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Both Young Living and doTerra follow a multilevel-marketing model. Young Living divides its sales force into a complex hierarchy stratified partly by sales volume, ranging from Distributor the lowest level, comprising ninety-four per cent of members to Royal Crown Diamond less than one-tenth of one per cent.
Diamond-level distributors earn a median monthly income of thirty-two thousand dollars. She told the audience that she had built her oils business while working up to sixty hours a week as a television anchor and homeschooling her special-needs child. We all have the same oils, we all have the same twenty-four hours in the day. On another panel, the featured speaker was a tan woman in a white dress and strappy gold sandals. You get blessed with these things.
I go outside. I swim every day.
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But as you advance you get to treat yourself. Multilevel-marketing companies such as Amway and Mary Kay have long sold people—primarily women—the idea of building a business by working their social connections. A decade ago, that happened through hosting parties or classes; these days, the chatty, relationship-based sales pressure favored by the companies takes place largely on social media, and the industry is attracting a greater share of young people.
The reality for most recruits is quite different. Multilevel-marketing companies are structured in such a way that a large base of distributors generally spend more than they make, while a small number on top reap most of the benefits.
It is often expensive to invest in an initial stock of products, as well as to make required minimum monthly purchases—around a hundred dollars for Young Living members who want to receive a commission check. Everyone in the industry studiously avoids any comparison to pyramid schemes, which are illegal, but the structural similarities are hard to ignore.
Despite the workshops on marketing and business-building at the Young Living conference, the subject of money felt vaguely taboo. Distributors, many of whom are stay-at-home mothers, find social connections and creative outlets through their oil business. In , Michael Pratt, a professor of management at Boston College, conducted an ethnographic study of Amway distributors. He concluded that the company offered few of the benefits that traditionally inspired loyalty. Its workforce was geographically diffuse; workers had inconsistent income, no benefits, and little job security.
What held Amway together was its ability to foster strong feelings of identification, and to get its members to see the company as the embodiment of an idealized life. Gary Young, the founder of Young Living, made his first appearance at the convention by riding into the arena on a sled pulled by a team of huskies. Last year, he flew in on a zip line. An annual highlight is the announcement of a new oil blend. Young is a tall, lean man in his late sixties with a handsome lined face and a penchant for cowboy hats. His origin story is a key part of Young Living lore: how he grew up in Idaho in a cabin with a dirt roof and no running water; how, in his early twenties, he was working as a logger when a tree fell on him, fracturing his skull, rupturing his spinal cord, and breaking nineteen of his bones; how, once he woke up from the coma, doctors told him that he would never walk again.
After two suicide attempts, he decided to drink nothing but water and lemon juice. After two hundred and fifty-three days, he regained feeling in his toes. In , he opened a health center in Spokane, Washington, that included birthing services. One of the babies he attempted to deliver, his own daughter, died after spending an hour underwater in a whirlpool bath.
The death was ruled an accident, but the county coroner said that the baby would likely have lived if she had been delivered under conventional conditions. The following year, Young said in the presence of undercover detectives that he could detect cancer with a blood test; he was arrested for practicing medicine without a license and, according to the Spokane Spokesman-Review , pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge.
Around the same time, Young opened a clinic in Tijuana.
John Hurst, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times , submitted a blood sample, posing as a patient, and was told that it showed signs of aggressive cancer and liver dysfunction. After meeting a French lavender distiller and grower at a Whole Life expo in California, Young became fascinated by the medicinal properties of essential oils.
In the early nineties, he travelled to France to study distillation methods. He bought a hundred and sixty acres of farmland in Idaho and planted peppermint, tansy, and lavender. In , he married his third wife, Mary, a trained opera singer and a driven businesswoman. The couple renovated a run-down building in Riverton, Utah, to use as the headquarters of Young Living Essential Oils; Young mixed his Abundance oil blend into the paint he used on the walls. In , Young opened the Young Life Research Clinic, in Springville, Utah, which administered essential oils and other alternative therapies to patients with heart disease, depression, and cancer, among other conditions.
The clinic employed a pediatrician named Sherman Johnson, who had recently had his medical license reinstated. About a decade earlier, Johnson had been investigated by the state medical board after a woman had died while he was treating her for cancer. In a subsequent probe, it was determined that she had had multiple-personality disorder but not cancer; that Johnson had believed her story that she had been injected with cancer by a group of witches and gay doctors; and that she had died from an overdose of Demerol, administered by Johnson.
Johnson pleaded guilty to manslaughter. I had wanted to try and make candles when the candle-in-a-teacup craze was raging, though never quite got round to it. I am definitely going to give this a go before the mason jar craze finishes!
DIY Homemade Candles (with natural lavender-rosemary scent)
Wonderful, Sabrina! Enjoy the mason jar candles!!
Im need to make about 36 of these. I am assuming that I just multiply the recipe by 13 and use two double boilers. Let me know how it goes! My dried lavendar just flaoted to the top, will htey eventually distribute or do I need to stir it again once it starts to set? Hey Tomasina, This is pretty normal.
There should be a decent amount of lavender mixed throughout the candle, but some of it will also float to the top. I find this actually helps with additional fragrance when the candles burn.
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When I try to keep them as a whole sprig, the leaves seem to fall off easily. I used the dried rosemary in mine but someone said that the rosemary may catch fire when the candle burns. Can you advise on this? Thank you! This is a smart precaution with any candle, particularly one that contains dried materials herbs. I hope your recipient loves the gift :. Oooh, these look absolutely lovely! Someone mentioned in the comments above about the tea-cup candle craze! These look really fun to do so I might have to give them a go! Do these do that? Hey Jicsi, Thank you.
Tea candles sound lovely! These will dip slightly in the center, but nothing really noticeable. Hey Kristin. Hey Charms, Thank you so much. Beeswax is a natural product and even helps clean the air when used for candles. Soy is usually cheaper and the next best ingredient, in my opinion. Kristin, thank you for this great and easy recipe.