You are the gatekeeper of your home ◗

Guys, did you know that you are exposed to over a hundred harmful chemicals every morning even before leaving your home? From your perfume and makeup to the spray you wipe your vanity down with. Did you know that these chemicals lead to allergies, lung disease and even cancer? Swear. Did you also know that there are no federal regulations of chemicals in household products? What the actual fuck?

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Unfortunately, these toxins that we are exposed to everyday are taking a toll on our bodies. For example, toxic cleaning products aren’t just tough on your respiratory function—they can absolutely destroy you and your home’s microorganisms. Environmental toxins are often endocrine disruptors; that is, they can block hormones or actually impair the production of hormones by the endocrine glands. Laments terms, they are effing with our moods, sleep, and production causing allergies, cancer and tumors. Guys, kids products. There’s Formaldehyde found in some baby shampoos, and body washes. Formaldehyde. I shit you not. The toxin they preserve dead people in that is linked to cancer and other allergies. That is horrifying.

Let’s look at some of the scary chemicals that are in SO many of the products that are used daily and even products that are “recommended for kids” ……

First and foremost, one of the most dangerous ones of all. Fragrance!

Fragrance: Whenever you see this word on a label, SAY NO. This is a MAJOR loophole in US labeling regulation that lets manufacturers include just about any ingredient they want in a product under the umbrella term of “fragrance.” It keeps you from ever really knowing what’s in your products. The EU took the sensible route of closing up this loophole altogether. FRAGRANCE = Chemical Nightmare. (Cancer, Infertility, Respiratory Issues, Allergies, Asthma, Skin disorders, just a few issues that “fragrance” causes. It’s no wonder these are all on the rise in todays world. It’s not a coincidence friends, it’s facts.)

Formaldehyde: “Formaldehyde,” you may say. “You’ll find formaldehyde most commonly in hair straightening treatments, as well as some nail polish and eyelash glue. It’s legal to include in US made cosmetics, however it is banned in Europe. It’s a known carcinogen and can cause breathing issues.

Petroleum: Petroleum is derived from the same stuff that fuels your car. It goes by a few different names, including mineral oil, petrolatum, and paraffin oil. Whatever gets into your body just kind of… sits there. What does that mean over the long term? Who knows! Which is likely why it’s not used in the EU. Keep your eye out for petroleum in moisturizing products for lips and skin.

Parabens: known by many different names (including methylparaben, isopropylparaben, pentylparaben, isobutylparaben, phenylparaben, and benzylparaben) are a preservative, they have a tendency to mimic estrogen in the body, wreaking havoc on your hormonal system. Their impact may even be enough to reduce fertility!!!! Parabens are extremely common in conventional skin and hair products, so keep a sharp eye out for them whenever you shop.

Triclosan: Steer clear of this ingredient in soaps and toothpastes. There are other ongoing studies that involve the safety of triclosan. One is a study investigating the potential of developing skin cancer after a long-term exposure to triclosan in animals.

Hydroquinone: This ingredient is found in products designed to brighten or lighten the skin. It’s also bad, bad news. Europe and Japan have outlawed it due to its cytotoxic nature. Hydroquinone kills cells and chromosomes if it is used too much, which sets the stage for some forms of cancer. While high doses of hydroquinone are banned in the US, prescription level amounts of 4% are readily available. There’s no evidence that this dosage doesn’t lead to cancer, so it makes the most sense to avoid hydroquinone completely.

P-Phenylenediamine: Otherwise known as PPD, this ingredient is derived from coal tar. It leads to (very severe) allergic reactions and can be found in a huge number of conventional hair dyes. The EU has banned it altogether, and I’d encourage you to ban it from your bathroom as well.

Quaternium-15: Manufacturers use this to help their makeup last as long as possible. Which is all well and good, until you realize that it can release formaldehyde. Yup, the same stuff that causes cancer and breathing issues. You’re most likely to find this banned ingredient in facial cosmetics, especially powders.

Talc: Talc shows up in cosmetics and hair care products that help get rid of oil (dry shampoo, powdered makeup, deodorants and even baby powder). It contains asbestos and increasing your risk of lung growths and mesothelioma. While there is strict quality control on talc in the United States, it’s much safer to take the route the EU chose and avoid it altogether.

And those are just a handful. There are THOUSANDS more. Ignoring it doesn’t make it go away. Ignorance isn’t bliss when it comes to your health. Sugar coating things isn’t helping either. This stuff is serious. It’s happening and it’s causing an epidemic of issues.

We are all just trying to get by in this life, right?

So it’s easy for us to just grab the cheapest body lotion that smells like yummy cucumbers or the glass cleaner that’s on sale without checking the labels. Windex is good right? Everyone uses Windex! Bleach? I grew up using bleach and I’m fine. Yeah, for right now I’m fine. I LOVED the smell of bleach growing up. Why wouldn’t I, it means a clean home right? CRUSHES your respiratory system, agitates your lungs, ears and eyes and you are advised not to inhale it when you are pregnant. Not concerning at all. Not concerned about my long term health at all. *Everything’s fine.*

Here’s a real kicker, if a cleaning product at your supermarket proclaims itself “green,” “natural” or “biodegradable,” that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s nontoxic. In 2010 the environmental consulting firm TerraChoice Group produced a report called “The Sins of Greenwashing.” In it the group found more than 95 percent of so-called green consumer products had committed at least one “greenwashing sin,” like making an environmental claim that may be truthful but unimportant. “CFC-free,” for example, is a common one, since CFCs are banned by law. Greenwashing is at an al time high. Companies are catching on. “Ohh let’s just put a leaf on our product and it will be more appealing and seem natural!”

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So what do you do?

Throw out the fragrance products. Anything that says fragrance, throw it the f$%^ out. It contains acetone, benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, camphor, ethanol, ethyl acetate, limonene, linalool and methylene chloride – usually in some combination. Many fragranced household products, such as air fresheners, dish soap, even toilet paper contain these. Because of proprietary laws, companies don’t have to disclose what’s in their scents, so you won’t find phthalates or any of the above on the label. If you see the word “fragrance” on a label, there’s a good chance these are present. Here is the issue, unlike the digestive system, the skin has no safeguards against toxins. Absorbed chemicals go straight to organs. Again, horrifying.

Know better, do better. Now that you know, research your products. You guys know I use Young Living for absolutely everything because I trust them. I will continue to use YL on myself and my family and my future children and my pupper and my loved ones. Anything I can do to protect from these harmful toxins, I will do.

Listen I am no saint and am far from perfect but my home is my safe place. A place where I let my hair down, relax, and recoup. You may be thinking, “okay Meg act like you’re all high and mighty, you crush red wine and rip heaters after 4 glasses”.  Touché, I am absolutely not perfect. Nobody is. But I am finding it really hard to ignore the fact that since I have switched and ditched all of my products my moods have been better, my anxiety has decreased. I no longer have to open the windows when I am cleaning my bathroom. I think I sleep better knowing that I have eliminated these dangers in my own home.

So I’ll ask you again. If you can eliminate toxins in your home, why would you not?

My Why // The Sharing Side

Welcome to the good life – Kanye West.

 

My Why//

I had worked and busted my ass for so many years, went to college like I was supposed to, have mounds of student loans to show for it, bartended through college and so on and so forth. Grateful for my experiences because they made me who I am today but sitting in that cubicle after graduating from college was suffocating. I felt trapped and I couldn’t stomach the thought of being there for the rest of my remaining years. Not for me. Not for many.
Finding YL was one of the biggest blessings in my life thus far. I truly mean that. I hustled my ass off so that I didn’t have to return to that cubicle, so that I could stay home with my son, so I never had to call out of work or answer to the man again. That is still very much so a part of why I hustle my ass off and what lights my soul on fire. I also want financial freedom for my children and myself. I want a shore home, I want a mountain home my friends can use whenever they want. I have achieved so much in this business already and I have so much more to go and THAT makes my heart happy every single day. I do what I love. How many people can say that?  Join my team!

My Story//

Picture it, Christmas of 2017, freshly married. Jerry gets me a set of Essential Oils from Amazon *shrieks* and a diffuser. No joke I spend the whole day researching all of the uses, diffusing the oils and loving the smells but were they doing anything? No. See, we got married, bought a house and moved all in one year so I basically had a mental breakdown and my anxiety had come to a head. It was uncontrollable. I would’ve tried ANYTHING. I never really felt much of a difference with these amazon oils but in my head I felt I was stepping in the right direction. I gave it time and used them here and there. No significant results. I knew I loved the idea of oils and my anxiety had been crippling me so I kept at it for a bit. Again, amazon oils. No results. I needed something. Started to think this oil craze was bullshit.

Fast forward April 2018 on a bachelorette party for my friend Kate. I needed to borrow something (still can’t remember what it was til this day) and her sister Tre lends me hers (this is my like second time meeting Tre but I mean what can I say, she’s generous). I was like YO what is this. Turns out it’s a Young Living product. So we get to talking and she’s telling me about Young Living and I’m like cool but let’s get ready and get shitfaced tonight, we’re on a bach party and the stripper is on his way. Anywho, the next day on the boat we get to talking again about oils and she tells me more about YL. She also tells me how this is her passion and even her career. It takes me 2 months to reach out to her and be like “okay I am ready.” The rest is history. I have absolutely no idea what I was doing living without these oils. They are 100% from the earth, no additives whatsoever which means that they work. They work people. I wouldn’t waste my time on them for no reason. Unlike my amazon oils I am applying them, ingesting them, using YL’s cleaning products, like this life is GOOD.

So here I am posting about my oils on my Instagram and getting so much response. I was truly just sharing them, learning and chatting about them. After a few months of people inquiring and me simply answering questions I finally posted the Premium Starter Kit and I sold 2 kits on a hot August summer night. Tre texted me in the morning and was like holy shit dude. I was like let’s friggin go. I can love these AND make money off of them?! I had an event with literally just my family there, no sales at all but they had previously bought the kit from me because I mean, they’re my family. I had more and more events, kit sales and group chats. I soaked up absolutely everything I could from the business groups, duplicated and utilized Tre in all ways I possibly could while adding my own business twists and techniques to it. I friggin LOVE connecting with people. I love helping people. This business is simply that, it is just an added bonus that you can make a career out of it. So here I am at Silver leader hustling my ass off for Gold. I want financial freedom for me and my family and it’s absolutely going to happen. I am a force.

In conclusion, if you are interested in this business, the possibilities are endless. The resources offered are endless. The community we have is unbreakable. I am truly blessed that the universe brought me here because this is what I am meant to do. ANYONE can do this business. The product sells itself, so if you utilize your resources, love and share, and learn as much as you can about the business you too will succeed.

Join my team!

Give the gift of health this year.

Alright check out these clean products that would make great gifts for your loved ones, kids teachers, employees, basically everyone. You can use my link to grab anything you want! No monthly commitment, no strings attached. 

Grab your goods!

Amazon goods to gift.

Bath Set

🌿 What you’ll need: Valor Bar Soap ($13.00), a Stress Away Relaxing Bath Bomb ($26.75 for a 4-pack, so $6.69 each)

Charcoal Mask 

$39.75. Made with naturally derived ingredients to detox skin, purify pores, reduce the appearance of blemishes, and restore the appearance of an even skin tone.

Thieves Tea Set

Grab thieves vitality $15.25, lemon vitality $6.50, a cute mug and some raw localized honey.

Premade Roll -ons from YL! 

We have everything from Valor to Tranquil and more. The packaging is so pretty, literally stick a bow on it and gift. They range from $30-$50

Charcoal Bar Soap 

$13! Pulls out dirt and impurities without stripping the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Its naturally derived formula includes powerful skin-cleaning agents, moisturizing ingredients, and the bright, fresh scent of our Orange Blossom essential oil blend.

Savvy Minerals Mascara

Our mascara is BOMB. I got rid of my falsies and my lashes are growing back thanks to these oil infused mascaras. $33!

Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood Hydrosol Spray

$13. SUCH a refreshing, aromatic multipurpose spray that hydrates skin and hair and adds a welcoming aroma to linens and the air in your home.

Rose Ointment

The uses are endless and this little tub lasts about a year, sometimes more no joke. $25.50.

Skin Set

Cedarwood (or any skin oil) and a rose quartz roller from amazon. Cedarwood is about $11.

Satin Facial Scrub Mint

$17.50 and incredibleeeee for skin. I would give this by itself

Shower Steamers!

$20.50 For those who don’t take baths (I get it) this is the perfect stocking stuffer. 

YL Lip Balm Tri0

$16.12. Made with naturally derived ingredients, moisturizing seed oils, and infused with premium essential oils, this trio of Cinnamint, Grapefruit, and Lavender Lip Balms seal in moisture for soft and smooth lips.

Lavaderm Cooling Spray

I use this as an all day refreshing spray. Incredible. $15. Can’t beat it.

Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood Hydrosol Spray

Similiar to the lavaderm cooling spray in use but it smells woodsy. I personally prefer this refrigerated. Even cheaper than the lavaderm cooling spray too. $13.

Frankincense Serum

What you’ll need:
  • 1/2 cup ICE COLD distilled water
  • 1/4 tsp hyaluronic acid power
  • 40 drops Frankincense essential oil
  • 4 serum bottles (2 oz)
What you’ll do:
Add distilled water and hyaluronic acid powder to a mason jar; shake vigorously
Pour the mixture into the serum bottles, divided equally; allow to sit for several hours as it will not have a serum-like consistency at first; be patient!
Once several hours have elapsed, add 10 drops of Frankincense to each bottle; apply the pumps and gently shake
Label as desired
 
 
Art Refreshing Toner 
 
$25.74. A toner can help balance your skin’s pH levels, reduce the appearance of pores, and completely remove any residual particles that cleansing may have missed. This perfect blend of essential oils and natural ingredients will leave your face clean, toned, and refreshed. Give the gift of great skin.
 
 

Dream Big Gift

Envision oil  ($20.00) paired with a pretty journal and pen.

Essential Beauty Serum 15ML

$21.50 for this 15ml that includes dreamy skin oils your giftee can use neat on their face.

Christmas Spirit Essential Oil

$11. You can gift this as is for those with diffusers or you can make a room spray! I am absolutely obsessed with it for Fall and Winter time feels. You can grab a ton of these and make room sprays as gifts for your loved ones.

Room spray:

  • 20 drops of Christmas Spirit
  • 3/4 distilled water
  • Fill the rest with witch hazel

Soaps

YL soaps are around ten dollars a pop and last quite some time. I LOVE giving these as gifts.

Rose ointment

$25.50. SUCH a versatile gift. I always have this on me, applying to my lips, face, hands and arms throughout the day. It’s seems as though it’ll never run out.

Poppy Seed Lip Scrub

$29. For those ratchet winter lips. Poppy Seed Lip Scrub uses natural ingredients to exfoliate dull, dead skin, while rich, hydrating, plant-based butters and premium essential oils work to moisturize and condition lips.

Bath Bombs

$26.75.  You can grab a bag of them and gift them individually with your lavender vitality if you want!

Thieves Fruit + Veggie Spray

$8.75. The convenient 2 oz. spray bottle fits in any purse, backpack, or carryon, making Fruit & Veggie Spray easy to take when on-the-go. Just a few spritzes followed by a quick water rinse will have you eating your fruits and vegetables as nature intended.

Thieves Fruit + Veggie Soak 

$20. Soak your goods in here, you’ll never go without it again once you see the stuff that comes off of your produce.

Tea Sets

All of our tea sets come with a vitality oil to pair with. They hover around $30.

Charcoal Soap

$13. LOVE this soap, such a good deep pore cleanse. 😊

Our Vitality Oils are BOMB gifts.

Vitality means you can ingest!

Lavender Vitality Oil// WHO DOESN’T NEED LAV?? I paired this with a loofah and a DIY bath scrub

  • Improves sleep quality for occasional sleeplessness. Rub on your feet and spine before bed.
  • Supports general wellness. Drop in your water!
  • Helps maintain the appearance of youthful skin and healthy-looking hair. Drop it in your hair products and mascara!
  • Contains cleansing and antioxidant properties.
  • Helps ease occasional nervous tension.

Peppermint Vitality Oil// Tied to a Christmas coffee mug with a list of uses and put a chocolate bar in the mug

  • Supports gastrointestinal system comfort.
  • Enhances healthy gut function.
  • Maintains efficiency of the digestive tract.
  • May support performance during exercise.
  • Reduces feelings of discomfort after large meals.
  • Provides a refreshing, minty flavor to food and beverages. Also keeps you from overeating in the first place!

Lemon Vitality// Tied to a Christmas coffee mug with a list of uses and added a tea bag to the mug

  • Provides an invigorating citrus flavor. Add to your water or tea!
  • Has antioxidant properties.
  • Supports the immune system.
  • Provides circulatory support.
  • Contains cleansing properties. Add to your skin care products!

 

The Curly Journey

I have fought the good fight with this hair of mine. My mom doesn’t have these locks (thanks, Dad) so growing up she would brush it. All my fellow curlies are definitely cringing at the thought of brushing through dry, curly hair. In the end you look like Ludacris on the cover of his Word of Mouf CD holding the angry pit bull. As I grew old enough to do my own hair and buy my own products, I had to learn how to handle this situation on my own.

Don’t get it twisted, I was in straight denial that my hair was curly and would straighten it every single day for years and years. Even colored it blonde which was terrible for my already dry, brittle strands. It wasn’t until 2016 that I finally embraced my inner afro. I’m telling you it was a long road to figure out how to style and what was right for me, but to date my hair is the healthiest it’s been since I was a toddler and it’s only getting better with the right routine and products.

Why going natural is the best route (for me):

  • I no longer have to apply heat to my hair on a daily basis
  • I can get my hair wet at the beach or a pool and not live in fear of how it’s going to dry
  • My morning routine is cut in half
  • Literally never have to wash my hair
  • Even a top knot looks good with a crown of curls

Now here are the rules when you’re dealing with a head of curls. Not all curls are the same, but the rules remain consistent across the board:

  • Use sulfate free hair products and only wash once or twice a week.
  • When you are not shampooing you can still use your conditioner in your bathing routine. Don’t rinse out all of the conditioner. You need all the moisture you can get.
  • Do not use a bath towel to dry your hair, use a microfiber towel or a cotton T shirt.
  • Comb, never brush, while wet (always while wet). Like I said, you mess with dried curls they’re just going to retaliate *cough Ludacris*.
  • Sleep with a silk wrap around your head (LOL I am so serious). Replace your pillow case with a silk one. This prevents rubbing and frizzing while you toss throughout the night.
  • Always use a diffuser while blow-drying, if you even are blow-drying. Heat settings on low and cold or else, Luda.
  • Whenever you can, hair mask it up. I use one when I work out, when I clean the house and every Sunday when I don’t have to leave the house.
  • Add some rosemary, eucalyptus, lavender and tea tree to all of your hair products. This has worked wonders on my locks.
  • Use a curl cream concoction (whichever works best for you) I love my MoroccanOil Curl Cream and a little of Mirah Lustrous hair oil from Young Living.

Young Living products and DIYS to bring your mane back.

  • Mirah Lustrah Hair Oil. Add it when wet and apply to ends when dry.
  • Mermaid spray: 20 drops of lavender + 20 drops of cedarwood + 20 rosemary + 15 clary sage + 15 peppermint + 15 thyme + witch hazel + distilled water in a spray bottle. Add this to your hair wet or dry. Watch it grow wider and longer. SO GOOD FOR YOUR LOCKS
  • Leave-in Serum: so the once a week you wash your hair, apply this serum all over your bean head. Spray the mermaid spray all over your head, apply castor oil and copiaba conditioner to the ends and leave in top knot.
  • YL Copiaba shampoo + conditioner. MADE for our type of hair.

Now go out there and rock that fro baby. Do not give up on your curls!