The dōTERRA Difference

Everything I have learned, experienced and observed from dōTERRA about the company and the product has been nothing short of remarkable.  I have found that dōTERRA is an organization which takes its commitment to providing only the most pure, potent, effective oils on the planet very seriously – and responsibly.  It is guided by their principles, protocols, ethics and an army of intelligent business leaders, scientists, wellness advocates, executives and founders.  It is a company that I am proud to put my name on and partner with.  doTERRA International, LLC is the world leader in sourcing, testing, manufacturing, and distribution of CPTG® essential oils through a global network of more than 2 million independent direct-sale distributors, also known as Wellness Advocates.

Some impressive accolades and accomplishments by doTERRA International include:

  • America’s 10th Best Employer – Forbes Magazine
  • Best Mountain States Area Employer – Forbes Magazine
  • Western States 2nd Best Employer – Forbes Magazine
  • International Company of the Year – World Trade Association of Utah
  • Best in State “Essential Oils / Botanicals” category – Utah Best of State Award

For personal consumption, use on your loved ones, for sharing with friends and peers who trust you, or for building a business on, the dōTERRA product and philosophy is the best and purest on the market. There is a reason they are the world’s largest distributor of oils and in only 9-years of time.

dōTERRA partners with Growers, Distillers, Scientists, Practitioners and its network of Wellness Advocates around the world to bring the best essential oil and essential oil based products to market.  They do it legally, sustainably, and with global economy in mind.

Each dōTERRA® essential oil is gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy.  They are also carefully and thoroughly tested using the strict CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality protocol.  The essential oils are liberated from the plant and carried away by the steam. When the steam cools, the water and oils naturally separate and the oil is collected.

While there is a science to the distillation of essential oils, it is also an art. Distillers not only rely on years of experience, they also employ modern technologies and techniques.

The most common method of extracting essential oils is a low-heat steam distillation process. In this process, pressurized steam is circulated through plant material. The essential oils are liberated from the plant and carried away by the steam. When the steam cools, the water and oils naturally separate and the oil is collected. To ensure the highest quality oil extract with the correct chemical composition, the temperature and pressure must be closely monitored. Too little heat or pressure and the oil will not release; too much, and the oil’s composition and potency will be affected.

Steam Distillation

Steam distillation is the most common way to extract aromatic compounds (essential oil) from a plant. During the steam distillation process, steam passes through the plant material. The combination of heated steam and gentle pressure causes the essential oil to be released from microscopic protective sacs. As the vapor mixture flows through a condenser and cools, it yields a layer of oil and a layer of water. The essential oil rises to the top and is separated from the hydrosol (floral water) and collected.

Some have asked about the difference between first distillations in comparison to complete distillations. The temperature for steam distilling is usually between 140–212 degrees Fahrenheit. Since different plants require different pressures, times, and temperatures, using this particular distillation method makes it possible to adjust the temperature based on the plant type, making it a very effective and precise way to obtain the purest compounds.


Unlike steam distillation, expression, sometimes referred to as “cold pressed,” does not involve heat. In this process, oil is extracted from the product under mechanical pressure. dōTERRA uses expression to extract all of its citrus oils, such as Wild Orange, Lemon, Lime, Bergamot, and Grapefruit, from the rind.

Proper distillation requires a consideration for the uniqueness of pressure, temperature, time, and harvesting practices, each of which may be as diverse as the plants themselves. A poor distillation process can alter or destroy the necessary aromatic compounds that comprise the essential oil, leaving a substance far different from the intended goal and something that would not be used to support health and wellness. For this reason, the best distillation artisans dedicate their efforts and work to only a few select plants. This focused effort develops proper knowledge and experience, helping ensure congruency between the oil chemistry of the plant and its distilled form.