You’ve probably realized by now that I love Young Living Essential Oils. You’ve also probably heard of another big brand, DoTerra.
Yes, I’m talking about the elephant in the room. Young Living vs. DoTerra. No, this isn’t an attack on anyone who sells DT oils; in fact, I am friends with several people who do and *gasp* we can still be friends.
But I do want to talk about why I chose Young Living in the end, and my thoughts on the essential oils “wars.”
Why I Chose Young Living
Young Living has been around a long time..over 20 years. DoTerra was founded in 2008.
Young Living owns their own farms and distills their own oils. They have farms all over the world so that the plants are growing in their natural environments. They don’t buy oils from wholesalers or buy product from farms, which may have varying qualities.
While I was researching the two brands I realized that many of their blends were very similar. OnGuard and Thieves have almost the same ingredients; the only difference is that YL uses lemon oil, and DT uses wild orange. DiGize and Digesten have several of the same oils, as do Raven and Breathe. That seemed a bit more than coincidence.
So I did more reading and discovered that DoTerra was founded by people who used to work for Young Living. That didn’t sit right with me. It’s one thing to start a company and naturally have competition. It’s another to learn from one company then quit and take what you’ve learned to create a new company in direct competition with many products and lines being very similar, even down to the ingredients used to create “exclusive” blends.
But enough about that.
Young Living just has more oils to choose from. DoTerra offers 42 essential oils and 19 blends (last time I checked, which was a few months ago.) Yong Living offers 90 oils and 132 blends. If I’m going to spend my hard-earned money on an oils membership, I want as much variety as possible.
Cost. This was huge for me. I had to save for several months before I could buy my Premium Starter Kit; I wanted the most bang for my buck. While DoTerra and Young Living’s starter kits cost about the same and have the same number of oils, the YL kit also includes a diffuser while DT does not.
Because of these reasons, and because I found a great sponsor who has been so helpful from the moment I started looking into oils and answered my bazillion questions, I decided that Young Living was the best choice for me and my family. If you’re trying to choose between the two, I suggest you do your own research before deciding, as it’s a decently sized investment. If you have any questions about Young Living or would like to join with your own wholesale account, please let me know! I’d love to get you set up with your own oils.
On To The EO Wars
This part is going to be short and sweet because really, it’s quite simply.
If you sell DoTerra, I still like you. It’s OK. And I hope that you’ll still like me, too. I’m not trying to bash the company that many people love. I’m not saying that DT is bad, either. I’m sure many people have benefited from their oils.
Because it’s possible to disagree with someone and still be friends, contrary to what society seems to think.
So no more EO wars, please. Accept the different choices and go meet for coffee and be friends.
I joined YL because I thought their oils could help my family. I share about YL oils because they do help and I love them, so naturally I want to share about how they support wellness and health. Because I want everyone to be well and healthy. I also love the support I’ve found with other YL members.
If people use different products to achieve that wellness, that’s great for them and I’m happy for them. I’m not competing against DT. I’m sharing about YL. People can decide for themselves and sometimes that decision will be different than the one I made. Let’s support each other, not compete!