Essential Oils – Review from a Skeptic


Hello everyone! 

Today’s post is all about essential oils and my experience with them. I was recently offered a free sample by ApotheKayla who recently wrote a guest post on my blog that you can click here to read. I’ve read that people feel calmer, more relaxed, even more energized with the use of oils. There seems to be an oil for everything but as a science girl, I decided the only way to know for sure was to test them out myself.

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How They Look

Kayla sent me the oils in small labelled vials with a tube extending from the inside of the lid, I’m assuming to use as an applicator. One oil was a pretty blue colour (labelled “Balance”) and the other is pale yellow (labelled “Serenity”). Kayla wrote in her note that the blue oil was that colour because it contains blue tansy.

How They Smell

To be honest, I’m not sure I like the smell. When I opened the bottles and smelled the oils right from the vial it was very overpowering and too strong. I started to cough, actually. But I put a little bit from each vial onto different wrists and smelled them that way. It was MUCH better to smell them in a less concentrated version. I definitely do not recommend taking a whiff of the vial/bottle or whatever yours come in.

After a while, I got used to the smell but they just aren’t the type of scents that I like. I go back and forth between liking them and finding it too overpowering. I know that I’ve only tried two scents of literally hundreds of different oils so I won’t use this as part of my review but I would suggest trying to find a scent you like that will help with whatever you’re using it for.

What They Do


According to Kayla, “Balance” is supposed to help me feel grounded, calm, and centred. You apply it to the wrists, neck and chest, then you’ll supposedly have positive vibes for the day. I did this for five days in a row to test it out and didn’t notice much of a difference in my mood overall but I noticed at times when I was stressed that it didn’t seem like such a big deal where normally I might get upset or start hyper-organizing myself so this type of thing didn’t happen again.

I also noticed I ate more when I was using this oil. For me, this is a good thing because I sometimes forget to stop and eat or I feel stressed and start avoiding food. As many of you know, I’ve had multiple eating disorders over the years and even after recovery I still have some issues with food. So this was a nice side-effect. I ate whatever I wanted and didn’t feel guilty about it. Now if you’re trying to lose weight, don’t be scared. It just made meals easier for me and if I felt like snacking I didn’t list reasons not to, I simply just ate a portion of what I was craving.


The other vial, “Serenity,” is supposed to help with sleeplessness or high anxiety. You can apply it to the neck area before you go to sleep and it will help you drift off or apply during an anxiety attack and it will help you calm down. I used to have anxiety but don’t really get it that often anymore. So I cannot review the anxiety-relief aspect of this oil as it doesn’t apply to me. The sleep part, however, was interesting. I personally didn’t find the oil helpful as the smell would often be too much and I had to wipe it off (even using just tiny amounts).

However, the ritual aspect was nice…if that makes sense. What I’m trying to say is that having a ritual at nighttime such as applying essential oils, can be a great way to feel like you’re doing something good for yourself. It feels luxurious to apply oils before bed. I would definitely try this again but with a less scented oil. I don’t really have sensitivities to scents in products, it was just that I didn’t like the smell in this particular oil.

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Final Thoughts

Okay, so I went into this with a lot of skepticism. I find that oils themselves weren’t really what was nice about them. It was applying them that was the nice part. It was like a safety net to carry around a vial of oil in my purse just in case I had a panic attack. And it was nice that I could eat meals without feeling guilty. It’s hard to tell if any of this is placebo or the oils but either way, I’m going to try oils again in the future, but definitely with different scents. These ones were too perfumy and strong for my taste but I know that a lot of people enjoy that type of smell.

So this isn’t a glowing review and I actually feel bad about it because Kayla is so sweet and I really wanted to like the oils. But I tried them and found them only mildly-effective so I don’t think it’s fair of me to sing their praises when I’m not even positive that they helped me. I’ve always promised honest reviews on my blog and I will keep that promise. That said, everyone is different. I know that many people find oils useful in their everyday lives or as part of a self-care routine. I would recommend trying them out for yourself. If you want to check out Kayla’s store and website you can click here.

If you’ve tried essential oils before let me know your experience in the comments!


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