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Posted by Isabelle Louis XVI on Wednesday, May 10, 2017
  • Harsh and Toxic chemical overload

    Is it possible to embrace technology, while maintaining a sustainable way of life?
    What is the life of our future generations going to look like?
    What are the repercussions of our actions today on their futures?

    Did you know that native Americans always asked themselves this question before making a move? In fact, he was still wondering what impact their actions would have on the next 7 generations to come. What will be the impact of my gesture today on my children, my grandchildren, my great grandchildren, etc …  – Origins 

    In the United States alone, we produce 74 billion pounds of synthetic chemical PER DAY. That’s 250 lbs / person / day. And that does not include pharmaceuticals, pesticides, fuel and food preservatives. Would you like to explain what we are doing ???? The worst part of all this is that the majority of these chemical molecules have never been tested to verify their safety. We eat them in small quantities every day, we apply them on our skin, we breathe them, we sleep in them, we literally swim in it …

    Did you know that about 287 chemical components were discovered in the umbilical cord blood of a nascent baby? -Origins

    Did you know that the polluted air of China, the smog of China takes about 7 days to make it over our houses? NASA has made this observation thanks to their satellite. -Origins

     In only 2-3 generation, we completely dissociated from the planet. We were created by nature, we are an integral part of nature, but in recent years we have moved away from and dissociated ourselves from it and from the way we are supposed to live. Instead of living in harmony with our planet and nature, we have become predators and it is quite possible that soon, if we do not reflect on how we act and do not change our way of life, we will become parasites For our planet.

    Let’s try to understand what’s going on. In 2017, people no longer have the vivacity of yesterday, they are stressed, tired, obese, infertile, sick.

    Of all these chemicals that are created every day, many of them are known for their adverse effects on our health. They can be irritating, cause allergenic reactions, some are endocrine disruptors, others damage and affect the functioning of the mitochondria, there are even that are potential carcinogens. The residues of these chemicals that are often found in our sewers also have an impact on terrestrial, aquatic wildlife and on the quality of our drinking water. There is a very large chain of reactions following the use of these products.

    Here is a list of the chemicals most used and known. I hope this information will lead you to reflect on your actions and your future purchases. As I always say “Money talk” Express yourself when shopping, choose products that are less harmful and less toxic to you and the environment. This sends a clear and direct message to the industry. This is the best way to tell them that we do not want this kind of product and they will have to adjust to our demands and do better. It is always possible to do better.

    When we don’t succeed in life, it’s not because of the lack of resources, it’s your lack of RESOURCEFULNESS that stops you.  -Tony Robbins

    And most importantly, learn to read the labels when you buy a product.

    Suppose I asked you to close your eyes and that I was going to give you something to eat. I do not tell you what it is, but I inform you that it is possibly poison, would you let me do it? Of course not. Well that’s exactly what you do every time you put in your grocery cart products you do not have a clue what they contain. Today I will help you to demystify all this.



    BHA and BHT

    These are synthetic antioxidants, they help ensure that oils do not rancid too quickly. They are used as preservatives. They are suspected of interfering with hormonal functions, being carcinogenic (BHA) and being harmful to fish and wildlife.

    The state of California requires that warning labels on products containing BHA, tell consumers that this ingredient can cause cancer.

    It includes: Moisturizing products, make-up, lipstick, chips, vegetable oils, nut butters, chewing gum


    What is an Endocrine Disruptor: These are chemical substances of synthetic origin and very rarely of natural origin, which can interfere with the functioning of our hormonal system. They can have a detrimental effect on the communication power of our hormones. Even a minimal amount, but with prolonged use, may suffice to disrupt your hormonal system and affect your health and reproductive system.

    It is often referred to as Xeno-estrogen. Xeno means: Stranger. They are found regularly in our beauty products. Do not confuse Xeno-estrogen which usually comes from petroleum derivative or synthetic molecule and Phytoestrogens which are a natural molecule derived from plants. It will certainly be another topic.

    Here are some examples of endocrine disruptor: BPA, BHA, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIETHYL PHTHALATE, OXYBENZONE, PARABENS, PHATALATES, TRICLOSAN. This list is unfortunately not exhaustive: it is highly probable that as new studies appear, new endocrine disruptors will be discovered.



    It is a mineral oil jelly obtained from petroleum, it is a semi-solid mixture of hydrocarbon. The European Union classifies it in the section of carcinogens.

    It is used as a barrier to block skin moisture. It is found in several moisturizing products, some hair products (for shine), in lip balms, etc …

    Did you know that the second ingredient in the Glaxal Sensitive Skin Moisturizer recommended to me by my children’s pediatrician is Petrolatum, followed by Cetearyl alcohol (OK) and Parrafinum liquidum …. Super! -Me

    So I decided to make my own cream.


    Be on the lookout for P-PHENYLENEDIAMINE and the dyes identified by “CI” followed by five digits. Dyes starting with “CI 1 ….” are particularly to be avoided.

    They could be carcinogenic and contain heavy metals toxic to the brain. It is an allergenic too.

    Para-phenylenediamine is a dye derived from the coal tar used in some hair dyes, the darkest dyes contain more than the clear. Coal tar is recognized as a human carcinogen. Other colors are used in many cosmetic products.

    Formaldehyde Liberators

    These are preservatives that are widely used to kill microorganisms, or prevent their growth in products. They are used in a wide range of cosmetic products, such as hair colorations, nail polish, soaps and detergents, skin cleansers, industrial products, ink for photocopying. They are also used in dentistry and some vaccines.

    They slowly and continuously release small amounts of formaldehyde, a carcinogen.

    It would cause irritation of the skin and eyes and would be an allergy trigger.

    Here are some of their identifications: DMDM HYDANTOIN, DIAZOLIDINYL UREA, IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA, METHENAMINE, QUARTERNIUM-15, N-methylolchloracetamide, N-methylolethanolamine and


    The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies formaldehyde as a known carcinogen

    Sodium lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate

    Sodium lauryl sulfate is used as an emulsifier and detergent. It is found in foaming products such as shampoos, cleansers and bath products. It is an irritant to the skin, eyes and respiratory tract, it could cause allergies. In addition, it is toxic to aquatic organisms.

    Sodium Laureth sulfate is an ethyoxylated ingredient. Like PEGs, it can contain measurable amounts of 1,4-dioxane and is potentially carcinogenic.

    1,4-Dioxane is listed on the Critical Ingredient List for restricted or prohibited use in cosmetics. However, this list does not control the toxic ingredients as a contaminant.

    A contaminant is an ingredient that is found in a product by the result of an action. It is not intentionally added, but it is nevertheless present in the latter as a residue of production.

    The Parabens

    You have definitely already read about a product without the PARABEN.

    Parabens are preservatives that are less used nowadays but are still present.

    Parabens are naturally present in low concentrations in certain foods such as barley, strawberries, currants, vanilla, carrots and onions. However, those used in beauty products are synthetic forms, derived from petroleum. Parabens of food are metabolized when ingested, which makes them less strongly estrogenic. On the other hand, when applied to the skin, they are easily absorbed by the body and are considered disrupters of the endocrine system. They are found in body milk, shampoo, hair mask, lip balm, etc …

    In order to avoid them, choose a product with the inscription without paraben and without perfume / fragrance ***.

    Caution: “Without parabens” does not mean that there are no other potentially toxic preservatives.

    *** Since perfume recipes are considered trade secrets, manufacturers are not required to disclose the particular fragrance ingredients.

    Methylisothiazolinone & Methylchlorothiazolinone

    As a replacement for Paraben, producers regularly and increasingly use methylisothazolinone as a preservative. Several reports are beginning to demonstrate that this ingredients is highly allergenic and irritating to the skin. It is also found on the list of ingredients under the inscription MIT

    Watch this segment of the show the invoice of March 10, 2015. An enemy so close



    Phthalates are often used as a fixing agent. This type of molecule is particularly present in perfumes, nail polish and some styling products.

    Dibutyl phthalate is used as a plasticizer in nail products. It is considered toxic to reproduction and suspected of interfering with hormonal function (Endocrine Disruptor) It is also harmful to fish and wildlife.

    The best way to avoid phthalates in cosmetics is to use products in which the terms perfume and fragrance are not included in the list of ingredients or to use only products whose perfumes are 100% original Natural, such as essential oils.

    Caution 1: DIETHYL PHTHALATE is widely used in perfumes to fix and prolong their scent. In this case, it is not listed as an ingredient in the INCI list. Indeed, whatever their composition, the perfumes are all indicated on the INCI list under the same generic term: FRAGRANCE, which does not make it possible to know whether the perfume under consideration contains phthalates or not. Phthalates can therefore be present in your fragrance or in cosmetic creams (which are almost all perfumed) without it being visible on the INCI list of ingredients.

    Caution 2: As far as phthalates are concerned, it is necessary not only to consider the product. As with Bisphenol-A, there are real risks of migration of phthalates between the plastic of the container and its contents. It is therefore necessary to avoid all the products contained in a plastic of PVC type which is identified by a particular symbol: the number 3 in a recycling triangle. Until recently it was considered that a very common plastic called PET (polyethylene terephthalate) was not likely to release phthalates. However, a German study showed that the mineral water contained in PET plastic bottles contained much more phthalates than water contained in a glass bottle. As a precaution, I recommend you avoid any form of plastics.

    “Endocrine disruptors in bottled mineral water: total estrogenic burden and migration from plastic bottles” by Martin Wagner and Jörg Oehlmann, 2009. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19274472


    The Triclosan

    Triclosan is generally used as a preservative and antibacterial in anti-sudorific, toothpastes, cleansers and hand disinfectants. Triclosan can also be found in a wide range of household products, including garbage bags, toys, wipes, mattresses, toiletries, clothing, upholstery and paints.

    It is suspected to interfere with hormonal function and contribute to the resistance of certain bacteria to antibiotics. It is also harmful to fish and wildlife.


    Ingredients related to DEA


    Ingredients linked to DEA (diethanolamine) are used to make the cosmetics creamy or sparkling and adjust the pH, neutralizing the acidity of other ingredients. They are mainly found in creamy and foaming cosmetics such as soaps, makeup removers, shampoos and moisturizing products.

    MEA (monoethanolamine) and TEA (triethanolamine) are similar chemicals. Like DEA, these substances can react with other chemicals present in cosmetics to form carcinogenic nitrosamines. They are also harmful to fish and wildlife.


    It is found in baby wipes as a preservative.

    There is as yet no study showing an endocrine disruption effect per se, but an ANSM assessment has shown reproductive risks. A recommendation has been sent to the European Commission to ban this substance in products intended for children under 3 years of age (especially in baby wipes).

    Perfumes and Fragrances

    Mixing chemicals that can trigger allergies and asthma, some are associated with cancer and neon poisoning. Harmful to fish and wildlife.

    The fragrances are all indicated on the INCI list under the same generic term: FRAGRANCE, which does not make it possible to know whether the perfume under consideration contains phthalates or not. Phthalates can therefore be present in your fragrance or in cosmetic creams (which are almost all perfumed) without it being visible on the INCI list of ingredients.

    The PEG

    PEG (polyethylene glycols) are petroleum-based compounds (forms of plastics) widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and serves as a penetration multiplier allowing skin to absorb moisturizers more easily.

    PEGs generally serve as the basis for beauty creams. It may contain 1,4-dioxane, which is potentially carcinogenic.

    On the other hand, they are not very biodegradable.

    The Siloxanes – Dimethicone

    They are used in cosmetics to soften, smooth, moisten and texture.

    In fact, dimethicone forms a thin layer on top of the skin, like a Saran wrap film, which traps the hydration inwardly (in the skin). The problem is that the skin is not just an organ that absorbs, but it is also an organ that eliminates toxins, through sweating. It is therefore essential that she can sweat and breathe freely. Dimethicone intervenes in this process and prevents the skin from breathing normally.

    Cyclotetrasiloxane is considered an endocrine disruptor and potentially toxic for reproduction.

    Harmful to fish and wildlife.

    Silicones are very present in cosmetics (shampoo, creams, deodorants …)

    Alkylphenols: Methylphenols and Ethylpenols

    Emulsifiers: They may be present in certain body and hair cleansers, shaving foam, styling products, hair dyes, spermicides, etc.

    The toxic and endocrine disrupting effects of alkylphenols have been demonstrated by several scientific studies: malformations in the reproductive organs, reduction in the number of spermatozoa and disturbance of the balance of reproductive hormones. Interestingly, nonylphenol is an active ingredient in some spermicides

    Avoid all products containing NONYLPHENOL or NONOXYNOL

    UV radiation chemical filter: Benzophenone, oxybenzone.

    Present in sunscreens, some hair products (shampoos, day cream …) or nail varnish, these chemical molecules that filter the UV also have a disruptive effect on our endocrine system


    Studies have shown that these chemical filters mimic the action of female hormones, causing delays in puberty and disturbances in the development of reproductive organs.

    Screens in the form of nanoparticles are also problematic, thus promoting their transcutaneous penetration, these are suspected of being toxic to the organism.

    Alternatives, use products designed with mineral filters, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

    Aluminum and Aluminum Salts

    In certain classic and solar creams, it serves to facilitate the application on the skin and to make it as soft and pleasant as possible. Used in make-up, it improves the hold on the skin.

    Aluminum salts are also found in antiperspirants to control and limit sweating. Used as an antiperspirant, it prevents sweat from forming on the surface of the skin by tightening the pores, and therefore prevents the body from evacuating its toxins. This can lead to blocking the secretion channels of the sweat glands causing inflammatory reactions.

    Aluminum salts in food products processed as additives, preservatives or colorants are also found in certain drugs and vaccines as an adjuvant to enhance their action.

    It also has a strong irritating potential.

    Introduced into the body, aluminum can cause various pathologies such as Alzheimer’s disease or breast cancer to appear …


    I hope that you liked this post and that it help you understand a little more about harsh and toxic chemicals in our beauty product.

    My inspiration to write this post comes from these sites and from the documentary ORIGINS Our Roots. Our Planet. Our Future

    If you wish to learn more about this subject, I highly recommend these links:





    Study on effect of Phtalates and fertility in men


  • Young Living, it’s a way of life for a healthy living!

    Young living : Leader Mondiale In Essential Oils

    Young Living is not just an essential oil company.  It is a lifestyle.  It is a more natural and healthier approach for better health and a better quality of life.  It is a company that tremendously respects nature and people and it is one of the reasons why I am very happy to say that I am part of the great Young Living family. When you buy a product from Young Living, you can be sure that it will be a plant base, non toxic product that you can use confidently with the people that you love the most. 

    I don’t make a product for a profit.  I make it for a purpose.  Quote: D. Gary Young


    First, just become a MEMBER (It’s free and you get 24% off the retail price)

    You will need a minimum purchase of 50PV annually in order to retain your membership (it’s about $ 60.00 per year).

    Then you will have access to lots of information online, on the website and from me.  By joining my team, I will make sure to support you and help you in your journey with Wellness. 

    I will help you learn and find knowledge about essential oils and their wonderful properties.

    Click here if you want to join my Oily Tribe and  BECOME A MEMBER


    Unfortunately, the essential oils industry is not regulated and it is often profit that outweighs quality. Several essential oils are adulterated with synthetic molecules, others are even diluted in vegetable oils and sometimes even contaminated with pesticides and herbicides. There is no regulation that handles the use of natural and pure. It is therefore possible that you will find on the market Pure and Natural essential oils which are unfortunately not.

    I buy my oils from Young Living. They are the world leader in essential oils. When it comes to essential oils, Young Living sets standards of purity and authenticity. From start to finish, each stage is monitored by their unique Seed to Seal® process. This unparalleled commitment to quality means you can be assured that the essential oils and oil-infused products you use at home are safe


    SEED: Powerful and effective essential oils come from seeds and plants whose essential oil production potential is verified by Young Living specialists and supported by academic partners.

    CULTIVATE: Young Living Farms, located around the world (and even in Canada), are dedicated to developing the best methods of growth and harvesting. Our specialists also travel to visit our cooperative farms to see if their growing and growing processes meet high standards. These operations provide us with a continuous source of essential oils that meet the high standards of Young Living.

    DISTILL: Through the combination of ancient and modern production techniques, Young Living is recognized as an innovator in the distillation of essential oils. We use a soft and exclusive technique for steam extraction of essential oils. We also use cold pressing and gemmage methods.

    TEST: Young Living NEVER accepts diluted, cut or adulterated oils. To guarantee a constant quality, our oils are tested in Young Living’s internal laboratories as well as by third parties. We ensure that they meet our stringent specifications, exceed international standards and contain the most active natural bioactive compounds.

    SEAL: Young Living is running the Seed to Seal® process at its 107,000 square foot facility in Spanish Fork, Utah. Using state-of-the-art equipment, each essential oil is inserted into an amber glass protective bottle, ready to be shipped directly to members anywhere in the world. From home to home!

    Some of Young Living’s essential oils and products have been approved by Health Canada for their health benefits and include a natural health product number “NHP or NHP”

    What is an NHP? According to the Health Canada website, “Natural Health Products (NHPs) are natural substances used to restore or maintain good health. They are often made from plants, but they can also be made from animal microorganisms and marine sources. They are available in a wide variety of forms such as tablets, capsules, dyes, solutions, creams, ointments and drops. “

    How to register as a Member?  It’s easy as  Simply follow the steps below …

    1. Click the link below and follow the instruction.  


    The identifier should already be filled, but otherwise make sure that the 2 boxes are identified with the following member code 3106959 so that I can help you and guide you in the future. 

    2. Choose your country and your language of communication. (Yes, we ship worldwide!)

    3. Choose between Option 1 (Start with a  Premium Starter Kit), Option 2 (Start immediately with the Essential Reward Program) or Option 3 (continue registration without a Starter kit)

    Personally I think getting the Premium Starter Kit with the Dewdrop is the best deal if you are interested in learning more about essential oils.  You basically get a 50% discount when you purchase the Premium Starter kit. This kit comes with the 11 everyday oils, a diffuser of your choice, 2 Ningxia red Ninja power juice sample and other goodies…  If you are mostly interested in disposing of toxic cleaning products from your home, then I recommend the Premium Starter Kit with Thieves.  Thieves All Purpose Cleaner is my favorite!

    4. Fill out your contact information, including name, address, billing address, shipping address and other contact information. (You do not have to enter anything in the section: Commission Process Information, you can leave it blank if this doesn’t apply to you.) This section is only for people who wish to become an independent distributor for Young Living.  By opening a wholesale account, you have the option to sell the products if you wish, but the choice remain yours. You don’t have to sell or talk about Young Living if you don’t want to.  If you only open a wholesale account for your own personal use, you do not need to provide this information …

    5. Please agree that you have read the terms and conditions of Young Living Essential Oils’ membership agreement.

    Your account is now open and you can go and explore their website now.  You will receive an email from me within the next 24 to 48 hrs with lots of informations that will help you get started with your essential oils and your new purchase. In the meantime, I strongly suggest you go and explore the site. Take a look at Young Living University which is in the member resources.

    Configure and Adhere to the ESSENTIAL REWARD PROGRAM

    What is that and why would I want to do this?

    You will definitly want to have a look at this program if you like Young Living’s products and that you want to change your lifestyle for an healthier environment without toxic chemicals.

    Thanks to this program, I get my product at home each month, I never miss out on anything, I get free stuff (dont’ we all love freebies??) and I save a lot of money (between 10% to 25% additional discount).  

    By now, I have swap a lot of products in my home with YL products.  I am now using the entire Thieves cleaning product line,.  While I am making a lot of my own DIY products, I love the orange blossom face cleanser and must use the satin face scrub at least once a week, I also love the Savvy mineral makeup.

    For my monthly order, It’s always very easy for me to order.  I have a lot of choice: Thieves toothpaste (FLUORIDE-FREE), we take our NINGXIA RED shot every morning to maintain our health, Super C, Multigreen, Sulfurzyme  for supplementing my nutrition, new essential oils, hydrating cream, einkorn products, etc…. 

    Young Living has tons of essential oils infused products.  I am sure you will find your favorite.  They also have amazing bio available supplements, so if you are already taking vitamines, I suggest you make the switch to get more from your daily supplements. 

    It’s such a wonderful feeling when I get home to my Young Living order.  Even though I have been using and ordering since 2015, I am still excited and happy to receive my products.  My kids are also very happy about it. lol!

    But most of all, it makes me happy because I know this is a n excellent choice for my family.  

    It’s safe for my kids and my pets.

    Its a company that respect our Planet and give back to others and take amazing care of their staff.  One day I will talk to you about the Young Living Foundation and their amazing work to help put a stop to slavery and human trafficking.

    I am proud to be a Young Living Essential oils member and even thought I rejected the idea of becoming an Independent Distributor when I became a member, I know now that it was the best decision I have taken in my life, when I decided to make Young Living my business.  I have met incredible people during this journey and I know its only the beginning of something much bigger than I can imagine.


    You want to be part of it?  Join my tribe, lets connect, lets chat, lets talk and then you can decide if this is something for you.  From the bottom of my heart, I ask you not to make assumption about Network marketing.  I had pre-conceived ideas and I am glad that I took the time to listen and to verify what it was all about, because I would have missed out on something that make me really happy.

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    I would like to hear what you have to say.


    Isabelle Votre Amie Essentielle