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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11:02am on November 5th, 2013
I purchased the acne line in the spring and broke out with the WORST acne I have ever had in my life - blistering white heads and deep pimples overran my face and made me hide from public. I contacted my rep and they assured me that this was a normal reaction as it was just "purging the impurities" stage and urged me to continue. The longer I used these products, the worse my skin got so eventually I just gave them back to my rep and asked for a return. Instead, I got my products replaced by the rc5 line (not what I asked for but ok I will try it). Same results, blistering pimples (not as aggressive but still very bad breakouts). OF COURSE, when I went to return the products the window to return had closed and I was stuck with bad skin and no money. In my opinion, this company is a sham and very unprofessional. I was given the run-around by three different employees - one even at a corporate level, who said they would take care of the return then changed their story when I actually went to do it. Once they have your money, (and they know you don't like their product) they no longer work for you. Funny thing is, if they had conducted business properly and professionally, I would have considered trying other products. Instead however, this entire time they made me feel as if I was the one to blame because their products caused a breakout. This is a business number one, a skin care line second. Be warned.
8:08pm on October 23rd, 2013
My mother sold arbonne. I like the products, actually. However, the women who pushed her into selling this stuff were phony, pushy, and all around liars. There are only so many demonstrations one can do before you've exhausted your list of friends and acquaintances. Most people don't want to be bothered because they know you're pushing something on them. They tell the most ridiculous stories as well. For example the respiratory therapist who left her job to be a rich arbonne saleswoman. Right, you left a job that pays around 70k and saves lives to sell lipstick. Most women we met who sell this are women like my mom who don't have to work because they have good husbands who take care of things and want to make a few dollars. In other words, they were wealthy to begin with, and their success, and fancy cars are a result of their actual career or that of their partner. I truly feel bad for those who struggle financially and put out money for a kit only to realize that making tons of money is reserved for less than 3% of sales people at arbonne. No, I didn't make that figure up, it was on the news! In short, if you like the products, which you probably will, sign up! Sell for 35% profit and use the funds to buy your own products. That is the only success you're likely to attain. Also, don't buy the whole" sale level thing" if you buy enough products you're considered a certain level...meaning your friend calls herself" district manager", but it's likely she purchased a bunch of products to " earn" that title. Think about it, out of everyone you've known in your lifetime who sold for an MLM, how many were really wealthy as a result? Please don't buy the hype!
3:01pm on September 16th, 2013
How many companies do you support every day by using their products? And who's getting rich when you purchase those? If you're not a network marketing professional, the answer is "Not you."
MLM is simply a streamlined method of distribution.
Arbonne happens to have a 33-yr history of success (not history of shadiness or law suits for illegal activity). A corporate office of well-known professionals from highly acclaimed retail brands and manufacturers.
As for the products, it's not accurate to claim they are 100% botanical -- and consultants are taught to represent product content accurately, as "botanically based" with the "safest of science available". It's a good idea to become educated about how industry terms like "natural", "organic", "safe", "recommended" and others are intentially vague and easily misunderstood by consumers at large.
Unfortunately, uneducated or simply brand new consultants may be non-compliant in how they share both products and the business option. Have you ever worked with someone who writes their own script? Who, despite the best training tools available to all, decides to go rogue and tell it in their her way? Yeah, those people exist in Arbonne too. Ever tried to show someone how to do something and they're intent on doing it themselves with little to no experience? That happens in Arbonne too.
But those of us who are respectable, hard-working, growing, learning, coachable consultants, learn how to share the facts about what Arbonne offers. Take it or leave it. You get to choose.
It's a good idea to not let other people be the example of what YOU can become. If you come into this business with integrity, Arbonne can't possibly turn you into something otherwise. If you have a desire to earn as you learn, you'll get the coaching you need. If the person who introduced you to Arbonne isn't an upstanding, pleasant, informed businessperson, that's by no means the norm. We're just people, so some of us are incredibly honest and accomplished. Some of us aren't. You'll get out of this what you put into it. If that's money for product? You'll be satisfied or Arbonne will make it right. If it's effort to creating a new future with income from this legal, positive, fastest growing industry on the planet? You'll get much more out of it that you even thought possible.
This is why Arbonne gives away white Mercedes, and not bicycles.
You owe it to yourselves to be adequately informed, no matter what you choose to wash your face with.
12:44pm on July 31st, 2013
Became an Arbonne consultant in September 2013 after careful consideration and trying the RE9, FC5 and Sea Source product ranges provided to me by my now sponsor. Really liked all products I tried and impressed with the non pyramid business model so I gave it a go with an investment of just under £1000. Became a District Manager just before Christmas and now have my sights firmly set on the next level, Area Manager. What have I learned in the past 9 months with Arbone? Firstly it's a job, so treat it like a job. My team consists of people who are motivated, eager to learn, enthusiastic and in it for the long run. They have become my friends and I am in daily contact with them. So it's vital to get people on board who want to make the business work as much as I do. You never know how this works out but I guess I have been very lucky with those who have said "yes" to the business and really making a go of it. It's a team effort and we do everything we can to help each other. I have well covered my initial outlay (by December 2013) and I am now earning a nice monthly income which increases month on month. It helps to pay the bills and I can treat my family to weekends away. What's more this only the start. I have not been going 12 months yet and already in a position to make a financial difference. My team is going the same way which makes this whole business so worth it. So, to all the sulky, disappointed, slightly arrogant people looking down their noses and poo-pooing those who are in network marketing using excellent health and welness products to create a better life for themselves and others: one day I will be financially secure and so will loads of others who have made this choice. On top of that, our skin will look much nicer than yours!
1:08am on July 31st, 2013
It's very simple - you are just changing brands.
I used to use XYZ brands (lots of different ones) - now I consolidate my shopping, it's easier, and when I recommend it - Arbonne says "thank you" with a commission check.
If you and your friends have the Ah Ha moment that we are having - you will enjoy a nice drive in a White Mercedes.
7:53pm on June 20th, 2013
Hello! I have just started with Arbonne and so far I have not spent a penny nor am I planning too, really. My mentor has sent me tons of product for free and is now flying me out to NY for some training. She has picked me because I have a large network of people and I am a makeup artist. My mentor is with me each step of the way, she is helping me sell, organize events without spending a dime. Maybe I just lucked out, But I will modify my review if anything changes. So far I have only been impressed. If you do not believe I am real, I will give you my facebook page. I am on no one's payroll no do I know about any scams.
12:42pm on June 9th, 2013
Whether it's Machiavellian manipulation on the part of the sponsors, or they've also been snowed, I can't tell you, but something's rotten in the sate of Arbonne. Not only do they use scare tactics to convince their customers that every other cosmetics brand is filled with evil additives, they don't disclose that many of the plant extracts and fragrant oils they use are irritating and allergenic. I stupidly tried to be a consultant, but after numerous complaints from my clients over allergic reactions, I started investigating and found out that people are paying a fortune for stuff that's really not that great. I ended up throwing out almost $2000 in skin care and makeup products, I'm sure the positive reviews here are from consultants who are part of the scheme or are as gullible as I was. My sponsor was very upset with me, but I won't sell my soul for a Mercedes.
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12:11am on May 19th, 2013
ANOTHER SILLY IDEA. JUST LIKE VISALUS. HEY HOW BOUT U PEOPLE START SELLING MY PRODUCTS, ILL GIVE U 35% COMMISSION TOO.
3:13pm on May 15th, 2013
Arbonne is not a scam or pyramid scheme. I just started a month ago after trying and falling in love with many of their products. Being a consultant is such a great deal because even if you don't want to build your business you get 35% off plus free products and other rewards. I haven't even started building my business and I've made $140. That's not much obviously but like I said, I haven't even begun to do anything with Arbonne yet so now I'm even more excited to get it all up and going! I would recommend Arbonne to anyone. Class act all the way around.
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.
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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.
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