I love essential oils, lets get that out of the way straight up. I use essential oils every single day, without them I reckon I would be a hot mess in the corner! We also haven’t been sick in the 2 years I have been using them, topically and diffusing them. So, with all that being said there are a few areas that I would like to touch on that I feel has somewhat compromised the whole essential oil industry.
I am currently joined up with both Doterra and Young Living, it’s not allowed to be a part of both companies at the same time and technically I’m not, I am not building a business with either company, they both just have really good oils.. Doterra has the most amazing roller blends, you cannot remake them, no one has them, and I love them. Young Living has some of the most beautiful oil blends I have ever smelled, plus they have a whole range of wellness products. The trouble with the Young Living products and oils is that in Australia they are bloody expensive and I can’t afford to buy them and I am pretty sure there are a lot of other people out there who can’t either. Doterra oils are a little bit cheaper, you get a bigger bottle, but their range is small and their culture is questionable (for me anyway). I have also used Plant Therapy, Ahisma Oils and a couple of other Australian brand oils. So I have tried a lot of them in my quest to find the ‘best’ oil. The truth is they pretty much smell the same with the exception of Young Living Peppermint which is pretty much the best peppermint you will ever use! The rest of the oils were very similar if not exactly the same. Ahisma Oils are my go to oils here in Australia because they are affordable, they have a massive range of oils, they have been in business for over 30 years and the owners are more than happy to chat to you about their oils. The owner told me that a lot of their oils are sourced from small family owned farms, which I love, but also a lot of their oils come from the same place as doterra oils! Umm hello!! Young Living have their own farms so their quality control is probably better than most and that is reflected in their oils and certainly the cost of those oils.
This brings me to my thought process the other day……both companies had their annual diamond and above all expenses paid getaway. Now while I have never really taken any notice of this in the past, for some reason, this year I was really looking at these holidays with a different, more realistic view I think. Young Living Diamond leaders and above went on an all expenses paid, cruise around Alaska. The cruise ship was HUGE, everything was laid on thick, everyone received new products, gifts, special treats etc etc, you name it they got it! and it was all FREE! Doterra went on an all expenses paid trip around Europe, I can’t remember which country, but it was beautiful, very lavish dinners and touristy things, again very expensive and FREE for those concerned. Now, I am not here to take away and credit from the hard work that goes into building an MLM business and trust me it is hard work, long hours, stressful and exhausting to get to these levels of income but honestly, who pays for all this? The companies say that it comes out of company profits and they share the wealth, well ok, but that wealth had to come from somewhere!
Women are spending a crap load of money on these MLM opportunities with the promise of making 6 – 7 figures within 2 years or whatever, but, the reality is, that is not going to happen for everyone. You cannot just be a mum of a hundred kids, nappies up the razoo, husband, cleaning, school crap, all the things, and build this massive business. And while it has been done, those successes are rare. The reality is, you will spend more than you can afford, you will have an upline leader busting your hump because they want to level up for the month, or you will have an upline that doesn’t give a bugger about you at all! You will become jaded with the company, hate the product and really miss out on all the good things the essential oils offer! How do I know all of this? It happened to my daughters, some of their friends and numerous other ladies I have spoken to over time. Most lost a heap of money, and went back to the chemical life they were so keen to get rid of. Has part of the market been defiled from unhappy mums who couldn’t cut the hustle, yep, probably and rightly so, they were promised the world and received nothing but a big bill and stash of essential oils that now sit in the cupboard. I would encourage those ladies to get those oils out and use them, learn to use them properly and don’t waste them. Essential oils work, just building the business not so much!
So, my next question….is the essential oil market saturated? Well you would have thought so if you spoke to our local mail delivery lady. Every second package around here was a doterra one for a long time. I live in a small area so this type of product can go viral real quick, but can lose it’s edge just as quickly. However, look at these numbers, according to Transparency Market Research, the global market for essential oils was valued at US$17.36 billion in 2017 and is projected to touch $US27.49 billion by the end of 2022. So that’s some interesting figures right there and probably a good reason not to quit if you happen to be building a business. Personally I think the private oil market will overtake the MLM’s because consumers are sick of the Network Marketing hustle.
What’s my point in all of this? Don’t give up on essential oils because your upline is crap, or if the company doesn’t suit you. Find another one that does. Buy from a reputable company that isn’t going to bust your chops to join a business and buy a tonne of product every single month if you can’t afford it! There are some awesome oil companies out there that aren’t MLM so good luck ladies, and make sure whatever oils you use, they are 100% pure, they are sourced ethically and they don’t come with a massive price tag!