Young Living Essential Oils (YLEO) came into my family's life in July of 2014 and life has never been better for us! I'm proud to say that I got to participate in the Young Living Silver Retreat in Salt Lake City, Utah this month! It was an incredible experience and I now have some brand new oily Silver friends to bounce ideas off.
Our family's first mission was to carefully read the labels on the products we used every day. If they were on THE NEVER LIST...out they went
THE NEVER LIST:
Benzalkonium chloride: a disinfectant used as a preservative and surfactant associated with severe skin, eye, and respiratory irritation and allergies. Found in: sunscreens, moisturizers.
BHA and BHT: synthetic antioxidants used to extend shelf life. They are likely carcinogens and hormone disruptors and may cause liver damage. Found in: lipsticks, moisturizers, diaper creams, and other cosmetics.
Coal tar hair dyes and other coal tar ingredients: a byproduct of coal processing that is a known carcinogen. It is used as a colorant and an anti-dandruff agent. Found in: hair dye, shampoo.
Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA): a chelating (binding) agent added to cosmetics to improve stability. May be toxic to organs. Found in: hair color, moisturizers.
Ethanolamines (MEA/DEA/TEA): surfactants and pH adjuster linked to allergies, skin toxicity, hormone disruption, and inhibited fetal brain development. Found in: hair dyes, mascara, foundation, fragrances, sunscreens, dry cleaning solvents, paint, pharmaceuticals.
Formaldehyde: used as a preservative in cosmetics. A known carcinogen that is also linked to asthma, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity. Present where quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol (Bronopol), and several other preservatives are listed. Found in: shampoo, body wash, bubble bath.
Hydroquinone: a skin-lightening chemical that inhibits the production of melanin and is linked to cancer, organ toxicity, and skin irritation. Found in: skin-lightening creams.
Methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone: chemical preservatives that are among the most common irritants, sensitizers, and causes of contact skin allergies. Found in: shampoo, conditioner, body wash.
Oxybenzone: sunscreen agent and ultraviolet light absorber linked to irritation, sensitization and allergies, and possible hormone disruption. Found in: sunscreen, moisturizer.
Parabens (methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl- and others): a class of preservatives commonly used to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Parabens are endocrine (or hormone) disruptors, which may alter important hormone mechanisms in our bodies. Found in: shampoo, face cleanser, body wash, body lotion, foundation.
Phthalates (DBP, DEHP, DEP and others): a class of plasticizing chemicals used to make products more pliable or to make fragrances stick to skin. Phthalates disrupt the endocrine system and may cause birth defects. Found in: synthetic fragrance, nail polish, hairspray, and plastic materials.
Polyethylene glycol (PEG compounds): PEGs are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. Depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which are both carcinogens. Found in: creams, sunscreen, shampoo.
Retinyl palmitate and Retinol (Vitamin A): a nutrient that may damage DNA and speed the growth of skin tumors when used topically. Found in: moisturizer, anti-aging skincare.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES): SLS and SLES are surfactants that can cause skin irritation or trigger allergies. SLES is often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a byproduct of a petrochemical process called ethoxylation, which is used to process other chemicals in order to make them less harsh. Found in: shampoo, body wash, bubble bath.
Synthetic flavor or fragrance: an engineered scent or flavoring agent that may contain any combination of 3,000-plus stock chemical ingredients, including hormone disruptors and allergens. Fragrance formulas are protected under federal law’s classification of trade secrets and therefore can remain undisclosed. Found in: all types of cosmetics.
Toluene: a volatile petrochemical solvent that is toxic to the immune system and can cause birth defects. Found in: nail polish.
Triclosan and Triclocarban: antimicrobial pesticides toxic to the aquatic environment; may also impact human reproductive systems. Found in: liquid soap, soap bars, toothpaste.
We replaced our plug in and spray air fresheners with Young Living Diffusers and Glass Spray Bottles of delightful Young Living Essential Oils such as Lemon, Thieves, Purification, Orange, Joy.... Initially it cost more to purchase the oils, but we only need a few drops in tap water and they last for a very long time. We quickly realized we were saving money (and our health) by using oils instead of harmful chemicals.
Instead of using commercial sprinkle-on carpet cleaners which are laden with toxins, we now use baking soda infused with essential oils to clean the carpets.
Every day toiletries such as toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoos and conditioners, shower gel, hand soap, lotions, deodorant and shave cream were replaced by a variety of Young Living products. Much has been in the news lately about talc found in baby powder and shower powers. We now use Arrowroot Powder (Amazon has been a great resource) infused with YLEOs such as Lavender, Geranium, Jasmine, Cedarwood, etc. A new product was introduced in April and we love it! Coconut Lime Body Butter is so silky smooth and smells so good!
Two dangerous product on the market are baby wipes and wipes to clean counter tops. An inexpensive and simple solution is paper towels, water and YLEO. Mild oils such as Geranium, Lavender, Gentle Baby make perfect wipes for babies or anyone who wants gentle cleaning on their bum or other areas that may need cleaning and freshening. For countertops Lemon, Thieves, Clove, Purification and many others are perfect and healthy alternatives.
All of the toxic cleaning products we had under the sink went away and we now use Thieves Household Cleaner, baking soda, vinegar, spray bottles filled with water and lemon to clean virtually everything.
Our hand soaps that we'd been faithful to for years (with their toxic SLS and Fragrance ingredients) are gone! We now use Young Living Thieves Foaming Hand Soap, Lavender Foaming Hand Soap and sometimes for a change we make up our own recipes using Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Cedarwood or other healthful oil.
In addition to spending time and money in the toiletry section of Target, drug stores and the grocery store, we used to buy in the Over-the-Counter (OTC) aisles. Not any more! No more antacids, vitamins, supplements from there any more. Young Living has a whole line of personal care, natural cleaning and natural protection products that we trust to be chemical free and we can use with confidence. I believe in Young Living Essential Oils and products with all my heart!
How about trying these Fall Diffuser Blends!!
Here is what is currently in one of our diffusers!