A rational response for EVERY complaint about Young Living

A rational response for EVERY complaint about Young Living

Ok friends, if you are into essential oils on any level, I’m sure that you have read a blog or two about MLM companies. MLM stands for Multi-Level Marketing companies such as Young Living (YL). One parent company sells their products through distributors. Distributors get to build their own smaller businesses selling/distributing that product. It’s actually pretty great if you can succeed at it. 92% of YL members are ranked as distributors (the lowest level). So that means only 8% of all distributors reach the next levels and are making any real sort of money. The success rate is not that high which signals that it takes a certain amount of work and dedication to make a MLM business work. Maybe this is a reason for the hostility? (Just a thought). And just a little disclaimer before I start the list of grievances towards MLMs, I have only ever reached the second level in Young Living and am by no means a business mogul.

All that being said, I am ready to shout ENOUGH is ENOUGH of the MLM vents, rampages, discrediting, fear mongering, panic inducing, and hate! When decisions are made they should be based off of personal experiences of trusted peers and/or fact (neither of which are ever presented in these posts/rants). The authors of these MLM vents are so grounded in their own convictions and write so passionately that it’s no wonder people are persuaded by them. I’ve read a lot of these rampages because I thought maybe I AM brain washed by Young Living or maybe I’m so stubborn I can’t see the oily light. No matter how many I read though, I CANNOT find one SHRED of a good reason to not use a MLM company. Why do people write these posts? I have my suspicions. But read on and let’s rationally address the points these posts try to argue, ok?

Misleading Marketing, specifically the claim of 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade – Correct, there is no governing body to give out this description. Not just Young Living uses it. All Essential Oils claim this distinction. It is common knowledge that there is no governing body over essential oils. This is not an argument against an MLM.

Distrust all claims that say “only” or end in “–est” like best, purest, etc. Any essential oil (EO) company will make this claim about something or other. If you don’t think that your product is the best, you probably shouldn’t be selling it. A wording choice is not a valid reason to distrust a MLM.

No training for distributors – This is true, in a formal sense. However, MLMs (specifically Young Living) do provide copious amounts of resources to learn from. When buying from a non-MLM company you must do your own research. So why wouldn’t you do your own research with an MLM? This argument is basically just a statement and is not any sort of argument against an MLM.

Prices are inflated from 600% – 1000% or more to pay the distributors – This is said, even though it is not true, and is an obvious gross exaggeration. You pay for quality oils. Period. Producing them is expensive. Get familiar with the process. If you don’t want to pay for them then maybe essential oils are not for you… but that choice is not a reflection of the company’s hard work, it’s a reflection of you and what you specifically are looking for. If you still choose to believe this argument, then that’s still cool. I’d rather my money support my sponsor’s business than to have my money solely support a new company trying to cash in on the essential oil craze.

MLMs encourage ingesting which should NEVER be done, unless prescribed by an Aromatherapist. Many many very scary reasons are cited as to why EOs should not be ingested. However, if they are prescribed by an Aromatherpist, it’s all safe and good. Here’s a scenario: Sally is an Aromatherapist who works for an MLM and writes all of their learning resources. Lauren is a customer who learned by reading Sally’s books and materials. Essential oils recommended by Sally are regarded as safe. The same essential oils recommended by Lauren are perceived as cyanide and Lauren is irresponsible. This argument has a stance that is neither FOR or AGAINST ingesting essential oils, yet somehow it qualifies as a glaring strike against MLM companies. Yea… I don’t get it either.

MLMs claiming their oils are safe to ingest – Any essential oil company that claims to have 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils will tell you they are safe to ingest. All of them, not just MLMs. Nobody is making you do anything though, they are merely suggestions. Probably one of MANY ways the oils were suggested to you to be used. If you don’t want to ingest an EO, then simply don’t. If you don’t like your MLM’s product which puts EOs in capsules, then don’t buy that. All of the major adverse health incidents occurring after EO ingestion involve some form of misuse. If you are using essential oils, then you should know the very basic safety guidelines of EOs. If you don’t, then you have no business using them and that it not a reflection of your MLM. That is a reflection of your own failure to practice due diligence. And the distributor is not to blame either, your distributor is just that… an essential oil distributor who is doing the best she knows how to do… he is not your doctor. The responsibility is on you to read the resources provided to you. Another popularly cited grievance involves the unknown effects of long term essential oil ingestion on stomach and intestinal flora. All the evidence that we DO have completely contradicts a negative hypothesis here… and alternative therapies (prescriptions and OTC medications) are HIGHLY KNOWN to cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea , constipation, opportunistic infections, and so on. I’m STILL not suggesting/telling you to ingest because that’s a personal decision, but come on. PLEASE tell me that this argument now sounds like bologna to you.

False Claims – Every user of any brand of essential oil will make a claim. Or at least a suggestion. It’s up to the user to be educated. Personally, I’ve never recommended anything that I haven’t tried without prefacing my recommendation with the fact that I haven’t tried it! Never have I ever come across someone deliberately making false claims to get a sale. A sale based on a false claim wouldn’t be a returning customer anyways which makes lying a pretty stupid strategy.

Upline Problems – Just recently in a mommy and me group on Facebook, someone said that they didn’t like/agree with their Upline… so they stopped distributing and promoting their MLM. Are all distributors of an MLM company created equal? Heck no, all people are different. BUT, you learned about essential oils from your sponsor right? You liked what they were doing enough to enroll under them. You made that decision, not your MLM. And why does upline matter anyways? Mine is great, but without my sponsor I’d most definitely still love my essential oils. This is one of the weirder digs I’ve heard towards an MLM.

Suggesting Neat (Undiluted) Application– The same argument that was made earlier about ingesting goes for this too. If you don’t want to do this, then don’t. There are safe oils that can be applied neat. Is it necessary? Maybe or maybe not, and most of the time it would be in your best interest to dilute your oils. Sensitization is a real thing and it would be a tragedy (TRAGEDY!!!) if you could never be around Lavender again. But anyways, neat application is just another way that some oils can be used. Presenting every option is the job of the MLM company, not a strike against it.

Using Essential Oils in All the Things – This is a newer, more passive, complaint that I just read in a blog yesterday. The complaint is that MLMs suggest using essential oils in EVERYTHING just for the sake of using them. A MLM will of course present how essential oils can be used for everything (and they pretty much can do just about anything… it’s why they’re so interesting and useful). This doesn’t mean that the MLM wants you to implement EVERY suggestion; they’re just putting it all out there. Some users do use their oils in All The Things… and that’s ok, users are excited and are trying out lots of new things! It’s kind of the point. Usage will even out with experience and as the newness wears off. Point is… we should be thankful that MLMs tell us all the ways we can use essential oils, especially ways we may not have thought of. This definitely is not a reason to hate a MLM.

Unsafe recommendations specifically for babies/children – The major culprit here is Peppermint if you didn’t already find yourself in the midst of a debate on this, but there are many others too. The experts cannot even agree on an age where peppermint is safe. I’ve read several recommendations ranging between 6 months to 6 years! That’s an extreme difference. So who is to say what’s safe? If I’ve been using diluted peppermint on my baby for 6 months and he has not showed any signs of respiratory depression… then why are you making me feel like the worst mother in the world for using this and who are you to tell me what is safe if the experts cannot even agree. Bottom line here is… know the risks, read the recommendations, dilute appropriately, start slow, have respect for the oil NOT fear. MLMs don’t make unsafe recommendations. MLM venters like to make heated debate where-ever possible. Don’t fall into that drama… do what you know is based on fact and proven personal experiences by your trusted peers. It’s not the MLM you need to hate in this argument.

My MLM, Young Living, has been the global essential oil leader for over 20 years and that is NOT because they are dangerous, lying, cheating, stealing, stupid, or unfair. At their new Canadian farm, there was some trouble with the water pH for steam distilling. Dr. Young built a new water treatment system because he refuses to use chemicals to remedy the pH problem. THIS is what Young Living is up to. An unwavering commitment to their products… and THAT is what we believe in. Facts that we can see. Not unfounded rant-like blog posts written for reasons we may never understand. In reality, my MLM offers dedication to customers, the greatest oily minds in the business, attention to every detail, commitment to their promises, 100% transparency and ownership in EVERYTHING as well as literally limitless opportunity. I’m not trying to sell you anything by writing this. But like the company I represent, I have the courage to take action when action needs to be taken and to do the right thing.

DIY Lotion Bars with Essential Oils

DIY Lotion Bars with Essential Oils

Hi my friends!!! Today I wanted to share a really fun project that I did with the boys.. my four year old just loves his oils lol Lotion Bars are something I’ve been seeing a lot of on Pinterest and with the dry itchy skin of winter, they seemed like the perfect invention!  So I chose a recipe that sounded good and ordered all of my ingredients from Amazon.  Heads Up:  There are SO many cute cute silicone molds to choose from and they’re all so cheap!  This rose mold that we used came out just beautifully 🙂

So how do you use a lotion bar?  You just pick it up and massage it with your hands.  The bar will melt into your skin and leave it soft and smelling like heaven ❤ I also rub the bar up and down the dry spots on my legs and arms too… and my son, Parker loves to hold them and take a big whiff of his hands.

Here’s how to make it!  So super easy!  This is the second batch I made since the first came out sort of greasy and a little harder than I’d like.  So this second batch was perfect!

Melt the following in a double boiler:

2.5 ounces of coconut oil (I used unrefined because I like the coconutty smell in my bars)

2 ounces of Shea butter

2 ounces of Bees Wax

About 20 drops of your favorite Young Living essential oils.  Some of the combinations we liked were Orange EO and Grapefruit EO, Lavender EO and Lemon EO, and Rosemary EO and Peppermint EO.  All came out so so awesome!  Adjust your number of drops to your preferences.  The first batch we used about 16 drops and the smell wasn’t as strong.  These roses are Lavender lemon and we used 8 drops of lemon EO and 16 drops of Lavender.  The aroma is perfect!

**Add the essential oils to your mix once it is melted.  Give it a quick stir and then pour it into your molds.  Let them sit on the counter for about 15 minutes to set up and them move to the fridge for an hour.  They will be ready to pop out of the silicone molds to start using or to gift wrap and give away!

I just brought a couple to my new Army wife friends at our Cards Against Humanity game night 🙂 Of course they loved them and had never had a lotion BAR before… it’s such a cool, new idea!

A quick word on clean up:  While the oils are all melted in your double boiler, wipe them out with a paper towel before trying to wash them in the sink.  In the first batch, the oils set up when they hit the water and coated my sponge brush.  A huge pain in the ass.  Second batch was much easier to clean lol

Leave me a little note if you try these and like them! 🙂

If you are in need of some essential oils, you can get them HERE!

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Just look at all you get with your starter kit 🙂 The opportunities are endless.  Thanks for reading and creating with me!

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DIY Whitening Mouthwash!

DIY Whitening Mouthwash!

Good morning friends!! It’s a snow day here in North Carolina (which means we got a dusting of snow and some ice and the city shut down)… which compels me to make things with essential oils and mason jars!  Its my kind of SAHM type fun lol 🙂  Mouthwash sounded like a great DIY!  We haven’t bought it in years because it’s so expensive for something you just spit out.. not to mention full of all kinds of ingredients I can’t pronounce, let alone desire in my mouth.  So, I came across a Pinterest recipe for some DIY mouthwash.  It called for salt as the medium to dissolve the oils.  I followed that, but the salty taste was REALLY unpleasant.  So I adjusted the recipe and used baking soda as the medium for the essential oils and it is fantastic!

Baking Soda for mouth care:

1.  Balances levels of acid to help treat and prevent halitosis

2.  Discourages the formation of plaque to help prevent gum disease.

3.  Promotes healing to soothe ulcers and sores

4.  An effective whitening agent to help remove stains from the teeth

Young Living Thieves Essential Oil (lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, cloves, rosemary):

Whiter teeth, healthy gums, prevents halitosis, heals cold sores and fever blisters, and increases energy!

Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil:

Whitening, refreshing, antibacterial, and minty fresh smell!

** At only a few cents per drop, my half pint jar of mouthwash only cost me about 88 cents to make.  And I feel completely safe and happy using it!

TO MAKE:

1.  Put 1 teaspoon of baking soda into your jar.  Add 4 drops of Thieves EO and 5 drops of Peppermint EO.

2.  Add one cup of water.  Replace lid and shake.  Done!

** You can adjust the number of drops of your oils as you prefer.  Thieves is more cinnamon-like and peppermint is, of course, more minty! I personally like the minty-ness, so I went more Peppermint heavy 🙂

Enjoy!! and feel free to leave a comment or question!

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Have a great day and happy oiling!! 🙂

Essential Hair Care!!

Essential Hair Care!!

Hi friends!! Have you ever done one of those coconut oil treatments for your hair? They’re so so great… I color A LOT so I was doing those treatments nearly once a week for a long time.  Such great results, but you always have to make the mix, apply it, and walk around with a bag on your head for upwards of an hour.  Ain’t nobody got time for that lol!  Well, fortunately, one of my YL orders was mixed up and I was given Rosemary instead of my Peppermint EO.  Customer service sent me my peppermint quickly and told me to keep the Rosemary.. greatest customer service around 🙂  So what to do with it!  I found out that Rosemary Essential Oil is great for many many things… a jack of all trades! Kind of just like Lavender!  So I added 10 drops to my cheap Suave shampoo and conditioner to see what would happen.  And check out that picture!  My dry, damaged, overly color treated hair (I’m naturally a blonde haha) is shiny, healthy, and smooth!  Just one shower that took the same length of time as any other shower… results looking like I did a full on coconut oil treatment or used an expensive leave-in conditioner!

And Rosemary is only $14… if I hadn’t gotten it on accident, I’d most definitely buy it on it’s own.  And just look at everything else this oil is good for!!

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I can’t wait to try out some of those other things, too!!!  If you decide to try some Rosemary in your hair care routine, let us know how you like it!!!

If you want to get some of your own you can snag a bottle here: Rosemary Essential Oil!

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Happy Oiling Beautiful Friends!!

How to Jumpstart your Young Living Business!!!

How to Jumpstart your Young Living Business!!!

Hi everyone!! My name is Angela and this is my very first blog post.  I feel compelled to write it because of something that I did…. that worked!!!  If you are here, then you already have an interest in Young Living Essential Oils in some form.  I don’t know where you are in your personal journey, but here’s where I was:  I got my premium starter kit.  Fell in love with the oils. Started sharing what I was doing on Facebook. A couple friends and family signed up under me and WWWHHOOOOAAAA… I got a commission check in the mail!! It wasn’t very much, but dang it felt good!  So I started thinking Hey! maybe I can do this whole business thing!  Oils are so great, they basically sell themselves right? Ummm.. sort of… not really.  I got so many questions and so much interest, but nobody pulled the trigger.  Nobody was buying a kit! What do you do next!?

Well recently I had been to a couple Facebook parties for Jamberry and Perfectly Posh and the like… and they were really fun!  A bunch of people came together at a certain time… all online… and talked products! and it was so fun and interactive!  So I decided to throw a Young Living Facebook event, the likes of which had never been seen before… never been seen before because I was making it up as I went lol Well it’s been just two weeks since that event and I have had 8 sign ups under me.  Tripled my tiny downline. Sold over $1000 in products.  And it’s only midmonth! Soooo… here’s how to do it!   🙂

1.  Choose a weekend for your event.  I chose 6-8pm on a Friday and Saturday night.  On Friday we talked about oils for Health.  On Saturday we talked about oils for Home and Happiness.

2.  Starting one week before your event start posting one post about essential oils each day.  What they are, how they work, how to use them, current events, exciting studies, what a diffuser is, whatever topic you like! The point here is to increase interest, build trust in your knowledge, and have all of your guests on the same learning page when your event starts.

3.  Open your party with a giveaway instead of a traditional roll call.  I gave away Tangerine, for example.  I posted a picture of Tangerine and all it’s benefits.  People had to comment with “hi!” or “I want it!” Giveaways always pique interest!  Winner to be announced to close the event for the night!

4.  Post an oil with all its info, a picture and a personal story every ten minutes or so.  Limit the oils you discuss to those included in the starter kit.  This will make the kit seem like the best choice (obviously it IS the best choice, but that might get skewed if you are raving about oils that don’t come in it).

5.  Have your guests like the post if they like that oil and comment with their current favorite use or future way they’d love to use it!

6.  Never talk about selling or buying or money unless specifically asked.  You are sharing oil knowledge and building trust as a YL authority.  Nobody likes to be sold to.  I hate selling…but LOVE to share 🙂

7.  Make yourself available after the event for personal inquiries.  Use Sunday to informally post about oils not included in the kit. Also use Sunday to post about the benefits of membership and how to join!  Send out lots and lots of thank you posts! 🙂

That’s it!! If you want to look at my event, you can check it out here: An Oily Weekend!!

And if you’re looking for a team to join, I’d love to have you on mine!  We can throw your Facebook YLEO party together!  Thank you all for reading this and good luck on your oily journey!!

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