Why I stopped burning toxic candles and started using Essential Oils…


We’ve all been there… that whiff of vanilla or ocean breeze… the scent caught your attention and made you feel all warm and fuzzy… yup, I loved a good scented candle! In fact, I LOVE candles. I’m not gonna lie. Their soft glow, the romantic feeling they invoke… I used to have candles burning constantly! That was until I found out exactly I was exposing myself, and my family to… those candles were filling my room with chemicals hidden behind those delicious birthday cake and pumpkin spice scents!

Now, not ALL candles are toxic. There are many ways to enjoy candles without exposing yourself and your loved ones to scary things like carcinogens or lead. I still have candles in my house but mostly turn to natural aromatic options like my beloved diffusers, but more on that later! 

The scary stuff…

Did you know that according to the FTC & the CPSC, there are absolutely no regulations or standards pertaining to candle manufacturing, and candle makers are accountable to no one, including the consumer?? Much alike Essential Oils, when there is nothing regulating what these companies are putting in their products, there is nothing stopping them from exposing your family to toxins, chemicals and who knows what else! KNOW your products folks!

LEAD – Lead can cause a whole host of negative health effects. Exposure to lead can cause an increase in blood pressure, an increased chance of having a heart attack or stroke, decrease in brain function, a decrease in kidney function (making it hard to get rid of toxic waste products through your urine!), it can harm the physical and mental development of your baby before it’s born and increase chances of having a miscarriage They took lead out of paint, now why is it still in our candles?

“According to a recent study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 40 percent of candles on the market contain lead wires inside their wicks. Most often, the candles with lead wicks are scented candles. Fragrance oils soften the wax, so the manufacturers use lead to make the wicks firmer. A candle with a lead-core wick releases five times the amount of lead considered hazardous for children and exceeds EPA pollution standards for outdoor air, says the CPSC. Exposure to high amounts of lead has been linked to hormone disruption, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and numerous health problems.”

PARAFFIN – Paraffin is a petroleum byproduct. Think, industrial waste. When it is heated it gives off a carcinogenic soot into the air. This soot is very irritating to our respiratory system and can aggravate a whole host of lung issues. If you or your kids have asthma, you do not want to be burning candles that contain paraffin! The soot can also accumulate in your house, appliances, and duct work!

In addition to lead and paraffin, candles can also cause low dose, long term exposures to the following:

  • Acetone: Known human respiratory irritant toxicant
  • Benzene: Human development toxicant, human reproductive toxicant (candles off-gas Benzene without even being lit!)
  • 2-Butanone: Known human respiratory toxicant
  • Cresol: Human skin toxicant or allergen
  • Chlorobenzene: Human Sensitizer toxicant or allergen
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Cyclopentene
  • Ethylbenzene
  • Mercury
  • Phenol: This one is really toxic, click the link to read about it
  • Styrene: This one is also really toxic, click link to read about it
  • Tetrachloroethene
  • Toluene: Persistent or bioaccumulative and moderate to high toxicity concern in humans
  • Trichloroethene
  • Trichloorfluromethane
  • Xylene: Click link to read about it


“Fragrance intensity has been proven to have an enormous influence at point-of-sale for consumers, as a result candle manufacturers are dumping increasing amounts of fragranced oils into their wax mixtures – some of these oils are not even suitable for combustion. Candle manufacturers are not compelled to list or disclose hazardous, toxic or carcinogenic compounds used as ingredients in their products and even more astounding – some will claim they don’t know what compounds are in their product.   A spokeswoman for the Federal Trade Commission said there are no restrictions or regulations governing the makers of aromatic candles.”

So what candles should you buy and what candles should you avoid? Glad you asked!


  • Really inexpensive candles, like the kind you would find at the dollar store. Also avoid brands like Febreeze and Glade. (note: apparently IKEA’s candles are all lead free)
  • Imported candles (anything “Made in China”)
  • Artificially scented candles and gel candles
  • Candles with a metal core wick

Okay To Use: 

Soy Candles: While I do not eat soy, it is okay in candles because it burns clean, with no harmful fumes. However, I am not a supporter of the GMO business, so I try to avoid anything soy….even candles. But, if it’s the choice between soy or paraffin, I’ll take the soy!

Beeswax Candles: Though beeswax can be high on the price point, they are totally worth the extra cash. Beeswax is just that: the wax from bees. Directly from the hive. No fillers. No chemicals. That’s IF you buy the right kind! Sadly, many of the “beeswax candles” found in stores are only part beeswax, and the rest is paraffin and other junk. So check your labels. You can buy beeswax online and make your own candles. HERE is my favorite way to buy it. Then you melt it down, add some essential oils and a cotton wick and you are set! Read more here: Benefits of Beeswax

Now, if you know me you already know this… my FAVORITE BY FAR and pretty much the way I incorporate aroma into my home is with my DIFFUSER using Essential Oils. The funny thing is now, when I smell artificial scents they almost immediately trigger a headache! My body went through a detox period where I had to get used to oils because I was SO used to artificial fragrances… now my body detoxed and can spot fake from a mile away! 

  • I can change the scent at any time I like! 
  • I can change the scent based on my mood and even achieve therapeutic benefits from the different oils
  • Speaking of the therapeutic benefits!! You don’t find ANY of those from candles or wax burners! I use oils in my diffuser for everything from headaches, to colds & flu, to deodorizing… the list goes on and on! 
  • When diffusing oils, you are also adding humidity to the air because they are diffused in water vapor. So it’s great to have the diffuser running in the cold winter months when the air is dry. Mine runs from morning til night all winter long!
  • They are completely safe for kids. No flame, means no fire hazard! If the diffuser gets knocked over, it turns off. When the water runs out, it automatically shuts off.

Young Living Home Diffuser

I only trust and use Young Living Essential Oils. They are the only company with a Seed to Seal guarantee that gives me the peace of mind that what is on the bottle, is in the bottle; nothing more nothing less. I KNOW what I’m getting every time. I have been using Young Living products for over three years now and have only grown to love them and their wellness benefits more and more. 

If you’d like to learn more about Essential Oils and how they can work for you and your loved ones, click on the link above under Essential Oils, click here or contact me any time! I would LOVE to share more of my story with you ♥

Maureen Dietz – Young Living Distributor/Member #2582537



*Information in this article was referenced from RealFoodRN 

Slow Cooker Sirloin Beef Tips

Alllll those yummy recipes we see on Facebook but never end up making… how many have you seen, shared, saved? Haha I’m guilty! I’m pretty sure I have about 100 links saved.

I decided a week ago I’m going to actually start making them! The broccoli cheddar stuffed chicken I made last week was great… but these Beef Tips… amazing!

Super easy and they turned out tender, full of flavor and were a definite winner with my husband. He told me to make sure I keep this recipe!

I used Top Sirloin cuts of meat, 2 steak cuts weighing about 2.25 lbs. Slightly less than the recipe called for, so I slightly adjusted the rest of the ingredients.

Here is the link I saved from Facebook:

Slow Cooker Sirloin Beef Tips

Young Living Vitality Oil Infused Caramelized Apple Banana Bread

Every time I have some bananas that have browned I say I’ll make some banana bread… and I always forget, because life. lol.

But tonight I had a craving for some. Then remembered I also had some NY McIntosh Apples that needed to be used, so I made up my own recipe based off of bits and pieces of recipes I’ve made in the past and voila!

I’ve also really enjoyed incorporating Young Living Vitality oils into my cooking and baking more and more and thought this would be a perfect opportunity!

Please keep in mind that it’s important you use only the best, therapeutic and FDA approved essential oils safe for consumption. I only trust Young Living’s Vitality line. If you’d like to try infusing your meals and goodies with essential oils give me a shout and I’ll help you get your hands on some!

For the Apples:

2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter

3 Tbsp packed Dark Brown Sugar

2 Medium Apples, peeled and diced

1 Drop of Cinnamon Bark EO

1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla

For the Banana Bread:

1-3/4 Cups Flour

3/4 Tsp Baking Soda

1/4 Tsp Salt

1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon

1/2 Cup White Sugar

1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar

2 Eggs

1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil

1/3 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce

3 Tbsp Milk

1 Tsp Vanilla

2 Large Bananas (mashed)

1 Drop of Cinnamon Bark Vitality EO

2 Drops of Nutmeg Vitality EO

2 Drops of Clove Vitality EO

To Make the Apples:

Preheat a medium skillet over medium-high heat.

Add the butter and brown sugar and heat until bubbling.

Add the apples and sauté until golden and tender, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the vanilla and Cinnamon Bark Vitality EO. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

To Make the Banana Bread:

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a loaf pan and set aside.

Mix together flour, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon and sugars.

In another bowl, combine eggs, oil, applesauce, milk, vanilla and essential oils.

Stir in banana and apple mixture until just combined. Do not over mix.

Pour batter into greased loaf pan and bake for about 1 hour or until a toothpick test comes out clean.

New Year, New Goals…

New Year, New Goals… Daily meditation and yoga 🧘🏼‍♀️ with Mastrante diffusing in the room.

Mastrante is a grounding and calming oil that promotes relaxation 💖 Bonus – It’s also great for your skin!

Meditation is HUGE for your physical and mental health wellness. Did you know that meditation can help lower stress, reverse the aging process, focus, process emotions, help memory, promote creativity, lower anxiety and so much more!

See my link to Essential Oils to get hooked up with some amazing oils to start your wellness journey with me and my team! #oilymamamo

Holiday Gift Ideas For Her Under $75

If you know me, you know I LOVE Christmas. Like borderline obsessed… ok, ok, full on obsessed!! The lights, the music, the way everyone becomes a little more gentle, a little more caring… My favorite time of the year!!

Not everyone can afford big, extravagant holidays. We are lucky that all our near 3 year old wants for Christmas is a $16 PJ Masks Cat Car, talk about easy kid!! Because I understand the value of a good budget, especially around the holidays, I decided to put together a little For Her Under $75 Gift Guide! Here are some great ideas for your Mum, your sister, your best friend…


Tranquil Essential Oil Roll-On

This little roller is heavenly!  Tranquil provides stress relief and relaxation in a convenient roll-on application. With a blend of Lavender, Cedarwood and Roman Chamomile this baby would be a great gift for someone who struggles with stress or trouble sleeping! Pair this roller with a warm throw blanket or cute sleep mask ❤

Wholesale: $28.75 US from Young Living



Christmas Car Appetizer Plates

How cute are these?! Do you know someone who switches up their dishes for the holidays? I do it! lol. And these little plates are a perfect addition to a holiday place setting and at a price you honestly can’t beat! Pair them with some cute napkins, holiday mugs (see below for those!) and these are a fun little gift everyone will love.

$16 for a Set of 4, ON SALE NOW at Pottery Barn


Holiday Mugs for a good cause!

These mugs shout with old fashioned Christmas charm. I want them all! Pottery Barn donates 50% of the purchase price of each of these mugs to the Give a Little Hope Campaign which benefits organizations that provide temporary and long-term housing for youth and families. These pair perfectly with the Christmas Car Plates above!

$9.50 US each for the Cheeky Deer or Snowman Mugs

$38.00 US for a Set of 4 Santa Shot Figural Mugs 



Lavender Essential Oil, 15ml

The Swiss Army Knife of essential oils. This amazing oil is a great beginner oil and can be used for relaxation, calming, sleep support, bath salts and sooooooo much more. Gift this with a fuzzy pair of socks or some cute pajamas and let your loved one experience just how amazing essential oils can be!

Wholesale: $23.50 US from Young Living 


macM.A.C. Snow Ball Mini Lipsticks

A limited edition kit from the MAC Holiday Collection filled with tiny lipsticks with a silver sequined statement bag. The perfect gift for the makeup lover in your life! These colors happen to be my favorite (hint hint lol)  but they also come in a more vibrant warm reds and pinks!

$29.50 US at Nordstrom

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Vitality Tea Gift Set

Have any tea lovers in your life? This is such a great out of the box gift idea for them! This set includes a double-wall travel tumbler with the Young Living Logo, Cinnamon Bark Vitality Oil 5ml, Clove Vitality Oil 5ml, Lemon Vitality 5ml and a recipe card.

Wholesale: $45.50 US from Young Living


NARS PowerMatte Lip Pigment Duo Love Trianglenars

Exclusive limited edition  PowerMatte Lip Pigment with two shades in a ready-to-gift package! It comes in London Calling/Get It On Lilac Pink & Tan Rose and also Rock With You/Under My Thumb Deep Mulberry & Burgundy… don’t you love those names? A little call out to music classics – maybe that’s why I love these so much!

$22.00 at Sephora


desert.pngYoung Living’s Desert Mist Diffuser

Possibly my favorite item on the list. I ADORE my Desert Mist Diffuser. I use it every. single. day. With its super stylish design, its 8-10 hour run time on intermittent setting to it’s 10 color changing ability (including a candle flicker!) this thing is just amazing. I want more. In fact, I may ask Santa for another one!!

$63.75 US from Young Living

Small Batch Strawberry Jam (No Pectin)

Strawberry picking season is upon us and if you’re like me, you’ve already been 😆🍓

There are SO many amazing strawberry based recipes out there and I want to try them all!! But one thing I definitely wanted to do was make my own strawberry jam. But I didn’t have any pectin on hand and I’m super impatient. 

This is a perfect little small batch recipe that made me one perfect 1/2 pint size jar of jam. You could use smaller mason jars and get more out of it too. It makes about 1-3/4 cups of jam. Seeing as though there is only 3 of us in the house and this jam is meant to be either frozen or used up in a few weeks time, it works out perfectly. 


  • 16 oz strawberries, hulled and chopped*
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 tbs lemon juice

* If you don’t like chunky jam (I don’t) you can put the strawberries in a food processor or blender before adding to pot


In a heavy bottom sauce pan, mix strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice.

Stir over med-low heat until the sugar is dissolved.

Increase heat to med-high and bring mixture to a rolling boil.

Stir frequently mashing the strawberries as you stir, continuing to boil, until jam is thickened and bubbles completely cover the surface of the jam, about 10 minutes.

Transfer jam to a jar and let cool to room temperature.

Seal jars and store in refrigerator for about 2-3 weeks (or freeze)

RC Chest Rub

My son and I got hit with a cold this weekend, the first time he’s been “sick” in over a year… so I immediately began diffusing thieves and Purification in the house, rubbed some thieves on his feet and made this awesomely easy RC chest rub…

RC Chest Rub

  • 2 Tbsp Solid Coconut Oil
  • 6 Drops of RC Essential Oil
  • 6 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 4 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil 
  • 1 Glass Jar (2 oz)

Mix the above together and store in glass jar. Rub on chest as needed, especially before bed. 

Favorite Things! April 2017

I have so many favorite things this month and I’m stoked to share them with you!

First, these 100% New Zealand Wool Dryer Balls! Recently I decided to start replacing toxic products in our home with healthier options. This was one of the first. Ditching our dryer sheets for these wool dryer balls with a Few Drops of my favorite essential oils. You can pick up 6 of these bad boys on Amazon for only $9.99. Find them here: Handy Laundry Wool Dryer Balls

Next on my list is the Mint Satin Facial Scrub by Young Living. I only started using this product about two weeks ago and I’m HOOKED. This stuff makes your face feel so soft. The Exfoliating is gentle and the product leaves this lovely minty fresh feeling. LOVE this stuff!! You can hit me up if you’re interested in any Young Living products! Young Living Membership – Sign up and get 24% discount!
On to this amazing Rose Water Toner. I found this gem in a little shop in Smithfield while I was at the Smithfield Farmers Market. The company that makes it is Perfectly Natural Soap. It’s gentle, hydrating and tones perfectly! You can find them at 202 Main Street in Smithfield, Virginia or buy online here: Perfectly Natural Skin Rose Water Toner

The next one is one of my top fave, use everyday essentials – Young Living Lavender Lip Balm. This little lip balm is one of the only lip balms I can wear without wanting to wipe off immediately. It’s moisturizing, conditioning, healing and soothing, all in one tiny tube. And when you’re a wholesale member with YL it’s only $4! Young Living Sign Up – Get 24% off retail prices! 

Now, the next item is something I have a friend and amazing blogger to thank for. These Que Bella Intensive Foot Mask booties are AH-MAZ-ING!! They will soften even hard cracked feet. I was lucky enough to grab some on clearance at Target online but in store they’re still only $5 a pack and TOTALLY worth every penny. They’re like a pedicure in a packet. Seriously. Also, check out my girl Taylor’s blog post about these here: Ball Caps + Cutoffs
Last but definitely not least – two YL Essential Oils that have changed my life. The first one is DiGize which has been a HUGE digestive support for me. It calms my raging tummy pains I suffer from on the regular and is super easy to use. A Few Drops in a roller bottle topped with a carrier oil, roll it around my belly button in circular motion and my tummy troubles quickly fade. The second oil is SclarEssence. This one has been amazing for hormonal balance. A drop or two on my ankles and good to go! 🙌🏻 These two oils are gems in my oily collection. If you’re interested hit me up. Or you can go here for sign up! Young Living Sign Up – Mo Dietz

April Promo! FREE Cedarwood Oil! 

Well we’re already 6 days into April and all this tornado talk has got me in a whirl! Time for an April Promo!! 

I’m going to give anyone who purchases a Premium Starter Kit in the month of April a FREE 15ml Cedarwood oil! 

This oil has been so awesome for me. I use it in my mascara eyelash serum, in my sleepytime roller at bedtime, diffuse it and so many other things! I LOVE this oil! 


Oily Allergy Relief Recipe 

Anybody else’s allergies wreaking havoc on them?! Mine have been going haywire with all the weather ups and downs down here in Virginia. One day it’s 80 degrees and sunny and everything is blooming and the next day it’s rainy and 40 degrees… (go home Mother Nature, you’re drunk!)

Here’s a little oily relief from those pesky pollen irritants!