Unlike others in the essential oils industry, doTERRA is built on firm science. doTERRA employs more than 30 scientists and boasts 2,200 square feet in cutting-edge laboratory space. doTERRA’s committed scientists continue to push the boundaries of rigor in essential oil testing and they are responsible for breakthroughs in sourcing, evolving models of use, and state-of the-art testing procedures. doTERRA has pushed aromatherapy tradition into the 21st century and remains the unmatched industry leader in innovation.
doTERRA’s state-of-the-art lab uses the most advanced testing methods to verify the purity and potency of its essential oils.
After the aromatic compounds are distilled from the plant material, each batch is scrupulously tested to ensure that it meets CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® standards.
doTERRA developed this rigorous criteria to certify that its oils contain no added fillers, synthetic ingredients, or harmful contaminants. Utilizing its own facilities, as well as trusted third-party labs, doTERRA essential oils undergo the CPTG process to ensure that customers receive the highest quality oil, every time.
The doTERRA mission hinges on discovering and developing the world’s highest quality essential oils, and we stay at the forefront of scientific advances by partnering with selected academic, industry, and scientific institutions.
Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectroscopy (GC/MS) have been touted as the standard for essential oil testing, and while they remain an early indicator of quality, they are not a definitive indicator of quality.
As such, doTERRA has developed a testing sequence that far exceeds the industry standard in both breadth and scope. Each step ensures that only the highest quality essential oils pass through quality control, quality assurance, and on to you and your family.
In this phase, essential oil chemists, manufacturing engineers, and quality technicians manually assess the appearance, aroma, and color of each essential oil.
The specific gravity portion of the testing process compares the volume-to-weight ratio to reference standards to verify oil quality and purity.
During this stage, molecules are separated and identified to ensure that the chemistry of the oil matches the expected chemical profile.
FTIR testing uses infrared light to analyze the material composition of an oil to determine if it meets doTERRA’s established standards.
Optical rotation tests for chirality by measuring the amount of light bend produced by the orientation of the molecules to determine whether the molecular structure complies with the determined standard.
A refractometer is used to determine the essential oil’s refractive index—a measurement of how light spreads through a specific substance—to ensure that the essential oil meets doTERRA’s established standards.
Batches that meet the physical testing criteria are then run through a series of on-site contamination tests by expert microbiologists to confirm that there are no harmful contaminants. The oils are tested for potentially harmful microorganisms, heavy metals, and pesticides to certify safe use when proper usage guidelines are followed.
doTERRA also conducts on-going stability testing to ensure that essential oils will maintain their purity and efficacy for the length of their intended use. In this series of tests, chambers that alter temperature and humidity are used to analyze how essential oils react when exposed to different atmospheric conditions for extended periods of time. This testing protocol ensures that doTERRA essential oils will continue to provide safe and effective benefits for years.
We are the trusted source for research development and authentication of essential oils.
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. Our executive advisory board is internationally renowned for quality control testing and expertise within the essential oil industry.
Along with an impressive staff that oversees the day-to-day testing and chemical processes for doTERRA essential oils, doTERRA has assembled the industry’s most distinguished group of advisors.
Our unrivaled scientific experts and advisors include the world’s foremost authorities in essential oil chemistry, botany, microbiology, physiology, research science, nutritional science, and nutraceuticals.
Dr. David Hill, D.C
Founding Executive, Chief Medical Officer / Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee
For many years Dr. David Hill, D.C. has utilized the benefits of essential oils in modern health practices, and as a physician he is a well-known expert in essential oils and integrative medicine. Dr. Hill partners with physicians and hospitals around the world defining and establishing the medical integration and use of essential oils in modern health practices. He fosters education and advances in essential oil science through a number of university and research affiliations providing cutting edge science for essential oil users. He is a frequent guest on many radio and television shows and has authored a number of books and other publications. Dr. Hill stands at the head of a new era dedicated to empowering others to take control of their own health.
Research and Development, Director
Ryan oversees the research and product development activities for dōTERRA. He has over 30 years of experience in the nutritional supplement industry including product formulation, material sciences, manufacturing processes, quality assurance procedures, product stability testing, and regulatory compliance practices. He is passionate about innovation and designing the most effective products available through implementing new materials research and manufacturing technologies. Ryan has been an advocate for continuous improvement throughout his career and enjoys leading his teams to new discoveries and to more efficient and effective procedures. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Brigham Young University.
Cody Beaumont, Ph.D.
Director of Analytical Services and Quality Control
Dr. Beaumont oversees all analytical laboratory testing and Quality Control activities for doTERRA. He has over 15 years of analytical experience including method development, validation, stability programs, analytical and laboratory process improvements. Dr. Beaumont has extensive experience designing and building high quality analytical laboratories, and managing day to day analytical needs. Dr. Beaumont holds a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, has published research on essentials and holds memberships in American Chemical Society (ACS) and Association of Official Analytical Chemists (AOAC).
Quality Assurance, Director
Alexandrea Paul obtained her MA and MPhil degrees in ecology and environmental and evolutionary Biology from Columbia University, New York with a focus on medicinal plants used in Haiti. She received her undergraduate BS degree in zoology from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT and her Masters in Botany on the medicinal uses of citrus from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Alexandrea has over 20 years of dietary supplement experience. Her previous experience was the head of quality in a direct selling environment as the quality director at MonaVie and Neways and as the head of quality in manufacturing environment as quality director at NuStar and Kelatron. Alexandrea’s family is originally from Haiti; she grew up in New York, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Nassau, Bahamas, Miami, FL and London, UK.
Managing Scientist, Personal Care
Ryan Roberts oversees the personal care and household research and development team. He has worked for several well-known companies developing personal care and household formulations for almost a decade. He enjoys the combination of science, art, and social responsibility that is required when developing new formulations. Ryan received his bachelor degree from Brigham Young University. While studying physiology and chemistry at BYU he gained a great appreciation for how the body functions and how it can be affected by external influences. Ryan has continued his education of personal care product development by being an active member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and served as the Chair for the local chapter.
Nicole Stevens, M.S.
Research and Development Scientist
Nicole Stevens has been conducting research with essential oils for more than 20 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Writing and a Master’s degree in Botany and Integrative Biology from Brigham Young University. Nicole has worked in quality control laboratories in the nutraceutical industry as well as academic research laboratories at the University of Utah and the University of Nevada Las Vegas Cancer Research Institute. In addition to research, she has taught courses in chemistry and biochemistry at Brigham Young University – Idaho and University of Nevada Las Vegas. Nicole is dedicated to advancing our understanding of essential oils through research and education. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Miami, studying how essential oils affect human metabolic pathways.
Alex M. DaBell, M.S.
Managing Scientist, Nutraceuticals
For more than a decade, Alex DaBell has developed some of the highest quality nutraceuticals available. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Physiology and Developmental Biology from Brigham Young University. Alex loves researching how to pair the unique benefits of essential oils with other traditional nutritional ingredients to create superior nutraceuticals. He enjoys the excitement and challenge required to develop innovative and efficacious products and values the partnership of dozens of professionals around the world to bring new concepts to market.
Alex, his wife Lisa, and their four children enjoy the outdoors, making beautiful music, and trying out new recipes.
Jeff Dorsett, MSHS
Managing Scientist, Claims & Safety
With an advanced degree in Health Science and 15 years of dietary supplement industry experience in research and product development, Jeff and his team work closely with the other scientists, to ensure the safety and efficacy of all dōTERRA products. His knowledge of the dietary supplement industry is comprehensive and current. He is highly skilled in literature reviews, evaluating scientific research for product development and claims substantiation, and is well versed in the regulations that govern the food and dietary supplement industries. His unique experience and skillset allows him to successfully combine science with regulatory compliance.
Senior Research and Development Scientist
Thao has a love of science as demonstrated through her work on Personal Care and Household products for over eighteen years. Prior to joining doTERRA, she has been instrumental in creating world class products for Arbonne, Nu Skin, Neways, Dr. Perricone, Pfizer, Procyte, Pharmacia Upjohn and many more at Sorenco Laboratories. Her experience in working as an Analytical Chemist at Weider Nutrition International for over eight years gave her key insights into cosmetic product formulation. She is passionate about making the best product using the most innovative, safe ingredients and enjoys seeing the satisfaction from Wellness Advocates eyes after testing doTERRA products. Thao earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Utah in 1999.
Damian Rodriguez, DHSc, M.S.
Health and Exercise Scientist
Dr. Damian Rodriguez is the health and exercise scientist for doTERRA International, LLC. He holds a doctorate in health science, a master’s degree in exercise physiology, and countless professional certifications in exercise and nutrition. He has spent most of his life researching nutrition, exercise, and the lifestyle behaviors associated with optimal health. Along with his passion for health, as someone who lives with Asperger’s Syndrome, he is also involved in bringing awareness to autism spectrum disorders by serving as a mentor, as well as speaking and writing about his experiences being a husband and father with an autism spectrum disorder.
Brian Lawrence, Ph.D.
Dr. Brian M. Lawrence was born in London, England, where he eventually worked both as a technician and as a chromatography lab manager in the pharmaceutical industry while earning a degree in Chemistry. In 1960, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study chemistry in Chicago where he also worked at different labs before leaving his university studies to return to the industry. He later obtained his doctorate in pharmacognosy at the State University in Groningen, the Netherlands while working full time in Canada. Dr. Lawrence served as a researcher and the director of research and development until he retired in 2003. He then started a consultancy business which continues to this day. He has published in excess of 80 original articles and reports and has been the scientific editor and natural products editor of the Perfumer and Flavorist for over 30 years. Dr. Lawrence has also published 13 books and 18 book chapters on essential oils as well as acting as senior editor for the proceedings of the 10th International Congress of Essential Oils, Flavors, and Fragrances. In 1989, he founded the Journal of Essential Oil Research and was editor-in-chief until January 2010. He remains on the JEOR editorial board.
Aaron Sorensen, MS
Aaron Sorensen is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Miami. He received undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Material Engineering from the University of Utah and went on to receive a Master’s of Science from Colorado Tech. Aaron has spent over a decade managing teams focused on Quality Assurance and R&D in the dental, cosmetic, food and dietary supplement, and essential oil industries. Recently Aaron has concentrated his studies and efforts in essential oil sourcing and purity testing, building relationships with more than 50 producers worldwide through on-the-ground development in over 25 countries.
Prabodh Satyal, Ph.D
Dr. Prabodh Satyal is originally from Nepal where he worked as a lecturer in organic chemistry at Kathmandu University. He moved to the United States to pursue research in essential oils at the University of Alabama, where he received his MS and Ph.D. in essential oil research. He has studied the chemical composition of more than 10,000 essential oils from various parts of the world, has published more than 100 research articles in peer reviewed journals, and is also an editorial member of several journals. Prabodh has a special interest in essential oil adulteration detection using marker based analysis and has created the only known mass spectral library of synthetic markers. He has played a significant role in establishing several essential oil databases and has spoken at ten reputable international conferences. He is currently developing the first ever fully automated adulteration analysis software for GCMS that will identify the percentage of purity, origin, and mixed sources in essential oils.
Anjanette DeCarlo, Ph.D
Dr. Anjanette DeCarlo is currently the Director of the Conserve the Cal Madow initiative and a Research Scholar at the REDSEA Cultural Foundation and the University of Vermont’s Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security. She received her doctorate in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Vermont and has worked on environmental projects all around the world, some of which include Somaliland, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Peru, Cuba, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Previously, Dr. DeCarlo was the Program Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. She also worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council and UN UNSO Office in New York City. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of Somaliland Biodiversity Foundation and National Parks Conservation Association. Recently, Dr. DeCarlo’s work on frankincense was highlighted on CNN Inside Africa.
William Setzer, Ph.D
Will Setzer was born in Los Angeles, California. He received the B.S. degree in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California, in 1973, and the Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 1981 under the direction of Professor Richard S. Glass. He was a Postdoctoral Associate in the laboratory of Wesley G. Bentrude at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, with Prof. Dr. Paul von Ragué Schleyer. Will started his academic career at the University of Alabama in Huntsville as Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry in 1985. He rose through the ranks to Professor and Chair of the Chemistry Department, and he is currently Professor Emeritus. Although he has always had a casual interest in plants, ethnobotany, and herbal medicines, Will’s research in natural products started in 1990 after a trip to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve in Costa Rica. In addition to Costa Rica, Will’s bioprospecting trips have taken him and his students to north Queensland, Australia, and the Bahamas, and he has formed several fruitful collaborations with groups in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Cuba, Brazil, the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Africa. His research interests are in natural products drug discovery, essential oils, chemical ecology, and molecular modeling.
Noura Dosoky, Ph.D
Dr. Noura Dosoky is a member of the APRC executive board. Her focus is on natural product drug discovery (medicinal chemistry). She holds a BS with honors in Biological Sciences (Botany) and MS in Phytochemistry, both from Suez Canal University. In 2015, she was awarded a Ph.D. degree in Biotechnology Science and Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine-Vanderbilt University from 2016 until she joined APRC in 2018. Dr. Dosoky published over 50 research articles in peer reviewed journals on composition and bioactivity of essential oils from wild plants, drug discovery from non-volatile plant components, drug discovery using nanotechnology, and lipid analysis using LCMS. She is currently working on the isolation and identification of bioactive compounds from natural sources.
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