DōTerra is one of the more well-known essential oils companies available on the market today. The name “dōTERRA®” comes from the Latin meaning of “Gift of the Earth”. Agreed – it is a little bit hard to spell, and many variations of the name exist: doTerra, doterra, dōTERRA, dōterra… They’re all the same and I hope to not use any one of them wrongly and offend anyone in this doTerra essential oils review article.
A brief history
The dōTERRA essential oil company was founded in the spring of 2008 by a group of 7 founding health-care and business professionals who concluded that with commitment, hard work, and the help of others with similar passion and vision, they could and would bring a new standard of therapeutic-grade essential oils to the world.
These professionals all shared personal experiences with the profound life-enhancing benefits of essential oils, so they wanted to create an essential oil product that would appeal to all people – from those knowing nothing of essential oils, to those who considered themselves experts in the field.
dōTERRA Coroprate Responsibility and Ethics
As many of the dōTERRA essential oils are sourced in developing countries, dōTERRA has created their “Co-Impact Sourcing™” program, which serves to work towards improving lives and communities throughout the world. The program helps create alliances or coalitions of growers and distillers that ensure local communities receive fair and timely payments to support their families and communities. dōTERRA works with these coalitions to provide the resources, tools, and training necessary to ensure a long-lasting partnership.
Oil Quality, the doTerra “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG)”
The CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) essential oil quality standard is what dōTERRA judges and labels their essential oil quality by. It is a sophisticated certification process that strives to represent only the safest and most beneficial oils available in the world today.
However, it is important to note that dōTERRA actually “owns” this name, “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG)”, and that it’s not actually a certification given out by an independent third party. Yes, it is a very good process and list of standards, but it is still a proprietary term to dōTERRA, which leaves the question open of how much of it is marketing hype, and how much of it is actually based on caring for the natural qualities of the plants and elements going into the distillation of an essential oil.
The details of the CPTG standard are:
For an oil to be CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade the oil must be:
- Pure and natural, with aromatic compounds carefully extracted from plants
- Free from fillers or artificial ingredients; no dilution of active qualities
- Free of contaminants, pesticides, or chemical residues
- Rigorously tested for standards of chemical composition
- Cross tested using mass spectrometry and gas chromatography to ensure exact purity and composition potency
- Sourced by a global network of leading essential oil chemists and growers to ensure correct species, growth in ideal environments, and that raw plant materials were carefully harvested at the right time
As you can see, it all sounds good, and I am sure it is. It’s just not independently tested, and therefore, in my opinion, holds less weight as you might initially believe it does. It’s just another doTerra house-internal way to make their oils stand out in some way in contrast to other essential oil companies and brands.
Are dōTERRA Oils Certified Organic?
dōTERRA‘s quality standard for essential oils, CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade®, actually exceeds industry standards. Because organic certification varies from country to country, province to province, and in the US, from state to state, it is not currently possible to acquire all oils under certified organic status.
The above short paragraph of information originally appeared on http://doterrablog.com/are-doterra-essential-oils-organic/
The dōTERRA Oils Collection
The doTerra essential oil company today not only offers essential oils and proprietary oil blends, but also nutritional, spa, and healthy living products based on a well-rounded wellness philosophy.
Their essential oils collection to-date includes 42 single oils and 19 blends for targeted wellness applications. Most oils come in a standard variety of either a 5ml or a 15ml bottle, some products are already pre-packaged in a roll-on bottle/stick for easy application to the skin or pressure points. Make sure you check the ml details before you price-compare or shop around!
dōTERRA essential oil sets
If you’re looking for a dōTERRA essential oil starter kit, have a look at this blog post here. You can start with a set of 3 oils for just around $20 on amazon, or get the whole Home Essentials package deal including an essential oil diffuser for a bit over $280.
My favourite dōTERRA essential oil kits:
dōTERRA oils will be among the more expensive essential oils that you can buy. Each oil is subjected to strict standards of purity and potency as well as a battery of thorough testing. A lot of scientific research and resources are put into making these oils. But before you price-compare, make sure you check the amount that is included in each bottle. Some essential oils come in 5 ml, 10 ml,or 15 ml bottles respectively! That can make a huge difference in the price point.
Summary of my doTerra Essential Oils Review
Overall, I like dōTERRA essential oils. Yes, so they’ve come up with their own “therapeutic grade” certification process. At least it’s an honest standard where they don’t add chemicals (very important), and treat farmers and distillers in other countries fairly. If it’s in your budget, give dōTERRA essential oils a try!
Meet the dōTERRA founding executives (doTerra official website)