What’s In Your Cleaning Cabinet?

AIR FRESHENERS: Work by coating your nasal passages with an oil film and/or reduce your ability to smell odors. Often containing Formaldehyde, a highly toxic ingredient, which can irritate eyes, nose, throat, and skin. High exposure can cause nausea, headaches, nosebleeds, dizziness, memory loss and shortness of breath. They may also include Phenol, a skin irritant that can cause swelling, burning, and peeling. High doses of Phenol can also cause cold sweats, convulsions, circulatory collapse, coma, and even death. Most Air Fresheners contain artificial fragrances, which are petroleum based.

ALL-PURPOSE CLEANERS: often contains Propylene Glycol, a chemical that can cause nausea, convulsions, slurred speech, disorientation, and heart and kidney problems if ingested. Ninety percent contain Sodium Laurel (Laureth) Sulfate. Some all-purpose cleaners may contain Sodium Hydroxide (Lye), also found in drain cleaners, stain removers, and bathroom cleaners. A highly reactive chemical, lye can react violently with water and other materials, sometimes generating enough heat to ignite nearby combustible materials. Extremely corrosive to all tissues, especially the eyes as it can cause blindness. Aerosol sprays containing this chemical can also lead to lung injury. Extremely dangerous when coming in contact with skin, mucous membranes, mouth, throat, esophagus and stomach tissues.

AMMONIA: a volatile chemical, commonly found in window cleaners, and some stain removers and detergents. Ammonia can damage your eyes, as well as respiratory tract and cause ski irritation. Ammonia adds nitrogen to the environment, which can damage some ecosystems.

ANTIBACTERIAL CLEANERS: contains Sodium Laurel (Laureth) Sulfate and Triclosan, a chemical that, if absorbed through the skin, may contribute to liver damage. Eliminates good bacteria, and studies suggest bacteria acquires resistance to antimicrobial agents.

CARPET AND UPHOLSTERY SHAMPOO: Highly toxic ingredients include Perchlorethylene, a carcinogen that can damage the liver, kidneys, and nervous system. They also contain Ammonium Hydroxide, which is extremely irritable to eyes, skin and respiratory passages.

CHLORINE BLEACH: a strong corrosive with fumes that can irritate or burn the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract. If ingested, bleach can cause pulmonary edema or vomiting. Extremely dangerous when mixed with ammonia, as the resulting fumes can be deadly.

DISHWASHER DETERGENTS: often contain highly concentrated amounts of chlorine, a leading cause of child poisonings (see Chlorine Bleach). They also contain Sodium Laurel (Laureth) Suflate and phosphates that can cause severe skin irritation, burns and chronic poisoning if inhaled or ingested.

DRAIN CLEANER: often contains Sodium Hydroxide (Lye, see All Purpose Cleaner above), Hydrochloric Acid or Trichloroethane. Hydrochloric Acid is a corrosive element that can irritate skin, and damage kidneys, liver and digestive tracts. Trichloroethane is an eye and skin irritant that can depress the nervous system and damage liver and kidneys.

FURNITURE POLISH: many include Petroleum Distillates, a highly flammable skin irritant, and Phenol (see Air Fresheners). Some also include Nitrobenzene, a toxic material easily absorbed through the skin, or Methyl Chloroform, which can cause skin irritation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, irregular heartbeat, headache, drowsiness, symptoms of drunkenness, kidney damage, liver damage, convulsions, and even coma. A variety of other petroleum-based solvents may be used that can cause mucous membrane irritation, as well as headache, dizziness, and nausea at higher concentrations.

LAUNDRY ROOM PRODUCTS: contains Sodium Laurel (Laureth) Sulfate, and Sodium or Calcium Hypochlorite, highly corrosive materials that can irritate or burn skin, eyes or respiratory tract. Other chemicals include Linear Alkylate Sulfonate, which can be absorbed through the skin and may cause liver damage, and Sodium Tripolyphosphate, a skin and mucous membrane irritant that can cause vomiting. Liquid detergents may also contain Ethyl Alcohol, which can cause coughing, drowsiness, fatigue, and headaches.

MOLD AND MILDEW CLEANERS: ingredients often include Sodium Hypochlorite, a corrosive material that can irritate or burn skin and eyes. In cases of high exposure, can cause pulmonary edema, which can lead to coma or death. Many such cleaners also contain Formaldehyde (see Air Fresheners).

OVEN CLEANER: contains Sodium Hydroxide (Lye), a strong irritant to skin and eyes; can also inhibit reflexes (see All-Purpose Cleaner).

STAIN REMOVERS: often contain Petroleum Naphtha, a petroleum distillate that can inflame and damage lungs.

TOILET BOWL CLEANERS: may contain Hydrochloric Acid, a highly corrosive irritant to both skin and eyes that can also lead to kidney and liver damage. May also include Hypochlorite Bleach, another corrosive irritant that can burn eyes, skin and respiratory tract. Ingestion can lead to pulmonary edema, vomiting or coma. If combined with other chemicals may result in potentially fatal chlorine fumes. Other products can include Phosphoric Acid, an extremely corrosive material that can cause severe irritation and burns to skin.


The following is the ingredients listing form variety of commercially produced products.

Aveeno “active naturals” Lotion

Water, glycerin, emulsifying wax, ethylhexyl isonananoate, glycine soja (soybean) flour, propylene glycol isoceteth-3 acetate, dimethicone, cyclomethicone, polyacrylamide, stearic acid, phenoxyethanol, C13-14 isoparaffin, dimethicone copolyol, benzyl alcohol, fragrance, DMDM hydantoin, glyceryl laurate, laureth-7, methylparaben, cetearyl alcohol, disodium EDTA, butylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, iodopropynyl butylcaarbamate, glycine soja (soybean) seed extract, panthenyl ethyl ether, tocopheryl aetate, panthenol, BHT. May also contain sodium hydroxide, citric acid.

Aveeno “active naturals” Stress Relief Body Wash

Water glycerin, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium laureth sulfate, decyl glucoside, avena sativa (oat) kernel flour, glycol stearate, sodium lauroampho PG-acetate phosphate, guar hydroxypropltrimonium chloride, hydroxypropyltrimonium hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydroxpropyltrimonium hydrolyzed wheat starch, PEG-150 pentaerythrityl tetrastearate, PEG-120 methyl glucose trioleate, propylene glycol, tetrasodium EDTA, PEG-6 caprylic/capric glycerides, fragrance, quaternium-15. May also contain sodium hydroxide, citric acid.

Curel Healing moisturizing lotion

Water, glycerin, petrolatum, cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, cetyl-PG hydroxyethyl palmitamide, isopropyl palmitate, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), avena sativa (oat) meal extract, eucalyptus globules leaf extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil, cyclopentasiloxane dimethicone, acacia Senegal gum, gelatin, DMDM hydantion

Eucerin Original Dry Skin Therapy

Water, mineral oil, isopropyl myristate, PEG-40, sorbitan peroleate, glyceryl lanolate, sorbitol, propylene glycol, cetyl palmitate, magnesium sulfate, aluminum stearate, lanolin alcohol, BHT, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone.

Gillette Shave Cream

Palmitic acid, Triethanolamine, Isopentane, Glyceryl oleate, Stearic acid, Parfum, Isobutane, Polytetrafluoroethylene, Propylene glycol, BHT – butylated hydroxytoluene, CI59040, CI 42090

Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo– w/natural lavender (no more tears)

Water, cocomidopropyl betaine, PEG-80, sorbitan laurate, sodium trideceth sulfate, PEG-150 distearate, fragrance, polyquaternium-10, tetrasodium EDTA, quaternium-15, citric acid, ext. violet 2

L’Oreal Kids Super Squirt

Water, sodium laureth sulfate, PEG-200, hydrogenated clyceryl palmate, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, polysorbate 20, sodium chloride, glycerin, PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate, polysorbate 21, fragrance, sodium benzoate, polyquaternium-10, disodium edta, potassium sorbate

L’Oreal Kids Moisturizing Bath & Shower Gel

Water, sodium laureth sulfate, PEG-20 hydrogenated glyceryl palmate, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, PEG-30 glyceryl cocoate, clycerin, polysorbate 20, sodium chloride, PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate, hexylene glycol, FD&C yellow 5, blue 1, fragrance, pear (pyrus communis) extract,
sodium laureth-8 sulfate, sodium oleth sulfate, sodium methylparaben, DMDM hydantoin, magnesium laureth-8 sulfate, magnesium laureth, sulfate, magnesium oleth sulfate, polyquaternium-10, propylene glycol, disodium edta

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash

Water, sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium C12-15 pareth-15 sulfonate, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, anthemis nobilis flower extract, matricaria (chamomilla recutita) flower extract, Linoleamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride, phosphate, propylene glycol, yellow 5, red 40, sodium chloride, fragrance.

Nivea Body Lotion

Water, mineral oil, c13-16 isoparaffin, glycerin, isopropyl palmitate, petrolatum, PEG-40 sorbitan perisostearate, polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, tocopheryl acetate, taurine, sea salt, magnesium sulfate, fragrance, citric acid, sodium citrate, potassium sorbate

Olay Body quench body lotion

Water, glycerin, niacinamide, isohexadecane, petrolatum, isopropyl isostearate, dimethicone, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, panthenol, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, polyethylene, caprylic/capric triglycerides, sodium acrylates, behenyl alcohol, fragrance, tocopheryl acetate, benzyl alcohol, cetearyl glucoside, mica, titanium dioxide, tin oxide, ethylparaben, dimethiconol, disodium EDTA, stearic acid, PEG-100 stearate, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), sodium pca, betaine, sorbtol, glycine, alanine, praline, serine, threonine, arginine, lysine, gluamic acid, methylparaben, propylparaben, C12-13 pareth-3, laureth-7, sodium hydroxide

Old Spice High Endurance Anti-persipirant

Aluminum zirconium trichlorohydex gly 19%, cyclopentasiloxane, stearyl alcohol, hydrogenated castor oil, petrolatum, fragrance ppg-14 butyl ether, mineral oil, behenyl alcohol

Pantene Pro-V Shampoo

Water, ammonium laureth sulfate, mmonium lauryl sulfate, sodium chloride, clycol distearate, dimethicone, cetyl alcohol, cocamide mea, panthenol, panthenyl ethyl ether, lysine hci, methyl tyrosinate hci, histidine, fragrance, polyquaternium-10, sodium citrate, hydrogenated polydecene, sodium benzoate, disodium edta, PEG-7m, trimethylolpropane tricapryylate/tricaprate, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, benzophenone-3, citric acid, tocopheryl acetate, ammonium xylenesulfonate, methychloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone.

Pantene Pro-V Conditioner

Water, cyclopentasiloxane, stearamidopropyl dimethylamine, cetyl alcohol, quaternium-18, panthenol, panthenyl ethyl ether, lysine HCI, methyl tyrosinate HCI, histidine, stearyl alcohol, dimethicone, PEG-2M, polysorbate 60, cetearyl alcohol, benzyl alcohol, oleyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, hydroxyethylcellulose, fragrance, citric acid, EDTA, methychloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone.

Softsoap handsoap, Shea Butter

Water, sodium laureth sulfate, acrylates copolymer, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium chloride, methyl gluceth-10, Glycol distearate, sodium hydroxide, fragrance, PPG-10 Methyl glucose ether, laureth-4, DmdM hydatoin, butyrospermum parkii (Shea butter), tetrasodium EDTA, gelatin, acacia senegal gum, mica, citric acid, iron oxides, titanium dioxide

Strawberry Shortcake (Bubble Bath)

Water, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium chloride, lauryl glucoside, cocamidopropyl betaine, atrasodium EDTA, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, citric acid, fragrance. May contain FD&C blue 1, yellow 5, yellow 6, red 4, red 33, d&C violet 2.

Suave Kids, 2 in 1 Hair Smoothers Shampoo

Water, sodium laureth sulfate, sorbitan laurate, cocamidopropyl bentaine, dimethiconol, carbomer, fragrance, sodim citrate, polyquaternium-10, TEA—Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, tetrasodium edta, DMDM hydantoin, PEG-150 distearate, methyl chloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, PPG-9, mica, titanium dioxide

Suave Kids, Conditioner & Detangler

Water, cetyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, behentrimonium methosulfate, amodimethicone, fragrance, ceteareth-20 cetrimonium chloride, disodium EDTA, DMDM hydantoin, trideceth-12 methylchloroisothiazolinine, methylesothiazolicone

Sure unscented Antiperspirant

Aluminum Zirconium Trichlorohydrox GLY, cyclopentasiloxane, stearyl alcohol, talc, dimethicone, hydrogenated castor oil, polyethylene, silica, dipropylene glycol, behenyl alcohol, pentadecalactone.

Watkins All-Natural Anti-age Botnicals

Water, c12-15 alkyl ethylhexanoate, stearic acid, caprylic/capric triglyceride, glycerin, triethanolamine, altantion, propylene glycol, calendula officinalis flower extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, tillia cordata flower extract, centaurea cyanus flower extract, anthemis nobillis flower extract, hypericum perforatum flower extract, camellia oleifera leaf extract, aloe barbadenis leaf juice, panthenol, tocopheryl acetate, fragrance, diazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben, cetyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, dimethicone, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, disodium EDTA

The Antibiotics Crisis

There is conclusive evidence on the destructive consequences of the over use of antibiotics. Antibiotic pressure on an organism can be a cofactor in immune deficiency conditions. Antibiotics were originally prescribed to fight bacterial diseases. Once these drugs became major moneymakers, their marketing took on a life of their own.

Unaware of the link to mass destruction of their immune system, an unsuspecting generation has upped its antibiotic intake through over-use (orally), through use in skin cleansing products, and ingestion through meat and poultry. This has created a potentially greater problem of the seemingly unstoppable advance of resistant bacteria. Bacteria, resistant to most or all of the known antibiotics, are menacing hospitals and their patients.

Because essential oils are not patentable and profit expectations are zero, there is no corporate sponsorship and therefore there is hardly any current scientific exploration. Essential oils are no longer researched at university level, which therefore creates the perception that these medicines are weak, useless, or ineffective.

“Existing knowledge” is no longer generated by impartial, unbiased research, but almost exclusively through corporate funding. Since virtually no current research exists, aromatherapy’s claims rest on traditional and anecdotal lore. The reality of aromatherapy is therefore only partly defined by science. It may be a sign of our times that a short attention span is also reflected in the work of contemporary scientists who find neither the time nor the energy to look at available evidence before they set out to conduct more research or formulate their statements. As a consequence, abundant scientific documentation on the pharmacology of essential oils , especially in German and French scientific literature, is overlooked. A substantial body of scientific studies already exists. This provides a perfect pharmacological rationale for many of the applications of essential oils.

Antibiotics can set off allergies, and this happens most frequently in countries where they are in general use. The widespread diffusion of penicillin, and it’s dirivitives, its systematic and at times indiscriminate use in mild infections, together with its abuse in such pharmaceutical preparations as toothpaste, can explain the steadily increasing numbers of people in the West who have become sensitized to it.

Text taken from:
Medical Aromatherapy, Healing With Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt.
Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood.
The Practice of Aromatherapy, by Jean Valnet, M.D.

Recommendations for a Natural Lifestyle

Where do you start?

First thing you will have to decide is: “how real and natural are you willing to go?”
You have been using chemical laden products your whole life on your skin and hair. You have to be concerned about your diet also. Probably you eat at least some processed foods that are laden with chemicals. Are you willing to change all of that or just part? How healthy do you see yourself 15 years from now if you continue as you are?

You will have to “retrain” your nose on real scent. At first, smelling real essential oils and herbs will seem unpleasant. Your nose has been trained on chemicals…

My recommendations for your healthy future: Stop using all those chemicals. Your life should be an 80/20 balance. 80% real, healthy, natural; 20% the stuff you can’t give up. This includes everything in your life; clothing also. If you have digestion, bowel, liver, gallbladder, or thyroid issues; you have internal toxicity issues. This is from heredity, diet; and is related to the products you put on your skin. Your skin is only reflecting what is inside. Our healthy bodies are made to be self-cleansing to a large degree. Skin eruptions are the way your skin is trying to remove the chemicals deep in its layers.

There is a learning curve associated with using real and natural. Have you researched the chemicals you are using? And are you willing to trust your life to the manufacturer of the products? Are they made in China or some other third-world country? Do you trust their purity? Do you trust the chemical ingredients they are using? We make our products in small batches. Every other company out there uses ingredients I have made the choice not to use.We won’t sell a product that doesn’t work well. I am willing to give my products to Jesus and my Grandmothers. I trust they are that good.

Without your willingness to change from chemical products; our products will have limited results. Chemicals pollute real and natural. Just look at our earth, air and water to see that truth.

Dry facial, neck and upper chest skin that is now starting to show fine lines and wrinkles will benefit most from the Forever Young Face Oil. There are no petroleum oil-based chemicals in our face oils. This is the difference between our oils and others’ oils, serums and creams. If you really can’t bring yourself to use an oil, the Forever Young Face Cream is next best.

This whole process will take time and your skin may look like it is getting worse as it throws out those chemicals that are lodged deep within it. But, within 30 days you will see a marked improvement if you stick with it.

Product Recommendations

Here is a list of general lifestyle and product recommendations needed for switching to real and natural body and skin care products. Yes, I feel this is the bare minimum that a person should start with on the switch to becoming healthy for the rest of your life.

Essential Oils: there are many books. Learn about the simpler oils and incorporate them into your life. I would love it if all my customers learn to make some of their own products. SIMPLE IS BETTER.

Head to toe cleaning (except face): any of the Bar Soaps or the Liquid Castile Shampoo/Body Wash. Choose your scent…Remember you will have a learning curve to using real products. They are different from chemical products. These are good for children as well as adults.

Vinegar Rinse: Vinegar is amazing. If you can find a locally produced vinegar it will also taste well enough to use internally to help with cleansing your digestion and internal body systems. Vinegar is an acid; but internally is like citrus fruits: it helps to make your body more alkaline (I know seems weird; but that is true) whereas must of us are acidic. Many of my customers recommend using Bragg vinegar internally.

Whipped body butter or Ultimate Body Lotion….again your choice; both work really well. My favorite is the butter since I am older with drying skin. I “butter up” one or two nights a week…or as needed.

Toothgel: What you clean your mouth with is very important. The chemicals in other products go through your mucus membranes into your lymph system.

Face care: Face Care Challenge Pack….you can figure out which of the products work best for you. We don’t tell you to use every product. Use the ones that fit into your life best. If you don’t wear makeup and nail care; try using water washing followed by toner, then Forever Young Face Oil or Face Cream

Deodorant: we have solid, roll-on, spray and powder. No chemicals…safe protection.

Laundry: Soap nuts or our Laundry/Cleaning Castile soap. We have an HE washer. I love to use the Soap Nuts; my husband uses the Castile soap. Both work great. Vinegar in the rinse and I have put it in the bleach dispenser for the whites and very dirty loads.

Dishwasher soap: There are no non-chemical soaps that work well in a dishwasher. I would recommend using 1 cup of vinegar and 1 Tbls of borax. See the Earth-Friendly economical way of washing dishes in my post here..

Live Long Sunscreen: If you live where it is very sunny and warm. We need vitamin D from the sun. If you live in a cooler climate; it can take an hour of sunshine to get the required vitamin D. Sunscreens block our absorption of vitamin D. Moderation is the key to safely be in the sun. Don’t spend hours in the sun unless you are protected with Live Long Sunscreen.

Anti-Itch cream and/or Plantain Ointment: These are great for injuries or those unexpected bites or itches.

Cold, Flu, Sinus Oil: Use daily to help you fight off all the germs you are exposed to everyday. If a nasty virus does get through; the Cold, Flu, Sinus Oil can knock it out in 2-3 days when used immediately and often.

MRSA Spray: If you are around lots of people regularly.

Detox herbal vitamins: This will help cleanse your colon. We really recommend getting Colon Hydrotherapy from a Naturopath regularly. Death starts in the bowel and spreads from there.

Parasite herbal vitamins: It is estimated that 95-98% of us have parasites in bowel, intestines and blood. These help destroy the little critters and get them out of your system.

Diet: I can’t honestly recommend an “all organic” diet. Most companies have “bought” the organic designation. Can you trust China and other countries’ “organic” designations? I have not found it worth the high cost. Organic processed products and foods have many of the same ingredients of their “non-organic” competitors. I recommend eating real and natural….Much more fruits and vegetables then you are eating now. No meals from a box. No “convenience” meals from the freezer section.

Whole Body Tonic: Vitamin and Mineral supplement–for those with great diet and no chemical products or health history of problems; this may be all you need.

Home Cleaning: We have great cleaners for your home. You can also learn to create your own simple formulas from the links page. Castile soap, vinegar, baking soda, salt and essential oils will keep your home safer and healthier than any chemical product you can find.

Cookware: I recommend Stainless Steel or Corning Glass or Visions pans. Skillets: cast iron. Baking pans: stainless steel. I have used my Visions pans for 25 years now. I love them and will not switch to anything else….again there is a learning curve to proper heating. You need to store them properly (they can not nest together). NO non-stick cookware. Did you know that when the pan heats up it releases toxic gases which can cause cancer, organ failure and a slew of complications?

Lunches: Paper bags or a 100% cotton bag and waxed paper….maybe make it a competition on how long you can reuse that paper bag or the waxed paper bags (yes, these can be rinsed, dried and reused).

Plastic zip bags: Just can’t do without them? Wash them and reuse them. Less expensive and better for the environment.

Clothing: Cotton, Linen, Hemp, Bamboo, Silk….Your clothing should be a minimum of 65% cotton. Stop using polyester, rayon, nylon…these are chemically created.

We have products for whatever ailment you have also. Herbal healing is slow and gentle. Herbal healing will make you life better in the long-term. Can you say that about chemical laden products and chemically-created pharmaceutical products?

Even before you get the products you decide to order; you can start the process of cleansing your body system. Start weaning yourself from the chemical products immediately. Vinegar can be used as a scalp and skin cleansing and healing aid.