How to Get Essential Oils for Cheap
I love me some essential oils! I love how many different scents there are, that they all have different properties and that I can basically use them to get rid of any chemical fragrances in my home. But when I first got into essential oils, I was 100% sure that I was going to go broke trying to build up a very modest stockpile. That’s when I made the most important discovery of my year (it was a boring year, I’ll admit it. 🙂 ). I discovered how to get essential oils for cheap.
Now, in this case “cheap” doesn’t mean low quality. Not even close! I’m talking “cheap” like “instead of paying $40 for a 15mL bottle, I got the same quality oil for $7.” Yeah, that’s right!
Before I dive into how to get essential oils for cheap, a little background and reassurance.
First of all, I do NOT sell essential oils. I do NOT participate in the essential oil brand wars that always seem to be raging. I’m not paid by any brand to post this or anything about essential oils.
I’m just some crazy girl who loves essential oils and wants to make sure that you don’t think that you need to go into debt to get started with essential oils.
Another “first things first,” I’m not a professional in either medicine or in essential oils. But I don’t believe that being a consultant for any of the MLMs for essential oils makes you an expert either. Do your due
CliffNotes warning: Do your due diligence when taking advice about essential oils. Always dilute them with a carrier oil. Never apply the oil directly to skin. Always dilute more when using on children. Never ingest essential oils.
Related Post: Essential Oil Rollerball Recipes
How to get essential oils for cheap.
Finding good, high-quality essential oils has never been easier. I get almost all of my essential oils from Amazon and I get them shipped in 2 days with my Prime membership. The reality of this answer is really an easy one. It’s actually just one answer…
Shop for different brands.
The whole reason that I started looking for essential oils in the first place was for my labor with my second son (an HBAC of which I am very proud). I had heard such great things about many essential oils in labor and how they both ease the pain but also help you feel energized, stay focuses, and even help with the healing postpartum.
One of the number one oils that I had been told works wonders was Young Living’s Panaway. So I went to check it out on Amazon, and I just couldn’t justify the expense:
If you’re wondering if you’re reading that right, the answer is yes: a 5mL bottle of this essential oil is $34. And it’s a fantastic essential oil! But I just can’t afford to get the top 4 essential oils that I needed for $120 total for a total of 20mL of oil.
I don’t think I’ve ever bought a Young Living or DoTerra essential oil because of just how expensive they are. But almost ALL of the essential oil information on Pinterest involved their oils specifically. So what did I do? I searched for equivalents of their essential oils from smaller companies like Eden’s Garden or Plant Therapy.
Eden’s Garden essential oils do something very helpful for their store on Amazon. They name part of their title that says “comparable to Young Living’s… and DoTerra’s…”.
So now I could get twice the amount of oil for more than half the price? Sold! For finding equivalents like the big essential oil brands, Eden’s Garden makes it easy.
Still need some more proof?
Another great example of Eden’s Garden and Plant Therapy producing the same essential oil blend as the bigger brands is very easy to see in the comparison of their versions of Young Living’s Thieves blend:
and DoTerra’s OnGuard blend:
Compare the prices of $44.41 for Young Living’s Thieves and $35.20 for doTERRA’s OnGuard, with the prices of Eden’s Garden Four Thieves for $10.95:
And Plant Therapy’s Germ Fighter for $14.95 (for twice the size!):
You can see that I’ve bought some of these oils for myself and my family and we absolutely love them.
I don’t tell you this to try to see you these essential oils at all (remember, I don’t sell for any of these companies). There are other options out there than just the big 2 brands.
Don’t buy into the hype about whose oils are the “purest” or the bad-mouthing of the other company. Just because something carries a brand name, does it make it any better than the others? Usually, the answer is no.
My favorite essential oil blends (and their non-so-cheap equivalents):
- Four Thieves, Fighting Five and Germ Fighter (comparable to Young Living’s Thieves & doTERRA’s OnGuard)
- Good Night (comparable to doTERRA’s Serenity & Young Living’s Peace & Calming)
- Joy (comparable to doTERRA’s Elevation & Young Living’s Joy)
- Head Ease (comparable to doTERRA’s PastTense & Young Living’s M-Grain)
- Digest Ease (comparable to doTERRA’s DigestZen & Young Living’s Di-Gize)
- Align (comparable to doTERRA’s Balance & Young Living’s Valor)
- Exhale, Relax and Respir-aid (comparable to doTERRA’s Breathe & Young Living’s Raven)
- Age Defy and Anti Age (comparable to doTERRA’s Immortelle Anti-Aging)
Note: The links for the doTERRA and Young Living oils are so that you can compare the oils in each of the blends, not because I think you should spend that much on the oils!
The list above are all the “brand-specific” blends that can all be purchased without needing to pay for the name. All of the single essential oils like lemon, lavender, tea tree, peppermint, etc. can also be bought from Eden’s Garden and Plant Therapy on Amazon.
Check out essential oil recipes and tips that I’ve used and love:
- Essential oil rollerball 101: how to’s and recipes
- How a normal person uses essential oils
- Essential oil diffuser recipes
- Essential oils in pregnancy
Just because an oil is less expensive, doesn’t always make it good! Both Eden’s Garden and Plant Therapy are trusted sources for their essential oils.
But there are other companies who are trying to make a quick buck with a low-quality product. I usually stay away from anything that just sounds too good to be true. “100% natural, high-quality lavender oil” for $3 for 4 ounces sounds far too good to be true.
As a general rule of thumb, I stick with oils from Eden’s Garden and Plant Therapy. I’ve used both of them since I started using essential oils and I’m always so pleased with the results. Plus, you really can’t beat the price!
What’s your favorite essential oil?