Living clean like a hippie without smelling like one

Updated: Nov 25, 2018

When my dad passed away from brain cancer in 2011, I began assessing what I was allowing into and on my body. Even though his cancer wasn't genetic (only about 5% of cancers are!), I knew that what I was consuming in the form of water and food, as well as chemicals in our every day products could either turn those cancer genes "on" or "off" (epigenetics).

We changed our diet, got rid of GMO's in our food, and started paying really close attention to labels, but it took me some time to realize what was in all of the products I was using every day in our self care and beauty products. Below is a SHORT list. 

Store bought soaps contain sodium laureth sulfate, a toxic chemical used to remove car grease off of garage floors. This can be damaging to the skin, as well as disruptive to immune health and hormonal health

Both adult and kid shampoos contain phthalates,a toxic chemical that has been banned in children’s toys, but is still found in body cleansing products. It is known to be an endocrine disruptor, and very hard for the body to break down when used consistently during bath time.

The main ingredient in candles and home sprays is formaldehyde,which is the number one cancer causing chemical, and is what we get embalmed with at the morgue. They say inhaling scents from candles or sprays is the equivalent to inhaling second hand smoke, which is even more dangerous than actually smoking the cigarette itself.

Store bought household cleaning products contain 2-butoxyethanol, which is a toxin known to cause sore throat, narcosis, and severe liver and kidney damage. Store bought laundry detergents and dryer sheets contain alpha-terpineol, benzyl alcohol, and camphor, which are all toxic ingredients that cause central nervous system disorders, loss of muscular coordination, central nervous system depression, headaches, nausea, and vomiting.

Many baby products contain the listed ingredient “fragrance,”which is simply a broad category that hides hundreds of toxic chemicals behind that word itself. Companies are not required to reveal the actual chemicals that are within the “fragrance” category, hence keeping the public in the dark about the true toxicity of the products we use on our little ones.

Women apply over 300 chemicals to their face and skin per day, including talc, bismuth, parabens, lead, mercury, and mineral oil. These chemicals are all found in store bought skin care and makeup products, which can disrupt the endocrine system, are highly carcinogenic, and have even been found in tumors. 

You can look up your individual products on the "Think Dirty" app, or look them up by individual ingredients on the www.ewg,org website for more info!


When we use these products on ourselves and our children on a daily basis, the toxins build up and accumulate within our bodies – a process called “bioaccumulation.”This means that the more we expose ourselves to these toxins, the harder it is for our bodies to break them down. Because of this build up, it causes both minor and major health issues, that otherwise could be prevented if we simply quit using those toxins. Even if these issues aren’t apparent right now, they will be apparent later on down the road.

The challenge of going natural 

One of my biggest challenges to switching to non-toxic products was that I didn't want to smell like a "hippie". Everyone I knew at that point who didn't use store bought, chemical laden products didn't smell so great... It was like a mix of trees and body odor, and that is definitely NOT the kind of smell I want to go for personally! 

The first step for me was ditching aluminum based deodorants, which have been linked to breast cancer and Alzheimers disease. I personally use Manuka essential oil and it works well consistently even through sweat! 

The second thing was replacing my beloved Dolce and Gabana Light Blue perfume. I grieved this loss guys... I had discovered this perfume when I was on a mission trip to Romania, and it truly was nostalgic for me to wear it. My husband loved it as well, so finding a replacement that he liked has been tricky (side note...he also doesn't love it when I smell like a tree with B.O.). 

After much experimentation, this combo of Joy, Stress Away and Harmony is my fave! 

Perfume Recipe

10 drops each of Joy, Stress away and Harmony

Fill to the top of a 10 ml roller bottle with carrier oil (I prefer avocado oil since it doesn't have a strong fragrance) 

Roll on as often as desired! 

You can order those oils with your premium starter kit here for the best deal! If you are already a Young Living member, simply add it to your monthly subscription box! 

Now you have the benefit of smelling NICE without the cost on your overall health and wellbeing! 

What are some of your favorite ways to support your body while smelling nice at the same time? I'd love to hear it!

To your wellness,

Andrea Jones

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