’ve never even heard him mention them by name, and have never heard him say anything in depth at all about other oil companies.

- Julie

Jonathan November 11, 2013 at 10:09 pm

This article couldn’t be more biased and hypocritical. There is absolutely no real fact or cite material. The bulk of this article is reference to he said she said nonsense, which makes this article he said she said nonsense.

Julie Behling-Hovdal November 11, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Hi Jonathan –

This article represents my personal opinion, which means it is totally biased. That being said, I do cite the results of a recent independent testing of peppermint oils from 12 different companies. This independent study (not funded by, and not even known by Young Living until after the fact) discovered the ethyl vanillin in doTerra peppermint. Details are here –

- Julie

John November 11, 2013 at 11:18 pm

My mother likes doterra peppermint oil as it works better for her. For me I use young living lemon oil as it does not upset my stomach like the lemon oil from doterra. I take the vitamins from doterra as I can actually afford them so use them. I have not tried the one from young living as they are to expensive for me. I know one test that was done of the doterra peppermint oil they had a comment from Gary Young about the test but that website has blocked the results from others. Not sure if Gary Young paid for that test or not. I just know what works for me and what works for my mother.

Yo mama November 14, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Why are you so angry face about doterra? YL Lavender fields are at the side of the highway in Utah. Is that pure? For example, people who live in cities have more lung pollution than those who do not which would show that the YL lavender is not as potent as doterra. The lavender is breathing exhaust from the cars. Yum! I’d like to put that in my body. Maybe there’s some GMO in there too? Don’t be a doterra hater. There’s no reason to be. Doterra is honest and doesn’t make allegations against YL to try and bring them down. Calm it down and share the love. If you really like YL, there’s not need to bash doterra. Obviously you have some insecurity.

Julie Behling-Hovdal November 14, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Hi –

If you think I am angry at doTerra, then you have interpreted my article in a way that was not intended. I am honestly more puzzled than anything else.

- Julie

Joie November 16, 2013 at 1:03 pm

I think this days with so much media & exposing and completion there is a bright and a dark side to everything, the good side of it is that we can choose! You go to the store and the options are endless, what and how do you choose your products? Based by studies, price, what a friend told you? It’s a lot what we have to have in mind when we pick! You will expose your truth & what you believe! from there everyone else will do as they please! Nerd to put any company above the other? I don’t think that will prove or bring more truth to the subject!
Stick to YL long it live it enjoy it! If the results are so beneficial to you what’s the need of all the rest?
And maybe I shouldn’t even care really what you write, it’s your own expression, just don’t understand the point? That’s all!
I really hope people start using more oils, take care of their health more, and enjoy their life!

Jeff November 21, 2013 at 11:44 am

Hi Julie, I have recently been introduced to Young Living oils and their amazing effectiveness. I also have friends in doTerra, and have been curious about the differences. I want to thank you very much for your honest, fair, and enlightening point of view on the question. Blessings to you!

Stable Road Homestead November 25, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Thank you so much. I’ve been a Young Living user/customer since 2008 and I’ve been wondering what all the hubbub is surrounding doTERRA. I was just trying to sort out how are the better/not better the YL. Your article certainly helped! I think I too will stick with YL’s proven track record.

Tobilyn December 7, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I was introduced to doTerra oils about 8 months ago and they have made amazing changes in my life and the lives of many of my close friends and family members. I trust the doTerra oils~ I am naturally skeptical of most things, but because I have personally seen for myself the power of the oils and what they have done, I will be forever a believer in doTerra Essential Oils! Life changing for sure and everyone I have met through this journey that use and help others with these doTerra oils have been wonderful:)

Julie Behling-Hovdal December 9, 2013 at 1:41 am

Hi Tobilyn –

As long as you are aware that doTerra oils may not be 100% pure, do whatever feels right to you!


Jenna December 16, 2013 at 11:40 am

I’d just like to say that doing a comparison of the two companies is evident enough that doTERRA is the better product. If someone wants to know for themselves obtain a sample of peppermint or lavender from both companies and you will smell and feel the difference. Young Living is the pioneer in this essential oil industry but it doesn’t make them the better of the product. I am glad you have passion for what you do but for me doTERRA is by far PUREST oil you will find.

Amy December 26, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I am currently looking into essential oils and came across your website. I do not have a lot of knowledge about the two companies your are debating about BUT what I can tell you is with all my experience in the corporate world that if one executive leaves and has a hair brain idea to go on their own that is one thing…. when you have SIX executives that a re brave enough to leave a company and risk all they have there is something SERIOUSLY wrong within the function of that company.

Also the people complaining about problems with their MLM up-lines…. this is what happens when you let non-business minded people start running there own businesses. Seriously would you let these same people start a REAL business? They would never survive!

Essential oils have been around for centuries. I doubt 2 modern day companies really need to own the entire market. And Im sure this blogger is passionate since HER business is at stake with the media attention between the two companies.

Just a little moderation.

Julie Behling-Hovdal December 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Hi Amy –

Several of the individuals who started doTerra were fired from Young Living.

My business is not at stake at all — I was getting questions about what I thought about Young Living vs. doTerra every month and decided it was something my readership wanted my opinion on.

Best to you,


Trudi December 31, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Interesting discussion. I spent a lot of time investigating claims from both companies against each other. In the end, everything from I read about each company is hearsay. I was not there when they were fired/quit. I wasn’t there for the testing, etc. In the end, I can only go on my experience.

I started using Young Living oils around 9 years ago. I went in head first and bought most of their oils and their other products. I tried them all and just didn’t get consistent results. I tried their vitamins, drank their Ningxia Red, and used their oils. After a couple of years, they just ended up sitting in my medicine cabinet. I too have auto-immune issues and nothing seemed to help. Every person will respond differently to EOs (just like they respond differently to anti-biotics). I would use their lavender for burns, purification for bug bites, but that was about it. I was never successful in getting rid of a bacterial infection with Young Living oils.

In comes doTerra in October of this year. I have had more personal testimonials with doTerra oils in 3 months, than I had with Young Living over 9 years. Also, I have gotten rid of a full blown (5 days in) sinus infection that my husband came home with. That is the first time I have had a natural remedy help with a full blown infection. Usually you have to catch the illness at the beginning for the natural remedies to be effective.

If you really want to know what the difference is and what will work for you and your family, I would suggest getting both and comparing. It won’t take you too long to figure out which one is for you.

Julie Behling-Hovdal January 2, 2014 at 10:35 am

Hi Trudi-

I agree that people should generally go with what works for them,but as far as both company’s claims being total heresay, I don’t believe that is the case. Young Living has found independent lab after independent lab verifying that several of doTerra oils are adulterated, and other independent tests conducted completely separately have also found that doTerra’s peppermint is adulterated.



t January 3, 2014 at 5:13 pm

What does it say about a male doTerra CEO/Exec that tries to enter into a Young Living convention disguised as a woman? (No, not a cross-dresser.)

Hanna January 20, 2014 at 8:35 pm

I am wondering if you have read anything about the founder of young living? I have been researching young living essential oils to see if they really are better. I have found some publications about Donald Gary Young that makes me want to run away from these oils. Just wondering how much you know about this company.

Julie Behling-Hovdal January 20, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Yes, Hanna –

Did you find the “publications” about Gary Young at Quackwatch? Those statements are false, and here is Young Living’s rebuttal given many years ago — and

I believe I do a good job of explaining why I love Young Living in this article, so I’ll just leave it at that.

- Julie =)

LifeCoachShannon January 22, 2014 at 9:28 pm

Hi Julie,

Thank you for this well written article:) I am new to E.O’s and am very intrigued…lol..I bought an ultrasonic diffuser from my local health and just purchased the in store essential oils…not really knowing the broad spectrum of (pure form oils and synthetic) ones. I have actually had good results from the cheaper ones for respitory needs, however, I have a friend that was talking to me about doTerra and I was super excited about what she was sharing and I read and looked into it and watched some amazing you tube videos, however, I was taken back when I researched about the CEO’s of doTerra….what I mean is I actually went to their site took each name on their board and business management and researched and read about them indiviually…something seemed off (I won’t share what here) but then I searched young living and found the same “quack watch” article and that made me nervous…I mean…there was no way I could support a company with poor ethics…Long story short…I actually just signed up with Young Living last night with a different friend that has seen AMAZING results with the Thieves oil….she has completely rid the mold from her new home by using this product. She had mold tests done before, during and after and her home is clear of mold and that is due to Young Living’s amazing product. I can not vouche for either company perse’ from personal use yet but I am excited to recieve my young living basic kit :)


Emily B January 28, 2014 at 6:53 am

So, is Young Living addresses the issues with their peppermint oil. Also, would LOVE to hear what has worked for you with thyroid issues!! Thanks!

anonymous January 28, 2014 at 12:32 pm

I am in shock that someone can be so ignorant, naive, and self centered as you. Young Living vs doTERRA article is a bad stench you left in my mouth. Is it not possible that the 3rd party testing your referring to in France, the oil was altered during the time it took to get there. doTERRA only promises that their oils are pure WHEN THEY LEAVE THE WAREHOUSE. Any number of people could have done anything to that bottle of oil before it arrived to the “third party testing”. And before you say that the cap was sealed, many of my bottles have opened without breaking the seal. Not only am I disgusted with your words towards doTERRA and “previous employees” I am sickened that someone of such high standards for Young Living would talk so poorly of another company. Competitor or not, I have NEVER trash talked Young Living, any of its corporate members, or previous current and future customers. I let them choose for themselves. A bottle of doterra oil vs a bottle of young living oil… DOTERRA always wins. No name calling, pushing words, or bad mouthing a company or others is needed!
How unprofessional of you to post this. And on a business page. I hope people see this post for what it is worth SHIT.
Take a bottle of single oil lavender from each company, and compare. MAke your choice and KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT. How old are you acting here?

Julie Behling-Hovdal January 28, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Hi Emily -

The issue with YL peppermint was just as big a problem as an orange that has a little more of some vitamins and a little less of others than someone’s standard. The truth is that there are natural variations in nature.

As far as thyroid issues go, here is an article I wrote detailing what I have done –

- Julie =)

Julie Behling-Hovdal January 28, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Hi anonymous –

I wasn’t going to approve your rude comment to be posted, but decided that I would since it makes you look a lot worse than it makes me.

Best to you,

Julie =)

Carolyn Wood February 3, 2014 at 1:45 am

I have used Young Living oils and been an independent distributor for over 6 years. Last year I switched to doTERRA for an entire year due to curiosity and the violent bashing I was given torwards Young Living. I was certainly left questioning. The doTERRA consultants I met were very aggressive and used bad mouthing torwards Young Living as a sales pitch, all they could say is Young Livings oils arent pure! It left a very bad taste in my mouth, however, I became curious and concerned. I used doTERRA and was an independent consultant for a year. Im glad I did, because now there is no wavering in my opinion of the oil companies, Young Living works WAYYY better and more synergistically for me and I can honestly defend it when it is attacked as I have used both. doTERRA has blown up in my area, and it is aggressive and full of Young Living attacks. I have been astounded! Im sorry if this offends some and hopefully its not true of everyone but in my area doTERRA is using slandering as a way to gain business. People I have met through Young Living have always been gentle, concerned, caring, and health-minded individuals. Many of them healthcare practitioners that utilized the oils in their business. With doTERRA I met aggressive and purely business motivated people. Often arrogant and misinformed. I was so unimpressed. I have never experienced aggression with Young Living so to have people who have barely started using essential oils look at a longtime EO user and immedietly bash their company right off the bat, ya its gonna blow up in their face in the long run. I see the consultants in my town running around on local facebook classifieds as well as door to door like telemarketers, bashing Young Living and even attempting to give ill informed medical usage advise for the EOs. Its disturbing. Im very interested to see this play out, most of the Young Living connections and friends I know are remaining quiet and continuing to do what they always have done. Im not in ANY way saying Young Living is a perfect company or that doTERRA is all bad, but holy cow did I get a nasty taste in my mouth!

Vernon February 7, 2014 at 8:50 pm

When did you start using essential oils, this is good information.

Julie Behling-Hovdal February 8, 2014 at 12:38 am

Hi Vernon –

I started using the oils in 2005.

- Julie =)

Eva Owsian February 9, 2014 at 10:55 am

Thank you so much for putting up this information. I do not use YL or doterra oils, I am the owner of a New Age shop and have been using oils for 30 plus years. I have been the subject of very negative comments from the local doterra camp, which makes me disgusted beyond words. I am not an herbalist but neither are the tongue waggers. I have kept quiet and at this point my goal is to educate about oil use, it scares me that there are so many people who are giving others advice about oil use when half of the time what I hear is completely wrong. It is a type of medicine and yes you do need to be careful with them and they can have reactions with certain medications and or health conditions. Honestly I never hear that come out of the mouths of any oil pushers. Please be careful with the use of oils, if you don’t know what you are doing then educate yourself AND if you are going to use oils PLEASE educate yourself. Again your information on this subject is so appreciated.

Beuna February 12, 2014 at 9:24 am

As a long time herb and essential oils user I have compared the scent of health food store, DoTerra, and Young Living oils. As a horticulturalist who has worked with herbs for a long time I know what real lavender smells like. The first EOs I used were the health food store brand because I thought all essential oils are the same. To me Young Living lavender smells like lavender, DoTerra smells a little like lavender with some other things added. With the health food store brand I used in the past I can pick up a chemical scent which I did not notice until after I had smelled Young Living oils.
One thing that DoTerra has done is to make more people aware of EO that did not know they existed.

Michelle R. February 24, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Hi !

I have started using YL for a few months now. Have been a Lover of EO’s since I can remember. I never heard of DoTerra, until recently. I was very interested in seeing what People “out there” had to say about the 2 different Companies, which is how I came upon this site! Thank-you for trying to be unbiased. It is hard to do when you truly believe in a Product. I know this because I am a Rep for a few “awesome” companies.
Here is how I discern between different Companies and the Reps. — –How they reply and react !
It is terrible how so many can represent their Company with such terrible words. Happy to say I belong to a Credible, LOVING Company. To those Reps who can’t hold their tongue?– If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all..
What we all have in common is the Love of Essential Oils. Don’t be negative. <3

Kim H February 28, 2014 at 7:17 pm

I have been using YL oils for just under a year and have been very successful in replacing many over the counter meds. with oils. Thieves has saved me from the flu and viruses many times. Peppermint has come to the rescue for headaches and a quick wake-up. Currently I am trying to find my magic sleep potion and treat adrenal fatigue. I am really enjoying using these essential oils to enhance my family’s health. It feels so right. I have heard the bashings from both sides and that bothers me. I took a series of classes last Fall from a massage therapist who had been selling YL oils for years and was quite knowledgeable, but she part of her presentation was some bad talk on doTerra. And then today I had a phone conversation with a friend who was trying to convince me that I needed to drop YL oils because doTerra was much better, purer, and cheaper. And she knew because she used to be a YL customer. This is the second time I have had to put up with this assault from her. Personally I have smelled the doTerra peppermint oil along side the YL peppermint oil. The doTerra does have a vanilla undertone while YL just smells like peppermint. And the same with the lavender oils — YL lavender smells just like pure lavender (I used to grow it by the bushel), while doTerra’ s smells like there was something extra in it or it was softened a bit. So for me, I am planning on staying with YL .

amanda davis March 8, 2014 at 12:17 am

Thank you for your articles. Years back, I signed up with YL to use the products for myself, not intending to distribute them. My rep was inspiring, positive, and informative. I got great results with them! Especially when I would use my “magic oils” on my boyfriend’s children. Thieves would knock out any illness/fever they brought home from school/daycare. Within about 4 hrs they would feel better, I was amazed! Sometimes we would play w a drop of the YL blends on their crowns and the aromatherapy would make the whole family (including our dogs) so pleasant. Then a few years back, my co-worker signed up with doTerra. She badmouthed YL a lot in her sales pitch. I sell facial products but I don’t badmouth other companies. I did like the DT scents but I did feel like they were a bit artificial, especially since fresh mint doesn’t smell like that. I was so put off by her that it hurt our friendship and eventually led to lots of frustration every time I would think about essential oils. It makes me ill that DT has such little integrity, especially since YL taught them everything they know. They would not exist without YL, which seems very ungrateful. After much though and too much anxiety as to which company to represent, I have to go back to my first impression of the oils. I would rather stand with a company that operates out of it’s highest integrity and for me that’s Young Living.

Linda March 8, 2014 at 10:11 am

Thank you for this article. I’m very new to essential oils–haven’t purchased any yet. A friend started telling me about them 2 years ago and I was a big skeptic. She does not sell, but buys from Heritage Essential Oils. Just a few weeks ago, another friend told me about doTerra, then I was invited to a YL party (attended last night) by another friend. I’ve read excited Facebook posts by yet another friend who does YL, and two days ago learned that 3 other good friends use doTerra (don’t sell it for profit, but do get the discount). So I’ve got a number of friends on both sides. Neither has disparaged another company. One YL friend did give me the link to this site, for which I’m thankful. I’m really confused as to which is best and haven’t yet read all the links, but “anonymous” has really pushed me toward YL Probably, I’ll get the YL premium kit and likely buy a few misc. doTerra oils from the other friends and do my own comparison. Thanks for the information.

Tamra Goodrich March 11, 2014 at 12:29 pm

I have been a Young Living Distributor since 2004 and was introduced to them by my mother in 1998. They are fantastic! They are pure and natural and grown on soils that has never seen poisonous chemicals. Distilling and producing oils is an art and a science and Young Living has gone the distance to produce, I say produce, many of their oils and thereafter to obtain only the highest quality from organic farms and locations around the world. No oils in the world, on the whole, have tested at a higher quality of product than Young Living Oils, in any legitimate lab in the world. I seen and heard one factual presentation after another by experts from all over the world about the Young Living Oils. They are the best bar none! God speed!

McKenna March 13, 2014 at 9:34 am

My sentiments exactly! Though, I loved your more gentle approach.. I wrote a similar post just a little more blunt. haha! I love your blog and it’s been a great reference for me as I use YL essential oils.

Nancy Keeler March 13, 2014 at 9:37 am

Thank-you for publishing the rude remarks of “anonymous” from Jan. 28, 2014. That kind of attitude has definitely pushed me to the YL side. I mean really, doTerra “only guarantees their oil is pure when they leave the warehouse”?!!!!! If I were doTerra and I thought my product were being adulterated between the warehouse and customer, I would be definitely testing it again and re certifying it. You are so right that “anonymous” has done much more damage to the reputation of doTerra than Young Living.

McKenna March 13, 2014 at 9:42 am

Oh and I also wanted to say… WHY would doTERRA threaten to sue YOU, a blogger, because you posted a video talking about your understanding of the lawsuits. That’s completely ridiculous! They have bigger fish to fry than going around attacking individual people. Why don’t they just change their essential oils to be pure instead of continually lying to everyone and attempting to shut people up through coercion? Ugh.. are they really that desperate?

Anyway. Sorry you had to take your video down. I’d like to see it still if you’d sould send it to me through email, I’d appreciate it.

Enlightened March 15, 2014 at 9:11 am

I was asked to attend a getting healthy class by both DoTerra & Young Living at the same time. I ended up attending the DoTerra class first. The marketing of DT was definitely slick that I signed up right away, but only as a retailer bc I was not decided yet. There was some down-talking of competition that it left a bad taste in my mouth that I didn’t want to be a distributor of a company that talks bad of others. Also, at the time DT had only been around for 5 years. I used DT for a few months and saw some results so I wanted to compare more. So I compared with the health store brands. It was just ok, but smell wasn’t as nice. Finally, I attended a YL class and was blown away by the info. The class was very down-to-earth & hometown like, no electronic videos & no slick sales tactic-like; very low-tech & just one person talking to a group of ppl. Since I was juicing at the time, I loved the product Ningxia red juice containing EOs. I loved how YL has been around for 20 years. Also, when I heard Wayne Dyer was a speaker at the 2013 YL convention, my hero, that also helped my decision bc he can speak anywhere & chose to speak to YL. When I compared both EOs, I found that DT’s was not as potent as YL. Then when I found out later that DT had added synthetics to their EOs, I could smell the difference, I was disappointed bc DT kept saying they are pure when they were not. CPTG is a coined term they made up & put on their label. I was also disappointed when I saw the expiration dates under the DT bottles. YL oils do not expire & they do not contain any expiration dates, bc they are 100% pure, you can go to the YL farms, they own them & see for yourself. DT does not own any of their farms, they are contracted out. For example, when I used both peppermint EOs side by side to keep me alert at work, I had to re-apply DT’s peppermint several times & YL’s was strong enough on its first application. This & many other examples sold me on YL. DT is around where I live, but I don’t say anything bad, although I hear lots of negative talk from DT ppl & hear them trying to sign up the YL ppl. But why say something bad when you haven’t tried both companies, the truth is in the pudding! Give it a try before forming an opinion.

Jennifer March 25, 2014 at 10:00 pm

I have used YL for a little over a year now and have had some pretty amazing results. I got into it when I was in school for massage and one of my teachers had her oils always with her. She teaches the intro to oils at a potluck charge because she is very passionate. I didnt think about other companies but knew I wanted quality because I had seen what cheap oils can do to skin. I really liked your article it states a lot of the same reasons I stay with YL. And for all the hype of the mlm thing I signed up and use it for me. If someone is interested I tell them and can help them sign up but you dont have to do it for a business.

Joan April 16, 2014 at 12:53 am

I have followed the Learning About EO’s for some time. The third party testing that was done started with Myrrh, then Tea Tree Oil, then Peppermint. People donated and requested to have oils from various companies tested. The chemist in France did not know which company was which. The first round, Myrrh, five companies were tested all five were in compliance, Young Living and doTerra being among the five. Tea Tree Oil, 10 companies were tested, two were not in compliance and one was not the Melaleuca type being tested. doTerra passed. Young Living was not in this test. Peppermint, 12 companies were tested, three were in compliance. YL and doTerra were not in compliance for different reasons. YL Peppermint was low on TSH as were many of the other companies and DoTerra tested for ethyl vanillin (synthetic vanillin). Another company, Heritage Oils, had almost the exact results as doTerra with ethyl vanillin in their Peppermint as well as the rest of the constituents being the same. This would suggest that doTerra and Heritage Oils use the same broker for their Peppermint. Most of the companies were not in compliance because of low TSH, which can happen from sitting on a shelf over time. YL was my first experience with EO’s back in 1997. I’ve been checking out different companies to educate myself on EO’s joining up with doTerra to do so three years ago. I eventually bought two bottles of doTerra peppermint. The smell was off. I opened the second and it was worse. I thought “it must be me.” I had doTerra distributors, YL distributors, “non-oilers”, and “other oilers” smell the peppermint and didn’t tell them which company the peppermint was from until after they smelled it. It smelled foul to every person who smelled it. My upline person sent it back to doTerra. Everyone was surprised, especially the doTerra people, at the foul smell of the peppermint. I did not re-sign with doTerra. There are at least a dozen companies that have broken off of YL almost since 1994 to start their own companies. I’ve checked out about 5 of them. Two of those companies as far as the EO’s are much more identical to YL than is doTerra. They have almost the same blends and about the same number of single oils and blends. Everyone has a right to do business and people start their own companies all the time. What I like about Julie is that she educates herself and shares what she learns and I’m not even in her down line. “Oilers” outside of YL and doTerra are watching the “war” between these two companies. We don’t have to be part of that war. We can be a support to the aromatherapy world by educating ourselves and practicing safe oil use. Julie, thank you for your work and educational site.

Joan April 16, 2014 at 1:18 am

As far as Quack watch, He dogs any kind of alternative healthcare he comes across. He has quackery to say about Homeopathy. I’ve practiced it for almost 25 years with myself and children with great success. He’s no friend to the alternative world. This article has info about S. Barrett from Quackwatch.

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