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No More Candles for Me!

I used to be a Yankee Candle hoarder. I admit it, I had every single scent there was and nothing made me happier than taking a trip to MA to visit their flagship store. At the time, I had no idea that candles were so bad for you. They’re made from harmful paraffin wax which creates highly toxic benzene and toluene when burned. Both of these chemicals are known carcinogens. In fact, the toxins released from paraffin candles are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes. And don’t even get me started on the nasty chemicals in the fragrances they use. Yuck!!

I was sad to give up all those lovely scents so I set out to find an alternative. That’s when essential oil diffusers came into my life. Not only am I still able to enjoy all those fall scents I love (hello Pumpkin Spice and mulled cider!), I’m also making the air my family breathes healthier! Score!! When it’s time to sleep, I add some lavender or vetiver. When I need energy to clean the house, I add a few drops of lemon and peppermint. When it’s time to concentrate on writing a difficult knitting pattern, I add some Frankincense. Cold and flu season, no problem, just add some eucalyptus or Thieves blend to the diffuser.

And did I mention how much money I’m saving by giving up my candles and diffusing pure, all natural oils from plants? To burn a small Yankee Candle for 20-30 hours, the cost is $11. To diffuse a spiced cider and donut blend, the cost is just $3.84 for 24 hours plus there are a million health benefits for you and your loved ones!!

If you’re interested in having your own wholesale account with Young Living, I’d love to have you join me! They have awesome 50% off prices for memberships- just $160 for a starter kit which includes a top of the line diffuser and 12 bottles of pure essential oils plus samples and a lifetime of 24% off everything in their store! You never have to buy a thing if you don’t want to- no catches- no tricks. You have my word.

Here’s the link to buy your kit: wholesale membership

By the way, here is a list of all the nasty things I’ve ditched altogether or replaced since starting my oily journey three years ago. Most of these were possible with just the 12 essential oils from my starter kit:

Colgate toothpaste

Dove bar soap


Pantene shampoo

Pantene conditioner

Eucerin body lotion

Oil of Olay face lotion

Baby Oil

Maybelline makeup remover

Bare Minerals makeup

Yankee Candles

Yankee Candle wax tarts

Glade Plug-Ins

Bounce dryer sheets







Pine Sol

Tide stain stick

Vegetable oil

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