Affordable Plant Based Oil Infused Laundry?!?!

I have a large family and on average we do 13 loads of laundry every week…that’s an average of 52 loads per month. 🤨

Thieves Laundry soap is 6x’s concentrated and one bottle does 64 loads of laundry…. it comes out to just 46 cents per load. 😍 

I love it because It’s affordable and I don’t have to worry about what I am putting on my family’s skin or what my pets will be laying on. Our gym clothes, husbands and kids uniforms, towels, our bedding, and our animal bedding comes out smelling clean and feeling soft! 

 

  Benefits of Thieves Laundry Soap::

• It is a plant-based formula is FREE from SLS (sodium
lauryl sulfate), dyes, petrochemicals, formaldehyde, phosphates, synthetic perfume, and optical brighteners.

• It uses the power of Thieves, Jade Lemon™, and Bergamot essential oils.

• Thieves Laundry soap plant-based formula can be safely poured directly onto clothes.

• It can be used in all washers including high-efficiency, and its highly concentrated formula will handle approximately 64 loads with just 32 fluid ounces.

Did you know???
Many detergents add optical brighteners to make clothes appear brighter, which has nothing to do with cleaning clothes. Clothes only appear whiter and brighter because these additives reflect blue light, giving the illusion that your clothes are less yellow. These optical brighteners remain in the clothes and are against the skin when worn.

Some like to use a little laundry soap Hack for this as well to DOUBLE their Bottle!!

  • Remove 16oz soap from the bottle (half)

  • Add 3 capfuls of Thieves Household Cleaner (this is a booster & its optional)

  • Add 16oz distilled or filtered water

  • Gently shake until completely incorporated

  • Use as directed on bottle

 

XO,
Faith

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The Safer more Affordable option to Cleaning!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love a good deal! I am very frugal with our money…. this is why when I first found Thieves household cleaner I was a little set back by the price…but then I did the math. Young Living’s Thieves household cleaner comes in two sizes: a 14.4 ounce bottle or a 64 ounce bottle. The 14.4 ounce bottle costs $22.50 (wholesale price). The 14.4 ounce bottle actually makes 432-720 ounces of ready to use cleaner (depending on the strength you want to make it) and costs only $0.03-$0.05 per ounce!  YEP! that’s affordable!

 

BUT….Let’s compare the prices of 7 other common household cleaners:
How will Thieves cleaner stack up to the price of some popular store-bought household cleaners:

– Fabuloso Passion of Fruits all-purpose cleaner: $0.05 per ounce
– Lysol Lemon Breeze all-purpose cleaner: $0.06 per ounce
– 409 Lemon all-purpose cleaner: $0.09 per ounce
– Mr. Clean Febreze and Citrus multi-surface cleaner: $0.11 per ounce
– Green Works all-purpose cleaner: $0.11 per ounce
– Myers Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner: $0.25 per ounce
– Honest Company Multi-Surface Cleaner: $0.15 per ounce

💜MOST AFFORDABLE —> Thieves household cleaner (diluted appropriately and ready to use in a spray bottle – I reuse an empty spray bottle): $0.03-$0.05 per ounce. It’s even less when it is part of my Essential Rewards order…because you get points back to redeem later.

Now that we gone over affordability let’s chat Safety! Because that is also very important to me, when I began purging my home and began living a healthier lifestyle knowing what is in the products I am using and bringing into my home is crucial.

I looked up each of the above household cleaners on the Environmental Working Group’s website. EWG gives an A to F health rating for cleaning products:

A = Few/no known or suspected hazards to health or the environment; good ingredient disclosure.
B = Low concern; limited potential for hazards to health or the environment; at least some ingredient disclosure.
C = Moderate concern; some potential for hazards to health or the environment; at least some ingredient disclosure.
D = High concern; llikely hazards to health or the environment; may also have poor ingredient disclosure.
F= Potentially significant hazards to health or the environment; or poor ingredient disclosure.
Here’s how the cleaners rank:

– Fabuloso Passion of Fruits all-purpose cleaner: F rating
– Lysol Lemon Breeze all-purpose cleaner: C rating
– 409 Lemon all-purpose cleaner: F rating
– Mr. Clean Febreze and Citrus multi surface cleaner: D rating
– Green Works all-purpose cleaner: F rating
– Myers Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner: C rating
– Honest Company Multi-Surface Cleaner: C rating

💜 SAFEST CLEANER —> Thieves household cleaner is not ranked by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). However, I did look up each of the ingredients on their website.
– Alkyl Polyglucoside has a B rating.
– Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate (or Lauric Acid) has an A rating.
– Disodium 2-Sulffolaurate (listed in their cosmetic database) has a rating of 1 (low hazard).
– Pure, therapeutic grade essential oils (Thieves cleaner contains Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, and Rosemary essential oil) are generally agreed upon to be a safe alternatives to harsh cleaning chemicals. Thieves household cleaner seems to be the safest choice! 

We use Thieves cleaner all the time, for everything from animal habitats, bathrooms, laundry, floors, windows, and even our carpet . It is very affordable, safe, and works extremely well. Plus, it smells awesome and is biodegradable.

 

You can check out EWG’s databases here:
Cosmetic
Cleaning

Get your Thieves Cleaning Kit!!

Switching to All Natural Deodorant..you may need to detox!

Making the Switch doesn’t have to be a smelly one! I have been making my own deodorant for 2 years now. But when I made the switch I didn’t know there may be a detox period so I thought the deodorant wasn’t working, but it wasn’t the deoderant it was my body getting rid of all the chemicals I had been putting on it!! 😲

So let me me share with you what I have learned. When you are going from store bought deodorant to all natural there is sometimes a detox period that we must go though. So when you have been using deodorant that contains chemicals and begin using an all natural one here are some tips to help the transition! After doing a armpit detox I have noticed that I just don’t smell, in fact many days I don’t even need deodorant although when I am going to be out in the summer heat, out of the house for the day or when I go running I do apply because no one wants to stink like BO!

Read on for how to detox and 2 DIY deodorant recipes!

Detox your pits! through trial and error and lots of research I found a great way to do this from Wellness Mama. (I just love her)

You’ll just need bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar and water.

This is the bentonite clay I use: https://www.amazon.com/Aztec-Secret-Indi…/…/ref=sr_1_7_s_it…

I use braggs apple cider vinegar

Ingredients
1 tablespoon bentonite clay
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1-2 teaspoons of water (to get right consistency)

Instructions
1. Mix all of the ingredients in a glass bowl (do not use metal!) with a wooden or non-metal spoon until about the consistency of sour cream.

2. Spread in an even layer over the armpits and allow to sit for 5-20 minutes. I suggest starting slowly and working up to a longer period of time once you see how your body adjust. If it hurts at all, remove immediately.
(This may cause some redness as it will increase blood-flow to the area, but it will go away quickly.)

3. Wash off in the shower or with a warm, wet washcloth.

4. Repeat daily or as needed until under-arm odor goes away and natural deodorant is non-irritating.

Also, make sure to drink a lot of water any time you stimulate lymph flow (dry brushing, massage, detox, etc) to help flush the body and avoid getting dehydrated.

The deodorant I use:
1 tbs baking soda
2 tbs kaolin clay
3 tbs coconut oil
2 tbs shea butter
1 tbs arrowroot
1 tbs beeswax
1 tbs rosehip (can use sweet almond or grapeseed)
20 drops Purification, 10 drops Lavender & Cypress (or you can use 20 drops purification and 10 lavender)

Directions:
1. combine shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil in double broiler (or use a large glass measuring cup in pan of boiling water)

2. Remove from heat when all is melted.

3. combine baking soda, kaolin clay, and arrowroot to melted shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax. Mix well.

4. in a separate bowl mix rosehip and essential oils.

5. combine rosehip/essential oil mix to deoderant base mix. Stir well.

6. pour into containers and allow to cool completely before use.

**If you need additional support while detoxing use one drop of purification to each armpit before applying this deodorant or other natural deodorants.

The deodorant my son likes and is a SUPER easy option for natural deodorant: make a 5ml roller bottle with jojoba or grapeseed oil + 20 drops of Purification

Not into DIY no problem!! Young Living has deodorant as well!!

Here is links to the ingredients I use to make my own.

XO,
Faith

DIY Winter Wellness

With winter fast approaching I wanted to share with you some of the small easy DIY staples that my family and I use. Hand purifier, rice sock, bath soak, and tea. Not only are these great for home but make a super nice gift basket.

The hand purifier we use daily, it’s simple to make and very convenient to carry in your purse, car, or backpack.  I got my containers, vitamin E, and AloeVera from Amazon, here: On the Go Containers  Aloe Vera Gel  Vitamin E

For the Rice sock, we love this simple little thing, you can tie it off at the end, sew it closed with machine or hand sew it, whichever is easiest for you. When we need heat for aching muscles we throw it in the microwave in 30 second intervals until warm, if we need it cold; toss it in the freezer for 20-30 min.
(note I have not had the rice burn in the microwave but you could add a tsp water to the sock before microwaving to ensure it doesn’t)
What you will need:
Plain Rice
: you can find this typically at Dollar Store or will be cheapest at local retailer. If you need gluten free this is an option: Gluten Free
Sock: I got mine at the local Dollar store, Any sock will work. I prefer to use adult size. Like these: Fun Socks you can also use one of the fuzzy socks.
Bath soak, I love my hot baths in the winter. This bath soak is one of my favorites for winter. I use a mason jar to store them in, but any airtight container will do. I use Young Living oils.
What you will need:

Epsom salts:Epsom Salts
Baking Soda: baking soda
Essential oils: Essential oils information
Wellness tea, I love this not only in the winter but year round. You can use whatever your favorite tea is. I choose organic unfiltered raw honey. I get ours from a local beekeeper…oh it’s delicious and good for you!

what you need:
Tea Variety pack tea

Honey Raw Honey
Cute coffee mug!
Essential Oils

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XOXO,
Faith

Hot Process Soap

I love to make my soap a little differently every time but the base is the same. For this one I used coconut milk and Lavender. My family and friends love my soaps and it makes wonderful gifts for any occasion.

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Hot Process Soap SUPPLIES:

-8 oz coconut oil
-22 oz other carrier oil (i like safflower)
-4 oz lye
-10.5 oz water
-crockpot (only to be used for soaps)
-2 glass mixing bowls
-kitchen scale
-stick blender
-spatula
-color (eye shadow, powder clays, mica powder, or food coloring)
-essential oils or soap fragrance
-silicone loaf pan mold
-solo cup
*Your crockpot, glass bowls, stick blender, and spatula used to make hot process soaps should be dedicated to soap making.

Step 1: Measure out base oils

  • Starting with the solid oils, measure coconut oil and other carrier and place it into your crock pot that is set on low. 

Step 2: Measure out water and lye

  • measure out water into a glass bowl
  • measure out lye in solo cup
  • in well ventilated area (either outside or under stove vent with fan on high) add lye to water. IMPORTANT NOTE: Always add the sodium hydroxide (lye) to the water. NOT the water to the sodium hydroxide. add a little at a time and stir with spatula. 

Step 3: Combine lye mix to oils

  • once oils in crockpot have completely melted, slowly add Lye water to your crockpot oils while using your stick blender to mix well. Maintain a steady, strong stirring motion. Not so fast as to splash but fast enough to keep the mixture in constant motion. Mix until trace- which is when it becomes like pudding. 

Step 4: Let Cook

  • allow soap to cook until edges are folding in and it is the consistency of mashed potatoes. (if it starts to bubble over you can stir with spatula gently) 
  • while this is cooking prepare color. add 1 tbsp safflower oil to mica or other colorant such as turmeric, red clay or other natural colorant, add enough color to get color you want.

Step 5: Add Color and or additives

  • you can add one color or several
    • to add one color just add mica oil mix to crockpot and stir or swirl with spatula 
    • to add more than one color. 
      • divide soap into section in glass bowls. one for each color you would like. Add each color you want into sectioned out soap bowls. you will want to work quickly so that soap does not begin to harden.
  • you can add flowers at this time, just stir in.

Step 6: Add fragrance or EO

  • add fragrance or essential oils into soap and stir well with spatula, add as many drops as you need until desired smell.

Step 7: Scoop into Mold

  • for single color pour all of your soap into a loaf mold
  • for multiple colors pour one at a time in a layered fashion
  • Make sure to gently tap the mold on the counter to get any air bubbles out. 

Step 8: Curing and Cutting

  • allow soap to sit in mold for 24-48 hours
  • once it is hardened you can remove it from the mold. 
  • use cutter and cut into bars
  • store in zip lock bag or airtight container until ready to use. 

To make the lavender soap as shown, I used 8 oz coconut oil, 22 oz safflower oil, 4 oz lye, 5.25 oz water, and 13 oz can organic coconut milk. The water I used to mix with the lye and the coconut milk I added to my crockpot with coconut oil and safflower oil. I mixed in lavender and lemongrass essential oil and organic lavender buds, then once I had my soap poured into my mold I sprinkled Lavender on top and pressed it in gently with my spatula. Allowed to sit for 24 hours and then cut.

Lavender & Lemongrass Coconut milk Soap

Lavender & Lemongrass Coconut milk Soap

 

XOXO,
Faith

Skin Loving DIY

I made  some awesome skin Loving goodies this week as gifts!! I love these two and l wanted to share with you just why I Love them and recipes so you can make some too.

Cinnamon Orange Body Scrub smells amazing but also is made with ingredients that has many benefits for your skin!

cinnamon Orange Scrub

*Coconut oil is AMAZING all around but also very beneficial for your skin. Moisturizing, anti-aging, contains vitamin E, and when used in a body scrub aids in removing dead skin cells to reveal smoother skin.

*Cinnamon is great for skin!! Cinnamon has many benefits but some are to help to sooth and soften dry skin, also improves skin tone, reduce signs of aging, and aid in cleansing.

*Orange is great for moisturizing your skin, aiding in signs of aging, and refreshing for your skin!

Cinnamon Orange Body Scrub
1 cup organic sugar
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp coconut oil
9 drops Orange EO
1 tsp organic ground cinnamon
zest of 1 large Orange

In a small bowl mix up sugar and coconut oil, add zest of orange stir well and then add orange oil and stir well. then spoon into container and label. (these will keep for about 2 months) will make about 10 oz
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Joyful Rose Sea Salt Bath Soak has a very relaxing scent, is skin nourishing and detoxifying.

Joyful Rose soak

*Himalayan salt is great for detoxification.

*Dried Rose petals are relaxing, moisturizing, and anti-inflammatory.

*Epsom salt is a natural exfoliant and anti-inflammation that is great for dry skin and sore muscles.

*Baking Soda helps to detoxify and soften skin.

*Joy Essential Oil is uplifting and smells wonderful. Joy contains Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Lemon, Coriander, Tangerine. Jasmine, Roman chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose essential oils. Which is why this oil is one of my very favorites!

Joyful Rose sea salt bath soak
1/4 cup Himalayan salt
2 tbsp dried rose petal or buds
1/2 cup epsom salt
1/4 cup baking soda
5 drops Joy essential oil

You will want to use a food processor (I use my NutriBullet) to grind Himalayan salt until it’s finely ground. In small bowl combine himalayan salt, epsom salt and stir well. Then add baking soda and mix well. Next add your rose petals, these you will want to light crush and mix in well. Next add EO and mix well. Then spoon into container and label. will make about 10 oz

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XOXO
Faith

Tone it Up Bikini Series 2016

It’s that time again and I am very excited. I have been doing the Tone it Up bikini series every year since 2012. I love them, very inspiring, encouraging, and challenging. This is the series that got me hooked, when I found fitness balance in my life. Every year just gets better and better, and just when you think it couldn’t get any better it certainly does.

It’s completely Free! Yes, FREE you don’t have to have a gym membership; workouts can all be done at home.
I got the TIU members bundle, but for those of you would would like to join and don’t have a TIU journal I created a little spread sheet for you! Because I want you to have your best chance to be your best and do your best. I find that keeping a log helps me to stay on track, focusing on each day as it comes.  If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still time. https://www.toneitup.com/lifestyle/sign-up-bikini-series/

TIU 2016 Bikini Series 8 week fitness tracker

TIU 2016 Bikini Series 8 week fitness tracker

Here is the link to the pdf of the fitness tracker: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ek04pkpe06lm25t/bikini%20series%20tracker.pdf?dl=0

Here is the link for the excel version of the fitness tracker:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/jul7t822961lwwi/Bikini%20Series.xlsx?dl=0

I will be checking in using Instagram, there is an amazing group of TIU girls there that will give you inspiration and support the whole way through.

Find me on Instagram @MerelyEssential

Find me on Instagram @MerelyEssential

Week 1 begins tomorrow April, 25th. You can find the first week’s workout schedule here: https://www.toneitup.com/workouts/bikini-series-week-1-workout-schedule/

XOXO,

Faith