Why I Love Rocky Mountain Essential Oils

Finally! You don't have to use an expensive MLM oil company to get great, high-quality essential oils. This mom shares why she chose Rocky Mountain Oils. #essentialoils #rockymountainoils

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Last week, I stirred up all sorts of hoopla when I shared with you why I don’t sell Young Living Essential Oils. In sharing that post, I received some completely expected backlash from young living supporters.

However, what I did not expect was the vast number of people who commented here, on my facebook page, and in private messages and emails telling me that they’d had similar experiences and concerns with that company. So, I then put together a post to help you in making your own decision about an essential oil company, with some tips on what to consider.

As I shared on that post, I have been using (and loving) Rocky Mountain Essential Oils. You can see my previous post for a more detailed list of some of the things I took into consideration–RMO passed everything on my list.

But, I wanted to take some time today to share with you some of the specific things I like about this company. Some of these things are more important than others, but they are all things I like about the company.

1. High standards of quality & Purity

RMO quality

Rocky Mountain Oils have an acronym to share some of the processes they go through to make sure you’re getting the highest possible quality of oils. They call it their S.A.A.F.E promise. This post would get quite lengthy if I listed everything out here, but they lay it out in simple terms on their website, and you can see all the details here.

They also stand behind the purity of their product and offer free online access to batch specific GC/MS test results. Simply enter your batch number. If you’re wanting to see results for an oil you’re considering and don’t already have, you can call and they will give you the appropriate batch number.

2. They stand behind their product

RMO satisfaction guarantee

This is very important to me. When I see companies unwilling to offer a money-back guarantee, I have to ask myself why. Rocky Mountain Oils stands behind the quality of their product. So much so that they offer a pretty ridiculous hassle free, 90-day money back guarantee.

They will even pay for shipping for the return! You can get the details here.

3. They labels their lids


Now, this is a small thing and it’s not one of the things I would consider in making a decision. However, it’s one of many reasons that I love this company. Most companies sell the labels separately so you can purchase them and add them to the lids yourself. You can also buy blank ones on Amazon for fairly cheap. So, it’s not a huge thing that they put pre-printed labels on for you. But at the same time, it is a big and meaningful thing because it shows that, as a whole, they are a customer-centric company. They want to do all those little things to help their customers.

And that, is a big deal.

4. FREE Shipping!

Okay, so I may be a bit too spoiled by my Amazon Prime membership, but I hate to pay for shipping. So free shipping is a huge plus for me. And RMO takes it one step further– no minimums! Yes, you read that right–every single order ships free, even if it’s just a single bottle!I had literally never heard of any company that offers completely free shipping, no strings attached. But this one does.

5. Affordable Prices (& No Minimums)

RMO offers competitive and affordable pricing. Their products are priced at a reasonable price (below the MLM companies’ wholesale pricing), yet not so low that it’s too good to be true. There are also no minimums, ever. Buy only what you need with every order.

They also offer some options for cost-prohibitive oils, offering some that are pre-blended with fractionated coconut oil in order to make them affordable and available to average budgets. (These blends are clearly noted as containing FCO, and the amount of FCO will be clearly noted on the product page).

I generally prefer to steer clear of those, and only purchase the synergy blends (not mixed with any carrier oil) and single oils, simply because when you do the math for the ingredients, the blends containing FCO are not a good value. However, I did try out their Blend of Rose so that I could have the smell of rose without the $250+ price tag of the pure rose essential oil. I appreciate that they offer that option for some of the higher priced oils. They can sometimes be worth it when balanced with the fact that they could be cost-prohibitive otherwise to buy the oils themselves.

Bonus: They also have a rewards program where you can earn store credit through your purchases. You can check out the rewards program here.

6. Safe Usage Suggestions

RMO only offers safe usage recommendations. Although they acknowledge that their products are of a quality that they are able to be ingested, they do not offer any advice or recommendations specific to ingestion and instead state that customers should seek the advice of a professional. Their usage recommendations fall under 3 categories and they label the bottle with a cute little icon to let you know which oil is appropriate for which uses:

RMO safe uses

  • Topical
  • Diffusing
  • Household use

7. They are education-focused

Rocky Mountain Oils is committed to education. They don’t just want to sell you oils, they want to help you learn how to use them. To that end, they have an extensive help center, a blog dedicated to offering usage suggestions and more, plus a Getting Started Guide to help you start off on the right foot.

Still have questions? They have amazing customer service and their contact info is easy to find. They have team members who are ready and willing to answer any questions you may have via email or phone.

P.S. A few of you have mentioned blends from the MLM companies, and that you’d like to find the comparable blend at RMO. They have made that super easy for you as well, with a page to help you find the blend you need, comparing RMO, DoTERRA, and Young Living blends.


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  1. Sabrina says

    You are BANG ON with all these points. I have found RMO the best alternative to those more expensive EO co’s.
    Thanks for being honest and taking the time to write this post. SO helpful! Pinned it!

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Thank you for pinning Sabrina! I’m glad you have had a good experience with RMO as well. I really have only heard good things about them.

      • William R Atwell says

        Excellent blog about YL and alternative companies. I wonder if you have research Eden’s Garden. They have the same labels posted about how to use the oils, the processes they go through to make it safe and reliable as RMO. Just throwing in another company that offer great oils and tremendous number of oils to offer.

        • Crystal Brothers says

          I have tried them. They are very cheap, so I thought I was getting a good deal but I personally did not have a good experience with the oils.

  2. says

    I wish I knew this three months ago before I join Doterra. Thank you for sharing this information about Rocky Mountain Essential Oils. I checked out Rocky Mountain Essential Oils website. And order some oils that I needed that I couldn’t buy at Doterra because their price is higher and I love the free shipping.

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Anita, I feel you, because I wish I had known about it before I signed up with a MLM company last summer. I’m so glad you were able to get some oils that were not affordable Doterra. I hope you love the oils and company as much as I have :)

  3. says

    Yes yes and yes again. I haven’t bought anything from RMO yet, but a friend had the Rose Blend which I used alot while there and promised myself to buy soon. And I did not know they had free shipping, that is enticing indeed!!!
    But agreed, that good customer service is important and when a company gets too big or is MLM, like YL, it can’t help but become a monster. There are always alternatives to monsters lolol…..thanks for this. Came by a link from A Delightsome Life. I make everything with essential oils.

  4. Sam says

    I buy primarily from RMO too, for all the reasons you listed plus one more – I just love the clean look of their packaging :) When I was looking to get into EOs I had one friend who was passionately against YL and DoTerra (because of their ingestion suggestions) and one friend who was equally passionate about YL (She does not sell, but she does have to purchase a certain amount every month to maintain her discount). I love my friends but decided to research on my own. Besides RMO I buy from Mountain Rose Herbs and Whole Foods when I want something sooner than later. Discovering the uses of EO on my own and choosing what I want to try has been so much more fun than meeting the obligations of an MLM. Thank you for this post!

      • Crystal Brothers says

        Yes, there are a lot of great options, and the most important thing is to research beforehand. Thanks for sharing, Annie!

  5. says

    Hey! Thanks so much for sharing. I’m looking for other options right now as I’m disappointed with my MLM and company practices. Irresponsible recommendations, and pricing.
    Does RMO offer any affiliate programs? Am I wrong to try and find out if there is a way to educate people, and then point them to a ordering direction that’s I’m connected to? I’m researching. If it’s not possible, I’ll shift my business plan. My values will prevail: )

  6. says

    Hi! My family has been enjoying RMO products ever since your last post on the subject. We like their prices and agree with all of the above. However, I wonder, how come they don’t have third party testers to ensure the quality and purity of their oils? Or do they and who is it?

    Thanks so much for all your research!

  7. Gail Ouellette says

    I would like to thank you for such candid honesty. I have been a loyal RMO customer since day one but lately (I follow a lot of different blogs), I have been made to feel like I was not making a wise choice. I love that RMO does not make you “sign up” or pay a fee up front to take advantage of all the “bonuses” they provide (free shipping, 90 day money back guarantee) and their S.A.F.E. program is one of a kind. I could not find anyone who would give anything but glowing reviews for both YL and Doterra. Thanks for the reassurance that I have made the right choice and now I can ignore the bully tactics with the confidence that I have not made a mistake.

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Yes, that is all they are–bully tactics! I used to feel the same way you did, wondering if I had made the right choice. But after obtaining my aromatherapist certification and talking with other professionals in the field, very few of them recommend either of the big name MLM companies. There are many other more reputable companies.

  8. says

    Sounds great! Going to check them out. I like the compare page, very beneficial. I imagine you did get some backlash from YL users. I currently use YL but it never hurts to check out others. Thanks for this post :)

    • M0mmac00ker says

      Exactly on point. I’m fed up with yl and their excuses. I’ve not received my November order. My December order was completed on 12-13. I paid for 3-5 day shipping. It’s a rat race run around. My upline said take it up with them. They have had over an hour wait and flipped through 86 people. Only to get 87 excuses.

  9. says

    I just started dabbling in EO and absolutely love them! I did some research before buying and went with the RMO brand as well. I love lavender. It works wonders for pms cramps! Saw your post at Awesome Life Friday linky.
    Kristine :)

  10. Claire says

    Thank you for posting your opinions, it helped me with my decision not to go with YL. A friend is selling it and I was debating if I should join her. Ive done MLMs in the past and didnt like any of them…also having to spend $100 a month I know would have pissed me off.
    I was glad that you pointed out that YL will only let you sell their product exclusively and I would prefer to have at least 2 choices for my customers. Thanks for a good read.

  11. Lisa says

    Thank you for the post. I have been using Butterfly Express for about 9 months now and I love the quality and education that they provide. I have been tempted to join the MLM companies to help support my “habit” , however I too have had many unpleasant experiences with them. Also, I am too much of a rebel to be locked into 1 company. I will be adding RMO to my collection.
    Thanks again

  12. Laura says

    I have been doing lots of research and have been struggling whether it not to “join” an MLM oil company. Not saying anything against the quality of their oils, I just simply cannot afford them. I bought RMO’s Orange oil this summer and I absolutely love it! I will be ordering from them again in the future! (Their free shipping is a big deal for me, too!) I needed this reassurance, so thank you!

  13. Amber H says

    I’ve never heard of RMO until today but I do like the free shipping option! My Mom got me into essential oils years ago (before it was cool lol) and she purchased hers from Birch Hill Happenings in Minnesota. They’re a ma and pa business and have been in the industry for 30 years. They have good prices and sell their oils in multiple sizes which is nice, even the cute tiny ones! I guess I’ll always feel loyalty to them since they’ve always been helpful and ship fast. Their quality of oils is great.

    I also buy the Now Brand since it’s cheaper. You can get a 10 bottle sample pack of 1oz each for only $33 on Amazon. That’s s steal.

    I’m hapy you posted this regarding the MLM companies. I’m glad that so many people are getting to know the benefits and uses of EO but at the same time it feels very trendy and these companies know how to play on that. Not to mention their prices are so high compared to the companies I buy from. There is no way their oils are that much better!

    Anyway, it’s always good to do your research. Thanks for your post!

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Yes, definitely good to do your own research. Thanks for sharing about Birch Hill Happenings! I love to support stores like that.

  14. says

    Hi, thanks for the post. I have a question I was wondering if you knew the answer. RMO blends have FCO in them. doTERRA doesn’t. Do you know why RMO ads the coconut oil to the blends. They would not be as high pure because of this. I love everything else about RMO but just wondering why they do this with their blends.

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Hi Roslyn! I certainly understand your concern. Many of their blends are pure, while others do contain some FCO. They do this to help the oils be more affordable, and you’ll mostly find it on higher end oils. However, RMO has heard customers regarding this issue, and they are now releasing many of their proprietary blends in pure form as well, without the FCO.

  15. Linz says

    Thanks for this post! Very helpful as I research oils. Does RMO require distributors to make minimum monthly purchases like the others?

        • Crystal Brothers says

          They do have some affiliates (I am an affiliate for them), but it’s not a MLM set up. You don’t have to pay money or buy a kit, you don’t have any minimums to meet, etc. It’s just a small commission, like many of the other companies I work with as an affiliate (i.e. Dayspring, etc.)

  16. Grace says

    I’ve been doing some additional research into EOs after learning about some misinformation from the company I’ve previously purchased from. I’m interested to know if RMO is certified organic, as I know that’s the standard that aromatherapists recommend. I’ve looked through their website but can’t find anything that says if their oils are actually organic.

  17. JessicaMM says

    I hate that I found these EO posts (and this blog in general) so late in the game!! I just purchased my starter kit from YL, as I have friends that gush about it, etc. I hesitated because I hated the sign up junk. Why can’t I just Amazon Prime everything?? But I took the plunge and made the order, then considered selling it. A sweet friend of mine makes a decent income at it, so that was encouraging, but I needed facts. Lots of facts. I was always on the fence, SO you really helped me decide against the YL route. Granted, I have some of their oils and DO love them, so I’m not saying I don’t like the product, but I really don’t like the things you pointed out. It’s too sketch for me and I think I’ll stick with RMO when I need some, there’s also a great brand called Plant Therapy that has a KidSafe line that we’ve just started using. Not sure what everybody has to say about them, but they popped up as a safe line (that you can buy on Amazon – score) that won’t cost an arm and a leg. The biggest thing that made me nervous about YL was the ingestion. I just can’t. Granted I eat processed food, but still, my friend makes a pill full of oil in it and that just always gave me the willies. We will NOT ingest.

    • Danica says

      I have been trying and using and loving Plant Therapy. A fraction of the cost of YL, free shipping, and my orders show up in days vs. paying for shipping that takes weeks!

  18. Linae Furkins says

    I just ordered from RMO this weekend. Hoping they are just as good as my YL oils. I bought YL due to a friend selling it and while I love their oils I hated having to spend X amount a month to maintain my discount, the high shipping, and the fact that every time I wanted to buy an oil it was out of stock due to all the higher ups buying tons of oils they already had on hand. In one of the group’s my friend had added me too people would post pics of their stash of favorite oils and some had over a dozen of the same oils. The exact type I was needing and that’s one of the main reasons I’ve switched, that and I just can’t afford them. Me and my sister split the cost and ordered a huge order so we could also get the 2 free kits they were offering over the weekend so her and my mom could try them too. The only thing I will be buying from YL is their household cleaner because I’m obsessed lol. From what I was reading though I like the setup of RMO better than YL as their site is easier to find info on and everything is right there. I also like how you can see the rest results if that’s something you like

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Hi Linae, I hope you have a great experience with them as I have! I’m so glad you and your sister were able to order together and get the free kits, what a great idea!

      And yes, that would be frustrating with the out-of-stock oils and seeing pictures of stashes from others.

      • Linae Furkins says

        So far I’m liking RMOs. I liked how they have a chart on their site to show you their version of blends that young living and doterra carry. That being said I have to remind myself they are different companies so they won’t smell the same lol. I was slightly disappointed when their version didn’t smell like thieves But I still use it every night. Especially since the weather is changing and I have 3 kids and work in a factory. Don’t have time for being sick

        • Crystal Brothers says

          Linae, yes I have to admit that was one thing that I thought as well. I initially preferred the scent of Thieves because that is the one that I had been used to. Now I’m used to the immune support, and it definitely works just as well so I guess that’s what matters. There are definitely different smells in some oils and some companies though.

          • Ashley says

            Hmm. Doterra and YL would say they smell differently because they’re not as pure or they’re grown from gmo seeds on and on … what do you say?

          • Crystal Brothers says

            I disagree with that. There are a lot of things that can cause a difference in smell, and not all of them are related to purity. Even Doterra and YL smell differently from each other.

  19. Cheryl S. says

    Thanks for the great article! I was invited to a YL party this past weekend. While I did purchase a starter kit, I was unaware of their MLM status. In my research, Rocky Mountain has come up twice–I will definitely look into it!

  20. Amy says

    How do RMO compare with Plant Therapy in price, size, and quality. I know both have free shipping and kidsafe lines after reading this article. So, I’m wondering which is better to buy. Thanks for the article!

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Amy, I have used them both. I personally prefer RMO for the quality, but Plant Therapy has overall lower prices if that is a determining factor.

  21. Angie Romans says

    Well how do you stay away from oils that are 60-75% coconut oil just by reading every one?..there’s no oil only or category for oils that don’t have a carrier added?

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Hi Angie, most of the ones with carrier oil added are blends. They are starting to create neat versions of many of their blends as well.

  22. Amy says

    Thank you for this follow up. I have questioned this for years now as well. I for one believe you get what you pay for, and super cheap raises a red flag for me just as much as overpriced. These points are all great but they feel like the same marketing gimmicks that turned you away from MLM companies, because MLM companies use and state the same benefits and rationalization for using their products. I do appreciate your leading with Quality, but I was disappointed when I went to the RMO website. Any company can state, “We have direct buying relationships with the most trusted suppliers in the industry. Each of our suppliers is required to meet stringent product quality guidelines before we consider buying from them.” Feels like an empty, veiled statement. Can you elaborate on your research of their quality, sourcing, and distillation process? Who exactly are their sources? Do they source from plants grown in native regions? What does the distillation process look like? Where can I find this information from RMO? I didn’t see any video footage of distillation processes on their website. Thank you again!

  23. says

    I had questions before I joined Young Living, but my daughter was part of it so I joined to help her. I didn’t like the cost, but I do like their products. They are the only company I have found that lets you Will your “business” to someone. I feel like I have to sell to compensate for the price. And like you I joined and received an out dated kit so I had to buy another. I didn’t like that. My daughter’s order was late like yours so your statements are factual. I saw RMO before I found your blog and I liked them. I will be buying from them. I hate that I wasted my money.

  24. says

    Can I buy RMO oils similar to how I purchase products on line? or is there membership prices, etc.? Is it a Marketing scheme or an online store?

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Hi Patty, yes, just like you purchase products online. Like many stores, they do offer a rewards program where you can earn points and redeem them for free products. No membership required, no membership prices, no marketing scheme or anything like that. Just an online store. Click here to check it out for yourself.

  25. Anonymous says

    I read where even if it says organic it can still have up to 40 pesticides!!! Any thoughts on this are welcomed as i am super concerned about this with all the different companies.

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