The Best Essential Oils You Can Buy On Amazon

Naturopathic doctors share what to watch out for when buying essential oils from Amazon, plus share their favorite picks.

multiple types of tincture bottles labeled with names of essential oils

Determining the quality of an essential oil takes some research. And while Amazon can be a trusty source for buying everything from workout clothes to beauty essentials, the retailer's product offerings can be a bit overwhelming. (Case in point: Searching for "essential oils" on the mega-site will return more than 9,000 results.) Plus, all those options can result in a wide range in quality from product to product, especially with essential oils since the way they're made greatly affects their potency and purity.

If your goal is to buy essential oils from Amazon without sacrificing quality, keep scrolling for expert tips and product recommendations that are worth it.

How to Find a Quality Essential Oil

There are quite a few factors to keep in mind to figure out whether you're looking at a quality essential oil from Amazon — or anywhere else. With that in mind, it might be in your best interest to do your research on a company's own website before pulling the trigger on a purchase, recommends Serena Goldstein, N.D., a naturopathic doctor based in California. It's a good sign when a company is forthcoming about where their materials come from and have independent studies conducted on their oils.

Also, make sure the ingredient list only includes the oil itself and maybe a carrier oil, says Goldstein. And be wary of third-party sellers on Amazon. "If something is significantly cheaper and it's through a third party, sometimes people might not always get exactly what they paid for," she says. Some sellers of essential oils have been known to add synthetic materials, vegetable oils, or cheaper, similar-smelling essential oils without revealing the additives on their labels.

You should also look for the Latin name of the plant that you're buying on the bottle, says Ariana Lutzi, N.D., of Paix Medicine. If a price seems too good to be true, it probably is. "If one essential oil is $5 and then another one is $70, the cheaper is most likely going to be a poor product that's been diluted or not made with the plant part or piece that it claims," explains Lutzi.

Look for wild-crafted or farm-harvested so you know that it wasn't just made from a batch of herbs bought online. Go with wild-crafted when possible, recommends Lutzi, but if you choose farm-harvested, double-check that the plants weren't sprayed with pesticides, she adds.

Best Essential Oils from Amazon

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doTERRA Breathe Respiratory Blend

doTERRA Breathe Respiratory Blend Essential Oil

doTERRA puts its oils through rigorous in-house and third-party testing to make sure they're free of contaminants before they're sold, according to the company's website. Breathe, its bestseller on Amazon, is a blend aimed to maintain clear airways and promote quality sleep. You'll want to reach for this oil whenever your seasonal allergies are acting up.

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Plant Therapy Autumn Treasures Fall Blend Set

Plant Therapy Autumn Treasures Fall Blend Essential Oil Set

Every bottle of Plant Therapy oil has a batch code on the bottle. You can use it to look up the GC/MS report, which lists all the chemical components of a particular batch. "If you see something like GC/MS, that's important to know," says Lutzi. "That means that it's a higher quality oil because they did spectrometry on it to identify the levels of actual active oil constituents," she explains. Add these fall-themed blends to your cart if you love the smell of PSLs.

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Plant Therapy Top 14 Essential Oil Set

Plant Therapy Top 14 Essential Oil Set

This box with Plant Therapy's most popular essential oils makes a solid starter kit or gift. You get over a dozen different oils for $75, which is quite a steal. With so many options, a wide array of ailments can be eased.

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Vitruvi Organic Peppermint Essential Oil

Vitruvi Organic Peppermint Essential Oil

Maybe you already know Vitruvi for its porcelain diffusers, but the company also sells oils with packaging that looks just as sleek. Most of the Vitruvi oils are certified organic and 100 percent pure, says Lutzi. Their peppermint oil is both and might give you a pre-workout pick-me-up or a boost of energy any time you need it.

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Aetos Essential Oil

Aetos Lavender Oil

Aetos essential oils are all organic and non-GMO certified. A quick check on the company's website will tell you the botanical name and country source of the plants it uses. Get relaxed with their lavender and eucalyptus scents by adding a few drops to your bath.

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Mountain Rose Herbs Frankincense Essential Oil

Mountain Rose Herbs Frankincense Essential Oil

Lutzi sites Mountain Rose Herbs as one of her favorite sources for essential oils. "They have the manufacturing practices that do certify that it's 100 percent pure — and it's wild-crafted and not just made from a bag of rose petals that they don't know where it came from," she says. This frankincense oil can help with reducing pain when applied topically, or relieving symptoms of respiratory conditions when inhaled.

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Edens Garden Stress Relief Synergy Blend

Edens Garden Stress Relief Synergy Blend Essential Oil

Edens Garden oils are third-party GC/MS-tested and on the affordable side. When you could use some help relaxing, try this stress-relief blend with sweet orange, ylang-ylang, and bergamot.

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Young Living

Young Living Essential Oil Blend Product shot

Lutzi says she enjoys using Young Living oils in her office. This spicy aromatic blend contains clove bud oil, lemon peel oil, cinnamon bark oil, eucalyptus leaf oil, and rosemary leaf oil. This oil smells lively and is great for adding a scent to DIY cleaning products.

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