During more than two decades, Young Living has become not only a remarkable success story but also a great love story. Built from the ground up by husband and wife team D. Gary and Mary Young, Young Living is now a global phenomenon—largely a result of their tireless work ethic, uniquely complementary chemistry, and shared passion for their life’s work of sharing pure essential oils with the world.
Gary and Mary have a lot of love for their company and its members, and their love for each other is also clear. Mary recently sat down with us to share a Valentine’s Day glimpse into the Young’s sweet story:
How did you two first meet?
“Gary and I met in October of 1993 at an expo at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah. I met this handsome young man who invited me to a meeting that I couldn’t attend. You had better believe, though, that I was sure to have him tell me the next time he was holding a meeting in Salt Lake City that I could attend. That Young Living meeting came a month later. Shortly after that, I had lunch with him at the Salt Lake City Hilton, and he offered me a job. I said no, but told him that I would help him.”
What were your first months of working together like?
“In November 1994 Gary moved Young Living to Riverton, Utah. I helped in the office while he traveled, gave meetings, and developed the farm in St. Maries.
“We built Young Living with no outside capital, no borrowed money, and did most of the work ourselves. We renovated an old, dilapidated 8,000-square foot building in Riverton. Gary built the walls, and we textured and painted everything we could.
“On our first day taking orders, we made about $1,800, which was not enough to pay the bills. Feeling a little discouraged, we sprinkled Abundance™ essential oil blend on the computer keyboard; and then the phones really started ringing!”
Can you describe your first date?
“Did we date? Not really. Our lives were entwined in giving Young Living a great start and keeping things going. Everything evolved around Young Living.
“Even though we didn’t really date, I have such fond and funny memories of those early days, such as the time he built the first distillery in St. Maries with PVC pipe. When steam ran through those pipes, they collapsed; and we had to rebuild with steel pipes! Frustrating as that was at the time, it’s funny now and was all part of the experience that has brought us to where we are today.”
What was your wedding day like?
“On September 2, 1994, we were married. On September 3, we flew to an essential oil conference in Grasse, France. That was our honeymoon.
“Our wedding was a race, just like our lives today. We were late for the wedding and late for the reception, which was held in the former Hotel Utah. The room was big, ornate, and beautiful; and the line went all the way out through the front door. My opera friends and I performed, and my mother had a big carrot cake made for us. There were so many people whose names I couldn’t remember, and it was hilarious trying to introduce people as they came through. We finished at about 2 a.m., made it home by 3 a.m., and left for the airport at 5 a.m. for a flight that left at 7 a.m.
“When we arrived in Paris, we rented a car and tried taking shifts driving in hopes of being able to stay awake long enough to make it to Grasse. We were so tired that we finally pulled into a rest area on the freeway and slept for a couple of hours. Eventually, we made it to the conference, and I’m glad we did. It was fascinating and worthwhile.”
How long have you been married?
“September 2014 marked our 20th year of marriage.”
“What’s our secret? We have shared priorities. We want to help people. We want people to know truth and for that truth to better their lives. Wellness is in God’s medicine, not the chemicals of the laboratory; and we’ve worked hard to make and share discoveries that help people discover true wellness. We love doing meetings together. We both care about health and eating properly. We love the challenge of doing it all ourselves and with others who are like-minded. Most of all, we love truth and are deeply grounded in our love of and belief in God. It has often been said about us that Gary is the visionary and I am the realist. It’s a great dynamic that always seems to work out.”
What are your favorite qualities of Gary’s?
“Gary is a man of honesty and integrity who can work circles around men 20 years younger. He loves the physical work of the farm because he can see what he has accomplished at the end of the day. He is wise, insightful, and always looks for the solution. Nothing seems to stop his determination. When he has a vision, he sees it in its full reality; and that drives him to complete it.
“Neither of us like to stop until the job is done. Working together has always been easy. We think alike—most of the time—and our goals are the same. Our strengths and thought processes really complement each other.”
“Our life revolves around Young Living; and since our two boys were born, their lives are part of what we do. The only time work gets set aside is when we go backpacking in the mountains. There is no communication with the outside world. It’s all about fishing, hiking, basking in the hot water falls, the campfire, and sometimes the bear who tries to steal our food.”
Thanks, Mary, for sharing a look into the great love story behind Young Living’s success!
How has the story of Young Living touched your life? Let us know in the comments!
Young Living is growing faster than ever before. Curious about how we’re keeping up? Young Living Founder and CEO D. Gary Young recently shared with top leaders his personal updates about some of Young Living’s most exciting projects and growth. Tireless and passionate about our mission to share essential oils with every home in the world, Gary’s enthusiasm was both clear and contagious. Here are the highlights from what he had to share:
On Highland Flats and the Winter Harvest:
“We’re really excited with the Winter Harvest production this year! We actually started distilling the second week of November in St. Maries instead of Highland Flats because we were in the process of changing out the boiler here at Highland Flats. The new boiler is now installed and working efficiently, providing a significant increase in productivity over last year.
“Besides the boiler, we also installed another 21,000-liter extraction chamber at Highland Flats. It was finished just a couple of weeks ago and is active now, which means that we have a total of three 21,000-liter extraction chambers in operation this year! We’re averaging about 17 liters per distillation this year, up from about 11 liters last year. I’m really excited about that.”
On the Young Living Northern Lights Aromatic Farm:
“We’re working every day, seven days a week [at the Northern Lights Farm]. We’re pushing forward, and though we’ve had a lot of unforeseen delays related to regulations unique to Canada, we’re doing a lot of work to get production really going.
“Because of Canada’s regulations, we are still waiting to start the new distillery’s boiler and have had to put in equipment that we’ve never had to install before to meet specific requirements. We even brought in an X‑ray machine and X-rayed every weld on every pipe in the distillery! We have also put in specialized water treatment systems because the water has to be at a specific pH for the boiler specifications.
“Because I won’t use chemicals to get the water’s pH where it needs to be, we had to actually have a water treatment system built. If I had compromised and gone with chemicals, we would probably be in operation already. After many inspections and approvals, we’re now just waiting on the provisional government in the province of Victoria to issue a permit to hook up and fire up the boiler. It’s been a mammoth undertaking, a marathon project, working at temperatures down to 44-degrees below zero.
“In the meantime I’ve been cutting, shipping, and stockpiling black spruce trees so we can start distilling immediately once the boiler is on. As of right now, everything is showing promise that we will be distilling in Northern Lights by mid-March at the latest. Though this project has lasted four months longer than I anticipated when we first started and the costs have been substantial, we’re almost there!”
On the helichrysum partnership in Croatia:
“I recently went to Croatia and negotiated on farmland there. We entered into a partnership on the land where we’re already planting helichrysum. We have started growing the world’s first cultivated helichrysum in Croatia!
“Later this year, we’re going to host a three-day Raindrop and essential oil training seminar in Croatia. If you wish to be there, we welcome you. We have limited spots at the host hotel, which is in a beautiful place in a beautiful city. During the seminar we’ll tour the helichrysum farm and, hopefully, the new distillery. We have a goal to start construction in March.”
On the World Peace Caravan
“I was recently in Israel working on the World Peace Caravan. I want to let you know that the World Peace Caravan has grown to the point where it has taken on a life of its own. It has been a life-changing event already. While there I met with many local, regional, and national leaders. I met with the mayor of Jerusalem who offered me the key to the city. I encourage all of you to plan with your families and members of your organizations to be part of the World Peace Caravan.
“I’ll just say one thing that came from General Ephraim Sneh, who is one of the top generals in the Israeli military and a speaker at the World Peace Caravan Convention. He’s had a 40-year career and is well known worldwide in the military field. He said to me, ‘Mr. Young, I truly believe that the World Peace Caravan that you are bringing to Israel will be one of the greatest events in modern history.’ That gave me goose bumps; I hope it gives you goose bumps too. He added, ‘We will assure that [the caravan] will be safer than living in your own home.’
“A lot of wonderful things are going on at Young Living”
“It’s been great to have groups of members at Winter Harvest; we’re getting closer and closer with the Northern Lights farm and it’s very exciting; we have started the first cultivated helichrysum in the world in Croatia; and the World Peace Caravan is becoming a positive, impactful event with a life on its own!”
We’re thankful for all the exciting ways Gary is helping Young Living to grow and create a positive impact in the world! How have Gary’s efforts impacted your life? Leave your thoughts in the comments!
Young Living Founder and CEO D. Gary Young has dedicated his life and countless personal sacrifices to creating essential oils that surpass every quality standard. His motivation? The belief that pure essential oils have the power to touch and change lives. Young Living Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Jared Turner shares his thoughts below on what sets Gary and his approach apart:
Gary Young is currently building a new Young Living farm up in cold British Columbia, Canada. As I think about this great personal sacrifice, I’ve been considering all the things people say about him, both good and bad. Some call him “crazy.” Others call him the “maverick” or “guru” of the modern essential oil movement. As with most leaders of movements that change the world, Gary Young seems to elicit a variety of opinions.
One title I love that describes the spirit of what D. Gary Young represents is that of “shokunin.” A traditional Japanese title, “shokunin” (or “craftsman”) could well encapsulate all the best of Gary. Shokunin are individuals who care deeply about their craft; however, even this literal description doesn’t fully express the full meaning of the word. Shokunin care passionately, even spiritually, about their work—to the point of utmost personal sacrifice. They don’t care for money; they care only to improve the world through the perfection of their craft. In this way, the world is better because of them. They see what they do as an art form that must be perfected every day, faithfully. They never rest and are rarely tired because they are doing what they were meant to do: living their purpose through their work.
Japanese artist Tasio Odate elaborates further:
“The shokunin has a social obligation to work his best for the general welfare of the people. This obligation is both spiritual and material, in that no matter what it is, the shokunin’s responsibility is to fulfill the requirement.”
Gary Young is the true craftsman of the art of the cultivation, distillation, and quality testing of essential oils. He is comparable to none. He excels at his craft not only because he’s done if for decades but also because it is as natural to him as flying is to an eagle or swimming is to a fish. It is what he is meant to do.
Recent demonstrations of his shokunin spirit include the personal physical sacrifices he is experiencing in Canada. Gary recently told us that he is never warm. The only time he’s able to “thaw out” is a couple of hours after he tucks in his bed late at night after a long, arduous day at the farm. And it’s not just the brutal cold: he has cuts and bruises all over his body as a result of his drive to beat the deep winter clock and get people the oils they love.
I tell you this only to show you what we have in D. Gary Young; his dedication to his craft is immeasurably valuable to all of us. Remember: he loves what he’s doing and is meant to do it.
As recipients of this shokunin gift, it’s incumbent upon us to tell the story, to connect others to the Young Living “why” and continue the revolution in wellness that Gary Young started decades ago. We strive to help you tell this story through our emphasis on Young Living’s Seed to Seal® promise, as evidenced in our farm-centric events, the ongoing rebrand, and our marketing materials (check out SeedtoSeal.com).
Our detractors, including competitors, are attacking on all sides. They know that they are shadows of what we are and what we stand for—and they don’t like it. They know that they can’t compete with our original, authentic and rich narrative, so they attack the source of that narrative: Gary Young. We continue to tell our story despite this, and will defend our virtue as the originator and leader of the essential oil movement. Gary Young created a culture and ethos of wellness and empowerment that has lasted for decades—and it will last for decades more.
The bottom line is that whatever our competitors want to call Gary, they can’t call him a copycat. They can’t call him an imitator. At a minimum they can hopefully acknowledge that he’s the real deal and has taught them everything they know about essential oils. Maybe instead of attacking, it’s time that they give credit where credit is due. But guess what? Gary won’t be listening to any apologies; he’s too busy working in Canada to make the world a better place, one drop at a time.
And in case you still want to call Gary Young “crazy,” well, that may not be so bad either. Just ask Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple:
“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes…the ones who see things differently—they’re not fond of rules…You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things…they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do.”
We are grateful for the pioneering vision and tireless dedication of our founder. How has Gary’s work touched your life? Let us know in the comments!
Young Living Founder and CEO D. Gary Young has always had a passion for discovery, and for the past 20 years, he has used that passion to make Young Living the world’s leading authority on essential oils. This month we celebrate being the last word on essential oils, from our proprietary Seed to Seal process, creating a body of groundbreaking research and scholarship, and hand-selecting respected professionals for the Scientific Advisory Council. Keep reading to learn more!
No other company works as hard as we do to produce the purest, most authentic essential oils in the world. Each step of our proprietary Seed to Seal production process draws on our years of expertise and is designed to ensure superior, authentic essential oils that you and your family can count on. To learn more about this process, visit SeedtoSeal.com.
Over the years Gary’s essential oil discovery journeys have yielded exotic, limited-edition essential oils and Young Living exclusives. In his travels to Ecuador alone, Gary has discovered and distilled dozens of rare Amazonian plants!
Besides ongoing discovery efforts, we continuously research the wellness potential of essential oils. We offer many resources for learning about this research, including our annual conventions, Young Living Introductory Meetings, and other Young Living events where we invite you to get all the most current essential oil information!
The Young Living Scientific Advisory Council offers valuable insight into the development of our products. This professional organization comprises prominent scientific professionals from around the globe, uniting years of experience in natural products. The council’s leadership, authority, and passion for essential oil innovation is redefining the way the world thinks about wellness.
We are pleased to offer the results of decades of expertise and essential oil authority in each product we offer. How has Young Living’s expertise made a difference for you and your family? Share your thoughts in the comments and learn more at Young Living.com!
For the last 20 years and counting, improving our global community has been a guiding principle for Young Living, and philanthropic work has always been close to the hearts of founders D. Gary and Mary Young. This month we celebrate two decades of giving back!
Whether we are helping fund education at the Young Living Academy in Chongon, Ecuador, through the D. Gary Young Foundation or helping fund relief work in areas of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, Young Living’s leadership and members make positive change a priority. With the help of generous members, the D. Gary Young Foundation is funding the expansion of the existing Young Living Academy to accommodate the high school grades! To help fund these efforts, this year’s International Grand Convention will feature a Walk a Mile for a Child fundraiser on Thursday, June 26, from 6–8 a.m. Stay tuned and check back at YoungLiving.com/Convention to register and for more details!
Be sure to visit YoungLiving.com/20Years to learn more about Young Living’s charity work and to watch a video about the D. Gary Young Foundation’s remarkable work in 2013. We encourage you to join us in celebrating our 20 years of service and philanthropy by donating your time or funds to worthy causes. We also invite you to donate to the D. Gary Young Foundation and help provide a child in need with precious educational resources. Thank you for being a part of our 20-year story and helping to change the world for the better.
This year is Young Living’s 20-year anniversary, and we plan to spend all year celebrating! From the biggest convention we have ever held to a full year of giveaways and promotions, plus a new company highlight every month, 2014 is going to be a Young Living celebration like you’ve never experienced!
Thanks to both our members’ dedication and Founder and CEO D. Gary Young’s tireless passion for creating pure essential oils, we have been able to share our priceless message with the world for 20 years and counting. We invite you celebrate our history with us and become a part of our future. Be sure to visit YoungLiving.com/20Years to learn more—and leave your thoughts in the comments!
To kick off this exciting anniversary year, here are some fun facts about Young Living that you may not have known:
- Our new essential oil distillery at the Highland Flats Tree Farm is the world’s first fully automated distillery, as well as one of its largest. This cutting-edge facility will help make the process of producing essential oils such as Idaho Blue Spruce significantly faster and more efficient.
- 2013 was Young Living’s biggest year in two decades of business. We saw the launch of three international markets and shattered even our most optimistic sales and membership projections for the year!
- In 1997 Gary developed Thieves®, an essential oil blend that has been studied for its potential activity against airborne microbes.
Staying healthy requires attention to many different areas. The Young Living lifestyle is predicated upon achieving physical, mental, and emotional balance and well-being. Our friends at Oola believe in the same ideas of balance and well-being and have devised a way to achieve what they call the OolaLife.
To kick off Young Living’s partnership with Oola, we are having a special social media giveaway today, Tuesday, November 12! This exciting contest on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will give 50 lucky winners an exclusive kit containing Oola’s book, Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World, as well as two oil blends specially formulated for Oola by D. Gary Young: Oola Balance and Oola Grow.
Here are the instructions on how to enter each contest:
- Like the Young Living Essential Oils Facebook page
- Like the Oola Facebook page
- Like the giveaway post on the Young Living Essential Oils Facebook page
- Leave a comment on the giveaway post answering the question: Which Young Living essential oils do you use to help improve your life?
There will be 25 winners for the Facebook contest.
- Follow the @YoungLivingEO and @OolaLife Twitter accounts
- Send a tweet with the hashtag #YLOola and @YoungLivingEO
There will be 15 winners for the Twitter contest.
- Follow the @YoungLivingEO Instagram account and the @OolaLife Instagram account
- Repost the picture of the Young Living Oola kit prize shown on the @YoungLivingEO Instagram account with the hashtags #YLOola and #YoungLiving
There will be 10 winners for the Instagram contest.
For complete details and rules on these contests, click here.
The contests end on Tuesday, November 12 at 11:59 p.m., MT. All 50 winners (25 for Facebook, 15 for Twitter, 10 for Instagram) will be announced on each social media account on Wednesday, November 13.
We are also having a very special book promotion to celebrate our partnership with Oola! On November 12 only, purchase Oola’s life-changing book for only $9.99! You can purchase the book here.
If you missed this year’s International Grand Convention, you missed out on the unveiling of some exciting products! Among these products was the convention oil blend that has been reformulated for a more optimized effect: Believe™.
The new Believe blend has been updated to add a special touch of Young Living exclusivity and efficacy by adding oils that are grown, harvested, and distilled on Young Living farms. Because of the cultivation, experience, and care of our Seed to Seal® process practiced on these farms, the purity of these oils remains unaltered.
Also with the new formula, Gary Young wanted to include the benefits of Idaho blue spruce and Ecuadorian ylang ylang (one of the convention Exotic Oils, but we’ll touch on that in another blog). With the addition of these two oils and with the current Idaho balsam fir found in the blend, the reformulated Believe now has three oils that are harvested on the Young Living farms in Idaho and Ecuador.
Created to help you overcome occasional feelings of despair and move to a higher level of awareness, Believe also contains frankincense essential oil to encourage feelings of strength and faith. With the other complementary oils that round out this blend—bergamot, coriander, and geranium—this combination of oils may help assist you as you look to unlock your true, unlimited potential.*
You may use Believe in many ways. Whether you diffuse a little before a big date or rub some behind your ears to get you through a job interview, Believe will get you in the right frame of mind to believe in yourself.
Take this time to share what you are looking forward to most when using the newly reformulated Believe. Three lucky commenters will be randomly selected to receive a bottle of this inspiring blend!
—Marco Colindres III, Product Marketing Manager
*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
With hundreds of distributors in attendance, we held our first-ever Young Living Beauty School March 1–2. With two days of in-depth instruction and well-deserved pampering, we not only learned more about our skin-care products, but we also learned more about one another. Making new friendships and connecting with like-minded people was one of the many worthwhile and unforgettable experiences. With so many memorable highlights to choose from, let’s recap a few of the very best moments.
Gary Young’s surprise visit and inspirational words was definitely a highpoint, which was evident by the overwhelming feedback from our distributors. Along with appreciation for his attendance, many remarks included the following sentiment that is captured by this distributor’s comment: “I was humbled that you [Gary] took the time to honor the women and let us know that as a group, we are important.”
Mary Young’s words of encouragement were another highlight. Her grace and intelligence was appreciated by all, and one distributor stated, “Mary, thank you so much for wrapping your arms around all of us and making this happen. I am so proud to be associated with Young Living.”
When returning from a break, each distributor discovered a beauty kit that was filled with samples and swag, a lovely beauty booklet brimming with product information, and a bottle of essential oil created exclusively for our Beauty School that is befittingly named Jeuenesse, which is French for “youth.” As the distributors discovered all their gifts, the “oohs” and “ahhs” made the elated energy in the room nearly palpable.
Before closing the event, the distributors participated in an auction to benefit the upcoming World Peace Caravan. The support and generosity of the distributors was astounding. Watching them bid to help a worthy cause was impressive. Young Living not only has the best products and essential oils available today, but we also have the most remarkable distributors with big hearts and a desire to share, serve, and make life better. One distributor sweetly wrote, “Dear, precious Young Living: When I count my blessings, I count you twice!” I’d like to add, “Dear, amazing Distributors: The feeling is mutual!”
I would love to hear from you!
Gloria Russo—YL Product Marketing Manager