“Use This, Not That” Class

Hi Friends,
I’m so glad you’re here!
We all know that there is a no cookie cutter way to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Wellness is not “one size fits all.” However, as I learn more and more about how to improve overall health, I am motivated to share what I learn because of how my life has been changed, and my desire to see others benefit from healthy living.
When we start to dig deep into the products we are using everyday, you’ll notice that a small minority of their ingredients have been tested for safety. This is a major concern. For example, you’ll find that the Environmental Working Group found that only 28 common cosmetics and toiletries out of 7,500 had all of their ingredients fully tested for safety. Whatever you put on your skin is readily absorbed into your bloodstream where it can potentially cause some serious damage to your body. I mean, not to be all doom and gloom, but that is SCARY!
This class will be showing you some favorite switches that many have made while striving for a toxin free lifestyle. *It’s important to remember that these switches have been made over a fair amount of time. It can be overwhelming to see them all at once and realize how many items in your home need a switch.
Some things you’ll see in this class are favorite products to use in place of products that were learned to be not the most beneficial to our bodies. We’ll also go over some common ingredients that would be good to avoid. If you have questions, comments, or would like to know more in depth about where we learned these facts, check out the Environmental Working Group (EWG) http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/#.Wd_ZIoZJknW and feel free to pop in a post and ask questions!
Table of Contents:
Post #1: Kids/Baby Shampoo
Post #2: Dish Soap
Post #3: Mouthwash
Post #4: Household Cleaner
Post #5: Household Wipes
Post #6: Candles
Post #7: Hand Sanitizers
Post #8: Bug Spray
Post #9: Toothpaste
Post #10: Cough Drops
Post #11: Diaper Cream
Post #12: Dyer Sheets
Take a break from reading and watch how these teens react to what’s in their products!
Post #13: Laundry Detergent
Post #14: Deodorant
Post #15: Lotion
Post #16: Face Wash

Post #1: Kids/Baby Shampoo
If you have young children…STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND GO THROW OUT THAT Johnson and Johnson shampoo!
Did you know Johnson & Johnson
owns a LOT of smaller brands too? So beware! Aveeno, Neutrogena, etc.)
Ingredients that they use that aren’t so great:
*Fragrance/Parfum: These two words mean literally nothing except “chemical cocktail of hazards to make this smell good but we’re not going to tell you *exactly* what chemicals those are”. This ambiguous umbrella ingredient consists of things that are immune system toxicants, have allergenic effects, respiratory irritants, and are toxic to wildlife and the environment.

*Quaternium-15: releases formaldehyde; a skin, eye, and respiratory irritant, and a KNOWN carcinogen (formaldehyde exposure has been associated with leukemia specifically). 
*Styrene: This baby boasts Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards, Endocrine disruption, Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity. AND it’s in Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash. This is just getting silly.

*Retinyl Palmitate: Use restrictions, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Biochemical or cellular level changes, Cancer, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive). It’s in 48 of Johnson & Johnson products that have been evaluated by the EWG.

*Parabens (WHYYY?): Use restrictions, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Endocrine disruption, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Ecotoxicology. 219 OF JOHNSON & JOHNSON’S PRODUCTS CONTAIN THEM.
What is happening!?! These are all ingredients we are supposedly putting on our babies!!!!

Anyway. This could go on forever with that…so…
instead of the yuckies, grab yourself a bottle of Kidscents bath gel!
KidScents Bath Gel from Young Living is a safe, gentle soap that cleanses and protects sensitive skin. Formulated with MSM, aloe vera, antioxidants, and pure Lemon, Cedarwood, and other essential oils, this liquid soap is pH balanced for children’s skin.
Finish off their hair with the Kidscents shampoo. The natural components in this shampoo are aloe, MSM, Chamomile, and Tangerine and Lemon essential oils. Effectively and gently cleanse without causing irritation.
No mineral oils. No synthetic ingredients. No toxic ones, either. No artificial colorings (who decided bath gel needed to look neon?!). Good essential oils to benefit your child’s body in the process. Just what I like!


Post #2: Dish Soap

Dish soap (such as Dawn) is obviously a household staple……but it scores a D-F in the EWG guide depending on how fancy colored or scented it is. While it might help animals in an oil spill, we don’t need that stuff washing the surfaces that we eat off of, or sudsing up our hands while we wash!
One of the biggest problems with the dish soap is that they contain some synthetic ingredients known as “surfactants”. Why is this a problem? Turns out the word “surfactants” is almost as vague as the word “fragrance”. It can mean hundreds of different things. SO, we don’t even know what surfactants they’re using in the soap that we seriously clean our dishes with. WE EAT OFF OF THOSE. These mystery surfactants could be safe…..or they could contain Ethylene Oxide and/or 1-4 Dioxane which are known to cause cancer, toxic if inhaled, known to cause reproductive toxicity in both males and females, asthmagen, and more. AND they boast toxicity to aquatic life.
Other common ingredients that you can find in many store-bought dish soaps:
*Fragrance: skin irritation/allergies/damage, acute aquatic toxicity, nervous system effects, respiratory effect
*Methylisothiazolinone: acute aquatic toxicity; skin irritation/allergies/damage
*Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): chronic aquatic toxicity, damage to DNA, respiratory effects, developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects, digestive system effects, nervous system effects, acute aquatic toxicity, damage to vision, cancer
*Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): chronic aquatic toxicity, general systemic/organ effects, acute aquatic toxicity
*Artificial Coloring: If you take a look at your product label (any product, not just dish soap!) and notice FD&C or D&C, they represent artificial colors. F representing food and D&C representing drug and cosmetics. These letters precede a color and number (e.g., D&C Red 27 or FD&C blue 1). These synthetic colors are derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. Synthetic colors are suspected to be a human carcinogen, a skin irritant and are linked to behavioral issues in children.
So, what do we use? Young Living’s Thieves Dish Soap! This dish soap is a plant based formula that safely cleans your dishes without the use of those mystery surfactants, SLS, SLES, dyes, formaldehyde, phosphates, or synthetic perfumes.

Post #3: Mouthwash

Instead of grabbing for the Listerine (which contains artificial flavors and dyes, LOTS of harsh alcohol, and fluoride if it’s anti-cavity), we like to use Thieves Fresh Essence Mouthwash instead!
No harsh alcohol. No dyes or synthetic flavors. No fluoride. Boom!
We know the fluoride battle is a touchy one….so, you make the choice for yourself, and I encourage you to take some steps to research 🙂

Post #4: Household Cleaner

Windex, Lysol, Clorox, Fabuloso, whatever.
Most of them range from B-D on the EWG (except Fabuloso, that’s a straight up F all around so TOSS IT), but there are some majorly concerning ingredients that we need to watch out for:
*Anything non-specific like “Fragrance”, “Cleaning Agent”, “Colors”, or “Preservatives”
*Ammonium Hydroxide: Evidence of acute aquatic toxicity; skin irritation/allergies/damage; respiratory effects
*Hexoxyethanol: Evidence of skin irritation/allergies/damage; general systemic/organ effects; damage to vision
*Dipropylene Glycol Butyl Ether: Evidence of cancer; developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects; damage to DNA
*Alcohol Ethoxylates: Evidence of cancer; developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects; damage to DNA
*Sulfuric Acid: known carcinogen, severe skin burns and eye damage
I want none of that around my family. NONE of it!
So, nowwwww, let’s talk Thieves Household Cleaner.
I love it! I use it on every single surface in our house.You heard me. Every. One. Floor, sink, counter, toilet, windows, shelves, tables, etc. If the Environmental Working Group had it in their database, it would score an A++++ (I know this because I looked up each ingredient separately).
No carcinogens.
No endocrine disruptors.
No respiratory irritants.
No synthetic nasties.
Full disclosure on their ingredients. Peace of mind. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not a fan of eating toxic particles that I used to clean my countertops, so it’s a win!

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Post #5: Household Wipes

Did you get the gist from the household cleaner post?
Same goes for cleaning wipes! Clorox cleaning wipes score a D from the EWG.Other ingredients of concern:
*Fragrance (AGAIN?)
*Alkyl Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Chlorides: Evidence of general systemic/organ effects; respiratory effects; This one is an F!
*Alkyl Dimethyl Ethylbenzyl Ammonium Chlorides: respiratory effects, severe asthmagen
*Sodium Hypochlorite: Evidence of skin irritation/allergies/damage; acute aquatic toxicity; respiratory effects, carcinogen, reproductive toxicity; Also an F!
Young Living provides us with Thieves Wipes! Pure grain alcohol, water, and essential oils. So good. Great for in a pinch, or for those disgustingggg grocery cart handles, community toys, at the doctor’s office, etc.
*Comment below by 8pm 10/15 for a drawing entry to win a Young Living product
Post #6: Candles
Well this one may be a no-brainer, but here we are covering it anyway, just in case you haven’t heard about why these are bad!
Candles, man. They’re bad. Real bad. Though they may seem safe, regular scented candles are a huge source of indoor air pollution and they put off chemicals that are considered just as dangerous as second-hand smoke. Paraffin is a petroleum waste product and has to be deodorized and chemically bleached before it can be made in to wax. Most candles are made of paraffin wax.
Why is this a problem? When burned, paraffin gives off highly toxic benzene and toluene (yes, the fun stuff found in diesel fuel fumes); known carcinogens. Not to mention all that synthetic mystery fragrance. Other toxic chemicals that may be present in the paraffin mixture and released through burning include:
Acetone, Trichlorofluoromethane, Carbon Disulfide, 2-Butanone, Trichloroethane, Trichloroethene, Carbon Tetrachloride, Tetrachloroethene, Chlorobenzene, Ethylbenzene, Styrene, Xylene, Phenol, Cresol, Cyclopentene. Some of these toxins are found in other products such as paint, laquer and varnish removers. EWW.
To throw the icing right on top of that cake, wicks made in the U.S. are *supposed* to be made of cotton or paper, but up to 30% of them contain dangerous heavy metals…….like lead.
Carcinogens, toxicities, respiratory irritants. All for my house to smell like Vanilla Unicorn Rainbow Sunshine Cookie Christmas Tree Farm?
No, thank you.
So, basically what I’m telling you is that…..an ultrasonic diffuser with your choice of essential oils is where it’s at. You don’t have to worry about contributing to the pollution inside the walls of your own home, AND you can reap emotional and physical health benefits by diffusing. The Rainstone Diffuser also offers ionization which helps release negative ions to purify the air inside your home.
*Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBcpZsb2DWI&feature=youtu.be

Post #7: Hand Sanitizers
Hand Sanitizers are a convenient thing to have on hand, especially if you have children, want to stay away from harmful antibacterial soaps in public restrooms, or just go out in public in general.
The problem, though, is that while they may be stopping viruses or bacteria in their tracks, they can be causing much more serious long-term problems.
Some ingredients to watch out for:
*Fragrance. Imagine that!
*Triethanolamine: Allergies/immunotoxicity, Skin irritant (which makes ZERO sense), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES, which are carcinogenic)
*DMDM Hydantoin: preservative that is a formaldehyde releasing agent AKA carcinogenic, may trigger eczema/allergies
*Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (or Octinoxate): (protects against UVB rays buttt is a known endocrine disruptor effecting estrogenic and thyroid activity)
*Benzalkonium Chloride Solution: mutagenic (alters genetic material), skin/immune/respiratory toxicant and allergen
*Triclosan: Contamination concerns (with chloroform or dioxins), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Persistence and bioaccumulation; Endocrine disruption, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive) (there is also talk about it contributing to bacterial resistance to antibiotics, which is THE WORST. Look for thisin soaps, and toothpastes, and cleansers as well!)
None of those things sound like a good time.
Introducing Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier.
Non-drying (but dries really well, actually), non-toxic, non-irritating, and good, good, goooood essential oils. Smells like Christmas without the infamous (and obnoxiously vague) “fragrance”.
Post #8: Bug Spray
Bug spray. DEET. Fragrance. Yeesh.
DEET (diethyltoluamide) is a skin/eye/lung irritant, has concerns for organ system toxicity, and negative neurological and behavioral effects if used frequently.
I personally love to DIY with essential oils. Citronella is an obvious choice, and Purification, Lemongrass, Peppermint, or Lavender are some of my other favorites!
I used this DIY all summer and it did a fabulous job! If you don’t know me, I like to hunt and my family does too. Jake and I had no bug bites from the camping part of hunting. NONE.
Here’s another good video from EWG if you’re interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izHaKUYzP-c
DIY Recipe: 2oz. Glass spray bottle. Fractionated coconut oil. Place 20 drops of the following essential oils in spray bottle: citronella, rosemary, lemongrass. Place 10 drops of the following essential oils to already added oils in spray bottle: thyme, spearmint, geranium and clove. Top off the bottle with fractionated coconut oil and spray on exposed skin to protect while enjoying the outdoors.
Post #9: Toothpaste
Want to know a crazy fact? Over the course of a lifetime, the average American uses
about 20 gallons of toothpaste , and even if you spit most of it out, some of the chemicals it contains make their way into your bloodstream. You know how some medicines can be taken sub-lingually (which means “under the tongue”) because it can be absorbed into the bloodstream the fastest? That’s because things diffuse through the mucous membranes in the mouth, and because there are many capillaries under the tongue, whatever is absorbed has a fairly direct route to the bloodstream. This is why it’s SO important to know what ingredients are making up your toothpaste or your kids toothpaste.
Some key ones to avoid:
*Synthetic Dyes and Flavors (those pesky things!)
*Triclosan (as seen in the hand sanitizer post!)
*Polyethylene (do we really need plastic in our toothpaste? It’s also a water pollutant, skin irritant, and potential carcinogen)
*Fluoride (again, this is personal choice, but highly recommended an in-depth research study)
*Poloxamer 407: organ system toxicity
*Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (Really? Yikes!)
*Artificial Sweeteners
*Microbeads (who knows what those things are made of!?!)
*Diethanolamine: known respiratory toxicant, suspected carcinogen, skin irritant, organ system toxicity, possiblecontamination with Nitrosamines which are known carcinogens
Our favorite alternative? Thieves Aromabright toothpaste! It’s tough on buildup, but its smooth, plant-based formula is gentle on teeth and their delicate enamel. AND best of all, it contains no crazy things, sulfates, fluoride, synthetic dyes, artificial flavors, or preservatives.
Sometimes I make my own toothpaste using spearmint essential oil, baking soda, and coconut oil, but I find that I like the Aromabright toothpaste better.
Post #10: Cough Drops
I mean, the menthol in cough drops is cool, but…..that other junk? HECK no.
First of all, we gotta mention the synthetic mystery dyes and flavors. Here we go again!Secondly, processed sugar is never a good thing, *especially* not when you’re sick, but, unfortunately, you can find it in most popular cough drops. Halls has somewhere around 3-4g per drop! YEESH.
If it’s not in there? You’ve likely got aspartame. If you’ve never looked up the way in which aspartame was approved in the United States for use as a food additive…..you should do that immediately after this class is over. Shady business!
We also like to avoid the dyes found in your typical cough drop. I don’t need mine to be cherry red if it means adding a carcinogen. Nope. Sure don’t! Thanks, but you can just leave that out, especially if it tastes the same without it!
Instead, we like Thieves Cough Drops. Minty, spicy, and sweet without processed sugar, dyes, artificial flavors, or preservatives, these cough drops are made with naturally derived ingredients, including Young Living’s pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils and menthol from peppermint. And not a single drop of aspartame in sight!
Post #11: Diaper Cream
It is a sad day in the neighborhood when your sweet little bundle of joy gets a diaper rash.
Our first instinct (and it’s a good one!) is to keep it dry and slather it up with diaper cream) BUT, we have to be EXTREMELY careful. Many popular brands, including the ones that look like they might be better for our babies (looking at you, Aveeno!), are full of things that will make you want to throw it out this instant.
Major offenders to look for:
*BHA: synthetic antioxidants used as preservative in products and a known endocrine disruptor and possible carcinogen
*Fragrance (AGAIN. And could actually make diaper rash worse)
*Boric Acid and Sodium Borate: is used as an antimicrobial agent linked to endocrine disruption and reproductive toxicity
*Petrolatum : is mineral oil jelly i.e. petroleum jelly and is used as a barrier to lock moisture in the skin. It is a carcinogen and linked to organ system toxicity
*Parabens: propyl, methyl, ethyl etc.: most widely used preservative in cosmetics. They easily penetrate the skin and can mimic estrogen, and can act as a potential hormone system disruptor. (AND WE ARE TOLD TO SLATHER IT ALL AROUND NEAR OUR BABY’S REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS. Someone pinch me, because I have GOT to be dreaming this up)
Tender Tush Diaper Cream from Young Living, or DIY your own with essential oils and shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, and vitamin E oil. Both are excellent options and free of anything I listed above. #freethebabybums
Post #12: Dyer Sheets
What about dryer sheets?
One of the biggest problems with these products is that….their labels are so vague. And, to be honest, poor disclosure on your label makes me feel like something is fishy up in here. Why can’t you just tell me what’s in it? Ya know?
If you only wanted to choose one thing to throw out of your house after this class…..I’d probably go with this one. They are incredibly toxic and contribute to allergies, eczema, asthma, and very poor indoor air quality. This is the toxic sludge that we at least KNOW we can find in our dryer sheets: (I’m gonna give you three guesses as to what the first one is, but you’ll probably only need one.)
*Fragrance!: Asthma, allergies, carcinogenicity. It sits on your clothes. Off-gases in your closet. Or on your bed. Hangs out on your skin. A common fragrance ingredient is “diethyl phthalate” which poses a concern as an endocrine disruptor.
*Dipalmitoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate. Say that five times fast!: asthmagen, respiratory irritant, reproductive toxicity
*Cationic Fabric Softeners: asthmagen, respiratory irritant, skin irritant.
A favorite alternative is 100% wool dryer balls (from Amazon! Young Living is Out of Stock on these and its unknown when they will return) and a few drops of whatever essential oil ya like! Lavender is our fave for bedding because it supports relaxation.
My favorite for EVERYTHING else (especially stinky clothes) is Purification.
Bonus post#1
Take a break from reading and watch how these teens react to what’s in their products! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrGnS-DXiiE

Post #13: Laundry Detergent
Even those brands that claim they are “free and clear” or ‘natural’….beware. Smoke and Mirrors marketing is a real, real thing.
Things to watch out for:
*Antimicrobial agents -kill or inhibit the growth of microorganisms and/or odors:These SOUND like a good thing, no one likes little buggies. Unless you’re a microbiologist, but even then…you probably don’t want them on your clothes. However many chemicals used to bring about the mass genocide of bacteria do way more harm than good. One example is Triclosan, which was recently banned for just this reason.
Other examples include:
*Quaternary ammonium compounds – acute aquatic toxicity (it kills fishies), skin irritation, respiratory effects
*Anti Redeposition agents -stops dirt from redepositing itself in your clothesA common agent is polyethylene glycol for which there is evidence of cancer, developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects, environmental toxicity
*Bleaches -Helps brighten, whiten, and remove stains: Known as sodium hypochlorite this guy scores a straight up F on the Environmental Working Groups list for toxicity. Cancer risks, skin and respiratory irritant, acute aquatic toxicity…gross.
*Colorants -mystery pigments or dyes. You know so the soap looks pretty. *eye rolls*
*Corrosion inhibitors -These protect the metal machine parts of your washerMost commonly this is sodium silicate for which there is little to no concern depending on concentration. Plus it keeps your machine running well and I may be crunchy, but I am not eager to break out the wash tub any time soon.
*Fabric softening agents – Makes your clothes soft and control static:These I found listed as and ambiguous “Quaternary ammonium compounds” which I then googled and found about a zillion chemicals which range in rating from C-F. Does it bother anyone else that they aren’t listed?
*Fragrances (AGAINNNN!) – cover the odor of soil/ masks the odor of the ingredients.
*Preservatives – provides stability to the product and increases shelf life. Butylated hydroxytoluene scores a C for evidence of developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects. Glutaraldehyde scores an F for general systemic/organ effects
We don’t want any of that nonsense, thanks! With a plant-based formula, Thieves
Laundry Soap gently and naturally washes your clothes, cleaning them without any chemical or synthetic residue. Natural enzymes and powerful essential oils add to the formula’s strength to leave your clothes fresh and clean with a light citrus scent.
All ingredients are good to go, THANK GOODNESS!

Post #14: Deodorant
No one likes stinky pits. But, also, no one likes the ingredients in popular deodorants, either.While you read these, keep in mind that we put them by our breasts and lymph nodes.
Ingredients to avoid:
*Talc: respiratory and skin irritant, possible carcinogen, possible ovarian carcinogen (there is also a concern that Talc may be contaminated with asbestos fibers….no big deal)
*Petrolatum: may cause mild irritation, itchiness and redness, possible carcinogen
*Cyclopentasiloxane: Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (nonreproductive), Neurotoxicity, Cancer, Endocrine disruption, Ecotoxicology
*Aluminum Zirconium: This one……is tough. Aluminum in large amounts is obviously toxic. But, they say “as long as restrictions for concentrations are clearly labelled and labelling regulations are followed….that it should be fine. They also say that aluminum has been found built up in breast tissue.
So…I think I’d probably like to pass on that one.
Luckily, we have many other options 🙂 You can DIY, OR you can seriously use
Thieves Toothpaste. It seems weird, but it’s legit, and it works! Young living also offers deodorant now.
Post #15: Lotion
Our skin is our largest organ. The big kahuna of organs. So, we like to make sure we are being as careful as we can about what we put on it, right? Let us take a gander at some common ingredients found in body lotions sold in stores:
*Quaternium -15: we have talked about this already, but i’ll remind you….preservative that’s also a formaldehyde releaser. Known carcinogen. Can trigger eczema, allergies, and contact dermatitis.
*Fragrance. (So shocking, I know!)
*Diazolidinyl Urea: another formaldehyde releasing preservative. Same story as Quaternium-15. ALSO allows chemicals to penetrate deeper into the skin.
*Benzalkonium Chloride: mutagenic.
*Parabens: SO BAD. Mimic estrogens and are endocrine disruptors
*Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA): endocrine disruptor
*BHT: possible endocrine disruptor, mild penetration enhancer, skin irritant andallergenic to some
*DMDM Hydantoin: a type of formaldehyde-releasing preservative and an irritant for eyes and skin
*Oxybenzone: Enhanced skin absorption, Biochemical or cellular level changes, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions, Endocrine disruption, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
*Butane: Multiple, additive exposure sources, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Allergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions, Contamination concerns (BUTADIENE)
*Octinoxate: Enhanced skin absorption, Biochemical or cellular level changes, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Young Living does it again, and makes Lavender, Genesis, and Sensation body
lotions, all of which contain good stuff and NONE of the above ingredients!
They also make a killer KidScents lotion that’s awesome for littles.

This is a really personal post for me because I struggle with keeping healthy skin and have used lots lotion off the store shelves for YEARS! I know that my skin did not appreciate all of the guck it absorbed. I am so happy to say that today I use way less then I used to, and am able to not think twice about what I’m putting on my body because of what Young Living has offered me.
Post #16: Face Wash
We’ve already gone into some detail about most of these ingredients, but I’ll just list again the top 10 you should highly avoid:
*Synthetic colors
*Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)/Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
*Phthalates: The main phthalates in cosmetics and personal care products are dibutyl phthalate in nail polish, diethyl phthalate in perfumes and lotions, and dimethyl phthalate in hair sprays. They are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, early breast development in girls, and reproductive birth defects in males and females. Unfortunately, it is not disclosed on every product as it’s added to fragrances; a major (AND ANNOYING) loophole in the law. This just goes to show us why we have to be responsible for our own health, and can’t always trust what ads tell us.
*Toluene: A petrochemical derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. Toluene is a potent solvent able to dissolve paint and paint thinner. It can affect your respiratory system, cause nausea and irritate your skin. Expecting mothers should avoid exposure to toluene vapors as it may cause developmental damage in the fetus. Toluene has also been linked to immune system toxicity.
*Propylene glycol: classified as a skin irritant and penetrator. It has been associated with causing dermatitis as well as hives in humans — these sensitization effects can be manifested at propylene glycol concentrations as low as 2 percent.
*Sunscreen chemicals: These chemicals function as a sunscreen agent, to absorb ultraviolet light. These chemicals are endocrine disruptors and are believed to be easily absorbed into the body. . Common names are benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate and ethoxycinnamate.
Young Living’s ART® Skin Care System safely and effectively cleanses, tones, and moisturizes your face to bring out your natural and inherent beauty. So does frankincense, lavender, grapefruit, etc. essential oils. I am in love with the fact that Young Living diligently provides products that have none of these harmful chemicals. In fact, all of their products not only DON’T have harmful chemicals, they also contain many ingredients that are beneficial to our health. Sounds like a win/win to me!

Post #17: Transfer Buying
So, in the description of this class I mentioned transfer buying. What in the world does that mean, exactly? Think of it this way: “I shop at Target and get all my household items there like dish soap, laundry soap, toothpaste etc. but I just found out that many of those products offered to me aren’t safe! Now I take that money I would be spending at Target on those items, and *transfer* it to a different source where I know I am getting a safe product for me and my family.”
Hence how I started ordering from Young Living and am eliminating toxins out of my home one by one. And now that you’ve learned from this class, you know that there are safe alternatives for your home too!

Whether you choose Young Living or another company that offers you clean products, I greatly encourage you to do some more in depth thinking about what kinds of products you want to have in your home. Learn all about how Young Living got started and what they are all about. Check out their website here: https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/company/about/mission-statement

Here is a great video on Young Living’s Seed to Seal guarantee https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HTpuZyrgwM&feature=youtu.be

They also just released their Holiday catalog yesterday and it is full of lovely items that might make great non-toxic gifts! https://issuu.com/youngliving/docs/2017_holiday_catalog_us_issuu

Young Living has an essential rewards program that is AMAZING. This is how I have felt like I could eliminate toxins from my home on a monthly basis, one or two items at a time. Plus, I get rewards points back towards purchases and a 24% discount on every item. I also get free products every month. Does your typical pharmacy/box-store do that? I don’t think so.

If you are interested in becoming a Young Living member, feel free to contact me and I can tell you the best way to get started and in detail why I continue to choose Young Living. Young Living literally has changed. my. life.

That’s all for the educational content of this class. I hope you aren’t too overwhelmed, and that you enjoyed learning as much as I did!
If you need help finding a place to start or simply need encouragement on ditching those terrible chemical filled products in your home and switching to something that your health will thank your for, I’m your gal.
If you have any questions, PLEASE continue to ask! Remember that slow and steady is the way to go to eliminate harsh chemicals and toxins in your home.