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Interested in Young Living for essential oils? Have you read the reviews on them?
Disclaimer: They are one of the most well-known names in the industry, therefore, Young Living is going to have one of the biggest “bullseyes” on their name. There are people that absolutely love them and others that are highly against using them for various reasons. I try to keep all my company reviews as unbiased as possible.
Believe it or not, I get asked the question are Young Living’s essential oils good almost on a daily basis. It’s going to be a long explanation.
This review is going to dive deep into the company and give you lots of feedback on their company, essential oils, and other products.
Over the years I have tried them out and read numerous reviews on them. I take everything I read on them with a grain of salt. I will just be writing about the information I have found on them, my personal experience, etc.
First off Young Living was established in 1993. They are certainly one of the older brands in the industry, like Starwest Botanicals (see review) and Rose Mountain Herbs (see review). Gary Young, the founder of Young Living is committed to providing pure essential oils that will have “life-changing” benefits. Their Seed to Seal production process claims to be the “best” essential oils in the world.
Young Living essential oils do use an MLM business model, which I will show you how it works a little later on in this Young Living review. Also, doTERRA also uses an MLM business model (see my review here).
I’m going to show you everything you need to know about Young Living and how their products can help enrich your life. Then at the end of this review, I will either recommend them or point you elsewhere.
So, let’s get started and learn more about them.
Young Living Pros
- Trusted brand. (one of the best brands to buy essential oils from)
- Pure essential oils.
- Third-party testing.
- Rewards program.
- High-quality oils and diffusers.
- Lots of essential oils & synergies.
- Compensation plan (4-8%).
- Lots of helpful information.
- MLM business model.
Young Living Cons
- High priced essential oils.
- MLM business model.
- Some history of some unethical business practices.
Young Living Purity Test
I have always stressed the importance of using essential oils that are pure. This is one of the first things I ever learned about essential oils.
You can’t always just trust that the essential oils are pure just because they say they are. Sadly, the industry isn’t regulated very tightly and anyone can print anything they want on a bottle of essential oil.
For instance, one company that doesn’t sell pure essential oils is Radha Beauty (very popular on Amazon.com); you can see my Radha Beauty review (click here).
But anyways back to Young Living and the purity of their essential oils.
For the most part, you can trust that their essential oils are pure. I will go into more details with some actual proof a little later on in this review.
But, let me shift to something a little negative on Young Living first.
I have read one negative Young Living review that shows that their oils were adulterated. However, Young Living did say that it was a smear tactic used by one of their competitors. Young Living is one of the largest brands in the industry, therefore, they are going to be under a lot of peoples radar; it’s just the way it works when you’re that successful.
Young Living Crafting & Harvesting
Young Living prides their essential oils on their extraction process. Meaning, they have very tough quality control measures to ensure that they are delivering quality oils and use the most efficient extraction process.
Young Living has invested in creating high-quality essential oils heavily. Therefore, they have several farms that they own and use for their essential oils. In North America, they have 6 different farms.
They are located in Mona, Utah, Tabiona, Utah, St. Maries, Idaho, Naples, Idaho, Fort Nelson, Canada, Big Island, Hawaii. In South America, they have a farm located in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Furthermore, they have 3 located in Asia, 2 in Australia, and 3 in Europe.
Young Living does test its essential oils extensively. This means they test their products at their farm and also use a variety of chemical, microbiological test, etc. They test the oils multiple times, too.
They do have their own in-house team that conducts their test. Also, Young Living does use third-party laboratory testing along with internal testing. Test are completed using a gas chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS). This will print out all the constituents that are found in the essential oils.
So, I went to YoungLiving.com and looked at a number of their single essential oils. For instance, I looked at grapefruit and couldn’t find a GS/MS sheet on them.
However, I did find an “EarthKosher Certified” guarantee on them. But, what does EarthKosher Certified actually mean? Basically, they are a kosher certification agency that is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. They do have offices in New York, and Jerusalem. Here is more information on it.
Rabbi Zachary Goldman is their CEO and EarthKosher Certified was established in 2004. Basically, they oversee companies with their certification program. They make sure standards and policies are being followed.
Additionally, they provide certification for vegan, paleo, and non-GMO products.
You can find out more about their certification program at https://earthkosher.com
Real Laboratory Testing Proof
Ok, so I was determined to verify that Young Living’s essential oils are not adulterated. In this industry, you have to check everything. I have seen company after company print the names “100% pure”, “Therapeutic Grade”, etc. on their bottle of essential oils. Case and point, check out this ArtNaturals review by clicking here.
I was able to come across a laboratory test which was analyzed by Dr. Robert S. Pappas (AKA Dr. P). He has loads of laboratory test which you can find at https://essentialoilanalysis.com
Below is the test on Blue Spruce by Young Living:
As you can see they are pure and it shows every chemical that is found within the essential oil. So, I am confident in telling you that Young Living essential oils are pure.
Big thanks to Dr. Robert Pappas for all his work in the industry and making his GC/MS test public for everyone to view!
Young Living Smell Test
Essential oils are all about smell. Honestly, would you purchase essential oils that smell like alcohol or have any foreign substances in them? I have tested out more essential oils that I have written about in this Young Living review and I have been very happy with the scent they gave off.
I have tried a number of their oils and I was extremely happy with the potency of their essential oils. Again, I can say with 100% confidence that the quality of essential oils from Young Living is very high.
How MLM Works With Young Living
Unfortunately, Young Living isn’t that transparent on their pricing when you are looking at their sets (through their website). There is no price and you either have to contact them on the telephone, live chat, or through email to get the prices from them.
Earlier I mentioned that Young Living is an MLM. This means they are a multi-leveled marketing company. This means that they work on a tiered payment structure. If you are buying their essential oils locally there is a good chance that there is a representative in your area. This means they go door to door and market their oils. Maybe, your friends or family have bought into the MLM business model. This works the same way that Avon does. Typically, they sell you Young Living products at a reduced rate and make money off your purchases.
You don’t have to pay a monthly membership or anything with Young Living. However, they do have an auto-ship program where you can earn free products and points by ordering their products monthly. This is called a wholesale membership. You need to order 50 PV (Purchase Volume) in a year. Wholesale members do get 24% off their purchases.
If the whole MLM process confuses you, you can buy their oils off Amazon. They will be a “one-off purchase”. This means they will be on the higher end and you are buying from private sellers.
Here is something interesting I found on Young Living that was published by the FDA: https://www.fda.gov/iceci/enforcementactions/warningletters/ucm416023.htm. It looks like their consultants have provided a lot of inaccuracies when talking about Young Living.
Can You Make Money With Young Living
The short answer is yes you can make money with Young Living. However, you are going to have to actively work at it in order to make decent money with Young Living. However, you need to have a good up line otherwise it will be very difficult to sell Young Living’s products. Also, the support/coaching from Young Living is solid.
They do have a competitive payment structure and there is some real solid income potential there. A lot of people are actually surprised to learn you don’t have to go door to door to sell Young Living’s products either. You can do it online by starting a website. From a look around the internet, I have found that people that work with them are actually pretty happy. Please check out this feedback at Glassdoor.com and Indeed.com.
Young Living does have a number of different essential oil starter sets. I am going to show you an example of one of the sets that they sell.
Young Living Premium Starter Kit With Dewdrop Home Rainstone
This is one of their starter sets that you can purchase. It has everything you need to get started with essential oils. It sells for $341 retail on their website. It contains the following:
- Desert Mist Ultrasonic Diffuser/Humidifier.
- Lavender 5 ml.
- Peppermint 5 ml.
- Lemon 5 ml.
- Copaiba 5 ml.
- Frankincense 5 ml.
- Thieves 5 ml.
- Citrus 5 ml.
- DiGize 5 ml.
- PanAway 5 ml.
- Stress Away 5 ml.
- Raven 5 ml.
- ArmoaGlide Roller Fitment.
- Thieves Household Cleaner Sample.
- 10 Love it? Share It! Sample Business Cards.
- 10 Love it? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles.
- 2 Ningxia Red 2 oz samples.
- Product Guide & Product List.
- Essential Oils Magazine.
- Essential Edge News.
Young Living Everyday Oils
Young Living does have a set where you can get 10 5 ml essential oils instead of purchasing them individually. It does come in a protective case and the following essential oils are included:
- Stress Away.
Young Living Products
Now, I am going to take a look at their essential oils, diffusers, and other products.
There are a lot of essential oils to choose from. Each oil has its own specific qualities that help your body a different way. Young Living has roughly 200 essential oils to choose from. They do offer synergy blends, too. This was a quote from Tyler B. from the live chat. Tyler B. did tell me this when I was asking about how many synergy blends they offer:
Unfortunately, I was not able to find a product with that description. You are more than welcome an independent research through Google, Pintrest, or any other search engine site.
Young Living does have a variety of electronic diffusers to choose from. They range anywhere from $45 to $104. This one (Dew Drop design with tear drop) is under $70. I have actually written a review on the Dew Drop which you can view here.
- It lasts for 4 hours with continuous use.
- Has the ability to humidify the room.
- The frequency generates waves at 1.7 million times per second.
Lastly, Young Living does offer roll-ons which you can apply directly to your skin. They are good for when you’re on the go. They offer dietary essential oils for cooking with, and you can buy massage lotions, too.
Young Living Customer Support
If you are new to essential oils there is a lot to learn about it. I’ve been learning about essential oils for several years and learn new things all the time.
Truth be told, at one time I was a fool and thought you could test the purity of essential oils with a blot test. However, as I have learned that is a myth and the best way to check the purity of essential oils is with a GC/MS test.
However, you can contact Young Living through their live chat (non-English and English), telephone (Monday through Saturday 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.), email (customer support, orders, products and support, compensation questions, website support).
I tested out their live chat support. I connected with “Tyler B” because I had some questions about their oils. As you can see here is a screenshot of our conversation:
I did chat with customer support for about 10-15 minutes. Only took a minute to connect and Tyler was very helpful with the questions I had about Young Living. No pressure to buy their products and he was generally a nice person and very helpful.
Young Living Training
So, one of the pros of an MLM company is they offer more one-on-one support than a typical company. Meaning, you have a dedicated rep that educates you on essential oils, can take classes, etc. Their whole business model is to coach you so that you can sell their products for them. It’s called word of mouth marketing and it’s a powerful marketing strategy.
Young Living Price
The price is always one factor I look at when purchasing essential oils. As I have shown you in my Green Health review, crazy cheap essential oils aren’t worth the money. Really, I believe a lot of people fall into the trap of buying dirt cheap essential oils without even realizing that they are not even pure.
To give you a comparison of what other companies are selling their essential oils the table down below shows you how much they charge:
|Young Living (15ml)||$22.99|
|Plant Guru (10ml)||$6.99|
|Plant Therapy (15ml)||$8.07|
|Edens Garden (10ml)||$10.93|
|Aura Cacia (15ml)||$10.15|
As you can clearly see the prices are much higher for Young Living. But, for some, it’s worth it to pay more for a quality brand of essential oils that they know and trust.
Young Living Final Verdict
Do I recommend Young Living?
Yes and No. I know what kind of answer is that right?
Their essential oils are of excellent quality. I can’t lie to you and tell you they are of poor quality.
They have a loyal customer base and some people would give you the “crazy eyes” if you told them Young Living isn’t a recommended brand.
However, the price tag and the business model can be a “turn off” for some people that might be considering them.
I really believe a lot of people start with Young Living. However, once they see how high priced they are they seek out other companies that sell essential oils. For many, I don’t feel it’s appealing to have to sell essential oils to their friends.
In order to get your essential oils for cheaper, you’re going to have to sell them to your friends and family. That or buy them wholesale. Honestly, it seems like it’s going to be a bit of a hassle get oils for a reduced priced for some that just want to buy their essential oils.
Other companies like Avon have used this same business model and it does work for them.
You can buy them from a private individual off Amazon, which is probably the easiest way to go.
However, as I have shown you the price for their oils is much higher than Plant Therapy, Rocky Mountain Oils, Starwest Botanicals, etc. Again, I am not stating that their essential oils are not high quality, just expect to pay top dollar for them.
I would like to hear from you and your experience with Young Living. Do you have any questions that are not answered in this Young Living review? Please leave a comment down below.
Young Living Review
Young Living is a very popular MLM that sells essential oils. Their price tag is higher than other competing brands. But, the quality of their oils is top notch. I do recommend Young Living if you can afford them.