What is Arbonne?

What is Arbonne?

I’ve been talking about Arbonne a fair bit on my Instagram recently. And I’ve been chatting to a lot of you about it too. So, I thought I’d do a little blog post to cover the basics, open your eyes to it, and learn why I’m so passionate about it!

Firstly, what is Arbonne? Well, it’s a company with a holistic approach to wellbeing, skincare, beauty, and general health. They value, empowerment, sustainability, and transparency. It has been running for 40 years, and as of 2020 is a Certified B Corporation. It’s not a scam, a sales pitch, a pyramid scheme. It is a legitimate, amazing company that gives anyone & everyone the opportunity to succeed.

Real Talk: I am not an idiot. It’s fair to say I’m a pretty switched on, level-headed person. And I also have a great passion for business. If this company was a scam, if it was taking your money and not giving you anything in return. If it was illegal. I can damn well tell you I’d be nowhere near it. I did my research (I love research). I asked my questions, and I took a chance.

A chance that I would not change for the world.

I’m empowered, I’m achieving, I have vision. And the best part? You can too!

How Does it Work?

You might be thinking ‘this all sounds great, but how does it actually work?’. Well, firstly, it’s incredibly simple. We all wash our face everyday, right? We shower, wash our hair, wear make-up. We brush our teeth, put on deodorant, wash our hands. You’re spending money on these things monthly, maybe even weekly, am I right?

What if you could spend money on these everyday items, and – in turn – generate an income from doing so? I know, I know, it sounds too good to be true. But it’s really not. When you join Arbonne, you have your own web link and when someone buys through your link, you earn a commission back. Simple, yes? People can be so put off by this idea of ‘spreading the word’, which makes me laugh. Because we are already doing this all the time!

How many times have you bought something online and received an email saying ‘refer a friend and get 15% off your next order’. Arbonne is the same thing, but better! Instead of 15% off, you get a % back in actual money. Money into your bank account. Just like that!

It’s a no-brainer.

And if you’re a blogger, or follow the ‘influencer world’ then you’ll either be striving to achieve this way of generating an income (through affiliate marketing), or buying into another blogger who earns through their affiliate link. It’s the same thing!

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The Network Marketing Side

So that’s the first way you make an income. The second is the one that can really change your life. And yet, it’s almost always the thing that puts people off most!

Network Marketing. We’ve all heard of it, and – unless you’ve done it yourself – you probably have a negative opinion of it. Right? “Pyramid schemes” (biggest LOL ever). I was the same. I was scared of anything that didn’t seem familiar. Scared that it was a scam, that I’d never be able to achieve. Well, do you know what? You never get anywhere in life if you’re not willing to push out of your comfort zone.

This is the most powerful way of doing business. How I didn’t appreciate that before I do not know! Our world is evolving, and business is evolving with it.

With Network Marketing, we are educating those around us about the opportunity. We’re not trying to sell them anything, or force them to sign their life away. We’re simply saying “hey, this is what I’m up to. I think it’s great, and I know you’d love it too. If you’re interested, let’s chat!”. No hard feelings if they’re not – this business definitely isn’t for everyone. But wow – what a journey you can take them on if they are.

You then begin to build a team of people who are all looking to get something more out of life. You work together & support each other to reach & achieve goals, and continue to spread the word about Arbonne, the business model, the products, and the opportunity.

Education. That’s all it is. Education, teaching, nurturing, leading, and empowering. Not sales, not pushy targets, not negative reactions to someone saying no.

If you have been approached by someone in Network Marketing who seemed sales-orientated, pushy, asking you for a huge sign up fee with nothing in return. They are doing it wrong. And their company is quite possibly not legit. This is not Arbonne. Like I said, I’m not stupid and I love business. Y’all gotta trust me on this!

What Has Arbonne Done For Me?

That question should really be what hasn’t Arbonne done for me.

Working in this biz has put me in touch with the most amazing, like-minded women who inspire me every day. I have been pushed out of my comfort zone daily and grown as a person because of it.

My confidence is at a new high, and I couldn’t be more grateful for that. I have a sense of achievement and purpose – a reason to wake up in the morning. I have something to focus on other than what is going on inside my head.

I am motivated, every single day. Motivated to continue achieving and build that life I have always dreamed of. I have passion, determination, and freedom.

I didn’t want to be the person who didn’t take the chance. There was no way I wanted to look back in a few months time, see other people achieving and think, ‘that could have been me’. So I went for it. And I’m not going to look back, nor am I going to stop until I get to where I want to go!

Is Arbonne For You?

Firstly, Arbonne is for everyone. That might just be switching to better products, or it could be taking a leap of faith with me on this business journey.

If you’re interested in hearing more about the non-toxic, vegan, gluten-free, better quality, non-GMO, cruelty-free products, have a read of my previous blog post.

But, see if you can also relate to any of the below statements:

  • I have an entrepreneurial spirit and I’d love to be making more use of it
  • I’m a blogger and I want to make money from my hard work
  • I currently work a job that pays the bills, but doesn’t bring me any passion
  • I’d love to travel more but I don’t have the holiday days
  • I’d love to travel more but I don’t have the money
  • I have a family so can’t work full time, but would like to be earning more money
  • I love my career but don’t know if I can do this forever
  • I have a vision for my life but I don’t know how to get there
  • I don’t want to be the one who didn’t take the chance
  • I need something else to focus on, other than my struggles
  • I don’t want to see others achieving knowing I could’ve been up there with them
  • I want more flexibility for myself and/or my family life
  • I want a sense of achievement
  • I want to feel passionate & inspired
  • I want to know that my hard work will pay off
  • I want to connect with other likeminded people and build relationships
  • I want to inspire others to create a better future for themselves
  • I want to educate others and be someone to look up to
  • I want to be a leader and develop my skills in this area
  • I want to work on myself and become the best version of ‘me’
  • I want to feel more confident in my own skin
  • I want to believe in myself and my capability

If one of those applies to you. Just one. This is for you. There is no harm in finding out a bit more info – no strings attached. Drop me a message on Instagram or send me an email, I’d love to hear from you. And I absolutely will not mind if you decide it’s not for you! In life, it’s better to ask the questions and make an educated decision, than to never ask at all!

You can also have a read of this post, which goes into more detail about pyramid schemes.

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Why Should you Switch to Non-Toxic Skincare?

Why Should you Switch to Non-Toxic Skincare?

It’s a good question, isn’t it? Why should you switch to non-toxic skincare? Everything you’ve been using so far works for you, and you haven’t caught any nasty diseases yet. So what’s the big deal?

I’m about to tell you.

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Harmful Ingredients – Let’s Explore

I – like many people I’m sure – knew about potential toxins in skincare & makeup. From Parabens to BHT (I always remember this one because it’s my initials!!), Formaldehyde (yes, really) to lead (yes, really). But I always thought “they wouldn’t be allowed to make the products if they were that harmful”. Fair enough, right?

Wrong.

Now I realise how stupid that is. I like to buy organic food where possible. Why? Because it’s free from toxins. When it comes to the things I put in my body, I’m hot on it. And I never think “oh, non-organic is fine because they wouldn’t be allowed to sell it if it wasn’t”. I think “I don’t want to be ingesting pesticides with everything I eat“.

Skincare is exactly the same. In fact, it’s worse!

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So why are companies allowed to include these ingredients in their products? Well, firstly it depends when you are in the world. In the USA, for example, they have only banned eleven potentially harmful ingredients. That’s pretty shocking! Luckily for us in the UK, the European Union (who control products of cosmetics) have banned around 1,000. However, there are still thousands more that are used in our everyday products, including those I mentioned above.

And – more importantly – the toxins that are found in products are only in allowed very small amounts. That’s good, right? Wrong. What that means is that they are harmful. The regulation authorities have decided that very small amounts of lead (for example) can be present because it’s only a small amount. But, it’s a small amount every single day, possibly twice a day, for 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 years. Maybe longer!

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If you only ever put products on your skin once every 10 years then – yes – you wouldn’t be harmed by the ingredients at all (or at least very unlikely to). However, if you are putting products on your skin every single day, those toxins are being released into your bloodstream every single day. True story! And over time there is a build up. I’m also not just talking about skincare & makeup. This applies to everything: body lotions, shampoo, conditioner, hair styling products, deodorant, lip balm, toothpaste. Everything.

A bit of Biology

A lot of the toxins in skincare & makeup are carcinogens (have the potential to cause cancer). They have also been linked to things like liver failure and infertility. You might be thinking, how is that even possible? It’s simple.

Your skin takes anywhere between 30 minutes and 30 seconds to absorb whatever you put on your skin. And absorption means straight into your blood stream. If you are putting toxins on your skin, they are going to end up in your bloodstream. They’re going to be running through your organs, latching onto cells, and helping out with whatever it is the blood does to keep you alive. News flash, that’s everything. I may have only done GCSE biology, but I know damn well how important our blood is. So why are we poisoning it?

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The best way I can put it is, do you care about what you’re eating? Do you try and eat well, buy fresh (maybe even organic) fruit & veg? Get your 5 a-day? Exercise when you can, drink herbal teas, maybe take vitamin supplements, and just generally make sure your body is running properly? If you said yes to even just one of those things, but you’re still using skincare, makeup, shampoo etc that contain harmful substances, then you are wasting your time. There is no point in nourishing our bodies internally if we are harming it externally.


It’s time to switch things up!

Switching to Non-Toxic Skincare & Products

Okay, enough of the scary facts & reality checks. We’ve established how harmful toxins can be. Now for actually swapping to non-toxic skincare/make-up etc…

You could go through the highstreet stores checking the ingredients list on everything you’re buying and hope you don’t miss anything. (I don’t know if you’ve ever actually read the ingredients labels on beauty products, but they are bloody long!!!). Or, you could swap your entire bathroom cupboard & make-up drawer to a single brand that bans over 2,000 harmful ingredients.

Yep, that’s right. Swapping to one brand that you know is safe, non-toxic, vegan, cruelty-free, organic, paraben free, gluten & dairy free, non-GMO, hypoallergenic (I could go on & on), is the best way to ensure all your products are safe without having to read any labels. And the best part is, they do everything! So you needn’t use another brand again. You can thank me later…

Here is a link to Arbonne’s website, where you can find a huge range of amazing skincare, cruelty-free make-up, non-toxic haircare, and more. Plus they do nutrition products if those are of interest too!

Learn More About Non-Toxic Skincare

I hope this blog post has been helpful and you learnt some things you may not have known before! Enjoy your hopefully new non-toxic skincare journey!

And if you want to learn more about Arbonne, click here.

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*Please note, I run a side business using Arbonne products so I do receive an affiliate % when you buy through my link*

Pyramid Schemes – Reality Check

Pyramid Schemes – Reality Check

You’ve probably been reading my ‘What is Arbonne’ blog post, and are curious about pyramid schemes (and how Arbonne isn’t one).

First things first, finish reading the What is Arbonne blog post, and then come back to this one once you’ve got to the end.

Is Arbonne a Pyramid Scheme?

Now that you’ve finished reading that blog post, you can probably answer this one for yourself. Short answer? No. Long answer? Below:

A Pyramid scheme is a form of investment (illegal in the UK and elsewhere) that works by recruiting members via a promise of payments or services for enrolling others into the scheme, rather than supplying sale of products.

Basically, you hand someone your money. You get nothing in return (‘investment’……). You only make any money when other people sign up. There are no products. You are not buying anything. They are illegal.

Arbonne is, by definition, a Multilevel-Marketing company (MLM). There is often some confusion between MLMs and Pyramid schemes. But this doesn’t make Arbonne a pyramid scheme.

You might also hear the term ‘Network Marketing’, which is another way of describing a Multilevel Marketing company. Again, Network Marketing isn’t a pyramid scheme. We are all ‘network marketing’ all the time. When you refer a friend to a great restaurant, that’s network marketing. When you sign up to a 15% off voucher than your friend emailed you, that’s network marketing. When you tell someone where you got your new boots from, that’s network marketing.

Why is Arbonne Not a Pyramid Scheme?

It’s very simple. With Arbonne, you are buying products. You’re not signing your life away in the hope of a better future. You’re buying skincare, make-up, shampoo… etc! For you to use yourself, everyday, like you do already. Pyramid schemes are almost always not product based. And if they are a ‘product based’ pyramid scheme, there will be no consumer research. There will be no interest in investing in the products, or making them better. All a pyramid scheme cares about is recruitment.

Arbonne does not have large start-up costs (‘investments’). There is a very small membership fee (like an amazon prime account), that gives you access to all the resources, discounts on products, and the ability to earn an income. There is no large sum of money being parted with to receive nothing in return. Pyramid schemes take your money as an ‘investment’, and all you get in return is the hope of making it all back. News flash! You won’t.

Arbonne allows you to take your business wherever you want it to go. If you want to sell products or set up preferred clients, you can. If you want to use your business as an affiliate link for your blog, you can. If you want to build your team and work your way up the company, you can. Pyramid schemes are about – and only about – recruitment. If there is no other way for you to earn an income, then it’s bad news for sure. With Arbonne, your possibilities for generating income are endless!

The Difference Between MLMs and Pyramid Schemes

“The big difference between MLM and a pyramid scheme is in the way the business operates. The entire purpose of a pyramid scheme is to get your money and then use you to recruit other distributors. The entire purpose of MLM is to move product.”

MLM has a hierarchical commission set up on the sales of products, whereas pyramid schemes are based solely on new enrolments”.

Education is the key to understanding!

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