This post will focus on the dōTERRA brand of essential oils that I recommend. Not all essential oils are created equal.
And before you think I'm always yelling at you every time I write dōTERRA, let me tell you why they write it out in caps like that. (This bugged me insanely at first, and still does a little.) dōTERRA is Latin and means "gift of the earth". I assume they write the "terra" in all caps so people pronounce it correctly. Quite silly. I don't know how else you would pronounce it. They should have consulted with the OCD people before choosing all caps in their logo. But whatev. It is a minor flaw that I try to overlook.
Most people have vaguely heard of dōTERRA and know it is a multi-level-marketing company, commonly known as a direct-selling company. The most well-known companies in this category are Mary Kay and Pampered Chef, so it is understandable when people have the misconception that you have to sell oils or have "selling parties" in order to be a part of dōTERRA. I had the same misconception! I delayed joining dōTERRA because I don't like direct-selling companies and I didn't want to get involved with one, even if they did have very enticing oils.
The misunderstanding is that you have to sell oils in order to get the discount on all products offered by dōTERRA, but here is the truth that I wish I had known years ago. Joining dōTERRA is similar to joining Sam's Club or Costco. You pay a yearly fee of $35 and it entitles you to the 25% discount. Period. No monthly spending requirements.
I began my essential oil research over two years ago, when someone mailed me a sample of dōTERRA essential oils. I really like them, but didn't fully know how to use them, so they didn't always work. The person who sent them to me did not follow up in trying to teach me how to use them. I began to research a bit more on my own.
Because I assumed dōTERRA was a "selling company", I put them out of my mind. I tried out various essential oil brands that my local health food store carried. I only had one brand that worked well and then it was only one oil of that brand that I tried. I felt like I was gambling every time I bought an essential oil. Would this one work? Is it really medicinal quality?
My intentions were always to use the oils as medicine to cure common ailments in the family. I was never very interested in sprucing up my laundry with lavender or making the kitchen smell good by putting lemon essential oil in a spray bottle. Those are great uses, but I was mostly looking into essential oils as a natural and effective way of keeping my family healthy, while saving time and money by not having to run to the doctor every time my child had an ear infection.
The more I learned about essential oils, the more I began to question the quality of the oils I was seeing at my health store. For starters, I learned that oils are sensitive to light and that they should be stored in a cool, dark place. This is why most of them come in dark bottles, but they should still not be stored out on a shelf in pure daylight. My health food store displayed all the oils on a shelf in the light and I began to wonder how long they had been siting there and how that might be a reason why they weren't working as well. I wanted to get my oils from someone who knew more about them and who stored them correctly. If my health store kept their oils on the shelf, then they would also not necessarily know the best place to buy medicinal quality oils.
There are no regulations on essential oil labeling, so companies can write whatever they want on their bottle. They can write: "100% pure" even if their oils are made of 1 drop lavender and 99 drops canola oil! That would explain why so many that say they are pure, don't work when used medicinally, or might even have bad side effects if used on the skin or as aromatherapy.
I kept doing research and dōTERRA kept popping up again and again, either through friends, or the many testimonials and healing stories online and on YouTube. I was really curious! I wanted to have the best oils for my family.
Joining dōTERRA is like joining Sam's Club or Costco
My researched landed me right back on dōTERRA's doorstep again. This past July, a good friend of mine, who was giving a class on essential oils invited me. I learned that you can join dōTERRA for $35 to get their 25% off everything discount and not be required to sell or spend any amount of money. Think of it as joining Sam's Club or Costco. They don't care if you ever use your discount. Neither does dōTERRA.
I learned a bunch of other stuff on how the oils work, but I will have to save that for another blog post.
This is only the first part of my story. It is still writing itself as I continue using and learning more about essential oils. You can see a list of the ailments our family has cured using our essential oils in this post.
How to Get Your First Essential Oils
1. Find a Consultant
Anyone who has paid the $35 to join dōTERRA is an Independent Consultant, it makes no difference whether they use dōTERRA as their business to make money, or just to buy oils for their own families, like I do. It's great if the person you sign up with is really into oils and likes taking the time to teach you how to use them, because this is a valuable resource to have when you first get your oils. The person that signs you up, is usually the person you call or e-mail when you have a essential oils questions. It doesn't have to be that way, but it's nice if it is. =)
I can log into my dōTERRA account and sign anyone up that wants to join dōTERRA.
2. Buy an Enrollment Kit
dōTERRA offers enrollment kits. You don't have to buy a kit, but I highly recommend it, because they come at a steep discount, and it's really nice to have all of the most common essential oils on hand to cure your family's illnesses.
Pictured above is the Family Physician Kit I bought on the left, and the Home Essentials Kit on the right. The Home Essentials Kit is very similar to the Physician kit, but you get bigger bottles and it costs more initially, even though it still a great deal! There are more expensive kits available and I'll link to those at the end.
The starter kit that I bought is called the Family Physician Kit. It is $150, and because I hate surprises, I will tell you, that up her in Minnesota, it ended up being around 170 after taxes & shipping. Like all enrollment kits, this one includes the $35 membership fee. It also includes a magazine subscription and stickers to label the tops of your bottles. Stickers! YAY!
I got 10 - 5ml bottles of 10 of the most common oils, one of which is Frankincense. The regular price for a 15ml bottle of Frankincense is $93! It is one of the most expensive oils, nicknamed "God's oil" because it works miracles for so many ailments. (I killed the flu with the help of that one.) I also got a 15ml of Slim & Sassy, dōTERRA's metabolic blend, for free, included in the kit.
Even though you get smaller bottles (5ml) with this kit, with the exception of the 15ml Slim & Sassy, you are saving money compared to buying each oil individually, and you have everything you need for a good long while to treat any illnesses and ailments that might plague your family.
If you really want to do the math, you can compare and calculate what all these oils cost individually on my website.
**Every person who signs up with the $35 gets a free website where anyone can buy essential oils at retail price (but why anyone would pay full price, when you can pay $35 and get 25% off, is beyond me. I never pay full price for anything).
That's it! Your enrollment kit will show up on your doorstep a few days later and you will be in essential oil heaven and on your way to healing your family's troubles away.
- Once you join, anything you buy after the enrollment kit gives you points. Usually $1 = 1 point. Each point can later be redeemed for free money. Pretty cool! I'm saving up for a diffuser.
- dōTERRA has a free product incentive every month. If you spend $125, you get the free product, usually a full size (15ml) of an essential oil. It's a good idea to save up the oils you need so that you can spend 125 to get the free product!
The Business Opportunity
1. The Catch
You CAN make money with dōTERRA. The business opportunity is included in your $35 membership fee, as well as the free website I mentioned above, and all the tools and resources you could possibly need to run a successful home business. The only catch to making money is, along with signing people up, you need to spend $100/month. If you have the $$$, go for it! If you are like me, a stay-at-home mom, a one-income family, or just super thrifty and hate monthly payments (I avoid them like the plague, right down to nixing Cable TV and even Netflix!), then don't do the business.
Nobody will bug you about it, nobody will call your phone every week trying to get you to into the business side of it or make you listen to boring webinars. The resources are there if you want them, and there are plenty of non-businessy webinars available purely for learning about oils. It's nice to know that if I change my mind in 20+ years when all my kids are grown, I can always spend the $100/month and start really promoting the oils and make some money.
2. No Parties
There are no selling parties with dōTERRA. Praise the Lord! There are get-together's though, if you want to have them. Instead of a get-together, you might just call a friend and chat. You might have a 1-on-1 meeting, if that is more your style. You can have cookies & tea if you like. But you won't see a huge inventory of "must-have, available now only" oils.
What you will find is this:
- A knowledgeable dōTERRA Independent Consultant who loves to teach the basics of using essential oils and the impact the oils have made in his/her life.
- The Consultant will teach you how the oils work in the body and ways to use them.
- He/she will probably bring a small collection of her own oils so you can at least smell them or try them out on your skin. She might offer you some lemon essential oil in water.
- The Consultant won't have any essential oils or other products for you to buy, unless he/she got something free that month and feels like selling it.
**For the record, there is a cheaper membership than $35. There is one that is $10/year, but it's only 10% off. I don't know about you, but to me, 10% is a really lame sale. I laugh at the 10% sale signs at the store. Really? 10% only? Puullleeeze. Don't waste my time. 25% is more like it, which is why I recommend the $35 membership. It drops down to $25/year after the first year. Score!
PHEW! What a TON of information. I'm glad it's out there so people can get the full scoop on joining dōTERRA and so I have a simple resource I can send people to when they ask me for more info. It's really quite simple and can be done frugally, depending on your budget.
Here is a full list of Enrollment Kits that dōTERRA offers. As you can see, you can dish out a LOT of money if you want to, but you don't have to. Yay for freedom!
dōTERRA is all about sharing. Every Consultant that has used the oils and has seen them heal, really wants to share them.
If you want to do your research (like I did) and try to find the best oils, go for it. There are other good brands out there, I just can't vouch for all of them and every single oil they offer. I don't have the money to try out every oil available with that company just to see if it works. With dōTERRA I know what I'm getting. I know I'm getting truly pure oils of medicinal quality that are safe to use with my children and most importantly, that heal.