BLEND @ Tin Hill Social

This is the first ever time I had such fun participating at a vendor event. Gail and Sara from BLEND were such a delight to work with! Thank you for letting us have loads of fun connecting with people and letting us talk about what we love most and that is working with Essential Oils!

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We did a collective workshop of Make and Takes.  We made body scrubs, sleep easy roll-ons,  stress free roll-ons, home made plant based house hold cleaners, deet free mosquito sprays and facial serums… even threw in a special “Cool Me Down” spray as the heat was turning up later in the afternoon.

Essential Droppers and our Make & Take workshop

We laid out samples of Young Living Essential Oils for our Make & Takers to test and decide which they would like to use for their take home blends. We were there to talk through the benefits of each oil and let our guest decide which they would like to use to create their very special ‘personalised’ gift.

Oh! We also had a gift basket full of goodies for a lucky winner!

Personally I enjoyed decorating our bottle most! We had fun labels, sticker ribbons and a creative mind to personalise each of our blends. Note: People will loved the idea and started turning out more blends as gifts!

We ended the evening with choosing our lucky winner to with a fabulous gift hamper full of Essential surprises. If you took part in our ‘Drop for Prize’ name drop, find out if you won here!

Love,
Sheila x

Let’s Talk Blends

Lets talk about blends baby, lets talk about all the goodness blends can give, lets talk about blends…Lets Talk About Blends!

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Right it is all about blends for today and I have to say blending essential oils is one of my favourite topic. There are pre-blended essential oils and blends that you can mix on your own using only a therapeutic-grade essential oil.
Pre-blended blends such as Joy, Stress Away, Thieves, Digize & RC to name a few. These pre-blended essential oils are carefully & thoughtfully prepared to give and provide the best combination of goodness for support. Take for example, Joy. Joy is a luxuriously exotic blend with an uplifting overtones that create magnetic energy and brings Joy to any heart. The exotic blend in Joy are Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Lemon, Mandarin, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile and Rose. Indeed what a wonderful blend.

The love of blending essential oils have not only won my heart but also that of my husband. Having been introduced and having access to various essential oils, it is to my surprise that my husband created his very own blend which he calls “Cava Musk” serum and he says with confidence and and a big smile. This serum is used after a facial wash. So, I’d like to share his lovely blend which can also be use not only for men but for ladies as well.

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In “Cava Musk”Serum

  • 15ml Sweet Almond Oil
  • 6 drops Frankincense
  • 2 drops Bergamot
  • 1 drop Cedarwood
  • 2 drops Orange

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Frankincense – Great support for a good skin care, helps elevate all that is related to burns, rashes, cuts, scrapes and oozing sores. Fabulous for mature skin.

Orange – Orange essential oil is a natural antiseptic and anti inflammatory which makes it an ideal ingredient in skin and hair routine. This oil isnt just for acne prone skin though it has been shown to increase the ability to absorb vitamin C, collagen production and blood flow, all of which are essential for anti-aging.

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Cedarwood – Cedar wood has a warm and rather musky woody aroma that create a calming and and uplifting experience at the same time. Cedarwood is also known to be high in sesquiterpenes at 98% which means that it supposedly can deprogram wrong info in the cells and bring more oxygen to the cells. Cedarwood also supports deep sleep, stimulates melatonin and supposedly releases old memories that hinder the present.

 

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Bergamot – Bergamot has a citrusy and floral aroma note to it.
To many it is the flavour in Earl Grey tea. Bergamot is uplifting and relaxing. It’s aroma enhances your mood and build confidence and has a long history of use to support oily and troubled skin.

Enjoy the blend and I will share more blends for the next reading.

Love,
Arnie

 

Roller Bottle Stickers

So here’s an idea for those thinking of creating something personal as a gift… or maybe you have created a blend for your son to bring to school but not sure how to excite the little feller enough to get him to use it while you are not around…

How about attaching some really funky personalised labels stickers on them. Let me tell you, presentation is key when it comes to gifting or even to entice a spunky 7 year old to do something. These stickers are sure to brighten up any roller bottle blends. Following up from Rachel’s ‘Just Roll With It’ blog post, our ever creative Rachel Mense is pleased to accept orders!  Please take note that international mailing charges will apply if you are ordering outside of Thailand.

The good news is these stickers are easy and light to pop in the mailbox

Here’s how you can contact Rachel to order these fabulous glow in the dark label stickers. The cost is SGD10 for 8 stickers in 1 color of your choice (not including shipping). You can customize your words but it needs to be less than 8 letters (the shorter the better – they are much easier to apply and reads much better!)

Colour options are vinyl in matte gold, matte silver, matte white and glow in the dark.

…there’s even a glow in the dark version too!!

Hulk (immunity), Bugman (mosquito/bugoff), Magic (happy oils to calm and relax your little monkeys)

Just Roll With It

We had a fun Roller Mania Make & Take workshop in Bangkok earlier this year! It all started because I made these mosquito rollers from Young Living essential oils (totally chemical free) for a friend and her son, and it worked so well she needed to replenish it. They were so easy to make so I decided to do a simple class to show her and other friend how to make them. It turned out to be a super fun morning! With my friends and fellow oilers Teng, Surabhi and Gig joining us to help out!
We love making these 10ml roller bottles as they are easy way to travel with oils not to mention super easy to share as well with friends… and as everyone soon discovered it takes and unbelievable 2 mins to make them. Everyone ended up making for themselves and for their friends.
Most of the oils used are from the amazing Premium Starter Kit oils with a couple of extra oils for added ooomph! These blends are also quite flexible, for example the Hulk (which is for immune support) recipe, if you only have Thieves and Lemon, and no oregano, it is still great, just add a few extra drops of thieves to replace the Oregano!
If using for littler kids, we would always air on the side of caution and dilute, dilute, dilute with carrier oil. You need to use your judgment, as essential oils are highly concentrated. You can start of with using less essential oils and top up with more carrier oil! Experiment, have fun!

Do you want to learn how to kick toxic chemicals out? We’ll walk you through step by step and give easy, simple and affordable tactics that anyone can do with the best essential oils on the planet. This class is FREE and will blow your mind!
We will also have a fun Make & Take Session following the intro, you are welcome to watch or make some items to take with you. There will be a small fee for the items you make to cover the cost of these items.
PLEASE RSVP AS SPACE IS LIMITED!


Our next event is coming up on the 30th of May about the importance of a Chemical Free Home! Please click on the link to RSVP your seat!

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Why is Brand Integrity so Important in this Day and Age

As our world gets smaller, we become more and more overwhelmed with information. We are spoils for choices. Or are we?

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The global essential oil market size exceeds USD6.0 billion in 2015 and it is expected to reach USD11.67 billion by 2022, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc.

Many new companies are cropping up, jumping on the opportunity to cash in on the world’s demand for essential oils and natural products. Many existing companies are suddenly launching an essential oil range that they have never had before.

How do we sift through all that information and know what we’re paying for is legitimate? – Genuine, unadulterated, and free of harmful synthetics. We could try brand after brand after brand, like many of us have done over the years. Some of us may research to the death, afraid of making a decision in case it’s a wrong one! And then there are some of us that are lucky enough to be educated by friends and family members that we trust, who have already experienced the products for themselves and who have our well-being in mind.

What it comes down to is integrity. Both that of the people we trust and the company those people trust to supply the products. Integrity is the backbone of any company.

The demand for essential oils will continue to fuel demand in the upcoming years. Here are just a few reasons for the growing demand –

  1. There is more awareness and growing consumer preference for natural products as well as health foods
  2. A growing need for spa and relaxation applications to escape the stress of daily living
  3. Higher consumer spending power
  4. Pure natural oils have no side effects like conventional products
  5. Demand for more food and beverage has lead to an increase in production for food-grade oils

Several major companies have products that cut across all essential oils industries – pharmaceutical, chemicals, and food or household products. How do they make enough essential oil to do this? Demand and the supply of genuine oils just don’t add up.

An exorbitant amount of plant matter is required to create a single ounce of oil. Sustainability is a major concern. As one might expect many manufacturers will resort to different kinds of methods to overcome these challenges. This could mean rushing the growth of plants which result in poorer quality plants; using fungicides and insecticides to ward off pests so that crops have a better yield; using cheaper or synthetic ingredients in the bottle to substitute the more expensive pure essential oil; uncontrolled distillation temperatures to get a oils faster which result in therapeutic components being destroyed. The list goes on.

 

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Let me give you a couple examples of what I mean by cheaper ingredients. Corn Mint. It is the 2nd highest produced oil in the world (supplied to various industries). It smells exactly like Peppermint but is a lot cheaper to grow and distill. Although it has some benefits, it does not have the same potent, therapeutic benefits as Peppermint. Yet it has been sold under the guise of Peppermint by well known companies to their unsuspecting consumers who think they’re getting Peppermint.

Another example of a cheaper ingredient is the hybrid Lavender called Lavandin. This is found in most commercial body and beauty products. The Lavandin plant is hardier and produces more oil than the other higher quality Lavender plants (like the Lavendula Angustifolia which Young Living uses) making it much more profitable for companies. The world production of Lavandin oil is 1000 metric tons per year – 5 x that of high quality Lavender.

 

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What’s worse than cheaper ingredients? Synthetic substitutes! Using synthetic substitutes is very common. In fact many fragrance/cosmetic quality oils/products will even list it on their ingredients list. What’s more insidious though is the fact that there are companies selling adulterated essential oils as “pure” essential oils. They may do it knowingly or they may not even be aware of it if they procured their oils from a broker. The majority of essential oil companies do this as they do not have access to any farms. Advantages of creating synthetic substitutes include lowered production costs, stable pricing and a constant supply. The problem with this is there are no therapeutic benefits and can actually do a lot of harm to your health.

Since there is no regulatory body governing how essential oil companies should label their bottles, it makes it very difficult for the layman to determine how pure an oil is.  100% Pure may sound attractive but it could mean that only a small % of the content is 100% Pure.  “Pure” these days don’t mean much. In the U.S. only 5% real oil needs to be present to be labeled “100% Pure”!!!

When it comes to constant supply, Young Living may disappoint. When a crop does not yield the right therapeutic components for the oil, or the distilled oils tested do not meet the stringent criteria to be sold, Young Living WILL NOT release it. They will not compromise. They would rather lose millions of dollars than sell a lower quality product and risk a product recall. You simply cannot produce the real thing in a laboratory. Sustainability and Stewardship of the planet is vital to Young Living. That is why Young Living continues to create new farms and also work with partner farms across the world to ensure sustainable supplies of plant material. But it cannot promise constant supply. And that is ok with me. They have many alternative oils to choose from.

Young Living has built a wellness business based on integrity. Something they have done consistently for over 24 years. What started as a home built essential oil distillery by Founder Gary Young (creating essential oils for his own use), is now a billion dollar company supporting the wellness of millions of people around the world. Try it and you’ll feel the difference. Each product is carefully created for a specific purpose. They were never created for the sole purpose of making a profit.

It is pretty hard to match Young Living’s 30+ years of knowledge, research and experience. Their seed to seal promise to families is what sets them apart. They have an open door policy where you are able to visit their many farms and distilleries around the world and see for yourself what goes into that promise. Players come and go. Those that thrive do so because of Integrity.

Here is the Young Living Seed to Seal Promise.

Finding a company with integrity is getting more difficult these days. Knowing what further questions to ask will help you in your quest. Reach out to us to find out what you should be asking.

 

Toxic Free Home – Workshop

I can’t say it enough. We are so blessed to work along-side some amazing women in this business. Where it’s ‘bring your kids’ to work day everyday. The biggest perks is that we get to work with products that are SO beneficial to our homes and families. We can’t express how much we enjoy sharing the great news about Essential Oils and the lists of benefits we get from it.

If you have not noticed from our previous blog posts, we have been gearing up for our first ever Toxic Free Home – Workshop which took place last Sunday hosted by the gorgeous Kim in her gorgeous studio. We shared about what toxic chemicals to look out for and how to slowly eliminate them from your home. They are lurking everywhere! Awareness is the first step.

Join us for the June workshop! 10% off Thieves PSK at the workshops plus promo gift. We will update you with venue details soon. If you would like to be informed of our next Toxic Free Home event. Be sure to sign-up for our Essential Droppers Newsletter below.

Why Thieves and How will it benefit my family?

Why Thieves and how will this benefit your family in the Long run.

Let’s begin with the brief history of Thieves and how the thieves essential oil came about. The history and healing of Thieves essential oil is rather an interesting tale!

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While there are a few versions of the story they all center around one event, which is the Bubonic Plague. It is said that, during that time, four thieves went from house to house to rob those who had succumbed to the illness. After the thieves were captured and tried for their acts of robbery, a judge offered leniency if they would share how they were able to be around those afflicted long and often enough to rob them but not be affected by the illness. It’s interesting to note here that, during this time of the plague striking Europe, physicians were seen wearing long black robes, wide brimmed hats, and masks that appeared to have a beak. The reason for doing this is that the masks were said to have contained a combination of herbs and spices that the physicians would breathe in order to keep themselves safe from those afflicted with the illness. Their long black robes were also said to be doused in a similar fragrant concoction and current research continues to build upon this theory.

THE HEALING POWER OF the herbs & spices

How did the thieves stay healthy and what were the herbs and spices used in the masks of the physicians? During the 15th century plague the thieves used these ingredients :

Cloves, Rosemary and other aromatics to protect themselves while robbing the victims. Thieves essential oil was then created from the research about the four thieves. Thieves is a proprietary blend of pure essential oils tested at Weber State University, Ogden Utah and it was found to have a 99.96 percent rate against airborne bacteria.

Young living Thieves oil:

So what we do know, through extensive use and trial with the Thieves essential oil blend from Young Living is that a powerful combination of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, and rosemary have been found to be strong enough to reduce bacterial cultures by 99.96%! This blend was created after years of research results indicated that most viruses, fungi, and bacteria cannot live in the presence of some essential oils.

While I’ve seen the use of Thieves in room sprays (by combining distilled water with 15 drops of the oil) or by rubbing a few drops of the oil on the soles of the feet, there is an entire line of products which highlight the blend. Other way to attain the amazing benefits of Thieves is to add the blend to a diffuser, use the lozenges, or even add one drop of the Thieves Vitality Oil to a glass of water to drink.

The legend behind the oil is as unique as the ability it has to support your immune system. Though it is a small bottle of oil, the power of Thieves is worth every cent for all season. If you use an anti-bacterial soap in your kitchen or bathroom year-round, why not consider making it Thieves Foaming Hand Soap without all the harsh chemicals? Young Living also created Thieves toothpaste and even a household cleaner containing the powerful blend!  I’ve seen testimonies on the benefits of Thieves myself and have used the product to help support my immune system and stay strong while others around me experienced discomfort. 

Component of Thieves oils: –
Cloves 

Benefits of clove can be attributed to its antimicrobial, antifungal,antiseptic,antiviral,aphrodisiac and stimulating properties. Excellent support for stress as well as pain.

  • Boosts immunity
  • Stimulates blood circulation
  • Stimulates blood circulation               .  
  • Supports in detoxification
  • Supports upper respiratory system
  • Clove supports mouth health
  • Relaxes the smooth lining of the GI track
  • Helps provide an annoyance free outdoor experience
Lemon

This power fruit contains these following benefits:

  • high in vitamin c 128%
  • Vitamin b6 5%
  • Contains Thiamin 3%
  • Good source of nutrients ( dietary fiber 19%, carbohydrate 4%, Protein 2%)
  • Aids digestion
  • Supports kidney function
  • Improves skin quality
  • Cleans stains
  • Cuts through oil
Cinnamon

Loaded with powerful antioxidant such as polyphenols 3,4 & 5 outranking garlic and oregano.

  • Supports tissue repair
  • Supports healthy heart function
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Encourages healthy nerve function
EUCALYPtus Radiata

Common Primary uses : respiratory support, purifies the environment, provides annoyance free outdoor experience. 

Rosemary

is a fragrant native herb to the Mediterranean . It is used as a culinary condiment, to make bodily perfumes, and for its potential health benefits.

  • Boosts the immune system
  • Encourages mental acumen and memory function
  • Great source of anti-oxidants
  • Encourages calmness in times of stress
  • Supports the adrenals

Now with all the individual benefits in Thieves uncovered imagine that there is a great and abundant benefit to the entire family with the use of Thieves.

We will be hosting a Thieves Workhshop in June. Be sure to sign up to our newsletter (below) and we would love to update you with details of this event.

What are Plant Based Cleaners

A plant based cleaner simply means products made with non-toxic, and biodegradable ingredients. However, the ingredients in these green cleaners are plant bases or natural doesn’t necessary mean they are safe.

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Consumers must still be wary of what’s in the bottle as the market is largely unregulated. Cleaning products labeled as “natural” may contain some fraction of synthetic chemicals. Certain ingredients like limonene (a citrus based oil) and the foaming agent coconut diethanolamide, all of which can cause allergic dermatitis.

How to make sure your green cleaner is safe?

First, check the label carefully. Look out for CFC’s, benzene, 1,4 dioxane, both of which (commonly used in the usual store bought blue cleaners too) can cause cancer. Other dangerous ingredients to look out for include: Phosphates, phthalates, ammonia, chlorine, ethanolamines, coconut diethanolamide, pine oil etc.

Thieves Household cleaner is a 100% plant based, ecologically friendly, cleaner containing Thieves and lemon YLTGTM essential oils. It is totally safe for use around children and pets and does not contain any of the above-mentioned ingredients.

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Another method is to use www.ewg.org/skindeep to check on how clean the product or ingredient.

 

What are Harmful Chemicals?

What are Parabens?

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Parabens are a class of widely used preservatives in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. They’re chemicals found in beauty products to prevent bacteria and act as a preservative in deodorants, lotions, lipsticks, shampoos, scrubs, and more.

Are Parabens Safe?

Studies have shown that some parabens can mimic the activity of the hormone estrogen and can potentially cause hormone (endocrine) system disruptions in the body’s cells. Estrogenic activity is associated with certain forms of breast cancer, and parabens have been found present in breast tumors.

What is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate?

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Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (commonly known as SLS) is a widely used and inexpensive chemical found in many personal hygiene products such as shampoos, toothpastes, mouthwashes, soaps, detergents, scalp treatments, hair color, bleaching agents, laundry detergents, make-up foundations and body wash.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a detergent and surfactant which essentially means that it breaks creates a lather which makes products such as shampoo and toothpaste more effective cleaners.

Although SLS originates from coconuts, the chemical is anything but natural. The real problem with SLES/SLS is that the manufacturing process (ethoxylation) results in SLES/SLS being contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic by-product.

Is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate safe?

According to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Reviews, research studies on SLS have shown links to:

  • Irritation of the skin and eyes
  • Organ toxicity
  • Developmental/reproductive toxicity
  • Neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicology, and biochemical or cellular changes
  • Possible mutations and cancer

What Is Triclosan?

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Triclosan is an ingredient added to many consumer products intended to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. It is added to some antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpastes, and some cosmetics—products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It also can be found in clothing, kitchenware, furniture, and toys—products not regulated by the FDA.

How Safe Is Triclosan?

It is linked to liver toxicity, and even low levels of Triclosan may disrupt thyroid function. Further, the American Medical Association recommends that Triclosan not be used in the home, as it may encourage bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

Wellness Starts from home

Like anything, the more we arm ourselves with information the more inclined we are to make a change and we hope that your decision to live toxic free at home would inspire someone else to do the same. It is actually not hard to go toxic free as you know Young Living has formulated products to take over the dangerous chemical products that you are currently using today.

Try it for yourself. We will be giving free sample Household Cleaners for you to take home for those who attend our Toxic Free Home Workshop.

Date:  Sunday, 7th May 2017
Location:  Bikit Panjang Area (Full address will be provided to those attending)
Time:  2pm – 5pm
Click Here to Register

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Chemical Cleaners – The Effects

To get straight to the point the main concern with toxic cleaning products is the toxic that lingers in the air after you have used them. The hazard symbol on that container of bleach warns consumers about the acute health hazards associated with a single or short-term exposure to chemicals in the product.

Unfortunately there is no concrete requirement for manufacturers to warn consumers about the harmful effects due to long-term exposure of the toxic ingredients used in these household cleaning products. We are all exposed to cleaning products and their low level residues.

Inhalation

I cringe when I think back to how my children used to crawl on everywhere and place their fingers in their mouths or dropping food on the kitchen floor and picking it to put it into their mouths. In my mind I didn’t mind it because I thought my floor was mopped daily and was clean. Personally I am glad that I expelled Clorox Bleach from my home for a while before my children were born. Thinking about the toxic smell that is has is enough to give me a migraine.

When we used these products to clean our home. The toxic fumes linger in the air and we breathe them in. David Suzuki Foundation mentions: ~ Researches in the U.S. identified 133 unique volatile organic compounds (VOCs) entitled from a small sample of consumer products, including six cleaning products. Each product tested emitted between one and eight chemicals classifies as toxic or hazardous under the U.S. federal laws.

Through the skin

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We all know that our skin is the largest organ of our body, including the fact that it is porous it will absorb whatever you put on it. It’s a no brainer, chemicals in cleaning products can enter the our bodies through the skin. We all know it, if you are constantly cleaning the house like me, you really have to stop and think about how much of these chemicals we are exposing ourselves to on a daily basis. The days adds up along with the amount our body is absorbing.

It is important to read labels and get educated with all the standard long term cancer causing ingredients. Eyes on this space, we will be doing a post about this soon (edited: Done).

The Environment

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When cleaning products are getting washed down to drains and our sinks, we are really causing a serious impact on our ecosystem. I’m guilty of this too for a long time, but fortunately the more informed I became the more guilty I felt every time I poured laundry liquid into my detergent compartment of my washing machine.

What if I told you that the way we have been looking at household cleaners all these years was purely a product of very good advertising. When right under our noses we had basic natural alternatives to cleaning all along that cleans just as well. Young Living have derived an easy plant based natural cleaning solution that actually eliminates the use of 7 various different cleaners all rounded up to one simple Thieves Household Cleaning formula.

Thieves

This Sunday, 7th May 2017 we will be rallying a Toxic Free Home workshop. In this workshop you will learn how easy it is to switch-up to toxic-free, affordable, plant-based home care products infused with Young Living Essential Oils. Click here to visit our EventBrite page for further details. We will be conducting other rallies to discuss toxic free living, be sure to sign-up to our Oily News Letter below for updates.