What’s the deal with this direct sales company, Arbonne? Is it a scam? What are they trying to sell? Read on as I give you my full personal report and Arbonne Review.
Have you heard of this company – Arbonne? If you are like me, you were approached by an Arbonne Independent Consultant about their skincare or nutrition products. Since you wanted to learn more, you went online and searched “Arbonne Review” to find out everything you could about this company.
You found me, awesome! Here’s my full Arbonne Review and Testimonial.
My Arbonne Review, part 1
I was originally approached by an Arbonne rep when I was in my late 20s. A coworker’s wife brought me a “gold bag” to try and said to keep the products for a few days and let her know what I think. A gold bag is a set of products that consultants use to pass around to friends to try, something like the RE9 Essentials skincare set.
I took this kit home and set it on my bathroom counter. There were 5 products and I remember thinking I would never be able to use that many at a time – it was too much for me! At the time I was probably using baby wipes or something like that to wash my face at night.
The consultant said that if I started using Arbonne products now, I would really appreciate it as I got older.
I never used the products, I didn’t even try them. I gave the gold bag back and said they just didn’t work for me.
My Arbonne Review part 2
Fast-forward ten years or so and I’m living in the suburbs with a husband, kids, and a busy full-time job. I’m about to turn 40 and those dark circles and fine lines under my eyes were getting worse every day. That, along with my terrible diet of fast food, the stress of being a mom, and bad habits in general, I was gaining weight and looking worse every day.
When I turned 39 I knew I wanted to start living intentionally and that included my diet and skincare routines.
And I wanted to figure it out before I turned 40.
I was ready for a healthy change!
The great thing about living in the suburbs is that you get to know some awesome people that are in the same life stage as you.
My neighbor Nicole, who had always complained of severe digestion issues, told me that she just started a new nutrition regime and feels amazing. She says her cousin who is a successful gym owner has used these products for over 10 years and always tried to get her to try them.
She finally agreed to try the products after months and months of her cousin’s persistent begging.
She says after using the products after a month or so, she feels incredible. Her stomach issues are gone and she’s losing weight. “By the way,” she says, “These products are from Arbonne, have you ever heard of them?”
Arbonne Review – Believe the Hype!
Wow, Arbonne flashback! How I wish I had been using these amazing products since I was in my late 20s. I was really needing an intentional skincare routine to help me move gently into my 40s and stop these wrinkles, fine lines, brown age spots all over my face.
Now, you have probably realized that I drank the Kool-Aid and feel in love with the products.
I love the products – everything from the Arbonne RE9 Essentials skin care products to their amazing nutrition products. I even use their deodorant and toothpaste!
Now I blog about my Arbonne review and experiences with their many different products. I promise to give you a full honest review of the product experiences.
When you originally find out about Arbonne you can easily be overwhelmed because of their many, many products.
Here’s my advice, start on the inside.
Arbonne’s mission is all about being healthy from the inside out. It is true that if you have a clean gut, kidney, liver, etc., you will not only FEEL GOOD on the inside, you’ll LOOK GREAT on the outside.
My advice: Start with the 30-Day Healthy Living Jumpstart
Arbonne makes it easy to buy everything you’ll need to detox and cleanse your system in 30 days. You’ll also learn healthy habits by eating whole foods like grains, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats. You’ll increase your fiber intake. These are all good things, plus, you can share everything you learn with your family.
During my first 30-day healthy living jumpstart, I was a little shocked when I learned that I would have to give up gluten, sugar, dairy, and alcohol. But these are all common allergens that could potentially cause inflammation and other damage. Removing these common allergens during a detox makes sense – you will be pleased with the results!
Next, you are ready to focus on your skin. Which skincare line is for you? That depends on your skin type – if you are acne-prone, try the Clear Future line. If you have sensitive skin, try the Calm line. If you aren’t ready for the full anti-aging skin care line, try RE9 Advanced Prepwork. If you would like to focus on reducing fine lines and wrinkles, try the RE9 Advanced line. Oh, and there is also a line tailored just for me – RE9 Advanced for Men.
Next, try Arbonne’s makeup. Everything from Arbonne is made from botanically-based ingredients, certified vegan, certified gluten-free, clinically tested, and certified cruelty free.
Arbonne also has bath and body products, baby items, and even aluminum-free deodorant and mint toothpaste!
Since you are focused on putting healthy ingredients inside your body, be sure to focus on those same healthy ingredients on the outside. Everything you use on your skin – skincare and makeup – gets absorbed into the skin and can be beneficial to your body.
Why buy from a Direct Sales company?
I get it, we all have those friends who are very excited about their direct sales company and post all over social media about how their products are the best. Yes, it’s annoying.
Here’s the crazy reason why you SHOULD buy from a direct sales company: The products literally come DIRECT to you.
If you typically buy nutrition, skincare, or makeup from a grocery store or other retail store, think about the timeline of those products. How long has been since they were first created to how long they’ve been sitting on the shelf waiting for you to finally buy it.
First, the products are made and then sent to a distribution facility to wait on the order from the retail store and then the products are shipping across the country or world to get to the shelf where it waits on you to buy.
When you order from a Direct Sales company, the products come directly to you. There’s no middleman in between creating a time-lapse of several months.
What’s in the products you are buying?
The United States Food and Drug Administration is always under a lot of scrutiny for the items they allow in our products. Check out this article, “9 Disgusting Things That the FDA Allows in Your Food.”
Currently, the US prohibits 11 ingredients from being included in nutrition, skin care, and cosmetic products: https://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/GuidanceRegulation/LawsRegulations/ucm127406.htm
The EU prohibits 1400!!: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/cosing/index.cfm?fuseaction=search.results&annex_v2=II&search.
Arbonne, a Swiss company, takes it another step and prohibits over 2,000 ingredients. See below for their list of top 20 not allowed ingredients.
The United States allows these ingredients for many reasons. One reason is so your food and cosmetics will have a longer shelf life with better color and smell. Arbonne products are produced with no artificial ingredients or sweeteners so any smell or color is all natural.
My Arbonne Review – Not a Scam!
If you have read this far, you know that I’m an Arbonne fan. In my opinion, Arbonne is the furthest thing from a scam I have ever seen. The products are amazing, and not only will you feel good on the inside, you will look great on the outside. Clear, healthy-looking skin, less stress, and more energy – it really makes sense to give Arbonne a try! Plus, there are so many ways to save!
With a 45-day money back guarantee, there’s no reason not to try. Are you ready for a simple but life-changing journey?
Arbonne Review: Top 20 Not Allowed LIst
There are over 2,000 ingredients that are not allowed in any Arbonne product whether it’s nutrition, skincare, makeup or bath and body.
Here are the top 20 ingredients not allowed by Arbonne:
- Animal products or by-products
Since our products are certified vegan, we do not formulate with animal products or by-products, including, but not limited to, dairy, honey, beeswax, and silk. This also contributes to the dairy-free status of our nutrition products.
- Artificial flavors and sweeteners
We do not formulate with artificial flavors or sweeteners in our products, choosing instead for naturally derived flavor and sweetener components.
- Formaldehyde-donating preservatives
Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen that is also linked to asthma and developmental toxicity, therefore we do not use formaldehyde-donating preservatives. This includes, but is not limited to, quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, and methylisothiazolinone.
Hydroquinone is a skin lightener that causes skin irritation and may be linked to certain cancers.
Some parabens have been linked to endocrine disruption, which may increase the risk of certain cancers. Therefore, we do not use any parabens, including ethylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben.
Petrolatum, commonly known as petroleum jelly, is a skin protectant that is a by-product of petroleum. It typically contains the impurity polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which have been linked to cancer.
Phthalates [i.e., dibutylphthalate (DBP), dimethylphthalate (DMP), diethylphthalate (DEP)] are plasticizing ingredients commonly used in fragrances as a solvent and skin fixative. Phthalates have been linked to endocrine disruption and may cause birth defects.
- Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) are harsh surfactants that can cause skin irritation or allergic reactions. Moreover, SLES often contains the impurity 1,4-dioxane, a by-product from its manufacturing process, which is a potential carcinogen.
- Synthetic fragrances and dyes
Since many synthetic fragrances and dyes are petroleum-derived, they may contain components which are potential hormone disruptors, allergens, and environmental toxins.
Triclosan is an antibacterial agent which causes skin irritation and has been linked to endocrine disruption. It is also bioaccumulative and potentially toxic to aquatic organisms.
- Ethanolamines (MEA/DEA/TEA)
Frequently used in cosmetics as emulsifiers, foaming agents or pH adjusters. Based on studies, they are linked to organ system toxicity, cancer, and environmental concerns of bioaccumulation.
- Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)/Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)
Petroleum-derived antioxidants used to extend shell life of product, BHA and BHT can induce allergic reactions in skin. They are also likely carcinogens and hormone disruptors.
- Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) and methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCT)
Together commonly called as Kathon CG. Chemical preservative widely used in cosmetics that are the most common irritants, sensitizers, and causes of contact skin allergies. Also linked to lung toxicity and possible neurotoxicity.
Ingredients such as wheat, rye, and barley contain gluten protein may cause major health issues to those with gluten intolerance, sensitivity or allergy. Oat may contain gluten if exposed to cross-contamination from gluten-containing crops, so all oats used in our products are certified gluten-free.
- Peanuts and tree nuts
Ingredients derived from peanuts and tree nuts can cause potential allergic reactions in many people, and we opt to avoid such ingredients in our nutrition products. A number of our skincare products are formulated with extracts from coconut or shea seeds.
Soy and soy derivatives may contain protein which may cause potential allergic reactions in many people.
- High fructose corn syrup
High fructose corn syrup has been utilized often in sodas and other beverages, and researchers are now questioning whether it can contribute to obesity and other health concerns. Until there is clear evidence of its safety, we choose to avoid its use in our Nutrition products.
- Canola Oil
Canola oil is derived from the rapeseed plant, and while there is still no clear indication of health risks associated with this material, there is a strong potential that sources of canola oil are GMO-derived.
- Trans Fats
Trans fats are well researched for their detrimental effects on cholesterol levels — namely, increasing LDL (bad) cholesterol and reducing HDL (good) cholesterol — and increasing the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Talc is used in cosmetics as an anti-caking or bulking agent. Talc can be contaminated with asbestos fibers which possess risks for respiratory toxicity and cancer.