Today, I want to give you an independent Arbonne review. Please know that I am not affiliated with the company in any way, nor have I been in the past. All research was conducted independently. All sources are cited at the end of the article. Please keep in mind that Arbonne is a registered trademark owned by the company.
About the Company
Arbonne was founded in 1975 in Switzerland by Petter Morck. Arbonne entered the U.S. market in 1980. The company manufactures skin care products, a bath and body line, and nutrition products.
They utilize the network marketing/direct sales business model to distribute their products. That means that Arbonne has a network of independent consultants who earn commissions by promoting Arbonne products via word-of-mouth-advertising.
The company headquarters is located in Irvine, California. As of 2015, Arbonne does business in the United States, Canada, Australia, Poland, and the United Kingdom. Their CEO is Kay Napier (as of 2015). Competitors include Mary Kay, Nu Skin, Amway and Avon.
Arbonne considers itself a “green company.” They have a huge focus on environmentally safe products, packaging, and manufacturing. From what I found on their website, they use biodegradable ingredients, soy based inks, recycled shipping boxes, and most of the product packaging is recyclable.
As of 2011, there were approximately 575,000 active associates worldwide. In 2011, the company paid out $148 million in commissions to Arbonne distributors. To the best of my knowledge Arbonne is privately owned. It is also a member of the Direct Selling Association.
The Product Line
The product line consists of inner and outer beauty products. Arbonne features cosmetics, health and wellness products, anti-aging, and skin and body care products. Their products are healthy, dermatologist tested and botanically based.
More importantly, all products are consumable. This means that customers will order the products, consume them, and then need to reorder more products each month. This creates repeat sales and residual income for Arbonne Consultants.
Some of their signature products include:
- Arbonne Intelligence™
- RE9 Advanced™
- Arbonne Bio-Nutria™
- ABC Arbonne Baby Care™
- Arbonne Smart Nutritional Hybrids™
All products come with a 45-day, 100% money-back guarantee. You can purchase the products through a toll free number or from a distributor’s website.
There are several ways to earn money with Arbonne. The first way to make money is through your personal retail sales. This is when you do one-on-one selling at an event, face-to-face, at a home party, or online via social media. When you sell products directly to a customer you can earn up to a 35% wholesale-retail markup. This puts immediate profits in your pocket and is an important way to get your business started.
The second way to earn money with Arbonne is with preferred clients. Whenever you make sales to a preferred client you can earn a 15% commission.
Arbonne also offers trips, cash bonuses, a white Mercedes program, and Tiffany jewelry.
Some people earn their money just by retailing products each month. If you can build up a loyal client base of 20 to 100 customers, you can earn a very good income just selling the products yourself.
Most of the top earners do a combination of retailing and recruiting. Building a team is where the big money is at. If you can build up a team of hundreds, even thousands of reps, who each use the products, sell the products, and recruit others you can earn a substantial income.
Just keep in mind that you don’t get paid to recruit people. If you recruit 100 people and no one buys the products, you don’t earn anything! At the end of the day you get paid to create volume! Never forget that.
The Different Levels in the Arbonne Compensation Plan
Here are the different levels in the Arbonne Compensation Plan.
# 1 Independent Consultants – This is the title/rank you are given when you first join the company.
# 2 District Managers – Average monthly income of $240 to $1500. Average time to get there is one to five months.
# 3 Area Managers – Average monthly income of $1200 to $3000. Average time to reach this rank is five to eleven months.
# 4 Regional Vice Presidents – Average monthly income is $5000 to $8000. Average time reach this rank is one to three years.
# 5 National Vice Presidents – Average monthly income is $21,500+. Average time to reach this rank is three to five years.
Arbonne Success Stories
Many women (and men) have changed their lives with Arbonne! Some of the most well known Arbonne reps include:
- Donna Johnson
- Jenn and Scott Harbour
- Linda Blum Huntington
- Lynn Puana
- Gosia Moore
- Beverly Phelps
- Jennifer Jerry
- Jennifer Mercier
How to Get Involved
There are several ways to get involved with Arbonne. Those three options are client, preferred customer and independent consultant.
The most common way is simply to become a retail customer (client). This is free to do. Even if you are thinking about doing the business side of things, I believe this is the best way to get started. After all, if you don’t enjoy the products, why would you build the business?
The second way to join the company is as a preferred client. As a preferred client you can sign up for a $20 registration fee and then pay a $15 yearly renewal fee. By becoming a preferred client you are eligible to save 20% on all of your purchases from the company! You can even participate in the Preferred Advantage Program, which can give you additional savings.
The third way to join Arbonne is as an independent consultant. To do so there is a $79 registration fee, plus a $30 yearly renewal fee. When you choose this option you can earn up to 35% commission on retail sales, 15% commission on sales to preferred clients, and overrides and commissions on your team. In addition, you can participate in contests and win cash prizes, trips, jewelry and more!
Making Money with Arbonne
I already explained the Arbonne compensation plan earlier in this review. I just want to reiterate that you only make money by moving products! Anyone can make a nice part-time income by building up a client base of retail customers. Yes, the BIG MONEY comes from building a large team, but you can make a good income just selling the products. And remember, without customers there is no business.
The real key to making money is to come up with a work schedule, a daily mode of operation and focus on the money producing activities. The money producing activities are prospecting, showing the plan, finding customers, training your team and following up with leads. Make sure you spend 90% of your working business hours on one or more of those five tasks.
Building Your Arbonne Business
There are many, many different ways to build your Arbonne business. Talk to any 20 top earners in the company and you will probably find 20 different ways that work. The real key to success is to find something that works for you and leverage your own strengths and talents. Remember that we are all different and we are all good at different things. What works for one person might not work for someone else.
Some of the most common ways to build an Arbonne business include home parties, events, and one-on-ones. However, there are also opportunities to use direct mail, newsletters, blogging, video marketing, fundraising, email marketing, and more. Just read the distributor agreement first to make sure you don’t violate any company policies or rules.
Is Arbonne for Everyone?
No business is for everyone. In fact, most people are not cut out to be entrepreneurs. Most people do not have the discipline or work ethic to build a successful home business of any kind. And that’s okay. However, anyone could benefit from using the Arbonne products. We all have skin care and nutrition needs. Whether you decide to become a customer or independent consultant is totally up to you.
I think the opportunity is a good fit for the right person. If you want a business with a flexible schedule, if you enjoy selling, if you enjoy coaching others, if you enjoy commissioned based pay, Arbonne might just be exactly what you are looking for.
I’ll tell you what I tell everyone. Educate yourself. Ask yourself the tough questions. Do your due diligence. Never start any business on pure emotion. And whatever you do, start out as a customer first to make sure you like the products. I can’t stress that enough.
And remember, all businesses take time to build. Arbonne is not the lottery or magic dust. You have to put in the work if you want to succeed.
Is Arbonne a Scam?
No, it is not a scam. You get paid to sell products and build a team of distributors, just like a real estate broker or insurance broker does. The company has been around more than 30 years and is a member of the Direct Selling Association. I personally think they are a great company with a great product line.
In summary, I think Arbonne is a great company with a great product line. They offer a wonderful business opportunity for the right person. They’re established, been around a long time, have a good reputation, have products that are in demand and they have a fair compensation plan. What else could you ask for?
What are your thoughts? What do you think about Arbonne? Leave a comment below to let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you.