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the Doterra difference

Updated: Dec 6, 2023

Essential oils on the market today differ drastically from one company to another. Who runs the company and how they run it matters.

I want to show you the heart of dōTERRA. A peek behind the curtain.

I want to show you the dōTERRA Difference.



In addition to supplying the highest quality, essential oils dōTERRA is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of farmers, harvesters, and distillers who contribute to dōTERRA's oil production.

With more than 140 origin oils in its product line, dōTERRA sources its oils from over 45 countries—more than half of which could be considered developing countries. To ensure that small-scale farmers and harvesters in disadvantaged areas are treated ethically, dōTERRA has introduced an initiative called Co-Impact Sourcing.

Co-Impact Sourcing creates shared value for all stakeholders in the supply chain by being at the source and intentionally implementing environmental stewardship and/or social impact initiatives.

Co-Impact Sourcing seeks to develop long-term, mutually beneficial supplier partnerships while creating sustainable jobs and providing reliable income in underdeveloped areas. dōTERRA is committed to the ethical treatment of its suppliers by providing on-time payments at fair prices. Growers and harvesters are encouraged to form cooperative groups to share collective benefits and bargaining power while improving skills and capacity.


1. Generating Jobs: Reduce poverty by creating and sustaining jobs

2. Providing Fair, On-Time Payments: Offer consistent, fair payments to

producers, including prepayments

3. Building Supplier Capacity: Support farmers, producers, and distillers through

training and financial support

4. Sustaining Long-Term Partnerships: Provide multi-year contracts with growers and distillers based on solidarity and respect

5. Ensuring Fair Labor Conditions: Create healthy and safe working environments, free from harassment and discrimination

6. Promoting Cooperatives: Guarantee to respect the right for all employees and producers to join and form co-operatives

7. Furthering Environmental Stewardship: Promote energy-efficient technologies, renewable energy, and waste minimization

8. Facilitating Community Development: Support community development projects in sourcing communities such as schools, health clinics, training facilities, and clean water systems.

dōTERRA takes pride in sourcing the purest, potent, and effective essential oils in environmentally and socially responsible ways.


dōTERRA offers you a level of transparency that is rare in the essential oil industry. Their model is called Source to You. Here, on the website, you can scan your dōTERRA bottle to see exactly where it was grown and the most recent quality testing report on the oil. Sourcing from around the world is very important to the quality of the oil because of the soil + environment.

dōTERRA is not only the largest + most trusted essential oil company in the world. They’re also the most transparent.


Purity + potency are the two key factors that differentiate dōTERRA from any other oil company.

So many companies are selling essential oils today, because of the attention dōTERRA has brought to the category. However there is no governing body that oversees the essential oil industry, so companies can put whatever they want in the bottles to make it smell a certain way. And not only that, but they can put whatever they want on the label.

This is why you will see ‘100% pure essential oil’ sold at the dollar store or gas station.

dōTERRA oils are pure plant derivatives: containing no pesticides or fillers and have the highest quality testing.

Each oil goes through a total of 54 different quality tests through the 3rd party lab APRC as well as in dōTERRA’s testing lab. This ensures that nothing but the pure plant is in the bottle when it reaches you.


The final test results that you find on Source to You are from our 3rd party testing

lab APRC.

The Aromatic Plant Research Center (APRC) is a state-of-the-art laboratory that utilizes a variety of methods to detect adulteration and confirm the purity of essential oils.

The executive advisory board is internationally renowned for quality control testing and expertise within the essential oil industry. APRC aspires to reimagine the essential oil industry by conducting state-of-the-art quality testing, performing groundbreaking research, producing cutting-edge publications, and creating unparalleled educational materials on essential oils. Their goal is to ensure that their clients have access to the most sophisticated and verified means of testing possible. This process includes compiling existing publications, interviewing experienced producers, conducting field research, gathering raw materials, improving distillation methods, advancing testing capabilities, discovering new chemotypes, developing new therapeutic uses, and so forth.

This is who dōTERRA works with. Research conductors leading the future of essential oils and healthcare.


From the beginning, doTERRA wanted to be more than a business. “There are givers and there are takers,” said David Stirling, doTERRA Founding Executive, CEO. “We wanted doTERRA to be a giver.”

To accomplish that, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® was created—a nonprofit that helps support community development projects in sourcing communities. These kinds of projects include funding for and building schools, health clinics, training facilities, and clean water systems.

The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation also partners with a variety of other organizations to support disaster relief; anti-human trafficking prevention, rescue, and rehabilitation; microloan programs; and feminine hygiene education.

doTERRA generously donates to cover all administrative costs of the foundation so that 100% of all donations go directly to aid. When you partner with the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation, your donation could save a child from human trafficking, repair a home devastated by a natural disaster, or help provide someone with access to healthcare.

Learn more about the Healing Hands Foundation here:


As a leader in the essential oil industry, doTERRA invests in research and testing to remain at the forefront of essential oil science. Through partnerships with research facilities, hospitals, and universities, we’re learning more about the therapeutic potential of essential oils.

“doTERRA’s mission hinges on discovering and developing the world’s most potent and effective essential oils,” said Dr. David Hill, doTERRA Founding Executive, Scientific, and Healthcare Initiatives. “These studies are a demonstration of our leadership in essential oil scientific advances, as well as our commitment to ensuring safe and powerful outcomes for families and individuals using doTERRA essential oils.”


doTERRA is working to change the landscape of healthcare. Collaborating with many of the top universities and independent facilities in the world, doTERRA is at the forefront of essential oil clinical research.

We’re building healthcare clinics that focus on integrative care, utilizing both traditional and holistic medicine.


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This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualied healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.

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