Hi. Today’s topic will center on 3 great MLM opportunities, both as a shopping experience and as an Independent Representative looking to make a living. The average person applies over 120 toxic industrial chemicals before 9am. The goal in representing these lines is to offer least toxic alternatives to a varied client base. Everyone is in a different place with what they like to use. Repping for these lines has allowed me to test a lot of products and share my findings from my own research. I currently rep for all 3 lines. Each one offers a few different products that the other doesn’t and each has their own pluses and drawbacks. What I like with supporting these three is that this allows me to work with a client and completely tailor my product suggestions to their budget and personal tastes while assuring that what I am offering is less toxic, potent, more pure and effective. For those of you interested in building a business, I work this angle too, because I rep for these lines with the intent on making a living at it.
Below are the links to check each one out.
Most of us work at something to create a living that supports our lifestyle. What I love about doing this blog is bringing you ways to become healthier, happier and more centered, helping your creature features (the odd adorable fur children occupying a place in your life) via my PurePet articles and for those curious, business opportunities as well. For those curious about beginning a blog business, kindly direct your gaze to my ‘Getting Started’ page. My quest firstly was to detox my own skin, body and home care routines. When I realized how bad most products actually were, my quest became about sharing what I know. Taking a year off work and training with Hippocrates Health Institute was a 360 for my life. This training came on the heels of just having lost my mother and a brother to cancer, and hearing the sad news that I had other family members terminal with the disease. I felt led with stronger resolve to share out my detoxing message to as many folks as I can.
With my Plant-Based Lifestyle coaching, I began looking at products I could talk about and feel great about sharing. Most of us want to look our best and feel our best. The philosophy here is inside out and outside in whole health.
Even someone who is on the ultimate raw, sprout filled, green juice imbibing plant based diet will have holes in their nutrition. This is because our planet is so polluted, our soil so erroded, that we both lack and require more than what the best diet can provide.
And it may sound crazy, but you would be just amazed at how many clients I talk to who are vegan, watch what they put into their body, but haven’t really given a great thought about their skincare or home cleaning agents.
Because the body absorbs at least 70% of what is applied topically, what we come in skin contact with, what we clean with, use as deodorant, colognes and moisturizers matter…a lot.
Supplements – ONLY 9% of Vitamins on the market are good. The rest contain motor oil, coal tar, turpentine, petrochemicals, talcum powder (a carcinogen) and are very unhealthy!
And so it is with my bent on detox, on products that are from green companies who actually care, that I bring you this review. Sit back and enjoy the ride. 🙂
BIOCEUTICA – www.bioceutica.com/puretemple – PRODUCT LINE UP – This company has a nice, extensive product line up! Bioceutica offers Green Coconut Water based skin and body care and cosmeceuticals, make up with benefits that includes a keratin based mascara that grows your lashes beautifully and a firming serum I am not ever out of personal use stock on. They have a supplement line up that includes SuperPower3, which is their green plant based supplement, with their Custom Essentials being their cornerstone product. Custom Essentials is their Personalized Nutraceuticals or vitamin supplementation you get customized for your needs after taking the privatest which you can do in the comfort and privacy of your home and ship off to their lab. It’s a great concept and nobody else is doing it. Coming from my Hippocrates training, I inquired as to how the supplements were made etc and was impressed with their honesty and the 3 page detailed letter I received back from their lead chemist, Denise Autry.
To be perfectly frank here, my expectation was one of white washing or completely ignoring my questions. I was thrilled to get the detailed answers to my questions.
SIGNING UP! This is one of the most transparent MLMs I have had the pleasure of exploring. They have a required spend level of $100.00 per quarter that they expect, between what you buy and what your clients purchase, in order to remain active. There is the kit you select, based upon what motivates you (I chose My Vitamins BB Kit with the priva test and supplements.) The cheapest join is $89. There is also a low annual fee waived your first year.
You can post a picture in your profile for a personal touch. Free Shipping on $125.00+ orders, you pay tax. 30 day money back guarantee less ship/handling except for customized products, such as Custom Essentials. IF opened/used, 85% refund. The business you build is willable to family when you pass.
HOW YOU ARE PAID: There is more detail but they basically had me at transparency. You get 30% commission on every sale.
People are very supportive too, they actually scheduled a launch to invite folks and introduce me and the products. You are paid weekly based upon all spend and yes, this also includes personal purchases and direct deposit with no fees. I was pleased to see a direct deposit my first week as a new Independent Rep, no hassles, just boom, there it was, money in my bank account.
THE GREEN – Cartons are made from 100% recycled and 85% post consumer fiber. Products are manufactured using 100% certified Ethos Carbon Offset Certificates and they advocate reycling.
TOXINS – While this skincare line is green coconut water based and touts their shunning of the usual suspects, parabens, animal products or by products, artificial colors or dyes or fragrance, it is NOT chemical free. You want to avoid products with ‘eth’ in them. Here, I will look at just a few products at a high level overview, not each and every ingredient. Their Luminous C Perfection Pore-less Foundation contains vitamin C and other yumminess however it also contains PEG/PPG Dimethicone. Per EWG PEG/PPG is a lower threat, between low and moderate on their toxicity scale. Bioceuticas B-Hydrated body lotion contains Phenoxyethanol, a popular preservative with antibacterial properties. This ingredient is placed fairly far down on the list of ingredients, but it is in this product. In 1990 Journal of the American College of Toxicology reported that phenoxyethanol also acts as an endocrine disruptor which caused damage to bladder and acute pulmonary edema in animals. Early 1980s studies also suggest that phenoxyethanol can cause DNA mutations – again, only in animals, as it was not tested on humans. Did you just read this? Ahem…Humans are exactly animals. We are mamals like mice, cats, dogs etc. Our systems are animal, therefore, yes, this affects us similarly and there ain’t no way getting around the facts. Phenoxyethanol is a scientifically proven irritant to human skin and eyes (Comparison of objective and sensory skin irritations of several cosmetic preservatives. Lee E, An S, Choi D, Moon S, Chang I. Contact Dermatitis. 2007 Mar;56(3):131-6.) and it is classified as irritant in European Union. Phenoxyethanol is also restricted for use in Japan. Acryloyldimethyltaurate copolymer acts as a gelling agent, an emulsifier. The overall hazard is low per EWG. Bioceutica ButterSHINE Lip Pencil has acrylates copolymer which per the EWG is a low toxicity level. And one of my favourite products, the Reverse 20 – has a green coconut jelly base, glacial water and Butylene Glycol which is also low on toxicity per the EWG’s Skin Deep website that I use as my personal bible.
CLEAN VERDICT – This is an effective line, far cleaner than most. While it is plant based, they are not shy of using some science. Everything I have used so far has been effective, feels good on my skin etc. I adore their mascara. Miessence makes an awesome clean one…when they put it into production, which is spotty at best. (It isn’t an easy thing manufacturing a totally clean mascara.)
ESSANTE – http://www.essanteorganics.com/Puretemple
PRODUCT LINEUP – This company is coconut water based with a focus on organic and wild crafted ingredients. This line has no makeup other than lip tint/gloss. They have a good anti-aging trio for skincare and a non-tinted lip balm. There’s a nice face wash, tooth paste options, hair care and some nice offerings, laundry soap, sanitizer, bug repellent on the home front and some great superfood supplementation. Also I like that they offer organic essential oils.
SIGNING UP! Requires $100/mo spend to remain active but what your clients spend counts toward that $100.00 requirement as well. Direct Deposit is done through Payoneer which charges $8.95 initial set up and $2.50 per deposit. I hate this bit. If I am selling for your company, I want my paycheck without any gotchas. That stated, it’s not highway robbery, but just doesn’t please me. Shipping & tax on all orders. Weekly Commissions & Volumes Detail.
HOW YOU ARE PAID: Commissions are paid on Tuesdays (except for banking holidays) via your Pay Card or Bank Deposit (to register click Money – Pay Card or Bank Deposit). You earn 30% on sales but you are NOT paid commissions against any personal purchases.
THE GREEN- Essante is a mix of certified organic and wild crafted. Unlike Miessence (rated below) it is not 100% organic. Prices on their super foods reflect this. The brand uses Greenpeace Award Winning Organic Palm Oil. They are non GMO and cruelty free.
TOXINS – The brand states they are ‘Certified Toxic Free’. Looking at a few of my favorite products – Essante NaPCA Calming Toner Mist & Z3 Holywood’s Anti-Aging items – Um…not really seeing any science here, no chemicals stand out for me.
CLEAN VERDICT – Really clean product, while not 100% certified organic.
MIESSENCE – CERTIFIED ORGANIC
PRODUCT LINE UP – Great SuperFoods powders (green, alkalizing, probiotic) a nice enzymatic house cleaner and some very nice skin and body care. The products are some of the best I have used. I adore their Eye and Neck Firming Serum and won’t be without their hand cream or Rejuvenating Skin Conditioner, which is perfectly light and penetrating in the heat of Texas when you need moisture but not a ton of creams on your face, neck and hands.
SIGNING UP! – This is not an easy system to figure out. You are required to have a monthly spend that adds up to 75 ‘points’ but basically about $80-100+ per month or $1200 in annual spend or you won’t see any commission on your sales. OR you get folks under you. My focus, while I sure would love to have folks join under me, has been about marketing the products themselves. If folks love it and want to also sell it, terrific! I don’t push.
HOW YOU ARE PAID – You have to ask/request payment and there are fees involved to convert from Australian currency plus additional fees to cover bank processing and handling charges. Transfers to accounts outside of Australia may incur additional fees imposed by the receiving bank. Australian transfers can take up to 4 business days to clear funds into your bank account.
International transfers can take up to 7 business days to clear funds.
This company is currently set up where you only make anything if you either buy product in bulk to retail it yourself or get a lot of folks under you selling. Also, everyone has got to be on an autoship to net anything. I don’t know about you, but I perhaps buy skincare and cosmetics 3 times or so a year. I like to stock up on what I like and I sure don’t spend $100 or more every single month. Some stuff I run out of, like hand cream, faster than other things, like foundation. I don’t appreciate feeling locked in to having to make a purchase, just to earn a commission that, for 2 years now, has always been vastly lower than the amount I am auto spending on product! While I have gotten a few discounts on product, I have earned zero and spent quite a bit annually.
THE GREEN- The company is carbon negative. Miessence is also ACO and USDA Certified Organic.
TOXINS – You can basically eat this stuff. It is all 100% food based, from skincare to body care to supplements.
CLEAN VERDICT – Squeaky!
HUGE CAVEAT AS A REP! – IF your client googles before clicking on your link to purchase, or they don’t input your name at point of sale, your sale will get lost. People who have purchased from your link will be in your team ONLY as long as you are eligible to receive bonuses, meaning you must have ongoing personal orders via auto ship to ever see a bonus. Bonuses are tiny. Prospective clients, who perhaps wish to do some research on their own first prior to ordering from you or signing up with you as an Independent Rep, will get lost or orphaned if they google search first before first going to your site and it will be entirely up to you to prove they are your clients and fix that. Unless you are very salesy and push to have people rep under you, this is not a money maker but the products are truly honestly great.
Support – Corporate office support is spotty at best. Once there was an issue with the website and I ended up with 70 rather than 7 shave gel samples. Within 5 minutes I emailed to address the concern and got a reply back that the product ‘had already shipped’ which is physically impossible BS. As I write a blog where many folks purchase based upon my reviews, there’s no telling who has bought what that I never saw compensation for. IS it worth it? This is entirely up to you and your perspective. IF you can control your clients, get names, emails and assure you are getting credit for your sales and are into building a base of reps under you, and are passionate about effective organic products, then maybe so.
Getting back on the topic of supplementation, Alkalizing is huge. So is Hydration and Detoxification. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, recommended over 2000 years ago, “Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.” Most folks are not juicing and dining on a plant based diet and need a lot of supplementation. In fact, anyone who is ‘eating perfectly’ in this polluted world still needs supplementation. Hippocrates Health Institute is huge on juicing. 80% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. One of the large benefits of juicing is in the hydration. Of course, when you dehydrate your ‘juice’ into a powder, you lose out on that hydrating effect, but you at least get some of the nutritional benefits. And, as you add those benefits back into a drink/smoothie then you are adding some hydration there as well. It’s always going to be better to control your food, buy fresh organic produce and make your own green juices at home but then there is work, travel and time constraints that most of us have.
Comparing the SuperFood Line up with Miessence, Bioceutica & Essante:
Miessence: For $75.95 you can purchase their probiotic, Alkalising or Antioxidant powders. These are their superfoods and they are excellent. All 3 may be purchased for $204.95. Micessence also does periodically offer a 30% off or, if your spend level is high enough they give you that. Either power is 105g of product.
Essante : Offers a combo pack for $97.00 or you pay $50.00 for either their Earth Greens or $47.00 for Super Reds powders. They also offer capsules.
Miessence is 100% certified in their Super Foods and the green alkalizing food contains Chlorella and Spirulina and Wheatgrass, ALL HUGE with Hippocrates. Essante powders are a mix of both organic and wild crafted non GMO. You get a lot more product, 200g and for less. From my perspective, Miessence is a better superfood offering in quality. But, some folks will want the savings and more product that is still a great nutritional source.
Bioceutica’s offering is SuperPower3 in capsule form, $40.95. While there is no wheatgrass, there is spirulina, resveratrol from grapes, kelp, numerous botanicals and this would be a great ‘on the go’ supplement if you are not inclined to make juices and smoothies or on days that you don’t, such as when traveling perhaps.
Please drop me a line and let me know your thoughts and comments. 🙂