Welcome back to She Said Yes, your wedding planning destination, and home to the little white book wedding organiser and diary. I’m as excited as you are to hear about a brand new skincare and makeup brand landing in NZ – Arbornne arrived in New Zealand just this month!
Having never heard of Arbonne six weeks ago, I’m amazed by how much I’ve seen and heard of the brand since then. If you haven’t yet come across Arbonne yet, let me introduce you…
What is Arbonne?
Arbonne is a United States company which has been selling health and wellness products since 1975. As I’ve also learned, it’s selling a lifestyle, as women are encouraged not only to join Arbonne as customers, but sign up as independent sales consultants (who make money from commission and new sign ups).
I’ve been contacted by numerous Arbonne sellers hoping I will join their sales team. I won’t be joining the Arbonne team, but will instead be reviewing their products. For those who are interested in joining, I have been buying a few products from an Arbonne seller who is absolutely no pressure, no sales tactics, and is not pressuring me to become a seller, so I’m happy to recommend Rachel McCauley.
The range is huge, but I’ve been focussed on trying the Arbonne Anti Aging Products including the all-vegan RE9 Advanced Extra Moisture Restorative Day Creme, Smoothing Facial Cleanser and Intensive Repair Serum. The RE9 range is an anti aging range containing a large percentage of natural ingredients, making it a good choice for individuals looking for natural alternatives. After a couple of weeks of trying the products, my skin felt clear and healthy, and I was enjoying using the Intensive Renewal Serum especially. All products are easy to apply and absorb effortlessly.
Smoothing Facial Cleanser: This cleanser is a also an exfoliator and make-up remover, it lathers up and leaves my skin feeling really clean – it definitely removes any of the day’s build up and grime. NZ $75
Intensive Renewal Serum: I love to read the word “collagen” in my skincare line, especially now that I’m trying to anti-age, and this hydrating creme is said to support collagen and protect skin’ youthful appearance. The product itself doesn’t contain collagen, but collagen-boosting ingredients are better than no collagen! It promises to visibly firm and lift skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines. As with all skincare, it’s not botox so it’s not going to actually fix wrinkles, but it’s a really nice smoothing serum and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and tight, so I do hope it will help to prevent my skin ageing. NZ $99
Restorative Day Crème with SPF 15: I can’t go past an SPF moisturiser, New Zealand’s lack of solar protection makes this a necessity, and while I’d prefer 20+ SPF, this has been a good daily moisturiser for the Autumn and Winter months. In summer I’d definitely layer this with an SPF suncream. It’s lightweight and acted as a pretty good primer for under my light powder. NZ $86
I’ve also tried a couple of products from Arbonne’s makeup range, and just loved the colours in this Amber/Forest eyeshadow duo ($75).
The packaging isn’t luxurious, but the prices aren’t either – and I’d rather money wasn’t wasted on packaging anyway. I’ve been doing some research into the ingredients themselves, and while they’re “botanically based” I wouldn’t say they’re particularly “natural” (virtually everything in the world is botanically based). However, most Arbonne products are fragrance free and certified vegan friendly. Arbonne never tests on animals and their product not contain animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products.
I’ve also been lucky enough to try a couple of Arbonne products which aren’t for sale in New Zealand yet (brought back from LA for me), which are part of Arbonne’s weight loss and nutritional product line. I’ve been testing a Protein Powder and Arbonne Full Control. The Protein Powder stood out because it is totally vegan and sugar-free. It’s not flavoured, so you could add it to any yoghurt or smoothie without affecting the taste. Other Arbonne Protein Powders do contain sugar, so do check the ingredients if you’re specifically looking for a sugarfree protein powder.
The main ingredient in Full Control is glucomannan, which absorbs a lot of water, making you feel full. This could help with weight loss if the reason you’re overeating is because you don’t feel full enough, rather than because you’re hungry. Theoretically it may help you lose weight, but it’s important to note that Health Canada issued a warning about glucomannan in 2010 advising that it should be taken with plenty of water to prevent dangerous blockages of the GI tract. Other ingredients: rice syrup solids, citric acid, natural flavors, potassium citrate, silicon dioxide, stevia extract, natural color.
N.B. I’m not sure if/when these two products will be available in New Zealand
A Note on Arbonne’s Sales & Marketing Opportunities
If you haven’t been contacted by an Arbonne consultant yet, I have a feeling you will do soon…
Arbonne is a direct sales company and products are distributed by independent sales consultants who operate based on commission. Arbonne operates similarly to Avon, Mary Kay, It Works (bodywraps) Nutrimetics and Amway, some of which you may have already come across.
As it’s a multilevel marketing approach (MLM is sort of like a pyramid, where each member makes a percentage of the members below them – not to be confused with a pyramid scheme), you may find that Arbonne representatives aren’t just approaching you to buy the products, but also to encourage you to sign up as an Arbonne consultant yourself. It may be an amazing way to make a little extra cash on the side, but as with all business opportunities, do your research, consider the investment of capital and time necessary, and don’t be rushed or pushed into anything.
As I understand (correct me if I’m wrong) Arbonne consultants sign up for $100-150, and buy the products to try for themselves and have to demonstrate. They obtain the products at a 35% discount, so any products onsold have that commission built in. I think there is also a requirement to sign up new consultants (or “Preferred Clients”) to keep receiving this discount.
I’m currently setting up my own business so I haven’t read through all the paperwork or looked at exactly what would be involved in becoming an Arbonne seller, but what I do know is this… Becoming an Arbonne seller is becoming a businessperson – it’s not a scam or a pyramid scheme, but you need to be equipped with the necessary skills to be in business before signing up as a consultant, just like any other business. You’ll also have tax obligations, and possibly company obligations too.
Unless you’re seriously interested in doing so, I suggest you just enjoy the products (which you can also buy online).