Arbonne Reviews – Does Arbonne Scam People Of Their Hard Earned Cash?

Arbonne Reviews – Does Arbonne Scam People Of Their Hard Earned Cash?

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Arbonne reviews: Company’s basic information

Arbonne, better known as Arbonne International, is a company that has its headquarters in California. The company deals with a range of personal care and nutritional products. It has been in operation for more than 30 years and has been distributing its products mainly through multi level marketing.

The products of Arbonne

Arbonne international has well over 200 items on its product line. The items on the company’s line of personal care products include anti-aging products, acne treatment and a range of skin care products, not only for women, but also for men and children. The company also engages in the manufacture of bath and massage oils, candles, soaps and different body lotions.

Arbonne reviews: How to benefit from Arbonne business opportunity

Arbonne international has a typical MLM arrangement for reselling its products. The people who resell the company’s products, usually known as Arbonne consultants, make an income through directly selling the company’s products and by recruiting other consultants.

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People can join Arbonne international at two levels. Both levels give one the chance to purchase the company’s products at a discounted price. If you want to join the company as a simple consultant, you are required to pay $29 for a basic starter kit. Distributors who would like to start a serious business have to pay $79 for a comprehensive business starter kit. Representatives of Arbonne international earn a commission of 35% for selling the products.

Petter Morck: The Company’s founder

It is important to make mention of the company’s management in these Arbonne reviews. The company was founded by Petter Morck in 1980., the company’s website, does not have much information about him. Other sources claim that he had a strong direct sales background, and that’s why, perhaps, he was able to steer the company to success. After his exit, Stian Morck, child to Petter Morck, took over the management of the company.

Arbonne reviews summary

Due to the high and rising demand of personal care and nutritional products, it seems that one can build a beneficial business using Arbonne products. However, it is important to note that the market for these products experiences high competition from other companies and distributors. Arbonne international also has strict regulations governing the re-selling of its products. To sell the company’s products online, one has to purchase a website that is pre-made by Arbonne.

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78 Comment responses

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    July 28, 2013

    It a product that one sells to make a profit. What is wrong with that isn’t that what selling and retailing means? If you go to Costco or Sam’s Club as a liquor store owner to purchase products to retail are you not making a profit? It is called sales.

    If you are a CEO of your own company, do you not make a bonus if your company exceeds its sales goals, does the management team not make a bonus, does the sales rep not make a bonus? When you are training and working for a traditional business do you not get paid for your time to teach and train a new person? Who in the company helps make those sales goals? EVERYBODY! Businesses does not operate on its own. These are incentives that Arbonne considers that are fair for people that are wiling to spend their time selling and marketing themselves. If you cannot market yourself you can not sell any product or GET a JOB for that fact. I have been a consultant since 2004. I have made money retailing the product because I am too busy with my full time job to teach and train others to do what I do, plus there are too many people that lack motivation to go out and get the business. You can lead a horse to water but you can not make them drink.

    My next question is how is this concept different from franchising? Franchising is very costly, most of the franchisees’ I deal with have to pay on a monthly basis 50% of their NET income to the brand because the franchisees’ are buying into the brand to help them get those consumers through their doors. Franchises are turn key operations that get paid for just leasing out their NAME and CONCEPT. So are franchises a SCAM? Retailing a product is a business.


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    April 26, 2013

    arbonne stands behind all products… yes you will get some kind of compensation


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    April 26, 2013

    it takes time to undo what has been done to the skin. As the layers heal then the healthy skin can shine through. they do stand by the products and surely would refund or send a compliment
    product to help you achieve a healthier skin. Everyone (again) reacts differently and maybe you had an allergic reaction to something in the product that you used. the products are all natural, no dyes or perfumes used and not animal tested.
    I have been using arbonne for many years and so has my daughter
    with her changing skin. Maybe if you had a more positive attitude
    about the product instead of being negative before you even tried it- you may be pleasantly surprised. It takes time to heal years of bad skin. How old are you?? ….. arbonne consultant


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    April 17, 2013

    Hi Sarah Renee
    All of Arbonne’s products come with a 45 day money back guarantee!!! Let me know if you need more information.


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    April 12, 2013

    Hi, my name is Esther and i am currently a Independent Consultant which i am very excited about.


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    April 09, 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.


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    April 03, 2013

    Am thinking about selling arbonne someone is really wanting me to do it. I guess what an want to know is this a good thing to try or not please help


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      April 03, 2013

      Jere in VA,

      Arbonne may be a good thing if you like the products of the company and you are prepared to sell to a vast network of people. It usually takes new network marketers 2-5 years to build up the business to a full time income unless they have a great exisiting network to sell to. If you like marketing, networking, and sales in general, your income potential is unlimited. Only about 1-2% of people in MLM become highly successful because it’s a challenging business to get the sales and stay consistent. But that 1-2% of MLMers make a lot of money.


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    March 23, 2013

    i want to try sheer finish tinted moisturizer. but heard bad reviews. if doesn’t work well can i get refund.?


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    March 20, 2013

    The amount of people with such narrow minded views is amazing. I do not sell Arbonne , but I understand the business model and their unique products… And yes they are truly unique. They are not a supermarket type of skin care line, instead they go against what common manufacturers do.

    Just because people have one bad experience with a family member or one product doesn’t work as advertised, let’s throw the whole company under the bus and dismiss the entire business idea…. The business that actually makes money and rewards their consultants.

    I’ve personally met a handful of Arbonne consultants and I find them to be extremely nice, non pushy and truly genuine about their business and product line.


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    March 17, 2013

    I have been using the Arbonne “extra moisture” since receiving it as a gift at Christmas time and must admit that I’m getting ready to purchase online right now.
    I love this stuff!


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    March 10, 2013

    Here is the real deal with Arbonne, I really like the products, NOT the sunscreen products, they smell bad to me.

    I was selling their products with Arbonne’s “MyArbonne” store, which is tied into
    their system, & I had to pay & design it.

    They charge you to have the store, but then they penalize you for promoting it.
    Here is the reason why, they are dumping their product on to Amazon, they will deny it, but I met an Amazon Executive who confirmed it.

    I was suspended by Arbonne as a rep because I had a link from Pinterest to my store. Imagine that, I must have been competing against their Amazon operation???? Not sure but go figure, I spent my money to sell their product &
    they terminate you for promoting your online store, which they charged you for???

    Try something else…..


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    February 19, 2013

    RE: MLM and pyramid schemes — it’s more than just having a hierarchy. Look at the apparent profitability of a company. Is “profitability” mostly based on new sales people/fees coming in, than actual product sales?


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    February 15, 2013

    I am currently in the process of enrolling as a consultant. I find it a little crazy that just because a product doesnt work for a person they think of posting it as a scam on the internet. Not every product will work for the same person. That would be like me using a brand from the store with poor results and posting it as a scam. You try different products until you find what works for you.

    As for the so called toxic ingredients….anyone can get on here with ingredient names and what it is, so that means everyone should believe it??? Just saying look up the information yourself, you may just be surprised by inscrepencies.

    And as for mlm’s/pyramid schemes….this is no different than mary kay or avon and yet they are household names. This is not employment, this is a business!!! Business meaning you build customers and team members, no different than if I opened up a chain of stores.

    As for pushy consultants…so that means if a consultant is pushy than we should punish all the other consultants? I mean seriously, don’t judge the whole company because you dont like the consultant.


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    February 14, 2013

    I tried the products. Skin care was decent. Makeup was great at first, within an hour it had all melted off, and i started from scratch with all of the products that supposedly you have to use in conjunction with one another to achieve premier results( i was at an arbonne party). This company focuses on selling and not on their products. They are selling garbage and anyone who is “in love” with these products are either lying to you or they have no knowledge of superior cosmetics. Scam. So clearly a scam.


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    February 07, 2013

    Hi Karen, the company that I am with recently had a lot of top level Arbonne people join us. We stand behind our products and our integrity is very important to us. If you would like more information or samples, please let me know.


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    February 02, 2013

    I say “go for it!” You will find some amazing products with Arbonne that you will love, and be proud to recommend to your clients. Treat it like your own business, be proud to be a part of introducting such amazing products, and you will have a great experience and a business you can call “successful” Give it a year, try various products with your clients, when they love them they will order and love the company as much as you will. If it doesn’t work out, but I know it will, you can always stop. I’m a happy consultant and never regret my time with Arbonne!


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    February 02, 2013

    Thank you for taking the time to research this! Recently, one of my friends approached me wanting me to become a consultant for Arbonne. Her mother has been very successful with the company. The idea of making money on the side is very attractive, but it is hard for me to trust the company when there are toxic chemicals in the ingredients. Like you, I tried to find a full ingredients list online but only found a KEY ingredients list. I have hormonal imbalances and just recently became informed about the dangers of parabens and other toxic ingredients (I am still learning the the names and how to identify). These toxic chemicals act as estrogens in the body creating a huge hormonal imbalance. I wouldn’t have such a problem becoming a consultant if Arbonne clearly labeled their ingredients list and didn’t claim to be something they are not. This is disheartening to experience the misleading claims of the company using words such as Organic and Pure. I agree that there is a need for stronger standards implemented when it comes to labeling the product. Too many people are suffering from health issues and allergies because of toxic fillers found in our beauty products. I am a life guard and I just want to find a sun screen that is non-toxic! What can we do to push for stricter policies on product labeling?


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    January 31, 2013

    I would be happy to send you a sample of our awesome products. Contact me at


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    January 31, 2013

    Hello I read your story from last year, Im sorry that the consultant in question did not address your concerns appropriately and I know how that can color your experience with Arbonne or any other MLM company on the planet. My story to you is that you can order what you would like from the Arbonne website without this consultant as you are not giving her your money , she only recieves a very small percentage if she teaches you how to duplicate the process and you purchase your own products. The samples however are paid for by all consultants in whatever country they live in and most of us give them for free trying to match our potential customers with correct product for their individual needs. I personally think you should try again and check the website for all of your information and join Arbonne only if you feel all your questions have been addressed and you are happy with the response you get from the site. I think you will love what you find, your friend was not very knowledgeable and should have taken the time to explain to you that Arbonne has 550 consumable products of health and wellness and is based on a duplication system not purchasing directly from consultants unless you want to do this! If this site allows you to have access to my email address, I invite you to contact me and ask anything you would like about Arbonne .Thankyou


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    January 26, 2013

    Arbonne products work on all types of skins…..If you mix other products with mineral oil and toxins and bacteria you will only make you skin worse. Negative people usually get negative results..on eveything they do….thats just how it works in life…You should try cleaning your self from insideout with the detox first and then do the acne line and you woulb be so happy….and make money alongthe way by showing people your own results….be happy live today as a present from god. We may not be here for long……


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    January 25, 2013

    I am a new Arbonne consultant in the San Diego area. Please contact me if you would like to try the products. I love the products! I orginally just wanted to use the products, but then I used so many of them, I thought I would just become a consultant and earn a few hundred a month. For me it works!


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    January 24, 2013

    Frankly the contents of the products are irrelevant. All cosmetics apart frim the very basic supermarket products are a huge rip off. The enormous profit margins are created by the importance of branding and not at all related to the actual product itself. In conventional businesses that value is created by brand experts and marketeers. In arbonne it’s created by hopeless optimism and greed. The fact that consultants spend more time focused on selling “the opportunity” than the product is a clear sign that this is a pyramid scheme.

    Furthermore, the ‘genius’ of the scheme is to chose cosmetic products to effectively disguise the fact it is a pyramid scheme. If the product in question were, say, loaves of bread the direct relationship between the cost of the product and its price would expose the scam. There would simply be no money in it. The choice of cosmetics as a product is no accident. It masks the fact that it is a pyramid scheme and stops the scheme from being closed down. Remeber pyramid selling is illegal as it is a scam. The question you should ask yourself even if you are stupid enough to buy in yourself, is if you are prepared to visit this immoral scheme on your friends and family. I for one would rather work for a living.

    To paraphrase JFK, ” think not what your friends can do for you; but what you can do for them”.

    Have some morals and a work ethic. Don’t be sucked into vacuous branding brainwashing. Get a life, get a job, get some self respect.


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    January 22, 2013

    Good for you! I don’t like pyramid schemes. 1500?!? THAT IS A TON OF MONEY THEY ARE ASKING FOR!!!


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    January 22, 2013

    Hello Jen, I am also an aesthetician and makeup artist that has been approached by Arbonne to be a representative. I have had a sit down meeting with the initial consultant and her superior consultant ( who own the “Arbonne” Mercedes). I think having my own line of products to sell to my clients is great, but I don’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable about joing as a consultant. Also, the initial girl that introduced me to the company is very sweet an non pushy, but her consultant was very pushy and aggressive about “how great and natural ” the products were . Me having knowledge and a background in skin , told her that the products were decent and nothing special and certainly not 100% natural. She didn’t know how to respond. Still I’m interested because I’m always recommending products of other companies to clients whether it be cosmetics or skin care, never getting paid for it. :( Not sure what to do I want a product I can sell to clients and make money on but I don’t want to pressure friends or family into becoming part of my marketing plan. Any help?


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    January 14, 2013

    I did market Arbonne for almost a year, here is the main problem, if you buy their website, they do not allow you to advertise online or even have a link.

    They in effect, fired me for having a link to my store. God forbid I might sell to much. ( I was selling a lot off of my online store)

    Their compliance department spend their days trying to catch reps from selling online. But they claim they can not catch the ones who sell on Amazon…Hmmmm

    During the Holidays I met an Executive at Amazon & they did disclose to me that Arbonne does sell directly to consumers on Amazon, maybe that is why they can not catch themselves? & They fire all of the reps who try to market on line???

    What do you think


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    January 09, 2013

    I wonder if the powers that be at Arbonne are concerned about the SEC investigation in to Herbalife around it being a dressed up pyramid scheme, something that is actually illegal Kar and nothing like a typical company structure with hierarchy.

    The term pyramid refers to the shifting of wealth from one individual to another without true value being added in the process, usually through the over pricing of products that can be found in a number of places at much lower costs. They seem to think that by accompanying a pyramid with a consumable product it somehow makes it legitimate.

    Sadly the people of Belgium do not agree hence why Herbalife is an illegal organisation there.

    Anyone unsure please read this latest Bloomberg article and see if you recognise any of the synergies:


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    January 07, 2013


    It’s unfortunate that the consultant you were associated with provided you with the wrong information. I am also an Arbonne independent consultant, and honestly, a lot of what you’re taught (and if you’re taught the correct information) depends on your team–those teams teaching the value/benefit of the products rather than just trying to sell the business tend to do better, in my opinion. I actually attended a different team’s meeting before and was extremely turned off by how the business was presented, even though I was familiar with/had used Arbonne products for the previous 6 mths (as customer only). Pretty much just get-rich-quick/you’d be crazy NOT to join/look at my Mercedes tactics. I ended up joining under my friend (who was my consultant, a separate team from this one), because she NEVER once pressured me to either buy the products or to join the business. To be honest, the reason I joined in the beginning was simply to benefit from the greater discount anyway!

    Just FYI, as consultants, we do have the full list of ingredients available to share at any time and many of the product lines are being updated online with the full ingredient lists (e.g.: go to main page, click on products, click RE9 Advanced, for for each product, it’ll give you ingredient list and what each ingredient is used for—anything without it, your consultant SHOULD be providing for you as a consumer!)

    As for prices, I’ll be truthful and say before Arbonne, I was using Lancome for skincare and both MAC and Lancome for make-up–however, once I tried Arbonne, it was a much better product, IN MY PERSONAL OPINION. Looking at the normal retail prices, it was approximately the same or even less than what I was using before. With the preferred client discount (20%, up to 80%) it was even less, and once I signed up as an independent consultant, it was much much less (35%, up to 80%), which was my initial reason for joining (as I’ve already made back my registration fee).

    I don’t like pushy salespeople either, regardless of whether they are selling a business or product, and refuse to become that way. Harassing/annoying people, providing poor customer service, or not supporting your team are not ways of having happy customers and a successful team.

    If anyone wants to learn more about the products or the business, you can go to my page and my contact information is there (click on name above). Feel free to contact me with any questions/concerns.


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    January 05, 2013

    You want to try great products that do work!!!! %100 money back guarenteee. The women are wonderfull and the oppurtunity…. 50% commison…. Thats alot!!!! Search the website find your consultant today


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    January 04, 2013

    I am truly appaled that some people feel ripped off by this opportunity. Someone lied and promised you something and that is wrong. No one promised me riches. I was told to work my butt off before I get to see reasonable profit. I have always wanted to be my own boss and I didn’t expect any of it to be easy as with any other venture. Yes the RVP’s get Mercedes and that’s all well and nice but that is definetely not why I am doing it. Some people struggle with the 9 to 5. If anything I respect my friends for doing it because like mlm, the “normal” work routine is not for everyone either even though we are told that it is the only way. You like your job? I am absolutely delighted! Some people can’t conform to it and that is where Arbonne helped me. My investment was minimal compared to the cost of starting my own. But again, not for everyone. The products are not for everyone either. I was using everything else for years before Arbonne and I am not dead or dying. I just saw incredible results. I am enjoying my business because it freed me from the routine most do not find that difficult. Pyramid? Please. What company isn’t a pyramid? Ceo, management, supervisor, employees. Every corporate organization needs this structure to thrive. There is nothing wrong with that. I now have a new-found respect for mlm and often find myself exploring new Network Marketing companies to launch. They are a cheap way to grow wealth but it takes patience, hardwork and a keen understanding of the direct-selling business.


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    January 04, 2013

    I always enjoy these discussions and I truly appreciated your comments. I hear “pyramid” often as an Arbonne consultant and I always ask these people to draw out their own organization. Hmmm seems there’s always a big guy(or gal) on top, middle management, supervisors and then a stream of employees. What’s that shaped like? Mlm is what it is :)


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    December 28, 2012

    I am 50 yrs. old and I had decided that I wanted to switch all my cosmetics to an organic cosmetic line for health reasons. I read that chemical laden products that we put on our bodies act as xenoestrogens and can affect/disrupt your hormonal balance. I am menopausal and have menopausal side effects still and felt that changing to an organic cosmetic line would not only be more healthy, but help decrease the possibility of my menopausal symptoms. I was also interested in changing all my house cleaning products, lotions, soaps to an organic line as well. Personally, I know someone who works for the Arbonne Company and she highly recommended their products since she stated that they were organic, and did not have the chemical laden toxic ingredients in them that the other non-organic companies have in their cosmetic line. She gave me the Arbonne Catalogue which is very detailed and has a lot of information in it about their “pure, safe and botanical” products. The first sentence in the Arbonne catalogue states “Arbonne is a highly regarded, premium brand with a Swiss heritage. The products are healthy, botanically based and inspired by nature.” To me this sounded impressive and inspiring, and gave me the encouragement to invest in what I thought was a highly reputable company that offered non-toxic, chemical free, natural, safe, pure products for their customers. Initially the representative of the Arbonne Company in my area gave me free samples of some of the Arbonne products—Facial Cleanser, Restorative Day Crème with SPF 20, Regenerative Toner, Night Repair Creme, Intensive Renewal Serum. I loved the fruity smell of these products and they felt so refreshing on my skin and I thought that I was putting healthy non toxic chemical free organic products on my face. These cosmetic products are extremely expensive, but I felt that it was worth spending the extra money since I thought I was investing in myself and providing the best high quality of non toxic, chemical free pure safe organic products for my face and body, and as a result I would be healthier. The ingredient list of the Arbonne products are an amazing array of healthy pure safe ingredients such as sea buckthorn oil, marine lavender extract, beech tree bud extract, algae extract, alfalfa seed extract pineapple, papaya enzymes, orange fruit extract, and on and on. The list of healthy organic ingredients for the Arbonne products is more than impressive and there is a list of all of them on three pages near the back of the Arbonne Catalogue. There are a total of 211 healthy non-toxic chemical free botanical substances that Arbonne uses in their products, some only have three or four of them in one product, but this list entails all the different substances that may be used in certain products. Plus, on page 10 of the Arbonne catalogue, they state that their “PRIOMISE is to deliver pure, safe and beneficial products in line with our botanical tradition.” On this particular page they state that their products are formulated without: animal products or animal by products, parabens, formaldehyde-donating preservatives, petroleum-based ingredients such as benzene, mineral oil, petrolatum, phthalates, toluene, and no artificial colors, artificial flavours, artificial sweeteners, animal products, animal by-products, cholesterol, tans fats.” All of this from a consumer’s point of view sounds enticing and I felt encouraged to invest in their products. I informed the representative of the Arbonne Company from my area that I wanted to order the following products for myself–Makeup Primer, Concealer, Sheer Pressed Powder, Blush, eyeshadow,and eyeliner. During the next two weeks I started to investigate further about the ingredients listed in the Arbonne Products. One thing I noticed was that most of the Arbonne products only list their KEY ingredients which of course was all the healthy botanical, pure, safe, non toxic chemical free substances, but no other ingredients which I found odd. Secondly, in most of the SPF products the KEY ingredients and the ACTIVE ingredients were listed, and that’s when I noticed in the ACTIVE ingredients certain substances that not only was it difficult to pronounce the words, but difficult to remember how to spell them as well. This is when I began to investigate what these particular ingredients were, and what affect they have on our bodies and our health. I discovered that The Arbonne SPF products have toxic carcinogenic ingredients in them which are known as oxybenzone, homosolate, octinoxate {also known as octylmethoxycinnamate}, and octocrylene ingredients, and will be further discussed below.
    The following information about this particular toxic chemical—OXYBENZONE was obtained from the internet, and I was surprised to read about its deleterious effects on our bodies. Remember, that this is only ONE out of the four harmful substances that the Arbonne Company uses in their SPF products. According to an article on the internet “Avoid Oxybenzone when Buying Sunscreen” it states “of additional concern is that the surface area of a child’s skin relative to body weight is greater than that of adults, meaning they stand to absorb more of the chemical.” {April 8, 2009}.
    A new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in May 18, 2009 reveals that 97% of Americans are contaminated with a widely-used sunscreen ingredient called OXYBENZONE that has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage. A companion study published just one day earlier revealed that this chemical is linked to low birth weight in baby girls whose mothers are exposed during pregnancy. Oxybenzone is also a penetration enhancer, a chemical that helps other chemicals penetrate the skin.
    View name-brand products that contain OXYBENZONE
    • Sunscreens (588 products)
    • facial moisturizer/treatment
    • other products with SPF
    • lip balm
    • lipstick
    • moisturizer
    • anti-aging creams
    • conditioner
    • fragrance for women
    Although oxybenzone is most common in sunscreen, companies also use the chemical in at least 567 other personal care products.
    Environmental Working Group{EWG} identified nearly 600 sunscreens sold in the U.S. that contain oxybenzone, including products by Hawaiian Tropic, Coppertone, and Banana Boat (see the full list of 588 sunscreens here) as well as 172 facial moisturizers, 111 lip balms, and 81 different types of lipstick.
    The Food and Drug Administration has failed miserably in its duty to protect the public from toxic chemicals like oxybenzone in personal care products. At the request of industry lobbyists, including Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who represented the Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance Association, the agency has delayed final sunscreen safety standards for nearly 30 years. FDA issued a new draft of the standards last October under pressure from EWG, but continues to delay finalizing them at the behest of the regulated industry.
    EWG research shows that 84% of 910 name-brand sunscreen products offer inadequate protection from the sun, or contain ingredients, like oxybenzone, with significant safety concerns.
    The last safety review for oxybenzone was done in the 1970s, and does not reflect a wealth of information developed since that time indicating increased toxicity concerns and widespread human exposure. A recent review in the European Union found that sufficient data were not available to assess if oxybenzone in sunscreen was safe for consumers.
    Environmental Working Group again calls on FDA to review the safety of oxybenzone, given this new data on widespread contamination of the U.S. population, and to finalize its sunscreen safety standards so that consumers can be certain that sunscreen products they purchase are safe and effective.
    CDC study of oxybenzone signals concern
    Top scientists from CDC published results March 21, 2008 from a national survey of 2,500 Americans, age 6 and up, showing that oxybenzone readily absorbs into the body and is present in 97% of Americans tested (Calafat 2008). Oxybenzone, also known as benzophenone-3, was detected in the urine of nearly every study participant. Typically, women and girls had higher levels of oxybenzone in their bodies than men and boys, likely a result of differences in use of body care products including sunscreens.
    A companion study released a day earlier revealed that mothers with high levels of oxybenzone in their bodies were more likely to give birth to underweight baby girls (Wolff 2008). Low birth weight is a critical risk factor linked to coronary heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and other diseases in adulthood (Lau 2004).
    Oxybenzone damages and penetrates the skin
    Among common sunscreen chemicals, oxybenzone is most likely to be associated with allergic reactions triggered by sun exposure. In a study of 82 patients with photoallergic contact dermatitis, over one quarter showed photoallergic reactions to oxybenzone (Rodriguez 2006); another study reported 1 in 5 allergic reactions to photopatch tests resulted from exposure to oxybenzone (Bryden 2006).
    Sunlight also causes oxybenzone to form free radical chemicals that may be linked to cell damage, according to 2 of 3 studies (Allen 1996; Serpone 2002; Hanson 2006).
    A less visible but more alarming concern, this chemical absorbs through the skin in significant amounts, as indicated by the CDC study. A previous biomonitoring study reported that 96% of 6 to 8 year old girls had detectable amounts of oxybenzone in their urine (Wolff 2007). An earlier study detected oxybenzone in the urine of all 30 adult participants (Ye 2005).
    Studies on human volunteers indicate a wide variation in the level of oxybenzone absorbed into the body, with some individuals absorbing at least 9% of the applied dose, as measured in excretions in urine (Hayden 1997; Janjua 2004; Sarveiya 2004; Gonzalez 2006). Volunteers continued to excrete oxybenzone many days after the last application of the chemical, an indication of its tendency to accumulate in fatty tissues in the body (Gonzalez 2006).
    In addition to its ability to absorb into the body, oxybenzone is also a penetration enhancer, a chemical that helps other chemicals penetrate the skin (Pont 2004).
    Oxybenzone may disrupt the human hormone system
    Studies on cells and laboratory animals indicate that oxybenzone and its metabolites, the chemicals the body makes from oxybenzone in an attempt to detoxify and excrete it, may disrupt the hormone system. Under study conditions, oxybenzone and its metabolites cause weak estrogenic (Nakagawa 2002; Schlumpf 2001, 2004; Kunz 2006; van Liempd 2007) and anti-androgenic (Ma 2003) effects. Oxybenzone displays additive hormonal effects when tested with other sunscreen chemicals (Heneweer 2005). Laboratory study also suggests that oxybenzone may affect the adrenal hormone system (Ziolkowska 2006).
    One human study coapplying 3 sunscreen active ingredients (oxybenzone, 4-MBC, and octinoxate) suggested a minor, intermittent, but statistically significant drop in testosterone levels in men during a one-week application period (Janjua 2004). Researchers also detected statistically significant declines in estradiol levels in men; other hormonal differences detected could not be linked to sunscreen use due to differences in baseline hormone levels before and during treatment.
    Outdated health protections do not take into account these and other adverse effects
    A 2006 European Union review concluded that a rigorous exposure assessment of oxybenzone was impossible, due to lack of information about the levels of absorption into the body (SCCP 2006). The levels of contamination reported in this latest CDC study indicate that absorption may be significant, consistent with previous, small-scale biomonitoring reports. A decades-old evaluation by FDA, as well as more recent review by the cosmetics industry’s own safety panel, do not consider concerns regarding hormone disruption, nor the implications of the ability of oxybenzone to penetrate the skin (USPC 1975; FDA 1978; CIR 1983, 2002). At present, no health-based standards exist for safe levels of oxybenzone in the body.
    Additional cautions must be employed when considering the effects of oxybenzone on children. The surface area of a child’s skin relative to body weight is greater than adults. As a result, the potential dose of a chemical following dermal exposure is likely to be about 1.4 times greater in children than in adults (SCCNFP 2001). In addition, children are less able than adults to detoxify and excrete chemicals, and children’s developing organ systems are more vulnerable to damage from chemical exposures, and more sensitive to low levels of hormonally active compounds (NAS 1993; Janjua 2004). Children also have more years of future life in which to develop disease triggered by early exposure to chemicals (NAS 1993). Despite these well-documented concerns regarding children’s sensitivity to harmful substances, no special protections exist regarding ingredients in personal care products marketed for babies and children.
    The fraction of oxybenzone that is not absorbed into the human body often contaminates water, washed from the skin during swimming and water play or while bathing (Lambropolou 2002; Danovaro 2008). Wastewater treatment removes only a fraction of this sunscreen chemical (Li 2007), resulting in detection of oxybenzone in treated wastewater, in lake and sea waters due to recreational use or to discharges from water treatment facilities, and even in fish (Balmer 2005; Cuderman 2007; Li 2007). Studies show oxybenzone can trigger outbreaks of viral infection in coral reefs (Danovaro 2008), and can cause feminization of male fish (Kunz 2006). Despite significant ecological concerns, there are no measures in place to protect sensitive ecosystems from damage caused by this contaminant.
    EWG {Environmental Working Group} to FDA: Oxybenzone investigation is long overdue
    FDA last reviewed the safety of oxybenzone in the 1970s (USPC 1975), republishing its evaluation in 1978, at the same time it announced plans to develop comprehensive standards for sunscreen safety and effectiveness (FDA 1978). 30 years later, the Agency has yet to issue final regulations. Instead, it encourages manufacturers to follow draft guidelines that the Agency has delayed finalizing at the behest of the sunscreen industry. As a result, sunscreen manufacturers in the U.S. are free to market products containing ingredients like oxybenzone that have not been proven safe for people.
    Found in over half of the 910 name-brand sunscreen products we reviewed, oxybenzone is tied to significant health concerns that must be scrutinized. Instead, FDA’s refusal to re-examine this ingredient keeps sunscreens containing oxybenzone on the market. Petitions for review of newly developed sunscreen ingredients approved for use in other countries, and with far fewer health concerns, have been met with similar inattention, blocking Americans’ access to better products.
    Urine tests show that it sticks around. In 2008, the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention conducted a similar experiment on a national scale, and found the chemical compound to be present in 96.8% of the human urine samples surveyed. As a result, it is recommended that parents keep their small children from using products containing the ingredient oxybenzone.FDA foot-dragging has left the U.S. without enforceable standards for sunscreen safety and effectiveness for decades. EWG demands that FDA finalize the latest version of its monograph on sunscreen products immediately, and launch an investigation into the safety of the sunscreen ingredient oxybenzone.”
    Safety measures/side effects from the article: Truth in Aging
    As a photocarcinogen, it’s demonstrated an increase in the production of harmful free radicals and an ability to attack DNA cells; for this reason, it is believed to be a contributing factor in the recent rise of melanoma cases with sunscreen users. Some studies have shown it to behave similarly to the hormone estrogen, suggesting that it may cause breast cancer. It has also been linked to contact eczema.
    For many years, the dangers were ignored on the assumption that oxybenzone didn’t get absorbed by the skin. A team of researchers in Australia, led by Cameron Hayden, demonstrated otherwise using commercially available sunscreen with a 6% concentration of oxybenzone. Haydon’s conclusion: the use of oxybenzone is inadvisable for large surface area application for extended and repeated periods.” {May 18, 2009}.
    Another chemical laden product that is found in the Arbonne SPF products is HOMOSOLATE which is a :synthetic sunscreen ingredient and UVB protector. Research indicates it is a weak hormone disruptor, forms toxic metabolites, and can enhance the penetration of a toxic herbicide.” {found on the internet: EWG}.
    OCTYL-METHOXYCINNAMATE: {third component in SPF Arbonne products}
    • Topical octyl-methoxycinnamate is absorbed by the body, as indicated in a study conducted by the Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen and published in the July 2004 issue of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. When used topically for two weeks, octyl-methoxycinnamate was detectable in urine.
    • Octyl-methoxycinnamate increased proliferation of breast cancer cells
    during a study conducted by the University of Zurich in Switzerland and published in the March 2001 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives.
    Hormonal Activity
    The Zurich study also found evidence of estrogenic activity associated with octyl-methoxycinnamate, along with increases in uterine weight in rats. The Bispebjerg Hospital study noted minor differences in testosterone levels associated with octyl-methoxycinnamate use. Side Effects of Octyl-Methoxycinnamate. Octyl-methoxycinnamate is a common active ingredient in topical sunscreen products. Also called ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate and octinoxate.
    This organic compound, Octocrylene can penetrate into the skin where it acts as a photosensitizer. This results in an increased production of free radicals under illumination.[2] Free radicals are known to induce indirect DNA damage and an increased concentration of free radicals might have contributed to the increased incidence of malignant melanoma in sunscreen-users compared to non-users {found on Wikipedia}
    Other HIGH concerns: Biochemical or cellular level changes; Other MODERATE concerns: Persistence and bioaccumulation; Other LOW concerns: Ecotoxicology
    About OCTOCRYLENE: Octocrylene is a synthetic UV absorber and sunscreen agent; may be used in combination with other UV absorbers to achieve higher SPF formulas. It produces oxygen radicals when exposed to UV light.
    Safety Measures/Side Effects:
    Octocrylene can penetrate into the skin and act as a photosensitizer, resulting in an increased production of free radicals. Free radicals can induce indirect DNA damage and potentially contribute to the increased incidence of malignant melanoma in sunscreen-users compared to non-users, according to Wikipedia.” The CosmeticsDatabase finds Octocrylene to be a “moderate hazard, due to potential reproductive toxicity and the above mentioned potential carcinogenic side effects.”
    After further investigation I also noticed that the full ingredient list for Arbonne products is not in their catalogue nor on their web site. However, when you check their web site the Arbonne Company does list MORE of the ingredients in their products than in the Catalogue, but I did notice that there are EVEN MORE ingredients listed on the box that the product is packaged in. I did call the representative that I dealt with in my area, and she informed me that the FULL list of ingredients is listed on the boxes that the products are packaged in which is not very useful, considering that most customers would throw the boxes out. Personally I would rely on the actual product container for information about the ingredients or the Arbonne Catalogue, and/or the Arbonne web site which all fail to enlist ALL the ingredients. However, I still had some of the boxes and that was when I noticed a chemically toxic harmful ingredient in some of the facial products after further investigation, in particular with the Arbonne Makeup Primer and Sheer Pressed Powder. The chemical in question that I investigated on line in both of these Arbonne products is known as PHENOXYETHANOL. “According to a warning by the FDA of 2008 “Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that is primarily used in cosmetics and medications. It also can depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration in infants”.
    “Phenoxyethanol is made out of carcinogenic and toxic compounds, phenoxyethanol is an ingredient that I would suggest avoiding. Oftentimes it’s found in “natural” products. They’ll use phenoxyethanol as the preservative and then tout that they’re “paraben-free.” In addition it’s commonly used as a fragrance ingredient. Many of the natural companies still use synthetic fragrance. Some companies may claim that their phenoxyethanol is extracted from natural sources. So, while this is better because it lessens the risk for ethylene oxide contamination, it is still the same chemical structurally, and would pose the same risks. They’ll tout that they’re “phthalate-free” but still contain phenoxyethanol. So, just because something’s “phlalate-free” or “paraben-free” doesn’t mean it’s safe. Any time you see “fragrance” listed, phenoxyethanol could be present, along with any number of harmful synthetic chemicals. Phenoxyethanol is structurally similar to parabens on a chemical level, so its toxicity to the reproductive system is not surprising.” {Chemical of the Day: Feb.28,2011}. However, in the Arbonne catalogue they state: “As part of our ongoing commitment to ingredient excellence, we have been successful in replacing parabens by using other safe and effective preservation systems. We will continue to bring to market top-quality products that are carefully reviewed to meet our high standards of purity.”
    What we put on our bodies is very important and can have either a positive or negative effect, especially when it comes to applying topical products to our bodies. Applying nutrient rich natural skin care products to our bodies instead of chemically toxic products will allow us to have healthier skin and make us have healthier bodies as well. Our skin absorbs 60% of these nutrients – that’s a better absorption rate than what you’ll get from your daily vitamins which is only about 10-20%.
    The following was on the internet-Eco and the article was titled, How much does the Skin absorb? “Our skin, the largest eliminatory organ in the body and our first line of immunity, is permeable to all chemicals. Medical research shows that significant amounts of cosmetic ingredients, including carcinogenic substances, penetrate the skin and end up in the blood stream. Many chemicals in cosmetics don’t cause obvious signs of toxicity on the skin but slowly poison us thorough repeated use. Today, the administration of drugs and medicines is often through transdermal skin patches. This has been shown to be up to 95% more effective than oral medication. However, cosmetic manufacturers are not supposed to claim that the skin absorbs their products. If they did the products would be labelled a drug and governed by much stricter regulations. This is both good and bad for us. Good because it means our skin can be fed, nourished and treated from the outside with some wonderful substances.Yes! Like fresh goat’s milk soaps, Jojoba-Shea lotions without petroleum products…Bad because it means we can absorb commonly used cosmetic ingredients that would never be allowed to be taken orally as a food or drug, through our skin.” {May 31, 2008}.
    Personally, I feel that consumers should NOT have to go to the lengths that I did to find out what is REALLY in the Arbonne products. Companies should be held accountable for their statements especially if they are stating that their products are safe, chemically free, non toxic, botanically healthy and pure which is NOT true after my investigation into some of the Arbonne products. On page 10 of the Arbonne Catalogue, they state: “Arbonne rigorously adheres to the regulations for all natural health products and non-prescription drugs including pre-market notification, strict labeling requirements, mandatory adverse event reporting, and ensures that Good Manufacturing Practices {GMP} as well as appropriate facility registration are followed. Before Arbonne brings any products to market, we ensure all ingredients undergo rigorous safety assessments, and finished formulas pass strict safety testing to ensure their highest quality. These safety tests include irritancy and allergy testing for all products, ophthalmology testing for eye products, dermatologist testing for all beauty products and additional pediatrician testing for baby products. Arbonne offers premium quality beauty, health and wellness products with targeted results.”

    On Dec.1, 2012, I had e-mailed a representative named Stacey from the Arbonne Company web site and I asked her what organic percentage the Arbonne products are and she e-mailed me back and stated, “100% organic.” This is someone who is a representative of the Arbonne Company, and her statement is totally false and very misleading. I did send another e-mail on Dec.4, 2012 to a different representative, Melinda Gibson, Arbonne Customer Service who responded with the following information with regard to my questions—What is the organic percentage of your products, are you Ecocert certified, and thirdly, where is the full ingredient list for each of your products? Melinda Gibson responded with the following e-mail.
    “Thank you for your interest in Arbonne. It is my pleasure to assist you with your inquiry regarding full ingredient lists and the organic percentage of our products. Arbonne Product Development’s line of thinking along these lines is to heighten our environmental awareness. When available, and sustainable without shortage issues, organic will be better, especially in our commitment to avoid GMO. Note that this is only part of the pure, safe, beneficial “picture”, if you will. Organic does not guarantee purity or safety, but is more beneficial to the farming environment. Science, and testing to ensure purity and safety, is critical. So we need to proceed forward on many fronts. Certain ingredients will never be Organic. They are wild crafted, such as, for example, Eucalyptus in Australia. So in short, Arbonne will continue our plant-based science enhanced commitment. The key is traceability from soil to our bottle. Some Arbonne ingredients are organic, but not the finished products. These ingredients are found mainly in the cosmetics, where organic plant extracts are used. We are pleased to offer product information, including ingredients to all potential Clients and Preferred Clients who access the Arbonne website. Potential Clients and Preferred Clients may access this information by following the steps below:
    1. Access the Arbonne website at (or for Canada}
    2. Click on The Products3. Select the Product Category
    Access to the Product Line will be displayed with information about the product and its ingredients.”
    For those of you who are not familiar with the abbreviated GMO, I have a definition which was obtained from the web site called, “Shop Orgnaic & ShopGMO Free.”
    What is a GMO?
    A genetically modified organism (GMO) is a plant or animal whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering (GE) techniques. This technology combines DNA from different species, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. Nearly all commercial GMO’s are designed to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide, resulting in using more pesticides as weeds and bugs develop resistance to them.”
    As I had already mentioned earlier the full ingredient list is NOT on their website. It is on the boxes that the products are packaged in and that’s where I found more of the toxic chemicals in the Arbonne product line so this comment by the Arbonne Customer Service is false and very midleading. Secondly, she did not even answer my initial question which was –What is the organic percentage in the Arbonne product line? I sent another e-mail on Dec.5, 2012, again requesting the organic percentage in the Arbonne products, and I received another e-mail from a different Arbonne Customer Service representative which is entailed below from Pam A.
    “Thank you for your e-mail. We can appreciate your concern about the percentage of organic ingredients used in our products. I am happy to address your concerns. Arbonne is unable to provide the information you have requested. The botanical ingredients used in Arbonne’s products are organic, from the perspective of having been grown without harmful chemicals or pesticides. Not all ingredients are available as organic which is why we cannot make such a claim that all ingredients are organic or that our products are certified organic. Arbonne Cosmetics are not genetically engineered, nor are they 100% organic; however, the botanicals that were used in the formulas are organic. Below are the ingredients that are Eco-cert Certified and Organically Cultivated Plants certified by Bio-Suisse:
    Marrubium Vulgare Extract
    Buddleja Davidii Extract
    Thymus Vulgaris Extract
    Scutellaria Alpine Flower/Leaf Extract
    All of our other products cannot be claimed to be 100% organic – our policy is to use organic ingredients whenever possible. Sometimes, we find that the best quality ingredients are not the organic ones, so we use the ingredients of the higher quality which are not organic in those cases.”
    Pam A. {Arbonne Customer Service

    After reading the e-mail from the Arbonne Customer Service Representative, I went on-line to inquire about the requirements to be considered Bio-Suisse and Eco-Cert Certified. Below are the standards and requirements that I obtained on-line to be considered Bio-Suisse Certified.



    • Natural diversity on the organic farm
    • Ethologically sound livestock management and feeding
    • No use of chemically synthesized pesticides or fertilizers
    • No use of genetic engineering
    • No use of unnecessary additives such as flavourings and colourings
    • Non-aggressive processing of foodstuffs
    • inspection of organic production and processing

    As the body which represents the interests of Swiss organic farmers and awards the label, Bio Suisse has a demanding dual role, which strongly shapes the Association’s activities. Communication within the Association is therefore very important.
    The principal benefit for organic farms is the label premium, i.e. the 15 – 50% higher prices that organic farmers earn for their produce. Secondly, they benefit from the measurable progress in improving market access for the Bud: a new Bud-labelled product appears almost daily, continuously expanding the position of Swiss organic products in the food market.
    Thanks to extraordinary efforts (TV advertisements, trade fairs, posters, public relations work, improvement of product quality) the Bud label has pulled into second place, and now ranks directly behind Coop’s own Naturaplan label for brand recognition.
    A representative survey by the market research institute IHA showed that by the end of December 2003, over 70% of Swiss citizens were familiar with the Bud label.”

    Bio Suisse
    Margarethenstrasse 87
    CH-4053 Basel
    Telephone: ++41 (0) 61 385 96 10, Fax: ++41 (0) 61 385 96 11
    Email: bio at bio-suisse dot ch

    Furthermore, I also obtained information from on-line that outline the requirements and standards to be considered Eco-Cert Certified.
    “Ecocert was the very first certification body to develop standards for “natural and organic cosmetics”.
    Introduced in 2003, the specification was drawn up in conjunction with all stakeholders in the value chain, i.e. experts, suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, consumers and development organisations. Ecocert currently supports and guides more than 1,000 companies through their certification processes.
    The basic principles of the Ecocert standard
    To ensure an environmentally friendly cosmetic product, the Ecocert standard lays down:
    1. The use of ingredients derived from renewable resources, manufactured by environmentally friendly processes. Ecocert therefore checks:
    • The absence of GMO, parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes and dyes, animal-derived ingredients (unless naturally produced by them: milk, honey, etc.).
    • The biodegradable or recyclable nature of packaging.
    2. A minimum threshold of natural ingredients from organic farming to be reached to obtain certification:
    • For both labels, Ecocert Standard imposes that a minimum of 95% of the total ingredients come from natural origin.
    • For the natural and organic cosmetic label:
    A minimum of 95% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula and a minimum of 10% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming.
    A minimum of 50% of all plant-based ingredients in the formula and a minimum of 5% of all ingredients by weight must come from organic farming.
    /!\: Some ingredients very frequently found in cosmetics (water, salts, minerals) cannot be certified as organic because they are not sourced from farming. For example, shampoos and some creams, mostly composed of water, contain between 10% and 40% organic ingredients, and always 95% natural ingredients. An essential oil, which does not contain water, can be up to 100% organic ingredients. On site audit is performed by Ecocert auditor.
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    >> List of approved raw materials for natural and organic cosmetics

    >> List of raw materials certified by Ecocert according to Ecocert and Cosmos standards


    Ecocert Greenlife SAS, Cosmetic Department

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    Below is an e-mail that I sent to France Gravel, Director of Eco-Certified with my concerns and issues with regard to the Arbonne Company who are stating that they are Eco-Certified which seems questionable, considering the above standards and requirements.
    To France Gravel, Director of Eco-Certified, Dec. 6, 2012
    I was reading about your web site, Eco-cert Certified, and noted that you have strict regulations with regard to being labelled as certified by Eco-Cert with regards to allowable ingredients in products which I think is very commendable and makes me as a consumer feel safe and protected. I was wondering if it is possible to award a Cosmetic Company the Eco-cert certification label when they not only have healthy safe pure natural organic ingredients in their cosmetic line, but have also added unsafe unhealthy toxic chemically laden ingredients in their cosmetic line such as phenoxyethanol, avebenzone, homosolate, octinoxate, and octocylene. I personally have been doing a lot of research and investigation into the various ingredients in the Arbonne Company’s cosmetic line who stated that they are Eco-Cert Certified and Bio-Suisse Certified, and yet they have toxic, chemically laden unsafe, not pure and very unhealthy ingredients in their products, but yet the Arbonne company states in their catalogue that their ‘Promise is to deliver pure, safe and beneficial products in line with our botanical tradition.” {I attached the letters that I sent to the Arbonne Company and the Arbonne Representative’s responses as already indicated earlier.} My letter to Frances Gravel futher stated the following—-Just to let you know they do have some amazing incredible healthy ingredients in their cosmetic line as well like kiwi, beech tree, aloe, pineapple, mango green tea, grape seed, cucumber, and on and on up to 211 different healthy ingredients are mentioned, but they also have some of these other toxic unhealthy ingredients in their line. Unfortunately, the Arbonne company has very misleading information when it comes to listing their ingredients in their products. First of all when you check the ingredients in their catalogue, they list the KEY ingredients only in most of them which is of course, all the healthy pure safe natural ingredients, and then in other products they will list the both the Key ingredients and Active ingredients. In their SPF product line where they listed the Active ingredients, I discovered that there are toxic, chemically laden unsafe and not pure ingredients, but they also list the pure safe non toxic ingredients as well. However, if you go to their web site to check the ingredient list, then there is a more extensive list of ingredients, but these tend to be very healthy and not chemically laden nor toxic. And yet, when you compare the ingredient list on the packaged box that their product line comes in, then there are even more ingredients listed and that is where I noticed that the Facial Primer and pressed powder cosmetic products also contained toxic chemicals in them as well such as phenoxyethanol. I did talk to a representative who informed me that the box has the full list of ingredients of their products, but yet another representative told me that the full list of ingredients is on their web site which is incorrect. So personally I am confused, and wonder how a company can be awarded the Eco-Cert Certified label when they are very misleading and secondly, when they fail to provide us as the consumers with a pure, safe and healthy non toxic product line.
    I would appreciate your response to my concerns. Thank you. Just to let you know, I was only able to research the SPF products, pressed facial powder, and facial primer since I had thrown out the other boxes {which most consumers would do} from the mascara, blush, concealer, and eyeshadow. I have not researched any other of their products. I am interested in your response. I would have rather talked to you in person but I don’t want to pay the long distance phone call. Please respond to my concerns about this matter. Personally I think its a shame that I had to go through so much research and investigation to find this out when this particular company is very misleading and is in essence not telling the truth. The worse part is that they are claiming that they are Bio-Suisse Certified and Eco-cert Certified which I don’t think they should be. Please address all my issues. I would appreciate it. Thanks.
    Below is France Gravel’s response to my e-mail.
    GRAVEL France Dec 6, 2012
    “Dear Mrs
    Thanks for contacting Ecocert.
    Your demand has been transferred to Ecocert Greenlife who manages the cosmetic standards as they are the ones able to answer your concerns.
    Best regards
    France GravelDirectrice Ecocert CanadaEcocert Canada Director71 St-Onésime, Lévis, Qc Canada G6V 5Z4T 418-838-6941 poste 107 – F 418-838-9823france.gravel@ecocert.com”
    I had also sent an e-mail to Bio-Suisse on Dec.6, 2012, stating the same concerns and issues I have with regard to the Arbonne Company who are claiming that they are Bio-Suisse Certified.
    I have not heard any further from Eco-Certified after the Director informed me that my e-mail was transferred to Ecocert Greenlife who manages the cosmetic standards, and no response at all from Bio-Suisse Certified. These companies are purporting that their primary role is to protect us as consumers from dangerous unhealthy toxic carcinogenic products, but yet, they do not respond to my e-mails which entail legitimate factual health concerns and misleading statements about the Arbonne Company. Who are we to rely on if these companies are not doing their job, protecting us as important health conscious consumers who think that we are investing in natural, organic, non-toxic, non carcinogenic cosmetic products when in reality, we are NOT!! Unfortunately, there are not very strict rules and regulations with regard to being able to use the word—organic as I discovered while investigating what the actual word “organic” means. To be allowed to use the term “made with organic ingredients” on the label, a” manufacturer has to use 70 percent or more organically produced materials. In such a case, the company is allowed to specifically list only three of the ingredients as organic on the main side of the product label. These can be individual ingredients or groups of ingredients. For example, a label could read “made with organic fruit, nuts and vegetables” or “made with organic apples, oranges and pears.” All organic ingredients must be identified on the ingredients list. The manufacturer cannot use the USDA seal on these products. Products that have less than 70 percent organic ingredients should not have the term organic on their labels anywhere but on the ingredients list in front of the specific ingredients that qualify.” Any products labeled as “made with organic ingredients” only require 70% of the ingredients to be organic which means 30% is NOT organic but yet any company can state they have organic products as long as ONLY 70% of their products are organic. So far any of the other cosmetic companies that I have investigated or researched through either on their web sites and/or on their packaging have indicated the organic percentage of their company. If a company is not able to state that they are organically certified, then their product line is mostly not organic and indicates that they have more chemicals and/or preservatives in them which make their product even more unsafe, not pure and more likely to be unhealthy and toxic for the consumer. This does not mean that may not have some organic substances in their products, but this is probably offset by the majority of non-organic, chemically laden, unsafe, not pure, toxic ingredients in their products which is why the Arbonne Company cannot be labeled Certified Organically.
    The main priority of the Arbonne Company should be on providing “pure, safe and beneficial products” for their consumers since this is what the Arbonne promise states on page 10 of the Arbonne Catalogue. Instead the Arbonne Company tends to focus on the financial perks if you become an Arbonne Consultant or if you become a Preferred customer. In their Arbonne Catalogue, they have a full enticing page about the advantages of becoming a Preferred Client, and how to become a Consultant, and the financial perks and gifts are listed as incentives. On page 6 of the Arbonne Catalogue titled, “The Arbonne Opportunity”, it states—“Join us and take control of your future by becoming an Arbonne Independent Consultant. Enjoy the benefits of a generous compensation plan with the flexibility to fit your lifestyle. This opportunity may lead you to the life you’ve always wanted… Are you open to the possibilities? Enjoy a 35% profit from the sales of Arbonne products you sell, minimal start-up cost, generous compensation plan, Mercedes Benz Cash Bonus Program for Arbonne Independent Regional and National Vice Presidents, Exceptional upline support and training, committed leadership because you’re in business for yourself, not by yourself, achievement recognition and awards and travel opportunities.” The whole page is about encouraging people to become a consultant and “live the rich fulfilling life” that you never had before and now you can have it if you just become an Arbonne Consultant. There are also great incentive financial advantages in becoming a Preferred Client such as: “Enjoy a 20% discount of the suggested retail price on all products, access to ongoing product specials and other monthly promotions, products gifts for hosting Presentations.” Plus there is a picture of an attractive woman standing beside a Mercedes Benz vehicle with a lovely smile on her beautifully perfect flawless Arbonne makeup face. All this hype to become an Arbonne Consultant is very attractive and intriguing as well, but I don’t believe this should be one of the main focal points of a Cosmetic Company. Providing non toxic, chemically free, natural safe organic products for consumers is what should always be the MAIN focus of a highly reputable company.
    Personally, as a mislead consumer who initially invested in the Arbonne products, this is very upsetting to me and I feel that the Arbonne Company is misleading since they are not upfront about ALL the ingredients in their products. Furthermore the substances that were listed in the ACTIVE ingredient list for the SPF products that I already mentioned above are toxic, not chemically free, and are not organically pure safe ingredients for the consumer which is totally going against the Arbonne “PROMISE to deliver PURE, SAFE and BENEFICIAL products in line with our botanical tradition.”
    I contacted my Arbonne Consultant representative, and shared my thoughts and concerns with her along with all the evidence about the toxic chemicals that were in the SPF products for adults as well as for babies. I actually thought that she would thank me for the information that I found, but this was not the case. She would not even acknowledge what I informed her and stated that she was happy with the Arbonne products and felt that they were safe for her to use as well as for her family. I was surprised to read this in her e-mail, but then again, it’s not for me to change the way other people think. The difference is that she is now aware of all the research and factual evidence that I found out, and she will have to deal with this or just ignore it. I know that when she initially told me about the Arbonne Company, she was very excited not only about their products but the great financial perks and gifts that the Company offers Consultants if they get customers to invest in the Arbonne products. Personally I care more about what is being absorbed in my body then the financial perks of the Arbonne Company. I did return all my Arbonne products to my representative and I was given my money back. There is a money back guarantee within 45 days of obtaining the Arbonne products. After 45 days, I was informed by my Arbonne representative that I would not receive my money back.
    For me, the MOST important thing is the integrity and honesty of a Company and the products that they are selling as far as being safe, pure, healthy and non toxic. If I believe in a product, then I will rave about it, and tell all my friends and co-workers about it and encourage them to buy it. I have started to seek other Natural Cosmetic companies, and I have realized that I may never find the “perfect” ORGANIC Pure Cosmetic line but the difference is that I have noticed that there are some Cosmetic Companies that are not providing misleading information, and are upfront about ALL their ingredients in their products even if it is not what I would want. This way I have a choice whether or not I want to buy that particular product because I have been truthfully informed, and not mislead as in my experience with the Arbonne Company. Secondly, I do feel that there should be much more stringent rules and regulations when it comes to the words— Certified Organic, Pure, and Natural products to decrease frustration and confusion on the consumer’s part. Unfortunately, we as consumers CANNOT rely on what a Company says about their products, but we have to be diligent and do our own research. This is the ONLY way we will really know the full truth about their products. I am sure that there are more misleading companies out there like the Arbonne Company but it just happened that the Arbonne Company was the first company that I dealt with who CLAIM to offer “Pure, Safe, and Beneficial products.” NOT!!!!


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    December 14, 2012

    Hi sherri,

    Please could you explain how the products are not natural & are full of chemicals? Where did you find this information?



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    December 12, 2012

    The products are not natural and are full of chemicals. First order I tried to place never showed up and they refuse to give a refund. I have been spending every day over an hour trying to get money back. It is impossible to deal with this company. It is a big scam. The consultants know nothing about skin care and they lie to you. STAY AWAY


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    December 11, 2012

    The products are great but the business is just a pyramid scam that they claim to be multi level marketing. I sat with them interested in becoming a consultant because I tried the products. The meeting was extremely sales Pitchy. I have a degree in marketing which they did not know, and i am sure count on the fact that most people don’t know much about marketing. In my experience you should beware of people promising easy money for almost no effort. I was told at first all I had to buy was the $95 membership. Then at the meeting I was told I have to spend at least $1,100 dollars for the gold bags. This makes sense because they are your tools – but why was I not informed of this first … Because they needed to do their sales presentation first. They even tried to down play the fact that it is a pyramid scam by saying all companies are a pyramid with a CEO at the top – there are so many reasons why they are not the same … But I guess they think most people buy bull. If you invest in a business, you are the sole proprietor, you get your profits, in this case your recruiter also earns a portion of your profits and you essentially working to line your recruiter and their recruiter etc. pockets. They count on the fact that 82% of people who sign up for arbonne pay their $1000+ dollars (because they try to persuade you to spend more than the minimum) and then also purchase products for themselves and never really sell much product. Only 18% of the people that join make any money.

    They average Jane most likely will have an extremely hard time selling the products once they move past their friends and family. I was extremely irritated that through the meeting they did not really push selling their product so much as recruiting more people to become a consultant. Every time you meet some one who is interested in trying the product you are supposed to give them a 20 minute presentation, so after they love the product they think “wow this product is great. It must be easy to sell, maybe I should sign up and make lots of money”. Wrong. I think if you are someone who is in the health care or beauty industry and you are able sell the product because people trust your advice due to the field you work in, then selling arbonne will work well for you. If you are not then you should probably steer clear of this investment.


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    December 11, 2012

    It sounds like you met a bad apple!!! Go online to the actual site and find another sponsor! This person is likely someone who doesn’t want to do any work, certainly hasn’t really done her homework and won’t be at this long. You can also find out when and where the monthly meetings are and find a better mentor. Someone who can’t be bothered to help you buy the right product for you, isn’t going to take the time to help you grow your business. Sign up with someone else!


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    December 11, 2012

    Haha I know ppl making 50,000 a month so learn the facts!


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    December 07, 2012

    I have used Arbonne products exclusively for 17 years. I did a brief time as a consultant, but found that MLM marketing is not for me. I’m perfectly happy being a great customer. After all consultants need people like me to help build their businesses. I have used several different lines of Arbonne over the years, 1 in particular I love, some are so-so. I am 59 years old and am often told I look 10-15 years younger. Not all lines work for all skin types. Not all products work for everyone. But the basic skin care has worked for me.

    If Arbonne Int’l was truly a “scam” or pyramid Scheme, which has been noted in some of the reviews, they wouldn’t have a 30 year history.


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    December 05, 2012

    I am a qualified Skin Therapist and am always interested in seeing new products. We had a rep come into our salon to show us the Arbonne products. First she tells me that these products are on par with a medical brand. In the next sentence she says oh she doesn’t know what the ingredients are but they are great. She color matched my foundation which I looked like I had jaundice. She was rude and has absolutely NO experience in skin what so ever. It drives me crazy that sales people are selling stuff they have no idea about – they are diagnosing skin conditions and types that they no nothing about and are often so wrong. I think it should be illegal for these inexperienced people to be acting as experts – it’s appalling. I don’t go around diagnosing people with illnesses and diseases handing out random medications and quiet frankly the products is not worth putting on my feet let alone my face. Thumbs down in my oppinion


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    December 03, 2012

    I think Arbonne products work. I have been using them for
    3 months. I have problematic skin and it works.
    I wish they’d lower their prices. Would I sell thier products?
    Maybe if I had the time.


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    November 20, 2012

    Arbonne like so many other ‘home party’ products are often times not about the product but the MLM. In meeting a consultant she was like a pit bull in getting me to host a party/become a consultant/buy product. My thoughts are the products are very high priced. I did try the product and didn’t see noticible differeces. However, I have good skin overall with a few approaching wrinkles.
    I had found that these consultants are high pressure sales ppl, most home party items are, and the cost is so high to cover all the levels of ‘consultants’ and their ‘managers’. The ones that are driving the Mercedes were lucky enough to have consultants under them, not cause the product is fabulous. When someone says they are making ‘$5000′ a month, they have many costs involved that they do not take into consideration. This is why it’s favorable to build a team and make an override on other ppl.


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    November 09, 2012

    I am an Aesthetician Ive worked for Aveda for 8 years. I nor own my own Sap and i currently use Eve Taylor.. I had an Arbonne sales rep talk to me about the products and they have no backgound in skin care. How can you sell products to clients when you have never tested it on them and have no training with it. People arre out looking for quick fixes and quick dollars. Its a generic product and not Professional.


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    November 06, 2012

    WOW! I cant believe your reaction was so bad…not that I think that you are being dishonest but that you had such a sad reaction.My first thought was, and I have used Arbonne for about 3 yrs, that whatever you used had an ingrediant that you are alergic to. It could be a food, a natural ingredient,& even one you are not aware of.Example if you are allergic to strawberries, then you may have a reaction to their product if it has strawberries.OR if you are like be–you find out you are alergic to something & you neve knew you were OR this also happened to me— I developed an allergy to iodine & ended up in the ER w/a closed up throat & almost in cardiac arrest & had eaten crablegs ALL my life–but after that day cant again!So sorry to hear it happened to you b/c I LOVE it!


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    November 05, 2012

    I LOVE Arbonne. Being a licensed esthetician allows me to understand your situation. Acne is aggravated by many things:hormones, bacteria, stress, dead skin cells, environmental pollution, diet, allergies, etc. A skin care line that kills bacteria cannot cause your skin to break out. I have been a skin care specialist for 6 years and have never seen a skin care line (I’ve worked with several) cause this type of reaction. Even if you had an allergic reaction to the product the symptoms would not be more acne, it would be redness/irritation/etc. Give Arbonne another chance. Something else was going on with your skin at the time.


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    October 19, 2012

    I hesitantly went to a party 3 weeks ago with my daughter. It was the best . I am sooo glad I was introduced to these products. My skin feels wonderful. My hair is better than ever. I am having two parties next week because I want to share thses cost effective, safe, and pure products with my friends.
    Everyone is always so willing to blame someone else for what happened to them. Did you try the product out first? Did you ask for an exchange? Is your diet crappy and arbonne was assisting to remove your toxins? Or were you just allergic? To put a product down because you didn’t do the research for yourself… Well you know what that means. Take responsibility. Arbonne to me is awsome.
    An over 50 mom of four, my youngest is 7.


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    October 16, 2012

    I went to an ‘Arbonne party’ last night to support a friend who is trying to start a business. All the products were on display for us to try out, and they fixed several varieties of the protein shakes to sample. I did find the ‘business end’ of the presentation kind of crazy–saw immediately that in the mlms if you did not have time to do all the promotions and recruiting, then being a sales rep/consultant would not be worth it. For the most part, the people were very nice and low pressure, but I didn’t like the ‘aren’t you miserable in your job and don’t you want something different where you can make thousands of dollars a month? wouldn’t you be crazy not to want that?’ approach a little insulting to my intelligence (I spent many years in school training for my work, and although yes, we all have bad days, I do love my job–and please, I can’t even sell Scout cookies, I’m so anti-business). But I liked the products. I told the consultants that I wasn’t interested in the business end, but would like to order some items, and they were happy to help me order only what I wanted. So I came away from it with a positive experience on the customer end of things.


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    October 14, 2012

    I am sorry to hear that you had a bad expreience with one of our RVPs, I have found the problem to be is that each consultant runs their own business so to say so in saying that they can either be very helpful or not and it seems like maybe you got a not very helpful one and it is sad that sone are like this. We are encouraged to run our businesses ethically and honestly please don’t think bad of the company or products from that one meeting, if your still interested please contact me I hate the thought of someone missing out on this chance due to a bad first impression.


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    October 12, 2012

    I have an arbonne consultant and i have loved everything she has brought forth. She let me smell, touch, feel, and test the products i was interested in. she knew what was in each product and could easily compare…if she didnt know, she simply jotted down a note and got back to me by the next day with the answer. Pyramid schemes are actually illegal, so if that is what they were doing, they would have long ago been shut down and would not have been able to aquire such status, especially to branch out into other countries. One product has not worked for me, but others have. its about your body and your skin. and if you dont want the creams, theres always deadorant or perfume too! lol.
    to each their own, im still learning about the products and am thinking about becoming a consultant as well. not everything works for everyone but im a believer of honesty, and i find they are not being honest in their sales, im out.


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    October 03, 2012

    Interested, yet hesitant. I went to a meeting today for the first time and as the regional manager talked highly of the Benz and great cash flow she mentioned nothing of the products their ingredients nor did she allow us to touch them see them smell them yet she had the bag at on the table. Poor promoting skills. Then when I had asked her what was in the product she had no clue and told me the ingredients were online. Poor poor sales tactics know the products you sell! Clearly it’s a pyrimid scam only problem is if they pitched it better they would have almost had me convinced!


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    September 17, 2012

    I have been a a consultant with Arbonne for some time now, I have amazing skin where before I had really bad skin, I get a commission every month, sales every month, I no longer have a 9-5 and I work my business around my family = happy camper!!
    I’m not a pushy sales person as its not in my make up to be that way but my business is still growing, its true that these products sell themselves as word of mouth is the greatest advertisement, we as consultants work WITH our clients(or at least my teams and I do) to make sure they are happy and finding results, if they dont like the products thats fine, we help them to try another range if they want or get their money back and move on.
    Once someone really looks at the business plan and decides they want it they can get it, but like anything you have to work for it, its not a get rich quick or pyramid scheme and the company never states its 100% pure (that in its self is impossible unless you grow the produce and make it yourself therefore making sure you dont use any sprays etc on the produce in its raw form and nothing to preserve it in its finished form).
    You dont need to push the products on to anyone, if your really interested in the business then you will welcome the personal growth the comapny offers in being able to get out and talk to new people and offer them something that could possibly change their lives, whats the worst someone can say…No? thats ok your probably never going to see them again so whats the harm?? If they say yes you may just have a new business partner or at very least a new friend and client, again wheres the harm?
    I hate to see these reviews where people had a pushy consultant or a bad experience, these are the minority in my experience, and people that have no idea but like to have their imput on a topic can change a persons idea of a company or product what ever that maybe.
    One of the things I LOVE about this business is that I’m in Australia, however that doesn’t stop me from building a team anywhere in the world Arbonne is sold, so many other network marketing business’ limit you to your country or state and I have looked in to a lot of them so I am again speaking from my own personal experience.
    Its all about working your business ethically, what ever business you maybe in.

    I hope if your looking at Arbonne as a business you find what your looking for, feel free to contact me with any questions.


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    September 17, 2012

    Hi lorraine, where are you located? and have you got to try products yet? I would love to chat with you:)


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    September 17, 2012

    I am an Arbonne consultant and you can try products at
    They are great and I have heard of some people breaking out but that is just the body cleaning out old debris – you can use a mask to help this process along. If you have a serious skin condition like cystic acne, then this product might not be for you and you should see a dermotologist.


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    September 10, 2012

    Say the products are great, fine. You start out with Arbonne because you want to support whomever friend or family member introduced you into the idea, because you almost feel rude by not doing so. The end result into making any money here is by trying to casually, if possible, sell these products without making your “clients”(friends and family) feel forced into it. Meanwhile, they do because they know you or want to support you at least for the moment. So you try to sell… rather, bother all of your friends and family making them feel obligated to buy something from you until they finally start ignoring you because they don’t want to buy something they don’t really need or want. By this time to which they eventually are sick of you and wish you’d just leave them alone. Along the way, you try to get your friends and family who all know the same people as you to sell the same products so that you’ll get a kickback. Thus spreading the entire cancer of annoying another slightly shifted set of friends and family. The marketing company has made their money, you’ve lost interest, and possibly many friends, and the notch in your belt has another hole of life experience as the pyramid marketing experience knifes itself into your poor back.

    Overall: How many people do you know? How long will it take before you can’t sell to them any longer? How many more people can you randomly meet and try to look like a weirdo by selling stuff to. How often can you muster the strength to try and convince random people into joining a pyramid marketing network while using a notepad and pen at a coffee shop?

    Maybe you can? Maybe you want to try? Maybe not. This is the way it works though, great products or not. Good luck and remember to weigh in what’s important to you. Be aware and just know what the heck you’re doing while you’re doing it.


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    September 05, 2012

    Hello Summer, I am right there with you. I have tries another MLM company and my distress is the inability to find clients because my social networks are very small. I like Arbonne because of the nutritional basis from where it stems. I understands it is not 100% pure because its chemically based; however, as a health consultant point of view, this appears to be the best company to invest in for business thus far. What I realize is when people do not understand it or if it does not work out, then its considered a scam. I use to to beleive the same thing until I understand how corporate america and all small business works. The man at the bottom with the least experience or the one that does not produce as much benefits the least. Its a numbers game and all companies, whether we believe it or not. The most important thing I found is to get clients who have interest in products and learn how to socialize and market yourself.


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    September 05, 2012

    Page, what an eye opener. I got it and I always did…this is just an income for me and an another way of utilizing a healthy product in my business model. Everybody has to work. So for me this may have been it and for so many others, its a job. Why do we sell or buy cable, phones, internet, shoes, bags, makeups, healthcare, groceries, personal care products, clothing or anything else in this world? If we did not invent it, then we will not collect the bulk of the money. Someone will make the money regardless of what we buy or where shop or invest. So everyone needs to make informed decisions by first becoming educated consumers. Our understanding of what’s going may be clouded by desperation, anxiousness or just tired of working 9-5 and want to get out.


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    September 05, 2012

    I have to agree with your response. I recently joined another MLM company to supplement income and it did not work for me because it was too much of an investment up front. When you have to give out more than you take it, it hurts the pockets. These companies are not and should not be set up as fly by night or get rich quick potentials but to engage those people who may truly have an interest in business or entrepreneurship. So far the consultant that I met for Arbonne has been less than pushy and for me this is a plus. Forced marketing or sales strategies turn me off. So far, Arbonne has my vote. Let’s see how I am going to finish this one.


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    September 01, 2012

    i would like to try some of these products out for my self before i decide if i want to join or not, how do i go about this?


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    August 24, 2012

    Hi there, Im sorry to here about your friend “pushing” the wrong product on you. There is a oily-normal skin care product in the FC5 line that I think might be a better choice for you. Maybe get a tester first just to make sure that it works for you. Your friends friend should have one of those. Although there are people like me who want people to be happy and enjoy their product because it works, I realize that there are people out there who just want to make a buck. Don’t give up! I am an Arbonne user and consultant. I have to believe in something before I could ever sell it. This product I believe in and find sells itself. I live in a small town and know everybody. I wouldnt want to rip my friends off. I give out whole bottles for people to try. This way they can really tell if it works for them before they spend their hard earned money.
    Hope this helped.


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    August 17, 2012

    I having been using Arbonne products for 3 years and I have never had my skin looking better. I did sell for a short period but honestly to make money you really need to do it full-time. This means having parties about 4x/week and of course bringing in other consultants. I found that the parties mostly are in the evening and for me I did not want to take the time away from my kids. However, if u do invest the time up front and bring on other consultants it can be worth it. The business was not for me but I firmly believe in their products. Every product ingredient is available on-line. They are not hiding anything in my opinion. I would without hesitation recommend the products. Keep in mind that it is normal to have a few breakouts while your skin is becoming accustomed to new skin care. There is the rare instance it does not, but for the most part after a few weeks it does. Best Wishes!


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    August 14, 2012

    I became an Arbonne consultant after trying samples for 5 days. I noticed that I was starting to have break outs (which is rare for me, the only thing I was doing different was using the Arbonne products. So I canceled my order by calling and speaking to an Arbonne “Customer Service” rep. No customer service there only LIP SERVICE! I was informed that my refund would be back in my account within 5 business days. That was almost 6-weeks ago and I still do not have my money back! After much run around from “Customer Service” I was told last week that I must fill out a “Resignation Form” which I faxed. That was 4-business days ago and still no refund! When I called this morning I was told there was some confusion whether I was resigning or not, even though the “Resignation” is clearly circled on the form, along with my signature and the date. I believe Arbonne has a few decent products
    and I like their idea of what they are trying to accomplish, but Arbonne business practices leave a lot to be desired! I just want my money back!!! How hard is that in this day and age…
    The banking system is all electronic it doesn’t take 6-weeks or even 4-days to process a refund!
    If you deal with Arbonne and want a refund~ Good luck!


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    August 13, 2012

    I have recently been introduced to Arbonne by a friend of a friend I am really unsure whether to invest into this business I am worried what if I don’t know enough people to be interested in Arbonne and if I cannot get people to become consultants then this business won’t work for me will it? and I will end up saying this is a scam!

    Also I have combination skin but the Arbonne consultant did not have any and said ‘the Normal/dry skin should be fine for you’. Ive used it for one day and I noticed my face was so oily through out the day it looked so greasy you could fry a chips on my face it was disgusting!! So Ive not used it since I think its terrible that it became less about the product and she was more concerned about taking my money and giving me something that is not even for my skin because she didnt have the right product with her!! and then have the cheek to convince me its fine…why would you give someone who suffers from oily/combination skin a product that says ‘RICH IN MOISTURE’

    So I have become really disheartened and don’t want to become a Arbonne consultant but I was really interested when I first heard about it….I just do not know what to do :(


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    August 11, 2012

    I happen to read the first terrible review. I am an estetician and I heard a lot about Arbone products throught my clients that come in for facials deep poor cleansers and other treatment ta my stores, and I have to admit that their skin is usually in a very good condition in comparesin to some people I treat for the first time.
    I was given some products samples and I am trying them althow i am testing it, II am not yet a long time user of these products but I am defenitly seing the value and the quality of the active ingredients in these skin product
    First and foremost Cistic acne is an Inflamatory active acne condition with cists that flares deep into the skin, usually people with this type of acne have very reactive skin condition witch results on reacts to most products it is the worst acne one can have, and it is not fare to use this condition as an example, specially because this person did not use it for very long time.
    Having the skin treated by a dermatologist to control the flares and finding all the possible products your ski may react to is the beggining of the fight against this condition.
    Arbonne is a cosmetic company not a pharmaceutical one.
    A cosmetic product’s specialty is to improve control and maintain the average skin condition such as: oily (some acne conditions), normal, sensitive or dry and aging skin types. Cosmetics using natural hight quality and natural vitamines, are formulated to easily penetrate theyr natural active ingredients into the skin to improve circulation elasticity and maintain its moisture, not to control or to cure an infamatory skin conditions such as cistic acne, I suggest that this person that wrote this article go read and educate herself about her skin condition before bushing any other product for that matter. Who knows maybe some day Arbone products will be prepared for this skin type also.
    Thank you all for your attention
    Silde marins


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    July 26, 2012

    My Dear, sorry to hear what happened to you. Your Sister In- Law and the Sales Assoc. that wrote down a review are not really telling the truth. No one, Not a Company cn assure me that the product is 100% natural and pure or green. To preserve anything we need to add some kind of chemical to sustain its freshness or whichever state you want your product to be… maintain it’s integrity . If you’re selling the product please don’t place a review of The product. You have been brain washed in my opinion.
    And i do agree that are some people that are allergic to herbs or any other kinds of natural products but that does not mean that her review on the product is wrong. I am not saying that the product is not good, i would just like the sales assoc. to be honest and know its products they are selling. And the whole point of selling this product is to recruit new sales assoc. The company will make it money with just the starter kit!
    And how many women fall for this? A lot!
    If you have any skin problems and you want to go all natural and green and pure… look in your pantry and fridge.. get some honey and some lime juice to rejuvenate your skin… voor smooth skin drink enough water .. eat your fruits and veggies …
    I don not believe that you should be paying so much for just make-up/ cleanses/ anti aging/ etc. just because they say it’s all green/ pure/ and natural. That’s their selling point “Green, Natural and pure” Really??? That’s is lie by it self!
    Anyways… people was my opinion.. don’t want my fellow American to spend som much money on thing we really don’t have to… we can bring our hard earned money to greater use.

    Stay Simple and Stay blessed


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    July 18, 2012

    I know lots of people mislead, miserable by the products/opportunity. I suggest anyone really wanting to LOOK into a great healthy product company from MISSOURI-MADE, USA, and opportunity to read all product knowledge is POSTED directly for customers!
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    June 30, 2012

    You are absolutely incorrect in that Arbonne is not 100% pure and natural. Even their hormone balancing cream is labeled that it contains a known carcinogen as all product in Californa must be labeled if they do. Arbonne also states it s not 100% organic or natural, very few cosmetic companies can make that claim.

    Many reps do not understand this and incorrectly tell their buyers falsehoods about Arbonne . I suggest you study the ompanies materials more carefully or talk to your senior representative/ manager.


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    June 24, 2012

    Pyramid selling at its best and with so many blinded by money from its selling techniques


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    June 19, 2012



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    June 11, 2012

    Scam totally wrong


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    June 10, 2012

    I have been an arbonne consultant now for 5 weeks and I am loving it! Ive made my intial £1500 back in 4 weeks and think the products and the company are amazing. To put it into persective I have invested 200k into businesses over the last 6 years. £1500 into Arbonne! I will make more money and am making more money in the next few months from arbonne than my other businesses. Actually if you jin the company you will meet thousands and thousands of people who are making £5000-15k a month. Its a fanstastic business model and anyone with a buisness mind would see that. MLM is the way to go!!!! conventional businesses are too high risk these days and no one has £200k to invest.

    Also people go wrong trying to push products on frienda and family thats not what this business is about! Its about giving people the opportunity!

    Hate people that write reviews on things they know little about!


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    May 12, 2012

    Hello , Sorry to hear of you unfortunate incident. Did you consider that perhaps YOU had an allergic reaction to the product? This does not mean the product is bad, just wrong for you.


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    April 21, 2012

    Hi there!! I think Arbonne is a wonderful ubsiness to start. I myself recently became a consultant. I know of quit a few women who have replaced there current jobs with the income they get from Arbonne. You must keep in mind though that it is not a get rich quick scheme and you do have to work at it, but many of the women I know were able to bring in anywhere from $3000-$6000 a month within 8 to 10 months and where I come from that is nothing to sneeze at. Another great thing about Arbonne is that while you are starting your own ubsiness you are apart of a team so you have all the support and training you could ever need. That team has a responsibility to stick it out with you no matter what and make sure that every member succeeds and with the great attitude and drive your wife has she is sure to be a success at this. I wish you guys the best of luck and if you have any questions about anything at all feel free to email me and I will be happy to help in any way that I can.If she decides to become a consultant then let me say now welcome to the Arbonne family and if you ever need anything or have any questions you can contact me.References :


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    April 12, 2012

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    March 29, 2012

    I have been using Arbonne products for a few months now and have only had positive results. I have extremely sensitive skin so I have spent hours and hours researching skin products and their ingredients. I suggest others do the same unless you want to end up with worse skin that you set out with. Most products are full of preservatives, chemicals, awful awful nasties that are directly linked with aging, problems with reproductive sytems, and breast cancer. Arbonne is one of the very few brands that have NONE of these things in them! I suppose some people may be allergic to natural ingredients, much like with food, but for the most part…arbonne is incredibly pure and clean. I’m a very happy customer!


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    February 22, 2012

    I am so sick of these stupid MLM sales scams. The only people making money at the manufacturers. Every one else makes at most a few hundred a month and some extra pimples. Enough!


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    February 20, 2012

    In response to the first review, I would like to say that it is very unfortunate that anyone in any business would make claims they know to be false. I have used several of Arbonne’s products and find that with their essentials line I have more energy, with their detox line, I have smoother skin, with their hair products, my hair is less oily and with their face products I have had near perfect skin when I used to have an oily and uneven complexion. These are my personal experiences. And I have been recommending Arbonne to friends and family for quite a while. I think your experience may be the exception, just as some people are allergic to aloe and other botannicals, this can be the case with any products.

    ~A voice from the other side.


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    February 15, 2012

    I purchased the Arbonne Clear Advantage System kit from my sister-in-law, who is an Arbonne Consultant, after she claimed that those products worked on her in less than 12 hours. She also bragged about the success of this multi-million company and how it transforms the lives of many individual distributors. To satisfy my curiousity, I even went out with her to one of her Arbonne meetings and I was introduced to her Regional Vice President that drives a company Mercedes Benz.. I’ve learned from their presentation that the success of their business primarily depends on how many people one can recruit to become consultants and not really on how well their products work on the consumers. Interesting huh? Moving on, I decided to try those products for myself before I sign up as a consultant simply because I didn’t want to sell something that don’t stand up for what they claim to be. Here’s my experience:
    Week one – No improvement
    Week two – Saw more pimples than ever before and I developed cystic acne
    Week three – (Thought it might have just been an initial breakout cycle so I gave it another try and only used it once a day) The result? One hundred times worse!!! I could not even cover it with make up anymore that everybody couldn’t help but notice the dramatic change on my face… Very bad
    To my frustration, I called up my sister-in-law and told her how my experience went. She admitted that she had the same reaction and had to stop using them for a while. Instead, she used toothpaste and mouthwash to undo the damage. That’s when I decided to return all the products and I had to pay the shipping which was $15. I told my sister-in-law that I would never sign up as a consultant and she called me a ‘loser’. With my horrendous experience with those products and the people working for Arbonne, I say no thank you. I may not become a millionaire in my 9-5 desk job but at least I have dignity. I don’t make false claims in order to make a sale. I’d rather stand up for my work ethics and have morals at this point.


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