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Why I Chose Young Living Essential Oils

Why I chose Young Living Essential Oils Jessica Torok Member #3364950

When I decided to incorporate essential oils into my family’s life to increase our overall wellness, my number one priority was to find an essential oil company that offered pure essential oils, rather than oils with fillers and synthetics. 

While researching different brands, I ended up falling in love with Young Living. There are many reasons why this happened, and I would love to share those reasons with you.

Seed to Seal Guarantee.

It is vital to me that the essential oils I use in my home and on my family are pure essential oils.

Why does this matter? Because all essential oils are not created equal. If you want to use essential oils for your overall health and wellness, then you want to be sure those oils do not contain synthetic ingredients. 

Currently, there are no regulations on how essential oils are labeled. This means that any company can label their oils as pure, organic, or natural, even though they still contain synthetic fillers. They may still smell pleasant, but you may not get any therapeutic benefits and they may actually be more harmful than good!

I wanted to find a company I could trust to be honest and transparent about where their oils come from and how they are distilled. I found out that Young Living has an amazing process called Seed to Seal. This is one of the main reasons Young Living won me over. You can visit for more in depth information, but here are the basics right from the Seed to Seal website:


Seed: To make the best, we start with the best seeds and botanicals that have been evaluated for their essential oil-producing potential.

Cultivate: Young Living farms, located around the globe, are dedicated to perfecting our responsible and sustainable growing and harvesting methods.  Our experts travel the world visiting our co-op farms to verify that their growing and cultivating processes match our high standards.  These operations provide an ongoing source for essential oils that meet Young Living’s demanding quality standards.

Distill: Combining ancient and modern techniques, Young Living is recognized as an innovator in essential oil distillation.  We use a gentle, proprietary technique for steam extracting essential oils and preserving their precious constituents.  We use cold pressing and resin tapping methods for select oils.

Test: Young Living never accepts diluted, cut, or adulterated oils.  To guarantee consistent, verifiable quality, our oils are tested in Young Living’s own internal labs, as well as in third-party facilities.  Our testing methods ensure our oils meet stringent specifications, exceed international standards, and contain the optimal levels of natural bioactive compounds.

Seal: Young Living completes the Seed to Seal process in its 107,000-square-foot facility in Spanish Fork, Utah. Using state-of-the-art equipment, each essential oil is carefully bottled and labeled. Our carefully bottled, painstakingly produced essential oils are shipped to members worldwide.

Young Living has been in business for OVER 20 years.

This obviously speaks volumes to quality of Young Living’s essential oils.

The Young Living Community is amazing. 

I learned that when you join Young Living as a member, you are joining an amazing community of people. It is such a positive environment, and I am so happy to be part of it. 

The team that I am part of has a private Facebook group to ask and answer questions and talk about oils. It has been extremely helpful, and I am so thankful for it. When you join Young Living as a member, you automatically become part of a great team that will help you get started on your oily journey.

Being a member and getting wholesale prices is EASY with literally no strings attached.

You can either chooser to be a retail customer or a wholesale member. If you are a wholesale member, you get wholesale prices of 24% off of retail prices.

If you become a member, you do not need to sell oils and you do not have a monthly purchase requirement. You only need to purchase 50pv (just about $50) per calendar year to keep your wholesale membership.

Whether you are a retail customer or a member, the person who enrolls you will help you each step of the way on your new journey with essential oils. This was a huge selling point for me, because I wanted to be part of a helpful community. I couldn’t get that by purchasing an essential oils at my grocery store or off of Amazon. And this is true even if you are not interested in selling!


When I joined, I decided that I couldn’t pass up the great value of the Premium Starter Kit, because it included:

  • Dewdrop Diffuser (you can also upgrade the diffuser. I chose the Dewdrop and have been extremely happy with it).
  • Premium Essential Oils Collection;
    • Lavender 5-ml
    • Peppermint 5-ml
    • Lemon 5-ml
    • Copaiba 5-ml
    • Frankincense 5-ml
    • Thieves® 5-ml
    • Purification® 5-ml
    • R.C.™ 5-ml
    • DiGize™ 5-ml
    • PanAway® 5-ml
  • Stress Away™ 5-ml
  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • 10 Sample Packets
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
  • 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • Essential Oil Magazine
  • Essential EdgeMember Resources

One side note to mention: one or more of the following essential oils may be substituted in the event of sourcing constraints or supply considerations: AromaEase™, Citrus Fresh™, Lemongrass, Orange and Tea Tree.

If you want more information or have any questions, feel free to send me an email at or if you are interested in either becoming a retail or member, you can sign up here and place your order! If you want to be sure you are on my team, double check that my member number, 3364950, is listed as your enroller and sponsor. 


The KonMari Method of Tidying Up: My Experience – Part One

I recently purchased Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” after hearing so many people swear by her method. I love that its premise is decluttering unnecessary things, because I think I may be a secret minimalist in a hoarder’s body.


I can’t tell you how many times I have bookmarked or pinned articles on different techniques on how to declutter a room, a drawer, my life. I may also have a few episodes of Tiny House saved on my DVR. The minimalist lifestyle is something that I am curious about, because my life has become the complete opposite. I have donated bags and bags of items, but my home is still filled with so much stuff. I can’t seem to get rid of the clutter for good, so naturally this book is right up my alley.

I thought it would be fun to write a 3-part series on my experience with the KonMari method, since I am clearly her target market. The final post will be my review of the book and her process, and if it really worked for me. I’d love for anyone to try this method as well, right along with me.

Let’s get into what this method is all about. I really recommend buying or borrowing the book, because it really needs to be read in order to grasp the entire scope of the method, why it works, and how it can benefit you.

What is the KonMari Method & How is it Different?

The KonMari Method differs from other ways of decluttering and tidying in two major ways. First, rather than decluttering a little at a time, day by day, Kondo’s method involves making it a major event, so you never have to do it again. She states that all of her clients who have successfully completed her course have never reverted back to clutter again. 

According to her, this is because decluttering a little at a time does not give you a change of mindset. You simply do not see the results needed for a permanent change. When you make it a major event and do it all at once, you will see instant results. You have a distinct view of the before and of the after. 

The major theme of the book is that you need to change your habits, and in order to do so, you need to change your way of thinking. This major overhaul, all-in-one-shot moment, is the reason this change of mindset happens while using her method.

Secondly, rather than decluttering room by room, Kondo recommends cleaning by category in a particular order: clothing, books, papers, miscellaneous items, and finally, sentimental items.

Part two of the series will focus more on the discarding part of this journey. Have you tried the KonMari method? Has it worked for you? If you are following along and plan on doing this yourself, let me know in the comments!


Make Your Bedroom Feel Like Luxury: 5 Easy Steps

Every time I sleep in a hotel room I get an amazing nights sleep, and I am sure most of you can say the same. There is something calming about being at a nice hotel, but there is not a reason why we can’t have the same luxury feel in our own bedroom.

Your bedroom should be a getaway – a place where you can escape from the world, relax and unwind from the day. There are five simple ways you can make your bedroom feel like a luxury hotel room without breaking the bank.

1) Floor to Ceiling Window Treatments: You would be amazed what a difference a few inches makes when you change out your old window treatments for floor to ceiling length ones. They make your room appear larger than it really is, and they also add a luxurious feel to the room at the same time.

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2) Invest in a Bedding Set: If there is one thing you should invest in for your bedroom, it would be your bedding set. Invest in high thread count sheets, a luxuriously soft comforter, and comfortable pillows. Add some oversized throw pillows on top of your bed and you have a five star hotel quality sanctuary.

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3) Create a Focal Point with a Headboard: Every luxurious bedroom needs a focal point. One of the easiest ways to do this is with a headboard. Think deep wood tones or soft tufted fabric. Low on cash? Try being creative and creating your own headboard.

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4) Adjust the Lighting: Nothing takes luxury out of a bedroom faster than harsh, bright lighting. Try adding different layers of light. You can do this by adding extra lamps in your room with different watt bulbs. You can also install a dimmer switch in your bedroom for a relatively low cost as well.

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5) Create a Cozy Seating Area: Even those with a smaller space should carve out a little nook for a seating area in their bedroom. Add a chair or two, and a nice soft throw blanket for a spot to drink your morning coffee, read a book, or just relax.

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What ideas do you have for making your bedroom more luxurious?

10 Must Read Tips From Top Designers

I love reading about interior design. I love writing about interior design. While I do know a thing or two about decorating, and all my articles on decorating are thoroughly researched, I am far from an interior designer.  I am just an incredibly passionate hobbyist. Top designers spend years in school and internships before they call themselves a professional interior designer. This being said, they really know their stuff. I love reading their thoughts and opinions about design.

I just read an article in the most recent issue of House Beautiful, “101 Designer Secrets.” Four pages of quotes from top designers about their biggest tips on decorating- um hello, this is my Christmas.

Here are 10 of my favorites:

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with any of the above statements? What are your favorite tips?

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