Finally! The first company profile in the Marvy Moms series on essential oils. After interviewing over 20 essential oil companies I have learned soooo much about the incredible world of aromatherapy. I want to learn more and so a couple of weeks ago I started training for aromatherapy certification with Aromahead Institute. A couple of weeks before that I started studying to become a Certified Classical Homeopath at American Academy of Homeopathy and an herbalist at Botanical Medicine Institute. I’m excited to be able to share what I learn as I go along this path of discovery.
In my article, “How to Choose an Essential Oil Brand,” I asked you what company you would like me to cover first. One of the responses was Plant Therapy. They have been making quite a buzz lately since pairing up with essential oil safety expert, Robert Tisserand, and seemed a natural choice for the first company profile.
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Each company profile will have basic information about the company (owner name, number of employees, location, etc…), answers to the same questions I asked each company, an occasional bonus question or two, and my summary thoughts about the company.
Essential Oil Company Profile: Plant Therapy
Owned by: Chris Jones
Person Interviewed: Retha Nesmith (Marketing Manager & Certified Aromatherapist)
Interview Method: Email
Number of Employees: 20
Location: Twin Falls ID
Number of Single Oils Sold: 99
Other Products Sold: Blends (including KidSafe blends), Sets, Roll-ons, Diffusers, Books, Carrier Oils, Blank Inhalers, Packaging (empty bottles for blending), miscellaneous supplies.
- Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
- Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
- Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata)
Other Plant Therapy Oils I Own:
- Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum)
- Clove Bud Organic (Syzygium aromaticum L.)
- Fir Needle (Abies sibirica)
What’s on the bottle:
- Oil name
- Botanical name
- Volume (number of ml)
- Cap label
- UPC code
- Website address
- Mailing address
- 1-800 phone number
- Facebook page URL
- “Caution: possibly skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care consult your physician. For external use.”
- Suggested uses. For instance, Clary Sage says, “Clary Sage Essential Oil is viewed by aromatherapists as an antidepressant, antispasmodic, deodorant, emmenagogue, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, tonic, and uterine. It is well known for providing a euphoric action and for balancing uterine issues.
What’s in the bottle:
In addition to the oils that Plant Therapy sent me for this article, I also bought three additional oils from them. Blue Tansy is said to be a wonderful oil for allergies so I had to try it for myself. After opening and closing the bottle a few times, I started to notice my fingers turning blue, so I’ve put it aside for a little while until I make up an inhaler. (Blue Tansy actually is a blue oil.) I did notice a typo on the blue tansy bottle: the botanical name is listed as Tanacetum annoum rather than Tanacetum annuum, however, it is spelled correctly on their website.
I am no expert (yet), but each of the Plant Therapy oils I received seem to be good quality. Nothing seems off and I have no reason to believe that they aren’t exactly what they say they are. I’d say that Ylang Ylang is my favorite of all the Plant Therapy oils I have so far, and maybe of all essential oils. I think it’s one that people either love or hate, and I love it.
Q: Is Plant Therapy dedicated to supplying essential oils to the aromatherapy practitioner market and educated public?
A: “Plant Therapy was founded with two goals in mind, to provide the highest quality essential oils at a price that more people could afford and to provide the highest quality customer service. We do this a couple of ways. One of those ways is educating our customers. If you follow Plant Therapy you will quickly see that educating our customers is very important to us. We have a blog where we write many educational posts including “Can Essential Oils Be Ingested“, “15 Things You Should Know About Essential Oils“, “What is a Carrier Oil and Why Do I Need It” and many more! We also have a Safe Essential Oil Recipe group on Facebook where our customers (and non-customers) can share their safe recipes.”
Note: Plant Therapy also has a couple of YouTube videos with basic information about the use of essential oils. I hope that they will add more soon! Here’s one with Retha Nesmith, the aromatherapist I interviewed for this article:
Q: Is Plant Therapy on the small size and not a large corporation?
A: “Plant Therapy is not a large corporation. We are not an MLM company which is one of the reasons we can keep the costs of our essential oils down. We have one warehouse located in Twin Falls, ID where we bottle and label all the oils ourselves.”
Q: Is Plant Therapy owned by an aromatherapy practitioner or essential oil specialist?
A: “Plant Therapy’s owner is not an aromatherapist. However, when he started the company, he consulted directly with a certified aromatherapist and naturopathic doctor. We now work directly with a world renowned essential oil expert who does in house testing, a third party laboratory in France who does all of our GC/MS testing and we have two full-time certified aromatherapists on staff to answer any customer questions.”
Q: Do you have relations with your distillers?
A: “We absolutely do. We have been able to come in contact with some of the best and most well known distillers because of our relationship with our expert. We also have been able to personally visit some of the farms and distillers we work with. Because they are located all around the world we have not been able to visit all of them but continue to expand our visits all the time.”
Q: Can Plant Therapy readily supply a batch-specific GC/MS spec report on each essential oil it sells?
A: “We do supply these reports to our customers. We are also in the process up uploading all reports to our website. We have been working on this for quite some time, our website back end has not made it easy, and have just recently uploaded our first report. You can find that here“
Note: Plant Therapy now has GC/MS reports available for 15+ oils. Since there is no stock number or batch number on the bottle, it is unclear as to whether these are batch specific. It is nice, however, that they are making this information available directly from their website.
Q: Is Plant Therapy readily able to provide material safety data sheets (MSDS) as needed?
A: “This is not something we do on a regular basis but we have had a few customers who have wanted these reports and we have provided them.”
Q: Does Plant Therapy have a strong unquestioned noncontroversial reputation in the field?
A: “We are quickly gaining awareness and respect in the essential oil industry. As you can see from our “Can Essential Oils Be Ingested” post, we have worked with a lot of world renowned essential oil experts to provide the highest quality information and education for our customers. We plan on continuing our relationship with these experts.”
Q: Have you been in the field for a number of years and are you well known to other aromatherapy practitioners and/or educators?
A: “Plant Therapy officially started 2.5 years ago. It was originally another small company that was owned by a certified aromatherapist and it carried mostly all natural and organic body care products. She did sell a small line of essential oils. This company was bought by Chris, owner of Plant Therapy, who quickly decided to delve deeper into essential oils with the help of experts. He saw that there was a need for 100% pure, high quality essential oils that were more affordable.”
Q: I see that Robert Tisserand is now involved on a significant level with Plant Therapy. Please tell me about the nature of his involvement and how it impacts what you do at Plant Therapy.
A: “Robert Tisserand is a consultant for Plant Therapy and is acting as our essential oil expert. He consults us during the purchasing of the oils, the testing of the oils, storing of the oils, etc… He is also our safety expert, because who is better :), and created our new KidSafe line synergies and also helps us with the new descriptions we are writing for our website to make sure the information on every oil is correct and the absolute safest advice on usage.”
Q: What makes Plant Therapy different?
A: “From what our customers tells us, Plant Therapy is different for three main reasons:
- Our prices are more affordable.
- Our quality is absolutely top notch because we only sell oils that are 100% pure, free from any additives, adulterants or fillers. We also are providing all GC/MS reports to our customers through our website. We currently have about 15 reports on our website!
- Our customers service goes above and beyond any other companies. We offer free shipping in the United States and we also offer 100% customer satisfaction guaranteed.”
Q: What else would you like to tell me? Is there anything else that you think I should be considering that I haven’t yet?
A: “I think as you look and research more on Plant Therapy, that you will see we truly are a company that cares. We give hundreds of thousands of dollars to charities every year. We get the necessary experts working with us so that we can guarantee the quality of our oils are the absolute highest. We have two full time aromatherapists on staff to answer any and all customer questions. We are in the process of getting two more certified to have a total of 4 full time aromatherapists on staff!! We want our customers to be confident when using essential oils. Not only with why they are using the oil but how to use the oil to not waste any and to be the safest with these precious oils.”
My Impressions of Plant Therapy
Plant Therapy is a newer company that seems to be getting it right. With 20 employees, they are one of the larger companies I interviewed (many have 5 or fewer employees), and they are managing growth well. If you get on their email list, you will receive a weekly sale email with a coupon code to save money. I’ve already done this twice to get some oils I was missing and most recently to get a gallon of fractionated coconut oil.
Here are four ways that Plant Therapy is doing essential oils right:
- I am impressed with their eye toward safety and have found their Safe Essential Oil Recipe group to be extremely helpful. They also have a blog with tons of information, recipes, and tips for using essential oils. They are involved in the social media conversation about essential oils which helps them to see what information people are looking for, and they are responding. The fact that Robert Tisserand, the essential oil safety guru, is consulting for them, demonstrates to me that safety is a top value for this company.
- I love that Plant Therapy has recently released their line of KidSafe oils. Many people initially turn to essential oils because they are looking for natural alternatives to help their children. This is a wonderful thing, but since “Safety First with Essential Oils” is imperative, it can be daunting to find reliable information about which oils are safe or not with kids. Plant Therapy has taken out the guesswork and made it simple to know what to use with their KidSafe blends. Robert Tisserand created each blend for Plant Therapy with kid safety in mind.
- It may seem trivial, but perhaps my favorite thing about Plant Therapy is Free Shipping. This is not the same as 2-day Prime Shipping that you get on Amazon, but it is still FREE shipping. It will get to you faster or slower depending on how close you live to Twin Falls Idaho. Plant Therapy also sells products on Amazon, however, only a few of their products are Prime eligible. They are all still free shipping, but this is not the same as Prime 2-day shipping. Nice if you have an Amazon gift card to use up.
- Plant Therapy seems to be listening to what customers want and just announced that they will soon carry hydrosols. This is exciting news! Hydrosols are the water infused with plant material (including some essential oil) that is a byproduct of the distillation process of making essential oils. They are much gentler than essential oils and safer for use with children. (That will be my next series once I get through essential oils!) This is another indication to me that they are concerned about safety within the practice of aromatherapy.
I highly recommend trying several companies, and if you’re looking for a new supplier of essential oils, Plant Therapy is a great place to start. They don’t have everything (no one does), so you’ll have to try different companies anyway. Sign up to have Marvy Moms updates sent to your inbox to be sure you see all the essential oil company profiles as I post them!
HELP: I’m having trouble deciding what order to post the company profiles (can’t do alphabetical since I already started with Plant Therapy, lol). Please tell me in the comments what company you’d like to see next!
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