Right Ladies and gentlemen.
Ex beauty therapist and makeup artist here with decent knowledge of skin science... because you know... that's important when you're advising and selling skincare and cosmetics to people.
Fact: If you are an independent consultant claiming that there is bat excrement in every other product but Arbonne, you should not be one.
Fact: If you are an independent consultant claiming that other companies use roadkill, you should not be one.
I'm not sure if other companies do use in their products but if you need to discredit another brand to sell the products then YOU SHOULD NOT BE A CONSULTANT... and you could possibly wind up in court for slander charges.
Fact: Do not tell customers/clients that the products are "self-adjusting" as though these skin care items can be universally applied to everyone's skin. That is rubbish. Everyone might have the same pH level but that's about it. A bit like implying that people with the same hair colour have the same personalities.
PCOS, pregnancy, age, diet, weight, illness (even a simple head cold!), allergies, climate, the list is endless. An endless list of issues that can change the outcome of a product when it's applied. Positive and negative.
Luckily, I've only had one client with a reaction to date but hey, they didn't turn around and call me a liar because I never spouted claims that Arbonne is a miracle product. There's no such thing. But they did get their money back and go on to try and buy something else that does work for them. Which leads me to the next fact....
Fact: Clients/Consultants need to know that just because something is botanically/naturally based, it does not mean the risk of reaction is non-existent.
A lot of Arbonne products contain citrus, just because someone can skull a vodka, lime and soda does not mean that their skin can handle it. Fortunately, that's few and far between but it can and does happen.
Fact: A lot of bad reviews come from clients who clearly have been dealing with misinformed and misguided consultants and then in turn they become misinformed and misguided clients.
Fact: A lot of bad reviews come from consultants who threw all their money into something believing they would end up filthy rich. If that's the headspace you're going in with then you should anticipate serious disappointment. Change your attitude, be logical and rational or don't get involved.
Fact: You're either a good salesperson or you're not. But do yourselves, your friends and family a favour, don't push it on to them and harass them because you'll end up with no friends, disgruntled and annoyed family members and no business. Let them decide on their own. Show them once, leave it at that and let them come back to you if they want to know more/buy more.
Fact: Above all, learn how to strike up a conversation with a stranger about Arbonne without making them feel like you want to suck money out of them. Focus on the social side of it and learn to have a basic understanding of human body language. Learn how to tell when someone is interested in the TOPIC and when they're not. If they're not, shut up, morph yourself back into a HUMAN BEING THAT IS MERELY TALKING TO A FELLOW HUMAN BEING ABOUT SOMETHING OTHER THAN ARBONNE. Not every person is a client and that's ok.
At the end of the day, you are at the mercy of your clients/potential clients. They run your business, without them you don't have one. They are human beings with hearts, souls, feelings and thoughts.... not walking bank accounts.
Fact: Botanically based, yes. Natural ingredients, yes for the most part.
Pure? No. NO. NO. NO. Nothing is pure. The closest you're going to get to pure is growing a plant in the ground but even then it's exposed to whatever is in the soil and whatever is in the air.
Just because it's botanically based, does not mean that it hasn't been stripped back and turn into a chemical. Hence the term Botanically based.
Just because it contains natural ingredients, doesn't mean it can't be classed as a chemical or drug with a chemical or drug reaction... Marijuana ring any bells?
I do tend to agree that all of the above is a giant leap in the right direction for skincare and cosmetics.
Are they better for you? In my opinion, Yes. Anything without mineral oil, parabens, sulfates or ANY petroleum product is better for you.
Why did I get involved? Before I got involved I spent hours trolling the internet for information. I read the bad, the really bad, the good and the really good. I tried the products, I liked them, my skin liked them. I personally have noticed a huge difference using RE9 in particular.
I don't necessarily like what Arbonne as a company and it's IC's represent in terms of recruiting people based on big money, jewelry and a Mercedes.
But that's their incentives and I chose to tune that all out because it's not my thing. Although it is accurate, it does exist, it just takes time to get to that point.
But I do this my way, with absolutely zero ***
I went into this thinking hey, If I make $20 well that's $20 I didn't have before, either way this is going to be FUN.
I don't stand there preaching and telling people they need 12+ products for their faces and bodies because that's not true either.
Take what you like from what I've said, take it with a grain of salt, take it as gospel, all is fine.
But take some ownership for the good and the bad in whatever facet of Arbonne you've CHOSEN to get involved in. Whether you CHOSE to be a client or a consultant.
But to the clients who do come across a rogue consultant and have a negative experience through no fault of their own I can only apologize and ask that you don't tarnish all of us with the same brush.
Consultants... This is not about earning a quick dollar. Take the time to educate yourself.
Peace, Love and all that jazz xxx
Product or Service Mentioned: Arbonne International Beauty Set.