Our 10 reasons
It’s safe, natural & effective
I normally hate things that have a strong smell and harsh chemicals in them because I have a few severe sensitivities that in the past have shown to aggravate both my eczema and asthma. However, now I can make everything from my own household cleaning products to beauty products that are safe, natural and effective. And instead of them being possibly hazardous to my health, they actually come with health benefits instead! It’s amazing and these are just a two of the things I use them for!
Their purity and efficacy will amaze you
Our oils contain no fillers, synthetics, fragrances, perfumes, pesticides or anything else. It is just that what it says, 100% pure essential oil. Up until the current day, the essential oil business is still severely unregulated. This means you can buy the most good-looking, fresh smelling, expensive, pure essential oil and end up buying something that only has 10% essential oil, and the rest.. well who knows?! With doTERRA you are paying for 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oil! Absolutely no crap.
You’ll end up saying ‘there’s an oil for that…’ all the time
Seriously! This is because there are so many uses.. too many to count. Additionally, you’ll literally only ever need a drop to maybe 3 at a time, AND they only cost cents per drop. They are super powerful and potent and will change your life!
Side-note: There are 250 drops in a 15ml bottle and 85 in a 5ml bottle.
They are BEYOND organic
Are the oils organic? No, they are not. They are BEYOND organic.
My BS meter also went off when I first heard this but trust me on this and keep reading to find out what I mean…
Thanks to Jessie Reimers we came across this amazing story about a friend of hers by the name of Penelope Sherwood. Penelope Sherwood is someone who has worked in and had very close relationships in the organic industry. She founded the world’s very first certified organic skincare company and has stated that there can be a standard better than certified organic. First of all, the criteria for certified organic is extremely loose in a lot of instances. The standard in Australia ACO has been said to be one of the best in the world but even so still leaves gaps in ultimate quality of product and even food. This is one of the very reasons why the owners of dōTERRA created their CTPG standard. They wanted assurance of the individual batches of oils because certified organic standards vary enormously around the world. The testing processes that dōTERRA oils go through are unheard of across the planet and independent experts back up the efficacy and purity of these amazing oils.
As you can almost guess by now, dōTERRA‘s quality standard for essential oils CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® exceeds industry standards. Because organic certification varies from country to country, province to province, and in the US, from state to state, it is not currently possible to acquire all oils under certified organic status. However, through the GC/MS analysis process, we are able to determine if any chemical residue exists in the essential oil, such as pesticides, herbicides, extenders, and solvents. With this rigorous analysis process, we are able to ensure that all CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils offered by dōTERRA are a step above organic.
Our CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® testing standard requires that our oil extracts be both free of other foreign materials, which is one of the main reasons for people seeking organic botanicals, and it tests for certain compounds at certain levels so that our oils meet the performance criteria for each lot of oil. If an oil fails the test, specifically pesticides, there is no secondary process for removing the pesticides or foreign matter. The oils failing the test would simply be rejected. Other than the careful distillation of the oils from the plant material, there is no other processing that takes place. They are aromatic extracts, nothing added, and nothing removed—they either meet our standard or they don’t.
dōTERRA partners with experts in farming, collecting, and chemists. They are those that are committed to distilling essential oils as artisans and we believe are mindful of their environments and are committed to sustainable practices. If we were to learn of any actions of a supplier causing harm to either the environment or to the local people of their community, dōTERRA would seek other sources.
“CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils mean something very different. It means we protect the chemical compound of the plant just as it was produced from the earth. We don’t need to improve upon that. If we have the care, the scientific knowledge, the commitment and the integrity, we can preserve that.” -Dr. David K. Hill, dōTERRA’s Chief Medical Officer.
Co-impact sourcing. YES!
Below you’ll find a great video that explains what this means, short and sweet. Essentially, dōTERRA works with farmers from all around the world while extensively researching the best places to source the oil to acquire the highest therapeutic value possible. Cardamom, for example, is excellent for both digestion and respiratory function because of the ratios of chemical constituents because of where it is sourced in Guatemala.
Here is a graphic showing where our oils are sourced. What we love more than anything is doTERRA’s amazing philanthropic generosity. They do amazing work with their Healing Hands foundation which they use to do things like build schools and help communities in need get a clean water supply. Check out some of their videos.
Essential oil quality is perhaps one of the most discussed subjects among essential oil enthusiasts. And for good reason! There are different opinions on what an essential oil is, how it should be extracted and even the proper way to use them. Many have learned the hard way that a statement of purity on the label does not necessarily mean a guarantee of quality and are left disappointed. dōTERRA recognizes that when you turn to essential oils as part of your health-care regimen, you expect positive results. Our Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® trademark (CPTG) represents dōTERRA’s quality assurance standard of nature’s most pure and potent plant extracts carefully selected from growers around the globe and quality checked by the world’s brightest, most competent chemists.
A quick review of chemistry. An essential oil is comprised of volatile aromatic compounds. A lesser-known principle, however, is how essential oil chemistry reaches its maximum potency in each individual plant. Each plant has its own individual aromatic profile and other characteristics. Aromatic compounds may be partially or, at times, dramatically altered due to environmental factors. Although each individual environmental factor cannot be directly controlled — such as rainfall, seasonal temperatures, etc — sourcing appropriate plant material is fundamental to ensuring therapeutic benefit. Developing long-lasting and often exclusive relationships with growers throughout the world ensures sourcing longevity and the opportunity to select plants from the most appropriate environments for each plant or oil profile.
Varying extraction methods are used in order to remove the aromatic compounds from plant material. Often times, toxic solvents are used to separate the essential oil from its corresponding plant — a practice dōTERRA is completely opposed to. dōTERRA primarily uses two types of essential oil extraction: steam distillation and expression. Both of these processes are organic.
Steam distillation is the most common way to extract aromatic compounds (essential oil) from a plant. During the steam distillation process, steam passes through the plant material. The combination of heated steam and gentle pressure causes the essential oil to be released from microscopic protective sacs. As the vapor mixture flows through a condenser and cools, it yields a layer of oil and a layer of water. The essential oil rises to the top and is separated from the hydrosol (floral water) and collected.
Some have asked about the difference between first distillations in comparison to complete distillations. Truth be known, almost all essential oils are distilled in a single process, so a first distillation and a complete distillation are one in the same. The temperature for steam distilling is usually between 140–212 degrees Fahrenheit. Since different plants require different pressures, times, and temperatures, using this particular distillation method makes it possible to adjust the temperature based on the plant type, making it a very effective and precise way to obtain the purest compounds.
For example, dōTERRA Hawaiian Sandalwood essential oil undergoes a laborious and time-consuming procedure. To collect the oil from the actual wood, the outer layers of the wood are stripped from the heartwood. The heartwood is then chipped, filtered, and then chipped again into finer pieces before undergoing a 36-hour steam distillation process of high pressure and high heat. The whole process requires enormous amounts of fuel, energy, and time, making this exquisite essential oil so valuable. In comparison, the steam distillation process of Peppermint typically takes less than two hours with very low heat and pressure.
Unlike steam distillation, expression, otherwise known as “cold pressing,” does not involve heat. In this process, oil is extracted from the product under mechanical pressure. dōTERRA uses this method for all their citrus oils by extracting from the rind, such as Wild Orange, Bergamot, Tangerine, Lemon, Lime, and Grapefruit.
Regardless of the care, and skill exercised in plant selection, care and harvest, much of the quality can either be preserved or diminished during the distillation process. Proper distillation requires a consideration for the uniqueness of pressure, temperature, time, and harvesting practices, each of which may be as diverse as the plants themselves. A poor distillation process can alter or destroy the necessary aromatic compounds that comprise the essential oil, leaving a substance far different from the intended goal and something that would not be used to support health and wellness. For this reason, the best distillation artisans dedicate their efforts and work to few carefully selected plants. This focused effort develops proper knowledge and experience, helping ensure congruency between the oil chemistry of the plant and its distilled form.
dōTERRA works with a network of distilleries throughout the world, relying on the expertise that has been proven over time. Distillation is both a science and an art.
The science and art of proper distillation can create a pure and potent essential oil with beautiful properties that promote well-being for you and your family. This is just one of many aspects of the dōTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade quality assurance standard that allow us to offer products you can trust. If you want to read even more about it, check it out here.
Everyone from the absolute top to our wellness advocate community to our customer support reps
The owners of dōTERRA have never taken outside investment but literally, put everything they had into their company to maintain the integrity of it. They didn’t even pay themselves for over a year and after that took a considerably lower wage than they were accustomed to. They did this so they could keep corruption and investment out of it and stay true to what they wanted to create. It was and always will be about the purity and potency of the products, and the indigenous sourcing of these amazing oils. You can read more about the facts, milestones, and company here.
No bad mouthing others
There are many wonderful essential oil companies out there. We simply stand behind our magical little bottles because well they are amazing, ethical, sustainable, indigenously sourced and resonate so well with us. If you love a different brand that’s totally ok! As long as you are using and benefiting from essential oils we are happy. We simply encourage people to open the bottle and give them a try.
We do it!
Hahaha. We’re not saying that because of anything other than that these products and the company are in our opinion the best out there. We have a growing team with people from all walks of life and different expertise that have done their research and have become obsessed with these beautiful products. And we think everyone deserves to experience them.