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Young Living Vitality vs Regular Oil: A Difference Worth Noting

When I first started using oils close to 15 years ago, I was introduced early on to the Young Living (YL) brand when it was explained to me that not all oils can be used in similar manners- and to pay close attention to their labels. At the time, the YL brand was one of the few companies supplying their source and specific oil use- and as a new user appreciated the directions each bottle came with.

In 2016, they launched a new labeling process to simplify specific oil use and provide a transparency many other companies may not provide. This label design defined their Vitality line of oils, which initially had long time YL users wonder what, exactly, was the difference between Young Living Vitality vs regular oils? We also ask ourself the question; why are vitality oils cheaper?

Young Living Vitality and Regular Oil Comparison

​Young Living Vitality Oils

​​Young Living Regular Oils

  • Labeled for ingestion
  • Can also be diffused and applied topically
  • Found in many nutritional products
  • For diffusion and topical application
  • Many specialized blends available
  • Many other products use these for health and wellness
  • Highly concentrated: a little goes a long way

  • ​Not FDA labeled for ingestion
  • Misuse through lack of information is common
  • Skin sensitivities can occur

Essential Oil Usage

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If you are a regular user of essential oils and essential oil blends, then you most likely have done a bit of research into the healthy and proper use of the products no matter which company you purchase through. As the use of essential oil has become more popular in the last decade, there has been an increase in responsible suppliers and labeling details. Briefly, essential oils can be taken internally, diffused, or applied topically. However, not all oils can be used in all three ways, and not all oil is packaged to be used in such a manner.

Therefore, it falls on the consumer’s shoulders to be responsible for their purchases and use, and approach the use of various EO products as a student to avoid unwanted side effects. But with all the many companies and various oils that have increasingly flooded the market, it can become difficult to separate quality from mediocre sources for proper oil use. Young Living has addressed this problem through the use of their labeling system. With the introduction of the Vitality line, there no longer is any question of which oils are safe for consumption.

Young Living Essential Oils

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YL oils were first founded in 1993 when the Young family began their own organic herb garden and oil distillation processing. Through the years, the company has grown to include farms across 5 continents that supply specific plant oils to be bottled as 100% pure and unmixed with carriers.

Their holistic approach to oil use has led to many partnerships to help raise awareness in the health and medical communities, including work with both the scientific and veterinary advisory council. Young Living’s Seed to Seal Process was a groundbreaking development in the EO world as it preserves the development of the product from planting to bottling to ensure customers of the quality of the product they are receiving.

Categories of Oils

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Currently, the company has 80 single oils made specifically for topical applications and diffusion. They also have 82 unique blends, various seasonal and holiday releases, and many other products influenced by their use of oil to promote overall health and well-being. Basically, their regular oil categories can be broken down into singles, blends, massage, and collections. These are influential upon a variety of other products the company offers.


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The uses of these oils are long and varied. Most popular with consumers is the scents they lend to a home, workspace, or even while driving. Many oils (but not all) can be diffused for a set amount of times to help elevate mood, retrain focus, and bring a sense of calm to the environment. There are many, many more uses as well that require research prior to purchasing for both uses, and also personal preference as the oils have a strong scent and may not be pleasant to all who use them.

Topical oils can be used alone, or in carrier oils- such as grapeseed, coconut, or almond oil (to name a few) – to help influence healing, promote blood circulation, and improve skin texture. These are limited examples as well, as some oils even claim to help loosen muscle tension or reduce scarring. Again, their use and scents are best researched in advance to help guide users to what they most need and will enjoy.

Products influenced and made by Young Living regular oils include cleaning solutions, lotions, makeups, soaps and moisturizers, deodorants, and anything else you can think of for personal hygiene.  Certain oils and oil-infused products are also focused on their uses with children and pets.

Young Living Vitality Oils

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So what, exactly, is the difference between their original single oil and oil blends and the Vitality category? The bottom line is- nothing. The Federal Department of Agriculture, or FDA, requires that ingestible products be labeled separately from other uses. Meaning that a product cannot have the same barcode for both topical and ingestible uses. In order to meet these regulations, ingestible oils must be packaged differently.

At first, this may seem a bit of an inconvenience, but in embracing this requirement, Young Living has been able to better highlight their specific oils for both dietary and culinary experiences. Many times oils were overlooked in these uses or even misused- which could have severe side effects. By specifically labling their ingestible oils, people can better understand their benefits and take advantage of them in the way they can be used.

Categories of Oils

Can the Vitality line be used for topical and aromatic situations? Sure they can if they are also an oil that can be safely used for these purposes! If you are unsure of the full range of an oil’s use, you can always cross reference it on the company website. The Vitality oils are broken into 4 specific subcategories and currently include 43 different oils: Herb, Spice, Citrus, and Supplement to help users determine how they will use each for their overall wellness or cooking masterpieces.


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Obviously, Vitality oils are safe for internal use, but you should always be aware of your own sensitivities or allergies to these products- especially since they are highly concentrated. The Herb, spice, and citrus choices are excellent in cooking, drinks, and for flavor additions. The ability to keep and store oils can be quite convenient as well since it negates the need to have certain fresh produce on hand, such as lemon, and allows you to take advantage of spices and herbs that may be out of season and more difficult, or expensive to find.

The supplement line is specific to aiding in health issues, such as indigestion. These can be taken orally with a carrier oil or used in a pill if preferred. As with introducing any new health regime to your diet, you should always consult with a healthcare provider before use. Most of these oils are the ones found in their nutritional line as well. These drinks, snacks, weight management, cleansing, and body wellness choices are all influenced by natural oil products.


Hopefully, this article has helped clear up any confusions between Young Living’s oil categories. Vitality vs Regular Oils category definitions are simply a way to determine which oils are safe for consumption since not all are. Vitality oils are the same as their regular counterpart, down to the farm they are sourced from, and how they are bottled.  Although many of the Vitality oils can also be used in various manners rather than for diet, it is suggested not to use any of the regular oils as a digestible choice unless you are certain of how it cross-references which may also be the answer to the question ‘why are vitality oils cheaper’?.

If you have any further questions, comments or need some clarification, or suggestions for oil use, we’d love to hear from you below. Similarly, let us know what your favorite Vitality uses are, and as always, please share!

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