When my sixteen-year-old daughter, Virginia Grace, came up with this amazing concoction, I was more than a little hesitant. I had a hard time imagining what all these flavors would taste like together. But I can personally vouch for this dish, and so can every single person who has come for dinner at our house to enjoy it!

The rich, savory flavor of the sizzling spiced breakfast sausage and tangy cranberries couple nicely with the mellowness of the coconut drenched sweet potatoes, which tame and sweeten the normally commanding presence of the roasted Brussel Sprouts.

And the balsamic glaze is the crowning glory! Such an easy dish to have such complex flavor! And it’s all good for you!

Serves 6-12

3 sweet potatoes, diced in large chunks
2 C. Brussel sprouts (trimmed and cut in half)
2 lbs. grass-fed breakfast sausage, ground
3 T. coconut oil

2 C. fresh cranberries
2-3 T. coconut oil
1-2 drops Young Living Black Pepper essential oil
fresh thyme
rosemary
cinnamon
himalayan sea salt & cracked pepper
1-2 T. apple cider (or 1/2 C. chopped apples)
coconut oil
balsamic vinegar

Brown the sausage in a cast iron skillet. And brown it well! You want to intensify the flavor here! Leave remaining grease in pan and set drained sausage aside. Season and sauté the sweet potatoes and Brussel sprouts in sausage grease and coconut oil until almost tender.

While that’s cooking, sauté cranberries in coconut oil in a separate pan until they “pop,” adding balsamic vinegar, rosemary, and thyme.

Combine all ingredients, place in a casserole dish, and place in even at 350 degrees uncovered until sweet potatoes are tender. Garnish with sprigs of fresh thyme, and drizzle with butter mixture

Optional: Drizzle with melted butter sauce:

1/2 C. Grass-fed Kerrygold Butter or Ghee
2 drops Young Living Lemon essential oil
Cinnamon
sage
Garlic
Salt & pepper

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! Get started now!

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

When our family began to purge our home of toxic chemicals, one thing I dearly missed using was my perfume collection! My husband used to travel the world on business. And, when he did, he would bring home all sorts of exotic perfumes for me. Encased in ornate bottles, I would display them on a mirrored tray in our bedroom.

There was a time in history when all perfumes were made with essential oils. The Bible even talks about the ancient art of the perfumer! But today’s colognes and perfumes have very little resemblance to the intoxicating scents of times past when nearly all ingredients were obtained from natural botanical and animal sources. Big business has caused providers to load perfumes with all sorts of chemical extenders and synthetic fragrances.

“The average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label,” reports EWG, which analyzed the Campaign’s data. “Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety in personal care products.” The Scent of Danger

So the more I learned about the way our skin absorbs everything we put on it, getting into the blood stream and wreaking havoc upon our health and hormones, the more I desired to get my hands on the “real stuff.” Thankfully, I found out I could make my own perfume, which is not only healthier and less expensive, it also smells better than the fake synthetic scents I had gotten used to. Ever since I “detoxed” my life, I can’t stand the smell of “synthetic,” and I can detect it a mile away!

Perfuming Basics

Have you heard people talk about “notes” in perfuming? Perfume notes are separated into three classes: top (head) notes, middle (heart) notes, and base notes. This all refers to how long it takes to detect the different scents after applying them.

 

Top Notes (Head or Peak Notes)

Top notes consist of lighter molecules that evaporate quickly. Generally, it’s the first impression you have of a perfume, and may be what forms your immediate opinion of the perfume. It’s the most volatile and usually comes across as sharp and fresh, but doesn’t last long!

Top Note Examples: Lemon, lime, tangerine, grapefruit, bergamot, ginger, peppermint, hyssop, basil, sage, thyme, tea tree, spearmint, lemongrass.

Middle Notes (Bouquet or Heart Notes)

The middle note is the main body of the perfume and it’s what you begin to smell just as the top note fades from notice. It’s what tones down the often strong scent of the top note and gives your perfume character. The middle notes harmonize the top and base notes and can take just minutes to detect.

Middle Note Examples: Geranium, rose, lemongrass, ylang ylang, lavender, coriander, nutmeg, neroli, black pepper, cinnamon, rosemary, cardamom, ginger, balsam fir, myrtle, juniper, cypress, clary sage, chamomile, and jasmine.

Base Notes (Dry or Fond Notes)

Base notes bring complexity to your perfume. They consist of larger, heavier molecules that are viscous and evaporate more slowly (not as volatile). They tend to be thicker and sometimes sticky.

These warm scents are typically rich and deep, providing a more intense, sultry aroma. Base notes may not be detected until 30 minutes after applying, but will linger for a longer time, making them great fixatives. The base and middle notes together are what make up the fabric of the perfume.

Most woods, resins, and roots are base notes.

Spikenard, Vetiver, and Patchouli are intense, so you may want to use them more sparingly.

Base Note Examples: Myrrh, vetiver, elemi, frankincense, cedarwood, sandalwood, cistus (Rose of Sharon), cassia, clove, spikenard, onycha, jasmine, and patchouli.

Notice, the infamous adulterous woman in Proverbs chose all base notes to perfume her bed!

“I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.” Proverbs 7:17

Fixatives

You’ll notice that pure essential oils don’t last long on the skin the same way fake/toxic fragrances do, so it’s important to incorporate into your perfume an essential oil that makes a good natural fixative. This is especially important, since animal fixatives, which were what ancient perfumes used are costly, rare, unavailable, or may even be illegally or unethically obtained.

Today, modern perfumers use much cheaper, synthetic materials that help perfumes to last an abnormally long time, and also happen to be toxic.

For our all-natural perfumes, we use the more viscous, base note essential oils as natural “fixatives” in perfuming, which will slow down the evaporation of the more volatile oils. Base note oils help to hold the perfume together and extend the overall scent of the perfume.

Recipes

When starting out, I recommend trying a simple 3,2,1 rule. Three parts top note, two parts middle note, and one part for the base note. The reason the base note is proportionately lower is it’s tendency to “take over” the blend. This is especially true if the top and middle notes are delicate.

That being said, my favorite perfumes are almost always base note heavy. I really like the deeper, more exotic scents!

Try experimenting with the following different formulas. Choose oils from each category and don’t forget to write everything down in an aroma journal as you go:

Fresh and Uplifting

Top Note: 6 drops
Middle Note: 4 drops
Base Note: 2 drops

Exotic and Mysterious

Top Note: 2
Middle Note: 4
Base Note: 6

Note: Some top and base notes can also be used as middle notes.

You could also simply start with 1 part of each (33.3%) and then experiment from there. Remember, there are no hard and fast rules. Just like cooking, painting, or writing music, there are numerous combinations you can use to create a work of art! Be creative and use your imagination!

This first recipe is an example of a base note-heavy perfume that works great, so again, don’t get too worried about ratios.

This recipe was actually created by my daughter, Abigail. She made it as a gift for my husband for Father’s Day a number of years back; but I loved it so much, I started wearing it too! It smells different on my husband than it does on me because of our different body chemistries, so instead of our colognes clashing, they blend together nicely. Just like us.

Abigail’s Wish
10 drops ylang ylang
20 drops clary sage
6 drops patchouli
30 drops cedarwood

Starlight
30 drops cedarwood
20 drops clary sage
10 drops ylang ylang
9 drops bergamot
1 drop jade lemon
1 drop myrrh

Sweet Baby
8 drops lavender
4 drops orange
3 drops neroli
2 drops chamomile
2 drops sandalwood

Forever

12 drops ylang ylang
8 drops Black Pepper
4 drops Bergamot
1 drop vetiver or myrrh

Susan’s Sanctuary
25 drops of ylang ylang
5 drops of clary sage
5 drops of frankincense
5-10 drops of Patchouli

Yes
15 drops orange
10 drops sandalwood
6 drops coriander
5 drops Stress Away
5 drops jasmine
3 drops vetiver
1 drop angelica

You can use your perfumes neat (undiluted) or mixed with a carrier. However, if you choose to dilute your perfume, allow the oils to blend or “marry” first (preferably for a week or two) in a dark glass bottle before diluting.

For a spray on cologne, add 1-2 oz. grain alcohol (vodka or other 100 proof alcohol). Alcohol won’t allow bacteria to grow and evaporates much faster than water on the skin.

For a more intense diluted “parfume”, leave out the water and alcohol and only add a 1-2 oz. carrier oil like sweet almond or jojoba oil. Store in a dark glass perfume bottle with or without a roller ball. The fatty oil (carrier) will keep the perfume from absorbing into the skin too fast, making the scent last longer.

Have fun making some of my favorite perfumes! There are plenty of beautiful perfume bottles available online, so you can make all sorts of yummy gifts for your family and friends, all while promoting their health, instead of compromising it!

Store your perfume in a dark glass bottle in a dark place for two weeks to blend and intensify the scent. A roll on bottle works well for these perfumes, but if you want to make them into a spray, leave out the carrier oil and use grain alcohol and water instead and store in a 2 oz. glass spray bottle.

“Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.” Proverbs 27:9

Try blending more sweet almond oil to any of your essential oil-based perfumes to create a dreamy massage oil. But be careful about applying citrus oils to the skin before going out in the sun, since citrus oils can cause photosensitivity (a bad sun burn).

Feel free to experiment! Perfuming is fun! But, as you experiment, don’t forget to keep a journal detailing how many drops of each oil you’re using. Trust me, it’s frustrating to get “just the right” scent, only to discover that you can’t remember the recipe!

REMEMBER: The perfume you wear actually enters your body system, so I only recommend health-promoting Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. Many chemicals and lower quality oils can actually be toxic. See:  Safe or Toxic? How Much Do You Know about Essential Oils?

Empty Perfume Bottle Resources:

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Elements Bath and Body

Best Bottles

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! Get started now!

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

The question was asked of me this morning…paraphrasing… “Are you saying essential oils help Christians overcome sinful patterns? Isn’t it the work of the Lord through the Holy Spirit that makes us more like Christ?”

I’m glad she asked. Because I want to make sure God gets all the glory!

I’d like to start by confirming that we each own our own sin. We can’t blame our bad attitude or our sinful responses on our circumstances, our hormones, our health, exhaustion, pregnancy, pain, or any other sort of human frailty we may experience in life. We are sinners in need of a Savior. We are weak, but He is strong!

It is because of Christ alone and His perfect sacrifice on the Cross that we are saved. And it is because of the work of the Holy Spirit that we are sanctified, day by day, moment by moment!

The Melt Down

So here’s a question for you…what happens when you take a two-year-old to the grocery store before lunch time…and way past nap time? Rushing an exhausted, hungry two-year-old through the grocery store is one of my least favorite memories of motherhood. Physically stressed toddlers can get demanding, unhappy, and absolutely irrational.

Have you ever experienced the temptation for similar melt downs during pregnancy, adrenal fatigue, menopause, illness, or other hormone/health fluctuations? I have. And it’s been eye-opening. And humbling. God created us as spiritual AND physical beings. See Mothering Under the Influence

The thing is…the nourished and well-rested two-year-old is no less sinful than the exhausted, cranky, hungry one. The difference is that the wise mother planned ahead to make it as easy as possible for her child NOT to sin. She’s helped her child to be in a state of physical health that is conducive to self-control.

She gets it that a balanced physical body helps to produce a balanced emotional response to the stresses of life. We have a responsibility to do this for ourselves too.

Not that this is an excuse for sin, and not that it means that God can’t supernaturally intervene and give us the strength to rise above our physical weaknesses and respond well in spite of our frailty; but, He gets to decide the means. It’s not godlier for us to accept his supernatural provision and reject His physical help.

Though Trials Should Come…

PMS and menopause are nothing new. We’re told not to be surprised by exhaustion, grief, and stress in this fallen world (John 16;33). But, remember, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Did you catch that? In His faithfulness, He provides us with a “way of escape.” What is that “way of escape?” No doubt, it looks different in different circumstances; but often, it’s about being proactive. Following the leading of the Holy Spirit to avail ourselves of those things God has graciously provided to assist us.

God’s Provision

This is where healthy eating, using supplements to nourish and balance what’s out of balance, exercise, a healthy thought life, and yes, even using essential oils, can make a huge difference in how easy it is for us to respond to life with self-control, patience, endurance, and love. All of it is a “way of escape” from temptation—a gift of God that I for one don’t want to reject or neglect! You can read about my journey to Life After Exhaustion HERE.

Yes, the struggle is REAL! And yes, there is a time to weep, but don’t forget that God delights in extending mercy. He provides for us in every way. Don’t let fear, pride, or guilt keep you from His daily provision.

Put on the oil of gladness for crying out loud! And let your face shine with a little frankincense or vetiver! Let your heart be merry! Don’t convince yourself that it’s godlier to continue in sackcloth and ashes when God is calling you to arise to a joyful sunrise!

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! Get started now!

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

Remember cinnamon tooth picks? We weren’t allowed to take them to school because someone might “hurt themselves,” which made them all the more precious. Soaked in fiery cinnamon, sucking on one of these toothpicks was kind of like eating red hots, without all the chemicals and nasty dyes.

I decided, since I have pure, therapeutic-grade cinnamon essential oil, that I would take a shot at making my own batch of “Fire Sticks.” They turned out really well, so when my daughter, Jessica, walked into the room, I asked her if she wanted to try one. She looked at me with a blank stare, “You want me to try a toothpick?”

“Well, I don’t want you to take a bite out of it, if that’s what you mean!”

She put one in her mouth and looked a little surprised. “That’s really good!”

How have my children gotten through life without ever having tried a Fire Stick? And we homeschool for crying out loud!

How about you? Would you like to make a batch? I decided I’m putting them in the gift baskets I’m making this Christmas. Share the love!

 

Homemade Cinnamon Sticks

100 plain, round, wooden toothpicks
15-20 drops of Young Living Vitality Cinnamon essential oil
2 T. vodka or Pure Vanilla Extract (not imitation)
(if using the vodka option, 1 drop liquid Stevia will sweeten it up)
1 glass jar

Place toothpicks into jar. Blend together alcohol, essential oil, and Stevia and sprinkle directly on top of the toothpicks. Seal the jar, and distribute the mixture over the toothpicks by shaking. Store in a dark place for at least 48 hours, shaking the jar several times a day.

Once the sticks have been thoroughly infused, remove them from liquid and lay them on a paper towel to dry.

Essential oil-based products (and all food products) are best stored in glass. But, for my gift baskets, I like to put them in mini paper envelopes or muslin drawstring bags (found at craft stores).vial

You could also use glass tubes with corks, which are super cute. You can order those HERE:

Interesting Facts about Cinnamon:

Historically, the power and pleasure of cinnamon has been used in many cultures for various natural benefits. The most widely used part of cinnamon is its bark.

It is believed that cinnamon supports the normal secretion of breast milk. In addition, a water-soluble polyphenol compound called MHCP is abundant in cinnamon. Do some research on that sometime!

Cinnamon Bark essential oil promotes a healthy immune response, and helps maintain a healthy lifestyle regimen*. Cinnamon has been used traditionally for thousands of years as a spice, and provides a spicy and delicious addition when cooking or baking. This oil includes the naturally occurring constituent cinnamaldehyde, and is an important ingredient in many Young Living products including Thieves®, Abundance™, and Inner Defense™.

If cinnamon isn’t your thing, you could use Young Living’s Vitality peppermint, spearmint, Thieves, fennel, orange, lemon, or whatever your favorite tasting oil is!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! Get started now!

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

Fast food burger made with beef from a feed lot or… Filet Mignon expertly prepared from organic, grass-fed beef?

White flour sandwich bread smeared with margarine or… A crusty homemade, whole grain, sour dough loaf smothered in grass-fed, organic butter?

Sweet-treat Fizzie Zonkers loaded with red dye and artificial sweeteners or…Dark Ecuadorian chocolate-covered organic almonds with sea salt?

High fructose corn syrup filled with artificial maple flavoring or…Rich, pure, “Grade A” maple syrup?

Quality has value.

Ask me which essential oil company is the only one I trust for oils I take internally or use on my children.

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! Get started now!

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

This is what we’ve been waiting for! Now we don’t have to choose between quality or beauty! Savvy Minerals is Young Living’s new all-natural makeup line and it’s amazing! It was formulated to include only the most pure and healthy ingredients, goes on smooth, contains no toxic chemicals, lasts all day, and provides great coverage!

And, to demonstrate how easy it is to use, my husband tried it out on me. He watched all my makeup video demos from my Youtube channel, but he wasn’t allowed to practice ahead of time. What do you think? How did he do?

Subscribe to my channel HERE to watch makeup demonstrations and to learn more about essential oils and healthy living

Savvy Minerals does NOT contain:

  • Parabens
  • Talc
  • Bismuth
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Nanoparticles
  • Mineral Oils

Savvy Minerals uses Arrowroot Powder and Kaolin Clay. Both are calming to the skin, help to absorb excess oil and moisture, and make the skin feel silky smooth.

Savvy Minerals was developed with an unwavering standard of purity and quality, giving you a full variety of naturally derived products made without cheap fillers or synthetics. The beautiful shades and texture offer the most radiant, smooth, and glowing finish I’ve ever seen!

And it lasts ALL DAY LONG… seriously, ALL DAY LONG!  Where has this been all my life?

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! Get started now!

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

UPDATE: Shortly after the most recent posting of this recipe, Young Living launched our new Savvy Mineral Makeup line, which includes our Savvy Minerals Misting Spray! The recipe below does not replace the Misting Spray, which was specially formulated to work perfectly with our Mineral Makeup Line and is applied differently.

You need this. No really. I think I’m addicted.

Pamper yourself and hydrate your skin at the same time! A hydrating beauty mist can keep your face looking dewy and fresh, without that powdery, caked-makeup look! And, with the addition of the right essential oils, your skin can look smoother, brighter, and alive!

First, cleanse your face with Young Living’s Orange Blossom Face Wash or (my favorite) ART Gentle Foaming Cleanser.http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-young-woman-washing-her-face-hands-clean-water-morning-image30347489

The ART Refreshing Toner is up next! This gentle, aromatic toner gently removes impurities without drying the skin, and helps to balance your skin’s delicate ph. I like to add a drop of myrrh to the cotton ball first!

I like to apply a soft, warm washcloth infused with frankincense, myrrh, or rose over my face for a few seconds to prepare my skin for moisturizing…especially before bed.

Close your eyes and mist your face with one of the DIY Hydrating Beauty Mists below. While your face is still a little damp, apply the Boswellia Wrinkle Cream or the ART Intensive Moisturizer (my new favorite). And the Wolfberry Eye Cream can be dabbed on (use you ring fingers) to support the unique, delicate skin under your eyes.

Then apply the A.R.T. Renewal Serum or the Sheer Lume (I use the Renewal Serum at night and Sheer Lume in the morning). Applying moisturizer to warm, damp skin, will help keep your face feeling supple, as it traps in all the moisture. And the scent is so relaxing – especially before bed time!Beautiful woman applying spray water treatment on face on blue backgroundapplying powder with special brush selective focus blue version

During the summer, spritz your face with your mist whenever you feel like it! It’s refreshing on a hot day, or when you’re feeling fatigued, or when you’re suffering from dry weather. It’s also great after you get off an airplane!

Most importantly, after you’ve applied your mineral powder, a nice hydrating spritz will help to “set” your makeup, giving it a flawless, dewy finish! This is my favorite way to use my beauty mist! No more dry or cakey looking make up!

And don’t forget to drink plenty of water! It’s important to stay well-hydrated and toxin-free! Water helps flush out the toxins hiding in your cells and keeps you from being dehydrated. And, if you’ve been following my bone broth diet, you know I’m not going to let you get away without at least hearing it one more time: Bone Broth rocks! It’s loaded with collagen, elastin, protein, vitamins, minerals, and more! This is all good for your gut, your joints, your brain, your hair, your nails, your skin, and who knows what else!

Hydrating Beauty Mist (Normal Skin)

  • 1/2 cup distilled or reverse osmosis water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerine
  • 8 drops ylang ylang
  • 2 drops chamomile
  • 1 drop myrrh
  • 1 drop frankincense
  • 1 drop jasmine (optional)

Hydrating Beauty Mist (Mature Skin)

In this blend, I chose oils that nourish the skin, may help reduce a puffy appearance, erase dark circles, and sooth other issues associated with mature skin.

  • 1/2 C. distilled or reverse osmosis water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerine
  • 8 ylang ylang
  • 2 drops myrrh
  • 1 drops frankincense
  • 1 drop lavender
  • 1 drop rose (optional)

Hydrating Beauty Mist (Blemish Prone Skin)

The exclusive properties of the essential oils in this recipe make it perfect for those fighting blemishes.

  • 1/2 C. distilled or reverse osmosis water
  • 1 teaspoon witch hazel
  • 8 drops lavender
  • 2 drops Geranium
  • 1 drop cypress
  • 1 drop lemon
  • 1 drop Frankincense

I love it when my kids come in the room saying, “It smells good in here!”

“Yeah. It’s my face.” I smile.

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! Get started now!

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

If you’ve already received your Premium Starter Kit then you’re already falling head over heels in love with your essential oils and other Young Living health-infused products! We hope you’re enjoying your oily honeymoon!

WHICH PRODUCTS SHOULD I TRY NEXT?

But many people, after getting their starter kit, can get totally overwhelmed with what to get next – especially since we have hundreds of products in our catalog! So, I’ve created a collection of suggested themed “shopping lists” or “bundles” to help you choose your “what next?” products. They are only suggestions, so feel free to modify and personalize your own order.

Each flyer has a theme and is designed to give you a starting point. Simply view them as idea generators. Each bundle is organized in a tiered fashion to help you qualify for the current month’s promotions!

FREE STUFF HERE!

Again, the products listed on each flyer are optional. You can pick and choose from any products on any flyer, or add a few more of your own. Also, your order size is up to you. It can be as low or as high as you want.

And, in case you haven’t heard about our Essential Rewards program, we thought now would be a good time to tell you about it, so that you don’t lose a single value!

Essential Rewards reminds me of a “frequent flyer” program, only better! No obligations and totally optional, but you can earn points for free products, get priority treatment, discounted shipping, and exclusive offers! Learn more about how it works HERE.

If you still need help deciding which products are best for you, let’s schedule a free consultation!

Click any of the images below to enlarge or print! Or click here to download them all for your next class or home event!

Savvy Minerals Make Up Bundle NEW!

Bedside Romance Pack

Bond with Me Pack

“Classy Lady” Beauty Blast

Focused Child Bundle

Healthy Jumpstart Bundle

Manly Man Power Punch

Mother and Baby Bundle

R&R Stress Buster

Toxin Free Home

Young Thang Beauty Blast

Business Builder Bundle


caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! Get started now!

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

Last night, I had the honor of teaching an online class to over 800 women on ways in which the gift of essential oils can be used to enhance, restore, and inspire couples in one of the holiest places in the world…the marriage bed. While I was focused on interacting with this amazing group of ladies, The Common Scents Team hit Crown Diamond! Wow!

When March began, I had no idea whether or not we would actually hit our goals this month—it all seemed like a bit of a long shot, but we knew that if God wanted it to happen, nothing would get in His way. And, with such an amazing group of teams behind us…well, we were eager to see what God would do.

Some of the Common Scents Team in the hot springs at Young Living’s Beauty School 2016

We also knew that our whole team was on board! I can’t fully express to you just how much it meant to us to see so many precious team members—some, we’ve only ever “met” online—rallying around us in such an amazing group effort! The teams within teams uniting their own groups in a giant collective, online pep rally! Again, wow!

Thank you to all of the teams within our Common Scents Organization…because this really is about you! I won’t name each of you and your awesome teams, and risk leaving someone out, but please know that we recognize, love, and appreciate each of you, and we cherish your friendship and your efforts! Thank you!

Stacy McDonald and Kim Prather planting at the farm…in anticipation of explosive GROWTH!

We could not believe the number of Common Scents Team members who ranked up this month! Stars, Senior Stars, Executives, Silvers, Golds, Platinums, and even our newest Diamond!

I was in tears off and on, as the blur of the evening celebration carried on past midnight last night. The excitement, the texts, the encouragement, the FB posts, the cheering, the phone calls! Seriously! Like a virtual YL version of Facing the Giants! Pull together and you just never know what God will do!

Some of the McDonald Clan at convention in 2016

It all started back in 2010 when Tony Tosti, a precious family friend, one of the most knowledgeable and tenacious essential oil advocates of all time, enrolled me in Young Living. I was absolutely not interested in making Young Living a business. But I was passionate about equipping women to take care of their own health, and the health of their own families.

Thank you, Tony (and Suzy) for overlooking my naivety, for convincing me of the reality of Young Living’s Seed to Seal difference, and for teaching me how “the good stuff” (as opposed to what I was previously using) actually WORKS!

See My Life After Exhaustion

Though I was adamant about not wanting “to make Young Living a business,” (See The Accidental Paycheck) God had other plans in mind for our family; and, once my husband got on board and added his gifts of strategy and business inspiration, things started to take off! Still, we had a lot of questions and limited direction on how network marketing worked. Though we often spent those early days re-inventing the wheel, it helped us to better understand the needs of our new business builders.

A relaxing dinner with Marcella Vonn Harting and her husband, Jim at the 2016 Diamond Retreat in Hawaii

Then, soon before achieving the rank of Gold, we contacted our Royal Crown Diamond, Marcella Vonn Harting. I totally connected with her edifying, no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is, YOU-CAN-DO-THIS-YOURSELF approach! And this was a turning point for us –the season when we realized this could really be huge! Since then, Marcella has continued to be an inspiring and encouraging wealth of wisdom and support! Thank you, Marcella, for believing in us!

In addition to our upline leaders, our Common Scents teams-within-teams, and our own amazingly supportive family members, we also have fantastic crossline friends to thank! With encouragement, resource sharing, brainstorming sessions, and the list goes on – the way the Young Living family selflessly supports one another is downright inspiring!

So, I woke up this morning with a full heart and with thanksgiving on my lips. I looked over at James, who must have been having the same thoughts. We are both so overwhelmed with gratitude. God’s grace and blessing in our lives has been staggering, and we are so honored for the opportunity to continue to extend that blessing to those He puts in our path. To God be the glory!

By His Grace and for His Glory,

 

Stacy McDonald

See Your Abundant Family

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! Get started now!

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

Whoa baby! If you’ve never experienced the intoxicating scent of pure rose essential oil, you have something amazing to look forward to! Rose (Rosa damascena) has a delicious, floral, and uplifting fragrance that stimulates feelings of romance and confidence!

Aromatherapy. Essence oil. Spa treatment Beauty Spa treatment. Bowl of water with red rose petals
Considered the “Queen of Essential Oils,” rose oil has been treasured and used for well over a thousand years in beauty treatments, as an aphrodisiac, and for emotional tranquility. Cleopatra used obscene amounts of rose essential oil (as well as jasmine) to allure the men she wanted to attract. I don’t recommend this, by the way, unless, of course, it’s hubby!

Rose oil has the highest frequency of all essential oils, and an ORAC value of 1,604,248! Do your research – this oil is used for way more than feeling frisky!

Damascus Roses are the preferred variety because they have the most intense aroma and highest oil content.

People normally think rose oil is outrageously expensive (and it is one of the most expensive and popular oils on the planet), but did you know that it takes around 60 roses to create a single drop of rose essential oil?
That’s just under 5 dozen roses! So, it takes 10,000 roses per one 5 ml bottle! Imagine if your husband brought you 833 dozen roses for your anniversary! Wow! Wouldn’t you much rather have the intoxicating scent of all those roses captured in one little bottle to use all year long than a bouquet that will wilt and die in a few days? Well, why not?
Closeup of bottle with rose essential oil with falling leaves on wooden background.Trust me, you’ll be hooked!

CLICK HERE to see my how-to video on making your own tub tea at home! You could even add a single drop of rose to the tea bag! Imagine, bathing with 5 dozen roses!

Yes, please.

Beauty Serum

1/2 oz sunflower seed or coconut oil
3 drops frankincense
2 drops myrrh
1 drop rose

Other uses:

  • Apply directly to skin to help moisturize and support the appearance of healthy, youthful-looking skin.
  • Add a few drops to your favorite facial cream for added moisture.
  • Diffuse in your home or bathroom for a spa-like setting and a fresh, soothing aroma.
  • Combine with carrier oil for a relaxing, indulgent massage.Healthy marine bath salts rich in minerals mixed with dried aromatic rose petals for a luxury bath treatment at a spa
  • Place a few drops in your shampoo or conditioner for a floral scent and additional moisturizing properties.

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! Get started now!

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.