Out of Stock Oils. Oh my.
Yes, the out of stock oils situation has made many an even-tempered person want to pull their hair out. Believe me, I totally get it! There are oils that I use regularly that I have not been able to buy for some time.
It is frustrating. I really understand.
But, I want to pose some thoughts that might help us to explain and to understand what a GIFT we have in Young Living. To be truthful, even though I cannot currently get any oil or blend I want on demand, this out of stock issue has shown me several truths about the essential oil industry and has cemented my belief that I’ll be a loyal Young Living user as long as they keep up their quality commitment.
So what can out of stock oils show?
Young Living has grown at an exponential rate, particularly in 2014. The growth has become so rapid that many oils have been out of stock intermittently, and one oil, Valor, has been out of stock (except for in the Premium Starter Kit) for pretty much the whole year.
Now, I’ll be honest, that bums me out because Valor is a daily use oil for me. I’ve had to ration it out, but thankfully I had done a bulk buy right before it became scarce and I have had enough to get me through so far.
Now why has Valor been out of stock (apart from the starter kits) for so long? This blend includes an essential oil called Black Spruce (Picea mariana).
At some point in of 2013 the growth of demand began to outpace the available supply of Young Living quality spruce, both from our own sources and on the open market. It became impossible for Young Living to buy enough black spruce to keep up with the amount needed to produce all the highly coveted blends that use it.
When you’re dealing with a botanical product from a tree that has to grow for YEARS before you can use it for oil distillation, you can’t just turn around and instantly ramp up your production capacity when you have an unexpected surge in demand.
Real oils, and the plants they come from, take time to grow. Sometimes a long time. Other oils have to be harvested and distilled at a specific time of year and under specific weather conditions to be viable. If the supply from the previous year is exhausted before the next year’s harvest time, well, you just have to wait!
In fact, according to the sources who shared with us this past summer at convention, there were opportunities to buy large lots of spruce oil from a brokered source early in 2014 that would have allowed Young Living to bring back some of the popular blends that were out of stock due. Unfortunately, the spruce oil didn’t meet Young Living’s purity and botanical composition standards, and so they rejected it.
They rejected it. In the face of overwhelming demand, and restless oil users wanting their favorites back.
The seller of the oil, after not being able to sell it to Young Living, then went and sold it to another essential oil company, who then turned around and sold it to their customers. An oil that Young Living rejected for quality was sold by a competitor. Yeah.
But other companies have those out of stock oils in stock!
Yes, they do! But have you stopped to consider why?