My Choice Essential Oils Company: Nature’s Gift
This January one of my New Year’s resolutions was to learn about essential oils. I am in the infancy of my essential oil journey. I received “The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy” by Valerie Ann Worwood as a Christmas gift, so that was/still is my launching point. The book is great for explaining the basics of essential oil; how they work, methods of use, and it has a TON of recipes for just about everything and everyone. So with a list of ingredients a mile long for all the fun things I wanted to try, I needed to find the best essential oil company.
I spent many of my kids’ precious nap-times trying to make sense of and sort through the abundance of essential oil companies online. They seemed to all be making the same claims about their oil quality, yet some at very different prices! I didn’t want to overpay, but I also didn’t want to trade quality for low cost. It felt like a maddening search and I became even more cautious and determined to find a great company after reading the article “What’s in Those Supplements?” from the New York Times. Basically they said that when testing popular store brand herbal supplements, authorities found that about FOUR OUT OF FIVE products contained NONE of the herbs listed on their labels. WHAT?! Talk about unnerving! So first I scrutinized websites for information on quality oils and picked those that made promises like ethically harvested, 100% undiluted, organic, wild crafted, etc. Then I narrowed down the list by simply getting frustrated and sending out an inquiry email. I asked why the huge price differences between companies and why I should buy from them. Anyone who didn’t reply was knocked off the list.
The Final Two
One of the two companies I picked to try was initially chosen by the very “human” reply I received to my mass email inquiry. Instead of a professional/generic “Dear So and So our oils are hand selected and pure”, the email I received from Marge at Nature’s Gift felt more like a letter from a dear old friend. She described a 20+ year passion with oils– teaching others and making them available-that morphed into a business. She directed me to their About Us page and to a really great read about their oils that cleared up the “therapeutic grade” phrase I kept hearing. I was sold. That kind of attitude was exactly what I was hoping to find.
The second company I chose to try was Mountain Rose Herbs. Along with the same promises of oil quality, they had been recommended to me on several occasions from different people and sources. Simple as that.
First Order Comparison
I placed an order with Nature’s Gift and Mountain Rose Herbs of nearly the same cost on the same day. This was my first order ever from either company. Here’s what I found and my experience with both.
I was more impressed by the LARGE selection of essential oils that Nature’s Gift sells. For example, they sell six types of Eucalypus: Eucalyptus radiata, E. globulous, E. smithii, E. citriodora, E. staigeriana, and E. dives. Eucalyptus globulous is the most common but not recommended for children. E. smithii and E. radiata are better for children, but Mountain Rose Herbs only sells E. globulous and E. citriodora. Such choices may seem overwhelming but to me Nature’s Gift’s variety caters to both the beginner and the experienced. As a paranoid beginner I want to follow the recipes in my book EXACTLY which means I want the EXACT Latin plant name for each oil. This is more possible with the large selection that Nature’s Gift offers. As I gain more experience, I know I’m going to love not being limited with say three options of lavender, when I can chose from Nature’s Gift’s 12 options. I’ll be able to find the best fit for both my applications and my wallet. Nature’s Gift’s oil descriptions are also excellent. I find myself going to their website to read about an oil, more than I go to the glossary in my essential oil book.
When comparing prices, the two companies balanced out to cost about the same. Where say, Mountain Rose Herbs’ Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) is more expensive, Nature’s Gift’s Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) is more expensive, etc.
Processing and Shipping:
Nature’s Gift was processed and shipped in one day and arrived in three days. Mountain Rose Herbs was processed and shipped in three days and arrived in nine days. Nature’s Gift shipped Priority Post for less cost than Mountain Rose Herbs’ UPS shipping. *To be fair, Mountain Rose Herbs was coming from farther away than Nature’s Gift but to that, see my “Order Satisfaction” below.
Nature’s Gift’s order was correct and contained several free samples (fun!) and a coupon for my next order (sweet!). Mountain Rose Herbs’ contained neither and the order was incorrect (disappointing). Now their customer service was extremely responsive and had the necessary replacement shipped right away to me via Priority Post. Which brings me back to shipping…their Priority Post arrived in half the time of their UPS…so why can’t they just send all their orders Priority Post? Furthermore, they had a website at the bottom on their shipped receipt to fill out a ‘customer satisfaction survey’-so I thought great, I’ll go fill this out. Except the website had expired in 2014. Perhaps they should delete this off their receipts or update the website.
To sum it all up, Nature’s Gift is my choice essential oil company. Huge Variety, excellent quality, great customer service, reasonable prices, fast processing and shipping, and ensuring future business with samples and a coupons-check and check.
I don’t dislike Mountain Rose Herbs, I’m just not as impressed with them as I am Nature’s Gift. Mountain Rose Herbs does have a greater selection of glass containers, larger quantities of carrier oils, plus herbs and these great glass spice containers. So I would order from them again if I needed those items specifically. However, when it comes to essential oils, Nature’s Gift is my favorite.
The next part of this journey-trying out all these great oils! Stay tuned!