DIY Chemical Free Shaving Cream

Are you on a quest to eliminate chemicals out of your home? You have found the perfect recipe for a chemical free shaving cream! It is easy to make, smells amazing, and works like a charm! 

DIY Shaving Cream Young Living

Grab the following ingredients: 

1 foaming soap dispenser (I used a leftover one I cleaned out and repurposed)
½ cup liquid castile soap (I love the almond scent! You can find it at Sprouts or on Amazon)
¼ cup warm water
¼ cup pure aloe vera (gel or juice)
½ teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable glycerin
1 Tablespoon Vitamin E oil (or coconut oil)
5 drops YL Lavender essential Oil
5 drops YL Melrose Essential Oil

Dissolve the salt in the warm water, and then blend all of the remaining ingredients together. Put in a foaming dispenser, and voila! Easy peasy! Just give it a little shake before you pump!

I occasionally use this as my body wash too! 

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DIY Thieves Hand Purifier

In an effort to live a chemical free lifestyle, I am excited to have a Thieves Hand Purifier recipe!  It only uses Aloe Vera, Vitamin E oil (or liquid coconut oil), and my Young Living Thieves Essential Oil!  I have always enjoyed diffusing Thieves – even before I even knew it had amazing immune-boosting qualities!


DIY Thieves Hand Purifier 

2 1/2 T. Aloe Vera Gel
2 T. water
1/8 tsp. Vitamin E oil (or coconut oil)
5 drops Thieves Essential Oil

 Mix all ingredients together. Add more or less water to reach your desired consistency. I re-purposed a little spray bottle, but you can find them on Amazon or the travel section at most stores! 

Young Living also has their own purifier if DIY isn’t your thing! (Check out how to Become a Member to get the wholesale pricing!)

Hand Purifier Young Living

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DIY Summer Lotion

I am so excited to have a Summer Lotion that keeps my red headed fair skinned babies safe during the summer — and even better — doesn’t cause hives on my babies like the store brands.  A friend shared her Summer Lotion with me one day at a playground and I got to test it out before making my own!! You may also want to test anything on yourself before putting it on your babies and sending them into the sun!

 DIY summer lotion


I ordered most of these ingredients from

-1 ounce Sesame Oil
-1 ounce beeswax (adds waterproof properties)
-1 ounce mango butter (from!)
-1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
-0.36 ounces zinc oxide powder (also from Amazon!)
-30 drops Young Living Carrot Seed Essential Oil
- 15 drops Young Living Lavender Essential Oil


1. In a double boiler, over low heat, melt the oils, beeswax, and butter. (I don’t have a double boiler so I made my own! Be careful!)

2. Remove from the burner and add the vitamin E oil, zinc oxide powder, and essential oils. Note: Wear a mask when working with zinc oxide. (Although it has not been proven harmful when used topically, inhaling the substance can be dangerous.) Stir until mixed well.

3. Pour into a push-up dispenser (I repurposed a lip balm tube and poured the rest into a little container).  This recipe will be very thick – it is perfect or repurposing deodorant tubes too!

4. Allow to cool and harden then you’re ready to try it! When we are outside, I apply this every 30-40 minutes. But that is just me! It is great in the pool but I’d rather over-apply than regret not putting more on the kiddos!

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Oily Summer Sides & Snacks

Lemon Fruit Dip & Lime Salsa

Need an easy dessert or side for a summer party?! Try this Lemon Fruit Dip and Lime Salsa!! The two easiest snacks I’ve ever taken to a party! Also check out my Strawberry & Orange Moscato!

young living lemon lime

Lemon Fruit Dip

You need:

8 oz vanilla yogurt

1 tsp vanilla

1 Tbsp honey

5 drops Young Living Lemon Essential Oil

Blend until creamy. Serve with fresh organic fruit!


Lime Salsa

You need:

1 jar of salsa

5 drops of Lime

Mix lime into salsa! Serve chilled with your favorite chips. YUM!

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Poo-Pourri? What?!?

This is my most embarrassing. post. ever. But — when you are excited and find something that works, how can you not share?!?

 poo pourri essential oils

So have you heard about the new poo-pourri craze? I thought it was crazy, but then I made it, put it in the bathroom for testing, and I can’t believe it works!

Basically, you make a spray bottle of water and essential oils, spritz it in the toilet bowl before you….need it….and then just enjoy the scent of essential oils! Here is how it works:

 poo pourri

Here is what you need:

Empty spray bottle
30 drops of Young Living Essential Oil
1 tsp. rubbing alcohol
Pinch of Epsom Salt

First, I put the rubbing alcohol and a pinch of Epsom Salt in the bottom of the spray bottle. Then I add my essential oils.  Feel free to change it up and use different combinations together! Then I filled with water and put on the lid. To use it, just shake and spritz 4-5 times into the water and you’re ready!

It works so well that I will make one for each bathroom! And my newly potty trained toddler loves spritzing it and then washing his hands after going potty with our chemical free foaming hand soap!

New to essential oils? Learn how I became KindaKrunchy and my other chemical free recipes!

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Handmade Leather Diffuser Bracelets!

I have a new favorite way to enjoy my Young Living Essential Oils — by wearing them on my leather bracelet! I just drop a couple drops of my Stress Away or Joy essential oils into the inside of the bracelet and I get to enjoy the benefits of the oil for days! leather diffuser bracelet

My long time (15+ years!!) family friend, Christina, and her husband, Mark, design and create these beautiful leather bracelets.

leather diffuser bracelets

Visit them at AshcraftCreative for more information about their handmade items!  They even have an Etsy shop on the way and take custom orders!

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October Promo is here!

Young Living gives away free oils when the Point Value of your retail or wholesale order is 190 PV or greater! Check out the freebies for October 2014! This month I will definitely get the promotion because:

1) I want to diffuse these autumn favorites so my house smells amazing this Fall!

2) How easy it is to try new oils when they are free?!

Here is October’s promotion:

Young Living October 2014 promo


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DIY Essential Oils Carrying Case

Since I started using the essential oils from my Premium Starter Kit at home, I have realized that I need them with me in my diaper bag or purse when I am out and about! I tried just throwing them in a zipper pocket on my diaper bag and even a plastic zipper baggie. Then I started searching for an oily zipper pouch – but I decided to embellish one I have before spending money on a case! So I dug through my stash of little zipper pouches and found this perfect black pouch!  All I did was sew elastic to the inside to hold the bottles in place like this:

 DIY Essential Oils Carrying Case kindakrunchydotnet

The best thing about my black pouch is that I can pull out the lining!  If you are going to add elastic to a makeup bag you already have, it would be best for the lining to come out.  I pulled the lining out, measured how much elastic would be needed to hold different sizes of bottles, then pinned the elastic like this:

 essential oils carrying case diy

Yes, black elastic would look much classier but this is what I had on hand AND it makes it easier for you to see! Win/win! After you have your elastic sewn on, stuff the lining back into your case and BAM! You are ready to take your oils with you wherever you go!

 diy essential oils carrying case

Which oils do I keep in my case?

Well, it depends on where I’m going and what oils I’ve been using on my kids at home that day!  But the oils I usually grab are Thieves (roller bottle), Purification, Lavender, Di-Gize (roller bottle), PanAway, and my favorite – Stress Away!

New to oils?  Feel free to browse my blog, read my KindaKrunchy journey, and learn how and why I became a Young Living member.


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Stress Away Bath Salts

Oh how I love the sweet smelling vanilla scent of Stress Away! When things get hectic — or when I just want to smell it — I rub it on my wrists and temples! Young Living must know that it is a favorite because it is the bonus oil in our Premium Starter Kit!!

After I ordered my kit I knew I had Stress Away but I didn’t pop it open for weeks. I was so busy oiling my babies that I didn’t really look into anything for me!  But now I can’t believe I waited so long to open it! And PanAway! Another favorite for Mamas, but more on that oil later! :-)

And if you want to relax with a nice Stress Away Salt Bath, try this recipe:

Young Living Stress Away Bath SaltsIn a glass bowl mix together 1/4 cup Epsom Salts and 5 drops of Young Living Stress Away Essential Oil! Place the bowl under warm running water and enjoy! Be sure to drink plenty of water before and after your soak since the salts are detoxifying!

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Air Fresheners…Friend or Foe?

I love good smelling things but first lets get some facts straight! Synthetic fragrances from plug-ins and other various scented smelly things really do nothing to freshen the air. In fact, they are toxic and make people like me feel crummy. But they can do so much worse than that!

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most store-bought air fresheners consist of formaldehyde, petrochemicals, p-dichlorobenzene and aerosol pollutants [source: EPA]. The agency’s “Indoor Guide to Air Quality” also notes that air fresheners “release pollutants more or less continuously [source: EPA].

One of the active ingredients in mothballs, 1,4 dichlorobenzene, also is present in many air fresheners. The EPA’s air quality guide lists this chemical as toxic since its vapors can affect respiratory function. Likewise, the U.S. National Institute of Health Sciences reported that the chemicals in air fresheners can reduce lung capacity and may hasten respiratory diseases [source: ScienceDaily].

Clearly these products do NOT belong around small children, much less in homes! If you really want to freshen the air and make your house smell good, consider using a diffuser to diffuse 100% pure essential oils instead. Many teachers diffuse Young Living oils in their classrooms, which the students love! It helps increase concentration while purifying the air. Unlike synthetic fragrance, essential oils are safe for asthmatics and are known to improve respiratory function.

Want to learn more about Young Living Essential Oils? Browse around my blog!


This is the diffuser I have and it came with the Premium Starter Kit I use with my family. It has been amazing to use at home! I just pour some filtered water into it, add a few drops of the oil I need and turn it on!

You can find out more about the toxicity in air fresheners from these articles:

How Air Fresheners Are Killing You

The dangers of indoor chemical pollution

Are air fresheners bad for your health?

-Post from FB wall of Alyssa Francis

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