In 2014 I randomly started making soaps. I am not sure if I got sucked down a Pinterest rabbit hole or what, but I loved that I knew what was in them and that they were pretty. I loved that my artsy fartsy pal Hil could carve designs in them and they looked like little works of art. So, I decided I was going to start ordering oils online, and I did this for 3 years. I didn’t do any research. I chose the brand that looked the prettiest (true story and totally lame), and I made my DIYs and cleaners and even my detergent. I really thought I bought a ticket to wellness.
But we kept getting sick.
I decided to look into labeling and ingredients and see just what I should expect from these bottles of oils. Turns out, I was pouring my money into a product that was diluted and “cut” (adding in substitute substances that kinda smell the same, but totally not the same) with other things that weren’t listed on the bottle. Um, totally not cool. No wonder they weren’t working. So I decided to do my homework.
I dug for any information I could find on essential oils and their benefits. Ya’ll, when I become interested in something I become slightly obsessed, and I will devour anything I can find on the topic/product. I want to know it ALL. I am totally part geek, but I’m also part skeptic- so I needed to know for SURE that this whole oil deal was legit. I just didn’t want to make another uneducated decision. I had to know the answers. I have listened to hours upon hours of podcasts, watched documentaries, read books. I even started following some of the most brilliant minds in the industry on social media… still do. And what I discovered was that deception was pretty much common practice in the essential oil world. It is ALL in the labeling. Like, it’s some tricky stuff. It had me shaking my head in confusion. How is this legal? Some of this garbage could probably straight up burn your skin or make you sick. Scary. So scary.
So now that I was educated on what the real story was, what did I do? I got a Premium Starter Kit through Young Living. It is a killer deal- 11 amazing oils PLUS a diffuser (awesome), and you get 24% off your products forever and ever. But that’s not even the best part! Young Living is the only company that has a seed to seal promise. They are watching out for us and watching the distillation process the whole way through. What you see is actually what you get with them. How do I know that?
Because they worked. We feel better. And it blew.my.mind.
I can make a scrub or diffuse them… we can ingest them and apply them topically, and they actually help support our systems! I have gradually replaced every toxic thing in my home (even makeup!) and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I love that no matter how much I learn, there is always so much more to discover. To me, its like reading the best book ever, except it never ends. To know that I am supporting our systems with everything I do- well, that’s something huge. By trusting Young Living, I get to choose wellness every single day, and that’s the best choice of all.