It Takes a Thief: Fact vs. Fiction

Posted on January 20, 2015 by Kathleen Souder | 0 comments


In the middle ages, a band of thieves raided and looted the homes of those who were struck down by the Bubonic Plague. They were successful in their plundering because they were protected by a blend of essential oils that they would apply to their bodies and dab in their noses. 

We’ve carried It Takes a Thief products for a few years now, and our unique blend of lemon, clove, rosemary, cinnamon and eucalyptus oils has built up quite a loyal following of customers who swear by it and return year after year to stock up–especially during cold and flu season. And, while we love this story and its many tellings and variations, we know that you probably want to know if it has any basis at all in reality before you buy. The good news? It does!

There are dozens of academic journal articles and abstracts that have shown these essential oils (among others) to be effective antimicrobial agents and antiseptics. These essential oils packed a punch for E. coli and Helicobacter pylori bacterias, as well as fungi like Candida albicans. We rounded up a few of what we found to be the most compelling studies and wanted to share them (here,here, and here) in case you’d like some light bedtime reading.

Or, you could just take the thieves’ word for it.

It Takes a Thief products we carry include:

Natural Antibacterial Bodywash: Use on a washcloth or loofah during daily showers. This also can be used as a foaming liquid soap concentrate for refills.
Natural Antibacterial Bar Soap: Straightforward, for daily use.
Antibacterial, Triclosan-Free Foaming Liquid Soap: A winter sink side staple for all that handwashing–antibacterial hand soap without the chemicals and additives.
Natural Disinfecting Spray: Spritz around your body before you head out, or use as a room spray.

How do you use our It Takes a Thief products? We’d love to hear about your experience!


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