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33+ of the Best Cheaper Alternatives to Young Living & Doterra

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Do you love essential oils? Would you love to use them more but they’re too expensive?

In my house last winter, we had 2 sick kids, a sick mom… and the worst… a dad with a cold! All at once! It was miserable. Have you been there? You know how bad it can get, mama!

My friend suggested we try some essential oils and I was intrigued.

Cheaper Essential Oils

As a mom, I’m always interested in something that claims to help my family’s health in a natural way. If diffusing oils can prevent or shorten even one winter cold, I’m all in!

Many people have been introduced to the concept by the multi-level marketing (MLM) companies Young Living and Doterra. While Young Living and Doterra have high-quality essential oils, their prices are outrageously high.

I went looking for cheaper alternatives to Young Living and Doterra. Thankfully, there are tons of high-quality essential oil companies out there.

There’s more detail below, but here’s an easy chart of Amazon Links to all the cheaper alternatives to Young Living & Doterra oils:

Alternatives to Young Living & Doterra

Young Living
Doterra
Eden’s Garden
Plant Therapy
Now
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Which Brands Are Comparable to Young Living & Doterra?

I think there are many high-quality essential oil brands out there. I chose three companies that came up repeatedly in my research as offering high-quality oils at much lower prices than Young Living and Doterra.

To keep it simple for this blog post, I am comparing these three brands:

  • Edens Garden
  • Plant Therapy
  • Now

Are These Essential Oils “Therapeutic Grade”?

“Therapeutic Grade” is a meaningless marketing term. There is no independent agency that certifies oils to be therapeutic grade.

In fact, the term “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade” is a registered trademark of Doterra, as they state on their website:

CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade is a registered trademark of dōTERRA Holdings, LLC representing internal standards of quality assessment and material control. The CPTG testing protocols require the use of independent laboratories for CPTG standardization and quality testing. The CPTG protocol is not administered by government or industry regulatory agencies and does not imply regulatory approval of dōTERRA products.

So technically Doterra is the only company who can use that term because they own the phrase. How does it mean anything then? It doesn’t. It’s just marketing.

Are They High-Quality and Thoroughly Tested?

All of these brands produce high-quality essential oils that have undergone rigorous testing.

You can compare the quality & testing procedures of the various companies yourself by reading the information from the manufacturers:

Are These Essential Oils Safe To Ingest (Edible)?

Many of these oils are not labeled as food grade or safe to ingest. This is not necessarily because they are unsafe, but because the companies have decided not to label their products as food or nutritional supplements.

This is because most experts agree that people should not consume essential oils without the guidance of a medical professional or trained aromatherapist.

If you are consuming them under the guidance of a professional, he/she will advise you on the amounts, types, and brands they recommend for your situation.

Cheaper Alternatives to the Most Popular MLM Essential Oils

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s take a look at the alternatives to the specific essential oils. I couldn’t cover all of the possible essential oils, so I looked at Young Living and Doterra’s most popular items.

I tried to choose the most similar size comparable option, but please note that many of the options are different amounts. Also, not all oils and blends are available in all of the brands.

When looking at blends, I tried to choose the most comparable mix of oils, but compare the contents of the blends yourself.

You’ll see that almost every example I have given will save you around 50-75% of the price of the comparable MLM essential oils.

Cheaper Essential Oils

Cheaper Alternatives to Young Living & Doterra Lavender

Edens Garden Lavender Oil

Prices to compare:

  • Young Living Lavender: $30.92 for 0.5oz (15ml)
  • Doterra Lavender: $28.00 for 0.5oz (15ml)

Comparable Options:

Cheaper Alternatives to Young Living Thieves & Doterra On Guard

Plant Therapy Germ Fighter

Prices to compare:

  • Young Living Thieves: $44.41 for 0.5oz (15ml)
  • Doterra On Guard: $42.67 for 0.5oz (15ml)

Comparable Options:

Cheaper Alternatives to Young Living & Doterra Copaiba

Edens Garden Copaiba

Prices to compare:

  • Young Living Copaiba: $56.58 for 0.5oz (15ml)
  • Doterra Copaiba: $46.67 for 0.5oz (15ml)

Comparable Options:

Cheaper Alternatives to Young Living Purification & Doterra Terrashield

Edens Garden Repel

Prices to compare:

  • Young Living Purification: $24.67 for 0.5oz (15ml)
  • Doterra Terrashield: $14.00 for 0.5oz (15ml)

Comparable Options:

Cheaper Alternatives to Young Living DiGize & Doterra DigestZen

Plant Therapy DiGiZen

Prices to compare:

  • Young Living DiGize: $43.09 for 0.5oz (15ml)
  • Doterra DigestZen: $41.33 for 0.5oz (15ml)

Comparable Options:

Cheaper Alternatives to Young Living & Doterra Peppermint

Now Peppermint Oil

Prices to compare:

  • Young Living Peppermint: $28.29 for 0.5oz (15ml)
  • Doterra Peppermint: $27.33 for 0.5oz (15ml)

Comparable Options:

Cheaper Alternatives to Young Living & Doterra Frankincense

Edens Garden Frankincense

Prices to compare:

  • Young Living Frankincense: $96.71 for 0.5oz (15ml)
  • Doterra Frankincense: $93.00 for 0.5oz (15ml)

Comparable Options:

Cheaper Alternatives to Young Living Lemon & Doterra Lemon

Plant Therapy Lemon Oil

Prices to compare:

  • Young Living Lemon: $14.80 for 0.5oz (15ml)
  • Doterra Lemon: $13.33 for 0.5oz (15ml)

Comparable Options:

Cheaper Alternatives to Young Living RC & Doterra Breathe

Now Clear the Air Oil

Prices to compare:

  • Young Living RC: $29.93 for 0.5oz (15ml)
  • Doterra Breathe Respiratory Blend: $26.66 for 0.5oz (15ml)

Comparable Options:

Cheaper Alternatives to Young Living PanAway

Edens Garden Muscle Relief Oil

Prices to compare:

  • Young Living PanAway: $104.61 for 0.5oz (15ml)

Comparable Options:

Cheaper Alternatives to Doterra Deep Blue Soothing Blend

Edens Garden Massage Therapy

Prices to compare:

  • Doterra Deep Blue Soothing Blend: $42.67 for 0.5oz (15ml)

Comparable Options:

Cheaper Alternatives to Young Living Stress Away & Doterra Balance

Plant Therapy Worry Free

Prices to compare:

  • Young Living Stress Away: $39.14 for 0.5oz (15ml)
  • Doterra Balance: $26.67 for 0.5oz (15ml)

Comparable Option:

Cheaper Alternatives to Young Living Tea Tree & Doterra Melaleuca

Now Tea Tree Oil

Prices to compare:

  • Young Living Tea Tree: $34.21 for 0.5oz (15ml)
  • Doterra Melaleuca: $25.33 for 0.5oz (15ml)

Comparable Options:

Cheaper Alternatives to Young Living & Doterra Vetiver

Edens Garden Vetiver Oil

Prices to compare:

  • Young Living Vetiver: $27.96 for 0.17oz (5ml)
  • Doterra Vetiver: $46.00 for 0.5oz (15ml)

Comparable Options:

Cheaper Alternatives to Young Living Peace & Calming

Plant Therapy Let It Go Oil

Prices to compare:

  • Young Living Peace & Calming: $45.72 for 0.17oz (5ml)

Comparable Options:

Our Experience

We’ve tried a variety of essential oils, when we were sick and when we were healthy. It’s hard to know if they made any difference, but we enjoy it and they smell nice.

Our favorite is the Now brand lavender oil to help with relaxation.

Cheaper Essential Oils

Have you tried any of these essential oils? How do you think they compare to Young Living or Doterra? I’d love to hear your comments below!

More Cheaper Alternatives

If you enjoyed this post, you might like to read some of my other cheaper alternatives posts to save even more money. Especially, check out the post about cheaper alternatives to Norwex cleaning products for some excellent inexpensive natural cleaning products!

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