What's In Your Makeup?

What's In Your Makeup?

So I've been doing a little researching lately.  And as it turns out, this is probably a good thing.

You see, I have worn hardly any makeup since high school because my face would always break out whenever I did. I never really gave much thought to it, to be honest. "I just have sensitive skin," I would tell myself.

But, do you know what? It's not just that. 

There are TONS of ingredients in our products here in the United States that have been completely outlawed in countries across the globe! Why? Because they are so toxic to our bodies. As it turns out, it was a blessing in disguise that my body grabbed my attention so that I chose to forego most makeup for so many years. My body was actually helping me stay healthy!

Under our current federal law, makers of cosmetic products are not legally required to test the safety of their products. In some cases, the harmful ingredients are listed without any warning of potential side effects. In others, they are left out entirely and fall under the guise of "fragrance", which is another unregulated term. In addition to that, labels like "natural", "organic", and "herbal" have no legal requirements when it comes to cosmetic products.

Because our skin is our largest organ, and because it readily absorbs most anything we put on it, this spells bad news for consumers. We are absorbing all the products we put on our skin, and in the case of lipstick/lipgloss, we are literally eating it. Many of the ingredients in these skin care and makeup products (including phthalates, BHA/BHT, lead, arsenic, parabens, SLS, and more) have been linked to neurotoxicity, cancer, emotional disorders, asthma/respiratory issues, and more, in addition to being harmful to animals and fish once it gets washed off our skin and flows into our water system.

Test results show that removing these toxins from our makeup and skin care products dramatically lowers a woman's toxicity levels nearly immediately. But when added back into their routine, the spike in toxic levels is also nearly immediate.

So what's a girl to do?
Well, thankfully, there ARE safer options emerging, so we ladies can continue to look fabulous without sacrificing our health!

Young Living recently announced the launch of their line of toxin-free makeup called Savvy Minerals! Take a look:


Many Young Living members have been using this makeup since its launch last summer, but beginning on February 1st, this makeup will be available in a starter kit option so EVERYONE can enjoy the benefits!


As with all of Young Living's starter kits, this kit will allow you to be a part of the Young Living family, which means (for our team, at least) you'll have access to all kinds of education, support, and likeminded people who are on the same journey as you are - searching for vitality of life with toxin-free products! PLUS, it includes a lifetime membership to Young Living, which means you'll receive 24% off every single product you purchase, for the rest of time

As a woman, I want to encourage you to spread the word about Savvy Minerals to your friends! When we know better, we do better. And now you know better, so spread the word! We want to take care of our friends!

Friends don't let friends use toxic makeup.

If you're a Young Living member already, you can purchase these products RIGHT NOW by logging into the Young Living Virtual Office and placing any of the Savvy Minerals items in your Essential Rewards cart or your Quick Order cart. Also, be sure to let your friends know that Young Living offers a generous referral program and that you would be honored to have them use YOU as their referral!

If you're not a Young Living member yet, I'd love to invite you to join us today! There are already a variety of starter kit options available! Or if you want to get started with the Savvy Minerals makeup collection, set yourself a reminder to purchase your kit on February 1st, when those kits go LIVE.

We are here to walk you through your journey every step of the way.

Have questions? Shoot us an email!
 Intentional Living in the New Year

Intentional Living in the New Year


I've never really been one for "resolutions".
I've also never been one to jump on the bandwagon as soon as it arrives in town.

I like setting and achieving goals.
I like feeling accomplished.
And mostly, I like not failing.

For me, setting a New Years resolution is - at least in my mind - setting myself up for failure.
(Did you know that multiple studies have shown that 80% of New Years resolutions fail by February? I don't want to be a statistic!)
I like fresh starts and I like accomplishments, but I don't like "resolutions." So what's a girl to do?

Here are a few things I've found helpful for getting that fresh start feeling without committing to any ambiguous, doomed-to-fail resolutions:

1. Set your goal for a short period of time.
If there's one easy way to fail at a New Year's resolution, it's to resolve to do something without a specific time attached. Sure, we all sort of assume that New Years resolutions are something you'll complete in the coming year, but in reality, a goal that has 365 days to be accomplished is likely to fall by the wayside way before you reach the end of that year. (And if not, do you really want to be busting your butt during the busy November/December months  to finish up?!)

Attach a specific finishing time to your goal and when you reach it, set another goal. It's a lot harder to lose 30 pounds in one year than it is to lose 3 lbs in one month, and then lose 3 lbs in the next month, and then 3 lbs in the next month...

2. Be sure to be specific with your goal so you can measure your success later on.
If your goal is to "eat better", there is no real way to measure that. Try something like "Eat vegetables 2x per day." That's specific and measurable. You'll be able to say with certainty that you DID accomplish your goal, rather than looking back and wondering..."Did I really eat better this year?"

3. Make your goal small - smaller than you think is reasonable.
Yes, I said it. Aim for less than you think you can achieve. If there is one thing I've learned over the years, it's that accomplishing a series of small goals will spur you on to accomplish even more small goals. Big goals are overwhelming. Small goals are manageable. So make it small, and then make it happen.

4. Focus on replacing habits - not changing habits.
I believe that the only way to true long-term success is to shift your focus and slowly begin replacing poor habits with healthy habits. Don't start out trying to add in healthy habits or drop unhealthy habits. Look for ways to replace the poor habits you have with better ones.

Instead of watching the news, you might take a 20-minute walk around your neighborhood.
Instead of getting up and immediately scrolling social media or checking email, you might choose to read a book for 15 minutes.
Instead of grabbing a sugary drink on the way to work, bring along some water or another healthy drink to keep your energy strong throughout the day.

Replace your old habits with new ones and set your brain to focus on those replacements.

5. Find an accountability partner.
Don't try to go it alone. We were designed to live in community. Where I live (in the United States) we tend to think we can function autonomously. We don't need anyone else! We are independent! But in reality, we all need someone to ask how we're doing, to come alongside us and partner with us, and when necessary, to hold our feet to the fire. 

Find a friend, let them know what you'd like from them (maybe a weekly check-in text or a monthly coffee date?) and commit to being honest with them about your successes and failures.

6. Don't wait until a certain date to start again.
While the first day of January is a great day to start fresh, there is truly nothing magical about that date. We can all start fresh on any day we please. If you fall, pick yourself back up. If you mess up and miss your goal, start again. Allowing yourself to feel defeated will never give you what you need to keep pressing on.

Give yourself grace. Know you will make mistakes. And then when you slip up, allow yourself to begin again. Even if it's a cold, snowy February 19th. Or a hot, sticky July 27th. Or a crisp, cool September 26th. Any calendar day works to start over. Don't throw away what time you have. No matter what day it is, you can start fresh today.

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Incorporating these steps into my own goal-setting processes has been key for my accomplishments over the past several years. 
If you're looking for a few books to help spur you on to focusing on changes and completing your goals, here are a few that I personally love:

Start by Jon Acuff
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
Finish by Jon Acuff

While there is a myriad of goal-setting categories from which to choose, we all know that many people set health goals for the new year - goals that involve focusing on personal health for more vitality of life. If you know you need to make a change for the better in regards to your health, but you're not sure where to start, we'd love to hear from you! Our journey to intentional healthy living starting about 8 years ago and we have slowly been replacing unhealthy habits with healthier ones ever since. We are on this journey with you and would love to help you find joy and wellness in a healthier lifestyle. We would be honored to come alongside you to help you break down your goals and set you on a path to healthy living!

Young Living has been a crucial part of our family's health journey, and they have multiple starter kits available for those with even the smallest budget. We'd be happy to talk with you and see what would be your best option for getting started today!


No matter what your goals or resolutions are this year, we want to wish you a very Happy New Year!
May 2018 be a blessing to you and your loved ones!
 

Where do I begin with essential oils?

When I began my journey into researching essential oils, I quickly realized that they were tools I definitely wanted to have in our home. We were already acquiring a lot of natural products for our home arsenal and beginning to integrate them into our daily lives. I felt confident that Young Living was the company for us (here's why) and I knew that essential oils would be a perfect fit for our family. But there was one problem.

THERE WERE SO MANY.
And I had no idea where to start.

I talked to a friend of mine and she suggested the Premium Starter Kit. Looking back, this was absolutely the best thing she could have recommended and that's exactly why I recommend it to all my friends as well. It's a collection of Young Living's most popular essential oil singles and blends, and for very good reason - the oils in the Premium Starter Kit are SO versatile! PLUS, the kit comes with a free diffuser!

If you're wondering which oils come in the Premium Starter Kit, here is an overview of each of those oils:



Lavender
A  popular essential oil long loved for its calming, soothing fragrance,  lavender, is a key ingredient in many of our blends, including Stress  Away, Tranquil, RutaVala, Forgiveness, and Harmony. When diffused,  lavender adds a clean, fresh scent to any room and is a relaxing  addition to baths and body care products. Try adding a few drops to one  cup of Epsom salts, and pour into hot bath water at the end of a long  day to unwind and let it all go.

Frankincense
Including  the naturally occurring constituent alpha-pinene, frankincense is a key  ingredient in essential oil blends such as Brain Power, Awaken, Highest  Potential, and Forgiveness. Diffuse it during meditation to help with  grounding and purpose. Frankincense can also be useful for massage after  activity or in cosmetic applications to smooth the appearance of  healthy-looking skin, which makes it an important ingredient in our  Boswelia Wrinkle Cream.

Purification
Purification  essential oil blend helps freshen the air and eliminate odors with its  unique combination of citronella, lemongrass, lavandin, rosemary, tea  tree, and myrtle essential oils and includes naturally occurring  compounds cineol, neral, and geranial. Add Purification oil to Animal  Scents products to moisturize skin and improve the appearance of  healthy-looking skin or apply topically to enjoy the outdoors  annoyance-free. Diffuse 6-10 drops of Purification in stale-smelling  areas of your home, drop onto cotton balls and leave them in heater  vents, shoes, and drawers; or combine 12 drops with distilled water in a  spray bottle and shake for a natural linen spray.

R.C.
A  unique combination of cypress, spruce, and three types of eucalyptus  (E. globulus, E. radiata, and E. citriodora) oils, R.C. essential oil  blend icludes the naturally occurring constituent limonene. Rub R.C. on  your feet or chest before exercise to uplift and inspire or massage 3  drops on your feet before bedtime to encourage an atmosphere of comfort.  R.C. Can also be used in place of Aroma Siez in Young Living's Raindrop  Technique.

PanAway
Featuring the naturally occurring constituents methyl salicylate, gamma-curcumene, menthol, and  eugenol, PanAway is a popular essential oil blend formuated by Young  Living founder D. Gary Young. Combine with a carrier oil (like coconut  or avocado oil) and apply after exercise or to neck and back anytime for a soothing and stimulating aromatic experience.

Peppermint Vitality
Peppermint  Vitality essential oil has a bright, cool flavor, with benefits that  include gastrointestinal comfort and normal digestion support, in  addition to its great taste. Store this oil in your kitchen as a  flavoring agent or a dietary supplement. This versatile oil can support  healthy gut function and digestive efficiency, which makes it a great  way to start your day or end a meal. Additionally, Peppermint Vitality  oil as a dietary supplement may support exercise performance to help you  have a great workout. Because of its great taste, it's easy to add this  versatile oil to your coffee grounds, cup of tea, or baked goods. Just  be sure to start small – a little bit goes a long way.

Lemon Vitality
Pressed  from the fresh rinds of the fruit, Lemon Vitality is a delicious  essential oil that has that wonderfully nostalgic taste and smell of  lemon drop candy. It's a great substitute in any recipe calling for  fresh lemon juice, rind, or flavoring – without all the hassle of  zesting, grating, or juicing. It's especially good in shortbread  cookies, jams, or even a glass of ice-cold water. You can use Lemon  Vitality to create custom vinaigrettes or marinades to add a bright  taste to summer salads and grilling or add 1 drop to plain or vanilla  yogurt and top with fresh berries and Einkorn Granola for a delicious,  healthy start to your day. Lemon Vitality includes the naturally  occurring constituent limonene and is a key ingredient in Thieves,  Ningxia Red, and Inner Defense.

Copaiba Vitality
Copaiba  Vitality is made with the gum resin tapped from the copaiba tree native  to Brazil and is known for its beta-caryophyllene content and sweet  aroma. This oil has a pleasant, complex taste, and when taken  internally, it can promote wellness. Add Copaiba Vitality to a clear  vegetable capsule and take daily as an important part of your health  regimen. You can also try adding a drop or two to your herbal tea, such  as chamomile or rooibos, to enjoy its complex, soothing flavor.

Thieves Vitality
With Thieves Vitality, you'll have a quick and easy way to balance your busy  life and your wellness. This unique blend combines lemon, clove,  eucalyptus radiata, cinnamon bark, and rosemary essential oils to create  one of our most popular products. These ingredients synergistically  combine to offer one of the key benefits of Thieves Vitality oil:  overall wellness and support of a healthy immune system. Use the sweet,  spicy flavor of this oil as an addition to your daily wellness regimen.  Its constituent oils give a comforting seasoning to warm food and  drinks. Add a drop to oatmeal or granola to elevate your breakfast. Try a  shot of Ningxia Red with a drop of Thieves Vitality for a quick, spicy  boost to your daily Ningxia Red shot.

DiGize Vitality
This  proprietary blend of essential oils is a great mealtime companion and  addition to your wellness regimen. This blend of tarragon, ginger,  peppermint, juniper, fennel, lemongrass, anise, and patchouli essential  oils offers a fresh-tasting blend – a perfect follow-up to any meal.  Some cultures munch on fennel seeds after meals, and the use of this  potent plant even dates back to ancient Egpyt. Take this best-selling  essential oil blend with Essentialzymes-4 or on its own before each  meal. The versatility of this oil means that you can take it in a gel  capsule, mix it with water and Peppermint Vitlaity for a rejuvenating  infused water, or combine it with honey for a sweet treat. DiGize  Vitality is also a great complement to our supplements ComforTone and  JuvaTone. Be sure you don't leave home without this oil, especially when  traveling to and eating at exotic locations.

Now, those are the ten basic oils, which are an amazing collection all on their own! BUT there is also a BONUS OIL included with each Premium Starter Kit!

Stress Away
This  essential oil blend is a favorite among many Young Living members.  Stress Away is a blend of copaiba, lime, cedarwood, vanilla, ocotea, and  lavender essential oils that makes relieving daily stress convenient  and easy. Apply to your wrists, back of the neck, or drop into an Epsom salt bath to settle your mind at the start or end of a busy day.

Can you imagine it now?

- Starting your day with a drop of Lemon Vitality in your water.
- Applying R.C. to your chest so you can face the world with confidence.
- Putting frankincense in your diffuser for an uplifting aroma to start your day off on the right foot.
- Drinking a mid-morning cup of hot tea with a drop each of Thieves Vitality and Copaiba Vitality to keep your immune system strong throughout the day.
- Rolling on some Stress Away to your wrists to help ease your morning routine.
- Dropping a single drop of Peppermint Vitality into your water or taking a capsule of DiGize Vitality after lunch to encourage proper digestion.
- Diffusing Purification throughout the afternoon to refresh your mind.
- Applying PanAway to your back and feet after a hard day's work.
- Putting lavender and frankincense into your bedside diffuser to ease you into a restful night's sleep.

The routine above is pretty typical in our home. You can substitute some different oils for those mentioned from day-to-day, but we really do use our Young Living oils all day long! Can you see now how much these oils could benefit your life each day? If so, we'd love to welcome you into our Young Living community!

Our team is a supportive group of men and women focused on their personal health and wellness! Education, fun, information, and lots of usage suggestions will be right at your fingertips, so you can feel confident with your investment right from the start! You might even be able to help someone else with your investment in Young Living!

So, what are you waiting for?
If you're ready to jump in, just click on "Place an Order" at the top of this page!
If you have questions, feel free to reach out through the "Contact Me" link. We can't wait to hear from you!
 

How our Family of Eight Saves Money on Non-toxic Household Products

Hello!  There are a LOT of new faces around here lately, so I hope you don't  mind if I start this post with a little introduction. If you haven't met us yet,  we are Daniel and Heidi Stone, leaders of the Healthy Happy Homes team.  We've been married thirteen years, we love Jesus, we homeschool our six  children, and we want EVERYONE to experience Young Living!


Why? Because Young Living has done so much to enhance  our family life that we don't want anyone to go without! You've already  made at least one purchase with Young Living, and we're so excited that  you've already had some experience with the products! But did you know  that Young Living is so much more than just essential oils?  We want to share with you today how our family was able to ditch all  the toxic products in our home and save money by switching to toxin-free  Young Living products - all while living on a budget. How did we do  this?

Transfer buying! Have you heard of it?



Transfer buying is when you take a look at the products you already have in your home – products you are currently purchasing online or in stores – that could be easily transferred to  your Young Living order instead! We chose to begin this "ditch and  switch" / transfer buying by choosing to utilize Young Living's loyalty  program, Essential Rewards. To this weary mom, one of the most beautiful things about Essential Rewards is that the products are delivered right to my door! We customize what we need each month and even take advantage of optional promotional freebies whenever we  want to do so. We receive a percentage back of each Essential Rewards  order in the form of points, and those points go into a points bank for  us to redeem later. We started earning 10% back and have now moved up to  25% back! Now we redeem those points for our choice of FREE products - oils, supplements, skin care, and more!


So what kind of products can be purchased by transfer buying?

You  might be surprised how many products Young Living offers that can meet  your needs for your home, your health, and your family. Here are some  questions to ask before placing your next order (and any subsequent  orders):

– Am I buying any supplements online or at the store that I could replace with Young Living
supplements?
– Are there cleaning products in my home that I would like to replace with a non-toxic option
(all-purpose, laundry, dish soap, etc.)?
– Am I almost out of oral care products like toothpaste, mouthwash, or floss?
– Am I interested in replacing synthetic air fresheners with essential oils and a diffuser?
– Would I like to have natural options to support my body before, during, or after exercising?
– Am I almost out of any personal care products like shampoo, conditioner, soap, bath gel,
shaving cream/oil, deodorant?
– Am I almost out products for my facial care regimen like cleanser, toner, moisturizer, exfoliant, eye cream, masque, etc.?
– Do I need a natural option for boosting my energy levels throughout the day?
– Do my kids need more vitamins (or better quality vitamins)?

Young Living has products to fill almost every need in your home!



Feel free to navigate the Young Living website to make a  list of products you'd like to try. Then login to your Virtual Office,  click on Essential Rewards, and fill your cart! You'll need to place an  order of at least 50PV per month (that's usually equivalent to $50), but  that's an easy task when you have the option of transfer  buying so many products that will soon be delivered right to your door!  Of course, you can transfer buy using a Quick Order as well, but if  you're truly ready to explore all your options for non-toxic home care  products, you're definitely going to want to take advantage of the  money-saving Essential Rewards program!

If you need any help  finding an appropriate transfer buy for a specific item in your home,  feel free to contact your sponsor or someone in your Young Living  leadership support team. We are always happy to help!

While you're putting together an order for this month, remember that you can  qualify for Young Living's monthly promotional items when your Quick Order or Essential Rewards order processes at the appropriate PV  levels (usually 100PV,  190PV, 250PV, and 300PV), so don't miss out on those! You can find more information on each month's promotions
right here. (Remember, the ER Exclusive promotional items are not available with Quick Orders.)

We'd love to hear your Ditch & Switch success story! Email us and tell us how Young Living products are changing your family  and home for the better, and we may feature you in an upcoming blog post!

If you're BRAND NEW to the idea of essential oils and/or toxin-free living, hop up to the top of this page and click on "Place an Order" to get started! We would love to partner with you on this journey to a healthier lifestyle!
 Take A Closer Look: Thieves Non-Toxic Home Care

Take A Closer Look: Thieves Non-Toxic Home Care

In late 2012, when I was first introduced to Young Living, I had two options:

1. Get started with a few essential oils, or
2. Get started with more essential oils.

I chose the latter and purchased my first essential oils in a collection called the Everyday Oils, which was the only Premium Starter Kit available at the time. There was no diffuser and there was very little information given on exactly HOW to use the oils. So my kit arrived and I was afraid to use it - afraid I would do something wrong. It sat, mostly unused, for almost eight months because I just did not feel equipped to use them "correctly." 

Oh, what I wouldn't give to go back to that time and utilize those oils during my very difficult pregnancy! But what's done is done, and I can only move on from here.

In the past few years, Young Living has created a variety of Premium Starter Kits, now including one of my very favorite collections, the Thieves line of products! If you've never heard of our Thieves essential oil blend, then you're probably wondering...why such a funny name?


Thieves® essential oil is a powerful combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils for an aromatic blend that fills any space with a rich, spicy aroma. Inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals used while robbing the dead and dying, Thieves is one of Young Living’s most popular products.

With the benefits of Thieves oil including cleaning power and an irresistibly spicy scent, Young Living offers it as an essential oil blend and as an important ingredient in a full range of home cleaning and personal care products, from dish soap to toothpaste. 

Clearly, Thieves essential oil is a powerful blend and we love having all of the Thieves oil-infused products in our home! When talking about the Thieves Premium Starter Kit, you will often hear me say that I wish this kit had been around when I was introduced to the company because I would have jumped at the idea!

I didn't feel equipped to use my oils, but I sure knew how to clean my counters, brush my teeth, and wash my hands.

Our family was already using natural cleaners, toothpaste and hand soap. But getting it all in one concise kit (that smelled amazing) would have been such a blessing to me!

The Thieves kit wasn't around when I joined Young Living, but it's here now, and it sure looks like it's here to stay! So please allow me to introduce you to this favorite kit of mine: the Thieves Premium Starter Kit.


At the risk of sounding like I'm trying to frighten you with a lot of facts just to be scary, I want you all to be aware of what is IN our commercial cleaners, hand soaps, hand purifiers, toothpastes, deodorants, laundry soap, dish soap, and other household products. While it isn't healthy to live in fear, I believe it is wise to understand the realities of the world and to do what we can to limit our exposure to things that we know are not good for us.

I'm going to briefly run through each of the products in this kit right here, but please know that there are a variety of Thieves products outside of the ones mentioned here. This kit is just a neat little package to get you started on your journey with natural home products, but it's certainly not exclusive.


#1 Thieves Household Cleaner

Most cleaners found in stores today are full of dangerous substances that negatively affect you, your children and grandchildren, pets, and household visitors. These ingredients have been linked to difficulty breathing, hormone fluctuations, asthma, skin disorders, infertility, migraines, mood swings, and more. The few cleaning products that I have seen in stores which are free of those dangerous toxins are INCREDIBLY expensive.
 
In Young Living's Thieves Premium Starter Kit, there are 2 bottles of Thieves Household Cleaner, a completely non-toxic cleaning product that literally cleans everything in our home. I use it in conjunction with baking soda and lemon juice. We have no other cleaning agents in our home. What does this mean? You guessed it! My kids can clean all the live long day and I don't have any concerns about their safety! 

And the cost of this stuff? Inexpensive. SUPER inexpensive. Because it is so concentrated, the cost is less than $1/bottle for this incredible powerhouse of a cleaner! We go through about 2 bottles a year. So the concentrated bottles in this kit would last me through 2017 and beyond! 

So, summary? Thieves Household Cleaner is extremely economical AND it's great for your health. It's a WIN-WIN!

#2 Thieves Foaming Hand Soap

One winter a few years ago, my son had dry hands. Not just dry hands, but unbearably dry. Cracked and bleeding hands. It occurred to me that perhaps we should consider the soap we were using in the bathroom since that seemed to be the link that made the most sense. So we dropped the "natural" soap I was buying on Amazon and replaced it with the Thieves Foaming Hand soap. 

INSTANT RESULTS. 

His hands immediately started to improve! I was shocked. That was my first personal experience with understanding that even those "natural" products at the store may not be as harmless as we think.

You know those beautifully scented soaps you find at specialty stores? Most of them are full of artificial fragrances, which contain carcinogens (cancer-causing agents), endocrine disrupters (messing with your hormones), and reproductive toxicants (can create an infertility issue or birth defects). Why not choose a natural, essential-oil based soap instead?

The Thieves Premium Starter Kit comes with 2 ready-to-use hand soaps (which we use at our bathroom and kitchen sinks), but let me tell you a secret...you can actually dilute this soap about 50:50 with distilled or purified water and STILL get a silky smooth soap at  half the price! So yes, I tell people they are welcome to dump one bottle into a glass jar when their Thieves starter kit arrives, split the other one between the two bottles, and dilute both with water to make it last twice as long!

This soap doesn't cost us much more than the "natural"stuff we were buying before, AND it's not ruining our hands! Plus, it smells amazing! This soap is a must-have in our home and we keep it at all our sinks!


#3 Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier 

I've never really been a huge fan of commercial hand sanitizers. Originally I was averse to them because I knew that:

- They dry your hands out
- They stink

But then I also learned that:

- They promote the growth of superbugs
- They increase the risk of allergies, asthma, and eczema
- They disrupt thyroid/hormone/endocrine levels
- They weaken the immune system

YES. The triclosan in commercial hand sanitizers actually WEAKENS the immune system. Why are we putting this stuff on our kids?! 

So we didn't use them. I turned them down everywhere we went and avoided them like the plague. But then I found Thieves Hand Purifier - FREE OF TRICLOSAN! Yessss.

You see, I'm not opposed to having clean hands. I understand that there are situations where we can't access water and we need a different option. But all those things up there in those lists? Yuck. No thank you. I now keep a Thieves Hand Purifier in our home, car, and purse. I still don't use it obsessively, but if I did, at least it would be a safe choice.

The Thieves Premium Starter Kit comes with two of these bottles, so you can stash them anywhere you'd like - your kids' backpacks, your purse, your van, lunchbox....wherever! Not only does this stuff not have the dangerous triclosan....it contains aloe, which actually leaves your hands MOISTURIZED rather than dried out. And like all the Thieves products, it smells incredible. This is definitely one of my favorite Thieves products!


#4 Thieves Fresh Essence Mouthwash 

I never used mouthwash at all until this stuff entered my life. I'll admit that I'm still not a regular user because I simply forget, but I do LOVE the Thieves Mouthwash if I'm going to use some! The reason I never used it before is because OH MY WORD IT BURNS MY MOUTH. Also? Gross. Also, also? That is NOT a natural color. Why would I put that in my mouth?

Many commercial mouthwash brands contain large amounts of denatured alcohol (which is not fit for human consumption) or methyl alcohol which can cause blindness, organ failure, and death if ingested. Some contain hydrogen peroxide, which can cause damage to the gastrointestinal tract and may result in symptoms such as upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Yes, it's designed to be spit out and not swallowed, but remember the tiny dissolvable pills that doctors sometimes prescribe? The ones that you're supposed to put under your tongue? Why is that an effective way to take that prescription? Because things under your tongue go DIRECTLY into your bloodstream. 

Your mouth absorbs things VERY quickly. So why are putting toxic mouthwash into our mouths?!

Recent studies have even shown that using antiseptic mouthwash twice daily may increase your blood pressure and therefore increase your risk for coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, and a variety of health issues!

No. Just no. Thieves Fresh Essence Mouthwash contains NO alcohol, no synthetics, no artificial flavors. It DOES contain pure essential oils and colloidal silver, which has been known to promote an uninhabitable environment for bacteria, parasites, and viruses. So while I don't personally swallow this mouthwash, there is no danger in doing so. I LOVE that I can safely have this in my home and even have my kids use it without any concerns.
 
Ditch the toxic mouthwash and try the Thieves Fresh Essence instead! It's so strong, I even dilute it 50:50 with water and still have great results! (And smoothie drinkers - this will knock that spinach smell right outta the park!) One bottle of mouthwash is included in the Thieves Premium Starter Kit.


#5 Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste

This stuff is amazing. Especially combined with the mouthwash and the floss. (Yes, we have Thieves floss too!) I have had only glowing reviews from the dentist since switching to this toothpaste and that's pretty much how it seems to go for everyone!
I used to buy another natural toothpaste brand on Amazon. One day I realized I could get my toothpaste on my monthly Young Living order, it would cost the same amount, AND it had a higher quality of oils in it. Bingo! We've been using it ever since!

AromaBright toothpaste is free of sulfates, synthetic dyes, artificial flavors, and preservatives. It tastes fantastic and it is so good for your mouth, teeth, and gums! It removes stains, does a killer job at keeping your breath fresh, and doesn't contain any harmful ingredients. So just like the mouthwash, it isn't dangerous to swallow and I have no concerns over my kids doing so. 

There are no scary "CALL POISON CONTROL" label necessary on Young Living toothpastes!

Also? It doubles as a deodorant. Yep, you heard that right! This toothpaste works like a charm as a totally safe, non-toxic deodorant option and it's what I've been using for at least a year! I love it!


#6 Thieves Essential Oil Blend 15-ml

Thieves essential oil is one of Young Living’s most popular products. I know we already touched on this at the beginning of this post, so I'll sum up my own thoughts on this blend. 

The smell of Thieves often reminds people of the warmth of Christmas baking. With its spicy scent and its natural cleaning power, this is an absolute essential in our home. In fact, I can't really remember how we did life without it!

Thieves essential oil is the basis for Young Living's entire line of Thieves products, and as such, it only makes sense that you would get a 15-ml bottle of it in the Thieves Premium Starter Kit! We love to diffuse it in our home or apply it topically over the throat and neck or onto the bottoms of our feet. Due to some of the natural constituents in Thieves, it is recommended that you dilute it with a fatty carrier oil (such as coconut, olive, or jojoba) when using it topically, especially on children. 

This 15-ml bottle contains about 250 drops of essential oil, and with a wide variety of uses, I bet you'll quickly find this oil becoming a staple in your home as well!


#7 Thieves Spray 

The final Thieves items in the Thieves Premium Starter Kit are these two tiny bottles of Thieves spray that I first got as a freebie item and thought I would never use. 

Boy, was I wrong. 

A few years ago, we traveled with my husband to a hotel for a few days on a work trip. We brought along our school work and did homeschool assignments while we were there. I had moved the tiny hotel room table over next to the door of the hotel for some division among the kids so they could focus better, and when I glanced over in the middle of the day, one of my kids was - for no apparent reason - mindlessly moving their hand all over the light switch on the wall. GAG! We all know light switches are filthy, right?! Why hadn't I thought to spray that down right when we got to the hotel? Anyway, that prompted me to spray the lightswitches and door handles of the room and this spray has basically been in my purse ever since. 

I use it on shopping cart handles, dirty restaurant tables, toilet seats, door knobs, and more. I also use it when I run out of the hand purifier by spraying it right onto my hands. (Please don't do that with commercial disinfectant sprays!) I love having this option in my purse at all times.

Two of these little Thieves sprays come in the Thieves Premium Starter Kit, so you are well-equipped from the moment your kit arrives! 

NOW, there are a few additional items that come in the Thieves Premium Starter Kit that are NOT Thieves products, but Young Living wants everyone to get a sampling of these, no matter which kit you choose to purchase!


#8 Ningxia Red

I could write a book about this stuff. I'll try to briefly sum up my feelings here though...

I LOVE NINGXIA RED.

I used to fall asleep every afternoon. Like...I could NOT stay awake. At all. I changed my diet and that helped. But it wasn't cutting it. I needed more energy, and more coffee just couldn't be the answer. As a homeschooling mama, it's kind of (super) important that I stay awake all day. So after hearing a MASSIVE number of testimonials about this strange, red fruit puree, I thought...oh, alright, I'll give it a try. 

And then....my life changed. Truly. 

Not only did it give me energy, but it helped me sleep well, it helped regulate my moods, it helped keep my immune system strong. I was hooked. Just 1-2 oz a day of this incredible antioxidant drink has completely changed my life. For real. Everyone needs Ningxia Red, which is why (I presume) Young Living puts two individual servings into each and every starter kit from YoungLiving! Because everyone needs to experience the life-changing potential it carries! It's just amazing. And I love that you get to try it - TWICE - with the purchase of the Thieves Premium Starter Kit!

The Ningxia wolfberry contains 3x the antioxidant value of other wolfberries (also called goji berries) available elsewhere! If you want to read more cool stuff about Ningxia Red, you can visit NingxiaRed.com.

And finally...


#9 Stress Away Essential Oil

I have two favorite oils in all the world. One is frankincense, and the other is Stress Away. These two oils help me keep my cool as a mama, rest well at night, and find joy in the every day life of motherhood. Everyone - EVERYONE - needs Stress Away. Because if you try to tell me you don't have stress, I'm going to call you a liar. Well, I might be nice about it, but....I'll be thinking it. Because we ALL have stress. Physical stress...emotional stress...it all wears us down and can create a plethora of issues if it's not properly handled. 

Enter: Stress Away.

Just trust me on this. It's the best thing for ya. You will love it! 
Officially, it smells like lime and vanilla. Unofficially, it smells like heaven.

You will be so glad you got this oil in the Thieves Premium Starter Kit! It also conveniently comes with one roller fitment, so you can pop that on the top and rolllllll your stress away! 

(See what I did there? Roll....your stress away? Stress Away? I crack myself up.)

I have one more surprise for anyone who is thinking they just have to have this kit for all their non-toxic spring cleaning / household needs! And that surprise is...


#10 BONUS: Thieves Dish Soap

I know a lot of people may not have thought about this, but dish soap was actually a high priority for me when we started going toxin-free in our home because, well, it touches all the things that hold your food and go into your mouth - bakeware, dishes, silverware, and glasses. Many dish soaps contain sulfates, propylene glycol, phthalates, dyes, petrochemicals, and other caustic substances

Not exactly stuff I want to wash all my dishes in.

So we switched. We tried Young Living. We tried other brands. We came back to Young Living. 

Y'all, it's just my favorite. It just is. There are a few other decent brands out there, but don't you want to try this one? Yes, of course you do! And that's why I'm giving it away for FREE to anyone who purchases a Thieves Premium Starter Kit this month!

In addition to your FREE bonus dish soap, you'll also receive access to our team's amazing online Facebook groups AND 24% off any other Young Living products you purchase for at least a year! PLUS, you have the option to join our monthly wellness program and get an *additional* 10-25% off everything!

All of that comes for just $160 when you buy the Thieves Premium Starter Kit.

Obviously I love this company and these products, and I always hope my friends know that I don't recommend things that I don't use and love. I just want everyone to have the experiences we've had in our home and this is the best way I know how to share them with you.

Are you ready? Ready to ditch those toxins and switch to healthier options for your family? If so, click on "Place an Order" up there in the upper right corner. Be sure to choose "Wholesale Member" or you won't be able to find the Thieves kit! 

Are you thinking about the kit but still have some questions? Click on "Contact Me" at the top of the page and send me a message!
I'd love to talk through your options with you!

Oh, and one more thing! If you're already a Young Living member and you'd like to purchase the Thieves kit, Young Living has everything all worked out for you! You don't need to purchase this starter kit because we have a Thieves Essential Rewards Kit available for wholesale members at a discounted rate! You're already saving extra money on Essential Rewards, so add this kit to your next monthly order to take advantage of additional savings on the Thieves line of products!


Want to connect about something else? Click on "Contact Me" at the top of the page and I'll get back to you!
 
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