Since I published my book, Lovin’ Soap Studio Cold Process Recipe Book, which features 64 essential oil blends, I get asked a lot where I get my essential oils.
The easy answer is…it varies!
I don’t have a single source; I use many sources.
I get most of my stock from Theresa Mendez at Wandering Thistle Studio. She sells essential oils to soapmakers and since I’m in Dallas occasionally I can pickup and save on shipping.
My two other favorite sources are Liberty Natural and Rainbow Meadow.
UPDATE! I forgot about Camden-Grey. I’ve ordered many smaller quantities of expensive essential oils from them.
Vanilla Oleoresin seems to be one that people ask about most often. I bought some from Theresa and I’ve also purchased it from Rainbow Meadow, but it seems they are out.
I don’t stray too far away from the above sources for essential oils. I go through them slowly since I don’t sell product (I just teach classes). So I’m not ordering every month.
So I’m wondering…where do you get your essential oils? Thanks for your input!
I’ve been using Young Living Essential Oils for years, I found them to be the best for therapeutic purposes.
I use them and consult but waaaay too expensive for soaping. Plant Therapy are well tested, Dr Tisserand is involved and they are.much more resonable for larger sizes. 100% pure and you can research the testing not just relying on the companys “seed to seal promise”.
I have come back to your post a few times as I’ve grown in my soaping journey :). From time to time I check on these suppliers and find they are still extremely expensive compared to getting EOs through Brambleberry or Lebermuth, etc. I wanted to see if you knew why that might be? The price difference is quite significant, but all the suppliers say they are selling 100% pure EOs.
Thank you for any light you can shed on the topic!!! 🙂
From my research i learned that an essential oil (in Canada and US) need to have a minimum of 5% pure essential oil to be labelled as 100% pure.
I get my essential oils from Mystic Moments in the UK I am in Canada and I find they have the best prices and shipping is very reasonable as well !!
Here in Australia I like to use Escentials of Australia! Well priced. 🙂
Thanks for sharing! I’ll have to make a list for different countries. That would be very helpful.
Bulk Apothecary and Bramble Berry are the two online sources I use the most. I really like Bramble Berry because they test everything so if something will accelerate or discolor, it’s included in the the description of the oil.
I’m a little late to the party, but I use WSP for a lot of my EOs. I like Camden Gray for rosemary, corn mint and lavender 40/42, and New Directions for lemongrass, tea tree, peppermint, and a couple of EO blends that they make. My patchouli comes from Theresa Mendez. I used to blend the dark and light patch from NDA, but Theresa’s is the best.
I forgot to add in my previous post that the only downside to New Directions Aromatics is that they have a $100.00 minimum order policy. But they give an automatic 3% discount for online orders. They are located in Ontario, Canada but also have a warehouse in New York
I buy the majority of my essential oils from New Directions Aromatics. They have quite a large selection, great prices, and fast shipping.
I totally agree on MMS. The quality of their EOs is tops but the prices are not. However, the Amazing Dozen Kit is awesome. You choose twelve 1-ounce bottles of Fragrance Oils, Essential Oils, Extracts or Flavor Oils and you get FREE shipping. I’ve used that a few times — esp. when I need a mix of extracts, flavor oils and EOs.
I’m in Indiana so everything is shipped from afar. My usual supplier is thesage.com I trust this company and have used it for years..even before I started making soap 6 yrs ago …My sister used them 15 yrs ago so I feel safe with their products. That being said Camden Grey looks pretty good and I like the small amounts you can buy. Will try them for some of Amanda’s recipes…I got my Bramble Berry order of powdered things now for the EOs I don’t have.
I sometimes use Camden Grey as well. They have excellent info on each EO and their Orange EO (5-fold or higher) always seems to be the best price. Shipping from FL to CO is a killer for me tho — both price-wise and time-wise.
In one of your pictures you had bottles of Camden Grey essential oils are you not using this company? I went to their website and their oils looked good, nice price and eco aware.
I totally forgot about them. I ordered small sample sizes from them. I’ll update my list. Thanks!
I like Sun Pure Botanicals on Ebay. I’m in CO and they are in NM so shipping is fast.
The really neat thing is the variety of sizes — which is great for EO Blends. For example, I can make a blend using six oils to make a 4 oz. batch — rather than having to buy 4, 8 or 16 oz. of each oil.