The benefits of essential oils seem endless. They're known to help with anxiety and stress. Some people use them to relieve menstrual cramps. Others might rely on them to help shorten the common cold. They can also send you off to dreamland much quicker or give you a burst of energy when you're feeling tired. Or you can use them to erase acne scars. I mean, the list goes on and on.
These botanical extracts are very potent stuff. And because they're powerful, you need to handle them with care, meaning for most oils, you'll need to dilute them with a carrier oil (like coconut or jojoba) before applying them directly to your skin. And all it takes is a few drops added to a diffuser to take in all the benefits of these oils.
When it comes to choosing an essential oil, there are so many different brands to choose from. It can seem overwhelming, and you might want to just choose the first thing you see. We've done the research for you and created a list of our favorite essential oil brands based on our own editor reviews and customer ratings. Take a look below.
Vitruvi is our top pick because of its high-quality oils and blends. Everything is nontoxic, all-natural, and 100% pure. In addition to the classic essential oils, it also offers special blends for cozy nights in, dinner parties, or bedtime routines. The brand also makes one of the best-looking diffusers on the market.
2. Aura Cacia
Aura Cacia is one of those essential oil brands that have been around for a long time, and the quality is still top-notch. The company sources ingredients from suppliers who are committed to fair treatment of workers, sustainability, and purity of product. Each shipment of essential oils is tested in the company's Iowa lab so customers get a quality product with all the benefits.
3. Now Foods
Now Foods offers products that span a variety of categories, from supplements to natural foods to even pet health. The brand's essential oils are sourced from high-quality ingredients and thoroughly tested for purity and safety. And you'll be happy to know that the oils aren't diluted and therefore are 100% pure.
4. Plant Therapy
Plant Therapy's inventory contains pure essential oils, blends, roll-ons, and even kid-safe products. The company sources ingredients from trusted suppliers and rigorously test batches for smell, color, consistency, and general appearance. And if you want to go the extra mile and ensure your oil is 100% pure, each bottle contains a batch code, which you can reference to check the test reports on the brand's website.
Founded in 2017, Helias is a relatively new essential oil brand that offers all-natural, sustainably sourced single oils and natural blends. The brand focuses on creating products for four areas: calm, sleep, energy, and passion (for your libido). When there are a lot of different types of oils and ways of treating or helping certain conditions, Helias's simple, uncomplicated offerings are a welcome sight.
6. Rocky Mountain Oils
Rocky Mountain Oils' products are 100% pure, natural, and batch-tested for quality, like many on this list. Each bottle has a batch number that you can use to review its particular test results. In addition to its single oils, there are also blends for specific uses like to help you concentrate, to relieve PMS symptoms, and even to get you energized for a workout.
Revive oils are pure and unrefined, sustainably sourced, and not tested on animals. Ingredients and materials come from smaller companies and family-owned farms, too. The oils are also tested by third parties to ensure efficacy and quality.
This article was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.
This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used in the place of advice of your physician or other medical professionals. You should always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider first with any health-related questions.
Sarah is lifestyle writer and editor with over 10 years of experience covering health and wellness, interior design, food, beauty, and tech. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended New York University and lived in New York for 12 years before returning to L.A. in 2019.
In addition to her work on THE/THIRTY and Who What Wear, she held editor roles at Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and The Bump (sister site of The Knot).
She has a passion for health and wellness, but she especially loves writing about mental health. Her self-care routine consists of five things: a good workout, “me” time on the regular, an intriguing book/podcast/playlist to unwind after a long day, naps, and decorating her home.
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