Nicole/ April 5, 2018/ About Essential Oils

The more I write and the more you get to know me, the more you will realize I am addicted to information, and sharing my research. I am an information and research analyst (trained by the US Navy), and LOVE to share information as I find it.

This time I dove into researching two popular essential oils brands. Yes, I do have personal experience using essential oils and oil-infused products from both of these companies. I spent more than a year on my journey using both companies’ products while trying to decide which company I would continue using: Young Living vs DoTerra.

*** Please note I’ve added a few sections and some additional information based on questions asked on our Contact Us page, and include updates annually with regards to ingredients and product types. This page is 100% based on MY opinion and MY experience. It is updated annually with relevant info. ***

When I started researching oil brands in 2012, I didn’t know that MLM companies had a presence in the oil industry. The oils I had purchased at my local grocery store were quickly running out, and I wanted to explore other options after having developed headaches while using them.

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While walking through a parking lot on my way to a prenatal appointment in 2013, I noticed a SUV in the parking lot that had a doTERRA sticker across the back window. I honestly thought it was a local shop, and tried searching for it upon returning home, quickly found TONS of info about doTERRA and Young Living. I didn’t know anyone who sold either, and curiosity won me over to see what the hype was all about.

I read directly from each site, blog reviews and blog comments that I came across. I paid close attention to posts that compared them and challenged readers to compare for themselves. I even embraced my inner nerd by setting up an excel spreadsheet for cost/product comparisons! After researching and reading about both for over a year, I decided to try them both… for a year at the same time to fully be able to compare and contrast and decide for myself. By that time, I had a friend who had started with doTERRA who I chose to sponsor me, and I found a blogger (RealFoodRN) who resonated with me to try Young Living.

Please note… If you’re on the fence about which company to go with, I STRONGLY suggest you try oils from multiple brands to see what works best for you and your body.

Update 2019: Yes… that is my big disclaimer… It has been on this page since my original posting February 2015. I’ve had more emails than I care to mention about how people need to decide for themselves, and I 100% agree, just as that suggestion is in RED to point it out.

Young Living or doTERRA... which is better? Which company has better oils? Which one has better products? Here is a comprehensive review from one oiler's experience trying them both.

doTERRA vs Young Living: my personal review

First and foremost, the two companies are very similar. While each offers oils the other doesn’t, they don’t differ much in their entry price. Starting out, however, is a different story.

  • You can begin both for free by purchasing items at retail cost.
  • Or, for a small fee you can reap the benefits of purchasing products at wholesale prices and be eligible for rewards programs and commission opportunities.

Starter Kit Options

Each company offers starter kits where you can get started faster with an assortment of oils. Although with doTERRA’s entry kits, you receive larger oil vials, they are much more expensive than Young Living’s premium starter kit.

I had a hard enough time shelling out $165 for Young Living’s starter kit (for about $350+ worth of product) that I couldn’t find it in me to spend $275 for doTERRA’s closest resembling kit. Instead I spent the $35 for doTERRA’s entry fees and selected a comparable oils to help with my comparison.

Wholesale Account Maintenance

To maintain the wholesale membership, doTERRA requires you pay an annual subscription of $25 (similar to a Costco or Sam’s Club membership). doTERRA does provide a bottle of peppermint essential oil to go with the subscription renewal ($27.33 retail value, $20.50 wholesale value).

Young Living requires their wholesale customers to only purchase 50pv each year (PV is often the same as the dollar amount for most products). You can choose whichever oils you want. Your account will remain active until 12 months after your last 50+pv order. If you’re buying oils frequently, you’ll never have to worry about renewing your account.

With regards to maintaining your account, I personally appreciated Young Living’s decision to allow members to choose which oils they want to purchase, and when they want to purchase, without the additional fee.

The Oils

I really like that Young Living sells many more oils, 87 oils and 85 oil blends, with occasional additional promotional blends. doTERRA sells 54 oils and 33 blends (*** please note, these numbers are as of January 2019).

Of the oils I’ve compared so far, I found Young Living’s to be more earthy, reminding me of the time I spent gardening… and when we mow our lawn (peppermint grows wild throughout our neighborhood).

I found doTERRA’s to be a bit sweeter, almost reminiscent of candy… especially their peppermint oil. It wasn’t enough to make me stop using them, but definitely something I noticed.

When it comes to quantity… I was honestly a bit overwhelmed with the thought of needing to make most of my own blends, which using doTERRA’s oils would require me to do. In 2014 when I started my comparison, doTERRA had 20 blends and less than 50 single oils. Being a new mom, I wanted everything to be as simple to use as possible, with as little DIY as possible so I could maximize use of my time.


I read all the blogs that talked about how doTERRA was cheaper than Young Living, bashing YL for how “unnecessarily expensive” they are. And yes… I did have some sticker shock looking through both websites compared to other brands I saw at the local store. But what no one had provided was a side by side chart showing what each company charged, and adjusting for bottle size differences. Of course one company’s 15ml bottle is going to be more expensive than the other company’s 5ml bottle.

My mind was intrigued enough to create a matrix to show me the difference in blends and which blends translate to the other company’s and was honestly shocked to see similarities in their pricing.

Some of doTERRA’s oils were more expensive… some of Young Living’s oils were more expensive. But each were comparable… the price was only a few dollars different at most.

And to be truly transparent with you… the price differentials… a few pennies to a couple dollars here and there… really wasn’t enough to sway me one way or the other.


One aspect of Young Living that really sets it apart from all other oil brands is their Seed to Seal guarantee and transparency inviting customers (and the public) to see first hand what their process is throughout the entire product creation from selecting the seeds through the farming process through the distillation and bottling with in house and 3rd party quality control checks every step of the way. Young Living also sends a sample from each batch to a chemical testing company to ensure no synthetics are added.

doTERRA speaks highly of their quality, but I haven’t personally seen the same level of quality dedication, outside of marketing. I say “marketing” because that is what their “Certified Therapeutic Grade” trademark is… a trademark.

There is no governing authority for essential oils or their certifications, so any claims of “grade” or “certified ___” is all 100% marketing.

Update 2018: I hear doTERRA has made some changes to be more transparent with a program that mimic’s Young Living’s Seed to Seal program. I have not yet heard anything in regards to them opening their partner farms to members to see or participate in the process. 

If you want more info about government regulations on essential oils… head over to our How To Find Quality Essential Oils post.

My Results

Overall, from a basic smell test, I did enjoy Young Living more.

I needed fewer drops in the diffuser to fill the room, which significantly offset the couple dollar difference in initial price… I was using more doTERRA oil than I was Young Living oil each time I ran the diffuser to experience the same effect… which means I was replacing my Young Living oils less than I was replacing my doTERRA oils. So spending a couple dollars more on certain oils ended up being cheaper in the long run.

On average, I noticed the same potency with 3-4 drops of Young Living’s oils as I did with 5-6 drops of doTERRA’s oils.

Knowing exactly what I’m getting and where the oils come from did help put my mind at ease too, especially with being so chemical-conscious (if you haven’t read my health story, you can do so in my But You Don’t Look Sick post).

Being a new mom, I was also impressed by Young Living formulating and pre-diluting a collection of oils designed for and gentle enough for kids.

Personal Care Items

Like many others, I’ve been more and more concerned about ingredients in my food and everyday items used around the house. I ended up frustrated with my previous skin care brand for containing a few ingredients that made me cringe: polysorbate-80 (a known carcinogen), phthalates (can cause liver/kidney damage and birth defects), and propylene glycol (can damage the brain, liver, and kidneys and is advised by the FDA to handle with full protective garments and disposed in a specific manner because it is so toxic). I do have a list of toxins I avidly avoid that you’re welcome to check out too in my healthy home course.

Skin Care:

doTERRA’s site confused me for a while on where I can find their product’s ingredient list. It took me forever to realize they had a separate website that lists product information guides and ingredients lists for all their products, of course I found that after trying a few of their items.

I decided to take a leap of faith anyways and ordered the HD Clear Facial Kit. The foaming wash smelled woody (it has cedarwood oil in it), but I didn’t feel the clean or refreshed feeling I expected after using it. It felt heavy and just not right for me. I moved on to the toner, pleasantly surprised that actually didn’t sting like I’m used to with my previous drug and department store brands, though again didn’t feel as refreshing as I was hoping. Using the HD Clear facial lotion even felt much heavier than the coconut oil that I had been using.

I used the products until I emptied the containers, which lasted me about two months. Why? Because I hate wasting money and throwing things away. I didn’t much care for any of the skin care items in all honesty, and decided not to repurchase after seeing a few questionable ingredients that made me nervous about trusting their products on my skin. Had I found the ingredients list prior to purchasing them… I probably wouldn’t have.

Update 2017: doTERRA now has their ingredients list on each product’s page. That was a HUGE improvement from when I first used their products back in 2014. I’m really happy they chose to take that step so consumers can make their own informed decisions without being swayed by marketing or find out the ingredients the hard way like I had to.

Young Living made me feel much more comfortable with their Orange Blossom Face Wash and ART Intensive Moisturizer which I really did enjoy (as did my husband)! The Orange Blossom felt and smelled incredibly light and very refreshing on my face, which was very pleasing.

Which do I prefer? In all honesty, I would have to choose Young Living’s Orange Blossom Face Wash, a homemade toner (like this one from Dr Meghan Birt), and the Orange Blossom Moisturizer. I preferred the Young Living’s moisturizer more than doTERRA’s, but I do admit, I don’t use it all the time. (This is what I primarily use)

Overall, the way I felt using Young Living’s products was much more pleasant than what I experienced using doTERRA’s line.

Hair Care:

I absolutely LOVED the smell of doTERRA’s orange shampoo/conditioner… like… we’re talking so good you’d want to write home to mom about… then I read the label… nope nope nope nope nope… a whole LOT of nope!!!

I was actually ashamed for them by the ingredients on their label, and was irritated with myself for taking a company’s word for the safety of their products instead of reading the label before buying it. doTERRA’s shampoo does contain PEG (Polyethylene glycol – made by ethoxylating propylene glycol, and is toxic) and polysorbate 60 (a petroleum product that may cause cancer). Yup. That went into the trash.

Update 6/2018: It was brought to my attention that doTERRA’s formulations for their hair care has changed since I tried them. I looked into the ingredients, and was happy they made some positive changes, however I still am not comfortable recommending them to anyone. The shampoo lists “fragrance” in the ingredients, which I hope is only comprised of essential oils, but there is no way to be 100% sure. They also use products like STEARALKONIUM CHLORIDE and COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE that I personally don’t appreciate.

Young Living’s copaiba vanilla and lavender mint shampoos and conditioners are lovely to use as well, and don’t contain the ingredients I’m actively avoiding. Both those options feel great to use. They are light, smell incredible, and don’t weigh down my fine, straight hair at all. My favorite is the lavender mint shampoo and conditioner.

Hair Care Price

When it comes to price, doTERRA’s shampoo is $19.50 wholesale and their conditioner runs $23 wholesale ($42.50 for both), with the option of buying the combo pack with both the shampoo and conditioner for $28 wholesale.

Young Living’s Lavender-Mint shampoo and conditioner costs $20.95 each ($41.90 for both). When buying individually, Young Living’s is cheaper by about sixty cents.

When factoring in the insane discount doTERRA provides in the combo pack, doTERRA’s hair care is cheaper.

For me, the price difference isn’t enough to sway me to use ingredients that I don’t feel are safe for my family, especially when Young Living’s feels lighter on my hair.

Updated 2018: Baby Care Products

doTERRRA launched their baby collection in 2018 with hair/body wash, lotion, and diaper rash cream. Looking at their ingredients, they are all looking really good, rating mostly 1s on EWG’s SkinDeep database, with a few ingredients rated 2 (you need to build your own report to see it). The 2018 wholesale price is $34.50 (retail $46). I have not yet seen their baby products available individually.

Young Living has their Seedlings line for babies, and the KidScents line for kids. Seedlings line includes baby wash, baby oil, baby lotion, diaper rash cream, a calming linen spray, and baby wipes. Each can be purchased individually or in a gift basket (rope basket, wash cloth, and baby towel are included in the gift set). The Seedlings products showed up as rated 1, with a few ingredients rated as 2. The Seedlings Gift Set Bundle costs $118.50 wholesale ($155.92 retail). When factoring in the cost of purchasing the products individually to make the same collection doTERRA offers, you’re looking at a $60.50 wholesale price tag.

Young Living’s baby set comes with more products than doTERRA’s, and provides more options outside of the set. doTERRA’s is clearly cheaper over all. Both companies’ baby products smell wonderful and contain quality ingredients that will feel good to use. I do like that Young Living has the wipes available… That is the one item I use the most when it comes to baby hygiene, and I do appreciate having a nontoxic alternative without having to DIY instead of resorting to using typical store-bought products that my baby has reacted to each time we’ve used them.


Because both companies do not have a cosmetic like, I won’t be filling out this section. I have not yet heard whether doTERRA will catch up with Young Living in creating or acquiring their own cosmetic line.

I can tell you that I have tried Young Living’s Savvy Mineral Makeup line and loved it so much, I decided to cancel my consultant account with Beautycounter.


I was initially hesitant to take pill supplements after having years of experience becoming sick from other companies’ products. I have not personally tried and compared Young Living and doTERRA’s pill supplements as of yet… it honestly makes me a bit nervous. I do have several friends who purchase from Young Living and doTERRA who have had nothing bad to say about either company’s  supplement lines.

Update 2019: I will not be comparing supplements because of how sensitive my body is. When I began this comparison I was a new mom who recently had overcome some intense medical issues. Being a mom means the world to me, and I am insanely hesitant to jeopardize my current wellness by experimenting on supplements just in case there is something in one that my body may react to. There are very few supplements I have not reacted too, and those are very gentle. For info about what supplements I do take, you can check out this site.

I am, however, very happy with Young Living’s probiotics and LOVE their NingXia Red drink. Drinking an oz each day has significantly cleared my brain fog – no more “mommy brain!” – but that review is again more suitable for another post since doTERRA doesn’t have any comparable items. I do enjoy knowing Young Living sells vitamins and pro/prebiotics for kids too, which doTERRA does not yet have.


The household cleaners from both companies are very close to being the same. Young Living uses their Thieves oil as the base of their cleaning, and does a very fine job.

doTERRA is very similar with their On Guard oil being the basis of their cleaning solution. Thieves and On Guard, from what I’ve been able to tell, are pretty much the same except for Thieves contains lemon essential oil and On Guard contains orange essential oil.

Each can be used for just about any surface, and has dilution recommendations on the labels. I LOVE having a nontoxic cleaning solution to use around the house, especially with having small children. I enjoy the peace of mind that my toddler isn’t going to poison himself by chewing on surfaces that may have residue of cleaning solvent stuck on it.


I guess that one really comes down to personal preference and cost. doTERRA’s sells for $14.50 wholesale for 12 oz.

Young Living’s sells for $22 wholesale for 14 oz, with the option of purchasing a 64 oz bottle for $85.25.

Break it down ounce for ounce, doTERRA sells their cleaner for $1.21. Young Living sells their cleaner for $1.57 for the 14 oz, and their 64oz for $1.33 per ounce – not a whole lot of a difference, in my opinion.

Both are very concentrated, and when diluted to proper use levels are less than $0.10 per 8oz bottle made, and both are cheaper than the options you’ll find at your local stores or Amazon.

My thoughts…

Do those two oils make a difference? YOU BET!!! Thieves did work more efficiently for me.

They both, however, work much better than any other brand of cleaners I’ve used in the past (Windex, Lysol, Pinesol, Clorox, Legacy of Clean, The Honest Company, EcoSense…etc), and neither makes me go on sneezing fits when I spray them which was constant with the store-bought brands).

In regards to the cleaners, I think you’d be happy with both options too. If you’re using OnGuard, adding a drop or two of lemon essential oil can make it work better.


At first I really liked doTERRA’s On Guard laundry detergent, although my husband didn’t at all. It was decent in the winter and did what we needed it to do, but in the summer we quickly noticed it did not remove any heavy sweat smell from the clothes, even after a few washes. Having a hobby mechanic for a husband who also was actively gardening with me, that was not at all ok. Needless to say we don’t use it anymore.

Summer of 2015 Young Living launched their Thieves laundry detergent that I was honestly hesitant to try after my On Guard detergent experience, but felt compelled to give it a try. I’m sooooo happy I took the chance!! It works wonderfully!!! My husband is happy and I’m no longer spending my time failing attempts to make my own laundry soaps and softeners from recipes found on Pinterest.

(If you’re curious… we use vinegar in the rinse cycle as a color lock and fabric softener, dryer balls and instead of dryer sheets… you can read more about our laundry routines over on our laundry blog post.)


Both companies provide a 32oz laundry detergent. doTERRA sells theirs for $27.50 wholesale ($36.67 retail). Young Living sells theirs for $29.50 wholesale ($38.82 retail).

The extra $2 was absolutely worth spending, in my opinion, because Young Living’s detergent worked significantly better for my family’s needs.

Other Cleaning Supplies:

  • In August 2015 Young Living launched Thieves Fruit and Veggie wash. doTERRA does not yet have something to compare it to.
  • In August 2016, Young Living launched automatic dishwasher detergent. doTERRA does not yet have something to compare it to.

Foaming Hand Soaps

Young Living  has two different foaming hand soaps: Thieves and lavender. my husband does prefer the lavender one over the Thieves, but I think that is mainly because when the Thieves one gets low, it ends up squirting extra far, hitting his midsection (while I get a laugh out of it, he isn’t too amused). Both of these soaps also leave my hands feeling soft, even when washing hands all the time. Our babysitter also loves it because it’s the only soap she has tried that cleans, smells good, and doesn’t aggravate her weight lifting calluses. That also makes me feel comfortable using them on my toddler for his hand washing needs.

doTERRA now has their On Guard foaming hand soap too, and it is very similar to the Thieves… basically which do you like more… orange or lemon?

Thieves Foaming Hand Soap wholesales for $36.50 for a 3-pack (~$12.17ea). The Lavender Foaming Hand Soap wholesales for $32.25 for a 3-pack (~$10.75 ea).

doTERRA’s wholesales for $22.50 for a 2-pack (~$11.25).

For me, the costs are similar enough to not be a major deciding factor. We do use the lavender foaming hand soap the most often, but as far as YL vs DT on this one, it totally depends on which you would prefer to smell.

When it comes to the actual products, there really isn’t much of a difference. They both feel light, smell great, and work as expected for normal use. I did notice, Thieves works a little better than the other two when it comes to scrubbing off car grease and oil after my husband spends time working on his project car… but aside from that they are very much comparable.

Customer Interactions

This is a big one for me… how the customers are treated by customer support.

doTERRA used to interact more by emailing subscribers with product training, which is especially nice for beginners, but can be spammy with the amount they email – you are able to change your email subscriptions. I do hear this has gotten better since I ended my subscription with them in August 2015. Since then (for purposes of updating this post), I’ve kept in touch with their updates through my cousin, who is an active doTERRA Wellness Advocate.

doTERRA has a couple of resource websites that I ended up having to ask help to learn about, and even then the info was vague and didn’t meet my expectations.

I was disappointed with doTERRA for providing only enough information to keep me asking questions. Being an information analyst, I quickly became frustrated when I couldn’t find additional answers from the company’s sites. Though this may have been largely a leadership issue. I had next to nothing when it came to spline support beyond my sponsor – which brings me to a quick point…

if you are looking for a team to join – whether you’re a customer or wanting to build a business – make sure you ask detailed questions about the type of support you’ll receive… aside from quality, nothing is more important than support… which should be one of the largest perks to be purchasing from Network Marketing companies like doTERRA or Young Living.

Young Living emails only twice per month, with the exception of order processing and shipping status updates. Usually the first email of the month gives you all the info you need – what is on the blog, member news, product promotions… etc. Young living does have a section of their site dedicated to product training that is easy to navigate and compliantly thorough.

I felt like Young Living had all their info laid out in a much more user friendly fashion. doTERRA has been slowly catching up with providing more information in a more streamlined manner, which I think is long overdue, but fantastic for current members.

I do personally take the extra step for essential oil and use education with new customers to help bridge the gap of not knowing where to start learning. You’re welcome to check out my 3-week email class that covers the basics on using essential oils, and some information about some of my favorite oils – no purchase is necessary.  Click To Enroll


Update fall 2015: Since the whole ordeal with the FDA becoming stricter with enforcing member disease claims and the FTC becoming stricter on marketing regulations, Young Living dove in right away, going above and beyond to provide specific training to their business builders on marketing appropriately.

I really appreciated Young Living hitting the ground running with flooding their members with references on how to talk about oils properly, and even used my knowledge to help friends who work as doTERRA Wellness Advocates navigate the whole change in communication needs.

doTERRA’s response to FDA/FTC compliance (as per emails in my inbox) was to ask their members remove mention of their oil brands from their blogs. doTERRA seemed to face a lot of learning curves, and took several months to finally reach out to their members, though I’m not sure now if its mostly support through upline leaders or if the company is providing the majority of the guidance. Now bloggers have to be approved by doTERRA to mention the company name on their blogs.

Either way, bloggers, sales reps, and members from both companies (or any reputable essential oil company/marketer for that matter) should have no excuse to not be compliant in how they talk about essential oils, specifically with the marketing requirements dictating that essential oils are not to be used as or to replace medicine. No individual who has the capability to make an income from the sale of an oil is allowed to be making any disease claims or comparing essential oils to any medication whatsoever. If they do, they can lose their business and be punished by the FDA.

Yes… if you see anyone with links to other oil brands that are talking about medical condition claims or treating anything that uses essential oils in a manner similar to medication… the company they are endorsing has failed them miserably, and putting that blogger at risk for legal action from both state and federal governments. It is the responsibility of the company to educate people who do any type of marketing for them. FDA compliance isn’t just isolated to Young Living or doTERRA… it is for all oil companies, and is a big reason why many oil companies have shut down already. ​

Which has the best rewards: doTerra or Young Living? (Updated)

This really has a lot to do with perspective. I think they both compare very well with each other. Where one lacks, the other makes up for. Both doTERRA and Young Living offer their wholesale customers a rewards program where you as the customer can earn points to use to “purchase” free product based on how much you purchase each month.

They both also offer free products for qualifying purchases.

doTERRA gives their customers enrolled in their Loyalty Rewards Program (LRP) 10-30% back based on the number of points (50 minimum) purchased. During the first three months, they give 10% back to the customer. During months 4-6 they give back 15%. During months 7-12 they give 20%, and after month 13 they give 30%. They also include shipping costs for the amount of points their members earn too.

Young Living gives customers enrolled in their Essential Rewards program 10-25% of their purchase point value. In the first 3 months you earn 10%. Months 4-24 you earn 20%, and 25+ months you earn 25%.

doTERRA clearly gives more points back to purchase more product after the first year.

Both companies also provide free products with qualifying purchases that change every month.

doTERRA offers a free 10ml roll on oil or a 15ml oil each month with qualifying purchases of more than 200 points (usually $200).

Young Living offers 1 free 15ml oil and 1 free 5ml oil at the 190 point level (usually $190), with an additional 5ml or 15ml oil if you’re signed up for Essential Rewards. Young Living also offers an additional FREE 5ml oil for members enrolled in Essential Rewards who make their ER purchase of 100pv or more too.

Young Living also offers additional free oils and/or products at the 250, 300, and sometimes 400 point levels. Often they offer an additional 10-20% back in rewards points or additional free products too. When combining all the free items for the 300 point purchases, you’re looking at receiving anywhere from $100-250 worth of free product… often more.

My thoughts…

With the extra freebies Young Living offers, I do feel as though they value my purchases more with all the free promotion items they give away each month. The free oils Young Living provides are worth much more than the extra 10% or so in points you could earn through doTERRA’s rewards program.

Personally, I like earning the $100+ in free YL oils more than I’d enjoy an extra $30 in DT product credit after spending 300pv level for both companies.

For current promotions from doTERRA, check out their website at

For current promotions from Young Living, check out our current promotions page at

Nonprofit Involvement

Both Young Living and doTERRA operate their own nonprofit companies, which I absolutely LOVE.

Both companies also make donations easy by providing their members the opportunity to donate while making product orders by rounding up to the nearest dollar or by inputting donation amounts.

doTERRA runs their Healing Hands Foundation (founded in 2012). In addition to donations, doTERRA donates 100% of their profits from their Rose Oil Lotion and their Hope Essential Oil Blend to their Healing Hands Foundation. This foundation’s projects include:

  • Partner with Mentors International by providing funds to be used for small business owners that do not have access to financing opportunities or whose only lending options are with unethical and even dangerous lenders. This initiative provides entrepreneurs with small business loans and education needed to be successful and help them elevate their communities through economic development.
  • Donates to Days for Girls, which is a nonprofit working to provide girls all over the world with education, safety, and distributing sustainable feminine hygiene kits.
  • Donates finances and their Hope Essential Oil Blend to Operation Underground Railroad (OUR Rescue) to rescue children from sex trafficking by utilizing some of the world’s experts in extraction operations and anti-child trafficking efforts. Fun fact: the Hope oil blend donated has a special label that peals back to expose a list of hotline numbers at-risk children can use to call for help

Young Living runs their Young Living Foundation (YLF), founded in 2009. Young Living funds 100% of their foundation’s operating costs so 100% of donations go directly to the foundation’s various missions. I specifically love that Young Living members are encouraged to volunteer with ongoing missions and with temporary missions. Their projects include:

  • Built, maintain, and run schools in Ecuador for impoverished children to receive educations. 100% of the children attending are graduating and moving on to gaining college educations.
  •  Provide mosquito nets to families in Uganda to reduce mosquito bites and malaria
  • “Sole Hope” provides handmade shoes (mostly hand made by Young Living member volunteers) to villagers and schools in Uganda to help prevent jiggers from embedding in their feet, which can cause diseases. They also provide clinics for people to attend to have their feet washed and learn more about hygiene and care, where they also receive the handmade shoes.
  • “African Hearts” is a rescue program for children living in Kisenyi, Uganda, the biggest slum in all of Africa. African Hearts is a nursery school building for 200 children ages 3–5. The Foundation has also doubled the impact of the African Hearts slum program, providing meals to starving children in the slums five days a week. The Foundation also funds African Hearts’ transitional homes so they can house 40 children, making it possible to rescue even more from the slums and restore their hope.
  • “Hope For Justice” initiative helps train police, care homes, doctors, and outreach programs to identify victims and/or work appropriately with identifying, rescuing, and supporting people affected by human trafficking in Cambodia. They secure criminal and civil justice for victims, advocate for access to housing and health services, pursue canceling debts created by traffickers, and work with victims to overcome trauma and rebuild their lives. More than 90% of victims who go through Hope for Justice’s restorative programs never return to trafficking, which is the largest success rate of all the nonprofits fighting to help human trafficking.
  • Through the “Rebuild Nepal” initiative, YLF provided villagers in Nepal with brick making plants after their villages were devastated by 2 major earthquakes in 2015. Volunteers (mostly Young Living members) helped rebuild one village and then donated equipment to the villagers to help them rebuild their economy by providing bricks for surrounding neighborhoods. YLF supplies all the resources and funds more than 50 jobs for local unemployed villagers, along with paying and contracting local builders and engineers to continue rebuilding affected homes and schools.
  • Young Living Foundation has also spearheaded helping a variety of locations recover from natural disasters by providing hygiene supplies, volunteers, healthy foods, and essential oils to hurricane and earthquake affected areas in the US as well.


My doTERRA sponsor was absolutely wonderful, though within a year of my decision to deactivate my doTERRA account and pursue continuing to use Young Living, she ended up leaving doTERRA to join Young Living too. A few years later, my cousin decided to join doTERRA, and since has been my primary go-to point of contact for updated information.

I didn’t know anyone who sold Young Living, so I scouted the blogosphere (mainly through Pinterest) for well over a year searching for someone like-minded that I felt I could trust and count on. After much meditation and prayer, I gravitated to the Well Oiled Abundance group. After signing up, I was pleased with my decision. I ended up finding a phenomenal group of women (and some men too) who, when I expressed interest in seeing the business side, invited me to take part in an 6-week Facebook class exclusive to our team that covered everything we needed to know about building a business – including personal development – that really impressed and inspired me.

When it comes to which to choose for business purposes… I STRONGLY encourage you to interview the specific team.

Which team you’re on is really the make or break decision on whether you’re actually going to be supported or not… and the type of support you’re going to receive.

Too often am I contacted with oily leaders asking for help on how to run their business because they sign up with a friend and suddenly are left in the wind when it comes to actually building a business. It breaks my heart, and is why I have a post about how to choose an up-line.

Regardless if you choose to build a business with doTERRA or Young Living (if you’re even interested in the business), I hope you ask the important questions to ensure you’ll be supported the way you need to. Having a business degree and having failed at network marketing back in the early 2000s… this is super important to me.

I also believe who you choose your sponsor to be is also important, even if you’re “just a product user” because I’ve seen too many people in my inbox asking for help, stating they have no support and don’t know how to use their oils.

When it comes to actual business-building I have a separate post about the business comparison that you’re welcome to check out:

Long ramblings summarized

I started out on this journey with an extreme bias. I really wanted to like doTERRA more because my sponsor was a military veteran family whom I met in high school and served with in the Navy. They were homeless, and needing additional income. I loved that my spending money on cleaners and oils helped contribute to their income.

As my year-long review continued… I couldn’t help but notice the quality difference in everything. And I had to be honest with myself as a research analyst that results aren’t always what we want. Interestingly enough, my doTERRA sponsor also switched to Young Living 7 months after this post was initially created in February 2015. She is still with Young Living today as an Executive leader.

Through it all… I can’t get over how good I feel when I use Young Living products. I enjoy the peace of mind knowing what is in the products won’t cause any accumulated harm to my body or my family, especially after my dramatic recovery from autoimmune and neurological issues. I’m also incredibly impressed by the amount of business growth they continue to experience while still remaining true to their values and produce products that are healthy.

Take the guesswork out of finding a healthy lifestyles and essential oils coach.

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PS – we are preparing to launch our business training program to the public, along with additional branding-free courses. Contact me to be put on the waiting list at [email protected]

Additional Resources:

Building an Oily Business

Answering Readers’ Questions: YL Business FAQ

Business Review: Young Living vs doTERRA

PPS… commenting has been turned off on this post as of January 2019. The vast majority of comments we’ve received recently have been incredibly rude, filled with hate, demanding I take down this post or change it declare doTERRA as superior… claiming my writing to be “inflammatory.”

This post is an exact depiction of MY thoughts and MY personal experiences. I will not be silenced or censored, and asking me to do so is wildly inappropriate. I do update this post with relevant information as times change. If you feel my analysis is inaccurate and wish to sponsor new products for additional review to try to change my opinion and write up in this article, I would be happy to coordinate something with you. I do not personally feel anything in this post is inaccurate or worth being called defamation. If you feel that is the case, then I would like to challenge you to spend your own money and time completing your own comparison… and not just assume people who write about their experiences are out to trigger you. SaveSave


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About Nicole

I am a wife, a mom, and a curious mind with an extensive background in research and analysis. I enjoy creating things, cooking, teaching, personal development, and natural preventative health. I'm also a huge information nerd and love to share my findings with others.