Are Your Household and Personal Care Products Safe?

ARE YOUR HOUSEHOLD AND PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS SAFE

Thanks so much for stopping by! I want to support you on your wellness journey by teaching you why you should become more aware of the products you use on a daily basis and how you can make better choices with the help of Young Living essential oils. First, let’s start with the why. I’m going to get into some scary facts, but stay with me until the end. I promise that you’ll eventually feel empowered and ready to take control! Ready? Let’s dive in!

The scary truth…

Did you know that the number two cause of death in the United States is cancer?1 In 2017 in the U.S., there will be an estimated 1,688,780 cancer cases and 600,920 cancer deaths.2 One third of cancer cases in the U.S. are directly linked to tobacco, alcohol, poor diet, physical inactivity, weight, infections, radiation, or chemical exposure.3 Only 5-10% of all cancer cases can be blamed on genetics.4 This means that of the estimated 600,920 cancer deaths expected in 2017, as many as 570,874 of them are preventable! It comes down to how we take care of ourselves and what we allow into our homes.

In 1989, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) analyzed 2,983 chemicals in our personal care products—and found 884 of them were toxic. 778 can cause acute toxicity. 314 can cause biological mutation. 218 can cause reproductive problems. 146 can cause tumors.5 Additionally, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) identified 150 common household chemicals linked to allergies, high blood pressure, migraines, birth defects, cancer, and mental disturbances.6 While other countries around the world have banned many of these chemicals, they are still allowed in the U.S.—we’re talking about chemicals lurking in products that Americans use every single day!

The skin is the largest organ of the body. While the skin is enough of a barrier to keep fluids within our body (except for its controlled release of sweat), it readily absorbs many substances like a sponge.7,8 The average woman uses 12 products containing 168 ingredients every day.Scented soap, body wash, and facial cleanser contains DEA/TEA (a potential carcinogen), shampoo contains sodium lauryl sulfate (a skin irritant that is linked to eczema), conditioner contains phthalates (two of the phthalates used in the U.S. are banned in Europe), lotion contains parabens, phthalates, and petroleum derived mineral oil (all three of these are endocrine disruptors), feminine powder contains talc (a chemical that has been directly linked to ovarian cancer), toothpaste contains fluoride and comes in a bottle that says, “call Poison Control if swallowed,” perfume contains fragrance (which is often made up of unlisted trade secret, yet dangerous, chemicals), and deodorant contains aluminum (which scientists believe may be linked to Alzheimer’s and breast cancer). Even worse, each product often contains more than one dangerous chemical.7,8,10

The most hazardous chemicals in the home are found in air fresheners (ex: plug ins, candles, or sprays), chemical cleaning supplies, drain and oven cleaners, furniture polish, dishwasher soap, dish soap, laundry detergent, fabric softener, and fabric sheets.11 When cleaning products are used, those chemicals become part of our indoor air quality—it’s no wonder the air inside our homes is more toxic than outdoor air quality.11 Think about this—we wash our clothes in a neon colored and synthetically fragranced laundry detergent that has a long ingredient list we can hardly pronounce, it outgases in our closet all night long, and it eventually sits on our skin.12 Yikes!

The Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 grandfathered in at least 55,000 chemicals currently on the market today.12 What does that mean to you? Simply put: these chemicals have not had any safety testing and we know very little information about their side effects.10 In June 2016, President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which updates the TSCA and requires all existing chemicals to be evaluated for unreasonable risks to human health and the environment.14 However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has years to complete this task, and we currently continue to be at risk.15 Toxic labeling is only required if 50% or more of the animals tested die.10,16 Additionally, while Europe abides by a “precautionary principle” that is based on the idea that harm to consumer health should not need to be established with “full scientific certainty” before corrective action is taken, the U.S. waits for ingredients in consumer products to cause harm to public health.7 To sum this up, we are our own experiment! Scary huh?!

It is expected that sometime during the 21st century, 40% of all Americans will get some form of cancer during their lifetime. In fact, in 2002, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) reported that they expect cancer rates to double by 2050. Additionally, according to a study by the World Health Organization (WHO), 80% of these cancers will be caused by environmental factors.11

What happens when your body is chemically burdened? You may see it in something as devastating as cancer. However, most of us experience it in other ways: lack of energy, poor motivation, inability to concentrate, memory difficulties, dizziness, trouble sleeping, chronic inflammation, trouble breathing, migraines, muscle aches, joint pain, nausea, skin issues, stress, nervousness, among others.11,12 If you struggle with any of these issues, it’s time to make changes and kick chemicals to the curb. YOU CAN DO THIS! It’s about taking small steps and saying, “NO MORE!” You can’t control all the places you are exposed—but you are the gatekeeper of your house and you can control what you allow in your home.11

There’s a better way…

Not sure where to start? It’s OK. I’m here to help. :) This is about small, simple, baby steps. Start by looking up your household and personal care products on the EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning, EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database, or the Think Dirty app (the app is my fave). Take it one month at a time and swap things out in your home. You can easily start swapping out many of your harmful products for some very simple DIY options made with essential oils or for some of the oil infused products that Young Living offers. DIYer or not, there are SAFE AND EFFECTIVE options for you!

The best way to begin…

To help you get started, Young Living offers a Premium Starter Kit and a Thieves Premium Starter Kit. The Premium Starter Kit includes an entire collection of essential oils (11 bottles, to be exact) and a diffuser. The Thieves Premium Starter Kit includes an entire collection of safe oil infused household and personal care products to help you easily kick harmful chemicals to the curb in one easy sweep (it also comes with two bottles of essential oil). Both of these kits will rock your socks off and give you a great start! Click the ‘get your own oils’ graphic below to learn more about these kits.

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References:

1. Centers for Disease Control. (2016, October 7). Leading Cause of Death. Retrieved January 14, 2017, from https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/leading-causes-of-death.htm

2. American Cancer Society. (2017). Cancer Statistics Center. Retrieved January 14, 2017, from https://cancerstatisticscenter.cancer.org/?_ga=1.214902167.16823470.1484354491#/

3. World Health Organization. (n.d.). Cancer Prevention. Retrieved January 14, 2017, from http://www.who.int/cancer/prevention/en/

4. Anand, P., Ajaikumar, K. B., Chitra, S., Kuzhuvelil, H. B., Sheeja, T. T., Oiki, O. S., . . . Bharat, A. B. (2008). Cancer is a Preventable Disease that Requires Major Lifestyle Changes. Pharmaceutical Research,25(9), 2097-2116. Retrieved January 14, 2017, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2515569/

5. Boone, A. (2014, March 4). WHAT’S IN YOUR HOME PRODUCTS? Healthy Cells Magazine. Retrieved January 14, 2017, from http://www.healthycellsmagazine.com/articles/what-s-inyour-home-products

6. DeAndrea, R., MD, & Wood, J. (2010). A Holistic Living Guide: 13 Common Poison Zones in Your Life (1st ed.). Bangkok Books. Retrieved Janauary 14, 2017, from: https://books.google.com/books? id=WN92Ba51bhcC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q& f=false

7. Epstein, S. S., MD, & Fitzgerald, R. (2013). TOXIC BEAUTY: How Cosmetics and Personal-Care Products Endanger Your Health…And What You Can Do About It. Dallas, TX: Benbella Books. Retrieved January 14, 2017, from https://books.google.com/books? id=DBwrPX5MSMsC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f =false

8. Lukes, L. A., DC. (2015). Rediscovering Nature’s Essentials: A Simplified Essential Oil Desk Reference. Savannah, NY: KRE Publishing.

9. Exposures Add Up – Survey Resules. (n.d.). Retrieved May 20, 2017, from http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/2004/06/15/exposures-add-up-survey-results/

10. Poepping, M. M., CNHP. (2015). The Chemical Free Home. Essentially Sweet Health.

11.H. (2003, January 3). Unanswered Questions: The Health and Environmental Hazards Hidden In Traditional Household Cleaning Products. Retrieved January 14, 2017, from http://www.tc.umn.edu/~angv0004/HealthHazards.pdf

12.Harnisch, S. (2016). Gameplan: The Complete Strategy Guide to go from Starter Kit to Silver. Amazon.

13.Congressional Research Service. (2013, April 1). The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA): A Summary of the Act and Its Major Requirements. Retrieved January 14, 2017, from https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL31905.pdf

14.United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2016, December 15). The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. Retrieved January 14, 2017, from https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/evaluating-risk-existingchemicals-under-tsca

15.United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2016, December 19). Evaluating Risk of Existing Chemicals under TSCA. Retrieved January 14, 2017, from https://www.epa.gov/assessing-andmanaging-chemicals-under-tsca/evaluating-risk-existing-chemicals-under-tsca

16.National Toxicology Program. (2013). The Dermal Up-and-Down Procedure: An Alternative Method for Acute Dermal Systemic Toxicity Testing. Retrieved January 14, 2017, from https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/iccvam/meetings/sot13/posters/stokes.pdf

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DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living essential oils. The statements made and the products mentioned on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please read the full disclaimer here.

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Thieves Household Cleaner: More Affordable and Safer Than Other Popular Cleaners

SAFE AND NON TOXIC CLEANER

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love a good deal! I was coupon crazed (some might say obsessed) for quite some time. Yes, I carried coupons with me at all times. Yes, I knew most store coupon policies better than the store clerks. Yes, I would wake up early to be sure I got certain items on double coupon day. Yes, I would do multiple transactions just to save an extra dollar. And, yes, I had a stock pile lol!

I’ve swapped out my coupon days for blogging (because there is only so much time in the day). I still recognize a good deal when I see one though and holy mackerel, do I have a good deal to share with you! Pssst…Young Living’s Thieves household cleaner (an essential oil based cleaner) is more affordable (and safer) than common store-bought cleaners!

Let’s compare the prices of 6 household cleaners:

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 $22.00 (wholesale price). Don’t let the $22.00 price tag fool you though. You see, Thieves cleaner is highly concentrated. This means that a very small amount of the Thieves cleaner is diluted with water in a spray bottle and then used for cleaning. 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! Let’s see how Thieves cleaner stacks up to the price of some store-bought household cleaners:

  • MOST AFFORDABLE —>  Thieves household cleaner (diluted appropriately and ready to use in a spray bottle – I reused an empty spray bottle): $0.03-$0.05 per ounce (less when it is part of my Essential Rewards order)
  • 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

Just wait…it gets even better yet!!! When I order my Thieves household cleaner as part of my monthly Essential Rewards order, I earn 20% back that I can use to spend on other products. This means, that for every 14.4 ounce bottle of Thieves household cleaner that I purchase, I am getting $4.40 back to spend on another Young Living product. If you take this into consideration, I’m technically paying $0.02-$0.04 per ounce of ready to use Thieves cleaner! NOW THAT’S A GOOD DEAL! Quite frankly, knowing the coupon world, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better deal than this one!

Which of these 6 household cleaners is the safest?

I looked up each of the above household cleaners on the Environmental Working Group’s website. This Environmental Working Group 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:

  • SAFEST CLEANER —> Thieves household cleaner is not ranked by the Environmental Working Group. However, I did look up each ingredient on their website. Alkyl Polyglucoside has a B rating. Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate (or Lauric Acid) has an A rating. The Environmental Working Group listed Disodium 2-Sulffolaurate in their cosmetic database and it was given a rating of O (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. If you ask me, Thieves household cleaner seems to be the safest choice! :)
  • 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

DING, DING, DING! Thieves household cleaner is the WINNER!

If you ask me, Young Living’s Thieves household cleaner is the winner! We use Thieves cleaner all the time. It is affordable, safe, and works amazingly well. Plus, it smells awesome and is biodegradable. It doesn’t get much better than that!

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