Medicine Cabinet Swap Part 3 – Insect Repellent

Ok, this post is kind of scary. I was appalled to learn the ingredients used in the most popular brand of insect repellent in the U.S. I knew it was bad for you, but geez! 

Brace yourself, we’re diving in. 

Off! FamilyCare Insect Repellent | Smooth and Dry¹

You see the product name “FamilyCare” and think, “ok, it’s safe for the whole family. That’s gotta be ok for us to use.” NOPE! It is touted as a “mosquito repellent you can feel good about” simply because it dries instantly, isn’t sticky, and lasts up to 6 hours. So, you’re not “feeling good” about it because it’s safe, but because it literally feels good on. Nicely played, Off! marketing team. Sneaky.

This product contains 15% DEET; which it what makes it lasts 6 hours (the amount of DEET in a product correlates with how long it lasts²). 

So what is DEET? We’ve likely all heard that it is not safe, but why?² ³ 

The science behind DEET is actually kinda neat. DEET works by confusing mosquitoes’ odor receptors by creating an aromatic barrier making it difficult for the flying vampires to land on us and bite.² ³ So, it doesn’t kill the bugs, it just confuses them so they leave you alone (personally, I’d be fine if the bugs died, but I’m sure it’s environmentally important that we have them…). Great concept. 

If only this synthetic chemical didn’t have side effects including rash and other skin irritations, numb or burning lips (my lips have definitely gone numb when I accidentally touched my mouth without washing my hands after applying bug spray), nausea, headaches (the smell alone gives me a headache), dizziness, and difficulty concentrating.³

From 1961 to 2002, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry reported eight DEET related deaths. Three from deliberate ingestion, and five from DEET exposure in both adults and children.³ Eight deaths over 41 years may not seem like a lot, but why risk it? It seems like kids are the most sensitive to the effects of DEET resulting in headaches, tremors, lethargy, seizures, involuntary movements, and convulsions. Prolonged use may also be linked with brain deficits.³ 

In addition to the possible side effects listed above, more serious side effects are possible as well:³
DNA damage
Negative impact on the nervous system
Muscle and joint pain
Weakness
Fatigue
Memory loss
Shortness of breath
Disorientation
Hallucinations

All of this, and yet Americans use about 6 million pounds of it per year.³ 

That is the only active ingredient in this Off! insect repellent, but they have several scary inactive ingredients.† Such as:

Fragrance – the list of chemicals in the “fragrance” alone are a lot to list, but eight of them are listed on SC Johnson’s list of skin allergens. Most “fragrances” are known estrogen disruptions and carcinogens. 
Butane – can cause gastrointestinal issues including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Prolonged exposure can cause sudden collapse, coma, respiratory failure, liver and kidney failure, and even death. 
Propane – yes you read that correctly; Propane! VERY toxic to inhale. It can cause hypoxia, which is a form of oxygen deprivation that can lead to death. Plus, as we all know, it’s highly flammable. Stay away from open flames, lighters, and torches if using. 
Isobutane – extremely flammable and an explosive. Breathing it in can cause shortness of breath and suffocation. If used during cold weather, it can increase your risk of frostbite. 
Ethanol – highly flammable. Consuming can result in a coma and even death.
Isopropyl Myristate – while not considered dangerous, it can cause skin irritation, clogged pores, and acne inflammation. 
Dimethicone – although it is used to soften the skin, prolonged use can cause skin and eye irritations
Corn Starch
Water
Magnesium Carbonate
Aminomethyl Propanol
Sodium Benzoate

Can you believe that?! I knew bug spray was flammable, but seeing Propane as an ingredient really surprised and disgusted me! Plus so many of these ingredients can cause skin irritations yet this is something meant for your skin! Am I the only one baffled at what the FDA allows us to put on our skin, breathe, and ingest?!

If you have this product lying around the house, you definitely want to keep it out of reach of children as ingesting this insect repellent can lead to serious illnesses and even death. Also, don’t use it if you’re going to be around flames. So, if you’re grilling, at a bon fire, smoking (which I am not advocating), lighting candles, around tiki torches, or anything else involving fire, don’t put on this “bug dope” (as my Granddaddy calls it). It’s better to get bitten by a couple of mosquitoes than it is to burst into flames. 

“But, Katie Sue, some mosquitoes carry terrible diseases! How I can protect my family without using something toxic?” 

Well, I’m glad you asked! Young Living makes a 100% natural insect repellent! Off! brand says it keeps mosquitoes away, but Young Living’s says it keeps ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes away!‡ It’s a powerhouse!

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Combining essential oils such as Citronella, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Geranium, Spearmint, Thyme, and Clove with soft Sesame oil and Vitamin E‡ it is the best way to enjoy your time outside without pesky bugs flying around (while also not worrying about bursting into flames or toxic ingredients being absorbed into your blood stream)! 

It is formulated without DEET, parabens, fillers, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal-derived ingredients, synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic colorants.‡

It rubs easily into skin without being greasy or sticky.‡

It is dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic.‡ 

Child safe.‡* 

Vegan friendly.‡ 

I LOVE this insect repellent and take it to every outdoor gathering – it’s a must have! It is very effective, smells wonderful, and is completely safe.* I can apply it and not be bothered by bugs the whole time I am outside. Plus, it is actually beneficial to your skin, and will leave it feeling so soft!


I told you this post was a little scary, but I’m so glad and thankful we have a safe, effective alternative we can use! Do you have this awesome bug dope yet? If not, you can get yours here.

Thank you for learning with me!
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~Katie Sue
Striving for wellness and a chemical-free life, one oil at a time. 

 

 

¹Basic information for Off! FamilySafe Insect Repellent | Smooth and Dry was found on their website.

²Some information on DEET was found of OFF!’s information page.

³Additional information on DEET was found here.

†The ingredients list for Off! FamilySafe Insect Repellent | Smooth and Dry was found on the “What’s Inside SC Johnson” product page.

‡Information on Young Living’s Insect Repellent was found their product page.

*As always, when using Essential Oils, you want to avoid eye contact. When using with children, do not apply insect repellent or essential oils to their hands in order to protect their eyes from accidentally being rubbed by oiled-up hands.

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Medicine Cabinet Swap – Part 1: Sunscreen

It’s already August! How did that even happen? Summer may be coming to a close, but there is still time to squeeze in a short vacation, weekend at the lake, outings to the zoo, plus Labor Day is coming up, and we’ll all be eating BBQ outside all weekend. To prepare for all these fun outings, we gotta have sunscreen! 

You’ve most likely heard that traditional sunscreens are bad for you and can even be more harmful than sun exposure. What makes them so bad for us, though? I mean, everyone and their mom has been using sunscreen since it was invented in the 50’s. My mother lathered up my siblings and I within an inch of our lives, and then, thankfully, in the late 90’s just sprayed us down. It’s a part of summer. If you don’t have a faint Banana Boat Kids scent on you all summer, are you even summering right? 

Turns out, there really are a lot of toxic, harmful ingredients in most sunscreens! You may think, “well if I just use it every now and then at the pool, it can’t do that much harm.” You would be wrong. These ingredients can do a lot of harm. Check out what this leading sunscreen contains:

Banana Boat Sport active ingredients:

(Banana Boat does not list its ingredients on their website [FISHY!!], but some are listed on the Amazon product listing. I don’t think all of the ingredients are listed because it ends with “…” and there is no way to view more, so who knows what else is in there.)
Homosalate: a potential endocrine disruptor and studies in cells suggest it may impact hormones. In addition to direct health concerns following homosalate exposure, the chemical may also enhance the absorption of pesticides in the body. (See more below)

Avobenzone: degrades in the sun, resulting in the release of free radicals that may actually increase the risk for cancer

Oxybenzone: also called “benzophenone-3” or “BP-3” has been increasingly linked to early puberty in girls, low sperm count and male infertility, and an increase in hormone-related cancers in men and women

Banana Boat Sport inactive ingredients:

BHT: In addition to liver and kidney effects, BHT applied to the skin was associated with toxic effects in lung tissue. BHT has been found to enhance and to inhibit the humeral immune response in animals. BHT has been shown to have tumor promotion effects. (BHT is found is almost every “beauty” product. Sunscreens, makeup, face wash, soaps, etc. It’s everywhere, and it’s dangerous.)

 Triethanolamine (TEA): hazardous short term and long term effects ranging from skin and eye irritation, to damaging the respiratory and immune systems and inciting cancer. Can cause inflammation on a short term and long term basis. Its immediate affects include itchy, watery eyes, dry and brittle hair and itchy skin. Over time, Triethanolamine use can cause chemical damage to skin such as blisters, a hot, burning sensation, hives and flakiness. Used in up to 40% of beauty items that are currently on the market.

So many scary ingredients with terrible side effects! Ross gets it. Kinda.

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This is just to be funny, I have no idea if Ross’ point is valid or just humorous.

Even the leading natural sunscreen isn’t that natural or great!

Alba Botanicals Continuous Spray Active Kids Sunscreen SPF 50 active ingredients:

Homosalate (15%):  has a mild hormone-disrupting activity. Studies have found that human breast cancer cells, when exposed to homosalate, grew and multiplied 3.5 times more than normal. The estrogenic activity of the chemical has also been observed in human placental tissues, raising concerns about pregnant women who may be exposed to the chemical. (See more above)

Octocrylene (8%): acts as a photosensitizer, actually increasing the production of free radicals when skin is exposed to the sun. Free radicals damage skin, increasing the risk of premature aging and skin cancer.

Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (another name for Avobenzone; 3%): see above 

All of these active ingredients are listed on Anne Marie’s list of  7 potential damaging chemicals in sunscreen.

Luckily, Young Living offers a TOTALLY SAFE broad-spectrum sunscreen! 

Its only active ingredient is Zinc Oxide¹ (10.5%), which acts as barrier between our skin and the sun – and it’s completely natural and 100% safe! Why would other companies even use other active ingredients when this natural sun-protector exists?! Banana Boat and Alba Botanicals don’t even have Zinc Oxide on their ingredient list – the “sunscreen” part of their products are all chemicals and the rest are fillers/chemical fillers to help the active ingredient chemicals work harder and absorb into your skin faster! Clearly, they don’t have your best interest at heart like Young Living does. 

Other ingredients found in Young Living’s sunscreen include essential oils, nut and cocoa butters, nut and fruit oils such as grape seed, coconut, vegetable, jojoba, sunflower, raspberry seed, and others. 

It goes on smooth, smells amazing, and works so well! It comes in SPF 10 and SPF 50. young-living-sunscreen

I have been using this sunscreen for most of the summer and the only time I’ve been burnt was before I bought this and my other “natural” sunscreen failed me. I’m tellin ya; it’s awesome!

You can get your bottle here. Don’t have this sunscreen and were burnt? Subscribe so you don’t miss next week’s post about Young Living’s After Sun Spray!

Stay protected!

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~Katie Sue
Striving for wellness and a chemical-free life, one oil at a time.

 

 

¹Young Living Sunscreen info found here.
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Makeup Savvy! Part 3: Contouring

What’s the deal with contouring, anyway? What’s the point? Doesn’t it take a lot of time? Won’t it just make me look clownish? Don’t you have to be a makeup guru or hire the Kardashian’s glam squad to contour correctly?

These were my questions before beginning my research for this post. Learning to contour quite frankly seemed impossible. I just knew that if I tired I would muck it up and look ridiculous; so why try? I like to look as natural as possible and just assumed that contouring always meant you looked like you’re wearing a ton of makeup. But you know what they say about assuming… 😉

As it turns out, contouring can be as natural-looking as you want.  Basically, contouring can help make your face look slimmer, or can downplay features you don’t love, while highlighting features that you do love. It also makes your face look positively radiant! Done wrong, however, you can look pretty silly.

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A dramatic, comedic example of bad contouring!

The point of Savvy Minerals makeup to is provide light weight, full coverage, all-day wear with a flawless finish. It helps your beauty shine through as opposed to some makeup that covers up your natural beauty altogether and makes you look like a totally different person. Savvy doesn’t have a wide range of products, like some makeup lines, but that is because you can use most Savvy products for more than one thing. For instance, Veil is a setting/finishing powder that gives you an “airbrushed” finish, but it can also be used as a highlighter, or can be used alone (without foundation) to make you look radiant without wearing anything else on your face. 

“So how do I contour? I’m no makeup artist!”

Good news, you can be a total amateur, like me, and still get a great, contoured look!

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Example of good contouring from Kim Kardashian – the queen of contouring.

Face Shape

The first step is knowing your face shape. Every face shape will need to be contoured differently to give you the right look.

This guide will help you determine your face shape and show you where to apply each product. If you can’t determine your face shape, just ask someone close to you. contouring-for-your-face-shape

Contouring Phases

There are three phases to contouring: contour, highlight, and blush.

Each phase uses a different Savvy Minerals product –
Contour: Bronzer (I wear Crowned All Over)
Highlight: Diamond Dust Veil
Blush (I wear I Do Believe You’re Blushin’)
– and each will go on a designated part of your face.

I have a rectangular face shape, so I will

  1. Apply bronzer to my jaw line, the hollows of my cheeks, and “corners” of my forehead.
  2. Highlight with Diamond Dust Veil in the center of my chin, upper lip, apples of my cheeks up towards my ears, center of forehead, and very top of my forehead.
  3. Apply blush to the apples of my cheeks overlapping with the bronzer and veil.

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For me, contouring with bronzer makes my face look not as long and also accentuates my cheek bones, which creates a slimming effect. Highlighting with Diamond Dust Veil gives my face a luminous glow, while blush gives me healthy, youthful color.

To determine which shade of bronzer and blush you need, see Makeup Savvy! Part 2: Skin Tone to learn about your skin tone and which Savvy product will look best on you.

For a more dramatic look, choose a shade or two darker than you would normally wear – the darker bronzer & blush. Or you can even use a darker shade of foundation or one of the multi-taskers in place of bronzer in you do not like the slight shimmer that the bronzer has. If you use Diamond Dust Veil as your setting powder (as opposed to the Matte that I use which is great for people with oily skin), you can use one the light eyeshadows as a highlighter – choose Best Kept Secret, or Wanderlust (or you can use Diamond Dust as a highlighter and setting powder). There are so many options and it is so fun to play around with the different products until you get just the right look. 

Blending

Now that you know what goes where, it is time to make everything look natural and smooth. If you don’t blend you can look really clownish and have harsh lines of color all over your face. To blend, apply a light layer of Matte Veil to your entire face, making sure you pay extra attention to the areas you’ve contoured. This will not erase your contouring, but will blur it together to help you achieve a natural, airbrushed look. 

Tutorial

A visual guide on how to contour with Savvy Minerals.

 

It’s that easy! It’s quick, simple, and ends up looking great!

If you would like to buy these products so you can contour in three easy steps, click here and select the “Savvy Minerals Premium Starter Kit” that matches your skin tone. 

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~Katie Sue
Striving for wellness and a chemical-free life, one oil at a time.

Makeup Savvy! Part 2: Skin Tone

Did you know one of the biggest mistakes you can make when buying your makeup is buying a color that doesn’t complement your skin tone? Doing so can either cause you to look washed out, or like your face, and nothing else, has visited the sun. No one likes to see a big makeup line from neck to face, and no amount of blending will save you when you inevitably hold your hand close to your face and people see a dramatic difference. Thus, it’s crucial to buy the right color and shade for your skin tone.

But how do I determine my skin tone? 

First, there are three main categories: cool, warm, and neutral. They are categorized like this:

Cool

  • Hair color: can range from very dark to light blonde
  • Veins: the veins in your forearm have a blueish tint. Cools can also be very fair to very dark (think Cate Blanchette and Viola Davis – both cools)
  • Go-to jewelry: silver
  • Your favorite cool colors to wear: a range of bright colors like blues, purples, and greens, as well as lavender and lilac.
  • Your favorite warm colors to wear: bright reds and pinks like cerise, ruby, and rose.
  • Your favorite neutral colors to wear: gray, and bright white.
  • Colors you avoid: oranges and yellows.

Warm

  • Hair color: anything from dark blonde to dark brown
  • Veins: your veins tend to have a green or even yellowish tint
  • Go-to jewelry: gold
  • Your favorite colors in the cool family to wear: warmer blues and greens such as olive, deeper turquoise, moss, fern, and red-purples
  • Your favorite colors in the warm family: think autumn colors like oranges, reds, golden yellow, amber, and honey.
  • Your favorite neutral colors to wear: taupe, chocolate, creamy whites, wheat, latte.
  • Colors you avoid: icy shades, and jeweled tones (amethyst, sapphire, ruby)

Neutrals

  • Hair color: anything from ashy tones to warm
  • Veins: neutrals have a hard time determining how their veins look/veins are more purple
  • Go to colors of both cool & warm: typically lighter colors such as blush-toned pinks, muted blues, jade green, and cameo green
  • Neutral colors to wear: taupe, grays, off-white
  • Colors to avoid: anything too bright or vibrant colors that can be overwhelming such as reds and yellows

Before I really did my research I thought I was a warm because I think I look best in gold jewelry. However, now I’m convinced I’m neutral and lean towards warm. My veins appear more purple than blue or green, I look good in earth tones, but the color I look best in is purple (it really makes my eyes pop and look green as opposed to hazel!) and cannot wear white at all – it totally washes me out, although I prefer gold, I can wear silver just fine. My hair looks best when I add red to the blonde as opposed to ash or silvery tones (naturally I’m dark blonde/light brown). Therefore, I am call myself warm/neutral.

Once you determine your skin tone, it’s time to judge how fair/dark you are. Different makeup companies will call their shades different things but the principle is the same: light, medium, and dark.

Lightest will always be those of us who are very pale and can’t tan.

Medium is exactly what it sounds like; not too light, not too dark.

Dark is dark; those with deep tans, dark olive skin, or beautiful ebony.

I am about as pale as they come. So, on the Savvy spectrum, my foundation color is Warm 1. Here are all of the lovely shades that Savvy offers. As you can see, Dark 1 is fairly light, and could be a great option for neutrals or those with olive skin tones.
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Now that you’ve picked out your foundation it’s time to pick the rest of your makeup! Next in my routine comes bronzer. I wear the Crowned All Over shade which is a medium nude. If you are fair skinned, neutral, or cool, this is a great option for you. If you have darker skin or are a warm, the Summer Loved is perfect for your skin. Although I am can wear warm, Summer Loved is too dark for me.
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Next is blush, which has always been a favorite of mine (possibly because blush was the first type of makeup I ever wore). I wear I Do Believe You’re Blushin’a lovely neutral pink with a hint of shimmer. If you are cool, you will want to try Smashing, Captivate, Awestruck, and Charisma. Warms should buy I Do Believe You’re Blushin’, and Serene. Neutrals look best in Passionate, and I Do Believe You’re Blushin’, but can wear any color depending on how fair/dark they are. Darker skin tones are going to benefit the most from Passionate and Charisma.


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Savvy also offers a lot of eye shadow choices. In addition to the eyeshadow colors, you can also use the Multitaskers as eyeshadow. Most of these can be worn by more than one skin tone. As a neutral/warm with hazel-green eyes, I gravitate toward purples/plums to help bring out the green in my eyes. When I am going for a more natural look I like Crushin’, Inspired, and the Light Multitasker. For me, my eyeshodow choice has more to do with my eye color and what I want accentuated than it does my skin tone. The new pressed palette is also gorgeous! It came out last month and I can’t wait to try it!
Savvy-minerals-eyeshadow The Multitaskers can be used for a couple different things: eyeshadow, brow filler, eye liner, and even dry shampoo! To use as brow filler, choose the color that is closest to your eyebrow’s natural color. Mine is Dark. Even though I’m very pale, I have pretty dark brown eyebrows. If you want a slight shimmer to your eyebrows, you can even dust on a bit of Determined from the eyeshadow collection.

To complete your look, you will of course need eyeliner, mascara, and veil. All of which can go on any one, no matter how pale or dark you are and no matter what your skin tone is.

For the finishing touch, the lips! Savvy has several beautiful options. There are three types of lipstick: classic, tangerine-infused, and cinnamint-infused (cinnamon & peppermint), and lip gloss. The tangerine-infused collection is soft and hydrating, and the cinnamint glides on easily and plumps the lips for a fuller look.

I have Adore and WishThey both look pretty nude on me, but give me a touch of color and shine. I would love to try Uptown Girl!
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I have Mic Drop which is very pink and bold. It’s a great summer color and to wear as a statement color when you’re going out.
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I am ordering Untamed for a natural, sophisticated look.
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I don’t have any of the glosses, but my mother loves them!
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Still unsure what you need? Don’t worry, you can get a makeup kit that has everything you need for your skin tone. They come in Cool 2, Warm 2, Dark 1, and Dark 4. For now; I am hoping that soon they will offer a starter kit for each foundation color (so I can order everything that goes with Warm 1 in one easy click!). Each comes with foundation, blush, three eyeshadows, lip gloss, a makeup brush, Misting Spray, and a bottle of Lavender. For only $150!
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There are so many gorgeous choices! I wish I could try them all.

Hopefully this post has given you an idea of what skin tone you are and which Savvy products you need. Stay tuned next week when we talk about different ways to apply Savvy!

To buy the Savvy Minerals Starter Kit, click here.

Thanks for learning with me!

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~Katie Sue

Striving for wellness, and a chemical-free life, one oil at a time.

Makeup Savvy! Part 1: Why Savvy Minerals

Young Living unveiled some incredible new products at the 2018 Grand Convention last month, and I thrilled about the new additions to the Savvy Minerals makeup line! I am obsessed!

I’ve never really cared that much about makeup though. I’ve worn it since I was in the 6th grade (just blush and cover up as a kid, don’t worry!), but have never been super into it. It was exciting when I was little and would gaze up at my Mama while she carefully applied hers, and I anxiously awaited the day when I could wear it, too. That novelty wore off pretty quickly though. I always want to look nice, but as far as contouring, highlighting, all the trends, a million steps, spending hours playing with makeup to get the right look, yada yada,  I’ve never cared. “Go with whatever is going to be the quickest so I can get every minute of sleep possible” has always been my motto. Makeup has never excited me, it’s just been a necessary part of my morning routine. Until now!

The Savvy Minerals makeup line by Young Living is AMAZING and has me super jazzed!


Why did I choose Savvy?

The last year or so since going off the pill and figuring out how to support my hormones properly, I have really suffered with acne. Horrible, ugly, embarrassing acne. It was worse than it has ever been – far worse than it ever was during puberty. There were times I didn’t want to leave the house because of how ugly I felt. I needed makeup to cover it up, but my typical makeup seemed to irritate my skin, even the “good” expensive stuff I had started buying. Catch 22. Then, right on time, Young Living introduced Savvy! Total game changer! (I’d like to state that I’ve worked REALLY HARD to correct and heal my skin. I’m doing everything I can to support my hormones, being very diligent in my skin care regimen, using high-quality Savvy makeup, taking my YL vitamins & supplements, staying hydrated, etc., and my face has cleared up remarkably! The acne is about 90% cleared up and now I’m focusing on healing my skin and restoring my skin tone. *Bursts in to an off-key rendition of “I Feel Pretty” *)

I decided to try out Savvy Minerals because it is full of good things that are beneficial to your skin, and devoid of the harmful stuff found in most makeups that can actually irritate the skin and can cause acne. Plus it offers full, buildable coverage. Also, since I’m definitely going to be buying makeup anyway, it only makes sense to buy it from a company that gives me points that spend like cash for every dollar I spend – thank goodness for Essential Rewards!

Savvy Minerals is always formulated without¹

Talc 
Bismuth
Parabens
Synthetic Fragrance
Phthalates
Petrochemicals
Synthetic Colorants
Gluten

That’s right, this line is all na-tu-ral! It minimizes the appearance of pores, brightens the complexion, absorbs excess oils, provides lasting, all-day wear, is great for those with sensitive skin, is non-irritating, won’t clog pores, is gluten free, totally vegan and is never tested on animals.¹ Awesome stuff!


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My Savvy collection

Savvy Minerals by Young Living now offers the following (as of July 2018):

Primer (Hydrating and Matte)
Foundation (10 shades)
Bronzer (2 shades)
Blush (7 shades)
Eyeshadows (12 loose powder colors, and 1 pressed powder palette – which is gorgeous)
Eyebrow filler/Multi-tasker (4 shades of brown that can also be used as eye shadow and eyeliner)
Eye liner (black)
Mascara (black)
Veil (setting powders in Diamond Dust and Matte)
Lip scrub (poppy seed)
Lipstick (in three different types, in a total of 16 colors)
Lip gloss (5 colors)
Misting Spray
Full set of brushes, of course

Everything you could need or want! The colors and shades are all gorgeous and can be used in a variety of ways. For instance, some people use the bronzer as eyeshadow, the lipstick as blush, foundation and multi-tasker as dry shampoo, etc. 


I could talk more about how awesome it is, but ya’ll should just see it for yourself. 

Before:                                                                  After:

Without-Savvy    With-Savvy-Minerals

Watch below for a tutorial on how I apply Savvy Minerals and see my face come together!

See?! It’s AWESOME!! It provides flawless, all-day wear, no matter the weather. Full coverage with a light-weight feel. Plus my skin loves it!

Stay turned for the rest of the series to learn how to determine your skin type, how to apply makeup for different face shapes, details on the Savvy products and more!

Would you like to order your own? You can do so here, just select the Savvy Minerals kit.

 

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~Katie Sue
Striving for wellness and a chemical-free life, one oil at a time.

 

 

 

¹Information on Savvy Minerals was found here.

ART Beauty Masque

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Ready for a spa-like facial at home?! The ART Beauty Masque is
HEAVENLY! Within one application I noticed a difference in my skin. My face felt as smooth as a baby’s bottom and looked soft and radiant. My face was noticeably brighter, healthier, and more refreshed.*

What’s in this sheet mask that makes it so magical? Well lemme tell ya.

ART Beauty Masque contains¹:

Water – gotta have water
Glycerin – a natural sugar-alcohol compound to support soft, supple, more radiant skin, beneficial for oily skin*
Trehalose – a sugar used to moisturize*
Lactobacillus Ferment – a probiotic that is great for the skin*
Sea water
Astragalus membranaceus (Huang Qi) root extract – soothes skin, full of antioxidants, used to condition the skin by fighting bad bacteria*
Speranskia tuberculata whole plant extract – aids in pain relief and diminished puffiness*
Morus alba leaf extract – gives you a bright, glowing appearance*
Sodium hyaluronate – beneficial for ageing skin; helps moisturize*
Torenia concolor whole plant extract – supports a youthful appearance*
Phalaenopsis orchid extract – supports a bright, glowing appearance
Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) resin extract – helps diminish the appearance of blemishes*
Carthamus tinctorius flower extract (Safflower oil) – beneficial to those with dry or damaged skin*
Angelica polymorpha sinensis root extract (Dong Quai) – helps with skin blemishes and irratations*
Dipotassium glycyrrhizate – a salt  derived from the licorice plant, beneficial for dry or damaged skin, soothing*
Macrocystis pyrifera (Kelp) extract – beneficial for aging skin*
Copaifera reticulata (Copaiba) oil – helps restore skin*
Citrus aurantifolia (Lime) oil – promotes radiant skin*
Cedrus atlantica (Cedarwood) wood oil – promotes even skin tone*
Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla) fruit extract – soothes and calms*
Ocotea quixos (Ocotea) leaf oil – promotes healthy skin*
Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil – soothes, calms, and promotes healthy skin*

The ART Beauty Masque does NOT contain:

Harsh chemicals
Fragrance/Perfume – it just naturally smells divine
Gluten
Parabens
Phthalates
Petroleum
Synthetic dyes & colors – in fact, it’s practically clear
BHA
Sodium Sulfate
Carcinogens 

Basically, it is full of only beneficial, all natural ingredients and no harmful, artificial junk. Plus, this masque is formulated for all skin types¹!

It is recommended that you use this masque 3-4 times a week¹. Which would put you using one box a week. Four boxes a month. One box is $47.50 wholesale, and I don’t know about you, but I cannot spend $190 a month on face masques. So I found a little trick to make it stretch further!

When you take the sheet masque out of its pouch, look into the bottom of the pouch… see all that goo? That’s the good stuff! There is enough extra goo in there that you can do a goo masque (as opposed to a sheet masque) 2-3 more times, maybe even more if you stretch it. What I do is I put the pouch in a Ziploc bag to keep air from getting to it (I don’t know what would happen if it was exposed to air for too long; would it dry out? Evaporate? Get weird? No clue, but it seems safest to seal it back up as best I can), and pour out a quarter-sized amount into my palm, as needed. I rub the goo onto my face; let it dry, and rinse. So, day 1 I do a sheet masque, let my skin rest a day, and then use the goo. So I use the ART Beauty Masque/Goo every other day. Or at least I should. I’m trying to get better at it. This way you stretch the use of your masque and you don’t waste anything. You can use one box a month as opposed to four. You can even stretch it more by doing a two-day gap, or just using it once or twice a week. The goo will keep for a while, so make that puppy last!

You may think that a sheet masque isn’t important to your skin care regimen, but let me say that I LOVE it! I can tell a difference when I use it regularly versus when I don’t. Since it is a tad pricey for my budget, I like to buy it with my Essential Rewards points; getting this awesome facial for free is always nice! 

I could write more and explain why I love this masque and what it does for my skin, but I’d rather show you so you get the full effect! 

Now, go draw a bath, put something relaxing in your diffuser, put on a masque, and let your at-home spa night begin! Or put on your masque, pour a glass of wine, and watch the Bachelorette like I do. Don’t have these masques? You can get them here.

Thank you for reading about these masques and watching me look like a mummy! Don’t forget to subscribe over to the right so you can get weekly information on the wonderful products that Young Living offers!

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~ Katie Sue
Striving for wellness and a chemical-free life, one oil at a time.

¹Information on the ART Beauty Masque and it’s ingredients was found on the Young Living website.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure and disease.

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Cedarwood is the best ever! It is my favorite smelling oil; one whiff and I instantly relax! Lavender is the most famous oil for being relaxing, but there is something about Cedarwood that just makes me melt. I also think it smells incredible! Its scent is sweet and woodsy; reminiscent of the tall, strong trees that it comes from. Cedarwood oil is steam distilled from the bark of the Cedar tree, which is part of the pine family. 

In addition to smelling incredible, Cedarwood is also

  • Used for relaxation and a good night’s sleep*
  • Great for supporting healthy skin (for people with dry skin)*³
  • Used for focus
  • Supports healthy hair follicles*¹
  • The tree mentioned most in the Bible – the Cedars of Lebanon
  • Considered the Lord’s tree, “The trees of the Lord are full of sap; the Cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted” KJV.

Cedarwood stimulates the pineal gland*, which releases melatonin, making it the perfect oil to add to your nighttime routine to assist in a good night’s rest. You can sprinkle a couple of drops right onto your pillow and  sheets, rub it onto the collar of your p.j.s or your chest, and/or add it to your bed-side diffuser. For a coma-like sleep, my favorite diffuser blend is:

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Cedarwood Diffuser Blend

Cedarwood is used in many of Young Living’s personal care products and is most beneficial to those with dry skin. However, Cedarwood is most known for potentially being beneficial with hair growth and supporting hair follicles!*³

Why does our hair seem to thin as we age? Did you know that when you are born you have all of the hair follicles you’ll ever have? You have around 100,000 in your scalp; that’s a lot on a tiny baby, but as we grow, our scalp stretches but we do not gain more hair follicles; hence, our hair looks thinner. Hair loss can also be a result of stress, hormonal imbalance, vitamin/mineral deficiencies, and plain ole genetics. When a strand of hair falls out, a new one typically begins to grow in the same follicle, however hair growth can decrease if DHT (a hormone) is too high.¹ But don’t hurry off to the wig store just yet! Cedarwood may help stimulate hair growth!*¹ Try this at-home nourishing hair treatment² and let me know how it works for you!

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Nourishing Cedarwood hair treatment

Want soft, silky hair? Try this Mermaid Hair spray!

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Mermaid Hair spray for luxurious locks

Since Cedarwood is relaxing, it is also great for focus. It allows you to slow down and focus on the task at hand. This is especially true when it is added to your diffuser. When inhaled, the oil particle travels directly to your brain causing you to instantly relax and focus.

I use Cedarwood every night to help me sleep, and I use it in my hair after every shower! It’s one I always have in my oil arsenal. What do you use Cedarwood for?

Would you like to purchase your own Cedarwood essential oil? You can do so here.

Thanks for learning about this awesome oil with me!

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Katie Sue
Striving for wellness and a chemical-free life, one oil at a time.

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
¹Information about hair loss/growth was found here.
²Hair treatment recipe was found here.
³Additional information about Cedarwood was found here.

Migraine Awareness

Today’s post is one that is very personal and important to me; today we’re talking about Migraines and how essentials oils and natural remedies can help. Since June is National Migraine Awareness Month, I wanted to share my journey with migraines, educate those lucky people who have never had one, and offer encouragement to those of us who do.

I started getting migraines regularly about 10 years ago, but they became very frequent and more severe about 5 years ago. They became so frequent that I was getting around 15 a month (diagnosed as chronic migraine, at my lowest point), and each time I got one I was down for the count. Laid up in bed, lights off, black-out curtains closed, no sound, asleep all day. If I happened to get a migraine during the week, I often missed work, and missed a lot of events on the weekend. They’re awful! Having a migraine is much more than just getting a bad headache. A headache is simply that – an ache in your head. A migraine can be much more than that. My symptoms include dizziness, blurred vision, extreme fatigue, loss of appetite, sensitivity to light and sometimes sound, with extreme pain in my forehead. Well, more than just my forehead; I’ve described my pain to my doctor like this,

“It’s like having a sub-woofer in my forehead, and also like a sharp blade is going from my forehead directly into my eye ball.”

Excruciating. And since the pain in often in my eye, and I get so fatigued, I typically sleep all day long when I have an attack. Seriously. I’m not talking sleeping in, I’m talking fast asleep until dinner time. Wiped out!

So what are migraines?¹

  • “Migraine” is a neurological disease with extremely incapacitating neurological symptoms. It’s typically a severe throbbing recurring pain, usually on one side of the head, but in about 1/3 of attacks, both sides are affected.
  • Attacks are often accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms: visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, extreme sensitivity to sound, light, touch and smell, and tingling or numbness in the extremities or face. (I have had very few that make me vomit, but several that have made me nauseous.)
  • About 25% of migraine sufferers also have a visual disturbance called an aura, which usually lasts less than an hour. (I have never experiences this, thank goodness!)
  • Attacks usually last between 4 and 72 hours. (Mine are typically 20 hours.)
  • Migraine is the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world, and is the 6th most disabling illness in the world. 18% of American women, 6% of men, and 10% of children experience migraines.
  • Migraine tends to run in families. About 90% of migraine sufferers have a family history of migraine. (Thank you, Mamaw Pierce!)
  • While most sufferers experience attacks once or twice a month, more than 4 million people have chronic daily migraines, with at least 15 migraine days per month.
  • More than 90% of sufferers are unable to work or function normally during their migraine. (Shoot me now!)
  • Half of all migraine sufferers have their first attack before the age of 12. Migraine has even been reported in children as young as 18 months. Recently, infant colic was found to be associated with childhood migraine and may even be an early form of migraine. (I started getting them regularly when I was 16. I did have colic as an infant – I don’t know if it had anything to do with my later migraines or not.)
  • A child who has one parent with migraine has a 50% chance of inheriting it, and if both parents have migraine, the chances rise to 75%. (To my future children, I AM SO SORRY! I know how to help you now!)
  • Medication overuse is the most common reason why episodic migraine turns chronic. (Yep, yep, yep. That was me!)
  • Although 25% of sufferers would benefit from preventive treatment, only 12% of all sufferers receive it. (That’s right, only 25% would benefit from preventive treatment! I am not part of that percentage. I tried and tried to no avail.)

Here’s the deal. Migraines are hard to treat. Everyone’s body responds differently to them, everyone has different triggers (things that may cause migraines, such as a change in barometric pressure [my biggest trigger], alcohol, strong smells, change in hormones [such as around your menstrual cycle; seems to be another one of my triggers], bright light, or a hundred other things). For me, it’s also biology. I get migraines. Period. My great grandmother suffered from them, my cousins suffer from them. No amount of drugs is going to change the fact that it’s a disorder I have that won’t go away, but it can be treated.

So, what did I do to help my migraines? It would be shorter to tell you what I didn’t do. I’ve been on birth control, taken different types of preventative medications, had extra-strength migraine meds for when I got one to make it go away, altered my diet, used essential oils, added supplements and vitamins to my daily routine, tried heating pads, tried ice packs, routinely saw a neurologist, and have seen a chiropractor.

What worked and didn’t work for me?

  • Birth control – birth control did not work for me. I went on the pill when I was 15 to help with lady issues and acne (around the time I started getting migraines. Coincidence? Maybe.) and stayed on it nearly 10 years. I changed which “pill” I was taking probably 5 times to see if adjusting the hormones would help with the migraines I had begun having. It did not help even a little bit.
  • Preventative medications & neurologist– My former employer made me go see a neurologist because I was missing so much work and she wanted to see what could be done for me. My neurologist put me on a preventative medication (Topiramate²) that helped for a short time before my migraines actually grew worse.
    • Topiramate is an anti-seizure medication that is also used to prevent migraines, but not to relieve the pain of migraines when they occur. It works by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain (sounds odd to me, considering migraines are not in the brain, they’re in the nerves). Topiramate has too many side effects to list here, but you can check them out by following the citation at the end of this post. What I experienced when I first went on this drug was INTENSE! Topirimate can cause memory problems, which my neurologist warned me about, and I, in turn, warned my boss. I went in to work one day and suddenly couldn’t remember my computer log-in. A log-in I had used daily for months. I went to my boss, almost in tears to ask for help, we called IT, it was a whole thing. I had trouble forming words, and difficulty concentrating; this lasted a couple of months and made me feel so dumb and incompetent – very frustrating. I also experienced a loss of appetite so severe during the first two weeks of being on it that I almost hospitalized myself because I was so worried. I called my neurologist who wasn’t that concerned, and just powered through. I tried to make myself eat, but the thought of anything literally disgusted me. I think I survived by forcing down granola bars. Another fun side effect is… headaches! In a migraine prevention drug?! I can’t even. I experienced a lot of side effects, but those were the worst. My migraines did improve (but did not disappear), for a while, and then they came back with a vengeance and were worse than they had ever been. I stayed on Topiramate and also sought other treatment.
  • Extra-strength migraine meds – prescribed my neurologist as a backup medication in case I got a “break-through migraine” to kill the pain. I was to take my Topiramate daily and the other prescription as needed. These never worked. Not once.
  • Vitamins and Supplements – it is difficult to say whether these have worked as I have always taken them in tandem with either my migraine meds or while seeing my chiropractor. However, by general practitioner, neurologist, and chiropractor all made sure I was taking magnesium citrate (I use Solgar) and Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin. I use Solgar). Magnesium and B2 are great, natural ways to prevent migraines. I’ve been taking both for at least two years.
  • The chiropractor – my saving grace! My hero! My answer to prayers! I (finally) started seeing a chiropractor almost two years ago and it was life-changing. My chiropractor spent so much time with me the first time we met (at least an hour, whereas my neurologist talked to me for legitimately five minutes and handed me a prescription). We talked about my symptoms, what I had done before to try to prevent migraines, etc. He also did x-rays of my head and neck (something my neurologist never did despite me asking to have imaging done) and found what may be the biggest cause (besides biology) of my migraines. He told me that since they run in my family, I was most likely predisposed to get migraines, but that the head traumas I have suffered most likely made them more often and severe than they otherwise would have been (I had a tooth knocked out when I was 7 or 8, and had a very serious concussion at the end of junior year of high school [I haven’t wrestled with my brother since; I still love you, Andy! 😉 ]). He said I was all out of whack and that he could fix me. He literally said to me, “I can make your migraines stop” to which I choked back tears and just stared at him in disbelief. I began seeing him three times a week and am now down to once a month. At first my migraines got slightly worse as he began fixing the issue. After a month or so I began to wean myself off of Topiramate (hallelujah!). I can now proudly say that I am 56 days migraine free (thank you to the Migraine Buddy app for keeping track for me)!!!!

Yes, I am crying as I type this. If you haven’t experienced a migraine, and especially if you haven’t suffered chronic migraines, you cannot understand the relief, pure joy, and gratitude that comes with being able to say that. I used to be laid up in bed, unable to function, and in immense pain almost 50% of the time (at my lowest point), and now I am migraine free!

I firmly believe that my chiropractor isn’t the only reason my migraines have dissipated. I believe it was ALL GOD! A few months ago I was anointed and prayed over at church (this was after going to the chiropractor for over a year) and I know that healing has come from God! Through the power of prayer and using the resources God has given me, I have found healing.

I truly believe that God has given us everything we need to be healthy, combat disease, and aid in recovery from afflictions that cannot be prevented. That’s not to say that there isn’t a time and place for medication; God has gifted some very special chemists to concoct things to help us when needed, but there are so many drugs out there that do more harm than good, and/or that have outrageous side effects. In nature, God has given us an entire multi-purpose pharmacy at our disposal; we just have to learn how to use it (or let Young Living teach you, like I did).

Young Living has a lot of terrific products to help us migraine sufferers, and there are some products I use daily because I know they help my migraines, some I use when I go to/get home from the chiropractor, and some I use when I feel migraine symptoms coming on.

Sulfurzyme & Copaiba Vitalityessential oil – both are great for irritation!* My chiropractor told me to start taking something for irritation, and since certain meds are hard on your kidneys when taken over time, I opted for a natural route. I take two capsules of sulfurzyme twice daily (1 hour after lunch & dinner), and a full capsule of Copaiba Vitality before bed.

Super Cal / Super Cal Plus – I am almost done with my last bottle of Super Cal and then I’ll be trying the new Super Cal Plus. Calcium has been used for a long time in the treatment and prevention of migraines, and Young Living’s has a little bit of magnesium in it (like I mentioned before, also used in migraine prevention), and Vitamin D, which is necessary for your body to absorb calcium.

Valor – it wouldn’t be compliant for me to tell you the common nickname for this hard working powerhouse, so you can look that up on your own. 😉 I use Valor after I get adjusted at the chiropractor (before, too, if I remember), because it can help you get  adjusted more easily, and can help you stay adjusted longer.* I put it on the back of my neck, my brain stem (since that is where I whacked my head and received my concussion), and the bottoms of my feet. It’s one of the most popular oils used in massages (at my chiropractor’s office you get a massage after your adjustment. Swoon.).

M-Grain – Last but not least, M-Grain! The only thing the YL website says is that it “has a cool touch when applied along the neck and shoulders.” However, many people rub it into their neck and shoulders to help with discomfort.* I make a salve out of it.

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One thing I love to do after the chiropractor (or whenever the mood strikes), is to soak in an Epson salt/essential oil bath! It’s heavenly, and so relaxing. It helps you detox which is important after being adjusted and/or getting a massage. I like to combine 3/4 a cup of Epson salt, 1/4 cup baking soda, and essential oils galore. I let the salt soak up the oils for as long as I can stand it (ideally more than 10 minutes) in a mason jar (anything glass or metal will do**). Then just dump in the tub while it’s filling up. Do it; you’ll thank me.

For those of you in Tennessee, when I lived in Franklin I saw Dr. Gil Kentof. He is amazing! I was so worried I wouldn’t find a comparable chiropractor when I moved to Knoxville, but Dr. Gil recommended Dr. Conrad Vaughn at Apple Health & Wellness, and I LOVE going there! Dr. Vaughn is very attentive, and like Dr. Gil, his goal is to get to the root of the issue and solve the problem. He also talks to me about my overall health and wellness (hence the name of the practice) before sending me across the hall for a massage. If you are in either area, I highly recommend both doctors and their practices.

m-grainDo you suffer from migraines? What have you found helps you? Leave me a comment, or contact me; I would love to hear your story and help you in any way I can!

Want to purchase the Young Living products that help me? You can do so, here!

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Katie Sue

Striving for wellness and a chemical free life, one oil at a time

*These statements have not been tested by the Food and Drug Administration, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or to cure any disease.
**Some essential oils are detoxers, so using them in glass or metal only is the way to go since if they are put in plastic, they will begin pulling the toxins out of the plastic and you really don’t want those getting into your system.
¹Information found on migraineresearchfoundation.org
²Information on Topiramate found on medlineplus.gov

Shutran – A line for manly men!

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Young Living Shutran Essential Oil Blend for Men

This week is National Men’s Health Week, so I thought I would use this post to talk about some of the wonderful products that Young Living offers that have been specially formulated for men (and some that are just beneficial). 

Did you know that Young Living has an entire men’s personal care line? Enter Shutran! Shutran is a blend made just for men (it even says so right on the bottle), although women like to smell it, too. 😉 Starting with the Shutran Essential Oil Blend, Young Living offers a line of products featuring that wonderfully woodsy, manly scent in products that your guy uses everyday – but these don’t  have any harsh chemicals!

The scent seems to smells differently to different people. Some people really smell the conifer oils (tree), some smell spice, while others think it smells sweet. To me, it smells sweet. Not like a flower, or candy, just sweet. It’s hard to describe; definitely unique, but wonderful smelling. To my parents it smells like a high-end cologne. This blend will not only smell differently to people straight out of the bottle, but it will also smell differently depending on who wears it. We are all made up with a unique chemical-makeup and our pheromones will mix with scents differently. 

Love the smell? Check out this awesome “Man Cave Diffuser Blend”

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Man Cave Diffuser Blend with Shutran

Shutran Essential Oil Blend

The Young Living website describes the blend has “specially formulated for men to boost feelings of masculinity and confidence.”¹ Something I think we all want our men to feel. Most men wear it in place of a cologne because of it’s perfectly-blended scent and the confidence it brings. 

Shutran contains:

Idaho Blue Spruce – which has a fresh, sweet, and earthy aroma that relaxes the mind and body. May support testosterone production.* Many people use it in the bedroom…

Ocotea – helps aid in healing skin irritation and injury.* It has natural cleansing and purifying properties.

Ylang Ylang – has a long history in skin and hair care products (I use it to promote luxurious hair). It can help you feel confident. It has a pleasant, fresh, floral scent. Commonly used to increase libido (historically, the flower was placed on the marriage bed).

Hinoki – is energizing and uplifting, and supports hair growth. It is used as an odor eliminator because of it’s spicy, lemony scent. (Someone once told me it “brings all the boys to the yard”…)

Coriander – has a sweet, warm fragrance. It is great for the skin; it helps to restore your skin to a healthy balance (regardless of if you have oily or dry skin). It can increase libido and may help with impotency.*

Davana – can help ease stressful feelings and nervousness; it’s very uplifting.*

Lavender – commonly called the “Swiss Army Knife of essential oils” for it’s many, many uses. Historically used for relaxation.

Cedarwoord – has an earthy aroma that can give a sense of security (it is my favorite smelling oil ever! One whiff and I instantly relax.). It is calming, purifying, and grounding. Can promote hair growth.

Lemon – another oil that has a myriad of uses. It is a powerful detoxer, with cleansing and purifying properties which may be beneficial to the skin. Great for people with oily hair (especially it if it blonde or light brown in color).

Northern Lights Black Spruce – very relaxing. Helps the appearance of dry skin.


Let’s say that your man showers and shaves every day. If he isn’t using the best products available that means he is putting hundreds of harmful chemicals directly onto his skin before he even leaves the house. Young Living offers high-quality products to help men get ready for the day, without the use of chemicals, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal-derived ingredients, synthetic fragrance, or synthetic colorants.¹ 

Shutran 3-in-1 Body Wash and Shutran Bar Soap 

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Young Living Shutran 3-in-1 Body Wash for Men
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Young Living Shutran 3-in-1 Body Wash for Men

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s face it, guys can get gross, and when they do, they STINK. Like, really bad. Girls can get gross and smelly, too (we don’t always go around smelling like a rose), but man-smell is just different, and can be hard to get rid of. Just because they smell like they’ve been in a cow pasture after they come back from the gym doesn’t mean they need strong chemicals to scrub away the stank. The 3-in-1 Body Wash for his hair, face, and body effortlessly removes grime and odor without stripping the hair and skin, and leaves him smelling like a lumberjack (well, like he’s been in a forest all day without sweating. A tree; he’ll smell like a sexy tree). The Shutran Bar Soap is similar, but is recommended for skin use only (may not be the best in place of shampoo). It contains olive, shea butter, wolfberry seed, and jojoba oils for added moisture – great in the Winter months, or for those with dryer skin. It also contains activated carbon which gives it it’s light gray color and is added for it’s deodorizing and cleansing properties.¹

Shutran Shave Cream and Aftershave Lotion

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Young Living Shutran Shave Cream for Men
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Young Living Shutran Aftershave Lotion for Men

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When your man shaves he wants his face to feel smooth and nourished. That is exactly what the Shutran Shave Cream and Aftershave Lotion will give him. The shave cream is formulated with hydrating palm, grape seed, and olive oils, plus naturally derived Vitamin E, and mango and cocoa butters. It’s silky-smooth texture provides a frictionless glide to reduce razor burn and nicks.¹ While the Shutran Aftershave Lotion soothes, freshens, and calms the skin after shaving, it is moisturizing, non-greasy, and absorbs into the skin quickly.¹ 

Shutran Beard Oil – for more than just his beard! 

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Shutran Beard Oil for Men

For all those bearded beauties out there, this if for you! It is created to soften, condition, and add a healthy-looking shine to facial hair, while moisturizing the skin underneath – without clogging pores.¹ With the superior quality you’ve come to expect from Young Living and the wonderful Shutran Essential Oil Blend; this is a spectacular beard oil! Like all YL products, it is heavily concentrated; it only takes a dime-sized amount, so it lasts a really long time.  

Did you know this beard oil can be used on more than just your beard? It makes a great leave-in conditioner for your head-hair (after washing with the Shutran 3-in-1 wash, of course), and will help protect hair from heat styling (such as a hair dryer). 

 

You can also make your own beard oil if you’d like a different scent. Check out my Instagram to find out more!

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DIY Beard Oil with Shutran

In addition to the Shutran line, Young Living also offers products that are perfect for the active man! 

Pure Protein Complete

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Pure Protein Complete

Pure Proein Complete is a powder used to make a protein shake. It comes in chocolate and vanilla spice. It’s foundation is made up of a full range of amino acids, ancient peat and apple extract, cow and goat whey, pea protein, egg white protein, and organic hemp seed protein. It is made of a special blend to deliver 25 grams of protein per serving.¹

Cool Azul Pain Cream 

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Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream

Cool Azul Pain Cream gives cooling relief from minor muscle and joint aches, arthritis, strains, bruises, and sprains. It combines the powers of Wintergreen (historically used for pain) with Cool Azul Essential Oil blend for the ultimate pain relief.¹

 

AminoWise

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Young Living AminoWise

AminoWise is perfect for your post-workout recovery. It has three blends for one powerful result:

  1. The Muscle Performance blend to aid in muscle building and repair
  2. The Recovery blend to reduce muscle fatige
  3. The Hydration Mineral blend helps replenish important minerals that are lost during exercise.

 

 

These are just a few of the wonderful products that Young Living offers that are beneficial for men. Follow me to get more product info in later posts, and head to the Young Living website to find out about other vitamins, supplements, personal care items, and oils! Would you like to order your own? You can do so here.

What do your guys use to be their healthiest selves?

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Katie Sue
Striving for wellness and a chemical free home one oil at a time. 

 

 

¹ This information was found directly on the Young Living website.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

It’s About Lime!

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Young Living Lime and Lime Vitality Essential Oils

Young Living’s Lime and Lime Vitality Essential Oils are two of my favorites! I love the smell of lime – it instantly takes me to Summer days spent by the pool! Other than smelling wonderfully summery, and tasting great, did you know Lime has also historically been used for skin blemishes (dark/age spots, and overall skin radiance), as well as used to decongest  the lymphatic system, and as a gentle detoxer?

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Young Living Go Getter Essential Oil Diffuser Blend

 

 

I currently have a blend in my diffuser called “Go Getter”. It uplifts my mood when I have the “blahs” or am feeling stressed, and motivates me to stay focused and get stuff done! 

 

 

 

Lime contains a powerful antioxidant called Gamma Terpinene. Antioxidants are wonderful for your skin! Not only do they help restore an even skin-tone, they also penetrate the skin to heal dark/age spots.* To use Lime Essential Oil in your skin care regimen, add a couple of drops to your nighttime moisturizer.¹

Let’s talk about the lymphatic system. Until recently I didn’t know much about the lymphatic system at all. I knew we have lymph nodes throughout our body, and that they swell when we get sick. Now I know that the lymphatic system acts as a… sewer treatment plant for the body, if you will (gross analogy, don’t think about it too much). Basically, the lymphatic system is found throughout your whole body, and it removes waste from every cell while also helping regulate the immune system! The lymph fluid (which I had never heard of until doing my research) is made up of 95% water and flows through the lymphatic system (including lymph nodes, the spleen, the thymus, adenoids, and tonsils). If the lymph cannot flow freely, the flow becomes stagnant and congested, causing toxins to build up in the body. This can cause a variety of health issues, and you may experience²:

  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Stiffness (especially in the morning)
  • “Brain fog”
  • Itchy and dry skin
  • Cellulite (say it ain’t so!)
  • Weight gain
  • Chronic sinusitis, sore throats, colds, and ear issues
  • Breast swelling during menstration
  • Swollen glands
  • Cold hands and feet

Don’t fear – Lime is here! Getting your lymphatic system moving isn’t as difficult as you may think! Here are three easy steps you can take to make that lymph flow freely:

  1. Stay hydrated – as mentioned above, lymph is made up of 95% water. Adding a couple drops of lime to your glass or stainless steel cup can help to flush toxins and assist in hydration. 
  2. Avoid tight clothing – lymph nodes lie close to the skin and wearing restrictive clothing suppresses lymph flow. Try wearing a bra without a wire (and when you can, no bra at all); this does not mean a sports bra, as most sports bras are too tight and hold things in place, as opposed to letting them move (you can find my favorite wireless bra here: rubyribbon.com ). Avoid tight briefs and jeans. Think bounce; you want your body to move. 
  3. Get up off of that thang! – If your legs/feet swell during travel, or when you’ve been sitting for too long, that is because of stagnant lymph flow. Stagnant lymph flow can be prevented by frequent moving, self-massage, and stretching (see below for Lime Lymphatic Massage Oil). 

So, drink your oil-infused water, keep your body moving, and use Lime Lymphatic Massage Oil for added lymphatic system support. My family and I went out of town last weekend and spent over 7 hours in the car driving to our destination. My mother’s feet and ankles always swell! Since I was planning this post, I made up some Lime Lymphatic Massage Oil for her to use in the car, the results were definitely noticeable! She still swelled a little, but nothing compared to normal. Note: She only put the massage oil on once, at the beginning of the trip, and didn’t stretch when we stopped for breaks. I suggest putting the oil on every time you stop for a break (or, if flying, get up to move around), and to stretch every chance you get. Keep that lymph moving!

Lime Lymphatic Massage Oil
Lime Lymphatic Massage Oil

Lime Lymphatic Massage Oil


  • 7 drops Young Living Lime Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Young Living Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Young Living Geranium Essential Oil
  • Carrier oil (such as olive, fractionated coconut, avocado; I used grapeseed oil as it is easily absorbed into the skin and shouldn’t clog pores)
  • 5 ml glass bottle (I used an empty Lime essential oil bottle I had lying around)
  • Roller ball tip, if desired

Add all essential oils to your glass bottle. Carefully top the rest of the bottle off with your carrier oil of choice (if you have a funnel small enough to fit in your bottle, that is very helpful, I get mine here: https://www.amazon.com). Pop in your roller ball, if desired. Close bottle and shake well before each use.

To use, rub oil on your neck, just below the jaw and ears, and work your way down using deep strokes toward your heart. This can also be used on your legs; start at your hip and work your way down to your feet. 

Remember, as a citrus oil, Lime may cause photo-sensitivity, so be sure to avoid applying to exposed skin up to 48 hours before being in the sun.

As a natural detoxer, Young Living’s Lime Vitality Oil is very beneficial when used internally*. Of course, adding lime to your water is the easiest way to reap the benefits, but my favorite way is in delicious Summer recipes such as Cilantro-Lime Bean Dip, and Strawberry-Lime Daiquiris!

Cilantro-Lime Bean Dip

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Cilantro Lime Bean Dip with Young Living Essential Oils
Cilantro-Lime Bean Dip with Young Living Essential Oils

Cilantro-Lime Bean Dip 

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 oz) bag of frozen corn
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can of petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can of black beans, drained 
  • .5 – 1 oz fresh cilantro (I use the little packages cilantro from the produce section)
  • Young Living Lime Essential Oil to taste (I use 12-14 drops)
  • Lime wedges for added prettiness, optional
 
Cilantro Lime Bean dip with essential oils
Cilantro-Lime Bean Dip with Young Living Essential Oils

 

Directions

  1. In a medium/large glass or stainless steel** bowl dump frozen corn and drained tomatoes and black beans.
  2. Pick off cilantro leaves, and, if desired, shred into smaller pieces. This is the most time-consuming part of the recipe. Add to bowl with other ingredients.
  3. Drop in desired amount of lime oil (if you aren’t sure how much you want to use, start small and add more if needed). Using a wooden or metal** spoon, stir everything together.
  4. Add a lid or plastic wrap and keep refrigerated when not eating – if you’re serving at a party it’ll be gone in the blink of an eye!
 

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  • Serve with tortilla chips.
  • To have a little thicker consistency add a second can of drained black beans.
  • Add a little more “zing” by using flavored beans, or mix in just a little taco seasoning, or a bit of garlic powder and onion (this option is best if eating the dip right way, as any leftovers will have a strong onion smell).

**Since all citrus oils are gentle detoxers, using glass, metal, and wooden utensils is important, and the citrus will pull the toxins out of plastic, and those will, in turn, enter into your body. Gross. 

 

Strawberry-Lime Daiquiri


Strawberry-Lime Daiquiri 

Strawberry Daiquiri with Young Living Lime Essential Oil
Strawberry-Lime Daiquiri with Young Living Essential Oil

 

Ingredients

  • 1+ cup of frozen strawberries, diced
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Young Living Lime Essential Oil to taste (1-4 drops)
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • Sugar/Stevia to sweeten, optional
  • 1-2 oz rum, optional
  • Whipped topping, optional

Directions

Blend all ingredients together (except whipped topping) in a blender until there are no visible strawberry chunks. Pour and serve with a dollop of whipped topping.

  • Add more sugar and/or lime according to taste
  • Add more water for a thinner consistency 
  • For a creamy consistency, add a little vanilla yogurt

When travelling this Summer, don’t forget to stay hydrated, use your Lime Lymphatic Massage Oil and to get up and stretch every chance you get on long car/plane trips. And try out those wonderful recipes at the beach or by the pool (or a Monday night when you’re watching the Bachelorette…. or is that just me? 😉 ). Let me know what you think!

If you would like to order your own Young Living Lime or Lime Vitality Essential Oil, you can do so here: youngliving.com/signup

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– Katie Sue
Striving for wellness and a chemical-free life one oil at a time.

 

¹YL Blog: https://www.youngliving.com/blog/
²Lymphatic system: https://chopra.com/  

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

**Since all citrus oils are gentle detoxers, using glass, metal, and wooden utensils is important, and the citrus will pull the toxins out of plastic, and those will, in turn, enter into your body. Gross.