Skincare with Essential Oils




With how many beauty & skincare products are full of toxins and use harsh chemicals, how do we know what to use? How do we know which ingredients are okay to use and which we should avoid?

 

First, I always recommend checking the labels. The label of every personal care product has an ingredients list on it. Although there are over 80,000 ingredients on the market, here are the top ingredients that we recommend avoiding: 

 

Benzalkonium chloride: a disinfectant used as a preservative and surfactant associated with severe skin, eye, and respiratory irritation and allergies. Found in: sunscreens, moisturizers.

 

Phenyoxyethanol: a preservative that is a known neurotoxin and can cause skin irritation. 

 

BHA and BHT: synthetic antioxidants used to extend shelf life. They are likely carcinogens and hormone disruptors and may cause liver damage. 

 

Coal tar hair dyes and other coal tar ingredients: a byproduct of coal processing that is a known carcinogen. It is used as a colorant and an anti-dandruff agent. 

 

Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA): a chelating (binding) agent added to cosmetics to improve stability. May be toxic to organs.

 

Ethanolamines (MEA/DEA/TEA): surfactants and pH adjuster linked to allergies, skin toxicity, hormone disruption, and inhibited fetal brain development. 

 

Formaldehyde: used as a preservative in cosmetics. A known carcinogen that is also linked to asthma, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity. Present where quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol (Bronopol), and several other preservatives are listed.

 

Hydroquinone: a skin-lightening chemical that inhibits the production of melanin and is linked to cancer, organ toxicity, and skin irritation. 

 

Methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone: chemical preservatives that are among the most common irritants, sensitizers, and causes of contact skin allergies. 

 

Oxybenzone: sunscreen agent and ultraviolet light absorber linked to irritation, sensitization and allergies, and possible hormone disruption. Found in: sunscreen, moisturizer.

 

Parabens (methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl- and others): a class of preservatives commonly used to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Parabens are endocrine (or hormone) disruptors, which may alter important hormone mechanisms in our bodies and have been linked to breast cancer. 

 

Phthalates (DBP, DEHP, DEP and others): a class of plasticizing chemicals used to make products more pliable or to make fragrances stick to skin. Phthalates disrupt the endocrine system and may cause birth defects.

Polyethylene glycol (PEG compounds): PEGs are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. Depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which are both carcinogens. 

 

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES): SLS and SLES are surfactants that can cause skin irritation or trigger allergies. SLES is often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a byproduct of a petrochemical process called ethoxylation, which is used to process other chemicals in order to make them less harsh.

 

Synthetic fragrance or parfume: an engineered scent or flavoring agent that may contain any combination of 3,000-plus stock chemical ingredients, including hormone disruptors and allergens. Fragrance formulas are protected under federal law’s classification of trade secrets and therefore can remain undisclosed. 

 

Toluene: a volatile petrochemical solvent that is toxic to the immune system and can cause birth defects. 

 

Triclosan and Triclocarban: antimicrobial pesticides toxic to the aquatic environment; which are linked to disrupting human reproductive systems. 

 

The Glycol Family (propylene, butylene, etc): a byproduct of petroleum. It is known to irritate skin and overtime, daily usage can be harmful.

 

Talc: a powdered, hydrous magnesium silicate that sometimes contains aluminum silicate and an be contaminated with asbestos fibers. It is also carcinogenic and can cause respiratory irritation.

 

Petroleum: a mineral oil jelly used as a barrier to lock in moisture. It is made from crude oil, is a known carcinogen, and can cause irritation.

 

WHEW! Ok we realize that was a LOAD of info, but my point here is that it is so important to familiarize ourselves with these names so when we go to the store and pull something off the shelf, we can recognize good from bad and make an empowered decision for ourselves! Need an easy button hack? Check our my free list of 20 ingredients to avoid to make it easy next time you go shopping!

 

Before I share with you some of my fav products for Natural Skincare here are my tips for healthy skin for every type!

 

the best skincare tips for every type! 

 

• wear sunscreen before going out in the sun- the YL mineral sunscreen is my fave! 

• eat lots of fruits and veggies in you diet 

• drink plenty of water and stay hydrated 

• take a probiotic- our gut and skin health our connected- I LOVE LIFE 9. 

• try and minimize stress as much as you can! This isn’t always within our control but stress = breakouts 

 

NORMAL SKIN: 

• use products that support your normal skin and don’t bring too much grease, but won’t dry your skin out

• for best results, use the entire ART system in your skincare routine! Cleanse with the gentle cleanser, moisturize with the art light moisturizer, and use the art toner. Exfoliate with the mint facial scrub once a week. 

 

DRY SKIN: 

• those with dry skin usually feel a tightness in their skin and may experience dry, scaly patches, with redness. Skin may also be sensitive and get irritated easily. 

• moisturizing is super important for people with dry skin. They need thicker creams that will provide more moisture. Oil-based is better than water-based for this skin type. 

• the more oil found in a moisturizer, the better it can absorb and hydrate the skin tissue. 

• avoid harsh chemicals in your skincare products, as dry skin is usually sensitive. 

• use a humidifier daily. FYI- YL diffusers are also humidifiers! ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™€๏ธ

• use a primer before applying make-up. I actually find the Savvy Minerals matte primer is more moisturizing than the hydrating formula- FYI. And always moisturize before. 

• speaking from experience, here’s what you can do for best results: moisturize with our diy glow serum recipe or the sandalwood moisture cream. I tend to use the cream in the winter months at night because it is very thick and the serum in the morning. In the summer I just use the serum. Cleanse with the mirah oil cleanser. This is amazing because it removes all dirt and impurities but also gives you extra moisture. It makes my skin so soft! Exfoliate with the mint facial scrub 2-3 times a month. 

• I have extremely dry skin and using this regimen has completely changed my skin for the better! 

 

OIL-PRONE SKIN: 

• Those with this skin type tend to have an excess of oil and are prone to breakouts

• Many individuals struggling with oily skin head straight for products that promise to dry out the skin, like acne treatments containing harsh ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, but this can actually be counterproductive. Benzoyl peroxide and other drying ingredients may actually trigger your skin to work harder at producing more oil to compensate, resulting in oilier skin.

•Instead of working against the oil, you want to work WITH it. 

• Oily skin needs to be gently exfoliated regularly to help with the buildup of oil which can cause dead skin cells to become trapped in the pores and lead to blemishes and acne. Avoid rough exfoliators which can damage skin in the long run. 

• Use a powder or matte foundation to help soak up the excess oil 

• Always use a primer 

• Wash your face every morning and night 

• Always use a moisturizer. Not moisturizing will make your skin more oil prone because it will signal the oil glands underneath the skin to start producing and pumping out more sebum, resulting in oilier skin. 

• Use a moisturizer that will work with and support your oil-prone skin. 

• Those with oily skin should use the orange blossom cleanser (MADE for oily skin), orange blossom moisturizer (perfect amount of moisture for oily skin and VERY light), exfoliate once a week with mint facial scrub. 

• Fun fact: the orange blossom products are amazing for this skin type because they contain natural sulfur, which helps combat breakouts. 

 

COMBINATION SKIN:

• this means that have more than one skin type in different areas of your face. Typically, people with combination skin see dry areas and oily areas. 

• It’s really important that people with this skin type use natural products because harsh chemicals can dry out dry patches and produce more oil for oily skin. Using natural, gentle products is very helpful. 

• If you have this skin type and it’s evident that you have significant different skin types on your face, you may need to use a different moisturizer for the different areas. 

• Exfoliation is super important for this skin type! Exfoliation with remove dead cells that cause dry skin and unblock clogged pores. 

• A good moisturizer to start with for this skin type is the ART light moisturizer. If you need a more hydrating moisturizer for dry areas, try a natural skin serum with jojoba oil and essential oils 

• The art gentle cleanser is the best cleanser to use. It is gentle, all natural, and won’t be too much for the dry or oily areas. 

• For exfoliation, use the mint facial scrub 1-2 times a week, but be very gentle around dry areas. 

 

 

For all of you who are following this blog but don’t have Young Living oils yet, let’s talk about the best way to get started!! 

 

The Welcome Home Starter Kit includes:

8 Essential oils:

Frankincense, 5 ml

Lavender, 5 ml

Peppermint, 5 ml

Valor, 5 ml

Grapefruit, 15 ml

Lemon, 15 ml

Lime, 15 ml

Tangerine, 15 ml

Wooden oil rack 

 

This includes so many oils that are amazing for skin and all our natural skincare recipes! With this kit you can make: 

• the amazing glow skin serum 

• make-up remover pads 

• diy toner 

• spot treatment roller

• diy perfume

• face and body scrub 

• bath salts 


And so much more! Plus these oils aren’t just for skin and have many other uses like: 

• emotional support

• digestive support 

• can be used to make other things like air fresheners and cleaning supplies, and more! 

The Welcome Home Kit is $125. 

 

Also: this kit gives you a lifetime membership so you can also then grab any skincare products you want and you’ll get 24% off!

 

 

Now, what you’ve been waiting for that has taken me awhile to put together because there is just so much goodness are a handful of my favorite Natural Skincare products + some luxury skincare products for the luxury woman (it’s me, I’m her). 

 

 

Natural Good for your Skin Mineral Sunscreen 


Of course we cannot talk about natural skincare without talking about sunscreen! This is a super important one because it’s so important to protect our skin, but it’s hard to find sunscreen that doesn’t contain toxic ingredients that we absolutely do not want on our skin and in our bodies.


+ 99% of sunscreen on the market is very toxic and the ingredients can cause issues in our bodies. Why they’re allowed to be sold in stores, I have no idea ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธAccording to the CDC, “97% of Americans are contaminated with a widely-used sunscreen ingredient called oxybenzone that has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage. Oxybenzone is also a penetration enhancer, a chemical that helps other chemicals penetrate the skin.” Over 600 sunscreens sold in the US contain Oxybenzone.

 

+ Too high of SPF can also be dangerous because it blocks our body from absorbing vitamin d, which our bodies need. 


+ Applying a full body of Chemical filled sunscreens is actually giving us the same amount of estrogen as hormone replacement therapy. ๐Ÿ˜ณThat’s a lot of estrogen. Hormone disruption can cause infertility and a whole host of health issues so we are staying far away!


+ The sun breaks down all of these chemicals into free radicals which are cancer causing. This is also why we have to reapply because the sun breaks them down and they stop working. 


If you’re feeling like this right now ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ฑthere is a better way, friends!

When Young Living releases their mineral sunscreen a few years ago I was OVER THE MOON. 


Let’s talk about this Mineral Sunscreen!

- comes in SPF 10 or 50 

- coral reef-safe 

- soaks in really well 

- doesn’t stay white on your skin 

- safe for all ages 

- natural, toxin-free formula 

- does not contain nano-particles 

- a little goes a long way 

- water resistant 

- sweat resistant 

- dermatologist approved 

 

BONUS: this sunscreen is actually recognized as an OTC product by the FDA and has been shown to PREVENT sunburn. And after using it for two years, we can attest to that! 

 

Here are the ingredients in the Young Living mineral sunscreen: 


- Grapeseed, coconut, jojoba, raspberry seed, and other vegetable oils 

- Beeswax, candelilla wax, and cocoa butter 

- Essential oils (helichrysum, carrot seed, lavender, myrrh, cistus, frankincense)

- Non-nano zinc oxide, which according to the EWG: provides strong sun protection, doesn’t break down in the sun, can be used all year round, and isn’t harmful to our bodies! 


If I’m going to be out in the sun, I always put a little of this on under my skincare products and make-up!

 

 

Luxury Skincare Products

Young Living has some amazing skincare products and it can be a little overwhelming to know what to use! 

So this is going to go over (briefly) each item, including some of the amazing luxury skincare products!! 




 

Sheerlume: brightens and balances skin tone and helps with dry skin. Can be used as a moisturizer, a night cream, or both!

 

Mint Satin Facial Scrub: a water-based exfoliant that minimizes the appearance of pores and invigorates dull skin. This is great to use once a week to keep your skin healthy and in tip-top shape!

 

Orange Blossom Face Wash: a facial wash that cleanses skin without stripping natural oils. This is 100% plant based and is formulated for people with oily or normal skin. 

Orange Blossom Moisturizer: a plant-based moisturizer that is made for people with oil or combination skin. 

 

Orange Blossom Charcoal Bar Soap: made with the powerful absorption properties of activated charcoal, this pulls out dirt and impurities without stripping the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Its naturally derived formula includes powerful skin-cleaning agents, moisturizing ingredients, and the bright, fresh scent of our Orange Blossom essential oil blend. Use it for your body to cleanse and deodorize, or add it to your skin care routine. The unique benefits of charcoal soap make it an especially suitable face soap for combination, oily, or acne-prone skin to help maintain a clear, healthy-looking complexion.

 

Maximum Strength Acne Treatment: For those of us who suffer from the occasion monthly flare up or chronic acne on your face and body, this stuff is awesome! This is an OTC treatment that’s been reviewed by the FDA and has naturally derived ingredients like: salicylic acid, Manuka essential oil, Tea Tree essential oil, willow bark extract, and aloe vera! It will help clear up those bummer-filled acne blemishes, pimples and blackheads, PLUS, the tea tree and Manuka will cleanse your skin and reduce the appearance of blemishes! Also, we have ALL tried acne treatments that leave our skin feeling tight and dry, but NOT THIS ONE! The Acne Treatment will love your skin with the addition of aloe and chamomile extracts, as well as fight those tough blemishes and keep your skin baby soft, smooth and moisturized! I love it! 


Mirah Luminous Cleansing Oil: contains 

Sandalwood, Jasmine, + Rose w/ Jojoba and Argan oil. It removes impurities, makeup, and water-resistant sunscreens. It contains essential oils to improve skin texture and skin appearance. It also moisturizes skin and it’s vegan!

 

ART Refreshing Toner: this gently removes impurities without drying skin out! It also makes a great make-up remover.

 

ART Gentle Cleanser: promotes healthy skin by washing away impurities and without drying out skin. This cleanser is a great option for people with dry skin.

 

ART Moisture Cream: This moisture cream is nourishing and soothing to the skin. It is perfect for people with oily/combination skin.

 

Boswellia Wrinkle Cream: moisturizes the skin while minimizing shine and reducing the appearance of fine lines

 

Sandalwood Moisture Cream: a hydrating moisturizer infused with essential oils. This is great for those with dry skin.

 

Wolfberry Eye Cream: a natural, water-based moisturizer that soothes tired eyes and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and bags.

 

 

I LOVE skincare products and am obsessed with keeping my body looking and feeling as youthful as I’m able and these are my go to luxury products that help me do just that! Are you ready to finally make a change that’s good for your body and skin? If so, join me and the millions of other Women to get your very own Natural Skincare products that I recommend here + the best way to get started. 

Essential Oil Skincare..featuring some of my favorite DIY recipes






Skincare. Moisturizer. Face wash. Toner. Wrinkle cream. Face masks. All the things. 

The skincare industry is overrun with toxic chemicals. The average woman absorbs 500 toxic chemicals per day because of skincare and personal care products. Most skincare products, are full of things like: parabens, aluminum, neurotoxins, synthetic fragrance, SLS, talc, hormone disruptors, and more. These things aren’t doing our skin any favors and they certainly aren’t looking out for our overall wellness. 

 

I’ve been using the skincare line from Young Living for 3 years now and here’s what I’ve noticed:

 

+ I break out significantly less (like a couple times a year rather than several times a month) 

+ my skin is no longer super dry and rough 

+ my skin is more even, healthier, and softer. 

The power of essential oils is real, friends! 

 

Young Living has a variety of skincare products to fit every skin type and lifestyle. 

Let’s take a look at a few of the options! 

 

 

Now let’s jump into the fun part! The Recipes I am so excited to share with you!

 

DIY Glow Skin Serum




 

This glow serum is my FAVE and works so well! I’ve given it to so many friends and they’re all obsessed with it. It makes your skin so soft and smooth. Best for: dry, combination, sensitive, and normal skin types. 

If you have dry skin, you especially need this. Nothing has ever worked so well on my dry skin!! 

I made this new skin serum and the color of it is so ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Normally I make a skin serum with pretty basic PSK oils but this time I added in some powerhouse skin supporting oils! I’m excited to see how this helps my skin. I’ll update you guys in a few weeks on how I like it! 

 

I have 2 recipes. A basic recipe and one with more luxury oils. The basic recipe is great and will work but get your hands on these luxury oils because they do wonders for your skin!! These ratios are for a 15 ml dropper bottle. 

BASIC SERUM:

10 drops frankincense 

10 drops copaiba 

10 drops valor

5 drops lavender 

5 drops geranium

Top off with jojoba oil 

 

LUXURY SERUM: 

5 drops each of: blue tansy, neroli, royal Hawaiian sandalwood, frankincense 

3 drops each of: geranium, rose, ylang ylang, patchouli, lavender, carrot seed 

Top off with organic jojoba oil! 

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Regular amber dropper bottle: https://amzn.to/2L6T05U

My favorite organic jojoba oil: https://amzn.to/3bc8IHI

 

 

Lash Boost Serum

 

Who else wants alllll the foxy with none of toxy?! Well good news, you totally can! This Lash Boost Serum is magic and so flippin cheap compared to all the other ones on the market! I’m seriously obsessed. I use it every night before bed and 110% swear by it. I got fake lashes earlier this year from a friend who was practicing and when they came off so did all my real lashes… but now my lashes are back and thriving! I’ve even started using it on my eye brows (anyone else a victim of overplucking in middle school? ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ)

The base of this is castor oil which is nourishing food for hair follicles. It also helps to regenerate follicles that have become dormant. Then we add in lavender essential oil because lavender promotes hair growth! You can also add cedarwood and rosemary essential oils for extra strength but just lavender will get the job done! 

 

Here’s the recipe:

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Castor oil: https://amzn.to/3ojCWfz

 

5 drops each of Lavender, Cedarwood, and Rosemary

Then I apply this my lashes and my eyebrows every night!

 

 

DIY Face/body scrub

This is the secret to young looking skin! Whether you’re trying to prevent wrinkles on your face or stretch marks on your body, exfoliation is your best friend! I prefer to use sea salt because of the minerals it contains and then we add in our fav oils for skin rejuvenation. I recommend exfoliating a few times a week. This scrub is super easy to whip up and great to keep in the shower! 

 

Here’s the recipe:

Glass jar 

½ cup of sea salt

½ cup of coconut oil

15 drops lavender

15 drops frankincense 

10 drops peace and calming

Melt the coconut oil and mix all the ingredients in a bowl then move to a glass jar for storage!

 

 

DIY Facial Toner

In a 4 oz bottle: 

10 drops geranium10 drops frankincense 5 drops purification5 drops tea tree 

Fill up with unscented Witch Hazel

Toner is super important for healthy skin. It helps balance the pH of your skin, it detoxifies your skin, helps shrink pores and tightens skin, and hydrated and nourishes your skin.

 

Essential Oils for Skin

Here is a list of some of the amazing for your skin oils! (this is not an exclusive list...I'm sure I missed many others but it’s a start!

Cedarwood

Copaiba

Elemi

Frankincense

Geranium

Grapefruit

Helichrysum

Jasmine

Lavender

Lemon

Lime

Manuka

Manstrate Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

Myrrh

Neroli

Orange

Patchouli

Rose

Rosemary

Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood

Ylang Ylang


How to incorporate oils into your skincare routine: 

1. Making DIY products like the ones we are sharing in this class! 

2. Using the YL skincare products infused with essential oils 

3. Roll on oils onto your skin as part of your skincare routine

I do all three of these! I have a lot of oils in my products and diys and then I also roll on frankincense and manuka neat. 

 

Keep in mind that oils are adaptogenic and work a little differently for everyone! So you just need to experiment a little to see what is best for you.

 

 

For all of you who are following this but don’t have Young Living oils yet, let’s talk about the best way to get started!! 

 

Young Living released this special edition welcome home kit and it’s the perfect way to get started and make all the diy skin recipes! It does go away after April, so you still have a few more days to order it. 

 



The Welcome Home Starter Kit includes:

8 Essential oils:

Frankincense, 5 ml

Lavender, 5 ml

Peppermint, 5 ml

Valor, 5 ml

Grapefruit, 15 ml

Lemon, 15 ml

Lime, 15 ml

Tangerine, 15 ml

Wooden oil rack 


This includes so many oils that are amazing for skin and all our natural skincare recipes! With this kit you can make: 

• the amazing glow skin serum 

• make-up remover pads 

• diy toner 

• spot treatment roller

• diy perfume

• face and body scrub 

• bath salts 


And so much more! Plus these oils aren’t just for skin and have many other uses like: 

• emotional support

• digestive support 

• can be used to make other things like air fresheners and cleaning supplies, and more! 

The Welcome Home Kit is $125.

Also: this kit gives you a lifetime membership so you can also then grab any skincare products you want and you’ll get 24% off!

 

DIY make-up remover pads

Here’s a great recipe for those diy lovers!

You need: 

• a glass jar 

• cotton pads 

• 2 TBSP witch hazel

• 2 TBSP purified water 

• 2 TBSP jojoba oil 

• lavender oil

• frankincense oil

Mix all ingredients in a measuring cup that is glass or stainless steel. 

Place the cotton pads in your jar. 

Pour the liquid mixture over the pads and put the lid on tight!




 

 

DIY Spot Treatment Roller 

Are you prone to breakouts? Then this is a great roller to have! 

In a 10 ml roller: 

10 frankincense 

10 lavender 

10 tea tree 

5 lemon oil

Top off with jojoba oil

How to use: every night, just roll on to any pimples or spots that need treatment! Make sure to only use at night since lemon is photosensitive. 

I also have a bottle of frankincense and tea tree in my bathroom with the roller tops on and sometimes I just roll those right on!

 

 

Actually good for you Mineral Sunscreen 

 

Of course we cannot talk about natural skincare without talking about sunscreen! This is a super important one because it’s so important to protect our skin, but it’s hard to find sunscreen that doesn’t contain toxic ingredients that we absolutely do not want on our skin and in our bodies.

 

+ 99% of sunscreen on the market is very toxic and the ingredients can cause issues in our bodies. Why they’re allowed to be sold in stores, I have no idea ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธAccording to the CDC, “97% of Americans are contaminated with a widely-used sunscreen ingredient called oxybenzone that has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage. Oxybenzone is also a penetration enhancer, a chemical that helps other chemicals penetrate the skin.” Over 600 sunscreens sold in the US contain Oxybenzone.

 

+ Too high of SPF can also be dangerous because it blocks our body from absorbing vitamin d, which our bodies need. 

 

+ Applying a full body of Chemical filled sunscreens is actually giving us the same amount of estrogen as hormone replacement therapy. ๐Ÿ˜ณThat’s a lot of estrogen. Hormone disruption can cause infertility and a whole host of health issues so we are staying far away!

 

+ The sun breaks down all of these chemicals into free radicals which are cancer causing. This is also why we have to reapply because the sun breaks them down and they stop working. 

 

If you’re feeling like this right now ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ฑthere is a better way, friends!

When Young Living releases their mineral sunscreen a few years ago I was OVER THE MOON. 

Let’s talk about this Mineral Sunscreen!

- comes in SPF 10 or 50 

- coral reef-safe 

- soaks in really well 

- doesn’t stay white on your skin 

- safe for all ages 

- natural, toxin-free formula 

- does not contain nano-particles 

- a little goes a long way 

- water resistant 

- sweat resistant 

- dermatologist approved 

 

BONUS: this sunscreen is actually recognized as an OTC product by the FDA and has been shown to PREVENT sunburn. And after using it for two years, we can attest to that! 

 

These are a few of my tips that I’m grateful to share with you when it comes to Essential Oils and Skincare. If you’re looking for more information check out these other blogs I wrote featuring essential oil skincare:

 

When you’re ready to join me on your essential oil skincare journey, click here to read through the way I recommend to get started. 

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The Best Household Cleaner for Spring Cleaning


 

After the Holidays I’m often in this cleaning mood let’s call it my winter/spring cleaning since it often runs through until Spring. I live with 3 boys…they are messy..I clean a lot mmmkkk?!?


 

So, I’m going to share one of my favorite peaceful mom hacks that brought me back my sanity a few years back. In searching on my journey for peace and tranquility while juggling all the things in motherhood Thieves Cleaner fell on my doorstep (not literally…I ordered it). But, in searching to keep things more simple in my life I was told this cleaner could help clean my toilets and my countertops…I was a serious skeptic. But, I gave it a try and I’m proud to say I LOVE IT! And I’ve converted hundreds of skeptics just like me who love it now too. So, instead of hauling around 20 cleaners in a bucket I walk around with 1 in my hand and that saves me time, gives my back a break from hauling everything else I used to have around, and allows a free hand to pick up other things while I’m cleaning- you moms understand.

 

And another incredible benefit to this cleaner is how absolutely incredible it is for our bodies. Most conventional cleaners that you can buy on the store shelves are filled with fragrance (YUCK), hormone disruptors, and cancer causing chemicals all of which I do not have time for. Not to mention all the crap that is in these products that I don't want my babies being exposed to. Want to see how your products rate? Check out this free guide and class I put together. I’m living my best life and won’t let anything bring me down. So, I use thieves cleaner. And here’s just a few reasons why:

 

-It smells freaking fabulous. Like Christmas morning.

 

-It’s actually good for my body. It’s made with Thieves Essential Oils which boosts wellness. And if I gotta clean I’d like to get an immunity boost too!

 

-It’s heavily concentrated so a little goes a long way. In fact one bottle lasts me 6 months. That makes it a bargain of a price. And remember my house is dirty. I live with 3 boys ๏Š

 

-It comes delivered to my door. Yep, I don’t have to trudge out to the store to buy it. This in itself makes it priceless!

 

To keep things fun and exciting since everyone loves a recipe and a 2 for 1 kinda thing or in this case 21 recipes for my one household cleaner…. I wanted to share with you 21 uses for my beloved Thieves Cleaner with recipes for each. I think you’re going to love this!

 

 

 

  1. Trash can scrub
     Empty trash can and fill with water. Pour 1-2 capfuls of Thieves Cleaner directly into the can and let sit for several hours, If needed, scrub stubborn stains with a brush. Empty can and wipe dry. For an ongoing fresh scent, place a few drops of Purification on a cotton ball and put it in the bottom of the trash can before replacing the liner.
     
     2. Stovetop cleaner
     In a spray bottle or bowl, combine 1 capful Thieves Cleaner, 1 drop Pine essential oil, and 1 cup water. Apply with cloth to remove buildup; when grease is gone, wipe clean with a damp cloth.
     
     3. Garbage disposal refresher
     Pour 1 capful of Thieves Cleaner down the disposal. Let sit 5 minutes, then add ½ cup baking soda and ½ cup white vinegar. Let sit until fizzing stops. Meanwhile, bring 4 cups of water to a boil; pour down the drain. Turn on disposal and run cold water for 30 seconds. Pour 3 drops of Purification in the disposal for an extra-fresh scent.
     
     4. Dishwasher cleaner
     In the bottom of the dishwasher, add ½ capful of 
    Thieves Cleaner, 3 drops Lemon, and 1 cup white vinegar. Run empty dishwasher through a full cycle. Do not add detergent.
     
     5. Ceiling fan cleaner
     In a spray bottle or bowl, mix 1 capful Thieves Cleaner and 2 cups water. Wipe dust off fan blades, light fixture, and ceiling mount with a damp cloth. Dip the same cloth in the solution and thoroughly wipe down the blades to remove built-up dust. Dry with a clean cloth.
     
     6. Carpet spot cleaner
     In a spray bottle or bowl, mix 1 capful Thieves Cleaner and 6 cups water. Mix well, apply to the spot, and blot with a clean cloth. Repeat until stain is gone.
     
     7. Car seat cleaner
     Mix 2 drops of Thieves Cleaner with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray plastic and fabric lightly and wipe with a soft cloth. To clean the harness, mix a small amount of baby wash with 2 cups of water. Gently wipe with a soft cloth. Avoid hard scrubbing or soaking. Let everything dry completely before using.
     
     8. Wall art remover
     Remove crayon murals from the walls by applying a splash of Thieves Cleaner and 3 drops of Lemon to a damp rag. Wipe drawings off the walls. Repeat until the art is gone.
     
     9. Glass and window cleaner
     In a spray bottle, mix 3 cups water, 5 drops Citrus Fresh, 1 tablespoon vinega, and 1 capful Thieves Cleaner. Spray onto glass and wipe away streaks with a soft cloth.
     
     10. Deep cleaning scrub
     In a glass bowl, mix ½ capful of 
    Thieves Cleaner, 2 tablespoons baking soda, and 2 tablespoons table salt until it forms a thin paste. If the cleaner is too thick, add more Thieves Cleaner. If it is too runny, add more baking soda. Scrub stubborn bathroom and kitchen stains by applying with a clean cloth or a sponge. Scrub surface thoroughly, and rinse clean.
     
    In a spray bottle, mix 1 capful 
    Thieves Cleaner and 2-3 cups water. This all purpose cleaner can be used for:
     
     1. Door knobs
     2. Light switch plate.                                                                                                                                3. Countertops
     4. Bathtub
     5. Baseboards
     6. Refrigerator shelves
     7. Plastic toys
     8. Window panes
     9. Sinks
     10. Appliances
     11. Toilet cleaner
     
    Add a unique twist to your all purpose cleaner by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil!

 

 

Which use are you most excited to try?


Do you want more tips about how to overhaul your home using simple, clean + effective products that actually support your health? Here's a few of my favorite blogs I  wrote on this topic: 




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Best Essential Oils for Spring Cleaning






Spring Cleaning. Are you a fan, or not? I’m team not a fan. But, Alas, I guess it’s time again, for a big spring cleaning. As if we don’t do that enough, right Moms?!?
 
Today on the blog, I’m so excited to be sharing my tips about the Best Essential Oils to use for Spring cleaning. In my eyes, next to Mom in the dictionary says "create a healthy, happy Home for my children".  I’m sure you reading this agree, and want the same for your babies as well. There is a quote that I love, “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family”. And by cleaning, the love for your family shows.
 
Whenever I feel frustrated with the cleaning I must do around my home I remember cleaning my home is part of loving my family and I think of the billion Moms around the world who are doing exactly the same as I, loving our families by providing a clean, healthy, happy home. 

This is exactly why I am so passionate about insuring the products that cross the threshold of my home are only the best that money can buy because my home is a safe haven for my family and I do not want any harmful products to come into my door. We don’t allow products in our home that cause respiratory distress, hormone disruption, autoimmune issues, cancer, infertility or many many other ailments that are directly linked to these harmful household products. Let's go into that a little deeper here.......
 
Did you know if you live in the European Union, 1328 chemicals are banned. That means they can’t be used in personal care or food products. Here in the good old USA, our government has only banned 11. See something wrong with that? Yep, me too! Are you upset about that? Yep, me too! Let’s feel that fire in our bellies and do something about it!
 
Wonder why Cancer, Auto-immune issues, allergies and hormone imbalances are so much more prevalent today than even 20 years ago? It’s because our chemical exposure everyday. We eat, use or breathe in chemicals from our food or products used within our homes. Check out the Documentary STINK on Netflix, it's eye opening. 
 
I’ve spent the last 3 years of my life learning and educating on all of this and while I don’t think its for everyone (only those that care about their health ๐Ÿ’) I do believe its something we should all be educated on. However, I know many of us are pressed for time these times which is why I have an easy button on all things Natural Living and wellness that you can educate yourself with and or buying products I’ve fully vetted and trust to use on myself and family everyday (this one took me a long time). 
 
Now back to Spring Cleaning..... let's Forget about cleaning your home with store-bought cleaners. They’re filled with chemicals and toxic ingredients. Even the “all-natural” cleaners have preservatives and often cost twice as much as conventional store-bought cleaners. Read more about the 20 ingredients to avoid here:
 
Instead make your own homemade cleaners for less than a dollar AND use natural ingredients you probably already have around your home. And the best part? You probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry. Or EASY Button in Motherhood, Get yourself my Favorite Household Cleaner which you can use to clean your whole house; yep, floors to toilets this has you covered. You can get some here.
 
Or if you’re a DIY girl you can totally make your own saving you so much money plus you probably have all of these ingredients in your pantry!
 
Ingredients for my Fav DIY Household Cleaner
  •  Liquid Castille Soap is a coconut-based soap that is non-toxic and non-irritating. It’s the natural cleaning agent in many of these DIY cleaning recipes that’s mild, yet super effective.
  • Essential Oils are a great way to clean along with offering a fresh scent. 
  • Witch Hazel is a great alternative for rubbing alcohol. It sanitizes surfaces, but doesn’t have a strong scent like rubbing alcohol.
Here's my recipe for my Fav DIY household Cleaner:

In a 16oz Glass bottle

-3 TBSP Liquid Castille Soup (get the unscented kind, the other stuff has fragrance in it....i.e. chemicals)
-1/4 Cup Of Witch Hazel (get the unscented kind, the other stuff has fragrance in it....i.e. chemicals)
-15-20 drops of your favorite Essential Oil (keep reading for my favs below).


What Essential Oils to Use that are the best for Spring Cleaning?
You can use a combination of essential oils to provide the natural scent in this recipe, including:


 
Also, don’t forget to stock up on Thieves Cleaner, the only thing I use in my home to clean my sinks to my toilet. It’s chocked full with my favorite essential oils which are the best for keeping your home in tip top Spring Cleaning shape! Close your eyes and imagine smelling Cinnamon, Clove and Lemon..these are just a few of the best Essential Oils for Spring cleaning!
 
One more tip I’ll leave you with: 
 
If you need motivation to help you get started on your Spring Cleaning. Pop my favorite Diffuser Combination into your diffuser to give you some motivation to have your house looking tip top shape to cross the Spring Cleaning off your to-do list!



 
Motivation Diffuser Blend:
3 drops Motivation
2 Drops Peppermint
1 drop Thieves
1 drop lemon
 
Which Essential Oil are you most excited to add to your Spring Cleaning Routine? 
 
Want more tips for a Healthy Home for All without breaking the bank click here
 
Also, Check out my video I did here for healthy home tips too.

How can I make today a great day?

How can I make today a great day?

 

It’s no secret everyone wants to have a great day everyday..right?!? I do not think anyone wakes up in the morning hoping for their day to be mediocre or just downright awful. I’m bound and determined to make every day damn good. I’m talking so freaking great. So, I’m going to break down my Great Day protocol for each of you. Because I want you to have a great freaking day too.

 

The Morning Sets the Mood
 
 How you start your mornings has a huge impact on the remainder of your day. It can even be a very good indication of how you will end your day. If you wake up with your mind already racing, frantically rushing around trying to get things done for yourself and everyone else with your nerves on edge, you are setting yourself up for a day that will be much the same.

 

I talk a lot about this inside The Mama Vault. Espeically for Mom’s we need our time in the morning. So, get up before you kids. So you can have some YOU time. Each day. I get up an hour or two before my kids. This allows me to workout, meditate, shower and get dressed for the day…all without someone asking for a snack. It’s really freaking empowering. 

 

After I do all this I use what D. Gary Young developed something he called the Great Day Protocol. It uses four specific oils to support our emotions, promote feelings of harmony and joy, and guard against negative energies that disturb our thoughts and send our emotions into a tailspin. You can also use these oils to combat occasional sadness. Let’s take a closer look at what each of these oils can do. Use all four early in the morning, following the application instructions given, to have a Great Day!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Valor - Promotes a feeling of courage and self-esteem and helps to balance the body’s energies. Use this oil each morning on your wrists and cupped over your nose and inhaled as you set your intentions for the day, visualizing what you want to accomplish and seeing yourself completing it.
 
 
 
Harmony - Helps to create a positive attitude, reduce stress, and repel feelings of discord and chaos. Apply this oil over your solar plexus, the area just below your sternum and above your belly button while setting specific intentions to harmonize with those around you.
 
 
 
 Joy - A calming, uplifting aroma that is used to bring joy to the heart and mind. Place a couple of drops in your hand, inhale through your nose, then rub over your chest (heart).
 
 
 
White Angelica - Creates deeper feelings of security and protection by offsetting the negative energies that work to bring you down and invade your personal space. This oil will be your ‘shield’ as you navigate your day striving to stay stress-free, balanced and relaxed. Place a drop in your hands, rub your palms together, breathe in deep, then rub your hands over the crown of your head, down your neck, shoulders, and midsection, all the way to your toes as if you are putting up an imaginary shield.







 

 You are now ready to tackle anything the day throws at you!
 

 
 

 

Avoiding that Mid-Afternoon Slump

 
 Despite your best efforts, you may still have days where you find yourself slipping into the abyss of negative reactions, occasional anxious moments, and stress-filled interactions with others by mid-day. Have no fear . . . 
Stress Away Roll-On is here! This is the perfect oil to have on hand for those moments that sneak up on you and create chaos.
 
 
 
 One swipe on the wrists or back of the neck and 30 seconds to stop what you’re doing and breath in the sweet scent of Lavender, Lime, and Vanilla will have you relaxing on the beach with your feet in the sand! When you snap back to reality, you will find yourself feeling calmer, more relaxed, and ready to tackle the rest of your day with ease.
 
 
 
 When we breathe in the scent of a 
quality essential oil, it has a direct effect on our emotions. Our sense of smell is the only one of the five senses directly connected to the emotional center of our brains. This gives us the power to retrain our brains, focus our thoughts on the positive, and release the negative emotions that have been stored there that hold us back from reaching our full potential.
 
 
 
Stress Away is not the only oil that can help you get over that mid-afternoon slump. Here are some others to try:
 
 
 
 
Peace & Calming - A great oil not only for you, but also to help your kiddos work through and lessen their feelings of occasional stress and being overwhelmed
 
 
 
 
Bergamot - Used to elevate your mood and found in other amazing blends like Acceptance, Believe, Gratitude and Harmony
 
 
 
 
Vetiver - Grounding and calming, helps to overcome stress from past emotional trauma
 
 
 
 Lavender - Relaxing and balancing, helps to improve concentration
 
 
 
 Use these oils as needed throughout the day by diffusing in the office, putting a drop in your hands or breathing in from the bottle, or adding to your favorite piece of diffuser jewelry.

 

 

 Early Evening Downtime
 
 Finally . . . supper is finished, homework is done, sports practices are over, the kids have been bathed and are tucked snugly into their beds . . . you sit down on the couch, let out a big sigh, and you . . .
 
 
 
 Let your mind wander back to everything you didn’t get accomplished that day
 Continue to stress over that argument or phone call that didn’t go your way
 Already find yourself being anxious about everything you have to do tomorrow
 
 
 If that’s you, it’s pretty safe to say you aren’t going to find much peaceful rest waiting for you on the other side of those eyelids.
 

 What if your downtime went something like this instead . . . you sit down on the couch, let out a big sigh, and you . . .
 
 

 -Celebrate everything that you crossed off your to-do list
 -Feel at peace with the way you handled every situation you faced because you were able to stay calm and relaxed
- Find yourself looking forward to tomorrow with anticipation of all the blessings that await you
 
 
 Sound too good to be true?
 
 
 
 It doesn’t have to be! If you get into a routine of using your calming oils throughout the day, and set your intentions and your mindset to focus on the positive, you will set yourself up for one of the best night’s sleep you have had in a long time!
 
 
 
Here are 5 tips to better sleep using essential oils in your bedtime routine:
 
 
  1. Night affirmations:

This might be one that has you scratching your head but in truth its amazing. Night affirmations would be things you say to yourself out loud about your day. Gratitude but in addition intentions for the next day. Here are some of mine to give you an idea:

I am happy and healthy. I am strong. I am a great leader. I am a patient Mom. I am an encouraging thoughtful wife, etc. etc. 

 

The idea would be to say these affirmations out loud and ideally in front of a mirror. 

 

2. Put your sleepytime oils in your diffuser:

When you’re on my team, we share a million different diffuser recipes with you because we want you to experience all the incredible benefits of these oils, but here’s a few to get you started for a restful night’s sleep:


 

  

 

3. Omit Screen Time:

Turn off your phone. Get off the computer. Stay away from the tv. These are all too much stimulation for your brain.

 

4. Take your Essential oil infused supplements: 

I want to share with you all about SleepEssence. This supplement is your bad dream’s worst nightmare! This one little capsule combines four powerful essential oils known for their sleep-enhancing properties along with naturally-occurring melatonin to help you enjoy a restful night’s sleep. Just take 1-2 softgel capsules about 30-60 minutes before heading off to bed, and you will be sawing logs in no time!
 
  5. Use Night Night Spray:

 

-3 oz distilled water

-1 oz witch hazel (can be purchased at local drug store or shopping center in the health and beauty section)

-3 drops Lavender

-3 drops Gentle Baby

-3 drops orange

Mix all of your ingredients together in a 4oz glass spray bottle. Shake well. Just before bedtime, spray one or two sprays on pillows, blankets, or crib sheets.

 

 

Some additional tips for extra credit!


  -Sip on some hot tea - add even more benefit with a drop of Lemon Vitality
  -Take a relaxing bath - add one cup of Epsom salt with 10 drops of Lavender
  -Light stretches - nothing over the top, just some light stretches or Yoga poses to help ease the tension in your tired muscles and add in some Frankincense and PanAway to your feet for a more relaxing feel
 
 
 
 
  If you have followed all the tips and used all the oils we have talked about, you should be calm, relaxed, and ready to sail right into Dreamland!
 
 

  But maybe you’re not. It can be difficult for some to completely turn their minds off and get into a state of full relaxation, and if that is you, we have something for you, too!

 

Be sure you’re fully aware of the things that decrease sleep are:

-Sugar (hi there again you little booger)

-Stress (oh and you...yea we don't like you)

-Too much screen time

-Caffeine

 

It's really important to know these things and know your bodies. If we can work on these FIRST and listen to our bodies, it will make using oils (which are like...WHOA for sleep) even better!

 

Here's one of our favs that we make on the regular in our house!

 

SLEEPY CREAM

-3-4 T virgin coconut oil

-8 drops Lavender essential oil

-8 drops Peace & Calming essential oil

-8 drops Cedarwood essential oil

-In a small glass container with a lid (like a small Ball canning jar) whip the coconut oil with a fork. Add essential oils, whipping well after each addition. At bedtime, apply to bottoms of feet to encourage a good night's sleep.


 
 
  Once you oil up, if you find you are still having a hard time relaxing your mind and your thoughts are still racing, here are a few other things you can try:
 
 
  Journaling - Ok, so you aren’t going to document your life story here at 1 am, but getting your thoughts on paper helps to get them out of your head. Keep a journal on your nightstand and put the brakes on those racing thoughts by jotting them down.
  Gratitude - Instead of lying-in bed thinking of all the things that could go wrong, force yourself to focus on all the things that have gone right. Need some help? Apply your Gratitude oil to your wrists and inhale
 
  Get Up - I know, this sounds counterintuitive, right? Why would you ‘get up’ if you are trying to get to sleep? If you find yourself tossing and turning and becoming more and more restless, getting up and finding a simple mundane task to accomplish, applying an essential oil, or even grabbing an adult coloring book can be just the thing to calm your mind enough to be ready for sleep. 

 

How to order your essential oils for a great day:
 
 
  The BEST way to order your products is to become a member so you can get all of your products at 24% off and have access to many other membership perks like Essential Rewards.
 
 
Here is the best option to get started with Essential Oils:
 
  My recommendation is to start with one of the
 Premium Starter Kits (PSK). The perk to doing this is that you get even more products at an even better deal than just 24% off.
 
  I recommend The Essential Oils Premium Starter Kit. It comes with 12 different oils (including Stress Away, Lavender, Valor, and Peace & Calming) and a diffuser (which you need to create that calm, relaxing atmosphere before bed, remember??). This is our most commonly chosen kit!
  


 
 If you are someone that suffers from occasional stress, sadness, and low sleep, I hope that you have found this information valuable. Don’t feel like you need to run out, order all the oils and do #allthethings. If you already have one of the oils I talked about, use it; pick just one or two of the tips I shared and start implementing them. The experience with oils varies from person to person. It is important to use an oil for at least five days to see if it will work for you. It may work instantly for you or take a little time. Your body may need to clear out some things before it’s ready. Be consistent yet open to experimenting with other oils to find your magic combo!
 
      Here’s to a more relaxed, better sleep and happy life!! Goodnight and Sweet Dreams! 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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