Labels can be Deceiving

When I first started my head first dive into a healthier lifestyle back in 2009 I began with food. Reading labels looking for simple ingredients and if there was an ingredient I wasn’t sure what it was I looked it up. What I found is that if I can’t pronounce it generally it wasn’t good for my body and my health, with the exception of quinoa that one is the only exception! With my new found wisdom I am now in the habit of reading all food labels and that determines if I will buy a product or not. Then I got to thinking just last year what about the cleaners I use, the body wash, shampoo, makeup, lotion, and my face products?The skin is the largest organ of the body after all!! If I am big on taking care of my inside what am I doing to protect the outside?

I started reading ingredients again, this seemed even more complicated than the food because the labels portrayed that I was buying something that was a safe and healthy alternative to all the toxins found in typical products. I knew from research I was looking for products that were paraben free, sulfate free (SLS), free of phthalates, free from dyes, gluten free (for my son who has celiacs), Cocamidopropyl Betaine free, triclosan free, Polysorbate free, Behentrimonium Chloride free, Quaternium-15 free, Retinyl palmitate free, Phenoxyethanol free, and Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) free. Why are these not good for you? Let me briefly explain.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS)
A surfactant found in many cleaning products. Also an insecticide. The sodium and ammonium laureate sulfates are known cancer-causing ingredients. Also causes liver damage, skin rashes, depression, diarrhea and eye damage.

Fragrance
Fragrance of any kind isn’t good. It clogs the lymphatic system and induces major organ system toxicity. Also causes endocrine disruption.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine
This foaming agent has been associated with skin and eye irritation and allergic contact dermatitis. Although the government regards it as safe, many people have negative reactions to it.

Triclosan
With a moderate hazard rating, triclosan should be avoided at all costs. It can accumulate in our fat cells and keep our body in a state of toxicity. It causes irritation of the skin, eyes and lungs, and causes endocrine disruption and organ system toxicity.

Polysorbates
Used to dissolve fragrance or other oil additives. Often found in conditioners. It leaves a residue on the skin and scalp, disrupts the skin’s natural pH and destroys the natural protective barrier of our skin and scalp. Polysorbate-80 is the worst of the bunch – but stay clear of all!

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
Often found in conditioners, PEG contains dangerous dioxin levels, often found as a by-product of the ethoxylation process in manufacturing. Dioxins have a direct link to cancer, and also cause organ system toxicity.

Potassium Sorbate
Potassium sorbate is used as a preservative in hair-care products. It causes skin and organ system toxicity.

Phenoxyethanol
Another preservative used in cosmetics and hair care products. Causes organ system toxicity, and is an irritant to the skin, eyes and lungs. The FDA even warned that phenoxyethanol can cause shut down of the central nervous system, vomiting and contact dermatitis.

Retinyl Palmitate
Retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A, can speed the development of skin tumours and lesions, making it a possible carcinogen. Causes reproductive toxicity and organ system toxicity.

Dimethicone
Dimethicone is a silicone oil that can make the scalp and skin incredibly dry and irritated. It forms an almost plastic-like barrier on the outside of the skin and traps bacteria, sebum and impurities with it. It is also an eye irritant and is non-biodegradable and horrible for the environment.

Behentrimonium Chloride
Behentrimonium Chloride is a type of ammonium salt used as a preservative and surfactant. It is a toxic compound, with concentrations of 0.1% and higher having been shown to damage the eyes. It is irritating to the skin and causes inflammation.

Quaternium-15
This lovely chemical is another quaternary ammonium salt used as a surfactant and preservative in personal care products. It acts as a formaldehyde releaser and is definitely not safe. Formaldehyde is extremely carcinogenic, and should be avoided at all costs.

PABA
This is an ingredient in many different cosmetics, sunscreen, and other beauty products, stands for para-aminobenzoic acid. Paba is linked to Dermatitis and can lead to a variety of skin abnormalities when applied topically, ranging from discoloration to cancer, Female Infertility, Liver damage, and Vitiligo.

I downloaded the Think Dirty app and to my surprise I found what I had been buying wasn’t better after all. Here is an example of how labels can be misleading and deceptive. I bought this because from the labeling it appeared to be a good alternative, as the label clearly states it contains ZERO sulfates, parabens, dyes, gluten, phthalates, propylene glycol. So what is missing? It contains fragrance, diazolidinyl urea, SLS, and iodopropynyl butycarmate. Which on a 1-10 scale, 10 being the most toxic this rates a 9 in the Think Dirty app.  I highly recommend that you download this app and start scanning products in your house that you use everyday, see what’s exactly in them and why they aren’t good for you.

 

 

Why don’t we want fragrance? because it is a Hormone Disruptor, it clogs the lymphatic system and induces major organ system toxicity.

What about Diazolidinyl Urea? it allows chemicals to penetrate deeper into the skin and has been shown to release formaldehyde!! Health impacts of this one is skin irritation, may trigger Eczema, and allergies. Did you know The EU commission limit the use of this chemical at .5% because it is a formaldehyde releasing agent which is considered carcinogen.

Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate this is used as a foaming agent and cause cause skin irritation and Japan has restricted it in the use of cosmetics.

As for Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate it is a water base that was originally used in the wood and paint industries and is now common in cosmetics and personal care products, it has health effects of endocrine disruptors. 

A great place to researching some of these ingredients and more is Pub Med.

After learning all this and still continuing to be shocked when I scan things in the store with the Think Dirty app…This is why I fell in love with Young Living, I don’t have to worry about what
I am putting on my skin, my kids skin, or using on my animals. They only use quality ingredients, that won’t cause harm to our bodies. This is a great option and it makes your hair feel amazing! Plus when I order from Young Living on Essential Rewards I get 25% back in rewards points that I am able to use on more products and as as additional bonus I get many freebies each month just for ordering my everyday products such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, dish soap, house cleaner, and more. If you already know about Young Living and are ready to order click here (if not read on)

If you would like to Learn More about Young Living visit their seed to seal website. If you would like to know more about essential oils or toxic free living, email me I would be happy to send you the link to my Essential Oils 101 class or Toxic free living recording. If you are on Facebook and would like to join my private Essential Oils group to learn more friend me on Facebook and send me a private message, let’s connect, I want to help you!

Before I end this post I want to share with you about Young Living just incase your like me and need information before you decide anything. I do encourage you to research and if you need help at any time please email me, I sincerely want to help!!

So here is the bottom line when ordering from Young Living; You can buy the oils retail from my site by clicking here However to buy the oils in the most economical way (this is the way I got started and I am all about being frugal) you can become a “wholesale member.” In return you get the oils at a wholesale discount of 24% off retail, plus access to other offers such as Essential Rewards which is the program I mentioned earlier, and Young Living gives you free products when ordering at different price points every month. When you sign up, I get a commission {I think it is super important to be clear on that!}. If – and ONLY if – you choose to sign someone else up, will you get a commission, it’s an option you are not required to sign up anyone at any time. For a whole year, I didn’t actively try to sign anyone up.  (I don’t recommend waiting that long if you love the oils and want to share) You never have to sign anyone up or share the oils.  You can simply enjoy the wholesale pricing with zero strings attached. For real. I recommend starting with the Premium kit because you get lots of oils in actual jars, and a diffuser. {see more below}

But here is where Young Living differs from others other than their Seed to Seal Promise (which is HUGE): There is NO regular purchase commitment! In other words, you don’t have to maintain a certain order amount, and you are not locked into any specific purchase commitment, you can simply order when you need to. (I must state that in order to keep your wholesale membership you do need to purchase 50 PV ($50) per year but this can be anytime in the year) For me, this was the kicker other than the products themselves and the seed to seal promise. When you don’t NEED something, why in the world should you HAVE to buy it? {Of course, you will probably find, like me, that you have a zillion reasons why you need your oils.} which leads me to better explain Essential Rewards.

Young Living does offer a monthly order program I like to call it my monthly box…you know like bark box or birchbox? It’s called Essential Rewards, but this is totally optional. Yay!! I did this from the start because I wanted all the oils. With ER {Essential Rewards}  I like that I get a percentage back in product credit as I build my collection of oils and replace the oils that we run out of every month because we use them everyday, hello Lavender!! In addition Young Living has what I like to call Specials every month, they call them promotions. There are different price points, 100 only on ER, 190, 250, and 300. With each of those price points you are given FREE products and every month is different products. Check out this month’s specials!!

If you’re interested in joining up to purchase wholesale, click here

Step by step instructions on how to join Young Living Essential Oils:

1. Click here to begin the enrollment process. It’s super easy!

2. Wholesale Member will already be selected. Again, this is the wholesale membership…with NO strings attached. It is AMAZING! If you select “Retail Customer” you will not receive wholesale pricing, you won’t have access to starter kits and you will pay retail cost which is 24% more than wholesale. Yikes!

3. Make sure my member number {2588702} is in both the Sponsor ID and Enroller ID spots.

4. PLEASE be sure to include your email address. If you don’t, I have no way to invite you to the Dream Team Oilers University Facebook support group and I can’t support you as you begin your journey with essential oils. I love this FB page and am on there a lot learning more and more everyday how people are using and having success with the oils.

5. Choose the kit you want. {I highly recommend the PREMIUM KIT.} It’s the first kit you see when you are signing up.  Then proceed to checkout. You can skip the Essential Rewards part for now unless you would like to join ER right away. If you would I suggest Thieves Household Cleaner and one of the shampoo’s and conditioners, or some body wash or bar soap.

6. That’s it! Your oils will be on their way to your doorstep! Welcome to Young Living!!!

If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. My email is faithfanniel@cox.net

xoxo,
Faith

Young Living Distributor #2588702

 

Natural Skin Care

SkinCare ❤️ what is your skincare routine?

Most of us in the past or currently have an arsenal of facial products and have spent an insane amount of money on beauty products trying to keep our skin clear and healthy while fighting the inevitable aging process. One of the most natural and effective ways to cleanse skin is with an oil cleanse. Fact: Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principles of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” An oil cleanse will remove makeup and balance skin, it covers it all and all you need is a washcloth, and oil base and some essential oils.

 
When I first did this I had a breakout, which is normal; it’s your skin detoxing. I personally do this 3-4 times a week. Over cleansing can cause an imbalance in your skin’s natural oil production, causing skin irritations to your skin. I do this in the shower but you can do it at your sink as well. I have found before bed to be best for me. If your skin still needs a little extra care—maybe a toner, moisturizer, or serum—check out Young Living’s ART® line here: Art Skin Care
 
If you would like to learn more about the oil cleansing method check out this site: http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/
 
Where to start? Here is a base guide to get you started.

Cleanse Recipe:
 
1. Start with a good cleansing base oil and pour ¼ cup into a clean glass bowl. (you may have to play with this to find the perfect fit for you, using one or two of the base oils)
 
CLEANSING BASE OILS
All Skin Types: Olive, Sunflower, Tamanu
Oily Skin: Jojoba, Grapeseed, Sweet Almond
Dry Skin: Avocado, Apricot Kernel, Argan
 
2. Add 1–3 drops of one or more of the essential oils listed below:
 
ESSENTIAL OILS
All Skin Types: Lavender Oil, Geranium Oil, Frankincense Oil, Clary Sage Oil, Royal Hawaiian™ Sandalwood Oil
Oily Skin: Bergamot Oil, Helichrysum Oil
Dry Skin: Myrrh Oil, Rose Oil
Instructions:
1. Open pores by rinsing your face with warm water.
2. With upward rotations, massage oil mixture all over face for 1–2 minutes.
3. Leave mixture on face for 1 minute.
4. Saturate a clean washcloth with warm water.
5. Place towel on face and leave for 15–30 seconds.
6. Slowly and gently wipe off oil.
 
Repeat steps 5–6 until your face feels clean. Your skin will love an oil cleanse anywhere from twice a day to once a week, depending on how your skin responds.

If you would like to learn more about essentials oils visit me here: Merely Essentials
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