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Are DoTERRA Essential Oils a Scam?

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Update/TL;DR: There appears to be a great deal of fraud with DoTERRA that has gotten the FDA's attention. In addition, the FTC warns MLMs with overpriced products may be a pyramid scheme. You can pay ~$68 for 1.5 ounces (45ml) of DoTERRA lavender oil or spend the same amount for 16 ounces of NOW Lavender Oil. The NOW Lavender product is extremely well-reviewed showing that it is quality product and not a cheap knock-off. Your money goes more than 10x further with the non-MLM/pyramid scheme version.

Are DoTERRA Essential Oils A Scam

Are DoTERRA Essential Oils A Scam

For a few years now people have asked me about doTERRA essential oils. The first was Candace who was a major contributor in the 6000+ comments of my MonaVie article. That was back in March of 2012. A few months after that someone by the name of Laura emailed me about the company.

In the last few months, I've received a couple more emails about essential oils from close friends who follow the blog. One was LisaRob a frequent commenter on my old LifeVantage Protandim article. Another was one of my favorite personal finance bloggers who sent me an email with the subject "The Wife got ripped off". It turns out that in both these case, they were talking about Young Living's essential oils and not doTERRA's.

I don't want to unfairly lump the companies together, but there are clearly very obvious similarities such as the essential oils and the MLM structure which are increasingly becoming exposed as pyramid schemes in recent years. (Some examples include WSJ, Harper's, and Forbes calling them out. And that's not to begin to cover the Herbalife investigation from every regulator under the sun.)

With apologies to those asking about Young Living, I'll focus on doTERRA today and leave Young Living for sometime in the future. If you are interested in Young Living, I suggest reading this anyway, it's most likely the same think. It will be like learning about baseball by watching the Yankees instead of the Red Sox. They are different teams, but the game is still the same.

Let's dig into doTERRA, shall we.

When Candace emailed me back in 2012, it was to tell me that she was recently made aware of this company and their products. In her research she found that doTERRA was claiming that their products were certified as therapeutic grade by the FDA and that they show a seal with registered trademark CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) as proof. It's brilliantly covered in this article that the CPTG trademark is one that doTERRA created and has nothing to do with the FDA at all.

That article even shows that doTERRA customer support is lying to people about the FDA giving them the label of CPTG. Quite clearly the FDA wouldn't waste their time giving doTERRA a label that doTERRA invented. It would be like me register a trademark for World's Best Blogger and then claiming that a consortium of Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook gave me that label. Sorry, but...


We can go a little further and review doTERRA's FAQ on CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade):

Q: doTERRA's essential oils are trademarked as "CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™". What does this term mean, and what evidence is there to prove the efficacy and purity of your oils?

A: doTERRA's essential oils are trademarked and registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office as CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™. This term means that our essential oils will always maintain the highest quality standard in therapeutic grade essential oils for purity and efficacy.

It seems that over the years, they've switched the "certification" from the FDA to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). However, the USPTO isn't in the business of doing certification of essential oils... just like they aren't in the business of determining who is the best blogger. McDonalds has trademarked the "I'm Loving It" slogan, but it doesn't mean that everyone actually loves McDonalds. BMW has trademarked "The Ultimate Driving Experience", but it doesn't mean that the USPTO has declared the BMW's driving experience to be beyond all others.

The trademarked term of CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) is simply their marketing slogan designed to confuse consumers into thinking that is has been certified and that therapeutic grade essential oils exist. They don't.

A research article here says the following:

CERTIFIED PURE THERAPEUTIC GRADE:
This is a relatively new trademark by a multi-level marketing company. It gives the appearance of being approved by some kind of higher authority and it has been said that the company states it is a FDA approved to use this label. According to Elston (2009), 'This registered word mark has not been provided to them by the FDA as they claim and is meaningless in proving that an outside certifying body has declared or designated that DoTERRA's essential oils are certified pure therapeutic grade. DoTERRA, LLC owns the right to exclusive use of the mark (however not the exclusive right to the actual words 'Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade' which is revealing). This seal or word mark is nothing more than a commercial trademark that they have registered and paid a fee for."

This is really all I need to know to form the opinion that the company a scam. The definition of scam is a "confidence trick." This appears to be confidence trick by doTERRA in creating and using a marketing term with the word "certified" in it, when it hasn't been certified by anyone and "therapeutic grade", when the FDA hasn't approved it as being therapy for anything.

I really shouldn't go further, but there's another reason why I wrote this article. I noticed that a blog I sometimes read called Pick the Brain published an article of: 3 Health Issues to Mitigate Using Essential Oils.

That title clued me in right away. This was another MLM with distributors illegally claiming that their dietary supplement can help with medical conditions without the FDA's approval. Sure enough, if you look at the author's (Heather Koenig's) bio at the bottom and go to her website (EssentialOilsUS.com), she is a doTerra salesperson. You are looking at a cleverly designed advertisement.

If a product can help with a condition, it can be certified with the FDA just like calcium and vitamin D are for bone health. Alas, it doesn't look like doTERRA has gone through the process which tells me they believe in their product to prove the claims.

The article on Pick the Brain was almost comical. The author suggested that essential oils can help with weight loss, but gave no reason why. There was no research presented. It was simply stated to be an alternative to popping pills. Well, carrying my lucky rabbit's foot in my pocket is an alternative too... it's just not a good one. There's no scientific basis behind it... just like essential oils. The rest of the weight loss section was filler. There was no information about essential oils and their efficacy. Instead it was about it taking patience and endurance to lose weight. Maybe the author should have written an article about that instead of essential oils.

Unfortunately, it only goes downhill from there as the author suggests that people treat mental conditions with essential oils. That's the kind of advice that could lead to suicide... very irresponsible.

The clincher (do we need any more evidence?) is this article on Science-based Medicine on doTERRA. Dr. Harriet Hall covers in detail how the claims made on the website are vague... vague enough to not get them in trouble with FDA. However, the claims are also specific enough to lead distributors to make illegal health claims. For example, "supporting a healthy insulin response" is likely to be stretched to "helps treat diabetes!" In fact, here is a website making that claim.

This leads to doTERRA's message. They explicitly say on their website, "This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease." Their salesforce explicitly pitches the products to treat diseases.

It's insanity.

In fact it is so insane that the FDA sent warning letters to both DoTERRA Essential Oils and Young Living Essential Oils on the same day: September 22, 2014.

As a side note, Dr. Harriet Hall's article refers to the Young Living's Essential Oils with information about its founder, Gary Young, and accounts of his fraud and extensive arrest record including how he "contributed to the death of his own child by performing an underwater delivery and holding the newborn infant underwater for an hour." Once again, we'll save that for a future article on Young Living if we get around to it (I have to be honest, it took me more than 2 years to get to this article).

It looks like doTERRA is one of the many MLM companies where they lead distributors to make illegal health claims. Once again we can apply the logic and science that shows No, the MLM Health Product Does Not Work. I invite doTERRA to prove me and Dr. Harriet Hall wrong by getting the products approved by the FDA for conditions like calcium and vitamin D are for bone health.

Update:

People in the comments have criticized me for not trying the products. This is very flawed logic in health products for the reasons I cite this in this article. (There's no point in rewriting all the logic here.) This Christmas I got this ZAQ Noor Essential Oil Diffuser and this NOW Foods Essential Oils 10-Oil Variety Pack Sampler - 1oz Each. I've tried them and they smell great and work just like the ZAQ diffuser company suggests. A few drops go a long, long way and each 1 oz bottle should last for 150 uses (20 drops is equal to 1ml... there are 30mls in an ounce... so the 600 drops equals 150 total 4-drop uses.) At $50 for the 10 bottles, I paid $5 an ounce for the 100% pure, well-reviewed NOW products that work great (yes I'm stressing the quality, because it is a quality product).

It makes no sense to spend 5x more for 1/2 the product (15mls or a 1/2 ounce) for the DoTerra label. As a consumer advocate, I have to say that your money is best spent buying what you want individual from cheaper vendors where you get 10 times more product for your dollar.

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305 Responses to “Are DoTERRA Essential Oils a Scam?”

  1. Mickey says:

    Depending on what you are using the oils for you may not want synthetic oils. If you put them on your skin they will absorb into your body.

  2. Liz says:

    The lack of facts in this article are appalling.
    Lavender oil if a person purchases retail is $28. The FDA DOES NOT support progress, there are cures for Cancer as well as many other diseases that are being supressed as it affects Big Pharma sales and that’s who controls the FDA. You have the opportunity to help educate people, instead you are on a defamation campaign, with so many incorrect facts it’s reprehensible. Shame on you

    • Lazy Man says:

      There are tons of facts in this article Liz. The $28 lavender oil you referring to is the 15ml size, not the 45ml size that I am referring to.

      The FDA does support progress and there are not cures for cancer being suppressed by Big Pharma who has no control over the FDA. You’ve stated about 4 incorrect facts in one sentence.

    • Liz says:

      doterra doesn’t offer a 45ml size. I have no idea where you would have seen this. If you are looking on ebay or amazon they are counterfeit.
      There are absolutely cures out there, some of them can be found on pubmed.
      There are tons of facts in this article, too bad they are inaccurate.

    • Lazy Man says:

      If you click on the link where I state my source, you can see that you can buy a 15ml bottle for $23.10 on Amazon. I’m giving DoTerra the benefit of the doubt of the cheaper pricing rather than the $28 retail price. Three of those bottles (45ml) would cost you $69, which is within a dollar of the $68 price I wrote about. Pricing on Amazon changes over time, but that’s pretty minimal.

      You have no authority to say that the products on Amazon or Ebay are counterfeit. Those companies work very hard to eliminate counterfeit products from the site. Plus, 484 reviewers on Amazon is a strong indication that it is NOT counterfeit.

      If there are cures for cancer on PubMed, we’d have solved the problem. Maybe you should point out to a specific cure you see?

    • Noodles says:

      Liz…you do realize that scientists still do not know what CAUSES cancer, right? (Don’t say “toxins.”) If all of our cells are constantly mutating and multiplying, then why do some people get cancer and others do not? Besides knowing that genetics and environment have something to do with this…THEY STILL DO NOT KNOW! There is no cancer cure. Big Pharma would make TONS OF MONEY if there was a pill someone would need to take for the rest of their lives.

    • A says:

      Your 45ml Lavender link pulls up a 15ml bottle of lavender being “sold by LoudMouseDeals and fufilled by Amazon.”?
      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004O25R8A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B004O25R8A&linkCode=as2&tag=lazymanandmon-20&linkId=XZUYZWT6LRFRDF5W
      ?Your aformentioned link is not for a product coming from the company d?TERRA. Consumers have been warned repeatedly not to purchase a variety of products from Amazon due to counterfeits. Apple iPhone chargers sold on Amazon were just in the media for being counterfeits. http://www.forbes.com/sites/amitchowdhry/2016/10/23/apple-nearly-90-of-genuine-iphone-chargers-on-amazon-are-fake/#413b14d923f6
      https://www.amazon.com/forum/-/Tx3JF42QNUCXS63/ref=ask_ql_ql_al_hza?asin=B004O22328
      http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/08/amazons-chinese-counterfeit-problem-is-getting-worse.html
      d?TERRA has legit ways to buy their products and Amazon is not one.
      https://doterra.com/US/en/yearly-wholesale-membership

      There are a few solid facts for ya!?
      I am all for opinion pieces, but this entire article is a novice at best. I got a laugh and a little scared for consumers who actually thought your article was legit!?

      GL. Would love to see your revised finished product with references and solid facts!?

    • Lazy Man says:

      Yes, the link goes to a 15ml version, because DoTerra doesn’t make a 45ml version (to the best of my knowledge). Fortunately, math is an easy thing and you simply buy 3 of the 15ml to get 45mls… which is where the pricing of around ~$68 comes into play.

      The DoTerra product on Amazon is highly rated with 762 reviews. If you are going to accuse it of being counterfeit you have to come with specific proof. The reviews of diluted product could be explained by DoTerra salespeople who are defaming the seller so that they can make the sale.

      Amazon is a legitimate way to buy products… it’s why it is one of the world’s largest retailer. However, the reason I linked to Amazon was that the pricing was transparent. Your link to DoTerra’s website didn’t include pricing for 15ml or 45ml of the lavender oil.

      Getting an estimated price was necessary to people how they can save so much money with other companies’ 100% pure products. Heck, I could get 8 ounces (240 MLs) of Now’s lavender oil for the membership fee.

  3. Andrea says:

    I joined doterra to use the product for my daughter who is chronically I’ll & the products have helped our family so much that I cannot even express. The money is not even a factor! Your view is so skewed & one sided – you should really open up your mind & try to see both sides instead of being so closed minded. If something is helpful to one person then so be it. If it didn’t work for you, try something else & leave the others alone. There is plenty of scientific research to back up the product. You seem to be someone with a vendetta out to get those who have been successful with a product that has blessed others. Why? I use doterra EVERY DAY & love it!

    • Lazy Man says:

      Chronically ill with what medical condition? Let’s understand that essential oils are not a medical treatment.

      My mind is has always been open, but one should never open their mind so much their brains fall out.

      Please present the scientific research that backs up DoTerra’s specific brand of oils in the chronic illness that you state.

      I have no vendetta against anyone, just want to help people save money and reach financial freedom. It is hard to help people do that if they are throwing away their money on snake oil.

    • carol says:

      Doterra are amazing products.the proof is right under your eyes..if you care to open them..For one thing ..you pay for what you get…don’t expect to get a good result if you get a cheap product from a chemist..and the staff cant tell you nothing about the product..You want a good result..I sugest you try the Doterra range..what…..scared it might work…And for one thing …if the big boys can’t get something out of it…that’s when the spit the dummy..cheeper oils are not a better value they can be dangerous.. why put something cheap and nastsy into your body…You want a cheap oil….would you put a cheap oil into a good car…well if you want to put a cheap oil into your body…you cant value your body too much…..expect cheap results…If you had a really sick child you would only want the best…pull you head out of the sand…and wake up….I’ve been to enough medical conventions. .the things I have seen and heard would make any one go grey over night….It is nice to be able to take back control…of what we want to use and take to make our health better…

  4. TessS says:

    Essential oils smell nice and they can help lift your mood, and maybe help a little with sinus conditions and things like that. I buy essential oils because I think they do have some mildly therapeutic properties. But they will not cure things like cancer, measles, tuberculosis, infertility, or other serious problems.
    The DoTerra representative wanted me to sign a contract and pay with my credit card. I am always suspicious if a business won’t let me pay cash, or wants me to sign something. So I said no.
    Other than that, they have very nice smelling oils.

    • Lazy Man says:

      I have no problem with things that smell nice. I agree they may even lift my mood.

      However, that supports my point that lower priced, highly-rated oils like the ones I suggested are a better value.

  5. Katrina says:

    I’m not a doterra person, consultant whatever they are called, in fact I have never used a doterra brand oil. I also am not arguing whether or not its a pyramid scheme. I dont really care. Essential oils have been around for hundreds even thousands of years and have some healing properties for sure. However, using the FDA to argue against them because “they’re basesd on science” is ignorant to say the least. The FDA approves many things that are harmful to humans, in fact most of the drugs they approve to “cure” things often have worse side effects (ever seen a commercial for a new drug?! “side effects including ..blah blah blah and death”
    I’m not saying the FDA is evil either, yes, I appreciate anesthesia when I have surgery. And yes, I go to the Doctor and believe in western medicine (to a point). But to argue the pyramid scheme is fine I couldn’t care less, but don’t argue with people who believe that something works for them just because the FDA doesn’t approve it. They don’t approve many things that humans find useful. When did we become a people that lets our governing agencies tell us how to live and what to do with our own bodies. And you being so about the “facts” should know that better than anyone. You’re quick to point out the scam in everything except the things that are forced upon you. Sheeple.

    • Lazy Man says:

      Katrina,

      Not sure why you went into a long comment about the FDA instead of DoTerra, which is the topic of the discussion. Typically if you don’t have something to add about the topic, you move on.

      The point was made that if something can show to the FDA that it works for some condition it gets approved. For example, calcium and vitamin D are approved for osteoporosis. I don’t see any essential oils getting that approval, which tells me no one has shown it to work for any condition. I’m happy to be proven wrong if someone can provide me the relevant documentation on the FDA’s website.

      Your argument about the FDA seems to be that its like a seat belt. You want to blame it for not working in every car accident. Having the FDA is certainly a lot better than letting the snake oil people run amok unchecked. It is also better than letting drug companies push anything and everything out there. You should be looking for the FDA to tell you how to live, because otherwise you are left with the quackery that gets Dr. Oz in front of a Congress for promoting things that he knows are simply untrue (as Congress stated). That’s much, much more dangerous than an FDA system that is designed to eliminate quackery. Again, it’s not perfect, but it’s far better than anything else in existence. And if you don’t agree, take a minute to realize that almost every civilized country in the world has a similar governmental body to aid its citizens.

      You do realize that the side effect statements in commercials are legalese, right? You similar disclosure statements in investing commercials or even commercials with car stunts. Welcome to a world that has lawyers who sue people.

      If you care about arguments about pyramid schemes, you should probably move on from this discussion. You are admitting that this really isn’t the place for you, so you might as well not waste anyone’s time.

  6. Melinda says:

    Oh my how very self important all of you are!
    Essential oils are amazing and I am so glad for them. My grandmother taught me that Lavender is used to help you stay calm, so I cut fresh from the garden and made into a potpourri and put in in my pillow. Now I use a crushed and concentrated form called an essential oil! Oh my how scarry!??? Really? Relax all you people. No one is trying to cure mental illness with oils, they are merely educating people who are truly interested in the powers of the plants put on this earth by GOD for bringing relief. And if they are healed then HALLELUAH!!!
    This is American, and last I heard still somewhat free to choose if we want to try an oil or a perscription.

    It is even biblical. To think that the Christ child was given Francincence and Myrrh and equated with such value as gold and given by Kings. Wonder why? Because THEY knew their value. Oh but for the highly educated people, that is just a mythical story.

    Get off your high horses and wake the hell up. There is a place for essential oils in this world and the BIG DRUG companies can’t stand it.

    It’s okay for them to rape and pillage people’s pocket books, and for American’s to worship the almighty MD, but heavens, we must not allow simple people who are passionate about oils and their use and for themselves to spread the word and maybe even make a living doing it. You don’t have to sell this stuff, people are ready for such an alternative. Sign me up now!

    How hypocritical to be so scared and closed minded of something that clearly helps people. And if they make money, then more power to them!! I might like to try that! Better them than all the other DRUG CORPORATIONS.

    • Lazy Man says:

      Melinda,

      There’s nothing wrong with good smelling things. I’m all for relaxing/invigorating scents, etc. In fact, I’m going to be investing in some for Christmas myself. I’ll be buying the reasonably priced products that I mention in the article and not something that appears to be priced like a pyramid scheme (like the Pen Pyramid Scheme).

      And yes, people are claiming their use of essential oils cured things that haven’t been shown to be true in any kind of scientific setting. It wouldn’t surprise me if mental illness was on that list of miracle cures. If you do your research you find that such claims are much, much more common when people are paid tell sell the product. So instead of “HALLELUAH!!!” it is “GIVE ME YOUR MONEY FOR MY SNAKE OIL!”

      Yes, it is America and people are free to choose an oil or a prescription. However, in America we have something called consumer protection. People are free to get and use the information available to avoid snake oil charlatans.

      Big medicine companies do not care about essential oils. Essential oils don’t threaten their business, because as you say, “no one is trying to cure mental illness with oils.”

      It’s fine to be ready for an alternative. This may be time to launch my Lazy Man Rabbit Foot line of alternative medicine. You carry it in your pocket and you are good to go. I’ll sell it through a pyramid scheme and people will spread the word.

      I’m not happy with the business of medicine myself. If you can show a scientifically effective alternative, I’m all for it. In the meantime, let’s try to fix the human problems (such as pricing) in the medicine that have been scientifically proven to work. We don’t need to re-invent the wheel.

      So I repeat back to you, get off your high horse and wake up.

  7. Vogel says:

    Melinda said: “Oh my how very self important all of you are! No one is trying to cure mental illness with oils…if they are healed then HALLELUAH!!! This is American, and last I heard still somewhat free to choose if we want to try an oil or a perscription…Get off your high horses and wake the hell up. There is a place for essential oils in this world and the BIG DRUG companies can’t stand it. It’s okay for them to rape and pillage people’s pocket books, and for American’s to worship the almighty MD, but heavens, we must not allow simple people who are passionate about oils and their use and for themselves to spread the word and maybe even make a living doing it…How hypocritical to be so scared and closed minded of something that clearly helps people. And if they make money, then more power to them!! I might like to try that! Better them than all the other DRUG CORPORATIONS.”

    Comments like this are hard to fathom. You seem to be confused as to what essential oils do. On the one hand you say that no one is trying to cure illness with essential oils, and then you flip your position, equating essential oils with prescription medicine and raging against drug companies and MDs. None of what you say makes any sense whatsoever, and to make matters worse, you cop a sneering condescending tone by accusing people of being “self important” and “close minded”. Framing this as a battle between essential oils versus drug companies and MDs is delusional. If essential oils cured or mitigated diseases, then the onus is on the manufacturers to prove it. It’s not like we are ignoring evidence that essential oils cure diseases – there is no compelling evidence — being highly skeptical of such claims is the proper position to take.

    Interesting how you try to divert attention away from essential oils and the lack of evidence supporting their efficacy, and instead focus on conspiracy theories, while trying to frame this as an issue of consumer choice. What we’re really dealing with here is a pyramid scheme that uses overpriced mundane products (essential oils) as the admission ticket and deceives consumers by pretending that those products can treat diseases. Some people might be desperate or ignorant enough to ignore commonsense and join a scam like this, but you can’t expect people to sit by idly and say nothing while witnessing all of this exploitation and blatant BS. Shame on you for stooping to idiotic conspiracy theories; for your bitter sneering attitude; and the utter lack of substance and insight in your stale comments.

  8. Jackie says:

    First, let me start out by saying I do not sell doTerra, nor have I ever sold it. I don’t even have family members who sell it. I also am not a fan of their products. But I had to chime in when you started to talk about price and how you can get the same thing for cheaper on line.
    First, lets talk qualify. Have you officially tested these two oils together to see what their chemical makeup is? Does one have synthetics, carrier oils, or perfumes added to them to help keep cost down? If so, does one have more carrier oil or synthetic than the other to water it down?
    This would be like comparing a top of the line craftsman screw driver to a cheap dollar store screw driver and trying to say they are the same quality, but you pay way to much for a craftsman (yes this is only an example people). If you have never tested the qualify of the product, to give a review as to its ability to be top notch, without the facts, would be wrong!
    I am not saying doTerra is better, or than NOW is worse, I am only saying that if you talk about how this is a scheme without proof of actual tests, then this too makes the information you are giving non-factual and untrustworthy.
    Facts and research are very important, along with tests to back up the facts. Without proof that the quality of the oils are better or worse, you cannot confirm that the price isn’t worth the product. It is similar to a dime store bottle of perfume and trying to compare it to a high quality perfume. What you may find to be lacking, others may find to be of top quality and test would back that.
    You are correct, you do have a right to your post, but without tested facts to confirm it, this post is as irrelevant as the company you are bashing…

    • Lazy Man says:

      I love when people like Jackie post on an article that is 9 months old and claim to have no affiliation and not even be a fan of the products. I’ve written more than 2000 articles and this kind of thing only happens with my MLM reviews. It has been two years since anyone commented on my NutraBullet review.

      Jackie, I’m going to enumerate a few of the problems with your comment (other than the above point)

      1. You should notice on this site is that it is Lazy Man and Money. I most definitely have to talk about price and value.

      2. The cheaper competing product that I mentioned states, “100% pure, and steam distilled to ensure high concentrations”, which means no carrier oils, perfumes, or watering down. So if one does have that then it would be the higher priced one… unless you are going to call NOW Foods a fraud. If that’s the case, you better present proof.

      3. I don’t believe you need to test two things that are 100% pure. It is like testing Shell vs. Exxon gas. As long as the gases are what they say they are (and we have no reason to believe they are not) we don’t need to do extensive testing. If Shell is pricing its gas at $20 a gallon and Exxon is happy at $2 a gallon, it is up to Shell to make a case for why it is worth ten times more. That’s the position that DoTerra finds itself in. Why are it’s products worth 10x more when they appear to be the same.

      4. You go on about the quality of the product, but the NOW products are extremely highly rated on Amazon with even more reviews. So if you had to pick a better quality the reviews seem to point in NOW’s favor. When you consider that DoTerra’s distributors may be stacking the deck to make their product appear better (and easier for them to sell), it only looks better for NOW.

      5. MLM companies are increasing being found as pyramid schemes today. The WORST thing an MLM company can do is price its products high (and 10x over NOW more than qualifies). Why? Read this story of the Pen Pyramid Scheme to understand it.

      6. Aside from the products themselves, I showed questionable, misleading practices by DoTERRA itself. So even after all the above, if you were to try to give them the benefit of the doubt, a reasonable unbiased consumer (as you claim to be) would not.

  9. JOSE VILLAR says:

    Dear lazy Man: Essential Oils have been used since Biblical times. There is nothing wrong with essential oils, they have therapeutic properties, but the assumption that they cure all diseases is also a misleading statement. I do agree with you that doTerra is a Pyramid or MLM business or Network scheme and that their oils are 2 or 3 times overpriced. But I disagree when you use the omnipotent and omnipresent FDA as the last word to define if a product works or not. After all FDA had approved all of the pharma Poison that consume millions of patients in the USA every day. The fact that the third cause of death in the USA is the consumption of prescription drugs is undeniable and all of those drugs are FDA approved. To be honest with you FDA will never approve any natural treatment that is not back up by big pharma industry, and logically big pharma is not going to produce or promote the use of natural remedies… there is not business on it. I do use essential oils for different symptoms and they work greatly but I get them from different stores like vitamin shoppe or whole food market and they cost a fraction of those promoted by doTerra or Young living. By the way do you know anything about Kyani. I recently quit my affiliation with this MLM company but not before throwing into the garbage $ 750.00 dollar in overpriced super blue berry magic juicers and Omega 3 pills business package. best regards,
    Josh

    • Lazy Man says:

      I wrote this article a long time ago, but I don’t think I said that there was something wrong with essential oils. If you read the update at the end, I’ve purchased some myself.

      I wouldn’t say that DoTerra is 2-3 times overpriced, but it seems like they are 10x times overpriced from what I’ve analyzed.

      You are correct that essential oils don’t cure all diseases. As best I can tell any potential therapeutic uses are unproven. If you have conclusive information from the FDA (or some equivalent) we can have that discussion. One or two studies does not equal conclusive (read this NY Times article).

      I understand that you disagree with me about the FDA. They aren’t flawless and I’m the first to admit that. I certainly don’t hold them on any kind of pedestal for being well-run organization. However, in the world of snake oil salesman, they are the best gatekeepers we have from junk science and people trying to defraud you of your money.

      The FDA does not approve poison. They take anything like that off the market. You can look up Vioxx, Phen-Fen, and probably more than a few other examples. They don’t have perfect knowledge on every medication, because such a thing doesn’t exist. They do the best they can to balance the reward with the risk. If you want to have no risk then feel free to carry a rabbit’s foot in your pocket and see how that helps you with your medical condition.

      The FDA isn’t a business. It is a government agency funded by taxpayers. They have no interest in supporting Big Pharma. The FDA has nothing against natural remedies which is why they promote vitamin D and calcium for strong bones.

      You may think that essential oils are working, but what if it is the placebo effect. Have you done the clinical trial to know that they are clinically effective?

      I haven’t looked into Kyani. Your experience with Kyani mirrors that of every MLM that I’ve covered… probably a few dozen in total now.

  10. Valerian Root says:

    First of all, there is no law against MLM. Look at Amway-talk about expensive!

    Second: DoTerra is overpriced for what it offers and it’s always pushing itself as “the best and the only organic therapeutic grade EO company” and this is a lie.

    Third: NOW is not in my opinion a very good product, I would rate DoTerra above NOW based on my use of NOW, which I will never buy again.

    Fourth: ALL THE FDA CARES ABOUT is how it’s going to lose out on money from big pharma, because everyone knows that essential oils – that are pure plant extracts of a quality producer, can help heal the body in a variety of ways-by promoting the body’s ability to fight disease. THE FDA is ridiculous and no one takes them as a credible source of information.
    Fifth: People need to think for themselves by asking questions about these oils. If you don’t get answers that makes sense, if you don’t get answers at all, if you get stalled and put on the back burner-run! The problem with DoTerra for those who are interested in education and use-is that it only helps those who are in the business-it’s a business and if you can afford to spend money every month, like you would on Amway–or any other MLM business, you can do ok on DoTerra and you will have to recruit—but—DoTerra is not pedaling bad stuff. The women who sell it are giving advice they should NOT be giving and it’s not accurate and it’s not allowed.

    • Lazy Man says:

      Valerian Root,

      1) There are laws against pyramid schemes… see the the FTC’s guidelines. The problem is that even the NY Times can’t seem to differentiate an MLM from a pyramid scheme. And earlier this year, the FTC shut down Vemma for being a pyramid scheme even though it’s been running the same way for years.

      2) Agree.

      3) I’ve used NOW products and I agree with the thousands of reviews on Amazon that it is a quality product. I think there are other products around the pricing of NOW.

      4) The FDA doesn’t lose money from Big Pharma… it’s funded by tax payer money. Yes, the FDA receives a small amount of money from the pharmaceutical companies in the forms of user fees. However, without user fees, the tax payers would pay more. The FDA is going to be funded either way. It isn’t a company looking to profit or in fear of “losing money.”

      I’m not a fan of the FDA, but they are the ones that protect us from snake oil salesman running amok and defrauding people. Additionally, educated and intelligent people take the FDA as a credible source of information.

      5) People should think for themselves, but they would be best served asking a medical doctor and not snake oil salesmen. Unfortunately if everyone asked their doctor about essential oils, we’d be wasting millions of hours of doctor’s precious time. That’s just another way to bog down healthcare and prevent people from getting useful care. In the meantime, just read: Essential Oils Scam: NOT a Medical Treatment.

      Bonus point: Please don’t consider MLM a business. It really isn’t. It fails all the fundamental commandments of business such as making product and pricing decisions. You are simply a salesman who isn’t offered benefits like minimal wage, health care, or vacation time. Read more here: The Business of MLM (or What Gives Freddy Krueger Nightmares).

  11. Vogel says:

    Valerian Root said: “First of all, there is no law against MLM.”

    To clarify, there are laws against the practices that most MLMs seem to engage in.

    Valerian Root said: “Third: NOW is not in my opinion a very good product, I would rate DoTerra above NOW based on my use of NOW, which I will never buy again.”

    That evaluation is far too subjective to be of any value. Objective criteria have to be applied in assessing whether any of these oils are “good” (e.g. purity, price, reputability, etc.)

    Valerian Root said: Fourth: ALL THE FDA CARES ABOUT is how it’s going to lose out on money from big pharma, because everyone knows that essential oils – that are pure plant extracts of a quality producer, can help heal the body in a variety of ways-by promoting the body’s ability to fight disease. THE FDA is ridiculous and no one takes them as a credible source of information.

    At least as far as essential oils are concerned, your rage against the FDA is misdirected. So-called “natural” products aren’t precluded from FDA approval; in fact, the FDA has approved many. The FDA has nothing to lose or gain from approving or not approving essential oils. If essential oils had significant clinical effects, their manufacturers would go through the necessary steps to gain marketing approval for medical purposes and would reap a phenomenal windfall as a result. The fact that essential oils have been around for eons and to date have not been demonstrated convincingly to have any dramatic ability to promote “the body’s ability to heal” argues strongly in favor of their inefficacy. Your ire shouldn’t be directed at the FDA but rather at the manufacturers of essential oils for not stepping up to the plate to support their claims.

    This type of senseless FDA-blaming is used as a distraction technique by virtually every purveyor of health-related MLM products on the market today. Virtually every one of these companies claim that their products have miraculous medical benefits and yet none have sought FDA approval. One would have to be incredibly naive to not realize that their claims are simply BS.

    Valerian Root said: “Fifth: People need to think for themselves by asking questions about these oils.”

    What does thinking for yourself mean exactly? Are you suggesting that people can figure out something about essential oils through introspection alone? What is needed are factual analyses from diligent people who apply a skeptical eye. People like Lazy Man for example.

    Valerian Root said: “you can do ok on DoTerra and you will have to recruit—but—DoTerra is not pedaling bad stuff.”

    Again, terms like “good” and “bad” require context and operational definitions. DoTerra is almost certainly bad with respect to price/value. The MLM model necessitates that it must be so. In every example I’ve seen to date, MLM products are exponentially overpriced relative to their non-MLM counterparts, sometimes by as much as 30-fold, and this is so because of high overhead from commission payouts to multiple levels of distributors. MLM is a virtual guarantee of poor value for the end user.

    Secondly, MLM companies are typically third-rate fly-by-night operations that seem to be far more prone than their non-MLM counterparts to offer up products with cheap overhyped ingredients. They employ sketchy characters and operate, at best, in the gray zone of legality, with blatantly misleading and illegal claims being rife in the industry. So when it comes to reputability, MLMs absolutely suck. I wouldn’t trust any product they sell under any circumstances, because the industry has abused the public’s trust far past the breaking point.

    Lastly, buying products from an MLM like DoTerra supports an exploitative pyramid scheme that attempts to deceive people and bleed them dry. Every dollar spent on such products perpetuates the human misery.

  12. Valerian Root says:

    People need to investigate, ask questions and read. If one is is interested in EO use there are tons of journals, periodicals, and more to educate you on what EO’s are and how to use them.

    DoTerra oils are priced the way they are for the MLM plan. I don’t buy them, I buy oils from reputable companies that provide sourcing information.

    The FDA has too much power in the wrong places and is not protecting us the way it should be, period.

    You tell me why FDA allows big pharma to peddle drugs in the free market that actually kill people and make other sick–for a few small fees?

    Yet the FDA storms into someone’s home because they choose to develop and drink their own raw milk from one cow grazing on a plot of grass?

    DoTerra is a legitimate company that is pedaling ordinary oils to people who are too lazy to research on their own, who are gullible and will believe anything without researching for themselves, and for those with money to burn who lose nothing if it doesn’t work and they throw it away.

    • Lazy Man says:

      Valerian Root said, “People need to investigate, ask questions and read. If one is is interested in EO use there are tons of journals, periodicals, and more to educate you on what EO’s are and how to use them.”

      I’m not sure that people want to take a full-time job reading tons of journals, periodicals and more. Before you get there you should read, what do scientific studies show and some of the misinformation in such studies.

      It’s easy for people to get a link to a journal and think that’s accurate, but that’s always true. This is why we wait until the medical community as a whole repeats the process and comes up with definitive results. These are the ones you want to read. So far, there doesn’t seem to be much if anything on essential oils.

      I think I said previously that I’m not a big fan of the FDA, but it’s much better than the alternative which is nothing. Fire fighters are not 100% perfect, but you’d rather live in a town with a fire station that one without one, right?

      I’m not sure what you mean by the FDA having too much power in the wrong places. I don’t think they have any power outside of what their jurisdiction (i.e. the right places).

      The FDA doesn’t allow pharmaceutical companies to sell drugs that kill people. If there’s a link, such as in Vioxx or Fen/Phen, the drugs are pulled from the market by the FDA. You’d probably have 10,000 or more damaging pharmaceuticals without the FDA.

      I don’t think you understand the user fee system. You might want to get some background here. Here’s a little excerpt: “The move towards imposing user fees to pay for the regulatory review of new medicines was the result of dissatisfaction among consumers, industry, and the FDA. All three groups felt that drug approvals were taking far too long. Pharmaceutical companies had to wait to begin to recoup the costs of research and development. The FDA estimated that a delay of one month in a review’s completion cost its sponsor $10 million. The FDA argued that it needed additional staff to end its back-log of drugs awaiting approval for market. The FDA had not received sufficient appropriations from Congress to hire them.”

      Essentially the FDA is requiring pharmaceutical companies to foot their own bill in the approval process. It was underfunded by the government and this allows the FDA to have the necessary people to approve medicine to help people faster.

      It’s funny, but people go nuts when “Big Pharma” makes too much money. So we come up with an idea that taxes them to ensure that they can be properly regulated. Now everyone is upset that Big Pharma is spending money and being regulated. And people are upset that the regulating organization isn’t doing enough, but they want to take away its funding leaving it in a worse position.

      Seriously… what the hell system do you want?

      The FDA doesn’t storm into people’s home for drinking milk from their own cow. Do you think the FDA has cameras on every cow in the US to prevent this from happening? Where are you getting your crazy information.

      If a company is a legitimate company as you claim DoTerra is, why do they choose a plan that is fundamentally the same as Vemma’s which was shut down for being an illegal pyramid scheme? Why do they come up with terms to mislead consumers such as Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade and claiming it was from the FDA? Why are they getting warning letters from the FDA about illegally marketing their products.

      I don’t believe that any of this is a sign of a legitimate way to do business.

  13. Vogel says:

    Valerian Root said: “You tell me why FDA allows big pharma to peddle drugs in the free market that actually kill people and make other sick–for a few small fees?”

    Only if you can tell me how that baseless accusation is relevant to essential oils.

    Valerian Root said: “Yet the FDA storms into someone’s home because they choose to develop and drink their own raw milk from one cow grazing on a plot of grass?”

    That sounds like a fairy tale to me, but for the sake of argument, if the FDA didn’t storm into someone’s house for drinking raw milk, would it make essential oils any more or less legitimate?

    The point I’m getting at, as I hope you now recognize, is that taking blind shots at the FDA has absolutely nothing to do with essential oils. As I pointed out already, the FDA bears no blame for the failure of essential oil manufacturers to seek approval to legally market their products as therapeutic agents. They don’t seek such approval because they know that the products lack efficacy.

  14. Satori says:

    I love this article. Even though I use some essential oils, I know that they cannot cure anything. I use lavender to help me sleep. I blend a couple of oils together to help relieve my husband’s muscle pain at times, and I use tea tree oil to dry out the occasional cold sore. I wouldn’t trust any salesman telling me that they’ll cure my child’s asthma or heal my husband’s bad back (Scheueremann’s Disease). Both conditions can be controlled, but they can’t be cured. Essential oils can be used to lessen the discomfort of certain conditions, but that is all they can do.

    I use a brand of essential oils (Plant Therapy) that is about half the cost of using DoTERRA. I can currently buy a 1 ounce bottle of lavender on Amazon for either $14.99(Plant Therapy) or $23.10(DoTERRA). One ounce of tea tree oil is $9.89(PT) or $20.90(DoT). Why would I spend twice as much for the same quality product?

    Still, if people want to waste their money and feel that they must rabidly defend doing so, let them. I believe we all know the saying about fools and their money.

    • Lazy Man says:

      I’m fine with people spending money how they see fit. I’m not fine with people lying to sell snake oil as part of a pyramid scheme. They only rabidly defend it, because they need to in order to continue to recruit people into the scheme.

  15. Alaina says:

    Thanks for this article. I got invited to a “girls night” tonight only to find out it was a presentation for this crap.

    Are there some benefits to these oils? Maybe. But it seems pretty outrageous and irresponsible to claim it as a cure for their laundry list of ailments.

    It also scares me the mob mentality and the people who defend it/buy into it. I wouldn’t trust an MLM no matter what they were selling. And the principle of selling to friends and everyone you know is dirty. But this seems almost dangerous to me. I hope doterra gets slapped with a big lawsuit someday and goes bankrupt. Thanks for the article for shedding more light on it in the meantime.

  16. kalani says:

    A friend of mine coined these oils “Suburban Witchcraft”, which I think describes perfectly whats going on here.

    • KD says:

      Doterra oils are amazing! MLM is just a business platform they are using, and it works. Instead of paying Hollywood actresses millions for TV commercials, they are paying regular people who love what they do. Nothing wrong with that! As far as cost, YES, when we go out to buy a car, we know we are going to pay more for a Mercedes than Kia. When it comes to my health, I want Mercedes S class quality, YES, I want the best! Once I bought an oil from Whole Foods and it gave me such a rash, I took it off with Doterra lavender and never looked back. My daughter has NEVER (i mean never) been to a doctor, learns about the oils, holistic living and I can’t be happier. Doterra rocks and thank you for raising the bar in essential oil production!!!

    • Lazy Man says:

      KD, here’s Why MLM is NOT a Business.

      As for what’s wrong with MLM please see let John Oliver explain it to you.

      There’s no evidence that DoTerra is any healthier than any other products. Evidence supports that people buying MLM products are doing the equivalent of buying $8/gas. The brand doesn’t matter and you shouldn’t be conned into pay $8/gallon for gas under the illusion that it is much better for your car.

      Please don’t brag that your daughter has never been to a doctor! That’s a terrible thing. Keep in mind that DoTerra products are not medicine!

    • KD says:

      oops… forgot to add… I don’t brag about my daughter, it’s a fact! My daughter was born at home, was not vaccinated and has never been to a doctor. Well, there’s no need, she is never sick. Oh, LOL…and she has not been to MacDonalds either… hehe…We use good nutrition, nature, herbs and essential oils for our health remedies. We have medical insurance for emergencies only and are so glad to have that option. And… I don’t care what FDA or NAHA says, I make my own decisions! Until FDA stops Monsanto on it’s tracks and cleans up our food, I don’t give a sh.t

    • Lazy Man says:

      I’m going to choose not to feed the troll. Good luck with your life KD. I wish I could help you be healthier, but I know you won’t listen to me.

    • KD says:

      You are very naughty Lazyman, I like you a lot… ;)… Hit me up for a drink or something, we have more in common than you know- I’m quite lazy we well! Till then be nice to your readers and keep approaching them with loving heart ;)

    • Lazy Man says:

      I didn’t do anything naughty KD. I simply said that I wasn’t going to engage in conversation with you.

      Once you said that you didn’t have your daughter vaccinated, you entered the territory of believing in a zombie apocalypse… except that such a decision could end up ruining her life.

      Such a discussion is much more serious than the types of scents you like to smell.

    • KD says:

      Sorry, I’m not here for the debate tho I appreciate your response. I’m doing MLM as a business for the past 20 years, I work 2-4 hours a day and I make aaaawwesome income. I get to travel 3-6 months out of the year and I take as many “sick days” as I want. It’s just not for everyone I guess. I love the freedom to create my own schedule. Some people like to work from 8-5pm and live a predictable life. As long as they are happy to do it… but it’s not for me! MLM is a wonderful platform, I live this platform day in out, it’s the most rewarding business in many aspects- empowering people as well as self development. I’m my own living proof, so I don’t need to watch any videos about it… Peace and love to all! As long as we agree to disagree, respect each other and our views, we can all coexist in this world regardless of what we do for living or what we believe in! I don’t agree with almost anything in what you said in this blog post but I still respect you and admire the effort you put into it! XO

    • Vogel says:

      KD said: “Sorry, I’m not here for the debate”

      You say that now only after realizing that your BS won’t fly here. You won’t debate because your position is completely indefensible.

      KD said: “I’m doing MLM as a business for the past 20 years, I work 2-4 hours a day and I make aaaawwesome income.”

      BS! Anyone can invent a bogus claims like that. For it to be compelling, you would have to provide proof, but you offer none. And we both know why — you are a BS artist. The stats on MLM paint a very different picture. The odds of not losing money are about 1/100.

      KD said: “I take as many “sick days” as I want.”

      It’s called being unemployed dolt. You don’t get paid for your sick days. You don’t get any other standard employee benefits either; not even minimum wage.

      KD said: “It’s just not for everyone I guess.”

      Nope. Just for idiots and desperadoes with a broken moral compass and no other options in life.

      KD said: “I love the freedom to create my own schedule.”

      Yes, that’s one of the few benefits unemployment offers. Lots of time flexibility.

      KD said: “it’s the most rewarding business in many aspects- empowering people as well as self development. I’m my own living proof,”

      Your development seems stunted to say the least. How pathetic that you rob people and call it “empowerment”.

      KD said: “I don’t agree with almost anything in what you said in this blog post but I still respect you and admire the effort you put into it!”

      Lazy Man deserves your respect. As an MLM apologist and con artist troll, you deserve none.

  17. francis says:

    Great. My wife just bought a load of this snake oil. Most definitely a pyramid scheme creating a culture that breeds lies in order to create sales.

  18. Mykayla says:

    My stepmom is a DoTERRA salesperson and has been for a few years now, and she is always trying to force me to use this crap; even choosing it over actually taking me to a doctor. When I was younger I always refused because I can’t stand the smell. Now I’m 19 and I can see how ridiculous and dangerous it really is. I agree wholeheartedly with the term “Suburban Witchcraft”

  19. Great article! I use essential oils to scent my soap, and I’m always researching. There are so many bogus and harmful claims criculating about essential oils. One that I find particularly disturbing is that the companies you mention also tout ingestion as being beneficial. This can actually result in death. MLM misanthropes are completely scary!

  20. Lupita says:

    Thank you so much for posting this article. I was looking into buying essential oils and I noticed DoTerra being 5 times more expensive! A friend gave me a sample and I got more from NOW brand; so I didn’t notice a difference on the quality. But everything you are saying makes so much sense about the why! The MLM, Pyramid Scheme, lies, deception, wanting you to join, etc, etc! Now I know what’s the difference, LOL!!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!

  21. Roxie says:

    There are many many companies producing essential oils. Like ANY product there are ‘good’ ones and not so good ones. I have used several different brands and doTerra is my favorite. They are food grade and have so many tests run on each herb used, it amazes me that any pass the stringent inspections and tests run. I do have knowledge of the companies beginning and I do know there are those out there with a ‘axe to grind’ or you may say ‘disgruntled’. This is NOT a ‘fly by night’ or a ‘snake oil’ business as some have said. Do your homework, investigate for yourself before you slander someone’s reputation, business, and/or hard work. I would and DO recommend doTerra to anyone interested in a good quality EO. Remember, even Jesus had those were intimidated by Him and crucified Him because of their own insecurities. ;) Have a blessed day oiling.

    • Lazy Man says:

      I don’t know of any not so good essential oils. There might be some out there, but all you need is one great one like Now (see the Amazon reviews) at 1/10th the cost to make DoTERRA irrelevant. It simply doesn’t matter if DoTERRA is also good, it is ten times more money.

      If you have the choice between to types of 93 octane gas are you going to pay the one costs $2.50 a gallon or the one that costs $25.00 a gallon?

      I always recommend that people do their homework. The results of my article was me doing my homework. If you have other homework for me to add please do.

      And yes, MLM companies are attempting to intimidate me with frivolous lawsuits because of their own insecurities. Read more about how you can help me voice my opinion and exercise my freedom of speech here: http://www.lazymanandmoney.com/le-vel-brands-is-suing-me-to-silence-criticism/

  22. Julie G. says:

    Lazy –

    After reading this article that I link I came back to your site to see if you had written anything on Doterra. And here it is!

    I do t think you linked this article but it adds further evidence of Doterra’s misleading marketing ploys.

    https://www.naha.org/assets/uploads/The_Quality_of_Essential_Oils_Journal.pdf

  23. PokeyBug says:

    “Remember, even Jesus had those were intimidated by Him and crucified Him because of their own insecurities.”

    You are using Christ to defend an overpriced essential oil company. STAHP! That is belittling the sacrifice that Jesus made for you, and He won’t thank you for it.

  24. Andrea says:

    Hi, I’m a doTerra user, not a seller. I get allergies and severe migraines and the doTerra oils I use help me a great deal. I could use other oils but I don’t because I have more faith in products that are 3rd party tested for quality and honesty in ingredient labeling, which doTerra does (other’s probably do, too). Among those that are tested higher in quality, doTerra is cheaper for me. I researched other companies and compared what I would pay and that are not MLM but found I couldn’t afford them. When it comes to what I put in and on my body (not akin to choosing gasoline), quality and verified ingredients are important to me. I will say that I am turned off by the MLM aspect of doTerra but as far as the benefit and cost, it has worked well for me. No more allergy meds and headache’s/migraines are relieved if I catch them early on with oils. Just thought I’d add my two cents as a user.

    • Lazy Man says:

      Andrea,

      I’m confused. What exactly are you allergic to? Which doTerra oils are you claiming help you with allergies and/or migraines?

      I have used essential oils daily for months now and I’ve experienced… good smells.

      As I mentioned in the article, pure is pure. If you are the type who question that, I certainly hope you don’t ever eat food at restaurants where purity is far from guaranteed. I hope you don’t breathe air in an office building as that air would not be tested for quality either.

      I certainly hope you don’t take any supplements as there are reports like these in the NY Times.

      Which non-MLM essential oil could you not afford? Can you supply some brands, because I’d like to find the ones that you can’t afford. My research shows that the MLM ones are the most expensive ones that people would find most difficult to afford… hence my confusion.

      If you are turned off by the MLM aspect, I would at least hope you’d recommend that people by all their doTerra products from Ebay which avoids that.

  25. Camilla says:

    Essential oils can be very good but the way said company works seems very scammy at first appearance, where they try to sell you “packages” and “registration fees” and setting you up with some free samples.
    If you are serious about essential oils (and boy do I love them) then I recommend looking somewhere else….

  26. Mary says:

    It’s easy to write an article on something by quoting other articles and claiming foul. MLMs are everywhere. Even Tupperware is an MLM but it is still a good product. Distributors of DoTerra are not making illegal claims as you state. If they are following the company’s policy that is. Essential oils are easily misunderstood by folks who haven’t done their research. I am curious to know if you used any of them or just made assumptions. Things aren’t as cut and dried as you may think when it comes to Essential oils and their quality and potency.

    • Lazy Man says:

      Mary, it’s easy to criticize a consumer advocate. In fairness, the FDA claimed foul as cited in the article. If distributors are following the company’s policy, I don’t think the FDA would send such warning letters… is that fair?

      As I pointed out in the article, I’ve bought and used essential oils. They smell great in my diffuser. They are great quality as per thousands of Amazon reviews and listed as 100% pure (as best I can recall).

      It’s easy to play the “are they quality?” card against Now’s product for 1/10th the price, but I’ve showed that they have thousands of top reviews on Amazon for their essential oils. They have the same for many of their supplements if I recall.

  27. Vogel says:

    Mary said: “It’s easy to write an article on something by quoting other articles and claiming foul.”

    Easy for some people, but I bet you couldn’t write a cogent compelling article if your life depended on it.

    Mary said: “MLMs are everywhere. Even Tupperware is an MLM but it is still a good product.”

    Nice attempt at distraction. Tupperware has nothing to do with Doh-Terra, and even Tupperware’s CEO admits that the MLM industry is rife with impropriety and pyramid schemes:

    “CEO Rick Goings said, ‘Direct selling left us, because the industry became dominate by buying clubs and what looked like pyramid schemes’.”
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/100366770

    Mary said: “Distributors of DoTerra are not making illegal claims as you state. If they are following the company’s policy that is.”

    That’s just dumb. It’s like saying that Americans do not commit crimes, IF they are following the law. We all know full well that DoLTerra distributors are constantly making illegal and unsubstantiated claims.

    Mary said: “Essential oils are easily misunderstood by folks who haven’t done their research.”

    That certainly applies to the suckers involved with DoltError; not as much to the population at large.

    Mary said: “I am curious to know if you used any of them or just made assumptions.”

    Nope, since trying Doperra would require giving my money to hucksters for an overpriced product that fuels a pyramid scheme.

    Mary said: “Things aren’t as cut and dried as you may think when it comes to Essential oils and their quality and potency.”

    Ooo, the hidden mystery argument. Please enlighten us MLM drone.

  28. Renata says:

    THANK YOU for this! I started seeing a new doctor, who (as it turns out) pushes doTERRA. To the point where that is all he prescribes. I thought my red flags were going up because I was being a “baby” about how expensive these supplements and oils are. I didn’t order what he prescribed, so I started getting calls from his office wondering why. That creeped me out, I don’t recall a doctor ever checking with the pharmacy to see if I filled my prescription… Since I don’t want to deal with the embarrassment of admitting that I don’t trust him enough to spend $200 a month (that I don’t have), I will likely just quietly find another doctor. Thanks, again, for this article. It showed me my gut is trustworthy.

  29. Michael says:

    Thank you for this excellent article. Medical professional here (physician) and I’ve treated three patients this year who have undone the work of their endocrinologist looking for an alternative to taking actual FDA approved medications for thyroid disorders. The results were near fatal in one case. The vendors that they purchased their doterra oils from claimed that using the oils instead of what their doctors prescribed, would be a natural alternative that would provide better results. The truth is, they don’t. The oils smell nice and that’s it. Oils may make you feel nice because of their pretty scent but are NOT substitutions for actual medicine. The aforementioned vendor was so far down the pyramid and so far removed from the parent company, that no one was going to get in trouble for giving out bad medical information. Bottom line: if you want to smell nice use the oils and that’s fine. But do not except these as valid medical treatments. One of the three patients that I mentioned above eded up in the hospital with a near toxic goiter. Not to offend anyone that sells oils and considers themselves and herbalist, but my 20+ years studying and practicing medicine that is backed up by over a century of strong medical literature carries far more weight then a two week essential oil course or an online certificate. This is fact. Thank you and please keep yourselves safe from the snake oil salesmans of Facebook.

  30. Gin says:

    Hello!
    This article is wonderful. I never leave comments ever….but after reading this article and all your responses—>>> just wanted to say thanks! Body wraps are my current MLM pet peeve but this is a close second.

  31. Jenn says:

    Hi, thanks for the information on DoTerra. I was introduced to the products this weekend when someone convinced me to do a quick “compass” report of what my body is missing. I was fine with the $10 charge for that, but as soon as she mentioned the registration fee and the outrageous prices, my spidey-senses were tingling. She also suggested that I ingest the oils, and informed me that they are the only oils on the market that are FDA approved. I thanked her and walked away. I suggest you do the same.

  32. BeOpen says:

    It’s easy to write an article with a closed mind. It’s also easy to get fooled with a mind that is too open. Maybe you should try to write an article in the same way about a pharmaceutical company that provides a certain medicine. Maybe in a couple of years you may find out that their slick marketing and lobby at the FDA had you fooled… But all that time you were taking their toxins and poisening your body. Ain’t it weird that we try to cure ourselves with toxins from very, very, very rich companies?
    Try writing about this kind of swindle, instead of these easy targets backed up by the lobby of pharmaceutical companies.
    Remember… it’s all about the money.

    • Lazy Man says:

      Interesting name “BeOpen”, you seem to not want to “BeOpen” yourself. There are enough other people writing about the pharmaceutical industry and I haven’t found enough writing about MLM and specific MLM companies. To me it isn’t weird that we wouldn’t try to cure ourselves with products that are undergo a scientific, clinical process to work. And hey, not too many people get polio or TB nowadays, so they seem to be doing a lot right.

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  34. Jennifer Cassie says:

    I have to disagree with this article. I do sell but I also use on my family, which ivlude my 3 children. Fda is a multi billion dollar company, does that really mean that there medicine is always good?
    Look at all the side effects and lawsuits they go through. We are actually now health canada approved on 20 of our oils. If you were told that it is going to cure cancer or going to cure altimers then the person that was teaching the class was not properly trained and should not be working for our company. I have seen first hand the benifits to these amazing oils, but just like drugs they have to be used properly. I have 2 nurses on my team and have done a lot of research and I am taking a aromatherapy coarse. How can I truly help people use these oils properly if I don’t know how myself. Yes doTERRA is a mlm company not denying that, but that does not make them a bad company. DoTERRA could have went straight to the store and sold that way but they chose not to,would rather have people like myself be able to deminstrate on how they are used and give samples. I went to purchase a lemon oil in a store, which I will not name becouse I am not about knocking companies expecially ones I do not know enough about.Anyways I baught this oil and they did not tell me how to use it or the cautions that they do have nothing. In my opinion not everyone should sell them . That lady should have Atleast told me that should I have got oil in my eyes not to put water,had I of not been trained properly I would have went straight for the water. I am not trying to push my company on you or say buy our products bit do not just jump to conclusions about the quality over one persons blog. If anyone would really like to sample our product message me for more info and I would be happy to share with you. Have a great day?

    [Editor’s Note: Promotional material from Jennifer is removed.]

  35. kelly says:

    Is it “TRUE”? the labeling industry in the US allows a product that contains 100% ,,,let’s say LAVENDER OIL ( 1%),,,, then ADD a “filler oil”@ 99%,,, to claim “CONTAINS 100% Lavender Oil….. AS LONG AS THE BOTTLE HAS (100% Lavender oil) in it,,, they can MISS LEAD you into thinking the WHOLE BOTTLE CONTAINS “100% Lavender?

  36. jennifer says:

    Yes Kelly it is absulutly true that they can. By law there only has to be a certain percent in each bottle to call them selves pure. People can say that we are all scammed and other products are just as good. I am with a group that actually testes other bottles and I hate to tell you that you are wrong. If you get oils off the Internet do u actually know where they are coming from and what’s inside. You can say they are more expensive but there are a number of reasons why doterra rises above others. If you buy an essential oil out of a retail store or the Internet are they going to tell you the cautions or show you how to use them. That is the reason doTERRA went this way. Word of mouth is a very powerful thing, you would take your friends or families word before you took some average Joe right. doTERRA thought it would be better to actually be able to show you how the product works and explain how doterra is where it is today. We are are the #1 essential oil company. I am not going to sit here and knock other companies becouse that is just not my style, I just warn you whatever company you use make sure the quality really is there. Ask them where it is harvested? What type of year? There are so many factures in what makes the value go up or down on an oil. If there were so many red flags in doTERRA why were they just health canada approved. There is no scientific proof that backs up your article. It is based Strickland on your opinion. If anyone would like real information or studies done or doctors articles send me your email or add my closed group on essential oils facebook. [Editor’s Note: Contact information deleted. Jennifer, please don’t try to take conversations private. This isn’t the place for your sale’s pitch. We ate only a successful company today becouse we are able to show that infact our oils do help and they are great quality, so please so not base your opinion on a article that is just one guys opinion that has not even infact tried the oils and is going off the mlm side and that’s all he really has. I wI’ll not use any other company on myself or my children and I have not used any medication in 4 months. That’s my opinion though I am not a doctor and I did go to my doctor before I started using them as well. I am happy with my choice aND becouse of it I now have more knowledge on oils and how to use them properly.

  37. Vogel says:

    Jennifer Cassie said: “I have to disagree with this article.”

    No, you don’t “have to”. But since you did anyway, it would have been nice if you had delineated precisely what it is that you disagree with instead of just creating straw men to attack.

    Jennifer Cassie said: “Fda (sic) is a multi billion dollar company, does that really mean that there (sic) medicine is always good?”

    (a) The FDA is not a company; (b) the FDA doesn’t make or sell medicine. Your question is pointless and ignorant.

    Jennifer Cassie said: “Look at all the side effects and lawsuits they go through.”

    Why? Drug side effects have nothing to with DoTerra essential oils. People are more than willing to risk a side effect (especially mild ones) in order to cure or alleviate a disease. DoTerra’s products don’t cure or alleviate diseases.

    Jennifer Cassie said: “If you were told that it is going to cure cancer or going to cure altimers (sic) then the person that was teaching the class was not properly trained and should not be working for our company.”

    What’s “altimers”? Did you mean Alzheimer’s disease? Do you realize how absurd it is for someone so woefully lacking in knowledge to be dispensing advice? Aside from that, we all agree that DoTerra’s distributors shouldn’t be making misleading and illegal claims about disease treatment, and yet they do, and the company takes no action. The article is critical of such practices and yet you prefaced your comment by complaining about how you disagree with the article. There’s no rhyme or reason to your approach.

    Jennifer Cassie said: “I have seen first hand the benifits (sic) to these amazing oils, but just like drugs they have to be used properly.”

    Firstly, why bother stating that the products have benefits and are “amazing” without providing any details?

    Second, it is extremely misleading for you to directly compare DoTerra’s products with drugs. You could have said “just like a hammer, they have to be used properly,” but instead you went with a purposely misleading statement likening them to drugs. And yet you wonder why people condemn your turd of a company?

    Jennifer Cassie said: “I have 2 nurses on my team and have done a lot of research and I am taking a (sic) aromatherapy coarse (sic).”

    So let’s recap. You have the writing and reasoning skills of a third-grader; you can’t spell to save your life; you don’t know the meaning of the word “paragraph”; you have deluded notions about what the FDA does; and you seem to think that taking an aromatherapy course is an educational credential. Do you still wonder why people scoff at the simpletons who sell and relentlessly hype DoTerra products?

    Jennifer Cassie said: “How can I truly help people use these oils properly if I don’t know how myself.”

    But you seem to know nothing, so I can’t imagine what kind of help you could possibly offer anyone. Besides, what kind of help does someone need to know how to apply a dab of oil behind their ear, and wouldn’t a simple product instruction sheet take care of that? You provide no value whatsoever.

    Jennifer Cassie said: “Yes doTERRA is a mlm company not denying that, but that does not make them a bad company.”

    Well, yes, in fact it really does. The MLM pyramid system with its multiple levels of distributor payouts (most of it going to a select few at the top level) ensures very high overhead, which necessarily translates to horribly overpriced products. Horribly overpriced products are next to impossible to sell unless they are hyped using deception; for instance, telling people that the products are miraculous and do “amazing” things, or that they can get rich selling them.

    So to recap, BS overpriced products sold deceptively. Got it?

    Jennifer Cassie said: “DoTERRA could have went straight to the store and sold that way but they chose not to,would rather have people like myself be able to deminstrate (sic) on how they are used and give samples.”

    In theory DoTerra could have chosen to sell their products in retail stores, assuming any retailer would be stupid enough to stock them, but the products would never sell because they would be situated next to similar products that sell for 10% or less of the cost of DoTerra oils. The only way they can sell the products at such an unjustifiably high price is via the MLM model and with a healthy dollop of BS.

    Jennifer Cassie said: “I went to purchase a lemon oil in a store, which I will not name becouse (sic) I am not about knocking companies expecially (sic) ones I do not know enough about. Anyways I baught (sic) this oil and they did not tell me how to use it or the cautions that they do have nothing. In my opinion not everyone should sell them . That lady should have Atleast (sic) told me that should I have got oil in my eyes not to put water,had I of not been trained properly I would have went straight for the water.”

    So, sifting through the fluff, what you’re saying is that, in contrast with the way retail products are sold, you bring value to the equation because you’re there to tell customers to not put DoTerra oil in their eyes or try to wash it out with water? That’s pretty worthless. A package insert/instruction sheet would accomplish the same thing without the need for someone like you to suck out a commission payment from the transaction.

    Jennifer Cassie said: “I am not trying to push my company on you or say buy our products bit (sic) do not just jump to conclusions about the quality over one persons (sic) blog. If anyone would really like to sample our product message me for more info and I would be happy to share with you. Have a great day? (sic)”

    So to recap, you prefaced your comment by saying that you disagree with the article, and then you proceeded to spew a bunch of illiterate nonsense that addressed precisely none of the points expressed in the article. And then to add insult injury, you say that you’re not here to push the company or its products, but then in the next sentence you start offering samples and requesting people to message you. That’s just dazzlingly dumb!

    I hope you realize that rather than demonstrating any deficiencies with the blog article, all you did was to reinforce the perception of DoTerra salespeople as clueless pawns.

  38. Esther says:

    Young living saved me when conventional doctors said I was in the “normal range” of EVERYTHING!!! I was led to a better doctor as well and now am on the road to healing and living better being more balanced and happy. I no longer depend on big pharmaceutical companies and all the side effects. My husband was convinced they were snake oils too until he had a toothache one day. I put a drop of thieves oil on a Q-tip and it took the pain right away till we could get him to the dentist next day or when he stepped wrong and DoTerra’s deep blue made his hurt foot feel better than the non-hurt foot. I am not a seller or trying to sell. I joined for the benefits. Different strokes, I guess. Be careful using other oils as I have tried them too and they aren’t recommended for topical or internal use. YL’s peppermint clears my sinuses and helps with my headaches daily!! No need for advil or tylenol. I just discovered DoTerra and am switching. I have been getting better results. Thanks for reading. Have a blessed day!! (:

  39. Geoff says:

    Esther said, “Young living saved me when conventional doctors said I was in the “normal range” of EVERYTHING!!!”

    Are you saying that board certified and trained physicians suggested you were healthy, and the young living made you not healthy? This is a very confusing statement, because it sounds like you weren’t sick, but then Young Living came along and made you not in the “normal range” anymore?

    Esther said, “I was led to a better doctor as well and now am on the road to healing and living better being more balanced and happy. I no longer depend on big pharmaceutical companies and all the side effects.”

    Does this doctor have a financial bias to push essential oils over scientifically and clinically tested medicines? Did this doctor suggest you were unhealthy when the previous doctor(s) suggested you were fine? Why were you depending on medicines if other doctors said you were fine? I’m sorry, but everything you are saying is extremely confusing.

    Esther said, “My husband was convinced they were snake oils too until he had a toothache one day. I put a drop of thieves oil on a Q-tip and it took the pain right away till we could get him to the dentist next day or when he stepped wrong and DoTerra’s deep blue made his hurt foot feel better than the non-hurt foot.”

    Esther, I found a couple of actual medical articles on the subject, and none have suggested that essential oils help with these particular issues. Also, from this article, http://childrensmd.org/uncategorized/return-essential-oils/ there was one section that really stuck out to me because they describe the placebo effect.

    “I can jabber on about PubMed research and most people don’t care– they’d rather try some essential oil themselves. If it works, who cares about the research? Here’s the problem with that approach: once you spend $79 on a tiny vial of Frankincense, you’re going to be looking for it to work. You’ll note every little improvement in your condition and attribute it to your lovely smelling treatment. But could you have achieved the same outcome with a hot bath, massage, and scented candle?”

    Take a moment and think about that…did you try other things that weren’t drugs or essential oils?

    Esther said, “Be careful using other oils as I have tried them too and they aren’t recommended for topical or internal use. YL’s peppermint clears my sinuses and helps with my headaches daily!! No need for advil or tylenol.”

    I’m not sure how much Tylenol or Advil you were taking, but they are actually FDA approved, and clinically tested. Acetaminophen is not harmful, and for you to suggest that essential oils work better is completely ridiculous.

  40. Esther says:

    Thank you for the attack!!(NOT) This was a mistake commenting on here. What kind of cruel hearts You have. I was just speaking from my own personal experience. I refuse to explain myself any further. Peace be with you. Feel free to read more about whatever YOU believe and I will cease to exist in your world.

  41. Geoff says:

    Esther said, “Thank you for the attack!!(NOT) This was a mistake commenting on here.”

    Where did I attack you? I asked very reasonable questions, and was very non confrontational. It was not a mistake for you to comment. It is important for people to give a different perspective, but you should also be open to other people’s views.

    Esther said, “What kind of cruel hearts You have.”

    You seem to be very emotional about absolutely nothing. I would suggest taking your emotional temperature before responding hastily and rereading the information that was being presented.

    Esther said, “I refuse to explain myself any further. Peace be with you. Feel free to read more about whatever YOU believe and I will cease to exist in your world.”

    You haven’t explained anything…and your post ignored any counterpoints that were given. I don’t just read articles that support my opinion, because that would not encompass the entire point. I don’t believe you were ever in my world to begin with, and your melodramatic response does not substantiate any of your previous beliefs.

  42. Holly says:

    I have enjoyed reading this article, along with the following discussion and opinion. I guess what it boils down to in my opinion is personal preference. I bought a starter kit from Young Living but I do not distribute and probably will not continue to belong to this MLM company. One of my oldest and dearest friends is a very successful distributor and swears by most of the products for her and her household. That is her choice and conviction.

    Personally, I am a single income household and simply don’t have the income to buy these products on a regular basis. Nor do I have the time to market and I am certainly not a sales person, so I have not made a single dime from this company. I have only contributed to others’ commission with my limited purchases.

    I can’t attest to any benefits or side effects from essential oils as I haven’t used any one oil consistently since getting the kit. I am sure there are probably benefits to them. I am also sure there are benefits as well and draw backs to modern medicine. I am exploring a more natural holistic approach to health, but I am taking it slow and doing research. That is my choice and preference, just as someone who fully relies on and trusts EOs or Pharmaceuticals.

    I appreciate this post, as it helped open my eyes and think again about multi-level marketing as a whole. I believe I will think twice before spending my money on products marketed and sold this way. It has me thinking and wanting to research alternative brands for myself. These companies will continue to come and go in the future, I am sure. To participate or not is up to each individual and how they choose to spend their hard earned money and conduct their lives. I am glad I stumbled upon your site today researching a totally different MLM company. Thank you for the information and for allowing people to comment, discuss and draw their own conclusion on these topics.

  43. Jerry K says:

    Thank you for this objective article. We purchase some DoTerra Essential Oils each month. But we are not on the Pyramid structure. My favorite is the Peppermint oil. One drop spread out on my face and neck and chest produces a warmth and uplifting aroma that lifts my spirits significantly! One drop! The Breathe lozenges and oil help clear the air passages quite well. The Deep Blue cream seems to sooth sore muscles and aches. It smells very similar to ointments and creams that I used on sore muscles when I was a college athlete. I am a retired scientist.

    • Lazy Man says:

      Jerry K, I’ve found the same thing can happen from one drop of the Now version I have for around 1/5th or 1/10th the price (whatever it was). There are any number of cheap, but great, practically-equivalent alternatives you can buy without the expense of the “structure” (as you put it).

  44. Judi says:

    LOL…come for the info and stay for the train wreck.

  45. Jan says:

    I am a new user/buyer of doTERRA. I probably would have to agree with the smell makes you feel better, but doesn’t cure or prevent disease. Well, isn’t that what you want, to feel better? The lavender relaxes my whole family with a couple of drops. Haven’t tried the difuser yet, but that’s next. The oil that I swear by the most is the Deep Blue. I am a cancer fighter and have a lot of nerve damage, especially in my lower back. This used every morning with the coconut oil relieves this and lasts longer than any of the products you buy in the drugstore. Since using Deep Blue, about 6 weeks, the once constant pain has been reduced to when I overdo, which is normal life.

    • Lazy Man says:

      It sounds like you are essentially saying that the value is the same as a scented candle. I have the NOW lavender which I think is about 1/10th the price and it does the same thing.

      So I’m not sure why people would pay 10x more than they have to for smells. As you mentioned, curing or preventing diseases isn’t in play here, so let’s leave that out of the discussion to avoid confusing people. Thanks.

    • Mick says:

      Sounds like you need to do some research and do an article on the dangers of scented candles.

    • Lazy Man says:

      Thanks Mick… open fires always have a danger. I hope that’s obvious and not in need of an article.

      You might also get great scents from the “tree” in your car. If you believe these scents are dangerous, I suggest you report it to the FTC.

      I have essential oils, from NOW as I disclosed, and that’s an option as well.

      This article is not about aromatherapy… we can agree on that, right?

    • Mick says:

      It’s not about an open flame. Have you ever heard of BSD (black soot deposition)? Ever seen black spot stains on ceilings, walls, furniture, etc? Well the EPA and ALA have determined breathing particulate matter 2.5 microns or smaller is very detrimental to human health. These particles are dangerous because they are inhaled deeply into the lungs, causing irritation and respiratory problems, and possible long term health issues.

  46. Kelly says:

    Fantastic article! Thanks!

  47. Sojourner says:

    LazyMan, you lie in your first paragraph so how can we trust anything else you may say?

    Never has DoTerra sold Lavender for your so-called researched price of $68.00.

    • Lazy Man says:

      Sojourner, if you follow the link to Amazon you’ll see that one bottle (15ml) is $23.10 and two bottles (each 15ml) are $46.20. The total of the three bottles is 45ml as I state, for a combined cost of $69.30. That is ~$68 noting that “~” means around.

      I didn’t say that DoTerra was selling these, just that one can buy the products for around that pricing on Amazon.

      If you lie about my lying, how can we trust anything you might say?

  48. Lesley says:

    I am a Wellness Advocate with doTERRA but I do not do it to make money. I started using them on myself for minor things like skin care, my hair, diffusing at home in 2009. I saw countless Advocates selling these oils online and not having a single clue about what they do and how dangerous they can be, it was all about reaching Diamond or Presidential level. I could easily have done that myself but I didn’t and haven’t. In 7 years, I have no one working below me – it’s just me. I’ve taken aromatherapy courses and am on my way to being certified. The things I have learned along the way make me cringe when I see uneducated Advocates on FB and blog sites “selling” this stuff and trying to recruit other uneducated Advocates. I have friends that buy from me, if they want. I don’t push it. I make recommendations if they ask. And they buy from me at my price and I keep the points for products later. That’s all I get out of it and I’m happy with that. Nine years I’ve been doing that! In the meantime, I’ve had 2 children and I have to say that I have used the oils on the girls for minor colds and aches and I am happy to say that they have helped their ailments. Now when my girls have a cut or a tummy bug or a bug bite or a bruise/scrape, they ask for the oils. I’m happy with that too! I just WISH that all these Advocates are educated and well informed about the oils, their uses, their components, what they can counteract with, etc.

    • Lazy Man says:

      Lesley, maybe you can tell me why you pay as much as 10x more for oils when you don’t need to.

      How do you justify asking people to pay your price of 10x more when they can save so much money with the functional equivalent from other non-MLM companies?

  49. Lesley says:

    Lazy Man – they can buy whatever oils they want. I don’t push doTERRA on them. They ask me for advice on what oil might help and I give them the ones I know. I tell them they don’t have to buy them from me, they can do their research and buy from wherever. I told you – I am NOT in this to make money. In 7 years, I have NO ONE working under me. It’s me, myself and I. Granted, I am helping someone above me make money. And I choose to pay what I do for the oils because I like them, I have done the research and I appreciate the support I get from the company in terms of education.

    • Lazy Man says:

      Of course anyone can buy whatever they want. I’m not sure anyone forces anyone to do anything.

      It just feels very odd. It’s like spending $250,000 for a Toyota Camary instead of $25,000 for a Honda Accord and justifying it as, “Well Toyota told me how to obey basic traffic laws.”

      I understand that you aren’t in this to make money. Why not do people a huge favor and save them from paying 10x as much? I can’t think of a single reason why someone would do that unless they hate people… and I don’t think you hate people.

  50. Mikey says:

    Your logic simply on the trademark issue is flawed. A business such as doTerra created a trademark in order to raise the bar on the quality of an essential oil. You have failed to do real research into doTerra, because these essential oils are made to be consumed, not just diffused. Therefore, they become more expensive by the need to put relentless effort into having the necessary concentration. They aren’t cheap, because other companies use synthetic chemicals to make their products cheaper. Therefore, they can only be diffused rather than consumed. Consumption and topical application of any plant would be the most effective, would it not? Then, why do essential oils differ from plants? Oil is the “personality” of a plant. It is what can have a positive or negative effect on a plant. I am shocked at the ignorance and shallow nature of this article. Poison ivy is harmful, why? The “greasy” nature of the oil on the plant causes a harmful reaction with the skin. It is the OIL that hurts people! Therefore, oils from other plants can have a positive effect. It isn’t supposed to substitute modern medicine; that would be absurd. You are right to say that anyone selling the product shouldn’t say that is does substitute. It is to help where medicine can’t help. You even mentioned mental illness. Modern medicine made my brother’s mental condition worse. It deteriorated his mind. So it right to assume that all medicines work? No. Pharmaceuticals obviously have side effects. If you know about chemistry, then you would understand such a concept. Side effects come from the side chains of a molecule that can negatively effect the body. Just like any oil from a plant can be positive or negative to the body. It is right to experiment with good quality while paying more, because I’d rather pay more then have serious problems with synthetic chemicals. Money becomes a trade off for the ability to use the essential oils in the most productive way, rather than just the smell as you mentioned. Please don’t fuel the fire of other’s confirmatory thinking. Do your research properly.

    • Lazy Man says:

      Thank you for your opinion, Mikey.

      It would be easy for me dismiss it on the basis that people who don’t understand how paragraphs work might not be in the best position to lecture about trademarks.

      Companies do not create trademarks to raise the quality of an industry. Trademark, by definition on my quick Google search, is “a symbol, word, or words legally registered or established by use as representing a company or product.” Thus it is only about doTerra. That’s not a bad thing… The Patriots trademarked Do Your Job, not for awareness of football, but to protect the brand.

      If you want to raise the bar on the quality of a product or service, you do so by working with others in the same industry and funding a quality control of that. One good example is the National Dairy Council. You don’t just put together a phrase/slogan that sounds authortative and say, “Hey, this will improve the quality of all essential oils!”

      Mikey wrote, “You have failed to do real research into doTerra, because these essential oils are made to be consumed, not just diffused. Therefore, they become more expensive by the need to put relentless effort into having the necessary concentration.”

      Can you tell me the benefits of consuming essential oils? As I mentioned in the article, I bought 10 of them. I don’t see an FDA-approved medical reason to consume any of them.

      Mikey wrote, “They aren’t cheap, because other companies use synthetic chemicals to make their products cheaper. Therefore, they can only be diffused rather than consumed. Consumption and topical application of any plant would be the most effective, would it not? Then, why do essential oils differ from plants? Oil is the ‘personality’ of a plant.”

      Whoa… I’m going to go John Oliver on you. Other than Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, plants don’t have personalities. And if they did, I don’t think they’d appreciate attributing it to “oil.” Would you like your personality attributed to oil? Maybe Life cereal could make a comeback if it was 50% canola oil… Mikey likes it!

      I might agree that consumption or topical application of a plant might be most effective. We aren’t talking hemlock or poison ivy, right?!?!

      Oh wait we are!

      Mikey wrote, “Poison ivy is harmful, why? The ‘greasy’ nature of the oil on the plant causes a harmful reaction with the skin. It is the OIL that hurts people! Therefore, oils from other plants can have a positive effect.”

      I’m going to suggest that your conclusion is ABSURD. What if we think of that reaction as a defense mechanism. If a bee stings me and it hurts, does it mean that wasps stinging is healthy? Of course not.

      Perhaps, we determine healthy things by science and the scientific method… not analogies that don’t hold water.

      Mikey wrote, “It isn’t supposed to substitute modern medicine; that would be absurd. You even mentioned mental illness. Modern medicine made my brother’s mental condition worse. It deteriorated his mind. ”

      I humbly suggest that it would be less absurd than what you’ve suggested above… and that’s saying something, because I used ALL CAPS on that.

      Mikey wrote, “It is to help where medicine can’t help.”

      That seems to be an endorsement that essential oils CAN HELP. Is that fair? Maybe you should watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhGuXCuDb1U

      If that’s what you are suggesting, I think we’re back to discussing the concept of “therapeutical” and “certified pure” with the FDA as it relates to mental illness.

      Mikey wrote, “It is right to experiment with good quality while paying more, because I’d rather pay more then have serious problems with synthetic chemicals.”

      I think that to make this claim, you need to prove that other products are synthetic and that synthetic have problems. The products from NOW as I bought are not, in any way that I know synthetic and of lesser quality.

      Please don’t push brands and FUD (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear,_uncertainty_and_doubt) here.

      Mikey wrote, “Money becomes a trade off for the ability to use the essential oils in the most productive way, rather than just the smell as you mentioned.”

      Anyone can use essential oils however they want to. I can’t prevent that. I just want to tell people that the only productive way seems to be smell according to my research. If you have another FDA approved use for essential oils for medical conditions (mental health or otherwise), please submit it!

  51. Vogel says:

    Mikey said: “doTerra…they become more expensive by the need to put relentless effort into having the necessary concentration.”

    ROFL! Who do you think you’re talking to here, junior? The reason their products are so stupidly expensive is simply because of the nature of the MLM payout structure; i.e., with half to two-thirds of revenue going toward payouts to the pyramid scheme participants (and obscene profits for the ringleaders).

    Mikey said: “Modern medicine made my brother’s mental condition worse.”

    And apparently it hasn’t helped yours much either.

    Mikey said: “Side effects come from the side chains of a molecule that can negatively effect the body.”

    Haha. Nothing like listening to an MLM baboon pretending to know biochemistry! Really, just too damn funny!

  52. thea says:

    Ok article and entertaining comments that I wasted way too much time reading instead of exercising. To any reader who is reading this: I guide you to Michael’s comment made in May 2016 as one that would be helpful to read. He allegedly is a real doctor who has several cases of folks who have been dangerously close to injured or dead because of relying on doTERRA oils. The only person I know who does doTERRA is a friend of a friend, who is actually really successful (I think Blue Diamond level, from what I can tell on facebook) and she does this full time. She does however pawn her goods at everything I see her at (weddings, baby showers, etc.) which gets to be odd at best. I thought I’d also chime in as even though she’s fairly high up, she CERTAINLY claims that oils cure everything from the common cold to mental illness (she herself is bipolar, I think stopped taking meds in favor of oils, and appears to have had a few episodes based on some disturbing posts on facebook. I believe she’s gone back on meds). I just thought I’d share my perspective from a sample size of 1.

  53. Thea says:

    Also, this was a fun article.
    http://www.utahstories.com/2014/08/damning-evidence-that-young-living-and-doterras-essential-oils-are-adulterated/

    Apparently doTerra was started from Young Living’s former employees, and so Young Living sued doTerra for copying their production process. An unintended consequence was that it became public that neither Young Living nor doTerra’s oils are “pure” like they claim and in fact have synthetic elements to them.

  54. Thea says:

    And it’s probably the nature of the MLM being kind of like a religion, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that denigrating folks re: pretty base things like spelling and grammar probably isn’t the best way to convince someone that your side is right. I mean, maybe no one’s mind is changing anyhow, but I guess it provides some entertaining, if not somewhat mean, fodder to read.

  55. Sutsop says:

    Late to the party here, but I just wanted to reply to the comment that someone made about Young Living’s Theives Oil helping a toothache. A quick look at YL’s website shows the first ingredient is clove oil. The same thing my dentist recommended after I had my wisdom teeth taken out and got dry socket (ugh), and my dad’s dentist recommended when he had a toothache.

    Point being, you don’t need YL’s overpriced snake oil… You need a little bottle of clove oil, which you can pick up cheaply from CVS, etc.

    You are absolutely, positively paying for the “brand” when you buy from any of these MLM s. You’re not paying for scientific research, you’re paying for marketing research.

    I purchase oils fairly regularly, as perfumery is a hobby of mine. I purchase from suppliers that often deal directly with producers, have independent analysis done on their oils, and post this information freely. Their prices are nowhere near as inflated as these MLMs.

    • Lazy Man says:

      Can I ‘steal’ this? Great explanation (in my opinion)!

      “You are absolutely, positively paying for the ‘brand’ when you buy from any of these MLMs. You’re not paying for scientific research, you’re paying for marketing research.”

  56. Kristin says:

    My favorite part in reading these comments are all the people with different names who respond by breaking down others people’s messages in the exact same way. Hmm… Maybe the same person? Also, Lazy Man, almost every time you comment you mention NOW oils but seem to be talking about the uselessness of using essential oils at all. If you’re really in it for just the scent, you can get a candle at your closest grocery store for $5 or less. Poor execution on your end, buddy. And as a side note, I think it’s extremely rude to comment so nastily on someone’s spelling and grammar. You have no idea who that person is or what they’re like. Just because they don’t have the correct grammar or spell correctly DOES NOT make them incompetent. Let’s be adults and be able to state our opinion without making other people out to be idiots because they don’t share it.

    • Lazy Man says:

      As best I can tell the people with different names are different people. They use different email addresses, different IPs, and things of that nature. Maybe people respond to the comments in the same way because comments in MLM articles are repetitive.

      I mention NOW oils because I actually bought them and they are a great value in comparison to DoTERRA’s pricing. When I originally wrote the article, I didn’t have any experience with essential oils, so maybe that’s why you see a change. You shouldn’t view the article and comments as something that happened in one day, but something that has evolved over time.

      I do, and I think I always have, recognized the value of aromatherapy. If you read my comments, you’ll even see that I mentioned scented candles as well. Without doing a rigorous financial analysis, a few drops of the $5 essential oils I bought in a diffuser lasts a long time, similar to a scented candle. I’ve got no problems if people decide to save money with scented candles.

      I openly make fun of myself for my grammar. Despite having a linguistics degree, I often make grammar mistakes. My brain often thinks faster than my fingers type and I leave out valuable words like verbs in sentences. Sometimes, I go back and edit words and the rest of the sentence doesn’t agree with the change. I rarely comment on other people’s grammar, but in extreme cases, I can’t help but point it out. If people don’t understand paragraphs and have around a dozen spelling errors in a 75 word comment, I have to point it out.

      I think such extreme cases are an indication of their education level, which I believe explains why they might spend 10x more on a different brand of a “pure” product.

      So Kristin, do you actually have a useful thing to add to the discussion itself, or do you just like to give comments on the comments?

    • Sutsop says:

      Kristin, I can assure you that I am no one but little ol’ me commenting here. I have no intention of “breaking” anyone down. My comment was intended to encourage people not to buy into any company’s hype, and to do their own research. There are some great little suppliers out there, selling wonderful, high quality products. They don’t have marketing teams or sales pitches. They do have honest, upfront information about their product and its origins. They do publicly post Certificates of Analysis on their products, so you know precisely what you’re buying, rather than vague statements about “purity”. And yet, their prices are still very reasonable.
      If saying that makes me a big ol’ internet meanie, so be it. At least I’m not a sucker.

  57. Geoff says:

    Kristin,

    Did you actually have anything of value to add to the conversation, or were you going to be hypocritical and nitpick the style in which LM responds instead of his content?

    For the record, and I am not speaking on LM’s behalf (as you insinuated multiple people are responding in the same form to prior comments), I believe LM has shown an unbelievable amount of patience for ignorance. He has responded to people who have said the same things now for years and continues to post everyone’s comments. He has also engaged people constructively, even when they have gone off on emotional tirades or steered the conversation away from the subject matter (Ring any bells Kristin?). LM’s blog has generated more positive and constructive conversations about MLM than any other I have read, and is an unbelievably powerful resource for people who have questions.

    It may be time to look in the mirror Kristin.

  58. Dee says:

    FYI – this appeared on my FB feed yesterday from a seller: “No scientist researched this blend…it was created by a fellow cross-line doTERRA Wellness Advocate who knows there are ALOT of people who would also feel this way some days (who can relate??)
    Now, next week at convention I’ll learn from Johns Hopkins about their research on all of our oils and blends!
    Yes, Johns Hopkins is researching all of d?TERRA’s oils and blends…they won’t work with any other essential oil company! If you don’t know, d?TERRA is a science and research company working with the best in research!”

  59. Jennifer Cassie says:

    Lazy man- You are a very ignorant individual. Does it help you sleep better at night making fun of people and how they spell. You are a very ignorant idividual who’s opinion is wrong and you talk about others not being educated I think that you should be ashamed of yourself treating others that way. People do not always have the same opinion as you but to make fun of them is uncalled for. You are a pompous ***. If anyone has any real questions about essential oils and does not want to listen to this tart anymore please email me and I would love to help you. [Editor’s note: Email removed. Please don’t include contact information in comments]. You have shown no actual facts and if you would like to kill all of your organs using medication you go for it. If you are going to knock a company Atleast have all the proper facts.

    • Lazy Man says:

      Maybe I have to look back, but I don’t recall making fun of anyone’s spelling in some time. Maybe several months I did in an extreme case. I did make fun of someone’s lack of using paragraphs, because 1) it was hard to read and 2) he seemed to be lecturing me on trademarks (of which he appears to be wrong about).

      The rest of your comment Cassie is much worse name calling than I ever did, which comes across as hypocritical.

      What does “killing all of your organs using medication” have ANYTHING to do with this discussion of essential oils? Please stick to the topic of essential oils and not medicine which helps heal people from sicknesses and other maladies.

      Thanks

  60. JJdan says:

    Thanks for this article- it is information that is helpful to me. I have a friend at the convention now who is so hook line and sinker into Doterra. She tells me there are doctors from Johns Hopkins there who have done trials (of course Doctors are compromised- who funded the trials is what I want to ask) It worries me for her sake as she is a good smart person who just wants to believe and on the whole, essential oils are helpful and from nature but for me it is Doterra and the culture it promotes and the moneymaking aspects of it that say “danger, danger will robinson.” . I suppose the nature of the MLM or pyramid schemes has rung “false” to me. Your article informs us about this a bit more and then we can all judge for ourselves based on the facts. But that said, my friend is a generous, believer type and I am a generous, doubter type- we are different and there are pros and cons to our respective personality types. She is a wonderful person and I do not want want to see her going down a rabbit hole and her desire to find work and help people is a genuine one.

    My sentiments are along the lines of Thea (comment 53-55) as well I should add that Lazyman as much as I appreciate and find humor in your comments, they do sting and can be hurtful and so respectfully ask that we try to be a bit kinder so as not to take away from the legitimacy of what you are saying. We can all read that the person with the spelling and grammatical errors- well there is something really sad about everything she is saying and the form in which she is conveying her thoughts… that speaks for itself. So I’m not adding much except for my thanks for the article and my hope that we can exchange information while being decent to one another.

  61. JJdan says:

    PS, I realize that i should have checked my comments. I’m missing a lot f commas and haven’t capitazlied or ( e.g. hook, line, and sinker; good, smart person; Will Robinson) the auto correct capitalized things- the quickness of pressing that “send” or “post” button!

  62. Kathy says:

    Funny story. Just now a DoTERRA rep left my house after a wonderful presentation. She is a true believer and just returned home from a convention.
    I’m a skeptic by nature, almost to a fault but also curious. I revealed that to her upon our meeting. I do think that oils have a lot of benefits and they smell wonderful. I guess my skepticism lies in spending $275 in a start up kit ( that’s the medium price) and being charged $35 a month to be a part of this elite group. Honestly, I was on board until she broke out with the order form.
    Towards the end of the presentation I googled DoTerra and came across your website. Thank you. Very informative. You confirmed what I suspected. If I do decide to order essensual oils I will go with Now.

  63. Kenn says:

    Essential oils are for those who look for alternative methods..modern medicine itself is not exempt from false claims itself. You can go get a flu shot..and still get the flu. You can buy congestion syrups but still stay congested. As for cost it’s what the consumer believes is the better product. If you goto a steak house..chuck steak is much more affordable and you can get more of it for the same price rather than a New York strip. Obviously it’s not a better cut of meat but it came from the same cow. Same with your theory on the this Now essential oil product you promote yes it’s an essential oil..but you pay for the quality not the quantity when you compare it to doterra. So in ending do you want the chuck steak or the New York Strip..it’s all in what a person really preferes.

    • Lazy Man says:

      Kenn, keep in mind that essential oils aren’t typically shown to be effective medical treatments. Whenever I read a comment like that, I ask myself, “If I were to take out the word ‘essential oils’ and replace it with ‘dog pee’ does it still make sense?” In this case, it does. You didn’t explain why essential oils are effective, so we might as well just assume that dog pee is just as effective.

      It appears that there’s no noticeable difference in quality between the highly-rated versions of essential oils and many are all billed as being 100% pure. It seems like you are just peddling 87 octane at 10x money and calling one a prime cut.

      If people are really preferring it, let’s take the pyramid selling out of the equation. We saw that when the FTC did that with Vemma, the CEO had to beg people to buy the product. Turns out that people weren’t really that interested in the product, but in the business of selling “business opportunities” were a vast majority of people lost money.

  64. joelle says:

    Are you really that stupid? have you checked any of this as facts.. People like you should not be writing stupid ignorant articles for others to read your biased nonsense. doTERRA’s frankincense cured me of breast cancer a few months ago you idiot. A health food stores brand never did that.

    • Lazy Man says:

      Hmmm, joelle leaving a comment with an email address of “[email protected]” say that doTERRA’s frankincense cured her breast cancer.

      I challenge anyone to get doTERRA itself to officially support this anonymous person’s unfounded, nonsensical claim.

      People wonder why so many are against MLM. I submit to you joelle as exhibit A. She’s asking me if I’m “really that stupid?”, really?

    • Chris says:

      Oh, Joelle. I can only assume by your statements that you are either,

      a. a delusional lunatic
      b. a complete and utter moron
      or
      c. a despicable, scamming, steaming pant-load

      Though I must admit, this statement is quite compelling:

      “doTERRA’s frankincense cured me of breast cancer a few months ago you idiot. A health food stores brand never did that.”

      So, am I to infer that all of the other times you got breast cancer and used that inferior, jive-ass frankincense from the health food store, it didn’t cure you and you died? I hate when that happens!

      You are spectacular, Joelle. Never stop being you.

    • Bev M. says:

      I don’t know you Chris, but I suspect that I would love hanging out with you.

  65. Michael Mariani says:

    As a computational geneticist, I can tell you, that modern scientific medicine is leading us to the era of precision medicine, which is actually allowing us to better treat the hundreds of diseases that constitute ‘cancer’. People please be careful of quack remedies and anecdotal (and coincidental) evidence.

  66. carol says:

    Lazy man the name suits you well..one day someone might have to open your eyes for you.

    • Lazy Man says:

      Carol, I’m not sure why you are putting essential oils in your body and implying that they might “work.” Maybe you should have someone open your eyes. To the best of my knowledge, I don’t see DoTerra themselves making such claims about their products.

      I’m also not sure why you’d speculate that cheap oil would be dangerous. Do you think Bed, Bath, and Beyond wants to hurt its customers? It’s a much, much bigger business than DoTerra.

      If you have “a really sick child”, DO NOT USE ESSENTIAL OILS… SEE A DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY!

      Wake up, Carol.

  67. Vogel says:

    Carol said: “Lazy man the name suits you well..one day someone might have to open your eyes for you.”

    The name Carol suits you well — assuming that “Carol” means “idiot” in some foreign language.

  68. Cindy says:

    I use DoTerra Vitimin pack twice a day and my blood test are great. My numbers have gone down. I am a Cancer Survivor and looked for a natural way for my system. DoTerra did the trick for me. Just saying!

  69. Vogel says:

    Cindy said: “I use DoTerra Vitimin pack twice a day and my blood test are great. My numbers have gone down. I am a Cancer Survivor and looked for a natural way for my system. DoTerra did the trick for me. Just saying!”

    You’re not saying anything; just vomiting a stream of meaningless words with no substance. What “numbers” and “blood test” are you talking about? This is exactly the kind of idiotically vague and illegal marketing claim that MLMers are notorious for. And what does a “natural way for my system” mean. Again, a stupidly worthless, hollow claim — the kind that parasitic MLM trolls routinely make in their attempts to rob the public. DoTerra products don’t do shit except for make dummies poorer.

  70. Hildreth Lengacher says:

    I have been using Doterra for 7 months now.. My experience has been outstanding. Since I was a teenager I was on anti depressants. About 5 years ago I was diagnosed with PTSD, depression, bi polar and anxiety. I was seeing a therapist for years and they had me on 7 different medicines. I was not myself EVER. One day while working one of my customers knew that I was going through a bad time in my marriage. She brought me a blended oil and told me to put it on my neck. Well, I’m not really big on people trying to sell things. But I put it on and went on with my day. Did I feel anything than? No.. I put it on for about a week. Still didn’t realize anything until a couple days after not putting it on my husband told me wow last week you were in a great mood most the time. What happened now? I thought to myself, well it wouldn’t hurt just to use the rest that I had in the bottle.. So when it ran out I decided well it wouldn’t hurt just to go to a class and see what it’s about. Still walking in to the class doubting I was really gonna try it out. That day I bought my first kit. I have used my oils everyday since. 2 weeks after me buying the kit, I decided I’m gonna stop all the medicine I’m taking. Call my therapist and they put me on med call just incase.. Well I went to therapy 3 times after I stopped. My last session my therapist said, maybe we should just put you back on you anit depresses just incase. Well I decided that would be my last session because I knew that I felt so much better. Not just about myself but with life. I put lavender on mE 2 times daily. I use other oils depending on the day. Is it the oils that saved my life? To some maybe not. But I believe they have and will use them the rest of my life for sure. And about the pricing. I paid well ovet a 1000 dollars a month on therapy and medicine. So now each month I get super excited when I order my oils. Because after spending a few hundred a month I still have a lot of extra money. So my opinion, DoTerra will always have me as a customer. If it’s some lazy guy pocketing the money, I want to thank him for all he has done to make DoTerrace what it is..

    • Bev M. says:

      You DoTerra folks amuse me. Lazy Man isn’t saying that their oils don’t work, though I suspect he doubts that they work in the ways that y’all are claiming. He’s just saying you’re overpaying for a product, and, zombie-like, you have nothing to defend DoTerra with but personal testimonials of how paying $300 a month for oils you could get for $60 a month is awesome and how saving yourself money by shopping outside of your cozy MLM scheme is simply unthinkable.

      You know what? If you want to waste your money, have at it. I’ve never tried DoTerra, because I was lucky enough to know someone who shared this website with me: http://www.learningabouteos.com/. This site rises money to test the purity of different EOs by a third party, so that a buyer can make an educated decision about how much they’re willing to pay for a quality product. For example, they tested 5 myrrh oils (DoTerra, Young Living, Mountain Rose Herbs, Essential Vitality and Aura Cacia) and all were of the same quality. 15ml of Aura Cacia Myrrh runs about $16. 15ml of Mountain Rose Herbs Myrrh cost $25. The same amount of myrrh from DoTerra would be $58.

      Call me crazy, but I’d rather not spend $42 for the same product because I was too lazy to do my research and find the best price for my money. But, I guess that’s just me.

    • Hildreth Lengacher says:

      Well thank goodness I work hard for my money and get to choose on what I want to spend it on. I’ve done enough research and experienced it first hand to know that a person like you couldn’t even change my mind. Like you said it’s my money and I decide on what I want to spend…

    • Lazy Man says:

      Hildreth Lengacher,

      Yes, everyone gets to choose what to spend their money on. That’s a central freedom and a tenant of this website. I believe everyone should make an informed decision.

      I’ve seen time and again that when you take the MLM scheme away from a product, very, very few continue to pay the extreme premium. There are very few people who decide to pay $40 for a bottle of MonaVie juice without the scheme. There weren’t many people willing to pay $5 for a bowl of Yevo oatmeal without the scheme. Vemma’s CEO resorted to begging other MLM companies to buy its products when their scheme was restricted.

      If you are in the less than 3% (or whatever it is) who actually wants to pay the premium for the MLM structure, that’s certainly your business. However, I politely ask you to accept that this website is about getting the best value for a dollar, saving money wherever reasonable to invest it to achieve financial freedom faster. Please respect that just like I respect your ability to spend your money however you wish.

    • Vogel says:

      (The troll assuming the nom de guerre of…) Hildreth Lengacher said: “Since I was a teenager I was on anti depressants. About 5 years ago I was diagnosed with PTSD, depression, bi polar and anxiety. I was seeing a therapist for years and they had me on 7 different medicines.”

      If I believed you, I’d say that I was sorry to hear your story about having a history of major psychiatric disorders. For anyone to be taking 7 psych meds, the underlying disorders would have to be very serious.

      (The troll assuming the nom de guerre of…) Hildreth Lengacher said: “She brought me a blended oil and told me to put it on my neck…I thought to myself, well it wouldn’t hurt just to use the rest that I had in the bottle…Well I decided that would be my last session because I knew that I felt so much better…Is it the oils that saved my life? To some maybe not. But I believe they have and will use them the rest of my life for sure.”

      Wow! What a laughable crock of shit. I don’t know for sure what motivated you to come here and post that colossal pile of BS. Maybe your psychological disorders are to blame; maybe it’s a side effect of the 7 meds you’re allegedly taking; or most likely, it’s just one more example of a con artist trick being used by a devious scheming MLMer. The “why” isn’t really important. The act itself is unconscionable.

      What’s really amazing is that you seem to think people might actually be swayed by your ridiculous horseshit story, even though you haven’t provided an iota of evidence that could support your claim; that it’s inconceivable that a couple of dabs of oil applied to the neck could cure someone of multiple chronic psychiatric disorders; that MLM snakeoil con artists who tell lies like these are a dime a dozen within the snakepit of the MLM world. Shame on you!

      I’d challenge you to provide some evidence to support your insultingly stupid fairy tale, but we both know you have none; that your story is BS from front to back; and that you will walk away vowing never to return because you’re offended that people don’t fall hook line and sinker for your moronic sales pitch.

      And if my tone offends you, too F-ing bad! You know what could happen if you actually managed to convince someone with chronic depression to ditch their meds in lieu of DoTerra’s BS products? Suicide is a very real possibility. So yeah, your F-ing around so callously with other people’s lives unleashes my righteous wrath.

      (The troll assuming the nom de guerre of…) Hildreth Lengacher said: “And about the pricing. I paid well over a 1000 dollars a month on therapy and medicine. So now each month I get super excited when I order my oils. Because after spending a few hundred a month I still have a lot of extra money. So my opinion, DoTerra will always have me as a customer.”

      There’s another statement illustrating that you’re full of shit. DoTerra’s oils are scandalously overpriced. No one in their right mind would be OK with that when the retail market has better quality products for a fraction of the price. It’s a typical MLM con artist claim to say essentially “yes, it may be stupidly expensive, but that’s OK with me!”

      Real people (versus the disembodied voices of MLM grifters) don’t sound that way – ever. It’s akin to saying “the bag of sand my MLM company sold me costs $1000 a month but compared to my car and my house, that’s such a bargain, so I’ll keep buying that company’s thousand dollar bags of sand every month for the rest of my life”.

      And how could you run up well over $1000 a month in copays? That’s a virtually impossible scenario for treatment of the disorders you described.

      BTW, nice fake name you chose! According to Google there isn’t a “Hildreth Lengacher” anywhere on the planet. You and DoTerra can go burn in hell. Parasites!

    • Sutsop says:

      “Burn in hell”? Seriously?
      Time for someone to back away from the keyboard…

  71. Vogel says:

    Sutsop said: “Burn in hell”? Seriously? Time for someone to back away from the keyboard…”

    It shouldn’t be hard to understand why the sick Fs who sell bogus medicine to people with diseases merit condemnation; not to mention that bearing false witness and cheating people are mortal sins.

    • Sutsop says:

      Well, I’m an atheist, so I guess I’ll just have fun burning in hell with all the MLMers.
      Have fun spewing vitriol on the interwebs. I’m sure that’s gonna be real successful I’m changing people’s minds.
      No more commenting for me, and I’m gonna try unsubscribing from these comments again.
      Thank you for your fine blog Lazy Man, but the comments on this one have gotten a little too hateful for my taste.

    • Lazy Man says:

      Sutsop, there’s a lot vitriol on the “interwebs.” If you want to support pyramid schemes and illegal health claims, be prepared for “hateful” comments.

      If you want your mind changed, just watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6MwGeOm8iI

  72. Bobbie says:

    As someone who sells d?TERRA, your information is not current. We’re not allowed to even say in our sales pitch that an oil treats any sort of medical ailment, if a client does have a medical ailment and there is an oil that can help with modern medicine, then we simply say “Please consult with your physician before using this essential oil to treat said condition.”
    We also give a book called Essential Life to our clients that actually lists with each oil we sell multiple scientific studies (both within d?TERRA and independent of d?TERRA) supporting what the oils can be used for.
    You also have to understand, if the FDA approves essential oils, then pharmaceutical companies will have to give up on drugs they’ve made big money from to also incorporate the use of essential oils, because they DO work. For most people, they still need modern medicine, but I know a handful of people who were able to fix their health using essential oils.
    D?TERRA is also expensive because the people who farm, harvest, and distill our products are paid reasonably so they can support their families instead of being paid slave wages like most other any sort of company does when they move to other countries to build their products. I would much rather pay a pretty penny for an authentic product that pays it’s hardest workers a reasonable wage than pay a cheap price for a company that doesn’t care for it’s hardest workers. Not only that, d?TERRA has donated thousands of dollars to countries in need, they have helped build medical facilities and schools in third world countries. D?TERRA is pricey, but they give back and they have a decent product. If you don’t want to spend your time trying to make sales, then I suggest to your readers that they stop looking at companies like d?TERRA to earn money. All jobs are a pyramid scheme, all jobs require you to work to build someone else’s dream unless you figure out something that doesn’t require you to work for anyone but yourself.

    • Lazy Man says:

      I think that reporting something that happened in the past is “historical” rather than “outdated.” If you want something more current, a couple of weeks ago, Truth in Advertising found that 97% of MLM supplement companies are making “illegal health claims”. It seems to have gotten so bad with DoTerra that they had to send a letter to their salespeople just last year.

      I’d like to see this Essential Life book as it feels to me that it could violate the point of making claims. My understanding, which may or may not be correct, is that you can’t present scientific studies as part of a sales pitch as it is tacitly making that claim. My understanding comes from this FDA warning letter to Nature’s Pearl that states: “When scientific publications are used commercially by the seller of a product to promote the product to consumers, such publications may become evidence of the product’s intended use.”

      Now that I covered that part, you completely violate the spirit of the point about making medical claims by saying that they “DO work.” If they “DO work” then I believe DoTerra can get FDA approval through the standard process just like pharmaceutical companies. It’s open and transparent and pharmaceutical companies couldn’t do a thing to block it. I believe it’s just filing the paperwork and conducting the clinical studies. If DoTerra “works” shouldn’t they do this to help everyone? If you can PROVE something to be effective for a medical condition, you do it. It will make you billions. As someone who sells DoTerra, you WANT them to take this step, but DoTerra hasn’t.

      Where’s the proof of what DoTerra pays to farmers and distillers? Please provide the sourcing for the products and the price that DoTerra pays to produce the products. I find the numbers on their website.

      Competing essential oils are “authentic” too. I don’t see how you distinguish the two.

      As far as thousands of dollars donated, I can say that I’ve donated thousands of dollars as well. I challenge DoTerra users to pick a competing product and donate the thousands of dollars you’ll save to worthy charities of your choice.

      Corporate America is not a pyramid scheme!

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