I used to love Febreeze. That’s an exaggeration; I use to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Febreeze. It was my old go-to… my Boston Terrier had a little gas? No problem – squirt, squirt, squirt – it never happened. My husband enjoyed a little too much Mexican? No problem – squirt, squirt, squirt – we’ve avoided the ‘It’s bad for you to hold your gas in, the doctor told my brother when we were kids’ (I still challenge this and have yet to see medical backing of this claim) – it never happened and we’ve probably avoided a few sessions at marriage counseling.
It wasn’t until a few years ago when I started to wonder, how do these things work? Yes, I realize that most people have this revelation during their toddler years, and I can only assume I did too, but I’ve started to wonder this again about many of the products we have under our sinks, food we eat everyday and products we use on our bodies. I mean, if it does something that seems too good to be true or magical even (and if you’ve ever hung out with my husband after a bean-heavy meal, you’ll understand it would have to be magical to make it disappear) than what is it exactly that make it happen?
Enter Google. True, I’d be an idiot to believe everything I read on the Internet, and I certainly realize this and dig and dig and dig on everything I find before I make a decision on ‘we’re not using XXX anymore’. But it’s surprising how many things we use day to day are actually fairly unregulated. Anyway… we don’t use Febreeze anymore, along with many other products that I was convinced I couldn’t live without, and it’s pretty amazing what you can do with a few essential oils and how effective they can be… but I’ll share those another time.
Basically, I wanted to say that I hope I raise children who are a) conscious and informed of the products they’re using, food they’re eating, etc., etc., and b) are not going to follow some strangers into some random funky place to do God knows what…
Seriously? What did these people think was going to happen? Because I think they’re lucky they didn’t wind up victims on Law & Order: SVU. How do you convince people to go into a random place for some unknown reason? Either it’s staged or I want to do the OPPOSITE of whatever these fools chose to do… so weird. And take it from me, use a little essential oil and thank me for saving your body from all those nasty chemicals.