So you're still wondering which brand I buy...?
Once upon a time long long ago... :)
I had my hair washed at an Aveda salon and I'll never forget how I fell in love with the smell of oils that day. I visited the same salon later for a massage around Christmas and she used all these wonderful pepperminty Christmas smelling oils throughout the massage and it was simply bliss. That was after I had Noah...so we're talking 11 years ago. I was relaxed, and I felt like I could breath. These are two very important things for a new mother. So... I bought Aveda oils because that's where I fell in love with them. The oils where for smelling and though I didn't know the difference at the time, they were quite diluted. But they were not very expensive as a result, and that was a good thing.
My vintage bottles of not very therapeutic grade oils from back in the day ;) Mmmmm they smelled good though...
Fast forward a few years... I started buying oil to put in cleaning stuff. So again, not good quality oils, I wanted good smells. I grabbed some oils at Whole foods at one point to add to lotion for massage. I also bought some citrus oils for cooking because citrus oils are pretty inexpensive. I was very unconcerned about quality I guess because I would smell the oil, and if it smelled good to me that was all that mattered.
Fast forward a few more years. Everyone and their brother start talking about the benefits of Young Living oils. My mother-in-law gave me some from time to time for different things, mostly for the kiddos. I cringe when I consider how much sacred frankincense I sloshed onto Christian without understanding how to dilute it properly. I had no idea it how expensive it was. I didn't know a lot of things about oils...come to think of it...I still don't know a lot about them. :) I need to read more.
So now we are to present. My sister-in-law is a rep for Young Living and works her tail off driving all over the place delivering chest rubs to sick babies and such at a moments notice. It's quite inspiring really. So I can get YL oils through her. But I like to dabble with things. Never quite content to let things be. So I ordered some different brands of oils to see what the differences where. I didn't want to just read about someone else's opinion on a blog or website...especially if they had links to oil brands that were sponsored (could they really be unbiased...?). So if you are still reading, you are interested in oils enough to see what I found out with the limited supply I purchased so far. :)
When you start collecting oils...it's like a disease...you may need a box for all the little bottles you get your hands on. For sanity sake.
You'll also need some roll on bottles for your diluted oils for ease of use...not that it's a must, but it sure helps with not wasting oil that drips out too fast...or if you have other things to do besides dilute oil in the middle of the day. I find if I don't dilute them...I just start applying oils "neat" which is a huge waste. The bottles I'm holding are good for so many uses and have maybe 40 drops of oil in them. If you apply concentrated, you'll spill out about 3+ drops an application which is way much and hard to spread around. If they are not tinted glass like these, they need to be out of the sun if possible ;)
But just to clarify again...these big bottles are mostly Jojoba oil and have only as much essential oil as that little bottle there to the right (which is a sample size). :) So about a 3:1 ratio. For babies it should be a much smaller ratio.... like .5% or less depending on the oil. Like...if you want to use peppermint oil, you'll need a few drops to two tablespoons of oil at the most. Don't be rubbing that stuff undiluted on your little one okay? That being said, when Gi had the chicken pox, I rubbed a lot of lavender on her liberally dripped into lotion which is considered okay for babies and older individuals too-but that's an exception to the rule. :)
Awwww, look how cute that little sample bottle is. Samples rock to figure out what you like and don't like. ;) Comparison of Frankincense oil in three different brands yields there is a difference. Now, I can't say if it's a quality difference for sure, but the smell is definitely less strong/clear in cheaper brands. I'll still use what I bought of course, but good to know you get what you pay for on that one.
So blue oil blends are the ones that are confidence boosting and seem to help with alignment issues in addition to other things. I really like the smell of Valor which is YL blue oil (and I think is always out of stock). Heritage Essential Oils (name changed to Hopewell Essential Oils) is another brand I really like. The quality is right up there with the expensive brands and their blue oil is mixed with a bit of Emu oil to reduce inflammation (not for diffusing).
Lalala...diluting oils...lalala... why did I take this picture...? ;)
or this one....oooooooow...diluting oils is messy messy ;) At least the mess smells good...
Other fun things to do with oils. You can pretty much adde them to anything. I added little flowers (Heritage Ess oils- smells AMAZING) to my Argan oil for my face. So now that ritual actually smells good. Yay. And I added an anti-break out oil to my night lotion for good measure. It smells pretty fantabulous now too. :)
Cheap knock off brand of Thieves. NOT as good/strong. I smelled both of them to try to describe the difference. The cheap one smelled sort of similar but weak. YL thieves... burned my lip in the process of smelling it. So there you go... that's how they are different. ;) That doesn't mean there isn't another brand out there that distills antiviral/anti-microbial oils properly...Edens Garden isn't it based on my humble opinion (if the price is too good to be true: $8 for 10ml...than it is probably too good to be true). Another thing I noticed on the cheaper brands is that they are mostly cheaper to grow oils in the blends. Like lavender or peppermint for example. When frankincense is listed as an ingredient, I don't think they are flat out lying...but they probably only add a drop or two because they couldn't sell the bottles for $7 otherwise.
Inspired by Laura Lee to make an antibacterial spray that actually smells good and didn't have alcohol in it...I made some and labeled it "Germ death spray". Good thing it's hard to read because it looks like I just wrote "death" only. :D Might need a label revision on that. (4 oz bottle, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 20 drops thieves oil, filtered water). I don't know if that's what Laura used as a recipe as a little disclaimer.
Forget the diffuser people... (well, not really if you like yours) if you spray this Thieves spray like 6 times in a room, it smells like a diffusers been on for an hour. :D Mine may be a little concentrated, I was trying to get rid of the cheap brand and dumped some of that in there too for good measure.
On diffusers, I got one that didn't use water and ended up returning it. It was a glass globe style one that used air only with a motor in a wood base; it was pretty but I didn't feel like it spread the oil very far into the room. Back to water based ones.
So there you have it...that's all I know about oils so far...