This is a sponsored post on behalf of Simply Earth, however, all opinions are my own.
Essential oils are a huge deal these days and you have so many options to choose from. Frankly, it can be difficult to navigate all the variations and products on the market. As with anything else, you’ll find low-quality and high-quality oils from a huge range of producers. So where do you start?
There are a lot of considerations in what makes an oil “good” or “quality”. There are so many considerations, in fact, that it would be too much for a single article to explain them all in the depth it deserves. That being said, the key factors you want to look for GC-MS reports that confirm the purity, the Latin names of the plant being used in the oil, and checking the price tag. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If someone is selling oil that’s usually expensive at a far lower price point, treat it with skepticism! It probably isn’t pure.
GC-MS stands for Gas Chromatography (GC) and Mass Spectrometry (MS) which, essentially, tests oils to confirm the contents and purity. Again, a whole article could be devoted to this process and how it works but the key is that this confirms the purity and contents of the oil. However, while having a GC-MS report to look over is great, it’s also very expensive for a company to have it done. This would exclude smaller brands from being able to afford the test for every single batch. So, while this reporting is great to have, insisting on it may cause you to miss out on great oils.
Do your research on botanical Latin names before purchasing! For example, there are different types of Lavender but they aren’t all the same. What you want is true Lavender by the Latin name Lavandula angustifolia (formerly L. officinalis aka English Lavender) rather than oils made from the other “Lavender” plants like Lavandul Intermedia (Lavandin) which is a hybrid between English Lavender and Portuguese Lavender. Lavandin contains Camphor which will stimulate rather than relax! If you were attempting to relax and fall asleep but you accidentally purchased Lavandin rather than true Lavender, you’ll end up with the wrong results as you lay there awake!
Price is another factor. If the type of oil you’re looking for is typically $100 for 15ml of a reputable brand and you find another brand advertising the same oil for $12, treat it with suspicion! You get what you pay for and the cheap oil probably isn’t pure or maybe outright fraud. That being said, don’t let price be the only determining factor. Do your due diligence and you may find that the less expensive brands use an identical process to the more expensive brand and simply don’t mark theirs up as much!
Even the abridged version seems like a lot, right?! It’s a lot of research, for sure. If you want a simple suggestion for a reliable, fair, and clean brand of essential oil, look no further than Simply Earth!
Simply Earth is a newer essential oil company that’s beginning to make a splash with high-quality oils at fair prices. Founded because of the owner’s frustration with finding good quality oils, Simply Earth established itself with the “Simply Pure Promise”. What exactly does this promise entail? I’ll let Simply Earth put it in their own words:
“From displaying quality testing for our oils in the form of GC/MS reports for all our oils right on the product page to visiting our vetiver farm in Haiti, we are working on creating the standards for what it means to have high-quality oils. All this is backed with our 365 day Simply Earth Guarantee. With the safety of your home in mind, we’re meticulous about every step of our process. To make sure each plant reaches its potential, we carefully and ethically choose a region where it will thrive. Then we work with our farmers. When our plants have reached maturity, they are harvested safely and fairly. From there we collect their natural essential oils through either cold-pressing or steam-distillation. Every batch is then tested to ensure 100% purity. One of the beautiful things about essential oils is that each bottle is slightly different because every plant and harvest is different. We preserve these unique qualities by professionally packaging our oils in amber glass bottles. This not only guards our oils freshness and natural benefits but also protects against damaging UV rays. We’re so confident in our oil’s abilities to safeguard your home we offer a 365-day satisfaction guarantee.”
Another benefit to using Simply Earth is their fantastic recipe box program! The monthly recipe box includes four essential oils, other natural ingredients for the recipes, and some fun extras. When you first sign up, you’ll also receive a bonus box with some extra goodies!
In order to facilitate this review, we received the April recipe box and a bonus box from Simply Earth. The bonus box is an additional package you’ll receive for every six regular monthly recipe boxes you purchase. In short, you’ll get the bonus box twice a year if you remain subscribed.
On to the goodies!
April’s recipe box includes six recipes making use of four included essential oils: BO Be Gone, Lemon, Nutmeg, and Tea Tree. Also included in the box is one bottle of liquid Castile Soap, one reusable aluminum spray bottle, and stickers to label your recipe bottles. For some of the included recipes, you’ll need some additional ingredients like distilled water, borax, washing soda, Epsom salt, rubbing alcohol, and white vinegar.
April’s box contains the following recipes:
- foaming hand soap
- natural laundry detergent
- laundry stain remover roll on
- natural home diffuser recipe
- lemon and nutmeg dishwasher detergent
- tea tree and lemon surface cleaner
When it comes to essential oils, $40 for a set like this is a great deal!
Upon opening our bonus box we found beeswax, coconut oil, liquid coconut oil (used as a carrier oil), almond oil (used as a carrier oil), six empty roller bottles so you can make your own topical balms, and six empty standard essential oil bottles for your own liquid mixtures (for diffusing or other uses).
In addition to the great features of Simply Earth essential oil recipe kits, you’re also giving to a great cause. Simply Earth donates 13% of their profits to various organizations that seek to end human trafficking. Why 13%? 13 is the average age of an individual forced into human trafficking. That’s shocking and horrifying! As Simply Earth puts it:
“Human trafficking is a worldwide phenomenon and tackling it on a big scale is great. However, it can be overwhelming. In our own little way, we try to help out as much as we can. Simply Earth shares 13% of our profits to organizations who help end this atrocity.”
I couldn’t recommend this method of building your essential oil collection any more highly!! The quality of the oils seems to be great, the value for the price is outstanding, and the cause of ending human trafficking they’re supporting is one that should unite all of us.
To learn more about Simply Earth and to view their large selection of essential oils and accessories, check out their homepage HERE. If you plan on subscribing to their monthly recipe box program, be sure to use code “TNMFREE” to receive a $20 gift card with your initial subscription box and bonus box!! This gift card can be used on a future purchase or your next monthly box but only works if you are subscribed!