If there’s one thing in today’s dizzying, product- saturated market that makes us all cringe, it’s LABELING! Let’s be honest. We all know we are being bamboozled by marketing to some degree, but we have no idea just how far down the river all these false claims have sold us.

food labelsIt’s pretty easy with food. If a food label has to claim that it’s “healthy,” then it’s probably not. In fact, the healthiest foods have no labels at all. You can find them in the produce section, and if you’re reeeeally lucky, they will be grown without pesticides.

But what about all that other stuff? You know, the things we wash our hair, clothes, body, hands and faces with? And slather all over our skin as moisturizers, makeup, sunscreens and bug spray? How do we decipher all naturalthose products claims? I mean, a bottle of shampoo may claim to be All Natural, but the top three ingredients are petro-chemicals. What’s so natural about that? The fact is, there are ZERO federal regulations to define the term “Natural.” Bottom line: if you see “Natural” on your label, chances are it’s anything but.

organicHow about “Organic?” Americans have a love affair with organic. The word alone conjures up images of plump, shiny vegetables in glorious neat little stacks at Whole Foods. Some of us know that the USDA Organic label is the real deal- but when it comes to cosmetics, it ONLY applies to those ingredients which are organic. 99.9% of your face lotion can be laboratory-produced, toxic organic 2chemicals, but as long as the one agricultural ingredient, say almond oil, is organic, the entire bottle earns an organic label. Tricky! But what about all those other organic labels- the ones that don’t say USDA? Those are the organic chemist’s slight-of-hand. By definition, anything composed of a carbon compound is technically “organic,” so if someone can manufacture chemical ingredients using carbon, it earns the “organic” label award. By the way, Carbon Monoxide is a carbon compound. Just sayin’

Cruelty-free is probably the cruelest lie of all. While this has little to do with living chem-free, it is something that we, as eco-conscious consumers, certainly take into account! Again, one would assume that a label like, “No Animal Testing” means the ingredients have not been tested on animals. What is really means is that, although the cosmetic company itself may not use animal testing, it may use ingredients that other laboratories have indeed tested on animals.

For information about what’s in your bathroom, check out the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

The fact is, cosmetics are among the least-regulated products on the market today. And it’s a $40 billion industry in which anything goes. Your wellness is the least of their concern. So why would you trust your and your family’s health to such negligent, corporate greed?

Take the health of your family and home into your own hands. It’s time for you to KNOW what you are putting on your body and into your lungs via cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and household products. The best way to get started is with Young Living Essential Oils. Purchase your Starter Kit and start living clean today.