All posts by Michelle Falardeau Marchand

Writer, traveler, essential oils educator, wife and mother of three. I dream of a simple life of writing, creating and animals, but I have too many plans and ideas to settle down!

What makes Young Living different?


What’s the difference between Young Living essential oils and all the other essential oil companies?

Young Living has something that no other company can claim: their Seed to Seal® quality commitment. Seed to Seal is supported by three pillars:

Pillar 1: Sourcing
Young Living’s essential oils are sourced from their corporate-owned farms, partner farms, and Seed to Seal-certified suppliers. This empowers Young Living to source conscientiously and with sensitivity to local communities and ecosystems.

Pillar 2: Science
While product quality starts in the fields, it’s proven in Young Living’s state-of-the-art labs. Their Research & Development and Quality teams are staffed with more than 50 highly trained, highly skilled scientists, who use advanced testing methods to help ensure that all products meet Young Living’s lofty standards.

Pillar 3: Standards
Inexpensive essential oils are often synthetic, adulterated, or unethically sourced, which is why Young Living chooses partners who produce pure essential oils and ingredients ethically and legally. This practice sets a top-tier standard for legal and ethical sourcing. Their efforts also go beyond a conscientious supply chain. Young Living’s commitment to sustainable business includes reforestation of harvested trees; recycling at Young Living offices; and the construction of their brand-new, LEED-certified headquarters in Lehi, Utah.

Why does Young Living uphold these rigorous Seed to Seal standards? Because they result in a superior quality product, providing you and the Young Living family with quality beyond anything else on the market.

As the industry continues to expand, Young Living users can feel confident passing by the “other guys” on the shelves, knowing that no other label comes with Seed to Seal promise of uncompromised quality.

Interested in learning more about Young Living’s commitment to quality? Visit

Mineral makeup you can feel good about

As you know, I’ve been making a concerted effort to get toxins out of our lives and home as much as possible. There are so many things in our lives we can’t control, I try to do what I can. So for our cleaning products and personal care, it’s toxin-free all the way.

I don’t wear a lot of makeup, but I always like to use some foundation to even out skin tone, and accentuate my eyes so they pop a little.

Before and after using only Savvy Minerals products!

So when Young Living released its Savvy Minerals makeup line last summer, we were all over the moon. Makeup was one of the last barriers for us to go toxin-free! I’ve completely switched over all my makeup products — what you see in the “after” pic is nothing but Savvy 

This is the cleanest makeup on the market. No talc, parabens, petrochemicals, or any other toxins that are found in makeup and can mess with your endocrine system or damage your skin.

Our daughters don’t wear makeup yet, but when they do, you can bet this will be the only kind they will be allowed to use (have you seen the posts about the toxins found in the makeup from Claire’s and Justice??)

Young Living just released 4 Savvy Minerals starter kits! The kit comes with your choice of foundation, a foundation brush, misting spray (seriously the secret weapon of this makeup), blush, 3 eyeshadow shades, lipgloss, and a bottle of Lavender essential oil for skin support. Everything in this kit is catered to your skin tone and will give you a flawless, yet natural look with just the right amount of “pop”. You get a wholesale membership (that means 24% off ALL Young Living products!), the safest makeup on the market, full support from me and an amazing community along the way into your new journey!

Warm No. 2
Cool No. 2
Dark No. 1
Dark No. 4


** so far, this kit is only available in the US, but it will be coming to Canada in the future. All the Savvy Minerals products are available in Canada, Europe, Australia though — just not bundled into a starter kit 

Click here to see the whole product line!

Ready to get started? Let’s do it!

Click here to order!

Dreamy Lotion Bars

I had made these lotion bars to give as gifts — turned out so cute, right?? — but the dry winter air has left my hands super dry and flaky at the knuckles… so I unwrapped one and used it for myself. Sorry mail carrier or paper boy or whomever this one was earmarked for, it’s mine now.

It’s made with shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil and beeswax. Plus some essential oils thrown in there to boost skin health. I went with Lavender and Northern Lights Black Spruce for both their scent and their skin-supporting properties.

Super easy to make, they smell like heaven (hello, cocoa butter!) and leave your skin really soft. Here’s the recipe. Do yourself a favour and skip the double boiler situation on the stove. Just melt everything together in the microwave, and add the essential oils after. Awesome gifts, but be sure to keep a few for yourself!

Growing the future

Everyone has defining moments in their lives. Experiences that carry weight, and that you know have changed you on a fundamental level. I had one of those on Saturday.

I visited one of Young Living’s worldwide farms today, and experienced firsthand the grassroots, authentic process of producing a pure essential oil. I planted a Lavender plant in the field, which will grow and be harvested in the future.

 I saw the distillers distilling the oil from the raw material, and some of the scientific equipment they use to test the oil for purity.

I walked the fields and toured the farm, and saw Young Living’s absolute commitment to the natural world, to the plants and the animals.


I saw their unwavering commitment to bring their members nothing but pure essential oil for the health and nourishment of our bodies and minds. And I felt the heart of the leadership and the team who make it happen at every YL farm and distillery worldwide for us.

If I was proud to be working with this company before, I am ALL IN now. This company is my future.

And I’m so excited for everyone on my team who has hitched their wagon to this wild ride. We are growing the future together

Being a happy mama sometimes takes a little help

This is my daily perfume. It’s got a permanent place in my purse, and I often gift it to friends. Because with three kids, two dogs and all the stuff a person needs to deal with on a regular basis, sometimes I need a little … uh … help staying in the best mood, and figure my friends could sometimes use a little help too.

If you’ve found something great, don’t keep it to yourself!

Welcome to Drop-Vox!

Hi, I’m Michelle Falardeau Marchand, and I’m so glad you dropped in!

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Wondering who I am and where I’m coming from? Click here to learn a little bit about me and my background!

I am proud to be a Silver Leader, distributor and educator of Young Living Essential Oils. To learn more about their products, click here.

To learn what makes Young Living the gold standard in essential oils —  their Seed to Seal Guarantee — click here.

To learn about their company’s commitment to wellness, purpose and abundance — their amazing business opportunity — click here.