Rocky Mountain (Essential) Oils (RMO) are household name for essential oil lovers. They are one of the larger, more well established brands in the industry. The market for essential oils is as vast and diverse as those who enjoy them, so it’s no surprise that some brands have obtained a reputation - some for better, some for worse. Brands like DoTerra and Young Living are notorious for some questionable past business practices that have left consumers skeptical of larger brands, especially MLM. You can read more about our thoughts on that here. Even thought RMO is not an MLM company, as a large brand, some people are naturally skeptical of their products. While it’s always important to be a skeptical consumer, we wanted to look for ourselves at how RMO compares. When we evaluate a brand, we look for quality and transparency. Here’s how RMO stacked up.
While Rocky Mountain produces individual/isolate oils that are good quality, and well priced, they also dabble in creating some very well-crafted blends of oils. Top of our list is Tranqulity - a calming citrus focused blend. With orange, tangerine, lime and citronella at the core of this blend with a earthy, herbal accent of chamomile, patchouli and ylang ylang, this is a great diffusing blend. Bright and citrusy to invigorate but also to soothe nerves and produce a calm and serene environment.
Another one of our favourite offerings from Rocky Mountain Oils is their Attention Assist blend. This is a beautifully mixed blend of foresty, earthy oils that promotes both calm and focus. If you've ever noticed that immense sense of grounding and focus you get from walking through the forest, this is the same feeling that this woodsy blend promotes. Cedarwood, lavender, vetiver and frankincense shine bright in this favourite of ours.
If you've never heard of Copaiba, it's an impressively medicinal and therapeutic plant with uses that trace back many years in traditional medicine. It has many benefits, including being anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal which makes it great for diffusing and for use in skin topicals. Harvested from the trunks of an entire genus of trees, Copaifera, we've found Rocky Mountain to produce the highest quality of Copaiba oil we can find. On top of all the therapeutic benefits, it lends itself to blending or diffusing with its mild, woodsy aroma.
We all know that the purity of an essential oil is key to its quality. It is a huge part of what separates high end oils from cheap ones. The testing and quality assurance involved in producing the purest oils is extensive, which is one reason you see such a large discrepancy between prices on the market.
When an essential oil is pure, that means it contains only the oils from the botanical from which it was extracted, without synthetics or adulterants. This is important because the therapeutic benefits of an oil come from the botanical, not a synthetic chemical. In other words, the less pure an oil is, the less effective it is likely to be. What’s more, impure oils also don’t have the same aroma, often having chemically or “fake” scents.
In order to get pure oils, Rocky Mountain Oils (RMO) practices top quality procedures and testing. They're unique in that for such a large company, they actually buy their oils in bulk from their list of trusted manufacturers.
These suppliers use primarily a few different methods of extraction. steam distillation is usually used for plant materials like leaves, flowers and roots. It a way of extracting the essential oils naturally, without the use of chemicals or synthetics. It is also a method that can gently extract the oil in delicate plant parts such as pedals. Cold press is the method used for most citrus fruits. Cold press also does not use any chemicals or synthetics, and is the best way to preserve the aromatics of the fruit.
Rocky Mountain Oils assures and promises their oils are 100% pure, free of adulterants, and even include a 90-day no hassle satisfaction guarantee. We've never had any issues with their products, but it's nice to know they stand behind the oils they're putting out.
RMO’s own quality assurance is given by the acronym S.A.A.F.E. It stands for Satisfaction Guaranteed, Authentic, Analysis, Free of adulterants, Effective and pure. By carefully sourcing, sampling and testing their products, RMO ensures the highest quality essential oils. They are committed to retaining their quality at all times, unlike some companies that will harvest plants early or skip certain tests, or even add synthetic chemicals to their products when demand for oils grows. RMO is dedicated to honest production and high quality oil.
Testing products is important for any company, regardless of the quality of their sourcing. Even well sourced and extracted oils can contain contaminants. RMO conducts a variety of both in house and third party testing to guarantee their oils are pure and free of adulterants.
RMO always samples their products first, rejecting batches off the bat if they find any diluents, synthetics or other impurities.
They conduct third party GC/MS testing before accepting any batch. Only once the test is passed do they order in bulk from the same batch.
You can actually see the GC/MS reports for yourself on their website. Just input the . batch number of your oils and it generates the report for you to see for yourself.
After order a batch of oils, the batch is once again sent to a third party for GC/MS testing to confirm it is the same batch. RMO then conducts in house quality control testing including organoleptic testing and RI (Refractive Index). These tests further confirm the purity and quality of the oil. For their organic oils, RMO conducts third party testing for pesticides.
One area in which RMO has its competitors beat is with its packaging. RMO is currently switching to using 100% recycled materials for all of their packaging. They have also started the industry’s first bottle recycling program. They will help you track down your nearest glass recycling center, and you can even send them used essential oils bottles from any brand which they will recycle for you. That’s huge plus from the environmental perspective!
How a company labels their products is something we like to take a look at. While it’s not the be all end all of reflecting the quality of a brand’s product, the more information the better! An informative label can reflect more transparency from a company, but can also simply serve as a useful resource for users.
Overall, RMO’s labels are good. Some of their essential oils are okay for topical use, and you’ll see the mark right on the label. It also lists ingredients and suggested dosages. On their website you’ll get even more information, such as the extraction method, testing results, and even a list of suggested blends. This is especially great if you like to make your own blends.
We love a company that offers good variety on their products. The more selection the better, especially when it comes to quality oils. RMO offers a huge variety, with 77 different singles and 60 blends. They also list the intended benefits of their singles and blends on the website, so you can narrow down your choices by benefit or by aroma.
RMO also offers constituent oils, which means they were made from organically grown or wild grown plants. These are different from certified organic oils, which endure a much more stringent set of testing and auditing the requires everything from the source to the materials used in production to be organic. RMO does have 6 essential oils that are offered as USDA certified organic: Tea Tree, Peppermint, Orange, Lemon, Lavender, Frankincense (Serrata), and they’ll offer more in the future. You can find the certified organic label on the applicable bottles.
RMO also offers starter great, which are a great way to buy in bulk. They have options for both singles and blend starter kits. If you love this brand, or simply like to make the most of your order and buy more than one type of oil, the kits are great place to start.
RMO is one of the older, more established essential oil brands on the market. Despite many people being skeptical of larger brands, RMO is a good example of why that’s not always necessary. Between their commitment to pure, high quality oils and their huge selection, RMO are some of the best out there. We especially like their recycling program, which is something we hope becomes a trend in the industry.
Rocky Mountain Oils makes some incredible , but they unfortunately don't sell single/isolate oils. And, because they are a premium brand, the price point may be a little higher for some. If you want to check out some other companies we recommend, check out this guide to the safest, most trusted essential oil companies to find the right product for you!