Why is doTERRA So Expensive? Because they are sourced from around the world and carefully tested to have the correct chemical compounds. They are certified not to have anything added to them. Other companies get away with saying they are pure by adding lesser quality oils in with the more expensive oils so they are still “pure.”
Other reason why is doTERRA more expensive is because doTERRA oils are much stronger and more effective. Many of doTERRA’s oils have been tested to be taken internally. There is a reason they are the world’s largest distributor of oils.
Most of the other distributors of essential oils buy them from a middleman. They have no control over the quality. I also can’t emphasize how important where the plants are grown is. It is the MOST important and unique difference that doTERRA has. doTERRA does chemical analysis on every location around the world where the plants are traditionally grown and compares all the chemicals to find the location that has the best chemical compounds.
Then the plants are grown by growers who know what they are doing and have been doing it for years. Then doTERRA does chemical analysis on every batch of oils to make sure they meet their high CTPG standards. All this is not cheap but it means they have a very high quality, consistent product with nothing added to it.
This means that many of the oils are safe to take internally. Other companies can’t promise this because of the fillers in their products Because their oils may be high in chemicals you wouldn’t want to take internally. They don’t know for sure since they don’t have the high standards that doTERRA has. You ask Why is doTERRA so expensive? That’s why!
This is NOT the Reason doTERRA Oils Cost More
I’m tired of hearing they cost more because they are an MLM. Having wellness advocates is just a way to market their oils. They do it that way so you can have someone help guide you on how to use the oils. They are complicated and you can’t simply put instructions on a bottle and put them on a shelf in a box store.
Also, when you are buying an essential oil that’s sitting on the shelf, don’t think that the cost of marketing that oil isn’t built into the price. Companies spend billions of dollars on advertising to huge corporations, plus there are tons of middlemen and transportation charges so the argument that they cost more because doTERRA is an MLM is just uneducated.
It’s actually really good that doTERRA is an MLM because then the money gets in the hands of regular people who get paid to help others feel better and can provide value to users and in turn be rewarded for their efforts.
What about the other essential oil companies will sell their oils for a lot less money?
If you do your research and learn from (hopefully) unbiased sources such as Dr. Pappas then you will learn how complex essential oils are and how complex their pricing and marketing can be. There are many things that go into the price of the oil in the bottle including:
- The actual essential oil – whether they bought it from a wholesaler or direct from a farmer
- Transportation, bottling, storage, shipping costs, etc.
- Where the oil is from. For example, vetiver plants are grown in both Haiti and Indonesia.
- Third-party testing
- Company overhead
- Marketing – whether it be members of an MLM, Amazon fees (minimum of 15%), distributor costs, advertising
- Education – with doTERRA you get access to TONS of education from the company online, at Convention, at special events around the world and hopefully from the person you signed up with. If you aren’t getting support from the person you signed up with, you can always get support from someone above them, even if you have to go up a few levels. Many Wellness Advocates will also help those not even on their team just because that’s the giving culture with doTERRA.
Anyone who has low prices on their oils can only achieve this by cutting costs in one of the above ways. Some of the ways they do this is by:
- Adulterating the actual essential oil by adding fillers or chemicals and diluting or making the oils unsafe. Dr. Pappas is a good resource to help you know how to spot which companies do that.
- They may get what is considered an oil from a less desirable location, such as vetiver from Indonesia instead of Haiti.
- They don’t get independent third-party testing on every batch of essential oils. Read what Dr. Pappas says about third-party testing here.
- They have a small company and can afford to have small overhead for a small period of time. This also means they probably do not have teams of people ensuring the oils come from the best location, are totally pure and unaltered and have third-party testing on every batch.
- Not having a good return policy.