EssentialOilsAs many of you know, I smell good.  That’s because I use essential oils daily, whenever I teach.  And the essential oils that I have been using for over 5 years come from a company called Young Living.Several months ago, I was browsing the Young Living website looking for a face cream to order. I noticed that one of the creams had mink oil as an ingredient. There must be mistake, I thought. Young Living would never use mink oil – They are too environmentally conscious and cruelty-free for that.

However, when I called customer service, they indeed confirmed that there was mink oil in that cream.  I was reassured that the founder of the company had already reviewed the use of mink oil, and that the minks were euthanized humanely.  Like dogs at the pound, they said.

This did not sit well with me.  But I sat with it a long time.  And finally, sadly, I decided that Young Living was no longer a good fit for me. Some of you may know that my Mother is a long-time animal rights activist and participates in peaceful fur protests regularly.

Happily, several of my MELT friends were already involved in an essential oil company called Doterra.  The more I learned more about this up-and-coming company, the more impressed I became.  They don’t test on animals and most of their products are vegan.  They are even working on eliminating the animal-based gelatin capsules in some of their nutritional supplements.  I find their diligence in this matter very comforting.

And of course, their oils are superb.  I’m in love with the Wild Orange oil, which makes my mouth water like a ripe orange being peeled, and the Serenity blend, with its hint of vanilla.

There are many other small reasons for liking Doterra  – the bottles are easier to see through so you know when the oil is finished, the selection is smaller and less overwhelming, the website is easier to use – but the big reason is that I can rest easy that no little furry creatures had to be sacrificed for my face cream.

I hope you’ll give Doterra a try as well.  I invite you to browse my new website and let me know what you think.