Ditch the Bronchial Irritants & Breathe Happier w/the Bohemi Babes – Episode 10

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I don't know about you, but when I hear that Febreze commercial using the slogan “breathe happier,” I tend to get all worked up over it. It is impossible to “breathe happier” when you are breathing in toxins, allergens, and bronchial irritants, all of which are ingredients in Febreze room sprays, candles, and other “air fresheners” sold on the market. I almost feel like all of these companies should be charged with false advertisement, for labeling their products “air fresheners”.

Febreze contains over 85 toxic ingredients, including bronchial irritants

It may seem like a harmless act, spraying an air freshener like Febreze, around your home, but instead of cleaning the air, these air fresheners are actually further polluting the air with toxins. Environmental Working Group did a study on over 20 cleaning supplies used in schools, and found that many of these products contained a large amount of toxic ingredients that are not disclosed on the product's ingredients list. Febreze (Air Effects – Hawaiian Aloha) contained the third highest amount of air contaminants, coming in at 89, only three of which were disclosed on the label. Some of the most toxic ingredients are bronchial irritants (for a product that you are supposed to breathe in) that cause serious allergic reactions, asthma, migraines, cancer, and more! According to the EWG, these are the worst offenders on the list and some of their many causes, but there are many more!

  • BHT – Neurotoxicity, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards, Biochemical or cellular level changes
  • ACETALDEHYDE – Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards
  • FRAGRANCE – Neurotoxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Miscellaneous
  • PROPYLENE GLYCOL – Cancer, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Enhanced skin absorption
  • 1,3-DICHLORO-2-PROPANOL – Cancer, Violations, restrictions & warnings, Occupational hazards

Ditch the Bronchial Irritants and Breathe Happier w/the Bohemi Babes
Episode 10 (11/5/15)

You don't need Febreze to freshen your air, DIY using essential oils

I used to be one of those Febreze lovers too. I truly enjoyed making my air smell delightful, but I had no clue why I was always getting migraines when I used these products. After becoming an aromatherapist, I began learning more about the amazing ways that essential oils clean the air, and was beyond stoked to realize just how easy it is to make all my favorite scented air fresheners myself! On this episode we'll be learning the many ways that you can freshen your air, including how to DIY  Room & Linen Sprays (Fall/Winter & Spring/Summer editions), using aromatherapy diffusers, wax melts, stove-top potpourri, dried herb potpourri, and even making your own soy wax candles using recycled glass jars! (see below for recipe)

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DIY Oranges & Clove Soy Wax Candles

One of my favorite holiday scents to diffuse throughout my entire home, is oranges and clove! I can't help but love adding it to pretty much everything I make during this season, candles included! As one of my favorite gifts to give to others too, these candles can easily be decorated, while they're  cooling, with herbs, petals, and even small rocks and crystals!



  1. Using a double boiler (or a glass bowl or pyrex dish over a pan of water), melt wax. Once melted, remove from heat.
  2. Add essential oils, stirring well. Pour wax into jars, leaving a small amount of room at the top.
  3. Place wick in the candle and keep in place, using chopsticks and/or a butter knife. You can also use a small amount of hot glue to glue the wick to the bottom, before pouring wax.
  4. If adding herbs or other decoratives to your candle, wait until at least halfway cooled, so that they don't sink to the bottom. I like to add some at each stage of cooling, so that the candle has herbs all throughout!
  5. Once candle is completely cool, trim wick with scissors to a 1/2 inch in length.

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