Arbonne reviews – Is Arbonne a scam or a good company?


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Finding a good, high quality network marketing company to work with can be difficult.


Is it really?


Well, as it turns out, you can dramatically increase your odds of picking the right network marketing company if you get the right information.


All of the information contained in my post will help you to make a proper decision.


I chose to review Arbonne because it has been one of the biggest and most popular network marketing companies. Does that mean that it is a good company to work with or not. Let’s find out.


If you are thinking about becoming an Arbonne independent consultant, you should read as many Arbonne reviews as you can find. Be sure that the reviews you read are not written by current members of the Arbonne. They are just there to try to recruit you into their business and may not give you an unbiased review.


My review of Arbonne will be an independent review. I am not, nor have I ever been a distributor of Arbonne products or their business opportunity.


Whether you are thinking about joining Arbonne or any other network marketing company, I would urge you to do your own due diligence. I strive to provide you with useful information that should give you a good start into examining this company. Remember, this is only a start!


People frequently lose money while trying to build any network marketing business. Try not to be one of those people!


Arbonne reviews – the company and its history


Arbonne International was founded in 1975, by Petter Morck. The company was brought to America in 1980, with their original 19 products. Currently, they have over 200 products in the skincare, health and wellness, and beauty categories.


They are currently operating in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Poland. I did hear a rumor that they will be opening in Taiwan, soon.


The main company officers are listed here:


Kay Napier Zanotti – CEO

Gretchen Price – CFO

Glenn Klages – COO

Joe Wojcik – Senior Vice President

Stian Morck – Managing Director


If you’d like to read about all of the company’s officers you can follow this link.


Arbonne corporate officers.


The company’s main headquarters is located here:


Arbonne Headquarters
9400 Jeronimo Rd. Irvine, CA 92618


Their phone number is:



Arbonne reviews – their financials


According to the Direct Sales News website, Arbonne is ranked #40 in MLM annual earnings. They have over $502,000,000 in annual revenues, in 2015.


Arbonne is a privately held corporation and details of their financial status are unavailable.


They did file for bankruptcy protection in 2009. That’s when the current CEO, Kay Napier Zanotti was hired. In 37 days, the company was able to emerge from the bankruptcy and they seem to be on sound financial footing ever since then.


You can read the entire article about Arbonne’s bankruptcy here. Arbonne bankruptcy.


Arbonne reviews – their Better Business Bureau rating


Arbonne has an A+ rating


Arbonne International has a very good Better Business Bureau rating of A+. They have been accredited since 1989. There are only 23 Arbonne complaints, in the last 3 years, listed in the BBB website and all of them have been resolved.


I look for a company to have a minimum rating of “A.” Which Arbonne has. This is a good sign. If you’d like to check out the Better Business Bureau page for Arbonne follow this link.


Arbonne on the BBB website


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If you’d like to read other complaints, you can go to the Pissed Consumer website.  Pissed Consumer shows a rating of 2.4.  This is a rating derived from people who are mad at the company for one reason or another.


Arbonne on Pissed Consumer


Arbonne review – Arbonne products


Arbonne features 8 different categories of product. They are:


Skin care

Bath and Body





General Merchandise

Special Offers


I always advise that anyone considering joining any network marketing company try a sample of that company’s products. There are two different ways to get samples. The first is to find a Consultant and buy products through them. You run the risk of having that Consultant chasing you all over town trying to get you to join. The second way is to go to Amazon and find a product through them.  You’ll need to decide which are the best Arbonne products for you to try.  Do the Arbonne anti aging products really work?  That’s for you to find out.


I did go to Amazon and there are lots of their products for sale. I would check on the Arbonne website, to compare prices and to make sure that you aren’t over paying for any of the products.


Most of the products that have sold on Amazon have been rated 4 to 5 stars. That’s a good sign!


You can find Arbonne products on Amazon here.


You can also find their product catalog here:


Arbonne product catalog online


I saw products listed from $18.00 all the way up to over $300.00 for some of their sets of products.


Arbonne review – if you become a Arbonne Independent Consultant


Arbonne independent consultant


As an Arbonne Consultant you will receive a 35% discount on your personal purchases as well as the 35% retail profit on all products sold.


If you do decide to join the Arbonne opportunity it will cost you a $79.00 registration fee. There is also an annual renewal fee of $30.00. I prefer a company with a renewal fee instead of a large fee upfront. I like that because most people won’t make money and at least they won’t have spent $300.00 to find out if they could make this business work.


Arbonne review – what monthly fees can you expect?


1. Is there an autoship program?


A Consultant does need to do a certain amount of business to stay qualified. It is an annual amount of sales. They need to do 1200 PQV (personal qualified volume) to maintain their Consultant position. These sales do not have to be sold to the Consultant for personal use although they can be. Any sale that is made by the Consultant counts toward that PQV.


Arbonne does offer autoshipping of products. Anyone can have a standing order for any of the products. If they elect to have an autoshipment they will receive free shipping.


2. Are there any ongoing, monthly fees?


I was told, by the company, that there are no ongoing or monthly fees as long as they maintain their Consultant status. That would include a free website/back office.


3. Are there any other fees?


The only other fee is the aforementioned annual renewal fee of $30.00. When you do renew, you receive a $15.00 product voucher that must be used within the first 90 days of receipt.


Arbonne reviews – Arbonne business opportunity and the compensation plan


arbonne reviews compensation plan


There are 5 basic levels and 9 total levels in the Arbonne compensation plan. They range from Independent Consultant to Executive National Vice President.


They say that there are 4 different ways to earn money in their compensation plan.


1. Commissions on your personal sales


Every Consultant get 35% for their personal sales and their retail sales


2. Overrides on the cumulative sales of your team


A Consultant can receive up to 8% overrides on their team’s total sales


3. Mercedes Benz Cash Bonus Program – this is for Vice Presidents and higher ranked Consultants


Vice Presidents and above get $800.00- $1,000.00 per month towards the purchase of a white Mercedes Benz.


4. Cash Bonuses on the total volume of sales by you and your team


There are other bonuses paid to Consultants, at most levels, based of their team’s volume


They do provide a document that you can read about their compensation plan. It is a 12 page document and it is fairly complex. It has 2 pages of definitions of terms used in the document, to help you understand it.


Find the document here:


Arbonne Success Plan document 


Arbonne reviews – their income disclosure statement


Arbonnes income disclosure statement


The first thing that I noticed about the Income Disclosure Statement (IDS) is that it is only for Consultants in the United States. They say that in the US they have 182,500 Consultants. Of those, only 23,800 are active. They define “Active Consultant” as …


Any Arbonne Independent Consultant who received Earnings in a month is an “Active Arbonne Independent Consultant” for purposes of this compensation summary.”


Keep in mind that, for their purposes, they have not included retail profits or expenses. It is stated in the document like this:


Note: These figures do not represent Arbonne Independent Consultants’ profits, as they do not consider expenses incurred by Arbonne Independent Consultants in the promotion of their businesses and do not include retail commission from reselling product.”


That would mean that just 13% of the US Consultants have made money, on average. Of that 13%, who did make money, 89% had a monthly income of less than $275.00. It’s impossible to tell if any of these Consultants made any money at all.


The document goes on to say that a mere .0013% of the “Active Consultants” reach the top level of National Vice President. I would guess that there are about 238 National Vice Presidents out of the 182,500 Consultants in the Arbonne opportunity.


The numbers are made to look as good as they can by working with the number of “Active Consultants” and excluding the 158,700 Consultants who never made any money at all. Don’t be fooled by their funny math.


They would lead you to believe that a full 1% of all Consultants reach the top level of their compensation plan. This just isn’t the case!


With all of that said, the numbers are in line with the industry average.


Arbonne Income Disclosure Statement


Arbonne reviews – the consultant agreement


arbonne reviews - their contract


I’ve gone over the Consultant agreement. It is fairly typical of what most network marketing companies are using these days. It consists of a 1 page application form and a 1 page Terms and Conditions page. You can find it here:


Arbonne Consultant Agreement


The Policies and Procedures document is quite a bit longer than their Terms and Conditions. It is a 28 page document and it tells you all of the things that you can and cannot do as an Independent Consultant. Again, this document is fairly typical of what’s out there.


They protect their name, logos and other proprietary and intellectual properties.


An overview of what you can’t do on the internet is that you can not have a website or blog that is set up for the expressed purpose of selling the Arbonne products. You cannot use the name Arbonne in a domain name or in an email address. You cannot sell the Arbonne products on eBay, Amazon or any other auction or retail site.


I suggest that you read these documents, thoroughly, and ask questions if you do not understand any part of it.


Arbonne Policies and Procedures document


Arbonne reviews – is this the right company for you?


arbonne reviews - is it the right company for you


For obvious reasons, I can’t tell you if this is the right opportunity for you. I would suggest that you make sure that you really like the products before signing up with any company. You will be asked to sell these products on a monthly basis. If you don’t really like the, then you will have a very difficult time selling them.


The person who sponsors you can be just as important as the company that you work with. Please interview several Consultants before you choose one.


Is Arbonne a scam?


With the FTC going after so many network marketing companies, it’s hard to say that any company will not be a target of theirs. A company that has been around as long as Arbonne has been would appear to be a good and stable company and should be around for many years to come. Arbonne scam? In my opinion, I’d say probably not!


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