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Do you buy essential oils from Amazon?
It makes sense, doesn’t it? They are just as high quality and so much cheaper, right?
Almost everyone who has approached me, interested in the business side of essential oils, has encountered this concern. Why would people buy from me when they can buy cheaper from Amazon or Ebay? Is there really a difference?
There is. At the end of the day, everyone has to make their own choices about where to buy essential oils based on their comfort level. But before making that decision, everyone should have all the facts about the source of their oils.
Myth: They are the same quality.
Getting oils of the highest quality is imperative. I discuss this thoroughly in my free essential oil course. There is little regulation regarding essential oil quality. Oils can be labeled therapeutic grade while still containing fillers or synthetic compounds. In order to receive the greatest benefit from essential oils, they must be of the highest quality. This means grown in beyond organic conditions in their native environments, harvested and produced in the ideal manner, bottled with no preservatives, fillers, synthetics, or anything else, and tested by a 3rd party to ensure purity and the ideal chemical composition.
Not every essential oil company can promise that. There is no way to investigate this level of quality by shopping Amazon or Ebay. See the next myth for even more concerns regarding quality when you buy essential oils from Amazon or another third party.
Myth: They are still [insert brand of choice here] oils.
You can learn about essential oils and which brand I trust here. And why not buy essential oils from Amazon if they are from a company you trust? The seals are unbroken!
Unfortunately, you simply can’t know where your oils are coming from when purchasing from any seller other than directly from the brand you want. Since many brands do not work directly with Amazon, any products found are sold by a 3rd party and Amazon cannot guarantee its quality. And since the oils are not sold by the company, they will not guarantee the quality either, as they should for all products purchased directly from them.
You see, it is very easy to tamper with essential oil bottles. You very well may be able to purchase pure, unopened, untouched, genuine essential oils from a 3rd party. There are plenty of honest people in the world. Sadly, though, there are also dishonest people who will dilute the pure essential oils with a carrier oil, a lower quality oil, or even synthetics. Then they put a new sealed cap on the bottle, and still sell this poor quality oil at the going rate for a top of the line oil. This is seen all the time with Amazon oils, and it is really quite sad. It is not a risk I am willing to take with my family’s health.
Just look at any of the high-end, name brand essential oils on Amazon. There will be many positive reviews about how great the company is, some of which are from people who did get the pure oil they ordered. However, all the negative reviews are about how the oil they received was not pure, and was very different from a true bottle of the same oil. Buyer beware!
Myth: They are much cheaper.
This myth would be funny if so many people didn’t believe it. Yes, initially, it may appear that Amazon and Ebay prices on oils are cheaper than buying from the source. If you are getting a lower quality oil, this will definitely be true. But remember, you get what you pay for. Essential oils are an area where I am not willing to gamble.
Furthermore, with many essential oil companies, you can get huge discounts and save a ton of money by purchasing directly. To learn how I get an average of over 50% off the retail price of essential oils, feel free to contact me. Learn more about affording essential oils here.
Most importantly, though, is the education.
Essential oil education is absolutely crucial. You need to learn how to use the oils properly so that you get the most benefits without wasting too much oil. You need to know how to use them safely. And really, you just need to know how to use them! Oils that sit in your cupboard untouched are a huge waste of money, no matter how cheap they were.
When you purchase from companies who are invested in their customers’ health, you will receive all the training you need to reinvent your health care safely, effectively, and affordably. Every person that I work with gains access to forums to ask questions and hundreds of dollars worth of free essential oils education, including a one-on-one consult with me, where I will help you create an essential oil routine designed just for you.
When you add all that up, you can clearly see that at the end of the day, the highest quality and the cheapest oils are available directly from the company itself. So don’t sell yourself and your health short!
Learn more about essential oils here. To specifically learn about essential oil quality and be kept up to date on the latest news, I highly recommend following Essential Oil University (which is not affiliated with any brand) on Facebook.
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