As some of you may already know, the 2012 Product Guides are not yet in (they are scheduled to be in before this summer). In the meantime, please feel free to click on the image below and print the 2012 Price List and keep it on hand for easy reference:

 

 

 

 

 

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 compounds comprising plant oils were spoken into existence when God created plants. These compounds are imbued with God’s Word and God’s intelligence, which is not measured in a laboratory, nor by any physical instrument…Synthetic compounds may be copies of the formulas of compounds found in essential oils, but they are lacking the subtle energies contained in natural substances.” – David Steward, PhD, DNM, IASP

I have often wondered why so many ancient treasures, precious oils that used to be so highly valued, are no longer used or appreciated to the same extent in our modern day. I’ve come to the conclusion that there may be a few reasons for this: 1.) Natural substances such as essential oils can’t be patented and 2.) Synthetic chemicals are cheaper and provide more profit to the producer. In the process, the general public has been convinced that these products are somehow “better.”

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. ” – Isaiah 55:8–11

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.

Since the term “therapeutic grade” is not regulated by any independent group, what do I mean when I use the term? And what is the difference between the therapeutic grade essential oils provided by Young Living and other over-the-counter essential oils that claim to be “pure”?

The distinction is crucial, since 90% of the essential oils marketed today would not qualify. To start with, “therapeutic-grade” is not only an indication of purity; it also communicates efficacy. Young Living produces oils that have an unusually high concentration of therapeutic constituents. You can’t get that without the type of guarantee Young Living provides in the precise, detailed process the Seed to Seal process.

seed_to_sealThis process involves strict attention to detail from the time the seeds are sown into virgin soil to the day the nurtured plants are harvested, distilled, and bottled. It ensures that the oils Young Living provides are the purest, most potent essential oils on the planet! See the Seed to Seal website for more details.

Young Living essential oils are:

• 100% pure essential oils
• Sourced only from known botanical species
• Sustainably grown and harvested
• Grown on chemical-free lands in carefully nourished soil (organic)
• Unmatched throughout the essential oil industry
• So pure and natural, they’re used and recommended by integrative health professionals around the world

Since essential oils are the concentrated essence of the plant, any contaminants in the soil or on the plant will become present in the oil.T his is another reason why quality matters!

When we compare Young Living ’s ‘therapeutic-grade’ essential oils with the type of “pure essential oils” available at health food stores, we find significant differences in quality and purity. For example, The Essential Oil Desk Reference tells us that:

“Pure frankincense is often extended with colorless, odorless, solvents such as diethylphthalate or dipropylene glycol…unfortunately, a large percentage of essential oils marketed in the United States fall in this adulterated category. When you understand the world of synthetic oils, as well as low-grade oils cut with synthetic chemicals, you realize why unsuspecting people with their untrained noses don’t know the difference…

“Anyone venturing into the world of therapy using essential oils must use the purest quality oils available. Inferior quality or adulterated oils most likely will not produce therapeutic results and could possibly be toxic.”

In her book, Their Leaves for Healing: The Divine Gift of Plants That Heal, Elizabeth Flores writes that:

90% of what is sold in the United States as ‘pure’ essential oil is fragrance-grade and diluted…These oils are found on the shelves of many health food stores and at online discount houses.

Questions to Ask

When trying to decide which quality of oils to buy, these are some of the questions that need to be asked (taken from The Essential Oil Desk Reference):

  • Are the fragrances delicate, rich, and organic? Do they “feel” natural? Do the aromas vary from batch to batch as an indication that they are painstakingly distilled in small batches rather than industrially processed on a large scale?
  • Does your supplier subject each batch of essential oils through multiple chemical analyses to test for purity and therapeutic quality? Are these tests performed by independent labs?
  • Does your supplier grow and distill its own organically grown herbs?
  • Are the distillation facilities part of the farm where the herbs are grown (so oils are freshly distilled), or do herbs wait days to be processed and lose potency?
  • Does your supplier use low pressure and low temperature to distill essential oil so as to preserve all of their fragile chemical constituents? Are the distillation cookers fabricated from costly food-grade stainless steel alloys to reduce the likelihood of the oils chemically reacting with metal?
  • Does your supplier personally inspect the fields and distilleries where the herbs are grown and distilled? Do they verify that no synthetic or harmful solvents or chemicals are being used?
  • Do your essential oils meet AFNOR or ISO standards?
  • How many years has your supplier been doing all of this?
  • Do your essential oils have a shelf life of just a few years? [If so, this means they are probably mixed with a fatty oil that will eventually go rancid.]
  • Do your essential oils come from an edible plant, yet have a warning on them not to take them internally? [This is a huge red flag!]

“Here is an example of the importance of precise timing during distillation. Cypress has 280 known chemical constituents, and all 280 constituents must be present for Cypress to have [the appropriate] potency. If it is distilled for 20 hours, only 20 of the 280 properties are released. If distilled for 26 hours, none of the properties are released. Most Cypress available in the US market is distilled for about 3 1/2 hours. The correct length of time for distilling Cypress is 24 hours, releasing all 280 properties.” Debra Raybern

Taken from the Bio/Tech News newsletter:

About 98% of essential oils produced in the world today are not intended for serious, therapeutic use. Most are produced for the perfume, cosmetics, and food industries. Therefore, criteria like purity, potency, organic, etc. are not important for these uses.

Because the raw materials and the extraction process for Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils are so expensive, many oils on the market have been cut, diluted and adulterated in various ways. Sad to say, some marketers bottle these poor quality oils and sell them for therapeutic purposes to unsuspecting consumers.

A Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil is more than a “certified organic” oil. It is an oil that is complete in the makeup of its constituents, having the fragrance, frequency, and chemistry that are necessary to give it all of its unique, potent effects.

As we have already mentioned above, a quality, Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil is chemically complex and all of its sometimes fragile components need to be present after distillation of the final product. This requires not only a lot of understanding of the makeup of the oil on the production side but also a great deal of time and expense to care for the proper species of plant.

To insure proper potency, plants should be grown on virgin land, uncontaminated by chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides or herbicides and away from pollution sources. The plant materials must be kept free of petrochemical herbicides and pesticides, since these can react with the essential oil during distillation.

The soil should be conditioned with enzymes, trace minerals, and organic bio-solids, since plants lacking in certain minerals and nutrients yield oils low in therapeutic value. Irrigation should be done with reservoir, watershed or mountain stream water.

Plants need to be harvested at the proper time of the season to insure highest potency. Sometimes even a few hours can make the difference. For example, German Chamomile needs to be harvested in the morning since it then yields an oil with far more azulene than when it is harvested later in the day.

The steam distillation method of extracting the oils from the plants requires careful and proper low temperature and pressure monitoring. Too high of temperature or too much pressure can be deleterious to the fragile aromatic molecules of the plant. In addition, batch sizes need to be kept small and the distillation chamber must be made out of food-grade stainless steel instead of copper or aluminum to avoid reactions with the oils.

Producing pure, Therapeutic Grade Essential oils is a costly venture. The methods required are time-consuming and labor-intensive, and it often requires several hundred, sometimes even thousands of pounds of raw plant material to produce a single pound of essential oil. For example, it takes 5,000 pounds of rose petals to produce one pound of rose oil, and it takes three tons of Melissa to produce one pound of oil.”

More Questions to Ask

While comparing companies, consider using Dr. David Stewart’s* handy list of questions:

12 Questions to Ask an Essential Oil Company

  1. Does their company own any farms on which to raise herbs for oils? And if they do, are they new farms on land formerly polluted with herbicides, pesticides, and chemicals that contain residuals from the past, or are they farming land that is clean, which has never been cultivated or has been untilled for at least the last 50 years?
  2. Does their company have their own fully equipped testing laboratory to verify an oil’s composition?
  3. Do they have anyone on staff with a trained nose who can analyze oils by their smell? (There are less than 200 people in the world with noses sufficiently trained to discern the chemistry of a fragrance.)
  4. If their company purchases oils from outside suppliers, do they visit the distilleries and farms of those suppliers periodically to observe if the herbs are grown organically, i.e. without pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers?
  5. Do they know if the grower has a testing laboratory on the farm to determine when the crop is at its peak for oil harvesting?
  6. Do they know if the crops were actually harvested at their peak time and, if so, was there an inordinate delay in taking them to the still and into the cookers?
  7. Do they know if their distillery personnel understand the art and science of distilling, exactly how to pack the cookers, how to administer the steam, how to maintain minimum temperatures and pressures throughout the cooker, and how to continuously monitor the process throughout distillation to make sure the oil produced contains all of its components in the proper proportions?
  8. If their supplier makes a mistake in the distillation or harvesting processes that results in an inferior grade of oil, does that supplier sell the oil anyway or do they discard it?
  9. Do they know if the the cookers in the distilleries of their suppliers have domed lids or cone shaped lids? Most stills use dome-shaped lids. Cone topped cookers deliver a better grade of oil than dome tops.
  10. Do they know if their suppliers supplement the distillation process with solvents to extract additional oil from the plant matter?
  11. Do they know if their suppliers bottle their oils directly from the distillery without modifying the composition of the natural oil by adding anything or taking anything away?
  12. Do they know if their company has tested their company’s oils side by side with Young Living oils in the same lab to make a fair comparison? And if so, where is the data?

*Dr. David Stewart is an Executive Officer and Co-founder of the Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education (CARE International), and the author of Healing Oils of the Bible

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.

Sleep Tight: Make Your Own Pillow Spray from James McDonald on Vimeo.

Emma and I had fun making pillow spray in this video! I love using this easy-to-make spray on the kids’ bedding and on guest towels when people stay the night! We used the Peace and Calming blend, which my kids love to rub on their feet at bed time to help them settle down and sleep well!

Where to buy containers and other tools:

Elements Bath and Body

Sunburst Bottle Company

Specialty Bottle Store

iHerb (give them my email address to get $5.00 off your first order)

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.

Yes, warm weather is coming!

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 you find something that you love to do—something that hardly feels like work because you enjoy it so much, you have found a treasure! Motherhood is like that. And, I have found that, for me, essential oils are like that too! Turning my love for essential oils into a home business has been a win/win situation for our whole family. Not only do we get to enjoy the health and pleasure benefits of essential oils, but we get paid for sharing them with others! How fun is that?

Falling in Love

Be sure to take the time to fall in love with your oils. Get to know them. Learn about them. Enjoy them. Experience their value. All of the successful distributors I know are distributors because they LOVE their oils! One woman I know didn’t intend on becoming a distributor; however, as she used her oils, she couldn’t help but tell her friends about them. And, of course, her friends wanted to know where they could get these precious oils too. A business was born.

In some ways, becoming a YL distributor is more like a well-organized referral program than a business. I don’t have to keep inventory, sell products, exchange money, deal with shipping, or handle book keeping. Young Living does all of that for me. I get to do the fun part: Use the oils with my family, as well as write and talk about them whenever I have the chance.

As a distributor, you have three choices:

  1. Simply enjoy your wholesale prices and never tell a soul about your oils (Stingy!)
  2. Use essential oils in front of others and respond when they beg you to tell them about your oils! You’ll see a small extra revenue stream enter your household that will help you pay for your own oils.
  3. As you learn more about the benefits of therapeutic grade essential oils, as you use your oils, as you share them with others, as you talk about them, and as you write about them, you’ll create a home business that benefits your own family, as well as those  you come into contact with on a daily basis. Essential oils will become part of your everyday life! Though the oils will sell themselves, you’ll need to put forth a tangible effort to help others to see and experience their value. Hold on to your hat… your income potential could be significant!

Join the Essential Rewards Program and start to budget your oils while earning points for free oils. You will find this to be the most deliberate, cost-effective, and controlled way of building your collection and getting to know your oils.

Contact me to find out how to earn your first commission check or bonus, as well as how much to expect!

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 Common Scents Mom Wants You…to VOTE!

The entries are in and the photos are posted below! Vote for your favorite photo by commenting and telling us why you like it! Be as creative as you like!

And don’t forget to visit the website of the contestants who have links below. Ask them why they’re so excited about their oils and find out what you can learn from them!

If you’re a contestant, feel free to shamelessly plug your own photo on Facebook, email, your website, and to all your family and friends. Get those votes in!

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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.

Since God gave us the plants, herbs, and trees that He spoke into existence at Creation, it makes sense that copycat chemicals made in a laboratory can’t compare with the amazing nature of essential oils. It also explains why many pharmaceuticals, which attempt to copy what God made, often have such devastating side effects that introduce new illnesses, and sometimes even prove fatal. What God made is good – and He made it for our use!

“The fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.” – Ezekiel 47:12

“He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man…” – Psalm 104:14

Because of the tiny molecular structure of the components of an essential oil they are extremely concentrated. One drop contains approximately 40 million-trillion molecules. Numerically that is a 4 with 19 zeros after it. (40,000,000,000,000,000,000) We have one hundred trillion cells in our bodies, that’s a lot. But one drop of essential oil contains enough molecules to cover every cell in our body with 40,000 molecules. Considering that it only takes one molecule of the right kind to open the receptor site and communicate with the DNA to alter cellular function, you can see why even one drop or inhaling a small amount of oil vapor can have profound effects on the body, brain, and emotions.” – Dr. David Stewart Ph.D

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.

Why use air fresheners that don’t actually “freshen” the air? Most popular (and expensive) room sprays contain harmful chemicals that mask odors and often give people headaches. Why not make a natural room spray that smells better, is less expensive, and contains heavenly, natural scents, instead of harmful, synthetic chemicals!

Room Spray

1 oz. vodka
vegetable glycerine (a few drops)
25 drops essential oil
3 oz. purified water
4 oz. dark colored glass bottle

Pour vodka into 4 oz spray bottle and add essential oil of your choice. Shake vigorously for 45 seconds. Add water and shake again. Shake well before each use.”

To turn this into a “pillow spray to freshen sheets and towels, make all 4 oz. with alcohol instead of water. This way the mist will dry quickly and leave behind the intoxicating scent of pure essential oils!

Suggested oil singles and blends:

  • Christmas Spirit (Cinnamon-ish scent that is good for all year-round)
  • Thieves
  • Lemon
  • Citrus Fresh
  • Lavender
  • Three Wise Men
  • Joy

 

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.

Can you imagine soaking a cotton ball in formaldehyde and rubbing it on your face? How about antifreeze? Let’s add a bit of that to the baby’s bathwater!

You might be surprised to find that your skin is by far the largest organ in your body, and what you put on it affects your mind and body in ways you can’t always see immediately. Many ingredients found in popular cleaning and personal care products are, or can be, cancer-causing agents (or just plain dangerous). Because your skin is permeable, such ingredients harm not only the skin itself, but can penetrate into your body, get into your blood stream, and cause all sorts of internal damage

As we go through our daily routine, many of us have exposed ourselves to more than 200 different chemicals, and often the same dangerous chemicals in multiple products. A recent surge of media attention reveals new concerns about the way many common ingredients are affecting our health. An article in USA Weekend says:

“The EPA is increasing research on dozens of synthetic chemicals (pesticides, plastics, and industrial pollutants) that may be juggling your hormone signals. After reviewing nearly 300 studies, the EPA concluded that ingredients in shampoos, dyes, and other everyday products may be playing havoc with hormones that control reproduction and development.”

Recently, I was in the grocery store and noticed a popular poultry brand labeled their whole chicken as “natural.” There was no indication that the bird was organic, free-range, or hormone and antibiotic-free; but, I wonder how many consumers were fooled by the term “natural.” The same is true in personal care products. Since there are no regulations on what is “natural,” the term is often abused. Many of these products simply have a higher price tag, but still have the same dangerous ingredients as the products they claim to replace.??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Consumers must be educated and aware.  Of the hundreds of toxic chemicals used in personal and skin care products, here are a few of the “worst offenders”.  If you can learn and memorize with your children these few ingredients, and start reading ingredient labels, you can avoid some of the most serious carcinogenic and hormone-disrupting chemicals.

Alcohol (Isopropyl):  As a solvent and denaturant (a poisonous substance that changes another substance’s natural qualities), alcohol is found in body creams, colognes, hand lotions, after-shaves, and many other cosmetics.  A petroleum-derived substance, it is also used in antifreeze, as a solvent in shellac, and in low-quality diluted essential oils.  According to A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, ingestion or inhalation of the vapor may cause headaches, flushing, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, narcosis, anesthesia, and coma.  The fatal ingested dose is just one ounce.

DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine):  DEA and MEA are usually listed on the label in conjunction with the compound being neutralized, so look for names like Cocomide DEA or MEA, Lauraminde DEA, and so on.  These are hormone-disrupting chemicals known to form cancer-causing nitrates and nitrosamines.  They are almost always in products that foam, including bubble baths, body washes, shampoos, soaps, and facial cleaners.  On the show “CBS This Morning,” Dr. Samuel Epstein, professor of environmental health at the University of Illinois, said,

“Repeated skin applications of DEA-based detergents resulted in a major increase in the incidence of two cancers – liver and kidney cancers.”

John Bailey, head of the cosmetic division of the FDA, says that the new study is especially important since “the risk equation changes significantly for children.”  Tests at the University of Bologna in Italy found TEA to be the most frequent sensitizer used in cosmetics, gels, shampoos, creams, lotions, etc.

FD & C Color Pigments:  Most of us know the health risks associated with ingesting food dyes, but what about the dyes we put on our skin? According to A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients,  “Many [pigments] cause skin sensitivity and irritation…and absorption [of certain colors] can cause depletion of oxygen in the body and death.” In Home Safe Home, author Debra Lynn Dadd says that

“Colors that can be used in foods, drugs, and cosmetics are made from coal tar.  There is a great deal of controversy about their use, because animal studies have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic.”

Fragrances:  Many people choose fragrance-free products because of the way synthetic fragrances either give them a headache, irritate their skin, or cause an allergic reaction. Most deodorants, shampoos, sunscreens, skin care, body care, laundry soaps, and baby products contain fragrance.  While therapeutic grade essentials oils smell good and promote healthy skin, many of the compounds in synthetic fragrances are carcinogenic or otherwise toxic.

“Fragrance on a label can indicate the presence of up to 4,000 separate ingredients.  Most or all of them are synthetic.  Symptoms reported to the FDA have included headaches, dizziness, rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing and vomiting, and allergic skin irritation.  Clinical observation by medical doctors has shown that exposure to fragrances can affect the central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, irritability, inability to cope and other behavioral changes.”  (“Home Safe Home”, author Debra Lynn Dadd)

Mineral Oil:  Used in many personal care products (Baby Oil is 100% mineral oil ! ).  This ingredient actually coats the skin just like a plastic wrap, disrupting the skin’s natural immune barrier and inhibiting its ability to breathe and absorb the Natural Moisture Factor (moisture and nutrition).  As the body’s largest organ of elimination, it is vital that the skin be free to release toxins.  But mineral oil impedes this process, allowing toxins to accumulate, which can promote acne and other disorders.  It also slows down skin function and normal cell development, resulting in premature aging of the skin.

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG):  This is used in cleansers to dissolve oil and grease as well as to thicken products.  A number after “PEG” refers to its molecular weight, which influences its characteristics.  Because of their effectiveness, PEGs are often used in caustic spray-on oven cleaners, yet are also found in many personal care products.  Not only are they potentially carcinogenic, but they contribute to stripping the skin’s natural moisture factor, leaving the immune system vulnerable.

Propylene Glycol (PG):  As a surfactant or wetting agent or solvent, PG is actually the active component in antifreeze.  There is no difference between what’s used in industry and what’s used in personal care products.  Industry uses it to break down protein and cellular structure (what the skin is made of), yet it is found in most forms of make-up, hair products, lotions, after-shave, deodorants, mouthwashes, toothpaste and is even used in food processing.

Because of its ability to quickly penetrate the skin, the EPA requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles when working with this toxic substance.  PG’s Material Safety Data Sheets warn against skin contact because PG has systemic consequences such as brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities.  But there isn’t even a warning label on products such as stick deodorants, where the concentration is greater than that in most industrial applications.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES):  Used as detergents and surfactants, these closely related compounds are found in car wash soaps, garage floor cleaners, and engine degreasers, yet are even more widely used as major ingredients in cosmetics, toothpaste, hair conditioners, and about 90% of all shampoos and products that foam.  In the article “Dangerous Beauty”, Mark Fearer shares that:

“In tests, animals that were exposed to SLS experienced eye damage, along with depression labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation and corrosion, and even death….according to the American College of Toxicology.”  Children’s eyes are also at risk:  Studies indicate SLS kept young eyes from developing properly by possibly denaturing (dissolving) the proteins and not allowing for proper structural formation.  This damage was permanent.”

Still other research has indicated SLS may be damaging the immune system, especially with the skin.  “Skin layers may separate and inflame due to its protein-denaturing properties.”  One of the most dangerous of all ingredients in personal care products, research shows that “SLS combined with other chemicals can be transformed into nitrosamines, a potent class of carcinogens that cause the body to absorb nitrates at higher levels than eating nitrate-contaminated food.”

According to an American College of Toxicology report, SLS stays in the body for up to five days.  Other studies show that SLS easily penetrates the skin and enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, liver, the lings, and the brain. This poses questions of its being a serious potential health threat through its use in shampoos, cleansers and toothpaste.

Urea (Imidazolidinyl) & DMDM Hydantoin:  These are just two of the many preservatives that release formaldehyde (called “formaldehyde donors”).  According to the Mayo Clinic, formaldehyde can irritate the respiratory system, cause skin reactions and trigger heart palpitation.  Exposure to formaldehyde may cause joint pain, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness, and loss of sleep.  It can also aggravate coughs and colds and trigger asthma.

Other possible side effects include weakening the immune system and cancer.  Formaldehyde-releasing ingredients are very common in nearly all store brands of skin, body and hair care, anti-perspirants, and nail polish.  A more complete list of products that contain formaldehyde can be found in the book by Doris J. Rapp M.D. entitled, Is This Your Child’s World?

TRICLOSAN is the largest rage in the arsenal of anti-bacterial chemicals, included in detergents, dishwashing liquids, hand-washes, soaps, deodorants, cosmetics, lotions, creams, and even toothpaste.  In 1998, Americans snatched up $540 million of these products, without proof they even do what they claim (Good Housekeeping Institute Report,  Good Housekeeping Magazine, March 1999).

But is triclosan safe?  The EPA registers it as a pesticide, giving it high scores as a risk to both human health and the environment (US Environmental Protection Agency / Webpage  –  epa.gov), and the USP recently proposed a new monograph for the specific testing of triclosan.  It is a chlorinated aromatic, similar in molecular structure and chemical formulation to some of the most toxic chemicals on earth:  dioxins, PCBs and Agent Orange ( James Menoutis and Angela I Parisi-Menoutis.  Triclosan and its Impurities.  Technology Review Series  –  Quantex Laboratories).

Its manufacturing process may produce dioxin, a powerful hormone-disrupting chemical with toxic effects in the parts per trillion;  one drop in 300 Olympic size swimming pools (CQS.com website). Hormone disruptors pose enormous long-term chronic health risks because they interfere with the way hormones perform, such as changing genetic material or fostering birth defects.   (Debra Lynn Dadd.  1990.  Non-Toxic. Natural and Earthwise.  Jeremy P. Tarcher).

Triclosan is a chlorophenol, a class of chemicals suspected of causing cancer in humans.  Externally, it causes skin irritation, but since “phenol can temporarily deactivate the sensory nerve endings….contact with it often causes little or no pain.”  (Linda Mason Hunter. 1980.  The Healthy Home.  Pocket Books). “Internally, it can lead to cold sweats, circulatory collapse, convulsions, coma and death.”  (Debra Lynn Dadd. 1992.  The Non-Toxic Home and Office.  Jeremy P. Tarcher). Stored in body fat, it can accumulate to toxic levels, damaging the liver, kidney and lungs and can cause paralysis, sterility, suppression of immune function, brain hemorrhages, decreased fertility and sexual function, heart problems, and coma.  (Debra Lynn Dadd. 1990. Non-Toxic Natural and Earthwise.  Jeremy P. Tarcher).

All these chemicals are persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

“They are chlorinated, persist in the environment, and accumulate to higher and higher concentrations with each step up in the food chain…Once absorbed into the body fat, it is almost impossible to eliminate POPs.  (World Wildlife Fund.  Reducing Your Risk:  A Guide to Avoiding Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals).  “Employing a strong anti-biotic agent such as triclosan for everyday use is of questionable value as it takes a shotgun approach to killing all microscopic organisms while destroying the beneficial bacteria in the environment and in our bodies.  These so-called friendly bacteria cause no harm and often produce beneficial effects such as aiding metabolism and inhibiting the invasion of harmful pathogens.”  (M. Angela McGehee, PhD. In Biology and Marine Sciences, Personal Correspondence).

Boston-based microbiologist Laura McMurray and colleagues at the Tufts University School of Medicine say that:

“Triclosan is capable of forcing the emergence of “superbugs” that it cannot kill.  And experiments have shown that it may not be the all-out germ killer scientists once thought it was….Using triclosan daily in the home  –  in products ranging from children’s soaps to toothpaste to “germ-free) cutting boards  –  may be unwise.”  (Maggie Fox.  Common Disinfectant Could Breed Superbugs.  Health and Science Correspondent).

“Public health officials have blamed the indiscriminate prescription of antibiotics by doctors for the spread of drug-resistant bacteria.  The Tufts study suggests the recent widespread use of anti-bacterial agents in everyday products might have similar results.”  (Joseph B. Verrengia.  New Products Feared Breeding Tougher Germs.  AP Science Writer).

Other Harmful Skin Care Ingredients Include:

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, Lactic, AHA, etc.), Aluminum, Benzophenone, Benzalkonium, Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl urea, Ethylparaben, Methyparaben, Petroleum, Polyquatemiums, Prophlparaben, Polyvinylpyrrolidone.

Hat tip to Linda Chae and the Toxic Free Foundation

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