Sunday, May 24, 2015

Young Living Essential Oil Weekly Spotlight: Purification

Neutralize odors and enhance the air in your hoe with the crisp, refreshing aroma of Purification. When diffused, Purification helps purify and cleanse the air from stubborn and lingering odors. This uplifting blend is also an excellent choice for cleansing and soothing dry skin.

  • Massage 1-2 drops to cleanse and soothe dry skin.
  • Combine several drops with water in a spray bottle and spray to eliminate unpleasant smells such as smoke, mildew, and stale food odors.
  • Diffuse to clean the air and neutralize foul or stale odors.


Why You Might Want to Think Twice About Using Waterproof Mascara. Plus, other sneaky culprits that could be hurting your delicate eye area

Dark circles under your eyes that even concealer can't hide? The problem could be coming from your sleep habits or from rubbing your eyes—but there are even sneakier culprits you might not know about. 

1. Waterproof Mascara
They often require rubbing to remove, which intensifies rings. Switch to a formula that's not marked long wear.

2. Eyelash Extensions
These faux lashes are applied with glue that many people are allergic to, resulting in irritation and circles around the eye area.

3. Swimming Goggles
They add suction and pressure to the under-eye area. Reach for a pair of open-water goggles—they rest on the outside of the orbital rim.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Young Living Essential Oil Weekly Spotlight: JOY

The magnetic energy of this blend brings a beautiful feeling of joy to the heart, mind, and soul. It’s uplifting aroma inspires romance and love. Joy may also help bring peace to individuals when diffused.

  • Wear 1-2 drops as cologne or perfume to inspire a feeling of romance and togetherness.
  • Rub 1 drop of Joy between your palms and then spread over the face and neck after a calming shower or bath.
  • Put several drops of Joy on a scarf or in a diffuser to enjoy and share the is beautiful aroma.

Ingredients to Avoid

Well, the list is long and plentiful. Search any ingredient on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep cosmetic database and it's likely an inconvenient print out to take with you shopping. However, starting to familiarize yourself with some of the big baddies, is a great start. A rule of thumb I go by is if it takes me effort to pronounce it, it’s probably not good. I use my iPhone for quick ingredient checks on ones I’m not sure about, but for the most part you can figure it out with the use of good judgement.  Every time you put something on your skin (hand cream, face serum, body lotion) just remind yourself where it ends up. Switching to natural is then made that much easier. Below are some of the major “no no” ingredients to help you on a journey to a more healthy and beautiful body.

Isopropyl (SD-40): a very drying and irritating solvent and dehydrator that strips your skin’s moisture and natural immune barrier, making you more venerable to bacteria, molds and viruses. It is made from propylene, a petroleum derivative and is found in many skin and hair products, fragrance, antibacterial hand washes as well as shellac and antifreeze. It can act as a “carrier” accelerating the penetration of other harmful chemicals into your skin. It may promote brown spots and premature aging of skin. A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients says it may cause headaches, flushing, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, narcosis, anesthesia, and coma.
DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine) & TEA  (triethanolamine)Purpose/Usage:  foaming agentAvoid because:  skin sensitizer, can form carcinogenic compounds when mixed with certain cosmetic ingredients,  These chemicals are already restricted in Europe due to known carcinogenic effects. In the United States however, they are still used despite the fact that Americans may be exposed to them 10-20 times per day with products such as shampoos, shaving creams and bubble baths.Products found in:  makeup, body wash, shampoo, skincareHow to identify on a label:  DEA, Diethanolamine, TEA, Triethanolamine

Purpose/Usage:  often used as a carrier for synthetic fragrance
Avoid because:  can negatively affect fertility and fetal development, considered a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organizaiton
Products found in:  hair spray, lipstick, perfume and nail polish
How to identify on a label:  Benzylbutyl phthalate (BzBP), Di-n-butyl phthalate or Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), Diethyl phthalate (DEP), and sometimes Fragrance

Formaldehyde/DMDM Hydantion & Urea (Imidazolidinyl) 
Purpose/Usage:  an impurity released by some chemical preservatives
Avoid because:  carcinogenic, skin and lung irritant, gastrointestinal or liver toxicant and neurotoxin, may cause joint pain, skin reactions, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness, and loss of sleep. Exposure may also irritate the respiratory system, trigger heart palpitations or asthma, and aggravate coughs and colds. Other possible side effects include weakening  the immune system and cancer.
Products found in:  nail polish, deodorant, shampoo
How to identify on a label:  Formaldehyde, Formalin, Urea, Diazolidinyl urea, Imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, Quaternium-15, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol, and Sodium hydroxylmethylglycinate.

Purpose/Usage:  synthetic preservative
Avoid because:  found in breast tissue, acts like estrogen in the body, could lead to impaired fertility or fetal development
Products found in:  soap, skincare, body care, hair care, toothpaste, deodorant
How to identify on a label: alkyl parahydroxybenzoate, butylparaben, methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparabens.
Purpose/Usage:  used as an emollient or lubricant
Avoid because:   commonly contains impurities linked to cancer
Products found in:  skincare, body care, lip balm, makeup
How to identify on a label:  petrolatum, petroleum jelly, mineral oil

Propylene Glycol and Butylene Glycol
Purpose/Usage:  helps a product to retain moisture
Avoid because:   penetration enhancer (alters skin structure, allowing other chemicals to more easily enter the system), They easily penetrate the skin and can weaken protein and cellular structure. Commonly used to make extracts from herbs. PG is strong enough to remove barnacles from boats! The EPA considers PG so toxic that it requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles and to dispose of any PG solutions by burying them in the ground. Because PG penetrates the skin so quickly, the EPA warns against skin contact to prevent consequences such as brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities.
Products found in:  skincare, hair care, body care, makeup, baby care products, contact lens cleaner
How to identify on a label: Propylene Glycol, Proptylene Glycol, 1,2-Propanediol. Related synthetics: PEG (polyethylene glycol) and PPG (polypropylene glycol)

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG): 
potentially carcinogenic petroleum ingredient that can alter and reduce the skin’s natural moisture factor. This could increase the appearance of aging and leave you more vulnerable to bacteria. Used in cleansers to dissolve oil and grease. It adjusts the melting point and thickens products. Also used in caustic spray-on oven cleaners.

Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate
Purpose/Usage:  makes a product foamy
Avoid because:   penetration enhancer (alters skin structure, allowing other chemicals to more easily enter the system),Animals exposed to SLS experience eye damage, depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation, and even death. Young eyes may not develop properly if exposed to SLS because proteins are dissolved. SLS may also damage the skins immune system by causing layers to separate and inflame.
Products found in:  shampoo, facial cleansers, body wash, bubble bath, baby bath, toothpaste
How to identify on a label: Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate, Anhydrous Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Irium

1,4 Dioxane
Purpose/Usage:  a chemical by-product of ethoxylation, an ingredient processing method used to make petro-ingredients less irritating to skin
Avoid because:   carcinogenic, suspected cardiovascular and blood toxicant, gastrointestinal toxicant, immunotoxicant, kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant, respiratory toxicant, skin toxicant
Products found in:  shampoo, facial cleansers, body wash, bubble bath, baby bath, liquid soap
How to identify on a label:  because 1,4 Dioxane is a contaminant produced during the manufacturing process, FDA does not require it to be listed on a product ingredient listing. recommends looking for common ingredients which may contain the impurity, identifiable by the prefix or designations of ‘PEG,’ ‘–eth–,’ ‘Polyethylene,’ ‘Polyethylene glycol’ ‘Polyoxyethylene,’ or ‘–oxynol–’ (FDA 2007).

Monday, May 4, 2015

NEW - Thickening Tonic

  • Proven to thicken hair instantly with just one use
  • Expands strands from roots to ends
  • Powered by botanicals - including certified organic amla fruit
  • 97% naturally derived


  • Spray on thickening tonic from roots to ends, in sections. Comb through to distribute evenly.
  • Blow dry your hair with a round brush, using the nozzle to direct the hair down each section.
  • Brush your dry hair into the style you desire.
  • Finish with control force™ firm hold hair spray.

3.4 fl oz/100ml     $28.00

5 Things That Happen When You Quit Eating Sugar

First, let’s set the record straight by saying that sugar in and of itself isn’t evil, per se. It occurs naturally in plenty of foods, including fruits and milk. With that being said, adding excess sugar to your dietary intake simply isn’t necessary. In fact, you’ll notice numerous positive things happen when you decide to quit sugar for life.
Although people living in the Western world have been trained to desire sugary treats, as well as foods that include copious amounts of sugar for flavoring, we certainly don’t need it. If you stop eating anything but naturally occurring sugars, you’ll notice that 5 very distinctive things will happen.

1. Your Energy Will Improve

Ironically, many of us have a tendency to reach for sugar-filled items, including so-called energy drinks and caffeinated beverages, when we’re tired. Yet without all the sugar, we’re guaranteed to have a higher energy level naturally. In other words, all that sugar is blocking our body’s ability to keep our energy stores at maximal levels. Plus, there will be no up-and-down with your blood sugar, so afternoon crashes will become an experience of the past.

2. Your Weight Will Stabilize

Sugar makes you crave more sugar, and we’re not just talking about sugar in its raw form. Let’s face it: most sugar comes in high-fat and/or high-carb foods that have been processed or at least contain tons of unwanted ingredients. There is, of course, the exception of fruit, which are nearly all sugar.  By going on a sugar detox, your body will not be subjected to the need to deal with all those additional calories.  You won’t feel hungry, and you’ll end up losing weight – or at least not seeing the scale fluctuate as dramatically.

3. Your Intestines and Colon Will Perform More Efficiently

If your insides could tell you what they wanted on a daily basis, they would say lots of fiber and a minimum amount of tough-to-digest, impure foods. When you remove sugar, you’re enabling your tummy and bowels to reset their abilities to process what you’ve eaten. You may even find that you go to the bathroom more often … this is a good thing. It means everything is getting back to a normal routine.

4. You’ll Stop Wanting Sugar

It’s a fact: sugar begets sugar. After you rid it from your food regimen, you’ll slowly begin to lose the desire to eat anything with sugar in it. Fruits will taste plenty sweet, and if you do take a bite of a cake or pie, you’ll be shocked at how overpowering and overly sweet it seems.

5. Your Skin Will Look Healthier

Have you noticed that you can’t seem to crack the case on why your acne appears and disappears despite all the creams, potions, and ointments you’re using? It may be that sugar is hurting your skin from the inside out. Many people report that their skin feels and looks healthier after they stop giving in to sugar’s pull.

Ready to Start Your Sugar Detox and Quit Sugar for Life?

While a cold turkey approach to your sugar detox isn’t always recommended, especially if you’ve been a sugar-holic for most of your lifetime, it’s definitely a good idea to start cutting back now. The faster you begin, the faster you’ll start to reap the advantages of going sugar-free.
In fact, in light of the countless dangers of consuming too much sugar, the World Health Organization has changed its sugar recommendation—advising no more than 5% of your daily calories should come from the sweet stuff, down from the previously recommended 10 percent. Considering that more than 50 percent of all Americans consume one-half pound of sugar PER DAY—translating to a whopping 180 pounds of sugar per year, we have some work to do.
Start small by evaluating everything you’re eating and drinking. If you are addicted to sugar-laced coffee drinks sold at popular coffeehouses, scale back on how many times you drink them. Then, scale back some more. Soon, omit certain sugar-laden products. Over time, you will physiologically adjust to your new habits.
Remember that it takes about three weeks before a new way of doing something becomes a comfortable routine. If you have slight missteps, such as eating a candy bar after a stressful workday, just keep forging ahead. The results of your diligence will definitely be worth it.