Probably one of the questions I get asked the most about essential oils is “are they expensive?” And it’s kind of a tricky question for a few reasons. First of all, not all oils are the same price for the simple reason of basic economics – supply and demand. Some plants are more rare, have smaller crops, and are in high demand, such an example would be frankincense. Other oils are in abundant supply (although in relatively high demand still), such as lemon and have a much cheaper cost.
Another point to take into consideration is the potency of the oils. In most cases you only need 1-2 drops of a oil at a time for it to be effective. A 15ml bottle has approximately 250 drops, so it could potentially last you 125 days, basically 4 months.
You also want to take into consideration when buying from Young Living you are guaranteed the highest quality and purity of oils, which means there are no synthetic fillers and other potentially harmful ingredients added in.
What's most shocking on this point is that the labeling on essential oils is not strictly regulated, which means cheaper brands can say "100% lavender" and only have a few drops that are in fact 100% lavender, but plus a bunch of other stuff! For more info on Young Living's quality process, visit here. And for more misleading labels & added synthetic ingredients, read here.
Lastly, the thing we consider as a family is how many other products we are forgoing and saving money on to replace with using essential oils. So really, it’s all quite relative.
However I wanted to make you a handy list on how to make essential oils most cost effective for you family. A few “Oily Life Hacks” if you will.
1. YL Shampoo & Conditioner – I LOVE YL Shampoo but for a lot of people I understand that at $20 a bottle it might be more than you would normally spend. However, I’ve found that using a cheaper, natural brand for shampoo but following up with the Young Living conditioner seems to be just as effective. My hair is left silky, smooth. Or if you want to still use the shampoo, I know some people that put it in foam pump dispenser and it lasts way longer! (same goes for the orange blossom facial wash)
2. Ningxia Red – is another favourite that not everyone may have room for in their monthly budget. I love to save this for days I’m extra tired and need that little boost. Just drinking it every other day can bring the price down to $40 a month and something we include in our monthly food budget. Plus it's also cheaper than a coffee a day, and much more effective!
3. Facial Toner – a few drops of essential oil, such as lavender, mixed in a small glass bottle with witch hazel and water can make for a great and inexpensive facial toner.
4. Laundry Wool Dryer Ball – these can save up to twenty minutes from drying time (saving more energy) and only require 1-2 drops of an oil.
5. Carrier Oils – making the oils themselves stretch further is the biggest money saver. Using a carrier oil, such as coconut, almond, or jojoba oil (as is often recommended anyway) can help an oil spread further and last longer.
6. Roller Bottles – A roller bottle billed with a carrier oil (such as the ones mentioned above) and anywhere from 10-20 drops of an oil can last months!
7. Lotions – mixing 10-15 drops of an oil in a small mason jar with coconut oil and shea butter makes for a great lotion that can also last a while.
8. Bath Salts – Instead of putting drops of essential oils directly into your bath, you can add a few drops of lavender, for example, to Epsom salts and store in a glass mason jar.
9. Sticking with a few basics oils that have multiple uses can be a real money saver. My top picks (some especially with littles around):
c. Orange (I use when Owen is teething)
f. Frankincense (not the cheapest oil, but really amazing properties, I love to always have some on hand).
10. The Starter Kit – When you’re just getting started with essential oils, signing up with the starter kit really is the way to go – you’re getting over a $300 value of product (the most commonly used oils AND a diffuser) and your membership (worth $40) for free.
11. Essential Rewards – After you sign up for Young Living, you have the option at any point to join Essential Rewards. It’s a great way to get free product based on what you spend. You can earn up to 20% of your orders back in reward points for free products.
12. Bonus Oils – Each month Young Living sends out free bonus oils for different order amounts.
Switching to natural remedies and home care products can seem like a big investment at the beginning, but believe me from experience, that as you incorporate oils into your every day life, you’ll be amazed by how easy and often affordable it really is.
For more info on Essential Rewards or to get your Start Kit, follow this link.