Spice Islands is the only brand I use. I've learned over time that you should never skimp on the seasonings because you'll be able to taste the different in your meals! This is perfect when making soups, sauces, or even a simple pot roast.
I use Spice Island brand for spices as often as possible. I like the bay leaves. I throw some into the crock pot for my roast french dip recipe (including Bragg's aminos, garlic, rosemary, thyme and whole peppercorns). It's delicious!!!