Bonjorno Oily Friends! My name is Derek Johnson. I am a 28 year old Medical Assistant from a small town in the rolling hills of beautiful West Virginia. Before my medical career, I was a Professional Makeup Artist with Pur Minerals cosmetics, and also Chanel (yes Chanel!!). It wasn’t until graduating college and working in the health care field that I learned of the significance and awesomeness of essential oils. I would like to take some time to share with you my background in aromatherapy, and also an experiment I performed to prove that not all lavender is created equal.
When it comes to Young Living, I would consider myself a “newbie”, having dipped my toes in before diving in full body. But I am not unfamiliar with Essential Oils, and the roll they can play in our everyday lives. For years I have used Essential Oils in Aromatherapy, (Lavender and Patchouli), in aiding with illness (eucalyptus), cosmetics and hair care (tea tree), and home made holiday projects such as Beeswax Lip Balm and soy candles (peppermint). Yet after all this time, I had no idea that the quality of the oils I was using was far from the highest standards they could be.
It wasn’t until this past summer that I was introduced to Young Living, their products, and the benefits of using their Essential Oils vs. everything else I was used to. While scanning through Facebook one fateful night, I had noticed my long time friend had posted about using essential oils. This friend was Erica Cain, a entrepreneur as well as a avid user and advocate of Young Living Essential Oils. We struck up a conversation about them, what her favorites were, what mine were, and the different ways we used them. During this conversation, I was quite surprised to learn a few things about the inexhaustible uses of EO’s produced by a company I had never heard of. I also learned that it was possible the oils I owned may not be of the highest quality, or even pure oils at all. This intrigued me into learning more about these oils, the company, and other uses for them that I had not known of.
Luckily for me, Erica was to hold a c lass on the uses and benefits Young Living Essential Oils only a few weeks from that point. Of course I had to register for the class right away! We kept in daily contact (talking mostly 80% about oils) until the appointed day. I was so excited that there was actually going to be a gathering of like minded lovers of oils, as well as a educational seminar to broaden our horizons on this frontier that I haven’t really talked about with anyone else before.
The class was a success! I had the opportunity to learn about the purity of Young Living, the Seed to Seal Guarantee, the vastness of uses for their oils, learned of the premium starter kit, the 11 oils you received in the kit, history of the company and backgrounds of the individual oils. The information was astounding! We even had the chance to experience many of their oils first hand, several of the house hold/every day products, as well as sample food and drinks made with Essential oils. And WOW, they were delicious! I have never had food or drink with an essential oil in it, because there are no companies that has their oils deemed safe to consume, except for Young Living.
After this class, I wanted more… More information, more exposure, and of course, more oils! Not knowing where to start, (and being on a budget with the holidays right around the corner) I thought I’d start with something I knew. Luckily, through a promotion, I was able to purchase a bottle of Young Living Lavender Essential Oil. Lavender is known as the “go to” oil, and for me that’s precisely what it is! If I’m having a rough time unwinding after a long day, trouble sleeping, wanting a air freshener and not knowing which to pick, or just needing a flowery feel to a room, I reach right for the purple bottle.
After receiving my first 15ml bottle, and having time to really get to know it, I started to realize, it smelled different than the other oils I had. Not in a bad way, but in a cleaner, more refreshing and inviting way. And that’s when the mad scientist in me woke up, and decided to perform a few experiments to test all the oils I had against my new favorite. Of course there is observable data, results, and personal testimonies about Young Living, but sometimes you are never truly satisfied unless you experience the results for yourself.
Remember when I said I worked for Chanel? Well from working for them, and my exposure to the beauty/luxury industry, I’ve acquired quite a good bit of knowledge when it comes to fragrances, and testing for quality. After coming on with the brand, they sent me to a week long school, where you learn all of the products intimately, for better understanding in your career. One class was just for Fragrance. For two hours every morning, we were introduced to all the Perfumes and Colognes of the brand. Then, we sat down to learn the notes of each.
For those that are unfamiliar, here is a crash course in Fragrance. Notes of a fragrance are what you smell at different times while wearing it. Ever notice when you wear cologne or perfume, from the time you first spritz it, to several hours later, the scent changes? Many don’t even realize, but those gifted with a brilliant nose can always tell. As they say, “The nose knows!”. But I digress. The first note (top or head note) is the initial smell of the fragrance, usually lasting a few minutes to a hour. The top is mostly composed of fruity, citrusy scents to “open your eyes” to the fragrance. The second (middle or heart note) is the literal “heart” of the fragrance, usually composed of flowery scents, and lasting for several hours. This is what people smell when coming into contact with you, and has been scientifically proven to be the part of the fragrance people remember about you. The third note (bottom, or base note) is the lingering scent left behind of the fragrance, composed of woodsy, musk scents. Most of the times it is fairly noticeable, and there just as a reminder the fragrance is dying and needs reapplied.
So when it comes to these experiments, please know that I do not partake in them lightly, and not without past professional training in the olfactory senses. I employed the scientific method in a way, which made it really fun, and also something you can do at home!! So let’s get started!!!
Firstly, I gathered my research materials, and posed the question that would become my Problem Statement “Which is the best oil”.
I had already in my possession two bottles of Lavender, from different stores and different manufacturers that I had been using regularly up to my exposure to Young Living. The first (we shall call bottle A) was from a major department store. The second (bottle B) was from a local chain drug store. Finally, Young Living (Bottle C). And so the experiment begins.
For the beginning test, I took three fragrance-free tissues, and with different colored markers, labeled them A, B, and C. I put one drop of oil from each bottle on the corresponding tissues. I wafted them in front of me to get a good flow of fragrance and scent. My findings were quite shocking.
The first, Bottle A, was extremely powerful, almost to the point I got a headache from the assault. It also had a “chemical” undertone. I mean this by saying yes, it was Lavender, but there was something, else, in with it. Possibly a preservative or filler I imagined, being it was a mass market product.
The second, Bottle B, was actually quite faint. The lavender was there, but it just wasn’t enough to really stir the senses. It was almost as if it had been watered down quite honestly. I did not however detect a hint of anything extra, such as chemical or filler.
The third, Bottle C, was simply put, lovely. It had the freshest quality of all three, unpolluted, safe, and delightful. I could almost see myself standing in the lavender fields. After completing my initial smell test, I placed the three tissues a few feet apart in a spare, unused room to come back to later.
The second and third tests were observatory, how the oils felt and appeared.
I took Bottle A and placed a few drops in my palm. It was sort of thick, not so much olive oil consistency, but almost. Upon closer observation, the oil also had a slight gold tint to it, such as the tint of olive oil. If I hadn’t known any better, I would have thought I had Crisco vegetable oil in my palm.
After washing thoroughly with oil removing soap, I placed a few drops of Bottle B in my palm. The consistency was actually watery. If I turned my hand it would have no trouble running off and onto the floor. Looking very closely, there was a slight gold tint to it. Almost unnoticed unless looking very close.
Washing again, I did the same with Bottle C. The consistency was the “purest” of all three bottles. The perfect balance between the olive oil and watery texture of the other two. It just felt silky. Very surprisingly, there was absolutely no tint to the oil. It was clear as water!!
The third test was that of durability and lasting. About 6 hours after my first smell test, I went back into the room, this time I invited along my mother in law to help me with my testing.
The tissue for Bottle A was still way to obtrusive. I can’t quite explain it in words except it was just too much. Also underneath was still a slight “chemical odor”.
Bottle B‘s tissue, the scent had all but faded. It was so light you almost couldn’t tell I had placed oil on it at all.
Bottle C was magnificent. The scent was still true as when I first applied it. Light and delicate, not at all annoying or disappointing. It was so clean and fresh.
I set the tissues in order of B, C, A, and had my mother in law (who is very sensitive to smell) give them a good whiff. The first she said was nice, but light. The second was very fresh and clean. The third was too powerful and just too much for her. When asked which she preferred, she said the second tissue, Bottle C, without question!
After these brief and simple at home tests, I was sold even more than I had been before. I’m always skeptical about a product until I try it for myself, and if there was any doubt before about Young Living, they have long been laid to rest. After this experiment, there’s no way I could ever go back to any other oil that isn’t Young Living. No wonder the company is doing so well for themselves. No promotions, no sales, and no advertising needed. The product speaks for itself. I can’t wait to continue this adventure with Young Living and look forward to a bright, healthy, oily future!!!
Thank you so much for your time and kind attention. I hope this has been as educational and entertaining for you as it has been for me! Also, a BIG thank you to Erica Cain, who without her friendship, guidance, and superhero quality when it comes to oils, I would be lost. Stay Oily Guys. Here’s to your Happy, Healthy, Young Living!!!
*Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Statements, products, and techniques mentioned have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Read the full disclaimer here.