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Update: I just posted a long overdue update to this post! I finally found a thieves oil that I love…and it’s inexpensive! Hop over to this post to find out which oil I went with.
As I’ve started getting into essential oils thieves oils has hands down become one of my favorite oils. It smells great, has amazing benefits and can be used topically (with a carrier oil) or diffused. My love of thieves oil started with my Young Living Thieves Oil. But at $42.99 per bottle the price seemed a little steep to me. So I started researching other essential oil businesses that have thieves oil blends. doTerra has a blend called On Guard which is almost exactly like the Young Living Thieves blend that retails for $42.67. Eden’s Garden also has a Four Thieves Blend that retails for $21.50. There are other Thieves blends out there, but these are the 3 I’ve had a chance to try out so I’m going to tell you the good and the bad for these three.
Young Living Thieves Oil
Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus radiata and Rosemary
The Young Living Thieves Oil has a very distinct cinnamon and clove blend smell. If you love cinnamon you will love the smell of the Young Living blend.
The oil is one of the thicker oils of the three brands I tried.
doTerra On Guard Blend
Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Rosemary
doTerra On Guard smells identical to the Young Living Thieves Blend. Even though one uses lemon and one uses orange you could never tell the difference. They both have the distinct cinnamon and clove smell.
The oil itself was exactly like the Young Living blend. Both blends are thicker than the Eden’s Garden blend.
Eden’s Garden Four Thieves Blend
Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lemon and Rosemary
Eden’s Garden Four Thieves has a distinct Eucalyptus smell. The Eucalyptus far outweighs any of the other ingredients.
The oil itself was much thinner than the Young Living and doTerra Oils. As a matter of fact all of the Eden’s Garden Oils are thinner (some bloggers have described the oil as “runny”).
So now that I’ve given you the details of the oils I’m going to tell you the problems that I have with each of the companies. While I much prefer the Young Living Thieves Oil Blend of the three of these oils I can’t stand their business model. I will admit that I signed on as a distributor to get the Everyday Oils package with diffuser. The reason why I signed up as a distributor is because this is the ONLY way I could get the Everyday Oils with Diffuser package.
They do not sell this package to any customers unless you sign on as a distributor. *Update*: Young Living does now offer the starter kit for customers. This was not the case when I orginally wrote this article. I get why they do this. They want to build their selling team. Here is where I have the problem with it and where other distributors have run into issues. You are required to give Young Living your social security number to get the Everyday Oils Kit with diffuser. So even if you just want the kit and have no intentions of selling their oils you still have to give your social security number. Many distributors have lost out on many sales because of this. Not cool.
*Update 10/21/15*: I no longer consider myself a Young Living distributor. I still love their oils and encourage people to buy them, but I’m better off posting an Amazon affiliate link (which I have done) and get commision from that than direct someone to Young Living and get NO commission. As I mentioned above I have a problem with their business model. They do not give commission to their distributors unless the distributor has purchased $100 in products each month. This is just insane to me! So to break this down to you if I were to sell a bottle of Thieves Oil to someone I would have to spend $100 to get my $15 commission. Ummm…bullshit. So needless to say I refuse to push this business model.
Now onto doTerra. doTerra has a similar business model to Young Living (their founders actually used to be with Young Living and broke away from Young Living to form doTerra). Now I can’t say for sure what the sign up process is for doTerra or if they make their selling process any easier than Young Living since I haven’t explored that part of their business (nor do I want to). The problem I have with doTerra is their “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade” label. *cough, cough* Bullshit!This is a bullshit label as there is no certifying board that decides which oils are certified pure therapeutic grade. And furthermore doTerra has the CPTG label trademarked so even if there were a certifying board that decided this sort of thing no other oil company could use the CPTG label except for doTerra. A little shady and deceptive, don’t ya think?
Now as for Eden’s Garden I haven’t been able to pull up too much dirt on them. I haven’t been as impressed by the quality of their oils, but the prices are a lot more reasonable. And the fact that you can just go to their web site and order their products easily is a good selling point for me. Eden’s Garden is a company that I want to research some more before committing myself to their oils. The price is right, but I’m not 100% sold on their oils. I ordered several of their oils to test them out so as I use them more I will let you all know what I think.
For now, I will end this post saying that I am still on the search for the perfect essential oil business (if one even exists). And I will also leave you with this major warning. If you are ever buying oils from a distributor that claims they were internally consume all of the oils they sell walk away. While there are oils that are safe for internal consumption, there are many, many oils that are not. Anyone who claims all of their oils are safe for internal consumption is dangerous and should not be trusted.