Which Essential Oil Companies Should YOU Buy From? My surprising findings on my quest to find the best

I am most likely going to piss off some people with this post, but the information that I found was too good to keep to myself and keep you guys in the dark. As always, you should do your own research and question everything (even me!!). I ALMOST fell for the ploy. I got really excited because I felt like I was about to embark on a journey into the world of “top quality essential oils”. I thought that the lines I was being fed about these oils being “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade” (or “CPTG”), “100% pure therapeutic grade”, and “therapeutic quality” meant that these essential oils HAD TO BE THE BEST. I was about to find out that all of these descriptions meant nothing in the eyes of the FDA and the aromatherapy world; they were just that, descriptions.

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DIY Dishwasher Tablets For Hard or Soft Water

In our old house, I was utilizing castile soap in my dishwasher and always getting fantastic results. I had no clue that the difference in my water softness could make such a huge difference in how well some of my natural cleaning products worked. When we moved into our new home, my first load of dishes came out of the dishwasher covered in a white film. I was beyond disappointed.  At first, I had no idea what had happened, but after doing some reading, I found my problem. If you have really hard water, castile soap will turn the water cloudy, and consequently, will cause your glasses to come out cloudy too. I knew that now I needed to come up with a new dishwashing plan for hard water.

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Ban the Bugs With Essential Oils – DIY Bugs-B-Gone Candles & Spray

It seems to me, that every year I feel like the bugs come out bigger, badder, and stronger. Last year the grasshoppers ate my entire vegetable garden; but this year, I have plans to prevent any bug infestations from ruining any outdoor fun I want to have! I have created The Hippy Homemaker Bug-B-Gone candles and spray. The smell of this spray is absolutely wonderful and refreshing. We have even sprayed this spray on our picnic tables and blankets, to help keep the bugs off of our area. This spray works so well that I carry a bottle of it in my purse, just in case!

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Make Your Own Natural Citrus Softscrub For Your Sinks, Tubs, and Toilets!

I have a “friend” with a bathtub that is so gross, they didn't even want their name to be revealed out of embarrassment, but they did want me to find a great way to clean their bathtub (and sinks, toilets, etc.). I knew that they were looking for a soft scrub, so I got to work finding a recipe that would help to clean up all of the nastiness that was caked on the bathtub's floor. ¬†After a preliminary search of the internet, I found pretty much the same recipes everywhere that I went, and all of them combined both vinegar AND castile soap, and as I have been learning (from Lisa Bronner's blog), that is a big no-no.

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Have the SOFTEST Laundry Ever By Adding Homemade Softener Crystals to Your Wash

I was on the lookout to better my laundry soap recipe with something natural that softens my laundry while cleaning it. Look no further Hippy fans, I have found the answer! This new revelation has added so much softness to my laundry that I can't believe how easy it was! DIY Laundry Softener Crystals, made with only two ingredients; rock salt and essential oils!

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Make Your Own Holiday Gifts: Peppermint Laundry Soap in a Jar

Yep. I know it sounds crazy, but it's the gift that keeps on giving. Not only do you KNOW without a shadow of a doubt, that everyone needs laundry soap, you are giving them MUCH better homemade soap that is good for the environment and not toxic to you. Not only that, you can give them a little tag with the recipe on it, so that they can continue to make the soap long after they have used up your gift. Like I said, it's the gift that keeps on giving!

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Kill Germs & Boost Immunities With Medicine Woman Essential Oil Blend – a DIY Anti-Germ/Immune Essential Oil Blend

My goal this winter is to keep my family free of sickness. Honestly, I know just how epic that kind of statement is, and that I have slim chances of accomplishing this goal 100%, but I am serious about trying everything that I can to keep my family healthy and happy all the way through the winter. To do this, I am going to have to battle with my best foot forward. My secret weapon this year is my DIY “Thieves” oil alternative! This stuff is so amazing, I just couldn't wait to tell you guys about it! The story that goes along with it, is even more amazing.

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