Arbonne International Reviews
Legit or Scam?
International is a California based
multi level marketing company that has been
in business for over twenty years. Arbonne International specializes in a
variety of skin care and cosmetic products.
The Arbonne product line contains more than
200 hundred items used for anti-aging, acne,
and general skin care for men, women and
babies.In addition to skin care products Arbonne
International also manufactures
aroma-essentials. A product line that
includes: bath oils, massage oils, a variety
of body lotions, candles, and soaps.
Arbonne International has been very
successful and the company's profits have been
consistently on the rise. They do
approximately $35 million in sales annually
and Arbonne is now considered to be a
serious competitor to Mary Kay and Avon.
The only drawback to Arbonne Products
is their hefty price. Most people that
try the items have good things to say and
would generally buy more if not for the high
cost. This also has consequences for
resellers of Arbonne, as it is more
difficult to sell expensive skin care
The business side of Arbonne
International employs an MLM business model
very similar to
Quixtar. Arbonne consultants earn
35% commission on their sales but have to
abide by strict guidelines of how to market
and resell Arbonne products.
As with other MLM businesses most people
do not make serious profits and not by any
fault of their own. The structure of
MLM's make it very hard to succeed once you
get past selling to your friends and family.
Arbonne restricts consultants from using
their own custom websites to sell online.
If you want to sell online you have to
purchase a pre-made Arbonne website.
The problem with those is that its very
difficult to get traffic to a cookie cutter
website. Arbonne officials say that
the nature of this business is to sell
face-to-face but I know that many people
would prefer to do business online.
These restrictions have led people to the
only profitable online outlet they could
find, auction sites. You can find
thousands of Arbonne Products being
sold by consultants on eBay. This
level of competition has forced prices far
below market value and makes profiting
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12:43am on May 5th, 2013
to angel or anyone else that have this "perspective" that arbonne is a scheme.....ACTUALLY if you had a real!! sponser that cared about your success they would have informed you that it is NOT 5000 or even 1500 to sign up, you can actually sell arbonne for under $100 if you choose too, the concept behind the start are fee is simply buying product so that you can share it with people "you business tools" if you will. Its a sucess line, different success lines see different things work for them so they will pass down to their network what worked for them there for passing along what ever amount they spent on "buisness tools" you are actually buying product it is NOT a consultant fee. I am choosing to spend 1500 on product because i intend to build a larger business, some people may choose to become a consultant and just share their knowledge or there personal products and start by a one time fee of under 100 and still have potential to build a strong network, it just may take them longer to do so, but like others have said its not aget rich quick scheme its a business! and if you have a "i want this" mind set and actually work at the "business" you will succeed, i have a amazing group of mentors in my success line that are really in it to help people get to where they are ( which is huge by the way!) they are genuinely great people with nothing but the best of intentions an walk you through every step all you have to do is follow their lead, theyv done it and it worked, it really comes down to your sponcers and success line, some people are in it for the "money" and those are the people failing, its not about the "money" its about offering a great product ( yes not for everyone, there is not one thing in the world that would please EVERYONE) and if the quality of this product was sold in stores 90% of us would not be able to afford it, please actually do your research on the history an heritage of the product how could you ask for anything better or any better developers providing the us "regular" people. personally im in love with the product and the business and im taking my leap of faith as i type and i am soooooo excited, iv done all my research and i am blessed for this opportunity. If anyone wants to be directed in the rite direction with a amazing success line and sponcers let me kno :)
Rebecca Location unknown
3:14pm on May 3rd, 2013
I have used Arbonne and I know plenty of people who are consultants. This product isn't anything special, it isn't a miracle product. Anyone who thinks it's "all natural" obviously hasn't read the entire ingredient list or researched what those ingredients are. For example one ingredient in the corrective eye cream is vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, which is a SYNTHETIC SILICONE to make the product feel nice. This ingredient is among many others like it. I think Arbonne is more about who you can convince to buy it rather than about how great the products really are.
ARBONNE LIFER UNKNOWN
12:31pm on May 3rd, 2013
Honestly, like everything else, some people like certain things and that works for them but some dont and it doesnt work. For me, its working. I love being able to quickly replace my current job to live a life that I HAVE CREATED.
Is it work? Hard work? YES! What job to get to the top isnt? What job can you mention that will allow you to sit on your bum all day and get paid? Let me know because Id love to know. Arbonne doesnt come naturally to everyone but you literally earn and you LEARN. No, I dont know ALL the ingredients in EVERY product but guess what? It works on me, I believe in the product so I will redirect peoples spending on pure, safe and beneficial products... HENCE THE MOTTO.
To the people who only wash their face with soap and water, yes its pricey but to the people who go to a drugstore to buy products, especially high end, its fantastic.
If you dont care about your skin (largest organ of your body BTW)then dont look twice at this business . simple.
to the "haters" of Arbonne, seriously, if you hate Arbonne, dont do it. But do not discourage others just because you had a bad experience or you did "research" (like saying its a pyramid scheme) LOL.
For those who are considering this business, I HIGHLY recommend doing your research instead of following people who cant even back up their information.
DO YOUR RESEARCH!
1:29am on April 24th, 2013
I saw so many of these idiots posting on defense on many pages.I think some of them are on payroll to try to cover up these forums.You guys are pathetic. lol
Bernice Nova Scotia
7:52pm on April 19th, 2013
I want to join I love the product so much I hate when I run out , but I am still not sure what to do .
Karen Leigh Australia
7:56pm on April 18th, 2013
I went to a friends party and bought the foundation and primer (best primer I've ever used) and a few other products. A few months later ordered more through the consultant who did the party, she was lovely and knew her stuff. Slightly more expensive than say Revlon which I used to use, but lasts longer and feels better. I'm not interested in the business model, but love the products.
Maggie Boston, MA. U.S.A.
2:11pm on April 15th, 2013
Keeping it simple people. I am not a consultant. I attended a party and hosted one as well.
My consultant did not pressure anyone into buying anything. She was friendly and only shared her experience with the products to us. She didn't brainwash anyone into thinking this was the miracle company nor did she convince anyone to join for profit. My guests and I purchased items on our own accord.
Secondly, if anyone does not like the Arbonne product he or she can return it within the 45-day money back guarantee claim the company has. That is more than a month's time. By the third week people should be aware if a product is effective or not.
Third, pyramid scams are when one person or just the higher ups gain all the benefits of the business while the beginners or those working below him/her do all the work for little profit. It is a business. Just like any other business, one needs to work at his/her audience, at his/her presentation, and at his/her knowledge of the product. It will not work if people sit back and expect the product to sell itself. Just like any other business (storewise or self employed) people need to understand how to be motivated and accountable for any work done. Nobody said it would be easy. Work never is.
Also, use statistics to back up any claims and state where those claims come from. I am tired of trying to find reviews with actual validity behind them. Instead I end up finding people that would rather whine about their issues or concerns instead of doing something about them (use new product, get your money back, change other aspects of life, etc).
It is unfortunate that some people feel scammed or lied to; however, if the consultant pressures you into making a purchase then there is something wrong with the consultant and their is something wrong with you.
MJ New York
5:35pm on April 9th, 2013
I am married to an Arbonne consultant and use products that I enjoy. No product by Arbonne has caused any negative skin reaction to me or our children.
If someone had a bad reaction, so be it. Like all products ‘out there’, results are not guaranteed. The only ‘guarantee’ is that full disclosure is made about the ingredients, if you care.
I have a friend who owns a cosmetic store, and she sells super expensive, well-recognized products with celebrity endorsements. If someone has a negative skin reaction, nobody blames her. Nobody begrudges her for making a profit on product sales. The distribution chain and method of sale is different in Arbonne, but that does not translate into wrongdoing or fraud.
BTW, my wife is doing great. She drives a white Mercedes. She introduced a lady to the Arbonne business who now drives a white Mercedes as well. There are many more ladies who are working toward that as well. Yes, there is work. Just like any other business, people need to work. Unlike most other businesses though, the start up cost is extremely reasonable, and there are relatively no recurring monthly expenses, like I have in my office. No rent. No payroll. No inventory.
The consulting business is not for everyone. Then again, graduate school and business ownership aren’t for everyone either. People fail in business every day, and success stories are far fewer than the failures. To begrudge a business model for failures is silly, especially when there are proven successes. If a person joins Arbonne as a consultant and has great mentoring, there is incredible profit potential. Period.
Angel Location unknown
9:49pm on April 6th, 2013
Oh Samantha get a life. There are many legal scams. It's been going on for ages. Look at the stockmarket scams that have been legal until they fall apart. What people are saying is that yes, this buying in with $3000 and then getting 5 others to do the same, and so and so-Well it is your typical mlm pyramid. Just accept it. NOthing wrong since head office wants as much sales as possible. STop trying to convince it. It is the quick way to make it to the top. I hope your are an ENVP with 4 wide and are in the millionaire club-Otherwise, shut up and getting hustling for your 5-LOL
Anonymous Location unknown
8:37pm on April 1st, 2013
But it really is a good scam. Go put 3 G's in it and 5 more to do the same- and so on, and so on.......
It really is that simple-lol
Samantha New York
12:59pm on March 30th, 2013
So many of these negative reviews are absolut rubbish. First of all, I don't understand how anyone felt personally "SCAMMED" by friends and family, because I personally don't have friends or family who would do that to me. If you're not capable of telling someone no (especially your OWN friends and family) when you don't want to buy a product or sell a product, that is your OWN fault; NOT Arbonne's. Secondly, if you think you were scammed because YOU were not successful with Arbonne, that is also YOUR fault and NOT Arbonne's. Also, if you buy a product and have a negative reaction to it, that is (again) NOT Arbonne's fault. I mean, can you honestly say that when you go to the store and buy cheap makeup and skin care products that you have NEVER had a negative reaction to them? Arbonne does NOT claim to be a product line that absolutely NO ONE will have reactions to; if you think a company is capable of creating something like that, than you are an extremely ignorant person. And if you think that Arbonne claims to make products like that, than you are also ignorant. If you have reaction to something, find something else that you DON'T have a reaction to; just like you would do with any other skin-care line. The fact that so many people think that this is a "pyramid scheme" is also hilarious. If you actually did your research, you would know that it absolutely IS NOT! Pyramid scheme's are ILLEGAL. A pyramid scheme is: "a non-sustainable business model that involves promising participants payment or services, primarily for enrolling other people into the scheme, rather than supplying any real investment or sale of products or services to the public. These types of schemes have existed for at least a century, some with variations to hide their true nature, and because of this, many people believe that ALL multilevel marketing plans are also pyramid schemes." Arbonne supplies actual products (many of which I personally use and love,) and sells these items to their customers. JUST BECAUSE THEY DO IT THROUGH INDIVIDUALS AND NOT NAME BRAND STORES, DOES NOT MAKE IT A PYRAMID SCHEME. When you sell Arbonne as a consultant, you are not building a pyramid with you just sitting at the top; you are essentially becoming a "store" and you can sell as much or as little as you want, and you can help others open their own "store" if and when they want to. As far as the products go, you either like them, or you don't. When you buy something at the grocery store and don't like it, do you go on a psychotic rampage claiming that the whole company is fake and it ruined your life and blah blah blah?!? NO YOU DON'T!! You get over it, return the item and try something new. Everyone's skin is different and Arbonne doesn't claim to hold the magic key to making your skin perfect; so stop acting like they do.
8:08pm on March 28th, 2013
I went to an Arbonne party once, got pressured into buying 300 dollars worth of products and was so disappointed. (I was obviously naive) When I think back to the consultant hosting the party, she knew very little about the contents of the product, was just reading from her handbook and giving us the same rehearsed speech. The foundation is HORRIBLE. I looked like I had about 2 pounds of dry skin on my face (Oh, and I was using their moisturizer at the time..) Primer was thick and oily, the shampoo and conditioner made my hair horribly dry and their face wash made me breakout. I think this company sells low quality over priced products and convinces leech like people with no morals to sell them. Oh and the consultant that sold me the products bugged me for about 2-3 months after until I made it clear I was never going to re-purchase, and I haven't heard from her since.
artee ma, usa
10:21pm on March 27th, 2013
Fantastic product at a decent price. dont mix up the biz opportunity with the product........2 different animals.
6:11am on March 26th, 2013
Every one here talks about how rubbish this company is and that it's a con or they have been conned by people they know - if you bought into the business and are not seeing what you expect it is because this is not a get-rich-quick concept. It is based on time and effort and the support of your sponsors. If you happened to have a sponsor that is not there to help you then of course you were bound to fail as you won't know how to deal with your own business.
I am an Arbonne Consultant...I was skeptical about the business, however I took a lot of time to research everything before I jumped in. I asked a lot of questions, attended a lot of meetings to hear the stories of others.
People are saying its a "pyramid scheme" - how so? If your sponsor stops working on their business then you are then able to over take them and promote yourself. So please explain how it is a "pyramid scheme".
The ingredients that go into the products are 100% naturally sourced(!!) - no chemicals are put into any of the creams or make-up. So what is so wrong with this company? Look at the ingredients and I challenge all of you to find something that is not sourced from a plant extract.
Just because you don't understand and by the sounds of it don't want to, doesn't mean that you have the right to go along and say that is a con.
3:27pm on March 23rd, 2013
I went to one of these Arbonne sales pitches last night and the lovely lady doing the selling was so hopelessly naive about the information she was peddling that I found it hard to keep my face straight. To any budding reps out there, I recommend you don't try selling to anyone with a knowledge of science - you will be a laughing stock.
Today I've done just 30 mins internet research about the products and these are my conclusions (but if anyone can counter them with real evidence, rather than just opinion, I'll be very happy to reconsider them):
1. Lots of people love using the products, and say it makes their skin feel great. (But that could easily be a placebo effect).
2. There's no scientific evidence for the '10 years younger' claim attached to the RE9 Advance product. Arbonne did pay a commercial research company to compare it to other products, and claim it came out of that well, but as far as I can tell the research hasn't been published in a peer-reviewed journal, which is the 'badge of quality' for any proper scientific study. In fact I don't think its been published at all, apart from one quote on the Arbonne website, so it's not possible to tell if the research was carried out robustly, using a randomized control trial.
3. There's a lot of skepticism over the business model, which many people describe as a 'pyramid' selling scheme.
4. Although the products are slightly cheaper than some premium ranges, they're still generally considered to be overpriced.
5. There's some skepticism about the 'natural ingredients' claims, but its hard to tell whether its well-founded or not.
So, I won't be rushing to buy Arbonne potions just yet!
However I do recommend Ben Goldacre's book 'Bad Science'. It will make you feel a lot better about buying cheap skincare products, help you work out if a product's 'scientific credentials' stack up or not, and make you healthily skeptical about anyone describing themselves as a 'nutritionist'. Plus its pretty funny too!
3:56pm on March 21st, 2013
Complete scam!!! Don't go near it!!!
I've lost a friend because of it.
Arbonne brainwash people. Be careful!
6:13pm on March 20th, 2013
2:11am on March 19th, 2013
I am an Arbonne Independent Consultant. I love their RE9 products, I love their protein shakes, but I DO NOT love their makeup. I've had complaints from several clients about allergies, and I've also had complaints that the lipsticks are drying, the eyeshadow doesn't hold the pigment very well, the makeup base gets clumpy on both dry and oily skin even with the primer, their makeup remover burns the eyes, and the blushes don't stay on. The cosmetics business builders kit is a complete rip-off -definitely not worth the money. I think the Arbonne business works for some people, but I would think very carefully before signing up to be an Independent Consultant. It's not right for everyone.
Mike Smith Canada
3:28am on March 18th, 2013
Here is the simple math. If you start with 1 consultant and they find 1 a month who does the same, and so on, in 29 months you have you have 539 million consultants, that's larger then to population on North America in just over 2 years. Take the 1500 you were going to spend on Arbonne and put it towards late charges at the public library. You'll be much better off.
3:04pm on March 16th, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear that's so many of you were misled by your consultants. It is not the product that is the problem, it is the expectations you had. I love the products and they work for my skin, but I would never expect everyone to see the same response... neither does Arbonne! You need to speak up and use your 45 day money back guarantee if you are not happy with the product! If you keep quiet then you are left to suffer alone, resulting in bitterness.
Arbonne is a perfect mixture of science and botanicals, they are by no means free of chemicals. A product free of chemistry would expire as soon as its ingredients, which can be used in a few days or few months. Of course they require a preservative. I trust that Arbonne uses the smallest volume of preservatives possible to maintain the product.
Arbonne has been formulating these products for 33 years! Much longer than people have been educated on the dangers out there. They are doing something right in my eyes.
I have an amazing team that I work very closely with. We have fun at our parties, we get out as women, use products that make us gorgeous and build self confidence and self esteem WHILE making a paycheck. It's the best job I have ever had!
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