Another one we can't live without. Being the history buff I am, I adore the reason behind the name of this oil. You see...Thieves essential oil blend was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals they used while robbing the dead and dying. Take some time now and go research for yourself. History is amazing. I would have to rave at the pure evil genius that lived in the minds of these men. Brilliant. Positively BRILLIANT. Too bad they were crooks. Young Living’s one-of-a-kind Thieves blend, crafted in the spirit of that legendary combination, can be found in all of our Thieves products. Thieves supports healthy immune function, and includes Eucalyptus radiata essential oil, which may help maintain a healthy respiratory system. When taken as a dietary supplement, Thieves is an ideal complement to a daily wellness regimen.
It's only fair at this point to pause and talk a little bit about Thieves. Since it is far too new of a product to be on the Environmental Working Group's radar and grading system, I am going to take the liberty of grading it myself. Keep in mind, I am not a scientist and have zero credentials to give this grade. I am doing nothing more here than looking at the facts, stacking them up against other products listed in EWG's database and finding out where it fits. You won't be surprised when I tell you after much research, I can conclusively tell you, without a doubt in my mind, Thieves Cleaner gets a solid A grade. Why? Well, just look at the graphic for the details. This product speaks for itself. Between the list of solid, earth and body friendly ingredients, and its amazing cleaning powers, there just isn't another cleaner I will have in my home.
Don't breathe in those harmful synthetics! There is a much fresher, nature-made, beyond organic air freshener available. Just turn on a Young Living diffuser, add a few drops of oil and a little water, and let it run! Your entire house will smell fabulous.
Typical air fresheners don't actually freshen the air. They just layer everything in an invisible coat of toxin. Air fresheners are suspected of causing everything from headaches and concentration issues to respiratory distress, skin problems, and even cancer. The problem here is we can't see these toxins. We think if we can't see them, they can't hurt us. Out of sight, out of mind. We need to realize those smells are not natural, and certainly not healthy, and we should banish them from our homes.
Scent in plastic vial of toxic waste, anyone? Full of parabens and glycol ethers, stay as far away from this as you can.
These just kill me -- push a button that dispenses a fog of chemicals and run around spraying the air everywhere you go!
In no time, you'll have air quality so bad, you could rival China for lethal air toxicity.
What happened to good old fashioned fresh air from opening a window? Dried flowers, essential oils, -- even throwing some cookies in the oven.
You can find a way to make your house smell nice without the danger.
This company has one of the best marketing campaigns in the industry. They have somehow convinced the world that they actually neutralize odors. They don't. But they do blanket them in a clear chemical fog so you don't smell them anymore.
Before Young Living came out with Thieves laundry detergent, I would take Thieves cleaner and make my own. It worked great and I loved it, but now look at the convenience of having it all concentrated and ready to go! My biggest issue with this is I am a visual girl. I am used to having a giant scoop of detergent. Not a tablespoon. This messes with my mind.
With the Thieves Household Cleaner, I add it to water and have a big bottle of goodness. In the wash? Well, I see that same little tablespoon go in a big wash basin and I feel incomplete. No, really. I'm that weird. So, what's a girl to do? I took an empty glass container with a pour spout and mixed up a batch of laundry detergent by measuring out the concentration so each tablespoon of detergent was with one quarter cup of filtered water. Now, I shake it up and pour out a quarter cup into my laundry scoop. Watching that much soap go into the basin makes me happy. Same amount of soap mind you. Just a different viewpoint.
Besides, when I had to measure out a tablespoon of concentrate, it was so thick it stuck inside the cap and made me feel like I wasn't getting my whole tablespoon's worth every time.
Now I KNOW I am. Our laundry comes out CLEAN. Clear of residue, clear of scent, clear of everything dirty, including stains. If I have a particularly tough stain, I put the concentrate directly on it and let it sit for a bit before washing. Works perfectly! If you miss the smell of scented clothes, go get a wool dryer ball and add some of your essential oils to it. I promise you'll love it -- my latest batch of clothes smelled like Stress Away essential oil blend. Pure Heaven.
Known the world over, Tide laundry detergent is the very model of the perfect commercial cleaner. The reasons to avoid it are numerous. One glaringly large reason to avoid it may save your life. You see, Tide has 1,4 Dioxane. Remember that one? Cancer causing ingredients.
The EPA (environment protection agency) considers this solvent a human carcinogen (for those not in the know, this means it causes cancer). This is taken directly from their website:
“1,4-Dioxane is used as a solvent. Acute (short-term) inhalation exposure to high levels of 1,4-dioxane has caused vertigo, drowsiness, headache, anorexia and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs in humans. It may also irritate the skin. Damage to the liver and kidneys has been observed in rats chronically (long-term) exposed in their drinking water. In three epidemiologic studies on workers exposed to 1,4-dioxane, the observed number of cancer cases did not differ from the expected cancer deaths. Tumors have been observed in orally exposed animals. EPA has classified 1,4-dioxane as a Group B2, probable human carcinogen.”
For a product marketed to new moms -- one that makes a play on the word organic in its name, touts ingredients that are great for sensitive little skin, and even fragrance free -- it sure does score really low. Having looked at the ingredients, this stuff would be nowhere near my babies. Now, to be fair... the ingredients in question were preservatives.
Apparently, six of their products contained a preservative (HHT - hexahydro-tyrosine) -- a KNOWN carcinogen. Now, I don't know about you, but even if every single other ingredient was great, the mere fact that a known cancer causing agent was in there...even at a tenth or fiftieth or one millionth of a percent, would simply just be too much to think about using it on my sweet little baby's clothes.
*** Note, the manufacturers of Babyganics accepted responsibility for the ingredient and removed it from all of their products following their exposure by EWG. While I commend them on their actions, really, at the end of the day, it still comes down to not knowing what is in your products, an ingredient list too long and complicated to understand, and the omission of several ingredients on the list simply marketed as "other ingredients". Give me basic ingredients -- or I'll just make it myself -- but I am not going to use products I don't trust.
Color safe bleach. There's a thought for you. As long as it's safe for our colors, it must be safe for our skin. I won't even go into it all again. You guys know what to avoid by now.
There really is no comparison here. Thieves dish soap puts all other dish soaps to shame. But... as I am a full-disclosure kind of girl, I need to tell you I had the same issue with this one as I did with the laundry soap. Bubbles. I don't need them in my toothpaste, I don't need them in my all-purpose or toilet cleaner, but I need them in my dish soap. You won't find very many here... when you eliminate chemicals and surfactants, you eliminate bubbles. So... if you can't live without them... you may not be thrilled with this cleaner. I have gotten over it... mostly. Once you notice how clean your dishes are, I'm sure you'll get over it, too.
It is frustrating to me as a consumer when "green" companies put ingredients in their product which are harmful to my family.
I remember growing up with this one. With a large number of cancer causing chemicals, this one should be avoided for sure!
What strikes me as irony here... Dawn's commercials show them degreasing animals after oil spills. They are the "environmental company", right? Well, it turns out... all those surfactants and chemicals are known for stripping oils away from surfaces. While I commend Dawn for their efforts in helping poor creatures after disasters, I really wish they would truly be more environmentally friendly.