This has nothing to do with the ritual use of oils, it’s just something I keep running into in the oil business. I’ve seen it twice just today, people making outlandish and borderline dangerous claims about essential oils made by certain companies.
There’s at least two, probably more, MLM scams involving essential oils. People sign up as “consultants,” buy the oils “wholesale,” and sell them to their friends. The problem is, both of these MLM companies make claims about essential oils in general, and their essential oils in particular, that just aren’t true. In addition, the markup on these oils – even “wholesale” – is something like 500%.
To recap what I’ve said before:
- There are no purity standards for essential oils.
- There is no certifying body for essential oils.
- Both of the major MLM essential oil companies certify their own oils as pure.
- Claiming that oils are objectively pure because they are subjected to Gas Chromatograph, Mass Spectrometer testing, and heavy metals analysis (by their own lab, naturally) is profoundly misleading.
- Essential oils are not graded. Terms like therapeutic grade, aromatherapy grade, and fragrance grade have no meaning outside of being marketing buzzwords.
- Essential oils should not be used undiluted on the skin, and should not be taken internally. Period, the end, no caveats or “except for….” statements.
- There are no essential oils that have been certified as safe for consumption – see above, where there is no certifying body for essential oils.
In addition to all this, both of the major MLM essential oil companies overcharge for essential oils to a horrifying degree. An example:
Multi-level Marketing Company #1: 15ml Basil Essential Oil, $24.75
Multi-level Marketing Company #2: 15ml Basil Essential Oil, $26.67
Standard Essential Oil Seller: 15ml Basil Essential Oil, $4.09
That’s a difference of over $20 per bottle – for what? Nothing.
I find these multi-level marketing companies, and the claims their representatives make, to be really disturbing. For the record, there is no reason on EARTH to pay $25 or more for basil oil. It’s a scam, it’s a ripoff, and it upsets me that so many people are falling for it.
(Edited to add: I’ve been looking for the CropWatch report on “Therapeutic Essential Oils” for a while, since it was missing from their website. I’ve since found it on their website, but inaccessible other than via their cache, so I’m providing a copy of it here.)