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.
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.
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:
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!
I've also never been one to jump on the bandwagon as soon as it arrives in town.
I like setting and achieving goals.
For me, setting a New Years resolution is - at least in my mind - setting myself up for failure.
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.
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.
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.
Incorporating these steps into my own goal-setting processes has been key for my accomplishments over the past several years.
Start by Jon Acuff
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
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!
May 2018 be a blessing to you and your loved ones!
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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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!
Transfer buying! Have you heard of it?
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
– 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!
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.)
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!
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
- They stink
- They increase the risk of allergies, asthma, and eczema
- They disrupt thyroid/hormone/endocrine levels
- They weaken the immune system
I LOVE NINGXIA RED.
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!