My review of Young Living Essential Oils
I chose to review Young Living Essential Oils because it has been one of the most interesting network marketing companies, since its inception. Does this mean it is a good company to join or not?
If you are thinking about joining Young Living, you should read as many Young Living Essential Oils reviews as you can find. Be sure that the reviews you read are not written by current members of the Young Living Essential Oils opportunity. They are just there to try to recruit you into the business and may not give you an unbiased review.
My review of Young Living Essential Oils will be an independent review. I am not, nor have I ever been a distributor of Young Living Essential Oils products or the business opportunity.
Whether you are thinking of joining Young Living 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!
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Young Living Essential Oils reviews – the company and its history
The company was founded in 1993, by Donald Gary Young. It is based in Lehi, Utah. As Gary Young tells his story, he was 24 years old and took a job at a logging site. He suffered a near life ending accident that left him paralyzed. He discovered essential oils and used them to totally regain the use of his legs.
Gary Young has a Master’s degree in nutrition and a doctorate in naturopathy.
The interesting thing is that none of this is listed on his biography page of the Young Living website. Gary Young’s Young Living Essential Oils biography page.
There are those that have tried to confirm his version of his story, they claim that there is no record of his injuries or his recovery. Make of that what you will. I have read many articles that are bashing Gary Young, his story of his injuries and his educational background. There is a lot of mud slinging going around. I don’t know who is right and who is wrong. Anyone can write anything on the internet. I’m not here to sort all of this out. I will say this, the company is 22 years old. If the products didn’t do something for their customers, the business would have closed years ago.
I did find this page on Gary Young’s blog. Young’s blog. This page has his account of what happened to him.
I do suggest that you do your own research into Gary Young!
Gary Young is operating as CEO. Travis Ogden is operating as COO and Jared Turner is the Chief Global Sales Officer.
Young Living Essential Oils is currently operating in the United States, Canada, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, Canada, Europe, Australia, Singapore, Germany, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Japan. They had 250,000 distributors worldwide as of July 2013.
Late last year, the company was investigated by the Food and Drug Administration. Apparently, Young Living Essentials Oils’ distributors were making medical claims about their products. These claims have not been evaluated by the FDA and can not be made.
The FDA found dozens of these types of claims on social media as well as the distributors personal websites. The FDA gave the company orders to take “corrective action” for these violations.
I can’t find any information about the outcome of this investigation. I am left to believe that the company is now in compliance with the FDA.
You can read the letter that the FDA sent to Young Living Essential Oils here. FDA letter.
Young Living Essential Oils reviews – their financials
Young Living Essential Oils is a privately held company and I haven’t been able to gather much financial information. I did read an article from a Utah based newspaper that Young Living Essential Oils did $230 million in business, in 2012. I’ve looked them up on the top 100 network marketing companies, by annual revenues and they are not listed. The company that is listed at #100 does about $63 million per year.
I did find this company information on the Forbes website. It shows that they did $163 million worth of business in 2010. Forbes on Young Living Essential Oils.
I did find a list of the top 100 companies in 2013. They aren’t on the list. You can find it here. Top 100 of 2012.
Young Living Essential Oils reviews – their Better Business Bureau rating
Young Living Essentials Oils has a Better Business Bureau rating of A+. I like to see that a company has a rating of at least an “A.” Their rating certainly meets my criteria. The company is not BBB accredited. Basically, a company needs to apply for and pay to be accredited. I have to admit that I don’t know exactly what being accredited gets a company. The BBB is rating them. Maybe the BBB doesn’t get involved in any disputes that company has with its customers.
I did find this on the BBB website:
This business [Young Living Essential Oils] is not BBB accredited.
Businesses are under no obligation to seek BBB accreditation, and some businesses are not accredited because they have not sought BBB accreditation.
To be accredited by BBB, a business must apply for accreditation and BBB must determine that the business meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses must pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.
If you would like to Young Living Essential Oils’ BBB rating or read about the complaints that have been made against them you can find it here.
Young Living Essential Oils reviews – the Young Living Essential Oils products
An essential oil is being defined as a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted.
You can get a more in depth explanation of essential oils on Wikipedia.com. Essential oils.
Living Young Essential Oils has 9 different product categories. They are as follows:
I usually advise a prospective distributor to buy a sample product, from the company, to check out the quality and to make sure they can actually like the products. If you don’t like the products, it will be difficult for you to sell them. Unfortunately, you can’t buy a product directly from the company. You would need to find a local distributor. You could attend a home party to see the products they sell and not even need to buy a sample. You may need to get on their mailing list, but that’s a small price to pay.
I did find their products on Amazon. Overall, their products are rated about 4.5 stars out 5 stars, as of 6/15.2015. Prices range from $6.00 up to $85.00. There may be products that are less expensive or more expensive. Those prices caught my eye.
It looks like most of the products are in the $20.00 to $40.00 range.
Young Living Essential Oils reviews – if you become a Young Living Essential Oils consultant
If you decide to join Young Living Essential Oils, all that you would need to do is to purchase a distributor kit. These starter kits range from a low of $40.00, for the Basic kit, up to the Premium Starter kit with NingXia which will run you $160.00.
If you would like to know what you get inside each kit, you can find the contents listed here:
Young Living Essential Oils reviews – what monthly fees can you expect?
1. Is there a required autoship program?
Yes, there is an autoship program. You must purchase 50 PV (personal volume) of their products each month in order to stay active. Qualifying as “active” allows you to receive their 24% discounted pricing. Their discounted price is considered to be wholesale prices.
The 50 PV translates to approximately $50.00.
2. Are there any ongoing, monthly fees?
Yes, they, like most network marketing companies provide their distributors with replicated websites and a web based back office. The cost is nominal, at $10.00 per month.
3. Are there any other fees?
There are no other monthly or annual fees.
Young Living Essential Oils reviews – Young Living Essential Oils business opportunity and the compensation plan
There are 9 levels that can be achieved in the Young Living Essential Oils’ compensation plan. You start out as a Distributor and can work your way up to a Royal Crown Diamond distributor.
In order to qualify to receive commissions, you must have a group business volume of at least 100 BV. You can purchase the 100 BV yourself, if you’d like and qualify to receive commissions.
I found 2 different documents that explain the compensation plan. The first is a 48 page pdf and the other is a summary of the plan that is a mere 2 pages long.
Young Living Essential Oils reviews – their income disclosure statement
Young Living Essential Oils does provide an Income Disclosure Statement. I’ve read it and it looks fairly typical of most network marketing company’s IDS. It says that 92% of active members are at the Distributor level. That’s the lowest level that they have. The document says that the average income of a Distributor is $1.00 per month
The document states that 8% of active members have reached the rank of Star or above. The average monthly income of all active members who have reached the rank of Star or above is $26.00.
Young Living Essential Oils reviews – the distributor agreement
I have put in a request to get a copy of the distributor agreement and the policies and procedures document. I have been told that I should be receiving the documents either late today or tomorrow morning.
They do have a Compliance Department, that distributors must get approval of the advertising and marketing materials.
Compliance departments are usually there to protect the company’s interests and not there to just to squash your business. Although, it might seem like they are to get you, at times. If you are thinking about joining this company, then you probably should call the compliance department and discuss your advertising and marketing plans. Do this before you join! Find out if they will allow what you want to do and if not, do you really want to work with them?
Most compliance departments will work with you. If they disapprove of what you have planned they are likely to make suggestions of what you could do instead.
Young Living Essential Oils reviews – is this the right company for you?
Obviously, there is no way for me to know whether or not this is the right company for you. I would suggest finding former distributors and see what they think of the company. Would a former distributor recommend that you join this company? If not, why not. If you talk to current distributors, you run the risk of not getting an unbiased view of the company and they may try to recruit you and make you sit through a business presentation.
Young Living Essential Oils scam?
Being that Young Living Essential Oils is in the essential oils niche, there may be some that might think that they are a scam. There may be others who consider this company to be a scam because of the alleged checkered past of the founder, Gary Young. In my opinion, Young Living Essential Oils is a good and strong company. They are in no way a scam!
As always, if you are thinking about joining this company, do your own due diligence.
The person who sponsors you is just as critical to your success as the information that is contained in this Young Living Essential Oils review.
In the end, you must be willing to sell the products and recruit people into the business. It helps, a lot, if you are enthusiastic about, both, the company and their products!
I am wishing you the best of luck in your network marketing journey!
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