Plant Guru is an essential oil brand that you might have seen on Amazon or sold on various other websites on the internet.
I got a chance to test their essential oils out and will provide you with some vital information on my findings in this full Plant Guru review.
I have to admit I was surprised at how inexpensive their essential oils are. I have seen similar companies in the past that sold very cheap essential oils and as a result, the quality of their oils suffered.
First, I am going to teach you a little about their company. They were founded in 2012. Plant Guru is headquartered in Plainfield, New Jersey. Unlike Aura Cacia Plant Guru doesn’t run a brick-and-mortar store. Meaning, you can’t find their essential oils located in stores. They are only offered online.
Plant Guru is a family owned business. It doesn’t state any of the owners on their website but from a quick search online I found out Axel Roman Jr. is the CEO of Plant Guru. Their ideology behind their business is based on two things; a passion for using essential oils, and to keep their prices low versus other companies (MLM) Multi-Level Marketing companies that sell their essential oils for much higher.
Now that you know a little about Plant Guru and how their company operates I can look at their products. In this full Plant Guru review, I will show you why I like their essential oils and recommend them to anyone looking for excellent quality essential oils.
Plant Guru Pros
- Family owned business.
- Low price tag.
- Lots of essential oils to choose from.
- GS/MS third-party tested.
Plant Guru Cons
- Oils pour fast from containers.
- Only available online.
- No organic essential oils.
Plant Guru Bottles
On every bottle of essential oil from Plant Guru, it does state that they are “100% pure essential oils”. Also, they do print the words “therapeutic grade” on their bottles.
With their bottles, they do print the Latin name on each bottle. For instance, with rosemary, the Latin name is Rosmarinus officinalis. With frankincense, the Latin name is Boswellia serrata. With lavender, the Latin name is Lavandula anguvstifolia. With lemongrass, the Latin name is Cymbopogon flexuosus.
Plant Guru does list the plant part it came from. For example, with peppermint, it comes from the part of the leaves.
Plant Guru does list the distillation process that is used. For example, lime uses the “cold pressing” process.
There are little tidbits of information about each essential oil that you are using. For example, with lemongrass Plant Guru states its know for its invigorating and antiseptic properties. It can be used for facial toners and for greasy skin. It can be used in the bath to soothe aching muscles and is commonly used to keep bugs away.
Also, there is a link to Plant Gurus website (theplantguru.com) and their Facebook and Twitter social media pages.
Plant Guru Purity Test
It’s no big secret that in the aromatherapy world that essential oils need to be 100% pure. The industry isn’t regulated by anyone so people can print anything they want to put on a bottle. Please see this article on how to tell if your essential oils are pure.
However, I like to see a test on every essential oil company that I review. To do this you need a GC/MS test. This will show you the chemical components that were found in the oil tested.
Plant Guru GC/MS Testing
Plant Guru does have GC/MS test on some of their essential oils. If you go to https://www.theplantguru.com/gc-ms-testing you will see what I am talking about.
For instance with Lavender here is a GC/MS test report:
The lavender GC/MS test is about 12 pages, but as you can see it’s been checked and approved by Alexis St-Gelais. It states that there is “no adulterant, contaminant or diluent has been dented using this method”.
Here is proof:
But, other essential oils like Juniper Berry, Marjoram, vanilla, turmeric, etc. have a “coming soon” label under them. So, hopefully, Plant Guru gets these GC/MS test up in the future.
Plant Guru Testing Procedure
I have already briefly mentioned GC/MS test for testing their essential oils.
On every one of Plant Guru’s essential oil bottles, they do print the words, “100% pure essential oil” on the label. A lot of companies do this, but sadly some of them don’t really provide pure essential oils. This isn’t the case because Plant Guru’s essential oils are pure, though.
What I do like about Plant Guru is they do test all their essential oils. They don’t have an in-house team other companies do. Instead, they are tested by a third-party. Again, they run a GC/MS (Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry) test on the oils. This will list all the chemicals that are in the essential oil. Therefore, this is a much better way to check if the essential oils have been adulterated.
Also, it does state on their website that “our suppliers meet USDA standards”. At this time it doesn’t appear that Plant Guru offers organic essential oils, which is kind of a bummer, though.
Plant Guru Crafting & Harvesting
It’s important to know how a company grows and processes their essential oils.
Plant Guru does not grow or process their essential oils on their own. Meaning, they are not doing it as an in-house operation. However, they do have various suppliers located all over the globe.
I have searched through their website and it’s kind of vague on who actually grows the essential oils. They state that they work with “one of the most well-known essential oil experts”. The name of the “well-known” expert isn’t mentioned, though.
Next, the extraction method Plant Guru uses is called steam distillation, cold pressing, solvent extraction, and CO2 extraction. This is the industry standard and Plant Guru does extract the essential oils correctly.
If your interested in reading more on how essential oils are extracted you can read more here.
Plant Guru Smell Test
I have tested a ton of essential oils by Plant Guru. I have actually tested a lot of them in my electronic diffuser. The diffuser that I tested them in was the InnoGear 150mL. Also, I did test them in my URPOWER diffuser. You can read my review here on that diffuser, too.
Additionally, I put a couple drops on a piece of paper to see how long the smell stays around. For example, I put a couple of drops of rosemary on a piece of paper. The smell stayed around for about 20 hours.
Typically, I do put 2-6 drops in my diffuser and can smell it within 10-12 feet. Also, the smell is pretty strong even after I turn the diffuser off. I am very happy with the smell that comes from these essential oils by Plant Guru.
However, one thing I don’t particularly like about Plant Guru’s essential oils is how quickly the oil comes out of the bottle. If your not careful you could end up putting a lot more essential oil in the diffuser than you wanted too.
Plant Guru Products
Plant Guru does offer over 140+ essential oils that you can purchase. As well as offering essential oils they do offer:
- Essential oil blends.
- Carrier Oils.
- Gift sets.
- African black soap.
- Bottles and packaging.
- Other ingredients.
Gift sets are the way to go if you want to purchase essential oils from Plant Guru. You get a lot more oil for your money that way. Here are the sets that I recommend you check out:
Plant Guru Top 14 Essential Oil Set. One of the best starters sets you can get if you’re new to essential oils. This set comes with 14 different essential oils. Each bottle is 5 ml. The oils that this set comes with are frankincense, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, orange, tea tree, lemon, lime, clove, spearmint, lemongrass, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and grapefruit. Did I mention the price is below $20! That means you are paying $1.45 per essential oil!
Ultimate Essential Oil Variety Set Kit – 32 Pack. If you want 32 essential oil scents this is an awesome deal. Each of the bottles is 10 ml. Some of the scents that are included in this set are synergy blends. This means they are a mix of essential oils. For instance, the breath synergy has eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, lemon, lavender, cardamom, and bay essential oils in it.
Plant Guru does offer a variety of different roll-ons. These are pre-diluted blends that you can apply topically. If you want more information on mixing carrier oils with essential oils I have written an article on it. Here are some of the most popular roll-ons that Plant Guru offers:
- Sleep Tight.
- Citrus Blast.
- Stress Relief.
- Deep Muscle.
Plant Guru does offer a variety of carrier oils. Some of the carrier oils that Plant Guru offers are coconut, almond, avocado, grapeseed, jojoba, etc. You can buy carrier oils individually or in sets.
Using Plant Guru’s Oils
As many people already know just diffusing essential oils isn’t the only way to use essential oils. Instead, there are many different ways you can use essential oils.
So, I have used Plant Guru’s essential oils the following ways:
Store bought shampoo can have a lot of harmful chemicals in it. About a year ago I quit using store bought shampoo altogether. It can cause back acne (see this article on acne and essential oils). But, also store bought shampoo contains chemicals which are toxic to the body. One awesome way I have used Plant Guru’s essential oils is by making my own homemade shampoo. I have already written about making your own homemade shampoo which you can check out here.
Just like shampoo cleaning chemicals contain chemicals which are actually toxic to the human body. For several years now I have been making my own cleaning recipes.
I have used Plant Guru’s essential oils in household cleaners, air spritzers, a degreaser for dishes, in the laundry, etc. I have even made my own Poo Pourri spray.
However, one of my favorite ways I have used Plant Guru’s essential oils is by making my own Thieves blend. This is a blend that is trademarked by Young Living, but I can make my own for far less by purchasing Plant Guru’s essential oils. Then all I do is use an old cleaned out essential oil bottle. I then put in the 5 essential oils that are needed. What is great is I have extra essential oil leftover and get the Thieves blend for much cheaper!
Plant Guru Customer Support
Customer support is always important when you buy essential oils. There are various ways you can get ahold of Plant Guru. You can call them on the telephone, fill out a contact form, and email them.
Aside from the above ways to reach out to Plant Guru you can view their FAQ page.
However, I have contacted their customer support a couple of times and didn’t receive any kind of answer back from them. I wanted to show them this positive Plant Guru review and also had a couple of questions for them. They never did respond to me the handful of times I did reach out to them, though.
Also, I have noticed several people have left them a review on their Facebook review page and stated they had “non-existent” customer support:
Therefore, I do have to lower their rating for customer support.
I do like how Plant Guru does have a lot of different recipes on their website at: https://www.theplantguru.com/page/category/diy-recipes/ They show you ways to use their oils for your hand sanitizer sprays, anti-itch stick for your camping trip, holiday essential oil recipes, etc.
Plant Guru Price
The price is always one factor that I consider when purchasing essential oils. Believe it or not, there are essential oil companies that are a lot cheaper than others. Sadly, when you start using their oils you will notice that the quality isn’t the highest. So, I want to show you how Plant Guru’s prices compare to other similar companies. The chart down below shows how they stack up against similar companies:
|Plant Guru (10ml)||$6.99|
|Plant Therapy (10ml)||$7.49|
|Eden's Garden (10ml)||$10.45|
|Aura Cacia (15ml)||$5.98|
|Young Living (15ml)||$24.99|
Other research on Plant Guru:
I have invested hours and hours of my time to find out all the information that you can find on Plant Guru. A couple of notable reviews that I have read on them can be found at:
Plant Guru Final Verdict
Do I recommend Plant Guru? Yes! That is with a big explanation point! As you can see in this full Plant Guru review I have tested them out extensively, used their oils, and compare their prices with other similar essential oil companies. Plant Guru is not only cheaper than most companies, but they have very high-quality essential oils.
The only negative thing I can say about the essential oils by Plant Guru is you have to be careful when you pour them out. They do come out of the bottle pretty fast. Sadly, I learned this the hard way the first time I poured peppermint into my diffuser.
I’m very happy that I got a chance to check out the essential oils by Plant Guru. As you can see they don’t just offer essential oils. They offer roll-ons, carrier oils, diffusers, etc.
However, if Plant Guru won’t work for you I would suggest reading my NOW essential oils review. They are another budget-friendly company that also sells high-quality essential oils.
Do you have any questions about Plant Guru’s essential oils? Do you have any experiences with their oils? Please leave your comments down below.
Plant Guru Review
Plant Guru is a great essential oil company. Their essential oils are cheaper than a lot of other companies. I’ve used a lot of their oils and do recommend them.