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Why you shouldn’t invite an RD to an Arbonne party



Bat illustration by Ali Haines on flickr. Used under a Creative Commons Licence 

I recently attended an Arbonne party. In my defence, I was lured by the rare opportunity to socialize in this small city. I also had managed to confuse Arbonne with Avon. Expecting an evening of apps, chats, and maybe buying a token lipstick or something, I showed up with a batch of choco coco clusters and blissful ignorance of what was to come. I was greeted with an offer of wine (so far so good) and then we were “treated” to protein shake samples. I’m not a fan of protein shakes; the flavour and texture completely turn me off. The only way I’ve ever managed to find protein powder palatable is if it’s hidden in a smoothie. Fortunately, the samples were small but I got my first red flag when the seller (or whatever they’re called) told us that their protein powder formulation is ideal for women because we don’t absorb protein as well as men. Funny, I never learned that in my 4 year nutrition degree. Even more interesting is that their protein powder is a blend of pea protein, brown rice protein, and cranberry (??) protein, providing a modest 10 grams of protein per serving (compare that to the standard 20+ grams of protein for most whey (and even other commercially available vegan) protein powders. (Note: an Arbonne rep brought it to my attention that this product is actually their “protein boost” not protein powder which does contain 20 grams of protein per serving. My apologies for this error. That extra protein also comes with a cost; $85 for a bag containing 30 servings.)

We followed up our protein shots with a salt scrub on our hands which I really have no issue with.

Following this we sat around a table and were given a spiel about a number of the products available for purchase through Arbonne. Because I didn’t want to create an incredibly uncomfortable situation I (hope) I managed to plaster a neutral expression on my face while screaming “THIS IS BULLSHIT” inside my head. Oh man. There was a big deal made about how only a few (nine I think it was) substances are banned from cosmetics in North America while there’s a huge list in Europe and that’s the list that Arbonne uses. In case you were wondering, there are a lot more ingredients banned from use in Canadian cosmetics than nine. I can’t be bothered to count them all (that’s how many) but you can see them for yourself if you doubt me or are so inclined as to count them. I try to be conscientious about buying products without ingredients that are potential carcinogens and hormone disrupters, better safe than sorry. As such, I know that it’s possible to find affordable opens at many grocery stores. You do not have to spend $67 for lotion just to avoid parabens and pthalates and whatever. We were told that vaseline is bad but she couldn’t tell us why, instead we were told to “google it, educate yourself”. Well, I googled it and it seems to me that the consensus is that vaseline (aka petroleum jelly) is safe for use. The real debate is whether it does much more than to protect your skin by creating a barrier between it and the elements. She really got me when she told us that all the other mascaras contain bat poop. Yep, bat poop, in a product that you put right by your eye. I googled that one too because I was curious where that idea would come from considering that bat guano can cause illness. Apparently the myth came from the similarity between “guano” and “guanine”. Guanine is actually derived from fish scales (which may or may not be of comfort to you but seems much preferable to me). It kind of blew my mind that we would be told such blatant and easily disprovable facts. Does Arbonne feed their sellers these lies in the hopes that gullible shoppers buy into the fear? I also found it a little odd that for a company that prides itself on “clean” ingredients none of the skincare products seemed to have the ingredients on the containers.

Okay, next up the supplements. For a company that prides itself on “clean” ingredients I was pretty shocked by the crap they were selling us. An omega3 supplement that was derived from flax so was actually very low in omega3 but was presented as being equivalent to fish oil derived omega3 supplements. There were these energizing powders (to be used like Crystal Light) which were apparently much better than coffee. The first two ingredients were green coffee bean extract and green tea extract and then a bunch of other junk. You’d be better off sticking to coffee; cheaper, safer, and (probably) tastier. There was a detox supplement that contained a variety of laxatives and diuretics. Unnecessary and potentially harmful.

I couldn’t even bring myself to buy a product to be polite after hearing all the nonsense about what they were selling and seeing the obscene prices. As if all this isn’t enough reason to avoid Arbonne, they’re essentially a pyramid scheme.

If you believe in science and not wasting your money then I’d recommend learning from my experience and avoiding Arbonne “parties”.



Author: Diana

I'm a registered dietitian from Nova Scotia, living and working in Ontario, Canada. My goal is to help people relearn how to have a healthy relationship with food.

69 thoughts on “Why you shouldn’t invite an RD to an Arbonne party

  1. SO agree with you. Great post!


  2. I love your honesty and wish that more people would speak publicly about these annoying pyramid schemes. I once had an old “friend” from high school contact me asking if I’d like to catch up with a cup of coffee and that she’d love to tell me about Arbonne. She contacted me three separate times, 6 months apart. My response became less polite each time.


  3. I had no idea what an “Arbonne Party” was – thought it had something to do with an area in France or some sort of Role Playing Game (RPG), based on the bat image.
    Sadly, most of the direct-sales market is based on half-truths and pyramid schemes (only, they call it multi-level marketing (MLM) to avoid legal issues). As an example: one of CUTCO’s selling points is that they’re supposed to be much less expensive, with better service, than Wüsthof or one of the other known brands. When I did the research, I found they were comparing their one-level of cutlery to items that were one or two levels *higher* in quality than CUTCO — if you compared like to like, the prices were nearly identical.


  4. I will admit that I tried part of their 30 day program (refused the”detox”, the energy drink is disgusting and the “fitchew” candy makes no sense when you’re trying to cut out added sugar). I just really liked the idea of a group of women working toward cutting out added sugar and trying to eat healthier. Unfortunately the person running the Facebook group was pushing obscene amounts of bs against farming, lies about organics/conventional, GMO’s, animal agriculture etc. As a farmer I offered information and links to more reliable sources for her and the others in the group to learn from. I was banned from the group!! I was appreciative of the Arbonne rep I was dealing with trying to set things right but I believe their program still runs the same.

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  5. I’m sorry to hear that your experience was seemingly filled with so much misinformation. I’ve been purchasing Arbonne for about two years and love the product. My rep has always been honest and straightforward, even about the commission system which I feel is a fair system and a good replacement for retail. Arbonne is not perfect but their scientists work hard to be as good as possible, including reformulating products if a better ingredient is found.
    Anytime I have had a question about a product or ingredient that my rep doesn’t know the answer to, she reaches out to head office to get the most up to date information. The ingredients to the skin products are all on the box. I have never heard from her a lot of the things you mentioned that you heard at the party.
    I can honestly say that I noticed an improvement in my skin when I switched from Aveeno to Arbonne. I also like their makeup and makeup brushes. I feel that they are very high quality, again more durable than other brands that I’ve used.
    I understand the sticker shock you experienced. I am a preferred client, thus I get 20% off everything. With Arbonne products, I have been told that there is no “filler” material, which I am confident in since I use a very small amount of the product and it works very well. So, a little goes a long way.
    While I may not have addressed each of your points, I hope I have shown you a different side of Arbonne. As with everything, there are people who do their jobs well and others that don’t.

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  6. Thank you for your article. I enjoyed it and agree with you. One other Arbonne example that is hard to understand is that they sell energy packets with caffeine. On the other hand, they recommend avoiding caffeinated products. Doesn’t really make sense to me. So I’ve added coffee again. But, I have to admit that I followed their diet to the T for a month and lost 29 pounds (211-182). I feel better now. Interestingly, instead of using Arbonne products, I use products from Costco/Sprouts. Arbonne’s diet information works well enough and it has good meal ideas. IMO, you could use the meal plans to your benefit and avoid Arbonne products all together.


    • I didn’t even know they had meal plans. As a dietitian I think I’m okay on my own though ;)

      Yes, ridiculous that they sell the pricey energy packets as a better option than coffee when they’re caffeine and other questionable ingredients.

      Glad to hear you’ve figured out a way to stay healthy more affordably on your own.


  7. I have used Arbonne shakes and facial products for years and I absolutely love their products.


  8. Just to be fair… I’m an Arbonne rep and I have never been told to tell anyone about bat poop, never been trained that the protein is better for women lol that’s ridiculous. I also know that the European Union list is much more extensive then any laid we have here. I think the problem in this situation is that a lot of consultants don’t know what the hell they are talking about. They often have no idea about nutrition basics, skin, cosmetics industry etc. I will tell you that they do have some wonderful products but sometimes training in arbonne is like playing telephone. People get misinformed and mix it up. Also it isn’t really a pyramid scheme. Those are more like people selling crap insurance etc. ARBONNE, MONAT, THIRTY ONE, AVON etc. All use a pyramid model but that dosent mean they are bad… If you look at most companies they have a pyramid. I’m just saying it is no all bad but your consultant was wack!I am a make up artist Ans when I started I said what was with back the trolly up here with a few things I heard reps saying.


  9. Hi I read all your comments very clearly and understand why you feel the way you do, it’s a passion of yours and you only want the truth, the only thing I have with your comments madam is you’ve based arbonne on a whole with only being to that 1 event am I correct, also that person who is presenting could be new or trained by someone that is also new? As human beings sometimes we listen to people like yourselves and take it as fact, and sadly I feel this is what’s happened here.

    We have all types that join arbonne doctors, writers ,personal trainers, I could go on, and all have there own things that they have learned. Sadly some people join for the wrong reasons and talk nonsense. I assure you they all aren’t like.

    Prmyid scheme, well for you to know this honestly you would have to gain access to the arbonne site it’s self and all its content, I’m sure the description for one is easy to find but for arbonne and many other network marketing companies actual details are when you join and read a very detailed contract before you join on how it all works.

    Just to say the basics, it’s to earn money without doing nothing yourself right? No wrong, you must put and sell something to gain access to your team success line. A difference to this is a pymid company which I won’t name as I don’t slander over companies, is that a person gets paid for the initial recruitment and after that stays at the top while the people below never grow to his or her level.

    These companies tend to live on dodgey sites or as harsh virus connected ones.

    My point is please don’t judge on a whole, arbonne and other companies have made these items in a certain way to give a attentive ways of living, as a lady above said it does work, it wouldn’t be successful at all if it wasn’t. People like Richard Brandon, Eric worre and Tony Robbins agree that this is a opportunity for the people, so you can enjoy life, is that not what’s most important ? Or do you prefer to work till your 80?
    Thank you respectfully for reading.


  10. Thanks for the review- I also thought Arbonne was like Avon. A lady in my bookclub sells it, but hasn’t approached us (yet) for a party.

    I have gone to other MLM type parties and my defenses go up when I hear the sales person say things that are questionably true – and if I ask for details to get a better understanding and they cannot answer them or just say to google it. When I do google it (which I can do on the spot) 9/10 the answer is false and when I asked them about the google results they disagree with them and say they are trained by their company and so they know that what they are saying is true.

    Arguably, as previous posters have mentioned, not all sales people are created equal and the products they are selling may very well be good products. But if the person who is selling the product to me is spreading misinformation and is causing me to be doubtful of what they are saying is true then I won’t be buying the product.


  11. I live in Charlotte, NC and have been married 18 years with 3 daughters.
    I am also an Independent Consultant with Arbonne and Exec Natl. VP (which means the highest level in the company structure of building your business) I have been a part of this for 11 years and it has completely changed our family’s life in every positive way imaginable.
    There are SO many things you wrote that are just inaccuracies and completely untrue about Arbonne and their product ingredient policies.
    Either the consultant that did the presentation mis-represented due to inexperience or she just didn’t know what she was talking about or possibly you got some of the facts wrong, maybe a combination of all.

    I would like to clarify a few things….

    You were told our protein powder formulation is ideal for women because we don’t absorb protein as well as men.
    This is obviously not true and who knows where this came from?
    The blend of pea protein, cranberry and brown rice is in fact 20 grams of protein per serving (not 10 as you were told) and it is a fact that vegan protein is one of the most easily absorbed proteins on the market (and much healthier than whey or soy protein) I can send you facts on whey and soy if you would like them but I assume with your background, you already know this.
    Also, my entire family drinks the protein shakes and they are delicious!

    I’m curious why you think direct sales in BS as you stated….do you think it is BS to walk into a store and purchase products from a shelf in essence putting billions in the pockets of CEO’s and big retail corporations rather than purchasing these same products directly from an independent consultant selling directly and helping out families and small businesses…..makes sense to most when explained that way?

    Another inaccuracy…..the 9 ingredients is referring to the 9 anti-aging elements we use that are plant based backed by science in our top selling skin care line.

    Following European skincare guidelines, there are well over 500 ingredients banned in Europe that are still used in the US skin care market……that is why we adhere to European guidelines. It is insane how many ingredients are bad for us still allowed in US.

    Regarding vaseline or any type of mineral oil based ingredient….it is bad for human skin in most cases. Mineral oil is derived from a crude oil from the earth and due to the molecular structure being so large, mineral oil doesn’t absorb into our skin but rather acts as a barrier by sitting on the surface.
    1) this doesn’t allow nutrients, anti-oxidants to absorb into our skin and body
    2) our skin being the largest organ of our body need to be able to breathe and due to the “barrier” of the mineral oil, toxins also cannot be released out of body (which leads to toxin overload which can also lead to weight issues, fatigue, depression, etc)

    The bat poop things….that’s just bad info but there are heavy metals and leads in mascara and eye makeups that cause issues for people. That is why Arbonne’s cosmetics line is great because we do not use any of those things.

    Ingredient lists are absolutely available to anyone that would like them and they are listed on the boxes when you purchase as well as we can print or email you the entire ingredient list upon request of whatever product you would like…..just because the ingredient list is not on the actual product does not mean something is being hidden.
    The fizzy energy drinks are amazing for natural energy boost compared to other junk out there that most people take…..green tea is a natural caffeine while guarana and ginseng both have many medical uses.

    We do not use any diuretics or laxatives in any of our detox or nutrition line so I’m not sure where that info came from.

    Lastly, as far this being a pyramid scheme, that is such a ridiculous stereotype of direct sales. Anyone willing to work hard and put in the time and effort can make it to any income level they chose.

    I replaced both myself and my husband’s combined 90 hr workweek building my Arbonne business on 15-20 hours each week. I replaced my insurance career in 6 months and retired my 39 yr old husband from his sales career in 5 years.

    What is really a pyramid scheme is corporate america…..one president, one CEO and they make the big bucks while everyone else trades their time for money with little to no opportunity to make it to the top of the J-O-B they are in. Capping out on income, very little vacation time, unhappy with how little time they get with their family…..in contrast, I work part time hours each week, unlimited income potential and our family has gotten to travel the world thanks to this amazing business.

    I am hoping this helps to clarify some of this for you and hope you take it to heart. Many of us are choosing to build solid, amazing businesses through the “non-traditional” with network marketing rather than staying in the rat race to take ordinary lives to exraordinary! Choosing to live our lives by our own design rather than what our work schedule will allow.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!

    Thank you!

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    • Thanks for your thoughts. There’s a lot of information here. Two things I’d like to clarify: the 10 grams of protein per serving was written on the jar of protein powder. Also, the detoxes do contain laxatives and diuretics. Perhaps you’re not aware that ingredients such as senna and rhubarb are laxatives. Regardless of the specific ingredients, detoxes are a waste of money at best and dangerous at worst.

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  12. I think you were confusing our protein powder (20 grams per serving) with protein boost (10 grams per serving) 2 different products.
    To your point about the laxatives and diuretics, are you honestly saying that these particular herbal ingredients are unecessary, harmful and potentially dangerous? Not to mention using the word “junk” as part of your description of ingredients.
    I find it to be irresponsible and honestly, ignorant bliss, to state most of what you stated without fact based information.
    This can be hurtful to the reputation of family businesses such as mine and many others out there working hard, not to mention Arbonne as a whole.
    You have a wonderful platform to share information with people that follow you, please do so with care, knowledge and facts rather than opinions.
    Thank you.

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    • Promoting unnecessary detox products is irresponsible. Just because a product is derived from herbs and plants does not make it safe or good for us. I understand that you are upset because this information could harm your business. That doesn’t make these products any better for people. Potential customers have the right to know the truth about products that they’re buying from an unbiased source.

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    • I will correct the protein powder/protein boost reference. Thanks for pointing that out.


  13. How kind of you to. Tore the the on of many blatant untruths….
    Those who truly take time to learn about our products & ingredients use them and love them. It is sad that you feel the need to bash something you really haven’t taken time to learn about because if one bad experience.

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    • What are the other untruths? If I have made other errors I will gladly fix them. As a dietitian I already have knowledge about the ingredients. I don’t need to take time to try a detox or a green coffee bean extract to know that it’s a waste of money.

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  14. *to correct this one of many


  15. Ann, I attended an Arbonne party in the deep South a few years ago that focused mainly on skincare products, but inevitably veered into the nutritional products. What followed was multiple random, incorrect statements regarding how the body uses protein, caffeine, and vitamins, what was actually in the products, etc… At the time, the rep asked me afterwards if I would be interested in hosting a party, and I had to disclose to her that I could only host a party if she steered clear of any mention or promotion of the nutrition products – any event I hosted would likely have several biologists, chemists, and nutrition scientists present and her information base was just far too inaccurate to even attempt to survive such a crowd. I offered to help clear up some of her misinformation, but she was not interested in following up on this. As a company, Arbonne needs to either not offer these products or adequately provide a level of education for their sales reps that leads to actual knowledge of the products they are selling. Diane is far from the first to experience this lack of basic knowledge in Arbonne representatives; she is just the first to write about it, and she should be commended for pointing out something that is a genuine problem for the company and absolutely can impact sales.

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  16. The article’s clickbait and nothing short of bullying.

    That fact that you’re poking fun on twitter is just sad!!

    Here they have a cream for
    Strabismus though!!!


    • Since when is sharing an experience and correcting misinformation clickbait? I didn’t mention any names, nor did I state anything untrue so I’m not sure how you could consider my blog post to be bullying anyone.

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  17. You shared your experience that was a bad one….that does not define Arbonne as a whole.
    My message went through point by point of your untruths, misinformation but mainly just pointing out that you have a blatant dislike of direct sales consultants and companies is what is most clear here.
    You are using your platform to tear down and “bully” is an accurate word for what you are doing.


    • My issue is much more with the supplements being sold than with my personal experience and my opinion of MLMs. Certainly those are also issues but I find it more concerning that misinformation is being used to sell products that are useless and potentially harmful.

      A bully is someone who uses a position of strength or power to harm or intimitate those who are weaker. Are you suggesting that a multinational company such as Arbonne is weaker than me, a single dietitian? That presenting facts is the same as intimidating? I’m flattered that you think I have enough clout to “tear down” a huge company with a single blog post.

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  18. Though you may think so, your knowledge or degree as a dietitian is certainly not more than the medical advisory board of scientists and doctors that work globally to ensure our standard of ingredients is safe and compliant.
    Honestly, the title of your post speaks to the self importance you feel…..as if that consultant knew you were an RD and should have known not to invite you because this is the backlash they would receive. I have done presentations in front of doctors, nurses and wellness clinics that use and love Arbonne and some that have built successful businesses with it.
    Again, it is unfortunate that there are independent consultants out there sharing incorrect information but that is not on Arbonne, that is on those consultants that are not educating themselves properly.
    You were not presenting facts, you were presenting opinions, there is a big difference.
    You are using your platform through your blog to share your opinions in which your followers believe what you say, whether truth or not.
    Sharing positive information about what you know rather than speaking negatively about anyone or anything would serve you in your life and your blog much better.

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    • It’s unfortunate that healthcare professionals would promote supplements that are not proven to be safe or effective.

      I was disappointed to see that the board of Arbonne was comprised of MDs. However, after the rise of quacks such as Dr Oz I suppose none of us should be surprised that some medical professionals will compromise their professional integrity by promoting pseudoscience and quackery.

      As Arbonne representatives literally represent Arbonne, I do think that the company should provide them with better education about the products they’re selling. It reflects very poorly on Arbonne as a company that they do not provide adequate training to these individuals and that they allow them to share misinformation without consequence.

      The purpose of my blog is to combat nutrition misinformation I see and hear. It provides me with an outlet for my frustrations with the frequent falsehoods I come across. I find that it serves me well in this regard.


  19. oh my, ok…..you are clearly not a reasonable person. yikes. good luck to you.

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  20. “It’s unfortunate that healthcare professionals would promote supplements that are not proven to be safe or effective.”

    Thank you for my laugh for the day. What world do you live in lady? That’s what “health”care professionals do but thanks for the laugh and enjoy your day.

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  21. Diana

    Just a question? Why not take the time and explain your points to the host after the party?

    I’m a teacher by trade with 22 years of experience. I do agree that you’re bullying and I’m sure that host feels the same way now.

    I will say.. It’s extremely tough teaching a child right from wrong and I have no desire to debate with you.


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  22. Hello again….HERE is the true definition of a pyramid scheme. LOL!

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  23. I had never heard about Arbonne so, I don’t know about their products. To my knowledge, supplements are not as strictly regulated as drugs/medicines. Therefore, I am generally skeptical about supplements.


    • You are correct that they are not well regulated. Being skeptical is definitely a good way to be.


      • I have a question since you are a dietitian. Do you ever suggest your patients or clients to take supplements, be it vitamins or minerals or other phytochemicals? If yes, what cases?


      • I don’t work with individual clients or patients. I work in public health, which is quite different from clinical practice. That being said, while it’s always best for us to try to get our nutrition from whole foods there are certainly instances where supplementation is necessary. That depends on the individual and their overall diet.


  24. I ask that you please remove this statement immediately.

    “As if all this isn’t enough reason to avoid Arbonne, they’re essentially a pyramid scheme.”

    Please understand… Canada has strong libel/ slander legislation.

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  25. Wow! this post really struck a chord with some people! Unleash the Arbonne army! haha

    I am an Arbonne customer and I have no less than 4 friends selling the products. I can’t speak for my consultant-friends as to what they love, but I know we are all very skeptical of misleading marketing and for me personally, I just like the products I buy from them. I don’t get everything from them because they are expensive and I don’t buy into all the claims, especially now that I have a better understanding of how detoxes are pure bunk.

    Your post caught my eye because there were a lot of ideas put in my head from these events and I think with all the crazy, bunk claims out there, these guys have really flown under the radar. Likely because they also make a great product. I didn’t realize it was good enough to evoke such a response from the commenters here though! Wowsers! Keep up the thought-provoking posts, Diana. For the rest of y’all…chill.


    • Thanks Jen. I have no issue with their lotions and stuff, I just personally don’t like to spend all that much on those sorts of things. And I think that people have a right to know what’s in products that their buying.

      I’m honestly shocked by how strongly people are reacting. Obviously I’ve hit a chord. I’d be upset too if someone told me something I was selling to make a living was a waste of money but to personally attack me in response seems a little extreme. I’m flattered that they think I hold so much sway.

      I always appreciate that we can have a reasonable discussion. Thanks for commenting :)


  26. Loved your blog post. I feel the same. ‘Natural’ does not equal harmless or beneficial, but it certainly does sell.


  27. Wow as well. But I’m not really surprised, the internet is full of trolls willing to insult and derail a conversation. You seem to have touched on a topic that brings out passionate responses.

    I enjoy reading your posts. I find them thoughtful, sometimes provocative, and fun to read. Keep it up!

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  28. LOL bat poop!
    Wow I am sorry you had to go through that. I’ve had a couple of similar experiences myself. But nobody gave me wine, and I had to buy my own coffee!


  29. This is AMAZING and I agree with you 110%. I have never been to one of their parties, but my college best friend, let’s call her Jessica, became a consultant for Arbonne last year. I am drowning in the never ending pitches from her every time we talk/text/see each other. Although I took a handful of Nutrition classes in college, I (by far) am not a nutritionist nor claim to be, but Arbonne is such BULLSH*T. I take care of myself…exercise, eat healthy, and educate myself and everything that Jessica regurgitates back to me makes me want to bang my head against a wall. Mind you, pre-Arbonne Jessica was a vegetable-hater, non-active (she actually still is a couch potato) Taco Bell and chili cheese hotdog addict so everything is even more ironic coming from her. I did their 28-day detox or whatever it is to be supportive of Jessica (and in all honesty, get her off my back) and was immediately skeptical as soon as I read the information sent to me (shame on me for saying yes without researching/Googling first). Every time I read the posts on the Facebook group for this detox, I wanted to scream at the computer screen. People are so naive and believe anything and everything. Just because these Arbonne higher ups say that it is correct DOES NOT mean it is. It is so fake and superficial and such a classic MLM scheme. Stop drinking the Kool-Aid and open your eyes Arbonne lovers.


    • Thanks for the support. I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been having to fend off sales pitches from your best friend. Hopefully she’ll come to her senses soon!


      • Me too. I miss my friend and am not a fan of this new “sales person” she has become.

        And OF COURSE! How can I not support the truth?! I was reading the comments here made from Arbonne people, and although some of the misinformation these consultants are telling people may be due to lack of education/knowledge, there is still of plethora of other things (ingredients, beliefs, ideals, lifestyle recommendations, etc) that are proven incorrect and/or unhealthy and like you said, are easily disprovable. My absolute favorite part of your post was the bit regarding omega3 flax and omega3 fish oil. I literally laughed out loud and rolled my eyes. It’s really quite disappointing that there are so many people promoting lies because they were conned to believe and bought into the fact that it is truth… But I guess that is business strategy, right? The end goal is to make money, not to promote real heathy living and “change the world”.

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      • These companies love to take advantage of the uninformed! It’s disgusting.


  30. I could not “like” this post enough! Arbonne is everywhere and I can’t stand it. I am more of an” eat real food and not powdered junk” kind of person. I am Facebook friends with a few Arbonne reps and every time I see them post something I can’t help but cringe. I have a real problem with people who have no background in nutrition pushing products on people.

    Also… if it was such a great product line I think it would be sold in stores and not through a pyramid scheme! lol


  31. Actually I disagree. Im a Medical Nutritionist and only know great things about this company. The products are actually brilliant. Also as Nutritionists I think its easy to get up our arse about things and think the whole world wants to be a purist. Which it doesnt. I used to be a coconut oil on the skin girl only….it doesnt do much. I now use Arbonne RE9 and its bloody amazing. I use their nutrition products myself as they are easy and sustainable and frankly better than most supplements bought in shops. You may have had a bad experience….I did when Arbonne was first spewed at me. That was just my know it all ego though. I love using their products and would happily recommend the integrity of the company. Did you know their are Amish consultants in Arbonne? That tells me a lot about the integrity and purity. It may not be for you. But being vitriolic about people who are wanting to make something of their lives is a bit crule. Do you stand and shout at people walking up to the counter in Mac everyday? Or stand outside health food shops handing out leaflets on the crap thats in most supplements? I doubt it, though these big companys are doing more harm. Small Network Marketing companies help individuals change their lives. Read The Business of the 21st Century. Or look up DSA to educate yourself more on the difference between NM and pyramids. Pyramids are against the law in the UK which is why Arbonne and many others are DSA approved.


    • I’m not familiar with the title “medical nutritionist”. What training do you undertake to obtain that?

      Arbonne is definitely not a small company by any standard. Using fearmongering and false information to sell unnecessary supplements and other products is not cool.


  32. My friend sells Arbonne. I do buy some of the moisture products and like them. I have heard all of the big claims from her on these products and don’t agree, but I like her as a friend. This week I received an email from her asking to donate $20 so that Arbonne can buy protein bars and shakes and ‘donate’ them to the Harvey Flood victims in the Houston. I was actually appalled at this request. They claimed the bars would be sold or donated at cost. I thought this was so wrong. I think there is better way to donate then purchasing overpriced Arbonne protein bars and shakes.


    • Wow! That is appalling. If Arbonne wants to help they should use some of their profits, and encourage people to donate to legitimate relief efforts, not ask people to donate to them. Thanks for sharing this.


  33. I agree with everything said in this article and the response from those who sell the products is just typical of Arbonne consultants–they can’t stand to be corrected or quizzed on misinformation. My wife has been involved in Arbonne for nearly 3 years now and it has just about ended our marriage. I’m a medical doctor and to hear her ‘espouse’ the wonders of detox teas and supplements to gullible individuals who are impressed with terms like ‘detoxifies at the cellular level’ sends shivers down my spine. It is nothing short of dishonest and misleading. But try to pull them up on it as you have done it your article, and you will be met with a volley of aggressive reposts. Arbonne is not unlike a cult employing systematic brainwashing of susceptible individuals.


  34. Mulit-level Marketing = pyramid scheme. Doesn’t matter how good or bad the product may be, people selling (or trying to sell) this product are sacrificing their relationships with their friends and relatives to sell their pricey products. I’d rather go to a retailer and purchase my products than feel pressured by people who were my friends and relatives – just so that they can make money after ALL the people above them make their money (just like any pyramid scheme). It becomes quite desperate – and yes, I know many people who kept investing their own money into this and other multi-level marketing plans until they finally gave up after realizing that they were losing money in their effort to make money. I will never buy anything from MLM type ‘businesses.’ Only the few at the very top ever really see the money and White Mercedes Benzes…


  35. Thanks for this Diana. I know a few dietitians selling this and it makes me very upset as they should know better. This type of selling puts a stain on work and friend relationships. I have been invited to “parties” but as an RD stay far away.


  36. Hi, my name is Erikia Sayles from Tulsa, OK in the USA. I would like to discuss you personal experience with Arbonne at this party. I like your insight and viewpoints and want to more about your experience. I am an Independent Consultant with Arbonne International, I welcome knowledge and insight from all viewpoints. My email is erikiasayles@gmail.com


  37. Great post! I am also an RD and was recently approached to join Arbonne so I checked out some of their products. So much sugar! Also, $42 for calcium supplements! Extremely hazy and fluffy claims on all of their nutrition products. I could never ever endorse this company, which I agree is definitely a pyramid scheme. I’m glad you posted this because I specifically was curious to know other RD’s thoughts on Arbonne, and yours are identical to mine. Sorry you got so much flack for it in the comments, but I’m glad it’s here. PS. I hope you’ve found some better socializing activities!!


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