It takes one whole peppermint plant to distill a few drops of peppermint essential oil. The essence of the plant when distilled contains more water than oil. Water is further separated from the oil, sometimes only a few drops are left. Another example is Ylang Ylang. This flower can be extracted three times for its essential oil. Do you know if you are getting the first extraction, the second or the last one (each diminishing in price value)? The more extractions that have occurred, the lesser the quality of the oil!
Young Living brand: Young Living may be a networking company but it owns farms on FIVE continents and personally oversees the operations from the Seed to Seal stages of each essential oil. Its specialty is research & development investing in lab equipments that can measure a wide spectrum of the chemical constituents in an oil - these are what gives the essential oils its unique medicinal benefits. The point is in a networking company, the products are very difficult to duplicate. Why? The costs that go into a bottle of essential oil are so high that this can never be duplicated by a commercial company producing for the mass market. Instead of paying celebrities to market their product or paying for high costs of advertising, a network marketing company can use that money to pay their employees to spread the word (what better marketing is word of mouth anyway?) and to pay for superior facilities in order to produce the best product! In order to lower costs, many essential oil companies must add chemicals or synthetic extenders to their oils in order to create more bottles and make their dollar go farther. In other words, they reduce the actual amount of PURE essential oil by reducing the amount in each bottle. Remember, only 5% of the bottle needs to have actual essential oil in order to be labeled "pure" by law! When commercial, cheaper brands are used, can they still have the therapeutic benefits that the original oils possess? Most likely not because they can't afford to! Therefore, which then (logically) is the real deal?
You need to know that almost ALL essential oil companies besides Young Living are actually BROKERS of essential oils! Some companies may own a farm or two. Otherwise, they are the "middle man" and cannot always tell you exactly where their plants were grown (if they even distill their own). If the essential oil company's practice is to purchase already distilled essential oil, which is often the case, then how can you know if it's been diluted? How can you know if the company themselves haven't adulterated the essential oil in order to get more bang for their buck? You can't! Which is why it's always good to do your research and understand that Young Living owns the entire process of essential oil manufacturing from "seed to seal" (no other company can make that honorable claim) and even goes so far as to conduct in-house and 3rd party testing on each and every batch before it can be sold. THAT is quality, my friends! And THAT is why Young Living is the ONLY brand of essential oils that you can ingest! Read your product labels and don't be fooled by shady (yet legal) marketing practices by essential oil brokers/ sellers!