There are thousands of posts on the net about essential oils. Many of them, to not say most of them, are focused on aromatherapy and the medicinal benefits of essential oils. While we can take advantage of high quality essencial oils, and make high-end beauty products with them, to scent soap for example, they might be pricey.
This list is the result of researching online for many essential oil brands and capturing the ones that offer a good quality/price relation, as well as positive customer reviews, having in mind the main objective: DIY recipes (or formulas).
These essential oils will be used for handmade soap and natural beauty products, so they should be appropriate for skin care usage – therapeutical grade is more than enough. I’ve also chosen brands that have all information available online, and show some care about ingredients sourcing, sustainability and product quality.
The ones that are based on MLM will not be part of this list, as I want you to have the freedom to buy whatever you want, whenever you want.
If you want to know more about how to choose essential oils follow the link below
- URL: Jade Bloom
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil: (10 ml – 1/3 oz) $6,95
- Other Products: Vegetable/Carrier Oils, Shampoos and Hair Care line, Soaps, Skincare line, Toothpaste and Oral Care line, Herbal Teas
Jade Bloom was founded by a group of naturalists that defends that mother nature provides everything necessary for ‘healing, health and happiness.’ This company aims at selling the highest quality pure essential oils at the lowest prices.
They have a wide variety of over than 100 different essential oils, essential oil blends, a special section of oils under $10, and luxury oils at affordable prices.
There’s also Jade Bloom University, where interested customers can learn more about essential oils and how to use them. And a “Failures” section, a sort of business lessons-learned page. Got to appreciate their honesty and humbleness with their learning path.
They even offer loyalty points that you can trade for credit when purchasing their products: points from shopping, from assisting the University lessons, and from reffering new customers.
- URL: Plant Therapy
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil: (10 ml – 1/3 oz): $7,95
- Other Products: Vegetable Oils, Hydrosols, Body & Bath Care, Hand & Face Care, Household Cleaners and Laundry products, Diffusers, CBD products, Kids Safe, etc.
If price is not a concern and you wish to buy from a well known and reputable brand, Plant Therapy is your best choice, with thousands of good customer reviews over the net testifying it’s a good product and testing reports available online for each essential oil production batch. I had a personal experience purchasing Plant Therapy essential oils, and I must say I am very pleased with their quality, a safe bet for more expensive essential oils.
A reward points system is available called PT-perqs where you can earn points for shopping, leave reviews, following their social media, or reffering freinds. You get $5 per 100 points. Also, there’s free shipping for US, international shipping, bulk purchasing, and a Oil-of-the-month Club subscription.
Last but not the least, they have some certifications that show their concern for the environment: USDA Organic, Good Manufacturing Practices, Leaping Bunny (cruelty free) and EPA Green Power Party (renewable energy usage).
- URL: Pranarom retailer
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil: (10 ml – 1/3 oz): USA: $14,40; EUR: 6,90€
- Other Products: Vegetable/Carrier Oils, Facial Care Line, Hair Care Line, Hygiene, Men’s and Women’s Health Products, Food Vitamins and Supplements
PRANAROM promotes vibrant health and wellness by offering essential oils, wellness formulas, virgin plant oils, and aromatic hydrosols. If left to grow organically, plants produce essential oils that have strong anti-microbial properties made by the plants’ immune system to ward off pests, bacteria and viruses.
These same essential oils that protect the plant can also be used to make our bodies healthier. Their motto: “Some see small amber bottles; we see a world of plants.”. They also promote essential oils education with webinars and books.
Pranarom, a well-respected Belgian company, has provided quality essential oils and wellness products to natural European pharmacies since 1991. In 2016, Pranarom and Veriditas Botanicals (est. 2008 Minnesota, USA) joined forces to expand essential oil safety, education and wellness to an international market.
This essencial oil brand is better known – and more affordable – in the european market.
- URL: NOW Foods retailer
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil: (30 ml – 1 oz) $5,99 = (10ml – 1/3 oz) $1,99
- Other Products: Vegetable/Carrier/Massage Oils, Vegetable Butters, Facial Care Line, Hair Care Line, Hygiene, Men’s and Women’s Health Products, Food Vitamins and Supplements
Starting as a small health food store in Chicago back in 1968, Now Foods is best known worldwide by its vitamins and food supplements. But in soapmaking this brand also means high quality essential oils at very affordable prices. Again, natural products that everyone can buy.
They have two main facilities with superior manufacturing practices, high-level quality and analysis laboratories, and several certifications to show for their commitment with quality. They also take major care in sourcing the right natural ingredients.
Since the product is available through retailers like Amazon, iHerb, or Vitamin Shoppe, this brand makes it very easy to access high quality oils at a fraction of the cost of other brands – their main strenght.
- URL: Starwest Botanicals
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil: (10 ml – 1/3 oz): $5,17
- Other Products: Bulk Herbs & Spices, Vegetable Oils, Vegetable Butters, Hydrosols, Herbal Extracts, Vegetable Glycerin, Beeswax, Massage Oils, Organic Products, etc.
Starwest Botanicals started as a small retail herb shop in 1975 in Sacramento, California, and grew to become one of the largest suppliers of organic herbs in the United States, with over 150,000 sq. ft. of warehouse and production space and over one million pounds of herbs and spices in stock.
So, even if their main focus is herb production, it’s fair to say that their essencial oils will be of good quality. Product quality is visible in customer reviews and product testing, but they are able to reduce price to what I believe to be very affordable values.
They have a wide range of natural and organic products, and they can be a good supplier for DIY’ers, soapmakers and skincare artisans. They offer free shipping on their website in the U.S. for orders > $75. They don’t ship internationally, but Amazon and other retailers like iHerb sell their products.
- URL: Barefut Essential Oils
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil: (15 ml – 1/2 oz): $10,00 = (10 ml – 1/3 oz) $6,66
- Other Products: Vegetable/Carrier Oils, Balms, Diffusers, Herbal Teas, Books, Kids Friendly
Barefut essential oils are sourced from over 35 countries around the world. They are 100% pure, organically grown, ethically produced and free from chemicals or pesticides. They have around 100 types of different single essential oils and around 50 own blends. You can say they have a wide variety.
They have a 5% credit reward points system, where you can get 1 reward point per $2 of purchases and use 1$ per 10 points earned. They also offer free shipping for orders above $25, exclusive offers like a free essential oil bottle for orders above $15, a Oil-of-the-month Club, and other subscription packages.
All these essential oil brands have good customer online reviews, and show some care for quality, sustainability and transparency – no issues raised there. Many of these brands reward loyal costumers with reward points systems – but without recurring to MLM schemes.
The quality of these oils is very good for beauty products, such as balms or lotions – where you can fully benefit from the plant medicinal properties – and you can use some drops with great effect.
For soap, I advise you to use the cheaper ones, like Now Foods, as many times the scent fades (fragrances are more efficient at scenting soaps) and it is not proven that the plant medicinal properties of essential oils even survive saponification.
I encourage to use discounts and promotions from any of these brands to purchase your essential oils. Here are some links for good starter kits for your DIY beauty recipes:
Check Out Some Essential Oils Starter Kits for Your DIY Recipes
- Jade Bloom Starter Kit: 4 single essential oils (10 ml) for $6,75 each ($26,95)
- Plant Therapy Starter Kit: 7 single essential oils and 7 blends (10 ml) for $4,30 each ($59,95)
- Now Foods Starter Kit: 4 single essential oils and 1 blend (30 ml) for $5,38 each ($26,91)