Aura Cacia is an essential oil brand that is sold at a lot of different stores. I have seen their essential oils at GNC, Target, Vitamin Shoppe, Walgreens, etc.
Shortly, after I experimented with purchasing Green Health’s essential oils I tested out Aura Cacia’s oils to see how they stacked up.
First, I’m going to teach you a little about the company Aura Cacia and why they are different than a lot of other essential oil companies. Many brands like Young Living and doTerra have an MLM (multi-level marketing) business structure. Avon is an MLM company, which a lot of people are familiar with.
An MLM works by having their clients sign up as distributors. Their clients than encourage people to sign up as a distributor or buy their products from them. However, Aura Cacia is different because they have a co-op structure. Typically, when you purchase essential oils from MLM companies the cost is pretty high.
They originally started as a two-person operation in 1976. They were started in a cabin in Eastern Iowa. By 1979 they were bottling and selling their essential oils locally. Fast forward to the present day and you will see they are a well-known brand in the essential oils industry and as I have stated in a lot of big stores.
Auca Cacia is a co-op owned company. Meaning their an umbrella company of Frontier Co-Op. This simply means they are member-owned. There is no single owner of the company. Instead, they are owned by multiple businesses. But, wait I thought you said they were an umbrella company of Frontier. They are but they are owned by several other companies, too.
Now that you know a little about them I can go over more about the products they offer. In this Aura Cacia review, I will show you why I like their essential oils and recommend them to anyone looking for high-quality essential oils.
Aura Cacia Pros
- One of The Best Essential Oil Brands (click here).
- Reasonable prices.
- Pure essential oils.
- Offer organic essential oils.
- Lots of different essential oils to choose from, offers roll-on’s, carrier oil, etc.
- Have been making essential oils and selling them since 1976.
- Their essential oils are available at lots of different stores.
- Can check the botanical name on their site.
- 100% money-back guarantee.
Aura Cacia Cons
- Can’t check the purity of your essential oils with a GC/MS test on their website.
Aura Cacia Purity Test
People that are experienced in aromatherapy know that it’s vital that your essential oils are pure. Meaning your essential oils don’t contain other chemicals that dilute the oils.
Just looking at the bottle will give you some signs of purity. For instance, a bottle of lemon essential oil from Aura Cacia has the Latin name on it which is “Citrus x lemon”. The country origin where this essential oil is from is Italy. Also, Aura Cacia states that it’s a fresh, fruity, top note. Lastly, it comes from the fruit peel, which is how lemon essential oils are extracted from.
Aura Cacia does print the words “100% pure essential oil on their bottle they do give a caution statement on the bottle. It states you shouldn’t use lemon if your pregnant, nursing, suffering from a medical condition, avoid eyes, and mucous membranes. It states lemon can irritate your skin, and Aura Cacia states you should not use it for internal use. Lastly, you should consult a practitioner before using. (see this article on using essential oils correctly)
If you’re concerned about the authenticity of your essential oil from Aura Cacia it should have these words on it:
Distributed by Frontier Co-Op
Norway, IA 5231
@2018 Frontier Co-Op
Also, there should be a barcode.
I looked on their website for quite a while to see if Aura Cacia published their GC/MS test on their website. It’s pretty common for companies to do that, nowadays. I couldn’t find it. However, when I was looking through their FAQ’s page I did find this:
It states that they do test their essential oils with optical rotation and specific gravity and gas chromatography testing. They are pure, but I couldn’t obtain a copy of them.
Aura Cacia Is Proven To Be Pure
I like to prove everything to your with a real laboratory test. Otherwise, I wouldn’t feel confident writing an honest Aura Cacia essential oil review without it.
Aura Cacia Testing Procedure
Aura Cacia does test their essential oils regularly. This is a quality control measure that proves to their customers that they are getting high-quality unadulterated oils. It works the following way:
- Each pre-shipment has a sample that is taken out and evaluated before making the purchase.
- Once the oil is purchased the sample is tested to ensure that the essential oils are pure.
What is standard in the essential oils industry is to have the oils test, which is called GC/MS test. To human eye won’t be able to tell essential oil has been adulterated. This is why this test is so important for the essential oils industry. Once you run the GC/MS test it will show all the contents that are in the tested essential oil.
I have searched through Auca Cacia website and was unable to find the results from batches of their products that have been GC/MS tested, though. A lot of companies like Plant Therapy will allow you to check your actual bottle so you can see the GC/MS test that has been run on that specific batch.
Aura Cacia Crafting & Harvesting
It’s important to know how the essential oils are harvested and where they are harvested from. It’s best to have plants that are harvested in the natural environment. Aura Cacia botanicals are found in their natural environment.
Aura Cacia has relationships with several groups of growers and maintains a direct relationship with their growers. Many of Aura Cacia essential oils are certified organic which is better because some growers will actually get chemicals on their plants which does change the potency and therapeutic benefit of their essential oils.
Aura Cacia does get their Argan Oil from Morocco, so they can hand-pick their argan nuts. Also, Sandalwood is from Australian and they don’t harvest endangered Indian Sandalwood like other companies do.
Quality is very important to Aura Cacia’s oils. They guarantee the following:
- No synthetic fragrances.
- No synthetic stabilizers or colors.
- Do NOT use animal testing.
- Their essential oils are 100% pure.
- Does NOT include praben or petroleum.
- Essential oils are tested frequently.
Aura Cacia Smell Test
I have tested a lot of Aura Cacia’s essential oils by defusing them with an electronic diffuser (click here to learn about diffusers). The diffusers I have used are the InnoGear 150mL. I have also used my URPOWER diffuser in my living room and in my bedroom to help me sleep.
I have even put a couple drops of rosemary and peppermint on a piece of white paper to see how long the smell remained. It lasted for over 24 hours.
Typically, I try to put 2-4 drops in my electronic diffuser and you can smell the oils within 12 feet or so. Also, when I am using my electronic diffuser the smell is very strong and does linger even after I turn off my diffuser.
I was very impressed with the potency of the essential oils for Aura Cacia.
Aura Cacia Products
Aura Cacia has over 130+ single essential oils in their product line. 28 of the essential oils that they offer are USDA certified organic. Along with being able to purchase lots of different single oils they also offer over 60 blends.
A blend is a fancy name for a scent that has a number of different essential oils in it. For instance, Chill Pill has Sweet orange, lavender, patchouli, peppermint, sweet basil, and Roman chamomile in it.
Aura Cacia does offer starter sets. Meaning, you get multiple essential oil bottles together. These kits are great if your new to essential oils or are buying a present for someone. They offer two different kits; Discover Essential Oil Kit, and the Discover Relaxation Kit. Here is more information about those two kits:
Discover Essential Oil Kit
- Comes with four bottles of essential oil (7.4mL)
- Eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, and tea tree.
- Beginner pamphlet.
Discover Relaxation Kit
- Comes with four bottles of essential oil (7.4mL)
- Chill pill, lavender, patchouli, and sweet orange.
- Beginner pamphlet.
Roll-ons are offered by Aura Cacia. These are great for topical use. When you’re on the go and want something convenient with therapeutic benefits roll-ons are a great way to go. Typically, roll-ons are the same size as a tube of chapstick.
At this time it does look like Aura Cacia does have 19 different blends of roll-ons. Down below are just a few roll-ons that they offer:
- Aura Cacia Chill Pill.
- Aura Cacia Cooling Peppermint.
- Aura Cacia Medieval.
- Aura Cacia Empowering Solar Plexus Chakra.
- Aura Cacia Enlightening Crown Chakra.
Aura Cacia also sells carrier oils. Carrier oils are good if you want to use essential oils topically. Rather than putting the essential oils on your skin, it’s best to mix them with a carrier oil.
Here are some of the carrier oils that they offer:
- Harmonizing grapeseed with Vitamin E.
- Skin care oil (castor oil).
- Balancing jojob.
- Nurturing sweet almond.
- Rejuvenating apricot.
- Protecting sesame.
Can Aura Cacia Oils Be Taken Internally
There is a lot of debate on taking essential oils internally. For instance, some companies like doTERRA and Young Living have developed brands that advise people to take them internally. However, I was unsure about Aura Cacia stance on this and did find this information on taking their oil internally.
Aura Cacia does NOT recommend you use their essential oils internally. They don’t believe there is enough evidence that shows they can be taken internally. Essential oils are very concentrated and can actually be toxic if taken internally.
Aura Cacia Customer Support
As I have mentioned Aura Cacia’s sets do include a pamphlet which is very helpful if you’re new to essential oils. Aura Cacia does have a 100% money-back guarantee policy. This means if you are not satisfied with any of their products they will replace it or refund you at any time. All that they ask is your return the product within 60 days of the billing date.
They do ask that you complete a Return Goods Authorization form. This helps them in determining what is wrong with the product that you are returning.
Aura Cacia Price
The price is always one important factor when buying essential oils. There are companies that sell essential oils for very cheap and some companies that sell essential oils for much more. So, how are Aura Cacia’s essential oils compared with other oils in the industry? The table down below shows how they stack up compared to other brands in the industry:
Aura Cacia Price ComparisonThe below tested essential oils are for the essential oil grapefruit.
|Aura Cacia (15ml)||$12.17|
|Edens Garden (10ml)||$8.95|
|Rocky Mountain Oils (15ml)||$13.00|
|Plant Therapy (10ml)||$6.95|
|Young Living (15ml)||$21.59|
Other Positive Reviews
Don’t just take my word for it that Aura Cacia is a good respectable brand in the industry. I have read a lot about them in my hours and hours of research prior to writing my own Aura Cacia review.
Here are some other websites which recommend Aura Cacia:
Aura Cacia Final Thoughts
So do I recommend you purchase essential oils from Aura Cacia? Yes! Aura Cacia is one brand that I love. There are reputable essential oil companies on my list and Aura Cacia is certainly one of them. Their prices are reasonable, the quality of the essential oils are excellent, and they are a very trustworthy company.
It’s so uplifting to see a company that has a strong set of values and actually cares about the industry. Again, Aura Cacia is a very good brand to buy your essential oils from.
I am so glad I discovered Aura Cacia. Aura Cacia offers a lot of essential oils, carrier oils, roll-ons, etc. Again, the quality of their essential oils is very high. They are certainly a company that produces good quality essential oils.
You can’t beat their 100% money-back guarantee, either. I am more than happy to recommend them to anyone that is looking for high-quality essential oils.
Do you have any questions about Aura Cacia’s essential oils that aren’t answered in this review? Do you have any experience with Aura Cacia? Please leave your comments down below.
Aura Cacia Review
Aura Cacia has very high-quality essential oils. The prices for their oils are reasonably priced. I use their essential oils daily and love them. I highly recommend Aura Cacia.