Arbonne is a direct sales company developed by Petter Morck in the health and beauty industry. The MLM company employs hundreds of thousands of independent distributors worldwide in direct sales and serves over one million preferred clients.
Arbonne began with its direct selling model in Switzerland in 1975 and currently is headquartered in Irvine, California as of 1980. The company is similar to Mary Kay or Avon in that it relies on network marketing, and typical sales come from home or independent consultant and person-to-person sales.
Its product line features over 400 items and includes cosmetics, weight loss, and skin-care items. Arbonne claims that its products are naturally-inspired and scientifically proven. The company has its own research and development facility and scientific advisory board.
According to the company's 2018 income disclosure, the average annual earnings is $17,129 if you're an Area Manager and $3,450 for District Managers.
The company states that its formulas are based on botanical skin care principles and formulated without animal products or animal by-products. Arbonne is transparent about the ingredients in all of the Arbonne products and lists them on the website with full explanations.
The anti-aging products line includes skincare regimens such as anti-aging cream and the Arbonne Genius Ultra skincare device.
The Arbonne Essentials beauty and nutrition product line includes a wide range of beauty products and personal care products, including the Arbonne protein shake made of plant-based protein for meal replacement, protein powder, Arbonne weight loss meal replacement shakes, pre-workout items, and more.
Arbonne has several other health and nutrition products:
Arbonne claims these personal care products use natural ingredients to enrich the body and promote a healthy lifestyle.
Arbonne provides its independent consultants numerous incentives and opportunities for bonuses along with the Arbonne compensation plan.
One bonus, in particular, is the chance to earn cash bonuses toward a brand new Mercedes. Independent consultants receive a 35 percent discount off the retail purchase prices of the products they personally order once they join for $79. They also earn percentages of those they sponsor in their downlines.
Independent consultants are also eligible to receive a complimentary product if they order a Success Pack or make a 250 QV purchase during the month they start their contracts.
Consumers can join the Preferred Customer Program and receive a 20 percent discount on purchases. Preferred customers will also receive a complimentary product worth up to $50 when they make a 150 QV order during the first month.
Customers also receive special offers and rewards for shopping through Arbonne's Preferred Advantage Program.
Arbonne offers life insurance and travel opportunities as well. Arbonne provides instruction and support to its independent consultants.
Arbonne does not have territories That means consultants can sell anywhere, with limited exceptions online.
Many of Arbonne's compensation plan details are tempting to potential distributors. However, there are a few areas of concern that diminish the likelihood of distributors earning a significant amount of money.
According to the company's income disclosure, the average annual income for an Area Manager is just $17,129 and only $3,450 for District Managers.
The first area of concern is that distributors get paid more when their downline remain at their level. In other words, it is in the best interest of your sponsors at Arbonne that you do not advance in rank and, therefore, compensation rates are naturally lower.
This also greatly incentivizes recruitment to the point where it breaks into the realm of a pyramid scheme.
Whenever a compensation plan incentivizes recruitment over product sales, the line between a pyramid scheme and a legitimate multi-level marketing company becomes very blurry.
For people who are looking to earn money through Arbonne, read Arbonne's income disclosure statements and fine print to see if it will be worth it for you.
Another concern is that Arbonne does have a higher volume requirement. This means that distributors have to buy a certain amount of product per month or quarter to qualify for the compensation plan.
This covers the company in case distributors aren't able to sell the product. From the company standpoint, it doesn't really matter whether the distributor sells the product as long as the distributor is buying the company's product consistently.
The company went bankrupt in 2009 but has since made a tremendous effort to re-emerge on the market. This could be a sign of instability.
Two former Arbonne reps sued Arbonne in 2017 for being a pyramid scheme. The plaintiffs noted that Arbonne's income disclosure statement indicates that 86 percent of distributors lose money.
The matter was settled outside of court in 2018.
Independent representatives can promote products, business opportunities, and host group presentations through the company's social media platforms, though company representatives cannot pay for boosted ads on business pages for product promotions.
This restriction was put in place to create a fair playing field amongst consultants. However, this restriction can limit the potential reach in building a business, especially if trying to do so primarily online.
While there is a low cost of entry to start a business, the products themselves can be expensive for the average consumer. For instance, a bag of Arbonne protein powder is upwards of $75.
I want to put a stop to all these false acusations. They say when you sign up that your income is up to you, they don't promise you'll make X amount of dollars but they tell you its possible (because it is) but you have to do the work. if you lose money its on you, not them. they are NOT a Pyramid Scheme because they don't make any money other then from product sales. They don't make anything from bringing you on. The products last a long time and if you break down the cost you'll see that the portion is only $2.50 per shake (cheaper than strabucks) and a fizz box comes out to $1.80 per day. Thats not expensive. thats cheap for how many good things are in them and how much care is put into each product.
Brenda van Rensburg
I have a very sensitive skin with many a product bought going in the bin. I got introduced to Arbonne by a very caring consultant who suggested we start conservatively. She didn’t want to ‘sell me stuff’, she wanted to help. I really appreciated it. She helped me test some products including their healthy makeup range and it was just beautiful. When my skin improved i fell in love with Arbonne and it was just a natural next step for me to want to share the products with others. So I did the financially savvy thing and signed up as consultant. I now get 35% off my own products and 8% override on my team sales which I think is very generous. Thank you Arbonne for entering my life!
Do not get sucked into being a consultant. The pay structure is extremely complicated and you never receive the compensation you expect due to all the small print. You get pressured from your up line to enlist more people with false claims of making money. I also had problems with customer service who were rude, unhelpful and completely incompetent in being able to resolve an issuer. The result was that i missed out on promotions so the price increased due to companies incompetence and these was never any attempt to resolve the issues or compensate me for their mistakes. I like the products but it is not worth the hassle to deal with such an unprofessional and deceitful company.
Quality products, but need more fragrance free products for better human health results. Pretty pricey products.
I'm a big fan of Arbonne as a company, but also the opportunity it provides everyone and anyone. The company is so encouraging, the sky is the limit, and they focus on positive personal development. I've learned so much about myself since I've heard of and joined Arbonne. Everyone should!!!
The consultant makes a good presentation, but when pressed to prove her claims, she is not able to support them with verifiable facts. The detox process includes shakes and a limited diet. You are scolded for calling it a diet, but the hunger one feels, certainly feels like a diet. The final straw in frustration is their habit of having products on the market, which you like. The problem occurs when pull those from the market, sometimes, it is replaced by a poor substitute and others not at all. So, the consumer ends up hanging. Last year, it was their body wash, this year it was a drink additive flavor and shampoo. Iam on week 3 of waiting for corporate to stand by their promise to call you back. I will be honest, I wasn’t hopeful, but thought it worth a try, I would not recommend starting with this company for purchasing any products.
I have had difficulty using health and beauty products for years. I am extremely sensitive. Arbonne has absolutely changed my life. I am using the nutrition line, skin care and make-up. I have had ZERO sensitivities and feel great! I did have a problem with a product because of the taste. I used the customer service line and the problem was taken care of immediately. A different flavor was set without a charge. In my opinion, Arbonne stands behind their products, and has a great customer service department. Moreover, I look and feel wonderful! Thank you Arbonne!
Arbonne comes off as a company with products and offers that at first seem too good true. While it took me a while to realize, I have realized that this is pretty true. I was told by so many people that this isn't a pyramid scheme, and that its not like other companies such as Mary Kay where consultants have to be constantly seeking out and pursuing potential buyers and asking them to try products. This is still in fact true, and not at all my style. I don't like when people continue to bug me about buying or trying their products, so I don't at all want to be that to others. On top of that, I haven't found any of their products to really be worth the high cost (even once you've become an independent consultant, the prices are still up there... with shipping and tax on top of that! I have gone back to the products that I had initially been using before trying Arbonne - a great, natural plant based protein, different skincare products that actually make a difference in my acne, and a different, better tasting post-workout replenishment! In my opinion, not worth it, and I won't be renewing my IC status when the time comes.
Their skin products are amazing. It leaves my skin feeling fresh and soft every time I use it.
the skin cream..with spf 15 sunscreen in it ...for Men ..small blue bottle....garbage!!! ...skin peels after 2 hrs and looks awful in the afternoon.have to cover it up with Aveno skin cream that actually works for longer than 2 hrs...This company is garbage and over priced...in my opinion....and looks like 24 other opinions. Beware!!
I was given some Arbonn to trail on my skin. I used arbonn for 5days in a row, morning and evening, as directed. My skin did not feel good, it felt agitated, on the third day it looked blotchy and lumps started appearing on my forehead, on the morning of the fifth day it was lumpy and blotchy all over. I stopped using it and contacted my distributor, she told me this was just the toxins coming out and that after 30 days that would improve! This I think is total rubbish any dermatologist would tell you to stop using something that was making your skin worse every day! I have concerns for people selling this product with out any real knowledge. Most unhappy and I would not recommend any one using it. Who wants bad skin for 30 days!!
The products are truly awful and their company is extremely predatory toward women. Their cleanses do not work and their makeup is extraordinary poor quality. Even if I got their products for free I wouldn't use them, they'd go straight in the trash. Not worth a single penny.
Been using Arbonne products for 16 years. Everything is top notch! A time or two I have tried products from other companies but I always run straight back to Arbonne's Pure, Safe, and Beneficial. There is nothing else on the market that compares. The BEST skincare, makeup, bath and body products. My triathlete husband and children LOVE the nutrition line and swear that they perform better with fewer issues, injury, and so on with Arbonne's nutrition line. Zero complaints! For those complaining about the price...you get what you pay for. Arbonne's products are worth every dollar. There are ways to get greater savings and free shipping.
I have been an Arbonne client since October 2015, and became an Independent Consultant in July 2016. I began using the products because as a Physician Assistant I understood the concept that everything we eat, drink and use on our bodies has a lasting effect on our health, but I became a consultant because I saw the opportunity to help people live healthier lives well beyond my retirement in 2017. I'm sorry to see that there are those whose experience with Arbonne's products or representatives has been less than desirable, but my experience has been life changing. I belong to an incredibly supportive family of consultants who routinely reach out to encourage and inspire others toward personal growth and improved health and wellness. Pure, safe and beneficial products with a 45-day return policy....where else can you find that?!
The first year I paid $20 to be a preferred client. This second year it was $29 and 5 months since I joined it has gone back to $20, which I feel is a rip off.
Innovative, relevant products; cutting-edge research and development team; helpful customer service, generous compensation plan and classy culture of Independent Consultants. Products deliver results. Perhaps too many products to choose from. A 38 year track record with steady increase in sales since 2009 is good enough for me.
Outstanding skincare products for all ages and skin types, which are very well priced when compared to other premium brands. Nutrition products are excellent and deliver results. The 45 day money back guarantee gives customers extra assurance of purchase satisfaction. Has a very low rate of products being returned, indication customer satisfaction with the product.
I have been using Arbonne skin care products for years..They are wonderful and I receive complements on my skin routinely. I am 72. The 30 day cleansing diet is fabulous if used correctly. I use this diet at least once a year and have used it at times twice. I have dropped my blood sugar to normal a d my cholesterol from 279 to 197. It has been invaluable for me.
IDA MCDAVITT FRESSILLI
I have been using Arbonne for several years. Love their products. I was sold when a relative asked about my eye surgery. I had not had anything done to my eyes. Just using the Arbonne eye cream. I use the serum, foundation, night cream, eye cream, makeup primer (don't know how I survived without it). These are my favorite products. My Arbonne representative is amazing. She keeps me informed about the products. Any changes or anything knew. When my order is in, she delivers it to my front door. Great product. Great service. The Arbonne rep. is irreplaceable.
Excellent skincare products, helped my acne and the nutrition products have changed my health. The company is supportive, listens to customers and is always developing
A culture of Arbonne Consultants is very poor. This is a monkey business. In order to be successful you have to be unethical. My upline was trying to recruit my prospect. Quit.
I AM AN IC - LOVE THIS COMPANY AND EVERTHING THEY STAND FOR . IN THE 5 YEARS I HAVE BEEN USING THE PRODUCTS WITH EXCELLENT RESULTS AND THE TWO YEARS BEING AN IC, I THINK THIS COMPANY IS TOP NOTCH !!
3.5 years with Arbonne and nothing but impressed with company and its wonderful products! My clients are crazy for the results in skincare and nutrtion. The comp plan is generous and fair making no promises other than you get out what you put in. No limit. Love love Arbonne. by the way I am 63 yrs old with business background. WishI had started with Arbonne years ago.
Dr Nancy Beliveau
It has completely changed my life! I worked an 80 hour work week as a doctor of physical therapy and now work 10-15 hours per week from home with my family, building an online business improving the health and wealth of others
Ineffective products combined with rude, unapologetic and arrogant consultants.
absolutely love these product. This is helping my hives, my eczema and dry skin. Plant based, no animal by product. This is perfect for my entire family!
Love the products; they work as directed. Any problems, customer service is quick to take care of.
Love the products and the opportunity - well supported and compensated - have nothing but positive vibes
The Arbonne products are ridiculously overpriced. Consultants receive a "discount" but are charged sales tax for the full retail value. Shipping and handling costs all but wipe out any "savings". The products are just not that good either. DHC has a better skincare line with free shipping and a loyalty discount. I am using less and less of the Arbonne products because they are just not that special. My daughter likes the Calm Cleanser and Moisturizer and I like the Sunscreen for Face. This is all that I currently order from Arbonne. Over-hyped, over-priced. No one's buying their "opportunity".
have been using arbonne for years. Most recently I waited over 7 weeks for my order to arrive (still waiting) after several emails and phone calls I am receiving no help or advise or apology for the delay. I'll be cancelling asap - something doesn't feel right about this company.
Great products. 30 day body cleanse helped me lose some weight and increased my energy throughout the day.
Arbonne products are way over priced. Shipping charges are also high. You can pay the annual $20 preferred client fee to receive 20% discount but by the time you add tax and shipping, you're back to the original price. I can buy better products at Sephora for less and receive free shipping after spending $50.
All round this company is just amazing - everything is so ethical and professional. The products are actually amazing and the business is fantastic so I have literally nothing to say against Arbonne.
DO NOT BUY FROM THIS COMPANY, CHARGED ME ONE FEE, THEN THE REP ME 2 MONTHS LATER AND SAID SHE UNDER CHARGED ME BY 30.00 THE REP KRISTA TAVARAS HAD KEPT MY CARD NUMBER AND EVEN THO SHE WAS TOLD NOT TO CHARGE ANYTHING ELSE TO MY C CARD SHE DID ANYWAY. MY BANK IS REVERSING THE CHARGE. I CALLED ARBONNE INTERNATIONAL AND TALKED TO A MANAGER KRISTEN, AND SHE ADMITTED THIS SHOULD NEVER HAD BEEN DONE AND THAT THEY DONT DO BUSINESS THIS WAY, BUT SAID THEY COULD NOT REVERSE THE CHARGE. I ALSO AM CONTACTING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR MY STATE. THEY NEVER SHOULD HAVE HELD ON TO MY C CARD # OR CHARGED IT THE ADDITIONAL FEE WITHOUT MY PERMISSION. BUY YOUR PRODUCT ELSEWHERE. AVOID ARBONNE LIKE THE PLAGUE!! Sincerely, Kathy
Love this company, the products and compensation. I also love the heart of the company and what they stand for. Their products are made of the finest ingredients. I am a consultant and love that I get a discount on big end products for my whole family and get paid to use them...can't say that about anything I can buy in the stores. I love that i personally have helped transform people's health leveraging Arbonne's nutrition and I'm just beginning to transform people's lives with the business.
Love this company and what they stand for. Their products are made of the finest ingredients. I am a consultant and love that I get a discount on high end products for myself and my family. Plus an amazing compensation plan for their consultants.
The ingredient policy of pure, safe, and beneficial extends not only to the people that use the products, but also to the world with sustainably sourced ingredients that are green and eco-friendly and to animals by being truly cruelty free with every product being free from animal derived ingredients and animal testing. The business opportunity and success plan are second to none, in my opinion, due to there being 4 levels of management, commissions plus bonuses and overrides, the ability to will your business to a person of your choosing, life insurance, and a car allowance.
The products are quality with no GMOs, gluten free and dairy free; and the business model is direct and simple.
I have used Arbonne products for 10 years, always as a Consultant, so I could receive the maximum discount. My skin is improved, my health is improved using their shakes, protein bars, detox tea. I now weigh what I weighted before I became pregnant with my son, who will be 29 next month. I look younger than I did at age 55 in 2006 when I became an Arbonne Consiltant. I feel great, and now I'm building my business, so I can retire from my career of 40 years. My job has always been my mission helping people understand and make wise decsisons on their employee benefits package. Arbonne provides me another opportunity to help people improve their lives, save money and become their own boss if they choose to, with Pure, Safe and Beneficial Products.
Emily Seavey Arbonne IC
Arbonne is truly a brand meant for all ages. I love our Antiaging skincare. It's made a true difference the the radiance of my skin. And now, we have launched our brand new Genius Ultra device that is such a hot item for instant results! I have to mention our protein, it's Vegan and tastes yummy, not chalky at all. Seriously the BEST company out there.
Honest, fun, great company ethics and see through ingredients list!
I have nothing but great things to say about working with Arbonne. They have given me the tools and are continuously adding more training and tips to help grow myself a successful business over time.
I am an independent consultant for Arbonne. Apart from the fact that I believe so firmly in their pure, safe, and beneficial products, I am quite impressed by their corporate structure and the supportive network. It is second to none.
Independent consultant. Love the products and the compensation plan.Trust the values and ethics of Arbonne to my core
I too am impressed with the family-centric corporate culture, compensation plan & the continuous effort to better the product line and offer consumers sound, tested & efficacious options that help improve our well-being inside & out! Pricing ranges from accessible to moderate (department store), depending on the product and discounts.
Julie Leitz Shutz
I an a consultant who was a happy client for 12 years before delving in as a consultant, and i have never been happier! I think I am as excited about the ingredients we DON'T use as I am the botanicals that we do rely on! The other consultants I work with come from every career you can imagine, and age bracket, and the company's deep commitment to self improvement, with all the training opportunities in countless formats: live training, a huge data base of articles, videos, and trainings, is comprehensive and readlily accessible. Love the trainings, the people, the products, and our commitment to helping others.
Simple and lucrative compensation plan Everyday consumable products of an exceptionally high standard 5 countries with global expansion plans means growth potential