Do Essential Oils Really Save You Money?

Essential oils are becoming more and more popular lately. Why? doTERRA has made Essential Oils so popular over the last 10 years because of the results people experience when they use them. They are incredibly effective and useful for physical and mental health, cleanliness, beauty, hair care and more. They can help improve nearly any aspect of your life as long as you are using Certified Therapeutic Grade essential oils. But, I’ve heard this question over and over… “Are essential oils worth the money?”

Do essential oils really save you money?

Yes… as long as you use high quality essential oils.

Yes, high quality oils are a bit of an investment. You’ve heard that saying, “you get what you pay for.” Right? Well, the better quality, the more SAFE and effective your essential oils. If your purpose in using essential oils is to reap the the amazing health and emotional benefits, you want them to be pure and safe for everyone in the family.

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Do your homework on this. I refuse to purchase essential oils from a supermarket, Costco, Amazon, or even a whole foods store. For my body, my family, and our health, I only want to use pure essential oils that are sourced humanely, safely, and are tested for purity. I don’t want to use essential oils laced with filler chemicals and synthetics – that certainly will NOT improve our health, nor help me save money!

doTERRA essential oils are the best quality in essential oils because they are:

  • Responsibly sourced from a global network of growers to ensure the most pure and efficacious essential oils
  • Rigorously tested for purity & potency (see graphic below)
  • Free from fillers or artificial ingredients
  • Free of harmful contaminants

How Do They Save You Money? I will illustrate 4 different ways:

  1. Long shelf life
  2. Replace other products
  3. Pennies per drop
  4. Healthy Living – one drop is all that is needed to achieve a powerful benefit!

1 – Essential Oils Have a Long Shelf Life

Essential oils have a long shelf life! Have you ever gone to grab a bottle of pills only to find that it expired a year ago? Seriously, that has happened to me more than once. I would buy whatever it was, when it was needed, use a little, and by the time I would need to product again, it would be expired! Down the toilet it would go, along with my money as I would run to the store to buy more… I’d repeat that same cycle over and over. With essential oils, you don’t have to worry about the product going bad or expiring.

All essential oils marked for internal use will have an expiration date. However, the nature and structure of essential oils makes them very stable. Shelf life testing has shown that essential oils maintain their potency even after 5–10 years or more.

Of course, the way you store the essential oils will have an effect on how long they last too. Here are some guidelines for ideal essential oil storage:

  • Store the essential oil in room-temperature conditions and avoid exposure to extreme temperatures.
  • Avoid exposing the oils to direct sunlight or other sources of UV rays.
  • Prevent prolonged exposure to oxygen which can cause oxidation of the oil over time.
  • Tightly secure the caps after each use to prevent the oil from evaporating and decrease exposure to oxygen.

It is extremely likely that the essential oil is going to last a long, long time for you. In fact, most people find the oil useful enough that they benefit from the whole bottle long before it expires!

2 – Replace Household Products

Did you know you can make effective DIY products with essential oils? You can actually replace stuff you would normally buy with essential oils. It is more of a replacement cost than an additional cost. And guess what? It often costs less to use the essential oil version! Another huge bonus: essential oils are safe and non-toxic for the whole family. Way to go – reduce your toxic load AND save money at the same time!

You might be surprised to see how many products you can replace around your home with the use of these awesome essential oils. You can replace these and more:

  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Candles
  • Air freshener
  • Wood cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Bug repellent
  • Beauty products
  • and more!

Cost Comparisons of Store Bought Products vs DIY Products Using doTERRA Essential Oils:

Formula 409 32 oz, $2.88 = $0.09/oz
vs
On Guard Cleaner 24 oz, $1.20 = $0.05/oz


The On Guard cleaner concentrate is $14.50 wholesale, which is about $0.60 per tablespoon. I add 1-2 tablespoons to 24-ounce spray bottle of water, so it comes to about $1.20 per bottle. It is an awesome all-purpose cleaner too! I use it everyday on my kitchen counters and more. It is so powerful because it uses the proprietary blend On Guard – made up of wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. Natural and non-toxic! It supports healthy immune function and really cleans up those surfaces. (By the way, hospitals, including Vanderbilt Hospital ER, use onGuard and other essential oils in their hospital!)

Febreeze 27 oz, $4.94 = $0.18/oz
vs
Purify Spray 8 oz, $0.8/80 = $0.10/oz

Purify essential oil blend $20.00, or $0.08 per drop. I add 10 drops of the oil to an 8-ounce spray bottle of water. Purify is an exclusive combination of essential oils that purify and eradicate odors in a natural, safe way. This uplifting blend combines lemon, Siberian fir, citronella, lime, melaleuca and cilantro oils… oils also known for their powerful cleaning properties (I add Purify to my laundry too!)

Windex 23 oz, $3.77 = $0.16/oz
vs
DIY glass cleaner 16 oz, about $0.60 = $0.04/oz

Add 1 1/2 cups white vinegar, 1/2 distilled water, and 8 drops citrus essential oil (lemon, lime, grapefruit, wild orange, or a combination) to a 16-ounce spray bottle. Shake it up and start cleaning!
Lemon essential oil is $11.00, or $0.04 per drop. One gallon of vinegar is about $3.00, about $0.28 for 1 1/2 cups.

Cutter Skinsations Insect Repellent 6 oz, $3.97 = $0.67/oz
vs
DIY insect repellent 8 oz, $1.92 = $0.24/oz


See the insect repellent recipe here

The Conclusion is… Essential Oils DO Save Money on many household products!

Fun, easy examples! Now you see why it makes sense to look at the essential oil purchase as a replacement cost (and a wise one too), rather than an additional cost. Plus, it is all non-toxic and safe for the whole family!

Definitely worth noting – I actually get a good amount of dōTERRA products for free or discounted, so I end up paying less than wholesale prices on average. Hooray! You can too! This popular Home Essentials Kit will get you a wholesale membership plus more than $360 worth of doTERRA products for only $275 (plus shipping/tax), including OnGuard essential oil (and a free diffuser)!

3 – Essential Oils Cost Pennies Per Drop

One bottle of essential oil goes a long way! As you can see from the example above, you only need a few drops per use and each drop costs only pennies. The amount you use will sometimes vary depending on the oil you’re using and the desired result, but here are some general numbers for ya…

Aromatic: I usually use anywhere from 4-7 drops of essential oil in my diffusers per use. How long it lasts while diffusing will depend on the diffuser, but 6 hours is a good general number. Freshens the air and benefits everyone in the room!

Internal: First of all, do not use just any essential oil internally! This method of use is only for essential oils that are marked as safe for internal use and are only the best quality and purity. Adults 1-4 drops, children 1-2 drops per use.

Topical: When applying an oil topically, adults 3-6 drops and children 1-2 drops per use. I almost always dilute my oils with fractionated coconut oil… it helps spread those drops over a larger area,  creates a slower absorption period, and protects sensitive skin (great for kids!).

Cost per drop of doTERRA essential oils (based on 15ml bottles at wholesale pricing):

  • Wild Orange: $0.04 per drop
  • Peppermint: $0.09 per drop
  • OnGuard: $0.13 per drop
  • Lemon: $0.04 per drop
  • Lavender: $0.08 per drop
  • Breathe: $0.08 per drop
  • Eucalyptus: $0.06 per drop
  • Lime: $0.05 per drop
  • Purify: $0.08 per drop
  • TerraShield: $0.04 per drop

There are many more essential oils too in a wide range of prices – each very effective for so many different uses!

4 – Healthy Living (just one drop is all that is needed to achieve a powerful benefit!)

I love using essential oils every day for myself and my family. I know that we are healthier throughout the year! The oils and doTERRA natural products help me with my foundational nutrition, exercise, rest, pain management, stress management, and the emotional benefits are amazing and beautiful! Plus, we’re reducing the toxic load for my family by using these natural, safe products.

And on a very personal note… I have a son who has a chronic lung condition that has required hospitalization 3 times. When we started utilizing doTERRA Breathe products (also found in the Home Essentials bundle), his problems in this area in his life have greatly reduced and we haven’t had one hospital visit since! That alone has paid for the lifetime cost of essential oils for my son! YES we still utilized prescribed medications when needed, but I always turn to natural solutions FIRST and in most cases, avoid needing prescription drugs!

So YES… doTERRA Essential Oils ARE worth the cost and in the lont run, will replace and reduce your health costs, if you use them properly!

A Word About Buying Essential Oils (specifically dōTERRA) on Amazon

You know how much we love Amazon around here… well, there are a few things you should consider before you purchase doTERRA on Amazon…

  • There are fraudulent sellers on Amazon… some sellers resell dōTERRA bottles with using a little bit of the actual oil and then fill it with synthetics to dilute it so they can sell it for profit. Amazon doesn’t do quality control. I wouldn’t trust these sorts of products on Amazon.
  • There are also sellers who purchase thousands of dollars of product from dōTERRA and they use a fraudulent credit card. Even though they may be legit oils, but you are buying stolen product AND you have no idea how they’ve been handled.
  • You will also miss out on the benefits of having your very own wholesale account. Every month you can get free products, and with each monthly order you can earn as much as 30% “cash back” to use on future purchases! I love getting free product every single month and the benefits of having these in my home have been incredible!

How to Purchase doTERRA Essential Oils

  1. Get your own wholesale account FREE with any Reduced Price Starer Kit OR choose to pay the $35 membership fee (like Sam’s Club or Costco) and pick out the products you want.
  2. You can set up the OPTIONAL “Loyalty Rewards Program” (think “Amazon subscribe and save”, except you earn 10-30% back in account credit to redeem for FREE products!
  3. You’ll receive your order in a week or less!
  4. When you receive your order, one of my team members will guide and support you as you learn to use these products.
  5. You’ll be added to my FREE educational secret Facebook group that is chock full of member questions and answers AND I’ll send you this goody bag full of free samples!

Have I convinced you? Are you ready to choose your Essential Oil bundle? Start HERE:

Click HERE to get the Natural Solutions Bundle


Click HERE for the Home Essentials Bundle


Click HERE for the AromaTouch Bundle


If you have any questions, please leave a comment below or email me at cathy at fabulesslyfrugal dot com!

Resources for this article: dōTERRA, DIY glass cleaner

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