Are Thieves Products Really Safe?

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When teaching people how to remove toxic chemicals from their home and cleaning products I always directing them to the environmental working group website and their healthy living app, since labeling and reading ingredients can be tricky and lots of companies use “greenwashing” to make them seem safer and more natural than they really are. I trust the EWG to have up to date research and to help me make an educated and informed decision when choosing which products to use. However, since I started using essential oils, I noticed that Young Living was coming out with more and more cleaning products. From household cleaner to laundry detergent, they seemed to have everything I needed, but they don’t appear in the EWG database, which concerned me, because I wanted to be able to check for myself if they were as safe and natural as they claimed. After all, I can go to the grocery store to get cleaners that say all natural and actually aren’t, so I have no interest in purchasing them online. But, the good news, is that the EWG has a great database of chemicals, so you can look up the individual ingredients products contain, even if the product itself isn’t listed. But who has time for that??? You don’t! No worries. I did it for you, so you can finally know for sure… Are Thieves products really safe?

I am going to break it down for you, product by product, ingredient, by ingredient. So, if you are looking for a specific one, just scan until you find it. They are rated on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being safe and 10 being super toxic. I personally don’t like to use anything above a 3, so I will highlight anything 3 or above in RED for easy scanning, but there are a few ingredients that are rated certain ways based on TYPE of usage, so we will go into a little bit of detail on that too.

 

Thieves Dish Soap:


Ingredients
1(robust)-Water
1(limited)-Decyl glucoside
1(none)-Sodium lauroyl lactylate
1(limited)-Lauryl glucoside
1(none)-Sodium olate
1(limited)-Caprylyl glucoside
1(limited)-Sodium sesquicarbonate
1(limited)-Citrus Limon† (Jade lemon) peel oil
1(limited)-Citrus aurantium bergamia† (Bergamot) peel oil (Furocoumarin-free) *search results: fruit extract*
1(none)-Syzygium aromaticum† (Clove) bud oil
1(limited)-Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil
1(none)-Cinnamomum zeylanicum† (Cinnamon) bark oil
1(limited)-Eucalyptus radiata† oil
1(limited)-Rosmarinus officinalis† (Rosemary) leaf oil

What does this mean? Pretty darn amazing! This is one I personally use on a daily basis (cause I have 5 kids and dishes are a BIG part of my life).

 

Thieves Automatic Dishwasher Powder:


Ingredients
1(fair)-Sodium carbonate
1(fair)-Sodium citrate (Dihydrate)
2(limited)-Sodium percarbonate
3(limited)-Sodium silicate
1(limited)-Tapioca maltodextrin *search results: tapioca starch/flour*
1(none)-Sapindus mukorossi (Soapberry) fruit extract
1(limited/fair)-Silica
1(fair)-Protease
1(fair)-Amylase

Thieves Automatic Dishwasher Powder EO Blend:
1(fair)-Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil
5(limited)-Eugenia caryophyllus (Clove) bud oil
1(limited)-Citrus limon (Lemon) peel oil
1(none)-Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Cinnamon) bark oil
1(limited)-Eucalyptus radiata leaf oil
1(limited)-Rosmarimus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf oil
1(none/limited)-Citrus sinensis (Orange) peel oil
1(none)-Cymbopogon flexuosus (Lemongrass) oil

What does it mean? This also rates pretty darn well compared to almost every other dishwasher powder I have found. The sodium silicate stood out to me since it rated a 3, so I looked it up. It can be an irritant when applied around the eyes and nose and if it is used as an aerosol, which it isn’t. What is it used for? It balances the PH and fights corrosion. Could be worse. Since it is a 3 and only one small ingredient in a longer list and I am not using it on my eyes, ears and nose, I am personally ok with it, but you can choose what works for you.

Then the Clove Bud oil stands out in the oil mixture. Looked it up too. Now, I am already familiar with clove bud oil. For instance, it is a rockstar at fighting free radicals in the body and has some other awesome benefits. But I also know that it is a very hot oil and needs to be diluted quite a bit in order to not irritate the skin. But when diluted enough, it is safe to ingest and use on the human body. As I suspected, it turns out to be an irritant and needs to be used only in safe dosages and properly diluted. So in cleaning applications, I am more than ok having this as an ingredient.

I used to use the most eco-friendly dishwashing detergent I could find in my local grocery store and was shocked when I actually looked it up. Super happy to find this alternative.

 

Thieves Fruit & Veggie Soak:


Ingredients
1(robust)-Water
1(limited)-Decyl glucoside
2(good)-Glycerin
2(good)-Citric acid
1(fair)-Sodium citrate
1(none)-Artemisia dracunculus† (Tarragon) oil
1(limited)-Zingiber officinale† (Ginger) root oil
1(limited)-Mentha piperita† (Peppermint) oil
1(limited)-Juniperus osteosperma† oil
1(limited)-Foeniculum vulgare† (Fennel) oil
1(none)-Cymbopogon flexuosus† (Lemongrass) oil
1(none)-Syzygium aromaticum† (Clove) bud oil
1(none)-Rosmarinus officinalis† (Rosemary) leaf oil
1(none/limited)-Cymbopogon nardus†(Citronella) oil
1(limited)-Pimpinella anisum† (Anise) seed oil
1(limited)-Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil
1(limited)-Pogostemon cablin† (Patchouli) oil
1(none)-Cinnamomum zeylanicum† (Cinnamon) bark oil
1(limited)-Melaleuca alternifolia† (Tea tree) leaf oil
1(limited)-Lavandula hybrida† (Lavandin) oil
1(limited)-Eucalyptus radiata† oil
1(limited)-Myrtus communis† (Tunisian Myrtle) oil
1(limited)-Myrtus communis† (Moroccan Myrtle) oil

What does it mean? Pretty darn amazing

 

Thieves Fruit & Veggie Spray:


Ingredients
1(robust)-Water
1(limited)-Decyl glucoside
2(good)-Citric acid
2(good)-Glycerin
1(fair)-Sodium citrate
1(limited)-Citrus latifolia† (Lime) oil
1(none)-Syzygium aromaticum† (Clove) bud oil
1(limited)-Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil
1(none)-Cinnamomum zeylanicum† (Cinnamon) bark oil
1(limited)-Eucalyptus radiata† oil
1(none)-Rosmarinus officinalis† (Rosemary) leaf oil

What does it mean? Pretty darn amazing

 

Thieves Household Cleaner:


Ingredients
1(robust)-Water
1(limited)-Alkyl Polyglucoside *search result: decyl polyglucoside*
1(none)-Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate
1(none)-Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate
1(limited/none)-Thieves [Eugenia Caryophyllus† (Clove) Bud Oil, Citrus Limon† (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum† (Cinnamon) Bark Oil, Eucalyptus Radiata† Leaf Oil, and Rosmarinus Officinalis† (Rosemary) Leaf Oil]
1(none)-Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate

What does is mean? ROCKSTAR amazing. AND I have never ever found a cleaner this “clean” that works so incredibly well. I use it on pretty much every surface in my home.

 

Thieves Laundry Soap:


Ingredients
1(robust)-Water
1(limited)-Decyl glucoside
1/3(none/limited)-Sodium oleate
2(good)-Glycerin
1(limited)-Caprylyl glucoside
1(limited)-Lauryl glucoside
1(robust)-Sodium chloride
1(fair)-Sodium gluconate
1(fair)-Carboxymethyl cellulose *search result: cellulose gum*
1(fair)-Alpha-amylase *search result: amylase*
1(fair)-Protease
1(fair)-Lipase
1(limited)-Citrus Limon† (Jade lemon) peel oil
1(limited)-Citrus aurantium bergamia† (Bergamot) peel oil (Furocoumarin-free)
1(none)-Syzygium aromaticum† (Clove) bud oil
1(limited)-Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil
1(limited)-Cinnamomum zeylanicum† (Cinnamon) bark oil
1(limited)-Eucalyptus radiata† oil
1(none)-Rosmarinus officinalis† (Rosemary) leaf oil

What does it mean? Amazing! Very safe, non-toxic. I was skeptical at first that the small recommended amount would get the job done (have I mentioned that I have 5 very messy kids?), but it does a fabulous job at getting our clothes really clean. and at less than $1 a load for non-toxic cleaning, it’s totally worth it. Go look up your laundry detergent right now!

 

Thieves Spray:


Ingredients
4(good)-Alcohol denat.
1(robust)-Water
1(limited)-Caprylic/capric triglyceride
1(limited/none)-Thieves [Eugenia Caryophyllus† (Clove) Bud Oil, Citrus Limon† (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum† (Cinnamon) Bark Oil, Eucalyptus Radiata† Leaf Oil, and Rosmarinus Officinalis† (Rosemary) Leaf Oil]
3 to 4*(fair)-Lecithin *depends on usage
3(fair)-Polysorbate 80

What does it mean? So, two red flags in them. Let’s take a closer look. The first is the Alcohol Denat. There is limited data on denatured alcohol, but it does say, “Potential risks from ethanol in personal care products are significantly smaller than the health risks posed by the consumption of alcohol.” So, consider for a moment the risks of over drinking. Liver damage, brain damage, stupid choices… Basically, it is listed as a potential risk because it is ALCOHOL. Alcohol has risks. I risk drinking a glass of wine on a regular basis. It’s up to you, if you want to risk spritzing surfaces with this spray…

But lets talk about the second red flag. Lecithin is a naturally occurring lipid that occurs in both plants and animals and rates a 3 or 4, depending on usage and where it is obtained. It is considered safe in food products and is a common ingredient in supplements, but there is some respiratory risk ONLY when airborne. However, this spray isn’t something I am just spraying through the air for the joy of inhaling. It is designed for surfaces.

And last, let’s consider Polysorbate 80. This one is actually not considered a high risk on it’s own, but seems to rate a 3 because of contamination concerns (meaning it could have been contaminated by something more harmful). So, this ingredient should raise a red flag. However at the extreme dilution found in this product and the very tiny amounts it is used in, I personally don’t find it a problem. But that’s why I am exploring this. So now YOU can make an informed decision!!!

 

Thieves Wipes:


Ingredients
4(good)-Pure Grain Alcohol *search results: alcohol*
1(robust)-Deionized Water
1(limited/none)-Thieves [Eugenia Caryophyllus† (Clove) Bud Oil, Citrus Limon† (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum† (Cinnamon) Bark Oil, Eucalyptus Radiata† Leaf Oil, and Rosmarinus Officinalis† (Rosemary) Leaf Oil]
1(none)-Soy Lecithin
3(fair)-Polysorbate 80

What does it mean? See the Thieves Spray above. These are the same. Alcohol. We all know the risks. Please don’t drink your wipes. Polysorbate 80. Same as above. I consider it pretty low risk for a great product. Have you read the info on bleach wipes lately?

 

Moving on to Toothpaste~~~

Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste


Ingredients
1(robust)-Water
1(none)-Calcium carbonate
1(fair)-Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil
1(fair)-Sodium bicarbonate
2(good)-Glycerin
1(fair)-Xylitol
1(fair)-Xanthan gum
1(limited)-Mentha piperita† (Peppermint) oil
1(limited)-Mentha spicata† (Spearmint) leaf oil
1(limited)-Stevia rebaudiana leaf extract
3 to 4*(fair)-Lecithin *depends on usage
5(limited)-Eugenia caryophyllus (Clove) bud oil
No results-Ocotea quixos† (Ocotea) leaf oil
1(none)-Cinnamomum verum† (Cinnamon) Bark oil
1(limited)-Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil
1(limited)-Eucalyptus Radiata† leaf oil
1(none)-Rosmarinus officinalis† (Rosemary) leaf oil

What does it mean? Well, compared to the ingredients in mainstream toothpaste, I would literally eat this stuff by the spoonful. At least it doesn’t contain fluoride, which the Center For Disease Control says, “There is no safe amount to ingest”. We have already unpacked these ingredient in products above, but in case you scrolled down just to see the toothpaste, Lecithin can be a respiratory allergen when inhaled. So, as long as you aren’t inhaling your toothpaste, that should be ok. Clove bud oil is an extremely hot oil and can be a skin irritant if not properly diluted, but it is amazing for oral health. Dentists have used it for years and I can personally attest that it’s use in this toothpaste is awesome.

 

Thieves Dentarome Plus Toothpaste


Ingredients
1(robust)-Water
1(fair)-Sodium bicarbonate
2(good)-Glycerin
1(fair)-Xanthan gum
1(limited)-Mentha piperita† (Peppermint) oil
No results-Ionic Trace Minerals
1(limited)-Stevioside
7(fair)-Eugenol
2(limited)-Gaultheria procumbens† (Wintergreen) leaf oil
5(limited)-Eugenia caryophyllus† (Clove) bud oil
1(limited)-Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil
1(limited)-Cinnamomum zeylanicum† (Cinnamon) bark oil
1(limited)-Eucalyptus Radiata† leaf oil
1(none)-Rosmarinus officinalis† (Rosemary) leaf oil
3-4(fair)-Thymol oil *depends on usage

What does it mean? Eugenol  is a naturally occurring constituent in clove bud oil. Why is it listed as a is listed as a 7, when the clove oil itself is only a 5? And why would they extract just the eugenol and have it as a separate ingredient. Those are great questions and the short answer is that I don’t know. My theory is that since there is research using Eugenol and clove bud oil in teeth whitening and oral health sciences, that they wanted to have a certain amount of it to provide benefits to the brusher. I use clove oil in other essential oil usages, so unless I am going to stop using them there, I am fine with it being in my toothpaste, especially after seeing some of the research. 

What about Thymol? You know I am not going to get into this one, because I have to remain FDA compliant. I followed the research links to pubmed, and really enjoyed learning some stuff down that rabbit hole. But let’s just say, I am not allowed to share what I learned, but I am happy to brush my teeth with it. *backs away slowly*

 

Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash


Ingredients
1(robust)-Water
2(fair)-Colloidal silver
1(limited)-Mentha piperita† (Peppermint) oil
3 to 4*(fair)-Lecithin *depends on usage
1(limited)-Quillaja saponaria wood extract
3(limited)-Potassium sorbate
1(limited)-Stevia rebaudiana (Stevia) leaf extract
1(none)-Syzygium caryophyllus† (Clove) bud oil
1(limited)-Mentha spicata† (Spearmint) leaf extract
1(limited)-Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil
1(limited)-Cinnamomum zeylanicum† (Cinnamon) bark oil
1(limited)-Vetiveria zizanioides† (Vetiver) root oil
1(limited)-Eucalyptus radiata† leaf oil
1(none)-Rosmarinus officinalis† (Rosemary) leaf oil
1(fair)-Tocopheryl
2(good)-Citric acid

What does it mean? Once again, some of these ingredient are discussed above. Lecithin shouldn’t be inhaled… so no sniffing up you toothpaste. Potassium Sorbate is a naturally occurring anti-microbial compound. They have to use it as a preservative. That’s why it’s there. In very small amounts.

 

Thieves Cleansing Bar Soap


Ingredients
1(none)-Sodium palmatei
1(limited)-Sodium cocoate
1(robust)-Water
2(good)-Glycerin
1(fair)-Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oil
5(limited)-Eugenia caryophyllus† (Clove) bud oil
1(fair)-Sodium citrate
1(limited)-Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil
1(limited)-Cinnamomum zeylanicum† (Cinnamon) bark oil
1(limited)-Eucalyptus radiata† leaf oil
1(none)-Rosmarinus officinalis† (Rosemary) leaf oil
1(limited)-Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil
1(limited)-Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf extract
1(none)-Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf extract
1(none)-Lycium barbarum (Wolfberry) seed oil
1(fair)-Avena sativa (Oat) bran

What does it mean? Once again, the worst ingredient is clove oil. I’m so OK with that.

 

Thieves Foaming Hand Soap


Ingredients
1(robust)-Water
1(limited)-Decyl glucoside
1(limited)-Cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine
4(good)-Alcohol denat.
5(limited)-Eugenia caryophyllus† (Clove) bud oil
1(none)-Cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose
1(limited)-Citrus aurantium dulcis† (Orange) peel oil
1(limited)-Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil
1(limited)-Cinnamomum zeylanicum† (Cinnamon) bark oil
1(limited)-Eucalyptus radiata† leaf oil
1(none)-Rosmarinus officinalis† (Rosemary) leaf oil
1(fair)-Ginkgo biloba leaf extract
1(fair)-Camellia sinensis leaf extract
3(fair)-Sodium hydroxide
3(fair)-Tocopheryl acetate
9(fair)-Retinyl palmitate
1(limited)-Aloe barbadensis leaf juice
2(good)-Citric acid

What does it mean? Well, Sodium Hydroxide is a PH adjustor and a BUFFER. Tocopheryl acetate is a combo of acetic acid and vitamin e. It has a low chance of being a skin irritant. Retinyl palmitate is a combo of palmitic acid and vitamin A. Since overdosing on Vitamin A is a big no-no, this has all sorts of warnings. It can increase the likelihood of skin cancer if you rub vitamin a creams on your skin before going in the sun and too much vitamin A is not good for pregnant women. So, this is the worst ingredient we have come across, but the tiny amount in this hand soap would still keep the entire product down at like a 2.

This one had the most red flags (which still weren’t that bad), so compare it to your current hand soap or DIY recipe and make an informed decision!


Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier


Ingredients
4(good)-Alcohol denat
1(robust)-Water
1(limited)-Aloe barbadensis leaf powder
2(good)-Glycerin
1(limited)-Hydroxypropylcellulose
1(limited)-Mentha piperita † (Peppermint) oil
5(limited)-Eugenia caryophyllus † (Clove) bud oil
1(limited)-Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil
1(limited)-Eucalyptus radiata† leaf oil
1(none)-Rosmarinus officinalis† (Rosemary) leaf oil
1(limited)-Cinnamomun zeylanicum† (Cinnamon) bark oil

What does it mean? Again, if clove oil and alcohol are the most dangerous things in my hand purifier, I think that’s pretty awesome.

 

Thieves Cough Drops


1(fair)-Menthol
1(limited/none)-Thieves oil
1(limited)-Isomalt
1(fair)-Pectin
1(limited)-Peppermint
1(limited)-Stevia leaf extract
1(robust)-Water

What does it mean? These are great. Nothing I object to in a cough drop and they work amazingly well.

 

Thieves Hard Lozenges


1(limited/none)-Thieves oil
1(limited)-Isomalt
1(robust)-Water
1(limited)-Stevia(stevia rebaudiana) leaf extract
1(fair)-Pectin

What does it mean? Again. Good ingredients.

Thieves Mints


1(fair)-Sorbitol
1(limited)-Calcium stearate
1(limited/none)-[Proprietary Thieves® essential oil blend: Clove (Syzygium aromaticum)† flower bud oil, Lemon (Citrus limon)† peel oil, Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum)† bark oil, Eucalyptus radiata† leaf oil, Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)† leaf oil]
1(limited)-Peppermint (Mentha piperita)† leaf oil
1(limited)-Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) Leaf extract
†100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil

What does it mean? Once again, clean.

 

In conclusion…

Are Thieves products really safe? I use them on a regular basis for my family and around my small children. I especially love the laundry detergent, household cleaner and toothpaste. But you need to do your own research and that is what this post was written to help with. You don’t have to agree with all my opinions, but at least you have the breakdown.

Maybe you already have great, non-toxic products that you have check out on the EWG site. If so, congrats!!! But if not, I would love to help you get your hands on these awesome household products, you can get an amazing kit full of thieves products to kick off your journey into non-toxic living. Click HERE to get yours now. It will direct you to sign up as a Young Living Member and once you do, I will contact you to help you get started using your products.

Are Thieves Products Really Safe? Decoding the ingredients in 17 popular products that you won't find listed on the environmental working group site.

Are Thieves Products Really Safe? Decoding the ingredients in 17 popular products that you won’t find listed on the environmental working group site.

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