Young Living vs. doTerra Essential Oils — UPDATED

by Julie Behling-Hovdal on

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 helped me [BLEEP] within one week after being partially-disabled with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for the previous six years.
  • I’ve had so many results with Young Living essential oils, there are too many to name.  [And unfortunately, in order to remain compliant with the FDA I am no longer allowed to discuss these results].
  • 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, [and unfortunately, I am also no longer allowed to discuss these results].
  • 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 and speaking on stage at Young Living conventions.  Six of the founding members of doTerra’s company leadership were sued by Young Living (more on that below).
  • 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 most of 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.  These days, just about every essential oil company out there has a knock-off of Young Living’s Thieves oil.  I was not terribly impressed with doTerra’s version – On Guard oil. 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, but I found their frankincense oil to be much, much less potent than any of the 3 varieties of frankincense that Young Living sells.   Lastly, I was exposed to doTerra cinnamon oil at an event I did a while back 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!
  • A recent 3rd party testing of peppermint oil from several companies, including doTerra and Young Living revealed the synthetic chemical ethyl vanillin in doTerra peppermint oil:

Although our Chemist only commented on the constituents that were out of range, you can see from the report that “ethyl vanillin” is listed as the last constituent in the analysis. When I asked Mr. Dantin about the constituent, he told me ethyl vanillin is a “synthetic compound.” The sample only contains 0.07% ethyl vanillin, which is technically a trace amount. However, according to Mr. Dantin, “ethyl vanillin is a huge odor, more than vanillin!”

To confirm our Chemist’s comment that ethyl vanillin is a “huge odor,” I overnighted doTERRA’s Peppermint to our Essential Oil Expert and asked his advice.

Our Essential Oil Expert comment after an organoleptic assessment (sniff test!): This essential oil smells very pleasant, but it lacks the “clean” odor of a quality peppermint oil. It is over-sweet and reminiscent of a peppermint and dark chocolate candy. This would be consistent with a low concentration of added ethyl vanillin, a powerful odorant that smells of vanilla/chocolate.

Essential Oil Expert comments: Two samples (DoTerra and Heritage) were clearly from the same source. Both samples also contained 0.07% ethyl vanillin, which is a synthetic compound. The fact that many samples were run on the same equipment, but ethyl vanillin only showed up in two oils (which were virtually identical in every other respect as well) suggests that this was not an aberration or contamination that happened during analysis.

Learn more here -

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I Don’t Have the Full Story

Young Living and doTerra both filed Federal lawsuits against each other a couple of years ago with various accusations, but settled these out of court.  There is still a pending lawsuit of Young Living against doTerra.  Some counts were dismissed due to a statute of limitations.  But here is a recent statement by Young Living Essential Oils on the matter -

On October 15, a Utah Court decided a number of pending motions related to our case against doTERRA and its founders.  Importantly, the Court did not rule on Young Living’s claims for breach of written contract against several founders of doTERRA that they improperly solicited YoungLiving’s distributors and used Young Living’s confidential information in violation of their agreements.  Young Living is anxiously moving toward its day before a jury to prove these claims, which we remain very optimistic about.

The Court did decide, however, that Young Living could not claim that doTERRA and its founders violated certain Utah statutes related to misappropriation of trade secrets and other improper activity, not because doTERRA and its founders did not engage in that activity, but because the former legal team at Young Living simply waited too long under Utah law to bring these particular legal claims.  For example, the Court ruled that:

  1. “It is undisputed that Young Living’s investigation revealed that, after leaving their employment with Young Living, some individual defendants had retained Young Living property.  This included documents (both written and electronic), computers, and certain ‘white binders’ believed to contain confidential information among other things.”
  1. In 2008, Young Living required David Stirling, Greg Cook, Emily Wright and David Hill to return confidential documents that they had taken with them when they left and, “as a result, many items (both computers and documents) were recovered by Young Living which Young Living confirmed to be trade secrets that had been wrongfully retained.”
  2. “The undisputed facts also demonstrate that Young Living was able to pursue its theory that trade secret information was not only wrongfully retained but used” by doTERRA. 
  3. Even though there was evidence that Emily Wright destroyed her computer to hide the defendants’ use of confidential information, “any concealment by Wright did not frustrate Young Living’s ability to recognize that the individual defendants had retained, and likely used, confidential information.”

 Young Living will continue to vigorously pursue its remaining claims against the founders of doTERRA. 

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 when they were employed by YL?  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 a Young Living distributor who claims that over a period of several months, top Young Living corporate staffers picked her brain for details on the system she was very successfully using to build her Young Living business.  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 doTerra, 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  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 dishonesty on a number of levels.

My final thoughts are this – there is enough room in the world for two (or more) essential oil companies to succeed and bless humanity, as long as the playing field is even and everybody properly represents their products.

I am personally happy with the decision I have made to use Young Living Essential Oils.  I hope that essential oil users everywhere can feel similarly pleased.

- Julie =)


NOTE:  Out of the 250+ articles, videos, and podcasts on my website this is the only one where I address doTerra, or any other essential oil company for that matter.  Interestingly, I get far more hits to this article each day than to any of my other articles.

Due to the fact that I don’t have time to respond to all the comments that continue to come in on this article and my business is not focused on this topic, I have decided to shut commenting down.


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Julie 3 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


Statements made about the essential oils that come in the Essential Oil Survival Kit and other products offered by Essential Survival have not been evaluated by the FDA.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician.

Skeeter June 22, 2013 at 11:19 pm has been shut down for falsifying information. I wouldn’t be using that as a reference if you are trying prove credibility ;)

Julie Behling-Hovdal June 28, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Was it shut down or did the creator take it down b/c of all the controversy? I don’t know — I’m just wondering.

Julie =)

KAREN July 8, 2013 at 3:59 pm

I have a question for both companies – YL & also DoTerra…. Why can’t your company put on their bottles that your oils are “Organic” or “Wildcrafted” – when both companies claim that their oils are “pure” & there’s no herbicides/pesticides etc. in them & there are no “fillers” or added chemicals etc.??????
Especially, since YL has their own farms & takes care of their own lavender etc. – why can’t they say their oil is “organic”??? I’ve always wondered that – please help me out… I’ve been getting my oils from “Forever Green” in Orem – their bottles actually do say that it’s “Organic or WIldcrafted” – That’s a really good guarantee for me that there are no other “chemicals/additives etc” in them… Instead of a lot of “hear-say” from people about their companies oils…

David July 10, 2013 at 2:46 am

Hi. I attended a doTerra seminar a couple months ago. I was certainly impressed with some of my own experiences from the oils that day and have since purchased a few of them. However, what I disliked was that the doTerra rep told my good friend (he attended the same seminar at another time) that the doTerra faction broke away due to disapproval of the founder’s lifestyle. Essentially, she said that Gary Young had gone “wacko” and had fled the country in order to practice polygamy. I mean, I wouldn’t likely choose that lifestyle for myself, but I didn’t really see what this had to do with anything either. It seemed pretty judgmental, but is there any truth to it? I would also think that perhaps it was just a good way of gaining the respect of potential new customers by convincing them that they shouldn’t buy their oils from the big scary polygamist.

Carrie July 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm


My guess is that therapeutic grade oils are a step above the “organic” label.

Julie Behling-Hovdal July 10, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Gary Young lives in Alpine, UT with his wife and two boys. He and his family did live in Ecuador for a few years when he was establishing the Young Living farm in that nation, but they moved back a year or two ago. I know his wife and kids are all now fluent in Spanish, incidentally.

I don’t know anything about Gary Young being a polygamist. All I know is that doTerra reps are known to tell tall tales about Gary Young. Once a couple of years ago I was picking up my order from the Young Living headquarters and the employees (who I am friends with b/c I see them so frequently) mentioned that the latest doTerra rumor about Gary was that he was rotting in a jail somewhere in Ecuador. The employees laughed and said they saw him that morning at the headquarters leading up a meeting with the YL executive staff!

Not all doTerra reps feel a need to slander Young Living and Gary Young, but the ones who do are really annoying.

- Julie ;)

Julie Behling-Hovdal July 10, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Hi Karen –

Here is a video made by my friend and colleague Terry Tillaart addressing that very subject —

I hope you find it helpful!

- Julie =)

Julie Behling-Hovdal July 10, 2013 at 7:19 pm

I just came across this document — the details of the Young Living vs. doTerra lawsuit. This document refers to the study showing that doTerra peppermint oil is adulterated. I don’t believe was shut down for falsifying information. I don’t know why it isn’t live at this moment in time, but it appears the documentation regarding the impurity of doTerra peppermint oil is correct.

Leisa July 10, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Hey Julie, with all the DoTerra reps spamming Young Living Distributors blogs, facebook biz pages, and twitter accounts this article has arrived right on time. I love the way you wrote this. Dirty Business is never good business and the “truth will always set you free” :)

Lisa July 10, 2013 at 11:31 pm

I just thought you might be interested in this, if you hadn’t already seen it. I read it from top to (almost bottom, not every word on the copies for evidence). You are welcome to say what you like about doTERRA, but it might be good to know what’s really going on (or at least what dT is confident enough is going on that they have filed suit over it).

Julie Behling-Hovdal July 10, 2013 at 11:37 pm

If any lab results were manipulated, they won’t be reproducible elsewhere. If the lab results that Young Living cites showing that doTerra peppermint and lavender oils are laced with synthetic ingredients, they *will* be reproduced elsewhere. I guess time and further scrutiny will show us what’s really going on!

- Julie =)

Lisa July 10, 2013 at 11:38 pm

The previous commenter said, ” Dirty Business is never good business and the “truth will always set you free” . Sad that it looks like there is one business who is likely engaged in true dirty business.

I mostly wrote this for you, in response to your blog post and comments. I’ve been impressed with the way you try to stay kind and I really just wanted to share information. Please feel free to delete either or both of my comments.

Julie Behling-Hovdal July 10, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Here is Young Living’s statement regarding the doTerra lawsuit —

Pat July 11, 2013 at 10:33 am

Hi- I’d advise you to be very careful about what you publish on your website. I have just reviewed the doTERRA counter-suit:

If the claims in the counter-suit, which are extremely specific, are true, Young Living Oils is finished. This will be an interesting case to follow.

Julie Behling-Hovdal July 11, 2013 at 10:41 am

Hi Pat –

I have read through this — I would recommend reading through YL’s lawsuit against doTerra for greater perspective. You can do that here —

As I said in my article, may the truth prevail!

- Julie =)

Dogpackmomma July 11, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Thank you for your helpful & informative post. Happy Trails!

Angel July 12, 2013 at 5:57 am

I have been acquainted with Young Living since 2005. The company known as doTerra seems at best ethically questionable as any individual/corporation/organization basing interaction on slandering of competitors reflects the lower vibrations of its intentions in its products and services. To this end why would anyone want to purchase the intention of lowered vibration packaged in diminished quality?

Michelle Patterson July 17, 2013 at 6:46 am

I have sold both and used both and I prefer doTERRA essential oils and I was unhappy selling Young Living Essential oils. There is a lot of so called facts stated above without proper facts to back it up.

Julie Behling-Hovdal July 17, 2013 at 12:58 pm

If you like doTerra, more power to you!

- Julie =)

jan July 17, 2013 at 1:16 pm

after doing some research on both companies (YLEO and doTerra) and after reading comments by consumers and the company’s responses, I don’t care to purchase from either company. which is sad, because if either company really does have valuable health information and products, I could benefit from that in so many ways but all the bickering makes me want to walk away.

Julie Behling-Hovdal July 17, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Hi Jan -

I agree that bickering is extremely distasteful. =( As a company, YL stayed out of this completely until several months ago when it became clear that so many wrongs had been committed, a lawsuit was the only course of action that made sense. As far as YL distributors go, it is rare to hear bad-talk about other essential oil companies.

I thought long and hard before writing this article because, as I mentioned in the article itself, I believe knocking another company is a really lame way to try to build my business.

There is a really fine line.

Anyways, best wishes to you in your essential oil pursuits!

Julie =)

Ginny July 18, 2013 at 8:50 am

Lovely, tasteful, truthful, powerful….11 years of Young Living under my belt…loyal to the number one e.o. company in the world. Distasteful, negative tactics turn me off. Sorry Doterra…it’s just not becoming to your leaders. Let’s all live respectfully side by side and trust that there’s plenty of abundance to share.

Bonnie Slaven Kline July 18, 2013 at 10:25 am

Thank you for writing such a great blog post. It’s informative and allows the reader to decide which company they choose to do business with.

I love the mission of your blog. Your thought about what will happen during an economic collapse are exactly the reason I’ve felt led, since 2005, to learn how to use Young Living Oils. They have helped me in many ways and I look forward to utilizing them for many years to come.

Thank you for blessings others!

scott July 22, 2013 at 7:02 pm

To answer the main question to why the doTerra group left Young Living comes to me from someone who knows Dr Young Personally and asked him. He and the other leaders that are now with doTerra were all Mormon together. If you know anything about the LDS you don’t leave or you get cut out of the family. Dr Gary Young became a believer in Christ and left the LDS Church. That is in a nit shell why the factions split and why doTerra is so vile against Young Living…it comes from teh doTerra leadership down. Many of doTerra’s oils are knock offs of the real thing Young Living makes and is not as pure as they want you to believe. Just so this is put to rest…doTerra’s plan is to ruin Young Living over a religious squabble. When you leave a cult the cult wants vindication and your ruin, so Dr Young is getting the brunt of this but I personally believe doTerra will be out of business in a matter of a few years simply based on their business practices and theft of Young Living oils materials that were locked in a safe at their headquarters. The doTerra leader should actually be in jail for his theft, but we will leave that to the courts.

Julie Behling-Hovdal July 23, 2013 at 8:36 am

Interesting thoughts, Scott! Although I’m LDS and I don’t have a problem with people who leave the LDS faith. =)

If the doTerra guys are guilty of theft, I hope they do go out of business. I guess we’ll see!

- Julie =)

Bethany July 23, 2013 at 6:10 pm

I think its sad that you have to add to the negative air that abounds over the essential oil company’s. Although there may be negative talk about Young Living from some doTERRA IPC’s, the leadership at doTERRA has never said a bad thing about YL.
And as for lawsuits, doTERRA is currently suing YL for putting out false GC/MS reports on their oils. Even Pappas, world leader in essential oil purity testing, claims the reports YL put out are false.
I have heard TONS of slander by YL leadership, none from doTERRA. I think its sad YL can’t wish doTERRA the best and realize the ultimate goal is for healing in homes.

Bethany July 23, 2013 at 6:25 pm

I read in one of your comments you didn’t know why the doTERRA leadership left YL. Why didn’t you research this? I have heard them speak and they left not to start another company. In fact one was fired by YL and the others left over a period of time for their own reasons. The main reason for one of the leaders was becasue she saw the quality and purity of YL decline and decided to retire and stay home with her family. It wasn’t until later she felt the call to start an oil company where she could guarentee 100% purity. The leaders used their own money to bank roll the comapny and within a couple fo years the company was debt free. Each batch of oils is tested 4 times for purity. They have no ill will toward YL . I wish YL could be the same.

Julie Behling-Hovdal July 23, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Hi Bethany –

Living in Utah, both myself and people in my YL organization have encountered a great deal of harshness from doTerra reps (and some from corporate staff). I’m glad that’s not the case where you live!

It’s been my experience that YL and YL distributors have largely been silent on doTerra until relatively recently when YL filed their first lawsuit. Everybody has their perspective, this is mine.

Julie =)

Joan Reil July 25, 2013 at 8:47 pm

This website collects donations to hire a chemist to test EO’s from different company’s. They chose Myrrh to be tested. I was surprised that doTerra or YL were not the top 2. Two non MLM EO company’s were the top two. The next oil they had tested was Tea Tree oil. Eleven EO company’s were tested. Apparently they didn’t get donations for Young Living, so they are not represented on this test. This test shows the oils in compliance. Two company’s were not in compliance the other eight are in compliance. DoTerra is in compliance. NAN gave the wrong oil. Melaleuca A. is also known as Tea Tree oil. NAN supplied Niaouli, Melaluca Q. The next oil they are testing is Peppermint. So if you want a certain oil tested donate, it pays for the test. Learning About EO’s and Nourishing Treasures are the same people. I couldn’t seem to get both tests on one site.

Joan Reil July 25, 2013 at 8:48 pm

oops! Didn’t check my spelling on Melaleuca

Joan Reil July 25, 2013 at 9:32 pm

For more than a year I have read blog after blog of doTerra distributors bashing Young Living and Young Living distributors bashing doTerra from the state of Utah and other areas. I buy from both company’s as well as other EO company’s in my search for what is best for me. No need for Young Living to take offense since they are a good company. Young Living brought essential oils into the “lime-light” in a deeper, unique, creative, and higher standard of healing and use. They pioneered the way for Essential Oils to be what they are today. A lot of these company’s wouldn’t be what they are today if it hadn’t been for Young Living, doTerra included. A lot of company’s had there start from people who left Young Living at various times over the years, Native American Nutritionals(originally a different name), Rocky Mountain Oils(now partnered with NAN), Quintessence Aromatics(they use to carry a lovely line of what they call Angel Oils), Be Young(use to be Forever Young), doTerra. There may be others. These are the ones I know about. Not all of them left with disdain. Only Be Young and doTerra as far as I know. The owner of Be Young is brother to Dr. Young. Perhaps there will be peace and friendly competition(though that may not be the best word) one day. Chau, make it a great day!

Joan Reil July 25, 2013 at 9:40 pm

I keep forgetting this bit of information. If one wants to really compare similar company’s to Young Living, look up Rocky Mountain Oils. They have a chart on their website comparing their oils to Young Living and doTerra. RM oils has about as many blends and single oils as Young Living (75 blends). Before they made some recent changes, they resembled Young Living blends more than any company out there.

Joan Reil July 25, 2013 at 9:51 pm

I should clarify about the website that asks for donations for testing EO’s. It is interested individuals who are donating for oils to be tested, not the company itself.

Falynne July 26, 2013 at 1:10 pm

I came across this article after I learned of the back and forth between DT and YL (I’m new to the essential oil world). I’ve read both of the lawsuits and am interested to see howthe court systems rule.

One note, though – your article says that the doTERRA lawsuit was filed in retaliation to the Young Living complaint…but the court’s file stamp shows the doTERRA lawsuit was filed a day before the Young Living one. Is there additional information not addressed here that I’m missing?


Julie Behling-Hovdal July 26, 2013 at 1:58 pm

I would definitely not recommend Rocky Mountain oils for therapeutic use.

- Julie =)

Julie Behling-Hovdal July 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Hi Falynne –

Young Living filed its first lawsuit against doTerra sometime last year (2012) for stealing trade secrets, customer lists, and more. It is my understanding that they knew that YL was going to file another lawsuit.

- Julie =)

Joan Reil July 26, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Julie, I haven’t bought Rocky Mountain Oils. What’s the problem with them? They are in partnership with Native American Nutritionals. Does that mean NAN are the same as Rocky Mountain?

Tara July 27, 2013 at 9:27 pm

I’ve never heard a negative word about Young Living from anyone I know in Doterra. Even a girl who I talked to who said she left another company in favor of Doterra, wouldn’t say which company she left. There are always going to be people who say negative things, hopefully we can all learn to be more tolerant. :)

Juliel Davis July 28, 2013 at 2:28 pm

This whole debate is strange to me. It seems to be based on the premise that in order for me to succeed, you must fail or vise versa. Both companies produce high quality oils, both have reps and customers who are loyal to them, both do good in the world. People connect with people and ideas/values. Many people will chose a product based on how they relate to it or the people associated with it. If someone has left one to join the other, many times it has to do with feelings of support, or belief that the other will better help them attain their goals, whether physical, emotional or financial. I am a Rep for doTERRA, there is no time or space in my day, or my head, to worry about a disagreement between companies. I have seen doTERRA oils work little and big miracles every day in my life and in the life of those I love and care about. That’s better than any over the counter and good enough for me. In order for me to succeed no one else has to fail. May health and happiness follow you everywhere!

Joan July 29, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Julie, I live in Las Vegas and it gets quite hot here. I’ve lived in Las Vegas all my life. As I’ve gotten older I’m finding that I don’t handle the heat as well. Are there oils you know of that may help someone with the hot weather?

Julie Behling-Hovdal July 30, 2013 at 9:58 am

Hi Joan –

Yes, I recommend peppermint oil. Here’s a video showing how to use it for overheating —

- Julie =)

Joan July 31, 2013 at 12:19 am

Thanks Julie. I’m new to your site so didn’t realize there all these useful video’s.

Alan August 2, 2013 at 11:36 am

You better check your information before posting. I suggest that you may want to take this falsified information down to protect yourself and image. ALS lab has been proven that Young Living hired them to do the lab work for their allegations against doterra. Young Living is now in deep doodoo for fraud and other things. Because it is so blatantly false and fraudulent, Young Living will be fighting for survival. You need to read the suit doterra vs. Young Living and Gary Young’s business and personal history which will give you at least a better picture or the other side of the argument. To each is their own. I just know what stands on its own. Otherwise, why even go there?

tage August 2, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Girl, thank you yet again for giving me the info I need. I love someone who is an info junky like me but likes to blog or do all the web/legwork. I LOVE this and could not have said it any better. I have read LOTS of stuff on line on this whole debacle and this by FAR tells it how it is with TRUTH and not bashing. Thanks again. PS. So cool that your book is being sold in AbundantHealth4U website. Way to go girl. Congrats. Glad I got mine as an ebook right after you wrote it. :)

Be blessed, tage

Julie Behling-Hovdal August 2, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Hi Alan –

I don’t have any problem with Young Living hiring a lab to test doTerra’s oils. I’m not sure how that proves that the lab’s findings of synthetic ingredients in doTerra oils is fraudulent.

Just today I was speaking with someone very close to the lawsuits and learned that 5 separate laboratories have found synthetic components in 23 of doTerra oils, including their lavender oil. The attorneys representing Young Living are also getting these results verified with other independent laboratories of their own choosing, separate from any of the tests that Young Living oversaw.

I hardly think that Young Living is fighting for survival as 2013 so far has been its best year in business since it was founded 20 years ago.,

I did read the lawsuit of doTerra against Young Living. I don’t have access to all the data to ascertain who is telling the truth — doTerra or Young Living. But I trust that the process of law will play out and determine what the real story is, all emotions aside. My experience with doTerra’s oils that clearly smell off also informs my opinion. But my opinion is just that — an opinion.

Best to you,

Julie =)

Julie Behling-Hovdal August 2, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Thanks, Tage!

My book for sale at Abundant Health is a new 400-page book not available in ebook format! I just published it this past April!

- Julie =)

Chris August 9, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Thanks for the article. Essential oils are fantastic and there is certainly enough of a potential market to go around. Whatever way these lawsuits go it is bad for the industry. I can’t imagine YL would be stupid enough to falsify lab results knowing that the truth would come out in court and they would loose much more than they would ever gain. Whichever company is being truthful should be revealed in court (unfortunately it is usually a very drawn out process) with the other deserving every ounce of punishment and ultimately the industry will be better off for it.

Kathleen August 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm

As a Young Living distributor for the past 17 years, I was first introduced to doTERRA by another YL distributor who was doing both. I was very huffy about the “new” kid on the block and resisted DT oils for that reason. After all, YL were THE BEST!!! Yet…through many different coincidences, DT kept being brought to my attention. My husband had a respiratory issue that wasn’t clearing up with my oils or with the antibiotics, steroids and inhaler given him by the medical community. Enter his sister who raved about DT. She told him what to do and after he did it with oils she’d sent, he was cured after 2 doses of their peppermint, lavender, and lemon. He LOVED her oils and has never really liked mine because of the strong medicinal smell. I used YL every day and still do. HOWEVER, I got an inner directive to become a DT distributor in addition to YL and I was “told” that they each had value and were the integration of the Yahweh/Jehovah God and the Feminine principle that needed to be merged. Some would be drawn to YL and some would be drawn to DT…and both had their unique functions.
So…I use both…distribute both, and am saddened by the bickering over who is better/worse. The oils are CONSCIOUSNESS in a bottle…we need to recognize that and be grateful for the gift we’ve been given by our Creator to help us heal and live lives in accord with the gift of nature in its various forms.

Skye August 10, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Being chemically sensitive to anything (laundry detergent, dryer sheets, air fresheners, deodorant, body wash, shampoo) with chemically made perfumes or their inclusion, I have been curious about DoTerra Oils as I have many friends using and/or selling them. In general I am against multi-level marketing as it encourages the seller to reach quotas which I think compromises the integrity of the representative.

Many oils including eucalyptus, should not be used on or around infants, and a few of these friends new little about this. Lavender lowers blood pressure and they did not know this and I question why and wonder how thorough their training is. If these are to be used therapeutically, how qualified are these agents in treating medical conditions?

A friend recently brought me a sample of Doterra Lime. As I was out of limes to add their juice to my daily morning 8 oz. of water on rising routine, I added two drops of the DoTerra Lime. A headache (unusual for me) developed that I had not explanation for. Not suspecting the DoTerra product, I repeated this again. The headache that was almost gone returned within minutes and I then knew the source of the headache. Muscle testing verified that the DoTerra lime was the source, much to my surprise.

Another friend offered me the use of her DoTerra ‘Wild Orange’. My first whiff caused me to think that it’s bitter smell might be another form of orange and not pure citrus, but I could find very little info saying otherwise at the DoTerra site.

My personal conclusion is that the DoTerra products don’t meet my standards of purity, regardless of what ever validation they may offer and I feel concerned about friends who seem to investing time and energy into DoTerra.

This is all JMHO. Hope this is helpful to others!

Liza August 13, 2013 at 8:13 pm

It has been interesting reading all of this. I find it most interesting that DoTerra claims their oils are so pure that you can ingest ALL of them. Some plants are poisonous to us if ingested but are helpful to us when used topically or through inhalation. So why if a plant is poisonous to ingest would a company claim you can ingest it’s oil? This is a contraindication in and of itself and I find it disturbing. I personally choose YL for many of my oils and also use an outfit out of Oregon. As an herbalist quality is important to me but even more important is safety and I don’t feel like DoTerra truly has safety at the heart of their business.

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