Let's break down all your questions!
ARE YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS CERTIFIED ORGANIC?
Young Living prides itself on offering the purest and most effective essential oils possible, and they are often asked if their oils are certified organic. The organic certification, while important, is far from the only standard of quality by which to judge essential oils. Young Living practices a unique Seed to Seal® quality process that goes beyond the current organic standard in many ways. At Young Living, they don’t just rely on others to verify the purity of their oils. Young Living works directly with their farms, growers, and distillers to ensure the quality, integrity, and authenticity of every product produced. Their passion and commitment is to produce 100-percent pure, unadulterated essential oils that retain all of the natural constituents and therapeutic properties nature intended. Young Living's Seed to Seal process ensures the purest therapeutic-grade essential oils through careful monitoring of every step of essential oil production—from the time a seed is sourced until the oil is sealed in the bottle. Every batch of essential oils, whether cultivated on their own farms or by one of their carefully vetted partner growers, is rigorously tested and subjected to careful review through every step of production and meets or exceeds industry safety and purity standards. Young Living’s dedication to quality ensures that they provide pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils with the complete, optimal blend of plant constituents to provide maximum potency and results. As millions of satisfied members and customers across the globe can testify, Young Living sets the standard for purity and quality in the essential oil industry. While standards and guidelines can vary and be modified, Young Living's dedication to providing the safest, most beneficial essential oils in the world will never change.
DOES YOUNG LIVING USE PESTICIDES?
Young Living does not use traditional pesticides at their farms or their partner farms. Instead they use essential oils as natural pest repellents on their crops. Both Young Living's farm practices and finished products are held to strict standards, and with the measures they have in place, Young Living feels confident that they offer their members the best, purest products available.
WHAT TESTS DOES YOUNG LIVING CONDUCT ON THEIR ESSENTIAL OILS?
Young Living uses its own internal labs and third-party facilities to verify that Young Living purity and potency standards are met. Each batch of essential oil is sent through six rigorous tests and must meet established quality benchmarks to pass through successfully.
- Mass Spectrometer—Identifies the names of each constituent (plant chemicals) in the oil.
- Gas Chromatograph—Measures the percentage of constituents in the oil.
- Refractive Index—Measures the density of the oil using a concentrated beam of light.
- Specific Gravity—Measures how heavy the oil is as compared to water.
- Flash Point—Ignites the oil and tests it against standard flash temperatures.
- Optical Rotation—Measures the molecular structure of the oil.
Once the tests are complete, the results are compared to the vast library of information Young Living has amassed over 20 years. This library of oil data is unmatched in the industry. If the incoming oils do not meet the established profile, they are rejected and not allowed to be bottled as a Young Living product.
WHAT IS THE SHELF LIFE OF YOUNG LIVING OILS?
Young Living’s essential oils do not expire and will maintain their integrity, efficacy, and beneficial properties virtually indefinitely, provided they are stored properly in a dark-glass bottle, upright and tightly sealed, out of sunlight, and in cool temperatures.
CAN I STORE ESSENTIAL OILS IN PLASTIC CONTAINERS?
Young Living recommends that members store essential oils in their original containers. However, if you would like to store your oils in different containers, they recommend using dark-colored glass. Young Living does not recommend storing undiluted essential oils in plastic containers because many essential oils are incompatible with plastic material.
ARE ESSENTIAL OILS SAFE FOR USE ON OR AROUND ANIMALS?
Many people successfully use Young Living products with their animals. They offer Animal Scents™ products that are designed for use with animals, including an Animal Scents oil collection.
ARE YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS DISTILLED MULTIPLE TIMES?
Each batch of Young Living essential oil is only processed/distilled from plants once before bottling.
HOW ARE YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS CREATED?
Essential oils are aromatic liquids distilled or extracted from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, fruit, and seeds. Most Young Living essential oils are extracted using steam distillation. Their food-grade stainless steel distillers are based on a state-of-the-art design that uses very low pressure and low temperature, which is critical for preserving all of the fragile therapeutic constituents of essential oils. Plants are steam distilled in small batches for extended periods using a special low-pressure, low-heat vertical steam technology. Young Living's citrus oils are cold pressed from the rinds of their designated fruit, such as bergamot, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon. No solvents or synthetic chemicals of any kind are used or added in either method.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO BE ALLERGIC TO ESSENTIAL OILS?
Essential oils do not generally contain the proteins responsible for allergic reactions, which minimizes the likelihood of an allergic reaction. However, individual sensitivities do vary, and people can still experience sensitivities to essential oils. When using a new essential oil, dilution and a skin spot test is a good idea to ensure that you do not experience any sensitivity to that particular oil.
HOW MANY DROPS ARE IN A 5-ML AND 15-ML BOTTLE OF ESSENTIAL OIL?
There are approximately 85 drops (1 teaspoon) in a 5-ml bottle and approximately 250 drops (1 tablespoon) in a 15-ml bottle.
ARE ESSENTIAL OILS STILL EFFECTIVE AND SAFE TO USE IF THEY HAVE BEEN LEFT IN THE HEAT?
UV exposure will cause the greatest damage to the constituents of essential oils, and heat and light combined will affect them even more quickly. If a package is delivered and sitting on the porch for several hours (or even a few days), but the oils are not directly exposed to UV light, the efficacy of the oils will not be compromised. If the oil is hot, cool it before using. Prolonged exposure to light will cause the oil constituents to change or diminish.
CAN ESSENTIAL OILS BE USED NEAT (WITHOUT DILUTION) ON THE SKIN?
Some essential oils can be used neat on the skin. All label instructions should be followed. Young Living's labels indicate when an essential oil should be diluted. If it is an essential oil that you have never used, dilution and a skin spot test is a good idea to ensure that you do not experience any sensitivity to that particular essential oil.
DO ESSENTIAL OILS CONTAIN THE VITAMINS PRESENT IN THE PLANT?
Due to the distillation process, there are no appreciable amounts of vitamins in essential oils.
DOES YOUNG LIVING PROVIDE TESTING REPORTS FOR ITS ESSENTIAL OILS?
Every batch of Young Living essential oil goes through stringent GC/MS testing to ensure their strict standards are met. These reports are proprietary and regarded as trade secrets.
DOES YOUNG LIVING PRACTICE SUSTAINABLE GROWING METHODS?
Yes, Young Living is committed to being responsible stewards of the environment and take great care to preserve and protect the planet’s natural resources. These core values are evident in their Seed to Seal® philosophy, which promotes sustainable farming and sourcing practices, while enabling them to produce the purest, most potent essential oils in the world.
WHAT DOES YOUNG LIVING DO WITH THE LEFTOVER MATERIAL FROM OIL DISTILLATION?
The remaining material from oil distillation is used in compost.
WHAT IS YOUNG LIVING’S POLICY REGARDING GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS (GMOS)?
Young Living takes pride in utilizing the highest quality botanicals for its essential oils and oil-infused products. Every effort is made to ensure that the ingredients in their products are the purest and most potent available. Young Living goes to great lengths to formulate and use non-GMO (genetically modified organism) sources for its products whenever they are both verifiable and available. Although in the majority of cases they are able to certify that Young Living product ingredients are non-GMO, there are instances when sourcing and manufacturing constraints require the use of botanicals and materials that are uncertified or untraceable back to a verifiable non-GMO source. In addition, there are no clear guidelines on unified labeling standards from U.S. government agencies regarding non-GMO labeling. Young Living reaffirms their commitment to offering safe, effective, and high-quality products to their customers and members around the world. They are continuously researching ways to provide the highest quality and most natural products for their members.
ARE YOUNG LIVING PRODUCTS TESTED ON ANIMALS?
Young Living has a policy against testing the efficacy or safety of its products on animals. Young Living’s products are formulated to be safe for nearly all users, and animal testing is neither required nor performed in their product development process.
HOW DOES YOUNG LIVING ENSURE THAT ITS PRODUCTS DO NOT CONTAIN HEAVY METALS?
All raw ingredients used in Young Living products are tested for contaminants, including heavy metals, and must meet strict specifications.
WHY SHOULD I BUY FROM YOUNG LIVING INSTEAD OF OTHER ESSENTIAL OIL COMPANIES?
It does seem like a new essential oils company pops up every day, doesn’t it?
I can’t speak to the quality of other companies, but I can say that Young Living was the only company in my research of essential oil companies that could answer all of my questions about purity in a way that was satisfactory to me.
Young Living is the only company that has their own farms (in the regions where the plants should be grown), could absolutely guarantee that no pesticides or herbicides were used in the growing of any of their oils (they use essential oils for pest control and they do all of the weeding by hand), has their own testing equipment (they do both in-house and 3rd party testing, and use many different testing methods not just GC/MS which only tests for certain chemicals, not whether those chemicals are synthetic or not), and only uses the first distillation of oils instead of adding chemicals to get more out of the plant.
Young Living also is the only company that is directly in charge of essential oil farming operations. Every other company I researched goes through some kind of an “oil broker” to buy their oils. They have to trust that the oil broker is telling the truth, who has to trust that the essential oil distilleries are telling the truth, who have to trust that the farmers are telling the truth about what they say they are doing.
With Young Living, you just have to trust one company instead of several.
I feel like it’s a trust step either way (anyone could be lying) but I felt the most comfortable trusting Young Living since they are a full-disclosure company. Anyone can visit the farms, participate in the harvesting and distillation, view the Young Living labs, and see the entire process. That’s not an option with any other company.
DOES YOUNG LIVING ONLY SELL ESSENTIAL OILS?
The answer to this one was surprising to me when I first got my starter kit! Young Living actually has an entire line of personal care products, supplements, meal replacements, energy drinks, and more! Almost every product incorporates essential oils (for example, frankincense is absolutely wonderful in facial products), but there’s a wide variety of products available.
WHY NOT AMAZON OR STORE-BRAND OILS?
Adulterated Oils. The purity of essential oils is vital to not only their effectiveness, but their safety as well. Essential oils are rich in molecules that help carry oxygen, nutrients, and other substances through the cell membranes. Combine essential oils with impure or toxic substances, and they will take those poisons right into the cells of your body. Not only that, but unsuspecting consumers may apply oils only to find that the supposedly pure essential oil irritates because it contains added chemicals and components that are irritating to the skin.
Instead of experiencing the benefits of wholesome essential oils from Young Living, consumers may instead be poisoning themselves unknowingly, or decide that essential oils don't work because they tried using inferior essential oils.
Red flag that your Essential Oils may be tainted
Bargain prices - $9.00 for 1/2 oz. of "pure, organic" lavender oil
$25.00 for "pure" frankincense
Young Living Essential Oils does not authorize any of its distributors to sell on online sites like Amazon, eBay or Etsy. So, if you’re buying from those sites, you’re likely buying products that have been tampered with or diluted. Did you know that you can buy unopened, tamper-proof tops for pennies to put onto an already opened bottle? There is no guarantee that what you’re getting is truly 100% pure Young Living oils unless you order direct from youngliving.com.
FAQ - WHOLESALE MEMBERSHIP
DOES "DISTRIBUTOR" MEAN I HAVE TO SELL SOMETHING?
Absolutely not. This is a big misconception about Young Living because their is an optional income potential for wholesale members. Learn more about the optional income potential with Young Living. We have everything you need to get started, plus free coaching calls from me as your sponsor! It’s what I love to do!
ARE THERE ANY MONTHLY, YEARLY, OR HIDDEN FEES?
Nope! No tricks or gimmicks or automatic charges to your credit card whatsoever.
ARE THERE ANY MINIMUM PURCHASE REQUIREMENTS?
You must purchase one of the Young Living Starter Kits to get started, then it’s just a 50PV (product value) per year minimum to maintain membership, but there are no penalties if you don’t.
CAN I BUY A FEW OILS INSTEAD OF THE STARTER KIT?
To become a wholesale member you must buy one of the start kit options. If you simply want to buy individual oils you can create a retail customer account to do so, but you will be paying 24% more when you do (or 50% more in the case of the oils you’d be getting in the Premium Starter Kit).
IF I DON' T LIKE IT, CAN I RETURN IT?
Yes. You have 30 days to receive a full refund if you do not like your products.
One of the biggest reasons to become a Young Living member is that you get to join a community of amazing people. I’ll be there throughout your entire journey for support, and you'll be welcomed into the Hello Essentials community! We are all there to support each other and educate every member on how to use their oils. We do educational classes all the time, provide one-on-one support, and do tons of fun giveaways. Start your wellness journey now!
Can't wait to help you dive in deeper and get going!
With love & gratitude, Jess