DoTERRA vs Young Living: How To Decide

Decisions, Decisions!!

Which oil is best for gaining better focus, aiding in sleep, or uplifting my mood?  Which is best for my children?  Which is best for my budget?

It seems everyone is trying to sell either DoTERRA or Young Living essential oils.  Why??

Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade

Is it because both claim to be Therapeutic Grade?

[According to Burfield and Kirkham (2006-07), “many aromatherapists have unfortunately become unwitting victims of a marketing ploy by essential oil traders that advertise “approved” essential oils of ʻtherapeutic gradeʼ. Let us be quite clear on this – there is no such thing as a ʻtherapeutic gradeʼ essential oil, and no quality standards for the authentication of essential oils specifically exist in aromatherapy.”] (1)

Has anyone seen an essential oil company market themselves as non-therapeutic grade?  Or grade B, C, D?

That is because “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade” (CPTG) is a trademark term, and in order to use the verbiage, a company has to purchase those rights. Therefore it’s a marketing tactic.  Nothing more, nothing less.


This is a relatively new trademark by a multi-level marketing company. It gives the appearance of being approved by some kind of higher authority and it has been said that the company states it is a FDA approved to use this label. According to Elston (2009), “This registered word mark has not been provided to them by the FDA as they claim and is meaningless in proving that an outside certifying body has declared or designated that DoTERRAʼs essential oils are certified pure therapeutic grade. DoTERRA, LLC owns the right to exclusive use of the mark (however not the exclusive right to the actual words “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade” which is revealing) This seal or word mark is nothing more than a commercial trademark that they have registered and paid a fee for”.] (1)

Multi-Level-Marketing (MLM)

So why is everyone you know trying to sell you one or the other?  Because these two companies are Multi-Level-Marketing (MLM) companies and your friends earn a big commission on each sale, and even better if they can get you to sell the products too, with them as your leader.  In this case, their commission gets even bigger.

Why Are They So Expensive?

Which leads me to the actual costs of the oils.  Young Living and DoTERRA are expensive!!  The are expensive not because they are the best quality oils.  They are expensive because of all the people in the upline and downline that get paid from your one purchase.

Better, More Affordable Option!!

Let’s compare MY favorite essential oil company, Rocky Mountain Oils (RMO), to DoTERRA and Young Living.  How does RMO stand up to the competition?

But before we go further, for full disclosure, I make a small commission from Rocky Mountain Oil affiliate links on this website, but because I feel so strongly about Rocky Mountain Oils and their dedication to quality and safety, I’m donating ALL proceeds from this article to the Beagle Freedom Project, which rescues dogs from laboratory testing and use.

The Beagle Freedom Project promotes Cruelty Free products and companies that never tests on animals.

Rocky Mountain Oils is a Cruelty Free company.



Young Living

Rocky Mountain Oils

Upon Request, GC/MS test results provided to customers.  Independent Third Party verified per batch – GC/MS verified for Purity, all natural and authenticity


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Single Oils for ADHD – Price Comparison

15 ml bottle (unless noted)


Young Living

Rocky Mountain Oils







$27.30 (5 ml bottle)


















Oil Blends for ADHD – Price Comparison

15 ml bottle (unless noted)


Young Living

Rocky Mountain Oils


InTune; $46.00 (10 ml)

Clarity; $53.29


Attention Assist

InTune; $46.00 (10 ml)




InTune; $46.00 (10 ml)

Brain Power; $85.20 (5 ml)



Serenity; $40.00

Peace & Calming; $45.72 (5 ml)



Balance; $26.67

Valor; $52.30 (5 ml)




2 Replies to “DoTERRA vs Young Living: How To Decide”

  1. Have you looked into Plant Therapy or Eden’s Garden. Neither company is a multilevel marketing company which helps keep the cost down. Both companies follow kid safe guidelines and have kid safe lines. Both companies follow Robert Tisserland essential oil safety guidelines. Robert Tisserland is globally known and considered to be the father of modern safe essential oil use. Both companies have the test results for every batch available to the customer on their website. Plant Therapy has aromatherapist on staff so you can ask them about any essential oil needs/questions. I don’t remember if Eden’s Garden has aromatherapist on staff. The average 10ml bottle, from either company, is $8 to $15, with free shipping and handling.

  2. I’ve heard good things about both of them, but I love and have had long term, consistent, positive results with Rocky Mountain Oils. You know what they say about fixing things that aren’t broken. Thanks for commenting. We love hearing from our readers!

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