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I’ve been using essential oils for 2 years, have you heard of them? Have you seen them at the drugstore, grocery store, heck I’ve seen them at the craft store.
These tiny bottles of plant juices are taking the world by storm and I’m going to tell you my WHY for using them and why I’m purchasing my oils and oily infused products from Young Living!
Two years ago in the Spring of 2016 Kyle and I were talking about starting a family, we were talking about renovating our house, we were talking about the upcoming races he was going to run and our trip that summer, to the beach. We weren’t talking about essential oils or even our family’s wellness!
I had some friends at the time who had been trying to get me hooked on essential oils
I’m a hUUUUGE skeptic! Even though I had a number of friends using them, and I was seeing their great results I was wary to get on board the oily train. I just didn’t understand how they could possibly work and if they did work, why wasn’t everyone already using them- real logical – mental head slap! There is so much science behind EO’s and if you’re interested in the science I can direct you to the research!
Back to Oils
Our dog Nova is an older pup and in the spring of 2016 she was waking us up in the middle of the night, every night- to go outside, to eat, to play. She just didn’t want to sleep or calm down. Little did we know she was preparing us for a kid 🙂
My friend Rebecca also had a senior dog and was using essential oils on him, at night time, to help him relax and calm down. She was seeing results- he was calm and relaxed at bedtime! I was at my wits end so I ordered a bottle of Peace and Calming and the Satin Mint Face Scrub from her! I wasn’t ready to order a premium starer kit- because what if Rebecca’s results weren’t my results?!
Got my little tiny bottle in the mail and …
It worked!! She relaxed, calmed down and slept! One night could’ve been a fluke, multiple nights was a miracle in my opinion! We even started rubbing a drop of the Peace & Calming oil on the bottoms of our feet (crazy 🙂 ) at night to help promote sound sleep!!
Our Sweet Nova Girl
The face scrub was just the cherry on top of the sundae at this point- I was hooked on Young Living and Kyle agreed that we could order a kit. I’ll admit I was still skeptical. I found myself saying things like “Ok the oil worked, the face scrub was great- but I’ll probably never order anything else after this kit” or “I’ll use the oils but don’t expect me to get on board with the cleaner or that red drink (ningxia)” “Don’t expect me to sell this stuff!” That’s the beauty of Young Living- I had the option to never order again, without getting penalized! It was literally like buying a Costco membership! I had access to wholesale pricing but I never had to do anything with it if I didn’t want to!
Our kit came and I began diffusing and researching and learning all about these tiny bottles and all about Young Living. I had blindly jumped on board with YL because my good friends were all using Young Living. The more I researched the more I was so happy I had taken that blind leap!
Seed to Seal
Through my research I discovered that not all oil companies are alike! In fact not all oils are 100% pure essential oil! The FDA only requires a bottle to have 5% essential oil in order to be labeled as a PURE essential oil- that means lots of fillers or adulterated oils are out there! Young Living has a Seed to Seal guarantee. This means they are committed to only giving us the best! Every ingredient goes through rigorous quality control and even third party testing! I encourage you to read more about Young Living’s policies and farms.
Fast Forward 1 Year
We had been happily using our oils and a few oil infused products (thieves cleaner, hand purifier, cough drops) for about a year. When I was 7 months pregnant and was researching laundry detergents. I wanted to find one I could use for both baby laundry and mommy/daddy laundry. I discovered through my research that even baby detergents still contained optical brighteners just like regular detergents. Optical brighteners sit on top of your clothes and make them look cleaner than they are!! That blew my mind! I immediately started researching Young Living’s Thieves Laundry soap. Again I was so skeptical, would it really get our clothes clean, didn’t we need harsh chemicals to get laundry done?? Again super logical.
I found this amazing blog post by Emily over at Butter Believer. She lays it all out for you and gives the facts! She convinced me and I immediately added a bottle of Laundry Soap to our Essential Rewards order. I continue to be amazed by YL- it actually worked and not just on the teeny baby clothes, but on my husband’s stinky running clothes as well!! Everything got clean and smelled amazing, plus the bottle is extremely concentrated so it lasts forever! I became hooked on the entire thieves line of products but it wasn’t until our daughter Keely was born that we started making a real effort to know what we were putting on our bodies, in our bodies and in our home.
Once Keely was born a friend encouraged me to download the ThinkDirty App on my phone and start scanning the products I was using.
This post needed some Keely!
I had already swapped to Thieves Laundry, Dish and Hand soap and had just started taking Ningxia Red to boost our energy and load up on antioxidants. I immediately started scanning products in our bathroom with the ThinkDirty App and was shocked. Fragrance, Petrochemicals, Sodium Laurel Sulfates (SLS), DMDM Hydantoin, a known carcinogen was hanging out in my body wash. The worst offender by far was the baby wash I was using for Keely! It received a 9 out of 10 on the app. PEG- 80 Sorbitan Laurate- was the worst ingredient. The concern with PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, is it has the potential to be contaminated with 1,4-Dioxane. The FDA does not require 1,4-dioxane to be listed as an ingredient on product labels because the chemical is a contaminant produced during manufacturing. However it is a known carinogin and here I was slathering my newborn in potentially hazardous, cancerous stuff- all for some unnecessary SUDS! Read more about 1.4 Dioxane here . I threw it out and began using some of the Honest Company samples I had until I could research replacements. I now use the Honest Company body wash and shampoo on myself- get it here.
Fortunately for us, this was about the same time the Young Living Seedlings Line arrived! I was so excited to start ordering it for Keely- body wash, baby oil, wipes (I use as makeup remover wipes) and diaper rash cream!
YL has had a kidscents line- formulated for children 2 and up. But this summer they released the Seedlings line- a product line specially formulated for infants! Completely plant-based and free from synthetic fragrances, sulfates, paragons, phthalates, synthetic preservatives, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals. Its an amazing line of products- not only are they soothing and the EO’s in them help promote a calm environment (perfect for bedtime) but the scent is wonderful and I don’t have to worry about a synthetic fragrance!
I’m beyond thankful that I’ve discovered Young Living. They are committed to us, the consumer and providing safe, natural, essential oil infused products to use on our families! The number of products they have are endless- supplements, food, cleaners, baby, animal, kids, skincare, beauty products, even makeup (be on the look out for a post on Savvy Minerals soon!)
For more info shoot me a message! I’d love to tell you more!
Want to get started now!!??! It’s so easy to order YL- here are a few ways to do it:
- Message me and add something to my monthly order and take advantage of my wholesale discount (like Costco, remember)
- Sign up to become a wholesale member with a premium starter kit (so many options) here and get your own wholesale discount
- Sign up to be a retail customer here.
That’s my “WHY”. What’s your “WHY”? Leave me a comment!!