When I first started oiling up almost 2.5 years ago, I was very into DIY options. I wanted to make my own EVERYTHING (and I did). It was fun, and I learned a lot about playing with essential oils and mixing different ingredients together. But in the years since first receiving my kit, I have realized that I don't have to make everything I use... sometimes it's really nice to just use an item that's just done for me.
In the past few months, I have taught a couple of one-night beauty schools (complete with facials featuring Young Living oils and products), and I have developed an online presentation that is a great source of information for all things personal care. With that being said, I am constantly thinking about my top beauty products. So here they are:
10. Lavender Essential Oil - This is a favorite, not just because it was my first oil that I smelled or the fact that it is called the "Swiss Army Knife of essential oils." It's such a classic because of how amazing it is for so many purposes. It has made our Top 10 list because of how beneficial it can be for the skin. While being incredibly relaxing for the body (relaxation and lowered stress can have huge implications for the skin), lavender has long been used for countless skin benefits. While many people claim to be allergic to lavender, it is in fact not the lavender essential oil, but the countless lavender-scented beauty products (that are indeed usually anything but true lavender). In fact, most lavender-scented products are made by hybrids or chemicals to mimic lavender, thus creating adverse reactions in their users. Because of this, we strongly suggest that you carefully use scented beauty products and only stick with brands that are transparent about the essential oils that they use.
9. Lemon Vitality Essential Oil - While not something that makes 100% sense at first glance (um, isn't this a list of BEAUTY products?), let me explain: Lemon Vitality is the dietary version of lemon essential oil from Young Living. It comes from the rind of the lemon (the zest), so it tastes (and smells) amazing, but it doesn't have the high acidic content of the pulp. That means that it won't damage your stomach, teeth, or gums. But why is it on our beauty list? Because by adding Lemon Vitality to your daily water, you will get some amazing skin benefits, such as better circulation, clearer skin, and a gentle detoxification. You can simply add two drops to 8 ounces of water for a gentle, natural body cleansing in the morning of your liver, kidneys, and digestive system.
8. Rose Ointment - This is one product that I have had for two years, but I have only recently started to realize all of the amazing benefits I can get from it. This is a deeply nourishing blend that works best for dry skin, especially when we experience the dryness in the wintertime. Rose essential oil helps to improves the skin's texture, while Tea Tree and Rosewood work together to soothe rough, irritated skin. I really love the Young Living Lip Balm Trio, but in my opinion, there is nothing as moisturizing as a little Frankincense on the lips as a base with Rose Ointment overtop to seal in the moisture and help that dry texture.
One thing that you must consider is that one of the ingredients in Rose Ointment is mink oil. Young Living is completely transparent with its ingredients and products, and this is no different. Here is some background:
- Young Living does not raise and kill minks for it. it is just a by-product of the animal skin that is used medicinally in medical industry.
- The oil is removed from pelts destined for the fur industry, the fat is rendered into mink oil. If the fur trade ended, we wouldn't need to rescue this precious oil that would otherwise be wasted. It is quickly grabbed up by the medical and cosmetic industry for it's healing and protecting properties.
- Alternatives that Gary is researching would be macadamia nut and buckthorne.
- Per Young Living themselves:
Young Living® has a policy against testing the efficacy or safety of its products on animals. Young Living® are formulated to be safe for nearly all users; therefore, animal testing is neither required nor performed in our product development process.
Young Living Essential Oils (YLEO) takes extraordinary pains to ensure that its products are of the highest quality. Our main focus is to safeguard your health and well-being.
We use a large variety of laboratory tests, clinical studies, scientific analysis, human volunteer testing, along with other practices to ensure the quality, safety, and effectiveness of each of our products. Specific practices used to ensure quality, purity, and efficacy include literature review, historical use, and laboratory testing. Laboratory testing includes microbial, analytical chemistry, and physical testing (for identification and purity).
Young Living® does not currently test its products on animals for efficacy or safety. Young Living®'s products are formulated to be safe for almost all users; therefore, animal testing is not required nor performed in our product development process. As we do not require animal testing, we do not expect our vendors to practice animal testing on their products or ingredients they supply us with.
We can appreciate your concerns and have done additional research for you. The minks that we use as the source for our mink oil are minks that are farm raised for their fur. Humane euthanasia techniques practiced on fur farms are those recommended by the American Veterinary Medical Association in the United States and by the Guelph University Research Facility in Canada. The only method of euthanasia for minks certified by FCUSA Animal Welfare Committee is pure carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide bottled gas. The animals are immediately rendered unconscious and die without stress or pain. These are the same methods used by many local humane shelters. In the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) includes fur farming in annual agriculture production statistics and reports, as do most state agriculture departments. In Canada, fur farming is licensed and regulated by the provincial departments of agriculture.
Mink oil is made from the thick fatty layer minks have just under their skins. This fat is removed from the pelt when the mink is skinned and is then rendered into mink oil. Mink oil is a source of palmitoleic acid which possesses physical properties similar to human sebum; therefore mink oil is used in several medical and cosmetic products.
7. Sheerlumé - While this is a new-to-me product, I can't believe it has taken so long for me to purchase it. It contains alpine botanicals and pure essential oils such as Vetiver, Blue Cypress, Davana, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Clove, Jasmine, Carrot Seed, Spearmint, Geranium, and Sacred Frankincense. It is incredibly light to the touch, smells divine, and firms without feeling uncomfortable. The goal for it is to brighten and balance the skin tone, and for me it does that and so much more.
6. ART Gentle Cleanser - So many people from my team absolutely love Orange Blossom Face Wash, but to be totally honest, I don't use it because we have always made our own face wash that is based on the oils from OBFW. But I will tell you that I have used and tried the ART Gentle Cleanser, and it is amazing! Very gentle (as the name says) and does a great job at cleaning the skin with just one pump. Just as a warning, I have never had much luck flying with any foaming pump containers, so put an extra bag around them.
5. Tea Tree Essential Oil - This was actually the first essential oil that we tried, and it was my husband that found it. We were amazed to see how well it worked with his skin, and that made us realize that there was something about this whole natural movement. It is used in the skincare industry for its skin cleansing properties.
4. Sandalwood Moisture Cream - This was one of my first beauty products that I bought in the Winter of 2014-2015. Would you believe I still have that original bottle? You need that little of it. I originally wanted it for my face, but I found that after one year of natural products (including this one), my face didn't dry out like it had in previous years. So this cream just sat. But then I realized that if it could really help balance my face, the benefits for the rest of my body would be as awesome. So I have been using it on my hands, feet, and on my legs during the coldest, driest months. It absorbs so well and leaves my skin so incredibly soft. Do yourself a favor and invest in this cream (you may be able to throw out all of your others).
3. Satin Facial Scrub Mint - This is another one that took me a while to purchase because it was out of stock for a while and then I couldn't make myself purchase a facial scrub (What do I need with a facial scrub? My face isn't dirty!). How was I so wrong? I use less than a pea-size amount, and it covers my face perfectly. Just a light scrubbing in a circular motion, and my face feels clean and moisturized at once. How does that happen? It's like thousands of the sweepers from the ice sport curling gently scrubbing my face, leaving it so soft and carefully taken care of when they leave. How's that for a mental picture?
2. ART Light Moisturizer - This is my absolute favorite beauty product, because it is a part of the amazing ART collection (great for most skin types) but it is the perfect daily moisturizer. It does not have the sticky, heavy feeling of many creams, and the aroma is so light and beautiful that it is the perfect way to start a day. It is also gentle enough that you could apply it at night as well. Plus, one little pump goes a long way. The ART Light Moisturizer helps your skin retain and maintain proper hydration, and your skin feels SO silky because of it.
1. Frankincense Essential Oil - Frank is my dear everything oil. I love him like a dear friend, and he travels with me everywhere. Whenever anyone asks me about skin support, I immediately suggest Frankincense, because it is so versatile. Not only is it highly calming, grounding, and helps you to find your sense of purpose, but it has the ability to smooth the look of healthy skin. It is found in many of my favorite oil-infused beauty products, such as Boswellia Wrinkle Cream.
So what would your Top 10 be?