What You Should Know About "Clean Beauty"

What You Should Know About "Clean Beauty"
You’ve probably heard of “Greenwashing” where marketing tactics make you think that a product is “green” when actually it is full of a lot of these same harmful ingredients.  In the beauty industry, the same is true for “Clean beauty,” which is a marketing technique to make you think the product is “clean” when in fact it isn’t.  “Clean beauty” is a largely unregulated term in the beauty industry.

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Beeswax Jar Candle Making

Beeswax Jar Candle Making

I recently hosted a Beeswax Jar Candle Making event, and we had a blast!  Many of my blog readers don't live close enough to join me in person, so today's blog is for those who want to make SAFE and harsh chemical free candles - and it's super easy when you make them in jars! 


SUPPLIES:
HOW-TO:

Set a wide, shallow dish on the stove with water and heat to medium-low, very gently boiling. While the water heats, prepare your jars by adding a sticker to the metal ring of the wick and press firmly into the middle of the bottom of your glass jar. Align the wick holder on the top of the jar to keep the wick from moving to one side.

Pour about 1/3 of the jar full of beeswax pellets, then add 1/2 tsp coconut oil. Repeat the layers, finishing with the beeswax to near the top of the jar. As you fill the jars, make sure that the wick remains in the center. The coconut oil is optional but helps to slow the burning of the beeswax so your candles will last longer.

Once the water is boiling gently, place your jars in and allow the wax and coconut oil to melt. Add more beeswax pellets as needed as the wax melts and naturally lowers.

Once the wax is melted, remove from the water bath and place on a baking rack to cool. Add essential oils if using, dropping them in all around in the wax. Allow the wax to cool and harden, then tie with twine and a sprig of rosemary for a lovely gift!

A Second Option for making these is this: 
Using the same supplies above (except the coconut oil) - melt the wax and pour into jars with wicks attached.  Then add the essential oils to the candle and stir in while the wax is melted.
Here's what you'll need for melting the wax:
Wax Melting Pot:  https://amzn.to/3CInbsl
Wax Melting Heat Plate:  https://amzn.to/3yO8D8j 

Let me know in the comments if you make the candles and which oils you choose (if any).  We are choosing oils for a Fall scented candle (Clove, nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon) and Winter scented candle (Pine, Christmas Spirit, Cassia, Peppermint, Cedarwood, Orange)

To see candle essential oil recipe ideas, Click Here


Have you thought about making a few changes to eliminate harsh chemicals from your environment but just didn't know where to start?  Click on the link below to get access to my Simple Start to Natural Living!

Are you a Fall Scented Candle Junkie?

Are you a Fall Scented Candle Junkie?
Fall is coming, and one of the biggest fall traditions is spicy smelling candles that remind us of the fall weather and the coming holiday season.  

Well, hold off on those candles until you’ve considered this: 
  
 A 2015 study by university-affiliated researchers in South Korea found that scented candles can release VOCs (volatile organic compounds) both BEFORE they are lit and while they are burning.  That’s right – even an unlit candle releases VOCs into the air you breathe! In the study, they concluded that scented candles “should act as potent sources of VOC emission in indoor environments.”
 
So what’s the problem with VOCs?  They can cause:
 
  • Headaches
  • Irritation to eyes, nose & throat
  • Nausea
  • Liver damaga
  • Kidney damage
  • Central Nervous System damage
Some VOCs have been labeled as carcinogens.  Do you really want to risk it?  

In addition to being a health hazard, the soot from candles can damage appliances, ductwork, the walls and furniture of your home – not to mention your body!  
 
Here’s an article with more details:  https://www.earth.com/news/scented-candles-toxic-particles/

Here's the GOOD NEWS! 
I used to love scented candles years ago, before I learned about the health dangers of them.   I ditched all the candles and now I use Young Living essential oils in my diffusers to get beautiful aromas without the health risks.  

Come September 1st, 2022, we’ll have access to a limited special collection of oils for diffusing for fall!  Each season we have a new Simplified Collection of oils with wonderful aromas for the season, and 
our new Fall Collection is here for a limited time to help you settle into the autumn breeze with spicy blends that capture the cozy in just a few drops.

The new Fall Collection includes: 
  • Cozy Cabin essential oil blend, 10 ml: Transforms your space into a snug, intimate escape in the mountains 
  • Gingersnaps essential oil blend, 10 ml: Creates a homey, cheerful environment that turns your space into a warm, sweet-smelling bakeshop 
  • Orange Spiced Cider essential oil blend, 10 ml: Provides a cozy, uplifting environment that transforms your space into a festive fall evening by the fireside 
Item No.: 42032 
Wholesale: $100 
Retail: $131.58 
PV: 100 


This collection automatically will qualify you to take advantage of wholesale pricing on any Young Living product for 12 full months from the time you set up your Young Living account with just this collection (or any other order of 100pv or more).  Click Here to Set up a Free Account
Let's clean up our home environment and ditch the candles - we've got you covered for Fall and you will absolutely Love it! 

To Your Health!

Have you thought about making a few changes to eliminate harsh chemicals from your environment but just didn't know where to start?  Click on the link below to get access to my Simple Start to Natural Living!

What is Clean Living?

What is Clean Living?
While visiting with a friend the other day, she asked me, "What is clean living, anyway?"  When I thought about the answer, I realized it could mean a lot of different things to different people.  My mind literally went on a crazy rabbit trail thinking about "clean living" could be talking about what we eat, or watch on TV, or listen to on the radio!  I realized, that's not what she was meaning by asking her question, so I reeled my mind in and tried to focus on what she was really wanting to know ~ what does it look like to try to have a home environment that is plant-based and free from harsh chemicals. 
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