My most recent interest is the world of essential oils. Just so you know, this is not another post about which company sells the best oils or can make you the most profit with their business building opportunity.
I have a tendency to do ridiculous amounts of research on things that catch my interest. I have found an overwhelming volume of information and opinions on the topic of essential oils. My interest in EO's is not just for good-smelly stuff. There seems to be plenty of evidence that EO's can be truly therapeutic physically as well as emotionally. I have always been of the belief that God put everything on this planet that we need for health and wellness, and it seems ridiculous to not look to natural sources to improve our quality of life.
What concerns me is that I'm also finding so much hype and brand bashing that I find myself questioning my own judgement regarding where to purchase my oils. I want quality, therapeutic grade oils with no fillers or dilution of any kind - not even if they are cut with quality carrier oils. I want them at a price that is not inflated beyond a reasonable profit margin. I guess what I want is an honest source that that can be trusted to provide the quality that they advertise at a reasonable price.
I have no problem with a company who uses a MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) structure - as long as the products are top quality and their prices are not unreasonably inflated. I also have no problem buying from a small family business as long as they have the knowledge and ability to provide a high quality product at a reasonable price.
Being new to Essential Oils, I am at a distinct disadvantage in judging quality vs. price. Some of the brands I have looked at are not going to make my short list because of obvious dilution disguised behind carefully worded promises. There were other brands I may have considered if I hadn't seen such rabid attacks against competitors (makes me wonder why they feel they can't rely on quality products and good customer service to keep their brand alive). I see product reviews that are more confusing than helpful and find myself questioning the motives of every reviewer. Are they only giving a negative review because they are a distributor for an MLM brand? Are they only giving positive reviews because they have been offered incentives to do so?
As much as I'd love to just jump in completely with one trusted company for all of my essential oil purchases, I'll have to compare brands, as resources allow, and hope that I don't waste too much $$ trying to decide which company (or companies) can be trusted to produce consistently high quality at a reasonable price. It will be interesting to see how this process works out.
I'm a curious-by-nature 50-something with random interests. Come visit often to see what the latest topic is.