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Rick Rhoads, Pharm.D. Pharmacist & Creator of BioRenew Skincare

Arbonne RE9 Advanced Scam: Ingredients Rank at the Bottom

by RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D.

Menopausal Woman

Random pic alert - explanation at end of article

I think I can explain it very easily.

When you are selling products for $60 or $70, you better be able to deliver.

This is nothing new, I have written many times on this blog about high priced scams when the marketing is excellent but the product is terrible.

How did Arbonne ingredients rank?

When it comes to Arbonne, I am downright frustrated!

We often survey many of our new customers about which products they used just prior to finding us. One of the most common responses is: Arbonne.

This prompted me to look into the products because so many of our patients decided to pay a high price, believing they were going to get results.

The easiest way to take a peek behind the curtain, so to speak, is to look at their ingredient list. This is usually overlooked because most people don’t know how to search through ingredients.

We analyzed the Intensive Renew Serum by Arbonne which is priced at $58 for 1 fl.oz.

The first active skin ingredient is found at the bottom of the list!

After searching through dozens of so called “skin conditioning agents” and “emulsifiers”, you finally come to Retinyl Palmitate.

This is the very first legitimate active ingredient.

The 28th ingredient on the list!

That’s right. Not the 2nd or 8th ingredient but the 28th ingredient.

In other words, Arbonne used 27 other “skin conditioning” ingredients and emulsifiers before they added one drop of an anti-oxidant.

This means that the active ingredient potencies are VERY low.

The fool proof way to avoid getting ripped off.

So, here is what you can do to make sure your anti-aging skin care will deliver results.

Besides asking the right questions, try a sample of any expensive product before purchasing.

Take a before photo and when you run out of your sample in a week or two, take another photo.

If you and your friends don’t notice a visible difference in your skin, I would think about choosing a different product.

An advanced skin care product should deliver visible results in a week, and will only intensify over time.

So try it:

  1. Ask for a sample.
  2. Take a before photo.
  3. Use it for a week.
  4. Take an after photo.
  5. Compare Results

Will It Work

I have to admit that I have major doubts about Arbonne because of their lack of integrity in their formulas. I would stay away.

For more information on choosing good products, download my free guide “How to Spot Effective Skin Care In 60 Seconds or Less”.

Update: Explanation of random pic above

Arbonne must have felt very threatened by this article because they demanded that we take it down. We refused to do so but had to remove their product photo at their request. So instead of a nice pic of their product, you get…random lady.

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Feel free to comment or email me with questions.

About the Author: Rick Rhoads, Pharm.D. is a compounding pharmacist and creator of BioRenew Skincare.

{ 169 comments… read them below or add one }

Holly Jahangiri July 13, 2012 at 7:02 am

This is good to know – in general. I’m not familiar with the product, but I like your no nonsense approach to evaluating the merits of these products and I’m sure many of us have wondered, “Seriously, how long should it take before I see visible results?” (A real test might be NOT to tell your friends what you’re up to, and see if they remark on it unprompted!)


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. July 13, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Hi Holly! Thanks for the comment. Unsolicited compliments are always the best which is what we hear from our patients quite often.

Take care,


Susan Blade June 14, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Just don’t bother with Arbonne as its a total rip off! The ONLY good reviews are from the actual network of sellers of this product! Of course they are going to say it works because it’s their job! I have nothing to do with arbonne so am telling the truth! I used the range of anti aging skin care and it was absolutely useless! I learnt that the only ingredients that actually do improve wrinkles were in such small quantities that it was useless but made it possible for Arbonne to advertise the ingredients! A total waste of money and it upsets me that these type of products are allowed on the market! Don’t waste your time and money! There are excellent products out there that actually DO work!


equal October 6, 2012 at 6:49 am

have you tried the products yourself ? If you havent’s tried the products yourself , I believe yo ushould not write anything negative about a product or at least research everything about the company not just 1 product. it’s like a saying 1 bad apple in a bag makes all the apples bad too? i dont thinks so


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. October 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Many of our patients have tried the products. With our knowledge of the ingredients and the feedback from our patients, we have plenty of information to write a good review.

Thanks for stopping by.



Kim Hicks October 15, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Ok, my guess would be that if your patients actually did say they used Arbonne and YOU’RE not just undermining the competition (because face it: your article, the response to them asking you to not use their photo, and your response to some of the comments all are quite combative), then they may not have tried the right products for their unique skin. I’ve used Arbonne for yearsas have my mom and some friends, and if you have the right products, the do work very well. I’m not a consultant nor are those mentioned above, so I have no personal stake in the company, but I DO know they work, and I’m very confident in that claim. I tend to steer away from companies and consultants that make claims against the competition because it shows a lack of confidence in their own product. Just thought i’d let you know that it’s much classier and more attractive to have a positive marketing campaign.


JKM June 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm

I think it is pretty sad when one company bashes another company. Arbonne NEVER puts down any company and they have proven time and time again that the products work. I personally don’t want to put road kill on my skin or chemicals that are known to be harmful. I Saw and Felt Results in a few short days of using the products. In fact I no longer have migraines due to one of the products. I think it is really BAD BUSINESS for you to be bashing a company that you obviously KNOW NOTHING about. Have you ever tried the products? Do you test your products on animals? Arbonne doesn’t. Do you mineral oil? Arbonne doesn’t. Do you use KNOWN carcinogens, Arbonne Doesn’t. ………..


maria February 19, 2014 at 1:35 pm

hey equal, how are you taking side of arbonne so confidently ? have you tried the products yourself? i have tried those all re9 products , these are not usuful as they claim. arbonne products make my skin worse within 1 month. Now i m trying to get my money back.


Leah November 7, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Arbonne is a scam. The RE9 skin care system is touted as being high-end yet showed no change for the better in the three months I used it. Anyone who gives Arbonne high reviews is a consultant or has a lot of money to blow on overpriced lotions. Arbonne seems to be very aggressive at removing any negative presence they might have on the Internet, judging by their demands to take down this page.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. November 7, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Leah, thank you for your valuable input! There is nothing like hearing from an actual user.



Rose September 4, 2013 at 9:46 pm

I believe everyone that uses any particular product experiences differing results. I am not a consultant, but a friend of one. I purchased several Arbonne products and love the products, as skeptical as I originally was. The results I have experienced are wonderful and very unexpected (for me). The diet has given me my health back; I feel 10 years younger. I would use or consider any product from any manufacturer that produced such results, and so quickly… We should all share positive (or negative) outcomes and allow others to decide for themselves. I for one, love What Arbonne has done for me. Well worth the price.


mel January 13, 2014 at 10:50 pm

My sister used to sell arbonne and my mom being the wonderful supportive lady that she is bought the re9 line this was over 5 years ago. My mom wishes she didnt like the results she gets from some of the re9 products cause its expensive. I on the other hand cant keep a skin care routine up to see any results cause I just get lazy with my face.


Sara L. November 13, 2012 at 7:59 am

I personally love the RE9 line. I have had amazing results from it. Arbonne’s ingredient standards are very high. All botanical, pH correct, no animal testing, no animal by- products, no mineral oil which is in most products you get from retail stores. No chemical fragrances. Europe has a list of about 10,000 things they will not allow in their products. Here, only ten.

After three days of use, my skin is clearer, no longer is itchy, and is brighter and smooth. Arbonne is amazing.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. November 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Hi Sara, I appreciate your view of Arbonne products. I’m just curious if you sell the products as well? Most consumers don’t provide this much detail after just 3 days of use.



katy_bird April 1, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Hello, I just wanted to say that it’s not just endorsed by people with money to blow or who sell the product. I am currently unemployed and was given a sample of the RE9 line by a friend who knew a friend who sold the stuff, just as a gift. I absolutely love it. I noticed a difference after about 5 days of use. In fact, I tried to be skeptical about what I was seeing until people started telling me I looked great and asked me what I was doing to look so good. I definitely notice a difference when I haven’t been using it, too.

It is such a great product, I would like to sell it as well because I can sell products that make me feel good and that I truly believe in. Unfortunately, I cannot afford the startup fee right now, so I am holding off on doing so until I can.

Also, it is a company that at least has the semblance of integrity. They are not bashing other companies specifically, nor are they suspicious of people who make comments on their website alluding to anything otherwise. They are already making a great product and have no need to be that way.

But you know, keep up with this grand marketing smear campaign, instead of focusing on what is truly good about your product, if anything. I can see by other comments here that it’s working well for you.


Pearl June 30, 2013 at 12:43 am

Wow… The fact that you have to put down another product line to reap the benefits of your own is childish. Why don’t you get someone has no connections to either company post a review?

How are you even able to reply to all these posts?? Business not going so well?


Sandra April 1, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Just wanted to add that I am not affiliated with Arbonne in any wqay shape or form, just a broke university student with horrible skin and have tried Arbonne RE9 for 2 months now and my skin and I LOVE it! Everyone needs to do their research because this is all rubbish.


Lorraine January 25, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Yep straight out of the training manual. Of what training there is that is not related to building your network. Their tag line: Pure, Safe, Beneficial… Look at the website all about joining the team, then once you are past the ads…then you can see some product info…do you see a ingredient list?????
Pure….tons of chemicals. Safe…probably, as its not on any countries hazardous chemical list true…Beneficial….to the rep so they can work towards the mercedes.


Tara May 4, 2013 at 9:04 am

That’s funny. You must sell this crap. My sister in law said the exact same words. ….verbatim.


Dene October 7, 2013 at 6:09 am

Europe does NOT have “a list of 10,000 things they will not allow” – it’s just over 1,000. Here’s an article I wrote on this very subject, which I hope you’ll take the time to read as it puts that number in context: http://personalcaretruth.com/2011/03/the-eu-has-banned-over-1000-chemicals-the-fda-has-only-banned-9/

Also, Arbonne use many different types of ingredient and NOT only botanicals. They use many different synthetic ingredients (not a concern from a safety aspect, just your inaccurate reporting! “pH correct” is almost entirely meaningless, by the way. Their “standards” are no different from the vast majority of cosmetics companies – safety is paramount for them all.


Kim Hicks October 15, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Actually, Dene, I just read an article the other day that explained the difference btw pH balanced and pH correct. Our skin has a slightly acidic pH of 5.5. pH correct means that it has the same pH as our skin. Anything alkaline (like most soap) can have a drying effect. I emailed my consultant to see what the pH of Arbonne’s products are, and sure enough – it’s 5.5. I also asked about why the ingredients don’t come up in a google search. She said she didn’t know, but she sent them right over along with the ingredient policy. The products are botanically based (no claim that they are completely botanical), and anything that has research showing that it is potentially hazardous is left out of their products. I don’t know… I think their products are great, and I’m not worried about whether they’re safe.


Antonia January 4, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Quick question -how can anyone sell skin care to clients when they have never received any formal education on skin themselves? (by education I mean an accredited school resulting in being a certified medical aesthetician – NOT a weekend training seminar) As a professional in the industry (medical aesthetician, laser specialist) for 10+ yrs working in cosmetic clinics and plastic surgeons offices with a background in nutrition -Arbonne is not what it is cracked up to be-I see several clients a month who’s skin has been affected by Arbonne. How can “consultants” consult without formal education on skin?


Nis January 28, 2014 at 3:06 am

I imagine Arbonne consultants “consult” the same way any “consultant” at Sephora or Aveda or the local “Beauty” shop do. It’s an unregulated title, if you have a problem with it you should advocate for your field and demand that it become a regulated title. It is simply another word for salesperson.

Danika January 21, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Actually you know what there is no where that it says that there is 10,000 ingredients banned.. there is over 1,100 and it is Swiss based. It is pretty sad that you have to go and bash another company in order to higher your sales. The truth is im an aesthetician and I have had nothing but amazing results with the arbonne products. The fact that you have not tried the products but take all information for clients is actually pretty unfortunate….. Everyone has different skin types and you should know this which means everyones skin will re-act differently to all products. So until you actually try it for yourself, and try more than one product you have no right to say what you are saying. As for education there is plenty of education given, such as workshops, shows, video`s on all products and everything, scripts, and so much more. The people who sell and are very commited to have the opportunity to learn so much. I have done my research, lots of training and I am proud to say I am an Arbonne Independent Consultant. Unfortunatley there are so many negative people in this world, it`s pretty sad what this world has come to. To put other’s down in order to make themselves feel better.


maria February 19, 2014 at 1:55 pm

hey danika, i d like to ask you why my skin looks darker , uneven, dull, and some acne prone after using re9 whole set even face mask . why dark circle is appearing around my eyes and mouth.i tried those products because i take care my skin very much not for that i had some problem.( i m 25 years old)
and advice me please what should i do.


Alexandra April 25, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Hi Maria,
I sell Arbonne products and I can tell you right away you shouldn’t be using RE9 products. They are anti-aging and meant for women who are 30+ years old. They contain A LOT of Vitamin C and any consultant should know that when a client purchases the whole RE9 set they should only introduce one product at a time because they can cause unevenness or even redness when you first start using them. You should try the FC5 line which is specifically for teens-20 year olds. Or if you have very sensitive skin you can try the Calm line. I myself use the Calm cleanser which is soap free and therefore will not irritate your skin or dry it out. I hope this helps you!

Edwin May 14, 2014 at 6:17 am

Being from a Swiss company that is involved in chemical engineering, I find Arbonne’s claims to be Swiss insulting. Arbonne is not a registered AG or even Gmbh. They do not have dedicated Swiss R&D or even a physical location here. They once consulted with a cosmetic company here, that is it. If saying that they are Swiss made or “based” is so important to their marketing, why don’t they actually invest in having an actual Swiss location? The answer is simple really. Arbonne is not unique. It does not pursue constant improvement that Swiss firms are known for. A truly innovative firm pursues R&D 365 days a year. As far as I am concerned, the claims of being Swiss are a deception. If a company wants to go to these lengths to create a better marketing image using false claims, then the trust is gone for me.

Switzerland is small. Most Swiss companies are known especially large ones. No one knows Arbonne here, because it does not exist here. Frankly speaking, when I explain to my friends and colleagues about the claims of such companies it is insulting. It is an undermining of the reputation we have actually spent decades earning, Arbonne has simply printed on a bottle without earning it.


Dave D November 15, 2012 at 3:50 pm

I don’t sell Arbonne, but know people who use and sell it, and quite enjoy it. But find it funny that you are critical to those who say the like it, and you ask if they sell it, whereas you are on here selling your own product, but that’s okay? Seems a bit biased and hypocritical to me?? Worry about why your product is better, not supposedly why other products are worse..shows you aren’t very confident in your own stuff to stand on its own.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. November 18, 2012 at 10:36 pm


You raise a fair point but I disagree with your comparison. There are MANY people purporting to give objective third party reviews of MLM products without acknowledging that they actually sell it. When someone leaves a comment on my post without objecting to the actual content but merely reciting the same talking points, I get skeptical. I think it is completely fair to say, “I sell the product and I object to your analysis because…” This is not what usually happens.

When it comes to our products, I am very confident about the formulas. We write about all issues that customers might be interested in.

Thanks for stopping by the blog.


Nis January 28, 2014 at 3:45 am

I am planning on selling it for the reason that I like it so much. I just signed on as a consultant last week after using the product since October. Liking the product is the reason for selling it and the people who sell it are often pretty passionate about what they are selling. MLM would never work if that wasn’t the case. I think it’s going to be a lot of work getting people interested in the product because it’s not in stores and super well known. I’m not looking forward to the marketing. I don’t want people to buy this stuff just because they feel obligated to in order to “help” me. But I like the product and found myself trying to sell it long before I thought about actually selling it. I will admit that I am not as well informed as I would like about Arbonne in terms of the ingredients. I just tested it on myself and listened to a a couple of friends tell me about their personal experiences using the products. I heard a shockingly positive testimonial about the products from a friend I know very well and completely trust. She has Hashimoto’s Disease and has extremely sensitive skin and digestion issues so when she invited me to an Arbonne Party I thought, “Sure. Gluten free cosmetics, cool.” I am gluten intolerant and chemically sensitive (dyes and fragrance) and I have been very happy with what I have tried thus far. The Calm Soothing Serum helped eliminate a mystery rash I had since last June within 2 weeks. I like the make-up so far. I plan on trying the protein powders and the fiber supplement since it’s ingredients are unique (I think I saw beet fiber listed). I hesitate to try everything, I still have very sensitive skin, but their product line is extensive. It’s a little intimidating but I like what I have so I’ll stick with just that. I want to be as informed as possible before selling it or trying to ask anyone to sell it with me though. I won’t use the products that I worry about and won’t promote those products. Initially I worried about the RE9 sunscreen since the active ingredients were the same as another drugstore brand I used that made me break out, but I have had no problems with the RE9. I will admit that I wish they used only zinc in it though. (But who knows, maybe 10 years from now we will discover zinc causes cancer too?) I have already written to Arbonne to encourage them to continue product development that will have their products live up to their promises. I have been told that they appreciate feedback from their consultants so I’ll be looking into that as well.


Ziutka March 11, 2013 at 10:23 am

I was thinking the same thing actually; he keeps asking people who are skeptical if they work for Arbonne lol. I happen to LOVE products from MLM companies (I have Cutco knieves, Vorwerk Thermomix, I clean with only Amway product and eat NutriLite vitamins, cook in AMC pots, etc). I was trying to choose between Arbonne and Artistry skincare and ended up here, just to be safe I will go with Artistry since my sales people are giving me discount :) email them if you want it too :) bmtargosz@gmail.com

To everyone else, I honestly believe any MLM company will give you better products than standard companies; that is why in my house everything is from some MLM company or another. If you get Arbonne, Artistry, Avon, Mark Kay it will all still be better than the product you will buy here or in any store.


Don’t get me wrong but your “smooth” talk comes across very “shady” and please don’t end your replay back to me with something like: “thanks for stopping by.” lol


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. March 11, 2013 at 1:12 pm


I actually asked only one person if they sold the products. I think my previous response gave a sufficient reason for me asking in that instance.



katy_bird April 1, 2013 at 10:53 pm



Kim Hicks October 15, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Oh yeah – and just in case you’re going to accuse me of selling it because I know about skin’s pH, I’ll let you know where I saw the article. My friend is a chemist for Bonnie Bell, and she posted it on FB.


Paul November 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm

who is the VP of R &D at Arbonn, HAS a resume and work history from companies such as Aveda, Estee Lauder etc.
Dr. Matravers knowledge and reputation would NEVER be associated with an INFERIOR PODUCT !
LET ME STATE I DO NOT SELL ARBONNE !! but know Peter Matravers !
He has forgotten more about “Compounding” than Mr. (not DOCTOR) Rhodes will ever KNOW!


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. November 18, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Wow Paul!

I sense a strong emotion in your comment, but I must say that it is a little condescending. I don’t mind criticism but I think you are factually incorrect on my credentials. I hold a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and practice full time in pharmaceutical compounding. On a daily basis, I am formulating and compounding custom pharmaceuticals that are used by doctors and patients. Part of this compounding, is my work in skin care.

My point is more about formulas rather than credentials. I have no doubt that your friend has a fine resume but the Arbonne formula I discussed is less than stellar. I am open to a point of view to the contrary but please base it on facts not personal attacks.



Tollie May 2, 2013 at 9:48 am

Hi. A lady gave me the RE9 to try. I love it. And will never use anything else. After hearing some information DR.P.Matravers does actually have 20 US and international Patients to his name and more than anyone in the world. I will be starting an Arbonne business. Because it’s the relationships i’ve formed and friends i’ve made from opening my eyes to opportunity. Warren Buffett also owns 7 network marketing companies. So I think i’d rather listen to him rather than someone who can’t pay their bills?

Sites like these are SET up only to try and find floors with companies. People don’t realize its called net”WORK” marketing for a reason.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. May 2, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I’m glad you like the products.

Not sure what you mean by finding “floors with companies”.



Nicole December 7, 2012 at 11:06 am

Hi Rick,
A good friend of mine has tried for years to get to me try Arbonne products. I have always thought their products were overpriced and I very was skeptical. I finally tried their RE9 line this year, and I must admit, I am not longer a skeptic. I am obsessed with their product line. I have seen visible results in most of the products I have tried. My absolute favorite is the firming body cream. I am a mother of two and didn’t know what to do for my stomach because I had lost all of my weight but my skin just wasn’t the same. I won’t lie, it didn’t work over night, nor do I look better than ever, but I did see AMAZING results and continue to see an improvement. I also don’t think their products are expensive now that I have used them. They last forever. I used to use Clinque and ran out every month or so; with Arbonne I have had the same RE9 kit for 3 months and I still have a considerable amount left. I respect everyone’s opinion, but just thought I would give my opinion as well.


Real review December 31, 2012 at 3:09 pm

ARBONNE reps, sorry consultants, business owners lol describe all products as AMAZING and use Clinque as an example when at meetings or on forums discussing products or attacking bad reviews.
In my OPINION, after reading your post i’m 100% convinced that you’re more than a customer of Arbonne. Your positive review is straight out of the Arbonne handbook!
I would like to mention that i have used Arbonne FC05 facial cleanser and also the face mask. The wash really went for my eyes and the mask made my face heat up with a burning sensation.
Oh it’s ok, i know what’s coming…I’ve not used the products correctly or it must be me as no one has ever had this type of reaction….WRONG

I think you must google review sites trying to network and cant accept other peoples opinions!


Heather January 24, 2013 at 5:06 pm

The burning is not normal, but does happen once in a while. If you’re skin is extremely dry or you have very sensitive skin this will most likely happen. The goal of Arbonne is give people safe products. Not all of them work for everyone, and that’s okay. It doesn’t mean they’re bad or that anyone is lying. Please feel free to look at the ingredient list on the website- never trying to HIDE anything. Nothing to HIDE.


Lyndsey February 10, 2013 at 4:04 am

I have to say, I had the same problem with the cleanser for oily/ combination skin. I do not have sensitive skin and I do not have allergies. When I asked my boyfriend and his dad (pharmacist and doctor respectively) to look at the ingredients I was unsure about they described them as cheap fillers. I have used dozens of brands, natural and chemical based and NEVER had a reaction.
When I was at the arbonne party I was appalled at what the rep was saying about other companies. Just trashing them to sell the product. Eg. Clinique use alcohol in their products. Well there’s alcohol in their baby lotion. She went on about arbonne’s Swiss formulations… Then trashed a Swiss company. She didn’t know the names of the competition in some cases, or the prices of the products she was selling yet was adamant that there is nothing better than arbonne.
Sorry love, but my angry skin and your ingredients list beg to differ.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. February 10, 2013 at 1:43 pm


I agree with your dad and boyfriend about the products I looked at. I am more interested in active ingredients and whether they are effective for reversing aging.

Everyone needs to make a decision based on knowledge and their own experience.

Thanks for the comment.


katy_bird April 1, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Lol that’s seriously just poor salesmanship. Wow. She would probably work at a Toyota dealership and say Japanese engineering is crappy, too.

Janie June 1, 2013 at 8:55 pm


I took a look at the website. Where might I be able to find these fully “disclosed” ingredients that prove “there’s nothing to hide”? They aren’t listed (and not to my suprise might I add).

What I find even more interesting is that the Arbonne site fails to provide even the simplest of details pertaining to the formulation of each particular product, let alone at least an idea of the active ingredients utilized.

Example: (as copied and pasted from the Arbonne site itself)

“Item#: 4559
Revelage Intensive Pro-Brightening Night Serum
High-performance overnight skin brightening serum helps correct the appearance of age spots and skin discoloration. Scientifically studied ingredients immediately improve the appearance of dull complexions by promoting clarity and brightness. Age spots fade with continued use. ( 1 fl. oz. )

Price: $60.00″

They described the ingredients as “High performance”, “scientifically studied”, etc… Ok, but scientifically studied what?!? Bat poop?! What’s in it?! Give me something I can actually judge this product on already!! (And for those of you who don’t know, bat poop is actually used as an ingredient in some skin care formulations. Would I recommend it however? No.)

This whole thing begs the question as to what little progress we’ve actually made in trying to convince consumers of the importance of researching and understanding what’s in the products they use on their skin (our largest organ! And also a completely permeable, one way ticket for ingredients being absorbed directly into the bloodstream)…

For a company that supposedly has “nothing to hide” (I’m just playing on the words of the writer who posted before me- I’m not inferring that there is anything to hide (other than, most presumedly, the lack of an ingredient list that would actually legitimize the claims made for each product)) I find skepticism in the fact that they don’t make their ingredients for each product readily accessible.

In most cases, the lack of an “ingredient section” serves as a major red flag to most educated and up to date consumers. I don’t care what online beauty store I’m ordering products from- if I click on a particular product and fail to see a list of its ingredients… well, it’s quite simple- I click the “back” button. At this day in age, where 99% of brands make full, and readily accessible disclosure of all of the ingredients within their products, why would I waste my time on a brand that fails to provide such necessary information? (And no. Its not because their products are so truly innovative and groundbreaking that they’re afraid of having their super magically miraculous formulation stolen (Arbonne, in particular, would never be accused of this. Lol to those who get it!) but because they must have something to hide- whether its a few great ingredients made useless by the presence of a plethora of other useless additives, or the fact that the ingredients don’t match the product’s claims. Not matter how you dice it- something doesn’t add up.

If you think I’m just talking crazy talk, then please take a look for yourself. Check out various online beauty stores that carry a wide variety of top-selling, reputable brands (not all may be reputable in my opinion – but I am extra picky and scrutinizing than most. Obviously ;-p lol) and take note of the underlying pattern…. Disclosure of ingredients.

I’m not saying I lack the ability to “dig deeper” to find the ingredients for Arbonne’s products on the Internet (I’m sure I can find them somewhere), or that I’m incapable of picking up the sample a consultant recently left for me and reading it for myself… Not at all. My point is that this information should be fully divulged on the website itself- where most people order from it blindly, without even thinking twice about checking its ingredients.

It’s probably more than obvious by now that I’m passionate about this topic. But it has nothing to do with Arbonne in particular or any other product or brand for that matter – it’s about trying to educate others and help give them the tools they need to make their own informed decisions. In addition to being an Esthetician, I am a beauty blogger. True, i spend a good chunk of my blogging tome writing product reviews ( in which i provide a 100% unbiased opinion, as i am not affiliated with and/or employed by any existing cosmeceutical company) but the majority of my time I devote to writing articles that serve to help consumers and fellow beauty junkies make better product choices based on their own, informed decisions. One of the first things I stress is the importance of being able to read an ingredient label. Granted, you might not know what each ingredient is or be able to recall exactly what it is intended to do from memory alone, but it’s important that you are at least familiar with the basics. Anything sketchy or new to you from there is easy to look up and educate yourself on accordingly.

Tangent and digression aside- products are single handedly defined by the ingredients they are comprised of (in addition to the manufacturing processes utilized in creating them – but we will save that topic for another time. Lol.) For a company to not provide easily accessible information regarding the ingredients in there products is a cause for due skepticism, and sometimes even concern. I urge everyone to do their research. Not only in an effort to avoid over paying for subpar products but also in an effort to help you make informed decisions in choosing products with preserving the health of yourself and your family in mind.


Stephanie April 5, 2013 at 9:46 am

Some people just happen to think the products are amazing. I use the re9 facial system and it is good, and the fc5 hair products with amazing results. I have always had unmanageable hair and this is the only product I’ve found that has made it easy to style. I don’t know what sort of meeting you attended, but when I went to one Clinique products and other brand name products were not mentioned, there was no trashing of other companies involved. I guess every representative represents the Arbonne company in a different way. I probably would not have tried the products if they were trashing other companies, I’m glad they didnt because I found something that works for ,e


maryanna December 31, 2012 at 7:46 am

I agree with Nicole
My stretch marks have almost gone and my nanna delotage area a rejuvinated.
I have been told i look like i have had botox and i look 27 but am 41.


Shelly January 20, 2013 at 5:53 am

I tried Arbonne with very little knowledge of the product and with great skepticism. I have to say – I love it. I have deydrated skin and I use basic products like rosehip oil or jojoba. Just using the oils, I still woke up with dry skin. I used Arbonne for less than a week and finally woke up with dewy, moisturizer skin. No dryness at all.

I am not a consultant or a die hard buyer or any product – except for my Pure and Simple foundation. If this Arbonne serum continues to do what it does, and last months then I will invest the money and continue to buy it. I looked around to compare prices and found some outrageously priced products.

But I will try others if the ingredient list is safe.

I hope that’s an honest opinion! I can’t tell you much about the company because I honestly didn’t buy into the marketing. I’m going by the results and texture of my skin after using it for a short period of time. Also should add that I am 39 and have really good genes! I always get a shocked response when I tell people my age. Not sure if this also has to do with my skin responding well to the products? I wonder if a 55 year old woman with dry skin will see results. Curious.



Heather January 24, 2013 at 5:00 pm

The RE9 serum is made specifically to CONDITION the skin, hence the 28 skin conditioning ingredients. Feel free to TRY them yourself. And dismissing the entire line of CLINICALLY TESTED #1 Anti Aging skin care in the WORLD by one little overlook is rather dramatic, don’t you think??


Janie June 1, 2013 at 9:02 pm

What’s the one little overlook?


michelle January 30, 2013 at 5:42 am

It is a shame that you need to justify you and your products by positioning yourself in a way that knocks a company that has stood the test of time, not only with their unbelievable products, but also with their unmatched financial opportunity. Perhaps if you could stand on your own two feet, and were confidant in yourself and what YOU do, you would not have to make yourself look better at the negative expense of another. But what you preach is typical of someone who has no self confidence or ability to succeed on his or her own. so sad that you have that mindset. You could be a star with the right leader!
Your passion is just pointed in the wrong direction. Let me know if you have a change of heart and I would be more than happy to help set you free. Arbonne is about pure, safe and beneficial products and also about a business opportunity. It may be for some and it may not be for others. Holding the advanced degrees, such as yourself, you should be more than willing to open you mind to learning about something new and perhaps you will shift your paradigm, not only about product efficacy, but also about the business opportunity. It sounds like you have a fear of being successful……


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. January 30, 2013 at 9:44 am

Michelle, we strive to give our readers the truth about skin care. We don’t aim to knock someone down. When you look at the ingredient list from a scientific standpoint, it is very weak. I’m sorry but I’m just giving the honest truth.



valeria January 19, 2014 at 9:12 pm

The first thing I look at when thinking about purchasing a skincare product is the ingredients because that is what I’m paying for! Simple as that! If some woman and men want to be ignorant as to what they put on their skin and spend their money on then go right ahead but not me! I think that is just plain stupid!


katy_bird April 1, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Lol that’s seriously just poor salesmanship. Yes, I’m repeating myself. I urge this company to get a new marketing plan together, because this approach is obviously not working, and it’s making me feel sorry for you.


Carz February 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm

I’m looking for advice more than anything.
I am 27 and a beauty therapist of 9 years. So in my time I have used varied amount of products, some I like more than others.
Anyway, my friend is a arbonne consultant and I am think of joining to.
I have been using RE9 range, including the mask (can’t remember what it is called, cellular mask I think, I know it contains AHA’s. Since using the mask and the products I feel like my face is sun burnt, kind of like I have had a skin peel, but only my skin is not peeling off!!! Is this normal? My skin is sensitive to touch and very tingly , dry and rough to touch to.
I have gone back to my “bare minerals” just to see if I can get my skin back to normal. Are the ingredients that bad that they make your skin like this? Or is this normal. My skin is far from sensitive normally, I have never suffered from bad skin or acne of any form.


Amy Colo, Licensed Esthetician February 4, 2013 at 2:34 pm


It sounds like you may have had a reaction to the AHA’s or a sensitivity to one of the other ingredients in the products. I recommend a very gentle yet hydrating cream until your skin returns to a healthy state. I find Cetaphil cream to be soothing during the healing process. Once you are ready to reintroduce a stronger skin care line be sure to do a 3 day allergy test along the jaw line. I also recommend that you use sunscreen to protect your skin during the healing process.

All the best,



Carz February 5, 2013 at 10:45 am

Thank you Amy.
I was confused with the products.
As I have had more than a few peels before. Using agera products and also chemical peels.. But never had the reaction I had with this.
Thank you for your advice.


Babs February 5, 2013 at 6:02 am

Hi There,

I have a friend who is a consultant with Arbonne. I also work with a girl who sells Arbonne, both of them are ruthless. I agree that everytime they talk to me about their product it’s scripted. I FINALLY tried the FC whatever line and I am not a fan. With that said I will continue to use it and get my $120 worth. I find my skin dry in the moring and ugh during the day. Scam or no scam I think you just have to try products until you find the right one for you. Back to Aveno it is for me once this stuff is done.



jess k February 12, 2013 at 7:14 pm

To babs… I believe they have a money back guarente, as for the filler comment… most pharmasuticals (pills/creams) you get prescribed from your dr are mostly “fillers”! Its not so much about the order of the ingredients, but the fact that the active ingredients are in the product and at an approperate potency!


Janie May 25, 2013 at 8:25 pm

I am afraid to even state my position on this one but here it goes. The majority of you seem to be ill informed and, well…just downright naive when it comes to understanding the way ingredient labels work. Nor do many of you seem to understand how blogs work. Blogs are intended for sharing information directly pertaining or relative to your line of business. Product reviews are common practice. Not slander.

With that said, let me point back to the review itself- It didn’t mention a single thing about whether the product works or not- it simply offered facts regarding the integrity of its ingridients (which, there is none. Sorry. Not opinion. Fact.) I feel the review was handled with great professionalism. The information provided was not opinion based in anyway- he merely shared with the public information that’s clearly evident to anyone who picks up the bottle and knows how to read the ingredient label. (But the vast majority of consumers aren’t skin care professionals and/or chemists and therefore can benefit from the info being broken down). I urge you to read through it again and quit with the dramatics of it being a “sad attempt at self promotion”. The ingredient label speaks for itself.

I think the problem here is that the underlying point of the review has since gotten completely lost under a sea of defensive comments made by consultants (sorry- but it really is obvious. Even from those of you who thought you put a clever spin on your story) and ill informed consumers. The point was that this product markets itself as a Vitamin A (retinol) formulation, yet there fails to be a single trace of a vitamin A derivative until you get to the very bottom of the list. For those of you that don’t know, the ingredient list on a label is the listing of each ingredient in descending order of predominance. Which means the ingredient you read first makes up the bulk of the product (highest concentration) and the ingredient you read last is barely in it at all. So for this product to claim itself as a vitamin A specific treatment is completely false. As similarly inferred in the review itself, they probably took a dropper and put in one tiny drop of it before the lid went on. (I’m exaggerating obviously- but then again, not really for all intent and purpose)

Sorry, i tend to digress. The point behind me feeling the need to contribute to this forum is to try to inform those of you who believe that the order of ingredients doesn’t matter otherwise. The order of an ingredient on the ingredient label doesn’t only matter, it basically determines, or is at least an indicator, as to whether or not a product’s claims are true or false. In this case- false.

I have nothing against any line or product in particular. I judge according to factual evidence. Read before you believe (the label that is). And make sure you’re not only educated on a topic, but also aware of the information (or point of focus) being presented to you before you make the decision to put in your two cents. I sound like a brat right now but i swear I’m really not. I respect other’s opinions. I’m just so tired of reading bold statements made by people who are either unaware, or misinformed and therefore shouldn’t feel so confident in presenting false information as fact. Stop pestering this man for giving you a truthful, fact based review and devote your time more wisely to getting educated on ingredients and what he means by “ingredient integrity”. Trust me, you’ll be happy when you know how to truly judge a product’s true potential for yourself without having to rely on sales pitches and fruitless claims (regardless of whether they’re made by consultants , tv commercials,
or the girl at your local beauty counter).

Knowledge is power.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. May 28, 2013 at 4:54 pm


Insightful and informative. Thank you for this comment!



Sassy February 18, 2013 at 8:52 pm

I just tried the Arbonne sample kit a friend sent me. First off I didn’t like the scent but loved the feel of the cleanser so I continued the recommended steps. After I was done my face was burning. I looked in the mirror to notice my skin was red, flared up with red bumps (hive like) all over and itchy. I have used several products ranging from $10 to $250+ and I have Never had a reaction like this before. I think these products are full of crap…. Literally!


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. February 18, 2013 at 9:36 pm

I’m sorry you had this bad reaction with Arbonne skin care. It can literally happen with any product.


Concerned March 4, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Hi there!
My friend and I went to an Arbonne party where we tested the RE9 Advanced product line… and this exact thing happened to my friend after 10 minutes of using the product. She never had an issue like this before with skin care products. We spoke with the consultant and she explained that the Intensive Renewal Serum can have that affect on some people’s skin. So she re-washed with all products except for the Serum and the redness, burning, and bumps went away almost instantly. It was very odd, but she ended up liking the whole line, minus the serum.


Lane March 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm

I just started using the Arbonne “acne” line about a month ago. The first time I used it my face was “burning” and beet red. I do have very sensitive skin though, so this didn’t shock me too much. I used it again the next day and it was fine. I stuck with it for a week (it was a sample I was given from a consultant) and my skin was fabulous! So I ordered it. Wow, I am so thrilled. I am still using it and so is my daughter. Both of our skin is beautiful. I contacted the consultant because after a few weeks it was a bit dry and she suggested I just use the entire line once a day and not twice. This solved the problem.
I will be trying other Arbonne products now. I’ll let y’all know how they work out.


Stephanie April 5, 2013 at 9:36 am

I have to say, I completely disagree with your review and your recommendation to “stay away” from the re9 system. I was invited to an Arbonne party, wasn’t really interested but went anyway to support my friend. I tried a sample of the re9 product to be polite, as I am not big into beauty products. I was amazed with the results. My skin looks much better using the product and I have the photographic “before and after” to prove it. I would urge people to ignore this review (the reviewer may have “Pharm D.” after his name but it doesn’t automatically mean “reliable”) and see for yourself.


Julie April 14, 2013 at 10:05 am

Hi guys, my friend has just joined Arbonne and gave me her sample. It seems a good product and so far has worked. I wouldnt join a mlm company as to be honest a good old day job pays better. though i like the product the price is too high to maintain when i suppose i could just buy similar products from say asda using the 5 step system but with different products. im on the fence because although the product worked for me i have to really step back and say if anyone washed their faces intensively and applied toner and a decent night repair cream every day the majority would see and improvement the only difference would be the cost. My advise would be try my option and use the money you would have spent joining or buying products to pay the debt most people join in aim to clear.


Rita April 16, 2013 at 12:46 am

Is there any truth to the “purging” phase I keep hearing about with acne skin care? i.e. you will break out then get better?


Jeanne April 17, 2013 at 9:03 am

I am going to a party for the company tonight
I am 44 and look 34- sometime mistaken for being in my
20′s- i have a 25 year old and people think he’s my husband lol
I have used nothing on my face – no secret potions
Or Lotions- just good old cover girl make up! Foundation, powder, blush, eye makeups – I also do not take it off at night w special removers- I can’t wait to ask the head seller to tell me my age
lol scams i stay out of the sun dont smoke and have
good genes


me April 23, 2013 at 11:37 pm

I soo so many of these idiots posting on defense on many pages.I think some of them are on payroll to try to cover up these forums.You guys are phuking pathetic. lol


Janie May 26, 2013 at 2:34 am

I’m on the same page with you… As a skin care professional I am constantly researching and perusing forums to keep up with the latest trends and hot topics of discussion. Anyways, I had a walk in brow wax client yesterday who just so happens to sell Arbonne- and needless to say she utilized every single second of our 20 minute interaction trying ever so desperately to promote her product as well as the glorious opportunity to be in the position to do the same. I’m already keen as to the tactics they employ, so in all fairness I really wasn’t the naive and eager audience she most likely assumed and/or hoped me to be. She did well though. She was passionate in her delivery, and recited her lines well, but thank goodness her eyes were closed because my facial expressions tend to read like an open book and i can only imagine the look on my face would have given her cause to never book another brow appt with me ever again. I actually stumbled onto the topic on accident by stating my personal dislike for MLMs (not all…just 99% of them) – and yet she didn’t even miss a beat in transitioning immediately to trying to pitch it to me. I tried to be as honest and forthcoming with her as possible about my stance on it all yet lone and behold I received a voicemail from her earlier today wherein she offered to take me out for coffee so we would have the opportunity to discuss what she does and all that Arbonne has to offer. She is a nice girl and I texted her back saying that I would look for an opening in my schedule – I just don’t have the heart to tell her that what she is trying to sell and make a career out of is nothing but crap in pretty packaging, and that I couldn’t be further from interested in trying to sell milk to a cow, but I know I need to find the right words to politely decline her offer so that I don’t waste her time or money.

And like one like minded poster already said- yes yes I already know what I’m going to get bac in response to this. All I can say is- take a deep breath and ignore your impulse to type a feverish rebuttal and inside divert your efforts to becoming adequately informed on the matter.

Sent from Jamie’s iPhone


Josh Hershner April 25, 2013 at 9:25 pm


Your article is a pathetic attempt to put down one of your competitors. Not very professional and makes you look like an ass once you have MANY people defending Arbonne.

You won’t see Arbonne bad mouthing your company products as a scam. Its because they don’t have to trash competitors to try and gain an advantage. Exact reason why your article should be thrown in the trash.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. April 26, 2013 at 1:59 pm


Do you dispute what I wrote about in the article? If so, I am open to a discussion.



Josh April 28, 2013 at 9:25 pm


Absolutely i dispute what you said in the article. Your article is bogus because you are associating high price with the word SCAM which is completely misleading to the people gullible enough to agree with you just because you are a Pharmacist. Is Mercedes a SCAM because their cars are priced much higher than others? What about BMW? Well according to you high price = scam. To you high price does not equal quality.

So lets get this straight if your products are priced higher than your competitors then your products must be a SCAM. Right? Because that is exactly what you are saying and that is the angle your article is taking.

Your article completely lacks validity because you have never interviewed/spoke with every person that has had a positive outcome using the RE9 products regardless of the “active ingredients”.

Like I said before its a poor attempt to trash a competitor, makes you look silly and most people will look right through that BS. Through my eyes it also gives you much less credibility as a skin care professional.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. April 29, 2013 at 10:26 am


Your summary of the article is incorrect. My analysis has everything to do with action ingredients. There are many high priced products that aren’t scams. When you look critically at the ingredient list and find action ingredients listed only at the bottom, it gives reason to be skeptical. This is especially true when the product is expensive.



Janie May 26, 2013 at 2:45 am

You are the one that’s misinformed. The review simply divulged what’s readily visible on the ingredient label. It’s not opinion. It’s fact. I appreciate your passionate response, but the fact that it’s based on a lack of knowledge of the topic at hand renders it a complete waste of space on this forum.


Terra May 1, 2013 at 9:41 am

Honestly, I am really conflicted. I consider myself to be a pretty informed consumer and not taken in easily by fancy packaging and hype. I often go to the cosmetics cop website to see if products are legit. I went to an Arbonne party recently. Maybe it was the Sangria? but I bought the whole Re9 kit. I was totally having buyers remorse and feeling like, Oh sh!t, I just got dupped. When the package arrived I decided to get committed to it due to the investment I made. So far so good, no adverse affects. Skin feels pretty good. However, I am not sure if it is solely the product or the fact that I am now following a pretty strict regime every morning and night with this stuff.
I can’t say that it has changed my life, but I am not disappointed with it either. Pricing is definitely an issue though.


Suzanne Edwards May 10, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Just find it hilarious that you offer to send a sample of anti-aging product upon request after to put this one down…… you are insulting my intelligence


Kim May 14, 2013 at 11:11 am

I used Arbonne products, and they literally burned my skin. I didn’t really have skin problems before using them, but I decided to give them a try to help out a friend. Now I have poured hundreds of dollars into seeing a dermatologist, and my skin is still not back to normal. Thanks Arbonne. Beware, and stay far far away from this company.


Amy May 17, 2013 at 5:12 pm

I was given the RE9 products to try. After using it for two days, I have had an allergic reaction. I’m worried that my left eye is going to close shut. I’m going to ask the consultant who asked me to try this product to give me a list of every single ingredient in the products. My face is red and itchy and like I said, my eyes are swollen. I’m not a very happy person at this moment.


echo June 13, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Amy did you end up seeking medical attention? Odd that just your left eye had almost swollen shut and not both. I hope everything worked out alright for you.


Christina May 18, 2013 at 12:25 pm

It is interesting to read these comments. I had a reaction initially when I used the RE9 which was given to me as a gift. However I persisted as recommended. It took approximatly 2 weeks before my skin stopped reacting. I then couldn’t stop feeling my skin.. I am 54. And I have used a fair few products in my life. I can honestly say I am so glad I persevered. I became so impressed with the products, I looked at the business.. MLM in UK is not as common as in US.. My daughter was impressed with the products and the business and joined them . I joined two months later. I have never looked back. I have just come back from the Vegas GTC.. Peter Matravers.. Wow… What a brilliant forward looking company.. 14,000 of us. Arbonne grow their people and it is very family orientated. And the new products just get better. As for the sensitive skin issue.. Arbonne have just brought out a range called Calm.. So hey ho.. We are trying to please everyone and we the consultants drive the market and consult as to what we require and need.. Arbonne are coming up with all the answers.. So when researching.. Always research the positive. Arbonne is driven by the people who use the products.


Sasha May 31, 2013 at 7:39 am

I don’t sell Arbonne, but I use it. Arbonne’s anti-acne range is the only thing that has come even close to fixing the acne I’ve had since I was 10. I’m now 29 and am enjoying clear skin for the first time.

This site has been set up for you to sell your own products which target the same sector of the market as Arbonne. This automatically decreases your objectivity and reliability. I am inclined not to believe you at all.

What would serve you better, if you have a point to make, is to post a comparison between your products that you want to sell and Arbonne, or any other competitor.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. June 7, 2013 at 3:20 pm


I’m glad you are seeing results with your current skin care regimen.

Thank you for the advice but do you take exception with the content of the article?



Diana June 6, 2013 at 6:26 pm

I’m a little disappointed to see the bashing back and forth. I personally needed something for my breakouts. I was using proactive and it was working fine. My concern with using certain products was the chemicals in them and how they can affect me or my family in the future. A friend introduced me to the treatment Arbonne had for acne and it really didn’t work for me. I almost felt like I was breaking out more. However, my pores were getting smaller and my skin had a glow to it which I thought was odd considering I was still breaking out. Then I was told to get the vitamin that they sell with the set so I did. That worked. I guess I was using it “Wrong” lol. Once everything cleared up I decided I wanted the lines between my eyebrows and my frown lines to minimize. I got the RE9 set and started using that. It did irritate my eyes for about a week and then it stopped. After the second week my lines were almost completely gone after looking at the before and after picture. Funny thing is the line on my neck was gone too and I wasn’t even focused on that.
I told some friends about it and I bought a jar of firming cream and gave it to a friend that couldn’t get rid of some stretch marks after having 3 kids. She met me for lunch on the 3rd day and had tears in her eyes. She said she could see her belly button again.
Not every product is the same and not everything will work for everyone. I use the product because I don’t want all the chemicals that other products have in them. Could other products work better? Maybe? But I don’t want chemicals that give me a higher chance of getting cancer or something else. And what’s so wrong with the fact that people believe in the product and sell it? So…they have scripts. So does every other company that’s not an MLM company. I am a Kitchen and Bath Designer for a large company and I even have a script. So what if the company gives “HOPE” to people who sell the product. I would think that those people love what they do when they wake up in the morning. If they have seen the results and believe in it then so be it.
Your product may be great however, there is no need to bash another company. If I bashed another firm or other Kitchen and Bath Designers it would make me look like I had something to hide or that other Designer is better than me so I’m going to do everything to discredit them. The first thing I ever learned in the Sales World…no matter what you are selling…a Home Remodel or Skin Care….NEVER BASH THE COMPETITION. It makes you look bad. Just a thought!

Good luck everyone!


Tim June 6, 2013 at 6:36 pm

I don’t know if this stuff is a scam or not but you’re a pharmacist, someone who makes their living selling chemicals to people, criticizing a product who’s #1 selling point is that there are no chemicals. One has to assume you’re using the same spin as any advertiser.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. June 7, 2013 at 3:15 pm


Don’t drink the Koolaid. There is not a skin care product ever made without “chemicals”.

It’s a great marketing device but hardly accurate or scientific.



Janie June 10, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Thank you Rick! As simple as your comment was, it sheds much needed light on a very important issue. Chemicals. Arbonne products are not free of chemicals people! Like Rick said, there isn’t a single product on the cosmeceutical market completely devoid of chemicals or chemical manufacturing. Lets looks at the definition of “chemical”

1. A substance with a distinct molecular composition that is produced by or used in a chemical process.

The important thing is to understand the difference between the good/beneficial chemicals and the bad/toxic chemicals. Not all chemicals are bad. Just think of what the word “chemical” is derived from- chemistry. Without chemistry, cosmeceutical products wouldn’t, couldn’t exist. It’s the process of binding and fusing certain ingredients together that allows us to have stabilized mixtures of otherwise unstable substances. (The majority of Skincare ingredients are brown, green, black, etc and have a putrid smell- how do you think manufacturers get then the white/yellowish, pleasantly smelling state that you’re accustomed to buying them in? It’s not possible without some form of chemically derived intervention!)

With that said, I am an advocate for safety in cosmetics- if you’re at all interested you can look the website up and join the movement in trying to spread awareness about the safety (and often, lack there of) in our cosmetics industry.

Ive come to acknowledge (yet im still trying to learn to “accept”) that trying to further consumers’ awareness of product knowledge (ie. ingredient knowledge) via contributing to forums as volatile as this one is more often than not a complete waste of my time, but I can’t help but feel the need to try! Lol!


Janie June 10, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Another point I must get off my chest- why is it that not a single person on here as yet to even try to attempt to dispute the “factual information” that’s been shared? Am I wasting my breath? I personally haven’t stood up for or bashed anything. I’ve tried to provide information with an intention to “educate”. I strongly urge people to revisit my posts. I’m interested in seeing what those who do have to say. How can you ignore the facts? It’s mind boggling to me how so many people can chose to remain completely ignorant… It’s almost as though you’d prefer to stay naive and ever so Inadequately informed.


echo June 13, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Rick im finding your products just as expensive if not more than arbonne. Just using arbonne as an example because this is the product you are stating is a scam. Interesting that there is no mention of your product. Where are the people who have tried your products that have compared them with arbonne?
Janie your very factual, so what product do you use and recomend?

I am a nurse who have tried arbonne recently and loving it :)
My son has eczema and it seems to be working well for him too.


echo June 13, 2013 at 10:14 pm

I also really liked the vegan approached to the arbonne. And no I don’t sell the product.


Susan Blade June 14, 2013 at 7:35 pm

I agree! Arbonne is a scam and the ONLY good reviews are from sellers of the product! I used the range for over 6 months to give it a good go but my wrinkles were a lot worse and age spots appeared plus the overall look of my skin was much older! Thank goodness I have a fabulous skin care range to fall back on which actually works! If your thinking why try something new, well I fell into the trap of a good sales person until I learnt how to read the ingredient list and know what scientifically works! I love snap 8 and argeraline plus a host of other ingredients in a high concentration per volume! Arbonne is a total waste of money and does do damage to your skin!
I believed the hype and hope others don’t fall for the gimmick! IT doesn’t work and because the active ingredients are minimal it’s a total rip off!


Marie June 14, 2013 at 7:52 pm

I just hosted an Arbonne party, as a favor for my good friend. It took her fifteen minutes to locate any ingredient labels available online. And the ingredients are far from all natural. I expected this because I researched the company before the party started and felt bad so I bought their 5 in 1 massage oil because nothing else passed my standards….still not feeling confident in my purchase.


Heather June 15, 2013 at 1:42 am

I read this blog and thread last night and woke up still thinking about it. Somrthing about the logic of the argument presented here was itching my brain. I’m a veteran consumer of Arbonne products, seven years and counting. I have had 2 friends over the years experience mild allergic reactions to some of the stronger RE9 products, but I’ve also witnessed a friend’s rosacea flare-up disappear practically overnight when I gave her my FC5 products to borrow. In fact, it was that incident 6 weeks ago that led me to finally decide to become a consultant (full disclosure so no one accuses me of hiding anything).

All that said, some of the things mentioned by Rick and the aesthetician defending him really were getting to me. Was I just imaging my own personal results with the product? I don’t think so. How many people do you know can go from severe adult onset acne to wearing nothing but mineral powder makeup in her wedding photos with full confidence (again, me) in less than 2 years? Those were results directly linked to my skin care regime.

So here’s what occurred to me. Just because the ingredient is 28th on the list does not necessarily indicate that the AMOUNT of that ingredient included isn’t enough to be effective. Follow my logic there? MORE does not always = MORE. I could be wrong, and as someone who wants to make educated decisions about the products I put on and in my body, I will continue my own research. But I would love to see any actual studies that indicate at which level an ingredient in one of these products becomes effective in performing as advertised.

Just my two cents. Thanks for the food for thought and I hope everyone can find the answers they’re looking for and the angry ppl can find some peace.


Kim September 30, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I am not an expert on ingredients, nor do I know much about them. However, this whole page got me thinking and doing my own research. Whats the difference between ACTIVE ingredients, and FILLER ingredients? I have been looking at several different skincare stuff on the internet and doing my own research based on active ingredients. Many skincare stuff has 1 or 2 active ingredients and then a bunch of filler ingredients at the bottom. After a little bit more research I read about how ingredients and chemicals work together. Many labels say ACTIVE INGREDIENT .05 % but is then not listed in the “other” ingredient list. Honestly, this does not give us a valid argument for how far down the list it places that particular ingredient. I have looked at this Arbonne stuff and tried to do a comparison on my own terms. While looking at the ingredient list for several of their products I have seen many differences, it looks like there is no initial “active” ingredient. I was looking into the science that went into Arbonne products and the science that went into other products. In my research, Arbonne does not rely on any one particular ingredient, it relies on the chemistry of all the ingredients. Each ingredient seems to have just the right volume to react with the other ingredients in just the right way, therefore it kind of makes all their ingredients are “active” and not just one. With all products (not just arbonne) the first ingredient on the list usually has the highest volume, but that doesn’t usually mean you need that much of that ingredient. I was looking at posts from skincare experts on the subject of “volume in ingredients” these were companies and people not associated with arbonne. The experts were explaining that when you have too much of some ingredients your skin gets an overload and cannot absorb it properly, so the volume in products should be based on the perfect amount your skin needs to absorb it properly. Companies will fill a product with a lot of one ingredient because it is proven to work, and people view that as awesome because it is twice as likely to work now that there is more. Often times these ingredients are also cheaper so they can add more. The company here in question (Arbonne) is being trashed because of the quantity of the specific ingredient. Quantity is not quality. I personally cannot say whether Arbonne is a scam or not, but it looks like the money spent on their products is being put into the proper research to make sure your skin absorbs the right amount of each ingredient. If you use too much of any product, your skin gets an overload and will then reject all of the minerals and nutrients, while retaining the stuff that’s not doing anything to your skin. Its like cooking, when you add just the right mixture of ingredients but then add a ton of water, you dilute the ingredients and the food cannot absorb it all. So before you say anything about active ingredients and quantity, think about the chemistry behind it and how the other ingredients work with the active one to make it work right or let your skin absorb it in the right way.


Janie June 19, 2013 at 12:31 pm

One of my favorite resources is the site truthinaging.com. It originated as a small blog written by a scientist in the UK but has since expanded into a beauty forum/online store with product reviews. She does a great job at explaining formulations from a scientific standpoint. She also has a glossary of ingredients so you can learn a lot about what ingredients do, which to avoid, etc.

As far as products I would recommend? I would say if you’re looking for a retinol treatment specifically, your best option is to get a prescription for Retin-A. It’s proven to be effective in treating both acne and aging concerns. Other lines I like: Arcona, Dermalogica, Control Correctives (just to name a few) :)


Elisa July 9, 2013 at 4:19 pm

I really enjoyed the citrusy scent of Arbonne products since I came across an Arbonne booth at a street fair last month, so I decided to try out the line. I would urge anyone who is interested in these products to buy them on ebay, where lots of Arbonne consultants who “front-loaded” (i.e. bought $2500+ of products to become Regional Managers or whatever they call it) the stuff end up selling it for dirt cheap. (Actually, the woman who sold me my kit confessed that she’d bought 10+ kits to qualify for a bonus).

So a couple of weeks ago I bought an RE9 set for 60% off retail and tried it out. It’s okay, slightly greasy but still, it felt nice enough on my skin. A week later, my face is starting to break out. Obviously I’ll have to use it more sparingly. So while the wash and toner seem ok, it’s nothing special and certainly not superior to something I can buy at a drugstore for far cheaper. I also definitely second Janie’s comment about Retinol — far more effective, and without the hassle of dealing with MLM consultants who push their company on you.

I also find it a bit creepy how so many defensive comments on internet forums come from Arbonne consultants. They pop up like gophers on any site where someone makes a neutral or negative review of Arbonne. It’s weird and cultish behaviour – I wish they’d chill out. Everyone’s skin is different. I wish I’d have loved Arbonne, since the packaging is pretty and it smells so nice. But I’m in the “meh” category.


Seth July 26, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I’m a contractor, I definitely don’t sell Arbonne. However, I do know what the company is about and I like it. I have seen a transformation in several women I know, as they started to use the products. Not only did I see a difference in their hair and skin especially, but They were excited about the products. Some of them are making money at it and love what they are doing. Really, that is all I need to see. It makes women beautiful; healthier, happier and even excited. I think I speak for most men when I say, “we like that.” If a skin product doesn’t’ work for you take a look at what you are putting in your body. This is where to start.
I don’t know how anyone can take Rick seriously. You’re credibility is shot if you sell a competing product. I would imagine that since you are in to pharmaceuticals then your products are probably packed full of pharmaceuticals or “active ingredients.” come to think of it, you don’t sell a competing product. Arbonne represents a clean lifestyle.
MLM makes perfect sense to me as a business owner myself. I see sickening amount of money spent on advertising. I own a very small company employing only 3-4 people and I’m budgeted to spend/invest $25,000 on marketing this year. I would much rather put that money into the hands of my peers and clients for doing word of mouth advertising for me. So shame on you for downing someone who is trying to do this. You should support your friend for trying to better themselves. applaud them as they get excited about an new career. For my company, a marketed lead costs us $400 to $500. as you can see, I could pay someone $100 for bringing one new client to my door and be absolutely thrilled. The earning potential with this is unlimited. huh, maybe I should sell this stuff
Rick maybe you should come up with an intricate MLM plan and see how your product does. Arbonne has been around for 33 years and it has a huge following. Not only that but I have personally seen it change peoples lives. Giving them an avenue to make money and for some it has made them rich. I would give you and your products respect if you could show me that. As a business owner I am nothing but impressed with Arbonne. It is an outstanding company meaning it stands out from any MLM company I’ve seen.


Talia August 2, 2013 at 6:37 pm

I have been using the Arbonne Serum and day cream for the last 5 weeks, I paid $155 for both and can confidently say its a total rip off! I’ve had better looking skin when using a $20 Oil of Ulan product!
After 5 weeks of using Arbonne my skin feels and looks dry and I have more wrinkles on my forehead and around my eyes than ever before.
I’m going back to Strivectin and the Arbonne is going in the bin.
So disappointed as I dislike being ripped off.
Stay away from Arbonne.


Kristina October 10, 2013 at 8:46 am

45 daymoney back guarantee. So if it’s a rip-off, it’s because you chose not to return the product. Arbonne works for many, many people. Just not for everyone. I have a client (yes, I am a rep) who switched from Olay Regenerist, which she liked, because after trying Arbonne for 1 week, she saw faster, better results. So – it’s not for everyone, but they give you more than 30 days to try the product risk free. And a good consultant will offer you a FREE TRIAL before you ever spend a dime!


Chris August 20, 2013 at 1:06 am

A friend recently started using and selling Arbonne and has been trying extremely hard to get me on board. After using samples, my face broke out quickly and worse than it has in years. When I told my friend and the girls who got her into this, they gave me several explanations why it didn’t help my skin. Perhaps the product is not penetrating my skin enough, they said. My skin needs several weeks or longer to get used to it, they said. I found it very interesting that you found that the active ingredients were so far down on the list, because these girls also insisted up and down that the biggest reason my face probably broke out was because I probably used too much of the products (No, I did not), and the active ingredients are too potent to use in excess amounts. Also interesting (and not sure if addressed above) is that I could not actually find an ingredient list of any products. They gave me a weird explanation as to why and said a consultant could email me a list of the products I liked. I found the whole experience strange and am trying to dodge my friend as she continues to hound me because the product is vegan and healthy, so.she says….


Kristina October 10, 2013 at 8:44 am

The ingredient list is on each box of each product as well as inthe catalog.


Cynthia Nguyen August 25, 2013 at 10:54 am

Omg. I had such a horrible experience with arbonne. Apparently on one of the products I used from arbonne: firming body cream. This is used for only stretch marks. I was too young to use. I am 17, clearly didn’t need it. I used it on my face and lips and now my skin tissue is bulky and fat which I “assume” is from the filling of collagen and elastin. My bloated skin tissue is plump. I think the ingredients helped stimulate collagen (botanical extracts, vitamin C, peptide). I used it for about three weeks. Will this go away? My plump tissue concerns me. I need answers from any arbonne experts or consultants


Kadee September 30, 2013 at 6:08 pm

The firming body cream is not for the face, that is what the instant face lift is for. You are getting results but unfortunately not in the right place. Your consultant should have explained that to you. NEVER use the firming BODY cream on your face. Hopefully it clears up for you.


Samantha Maline December 18, 2013 at 8:20 pm

No no no. You’re not getting “results”. You’re experiencing inflammation. Discontinue use and it will go away. Results like this come from erythema, swelling of the skin due to inflammation.

I swear, the ridiculousness of the misinformation out there and people actually encouraging it is astounding.


Lena August 31, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Arbonne smoothing facial cleanser irritated and made my face break out in under 2 weeks. It was the only new product that I had added to my skin care so had to be the source of the breakouts. It was explained to me that the Arbonne cleanser was pulling out the toxins in my skin and I should stick with it and it would calm down especially if I have been using products that clog my skin and happens to about 5% of people. I use Dermalogica cleanser, Vichy, Kiehl’s and Neostrata products all proven and top rated lines and never had issues with breakouts from using them. I tried Arbonne because a friend became a rep and invited me to a party and I was out of the Dermalogica cleanser. When I went to an esthetician to help clear up the breakouts and talked about the products I used she said she had other clients that had the same problem with Arbonne.


Kristina October 10, 2013 at 8:42 am

I’m sorry you had that reaction and I hope you returned the product. I will hazard a guess that you have some sort of allergy or sensitivity to the ingedients. That can happen to anyone using any product. Irritiation and breakouts are NOT an indication that a skincare product is working properly. It is an indication that your body is rejecting the product and you should stop using it! It’s too bad that your consultant had her wallet and not your interests in mind. BTW, my esthetician recommends Arbonne. So – although it isn’t the right product for you, it is still a good product. Yes, I am a rep. And although I love Arbonne, I don’t believe it is the holy grail!


Carla September 3, 2013 at 4:17 am

They have a 45 day money back guarantee. I love the re9 line. Didn’t like something else and returned it with no questions asked. I shopped at stores for skin care before and spent a lot of money trusting what the cosmetic counter lady said. That was the biggest waste cause once the bottle was open and I was not satisfied then I was stuck. I would rather take my chances if there is the option of getting money back.


Deeana September 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm

that’s a lot of information to digest……
Can I contribute my two cents? As a recovering Arbonne consultant, I’d like to say that, for the most part, theirs products are fine and do what they claim to do and contain what they claim to contain…..
The problem is, there are some 15 thousand consultants out there selling products they know nothing about. They are simply selling what THEY have been sold. I signed up to sell it to get the discount. Period. End of story. After I did not sell a thing, my discount was taken away and now I’m just a customer.
I started buying Arbonnes self-tanner….because it is gluten free. I’m extremely gluten intolerant and have a thyroid that doesn’t work. So, I have to be very very careful what I consume or touch or apply….simple as that. I found the self-tanner while browsing the internet without knowing I was buying from an MLM company. But, I liked the product and when my sales person reached out over the phone and asked if I’d like to see the rest of their gluten free products, I was happy to meet up with her.
My sales person is a drop dead stunning woman. At 50, she could pass for late 20s with the skin and body of a beauty pageant winner. And, after she convinced me that she owed it all to Arbonne and if I used what she uses and eat what she eats (Arbonne Protein shakes and about a zillion supplements, lotions and enzymes), I’d look and feel just like her. eh…she caught me in a vulnerable moment and I believed her. Eight hundred bucks later, I had enough Arbonne products to last a lifetime. But, I could get it for SO much less if I signed up to be a consultant….yadayadayada….. anyway….. fast forward to the reason I’m here, at this website……
I have now used Arbonne products for 1 and 1/2 years…. no longer a “consultant”, but still using. I use most everything from the make-up, the eye lash grower, the lotions….to the digestive enzymes and the newest product…Genius. During the two+ years I’ve used Arbonne, I’ve had very negative reactions to three products….. when I inquired about what would have caused the reactions…the responses (from my upline, all the way to the very top) was always the same…. “No one has EVER had that reaction before. You are just ultra sensitive”. Maybe…. but I want a better response than that. What exactly is IN this stuff that I need to put on my “don’t touch” list. They are very good to tell me what ISN’T in them and that they are made with natural, non dairy, not gluten, non soy…and very good to tout that they are botanical, organic…blah blah blah….but beyond that, they have no clue what’s in these products. They are not physicians or chemists or nutritionists. They are SALES people. The end consumer is left to their own devices to figure out what it is that is bad if/when it goes bad.
Well, the “bad” happened to my husband last weekend…..he tried one of the protein shakes that I had stopped using (more on that later) One shake for two days….third day put him on the toilet and I didn’t see much of him for the next several days. “nuff said? When I asked my sales person what could have been the cause? You guessed her answer. “I’ve never heard of anything like that…maybe he’s just ultra sensitive”. okay…I get it… canned answer for everything…..
My grief lies in the fact that it’s nearly impossible to find unbiased information on these products when in fact, one DOES have a reaction to something. And, if you are looking for alternative products..every “unbiased” compare and contrast matrix out there in the internet universe ends up in a debate between one MLM company and the other.
one more thing…than I’ll stop….. after about a year 1/2 of me consuming the Arbonne shakes and not looking ANYTHING like my sales person….. in fact, gaining weight, losing hair, having worse skin…..
I did end up taking a bag full of Arbonne products to a highly educated and knowledgable nutritionist, that also happens to be an MD and studied with some very well known published doctors….to sample and look thru some of the labels…keep in mind I am HIS PATIENT…he has my best interests in mind….not his wallet…..I pay him for knowledge, not products he sells
Sorry to say but he threw several products in the garbage… for a thyroid patient such as me, the protein shakes and bars I had been eating for 1 1/2 years were causing more harm than good…He also had a chuckle about how much of the labels are worded….
All this to say….Arbonne sales people are sales people. Mine is a good one…a high standing one with the car, the necklaces, the trips….but did she know I should steer clear of packaged protein? Even ones that don’t have gluten or soy? No… How could she know? She’s not trained to know. She’s trained to sell products and recruit, as all MLMs are trained to do. But Arbonne isn’t selling toys, or crystal or sharp knives….they are selling products that people eat….that cause illness in some cases and quite frankly, I believe they should know better how to answer a person in pain, or on the toilet, or with severe acne…better than….”that’s never happened before…you must be ultra sensitive….”


Antonia January 4, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Thank you!!! Arbonne “consultants” are salespeople -simple.


Dougina September 13, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I just wanted to say that I had severe rosacea and Arbonne was the only line that made a difference. Not everyone can use all products but those that can use Arbonne see amazing results. I wish I had of taken a before picture. I have checked out the full catalogue on line and all ingredients are listed in the back. I have done my research and now have purchased more of the line. They are not trying to hide anything. Just do your research and form your own opinion no matter what skin care line you choose. They do have a 45 day return policy which is why I tried it. No risk. I would never try anything new without a good return policy anyway.


Christina September 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm

I have been using Arbonne products for two years. I am 54 and I am now a full time consultant. I chose to do this business purely because the products are very good and do what they say. But what has blown my mind is the companies integrity. It has been in the UK a little over 5 years now.. And I have just returned from our From our Birmingham conference. I do hope that you are successful with your own products. I can only say I am truly happy with the decision I made and am very happy to share my knowledge as it grows. Superb training. Some great new breakthrough leading products and getting better all the time, because they do listen.


Pratum Reiss September 21, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Very useful articles, information and products, will definitely come back to check regularly the new articles and products


marci September 23, 2013 at 4:33 pm

So, let me see..you are promoting your skin care by putting down another one? Not that smart.
Perhaps you would benefit from learning how to do marketing for your products without putting down the competition. that would give you more credibility. at least in my books.
oh and BTW, I am not with Arbonne or anything. I am currently using Rodan and Fields for the dark spots and results were in within 4 days and continue. no, I do not sell R&F either, i am using it after getting it as a gift for my dark spots and sun damage.
good luck in your ventures.


Stephanie H September 24, 2013 at 8:32 am

Hi, I bought several of the RE9 products by Arbonne: smoothing facial cleanser, restorative day creme, intensive renewal serum, and the regenerating toner. After 3 weeks, I have big itchy pimples mostly on the lower half of my face and jawline, with several on my neck. My skin was flawless, but dry and now I have acne that looks as though I have a disease. Ugh!


Kristina October 10, 2013 at 8:33 am

I would back off and use only the cleaner and the night creme and see what happens. The serum can be strong on sensitive skin, and it also sounds as though you may have an allergy. Return the product. 45 day money back guarantee.


Teri September 29, 2013 at 12:14 am

I use the products, love the products and so do many of my friends. They do what they promise. I am 53 and look 39 thanks to Arbonne.


Kristina October 10, 2013 at 8:31 am

I am an Arbonne rep. I became one because of the results I experienced using the RE9 set (even better now combined with their new Genuis product). But it isn’t for everyone. I have friends who have tried it and seen dramatic positive changes, friends who have seen no changes, and friends who use it piecemeal with other products they also like. What is great about Arbonne is that the products are made safely and with integrity, and nothing is offered to the public without successful independent lab clinical trials. Arbonne isn’t perfect and it isn’t the fountain of youth. But it is remarkable and it is a very good value. I have used other lines…before finding Arbonne. I used some happily for years. I just found Arbonne to work better. I hate to see people in business bash eachother. It ruins the credibility of all involved.


Kate October 19, 2013 at 6:36 am

I love arbonne line for antiaging! I’ve had problem skin since I was 12. My mom took me to the dermatologist for years. I tried tons of different prescriptions, department store brands, drug store brands, face washes you had to ask for behind the counter at the pharmacy. It was so frustrating that nothing ever truly resolved my trouble skin. I even destroyed my high school pics. Ugh. Accutane didn’t even truly resolve it but I can only wonder what it did to my liver. So being 30 something, still dealing with acne and then wrinkles on top of that…very depressing. So I got the nerve to ask a friend what she used becUse her skin was so healthy and she always just looked great. But we had the same skin type. She told me about arbonne. She didn’t sell it but an old friend of hers from college did. So I trusted her.nher skin looked amazing. I didn’t even sample it. I was so desperate for help. I got it right away and for once, my skin felt different the next day. Literally the next day I was like this feels different. It cleard up my acne and got a handle on my wrinkles. So I’ve been using this line for 6 years now and am really happy. It has balanced my skin like nothing ever did. My scars are significantly faded and My skin actually looks great now. I don’t care what’s in it! I just know it works! I googled arbonne genius -their new product and found this review. It just doesn’t add up that you’d put such a harsh review of arbonne up to make your product appear superior. That’s what bullies do…put down others and beat their own chest when they’re really not all that.


Melissa October 28, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Rick, you really should not put down other skincare companies until you try the products for yourself. I know for a fact that Arbonne products transform the skin as I am the perfect example. I have tried everything on the market and Arbonne is the only regime that works for me and many of my friends and family. It’s only natural that you are going to try and turn consumers to your skincare. Your method in doing so though could very well turn people off even trying your product. For any ladies out there unsure, all I know is that the formulation and amazing Vitasphere technology in Arbonne is next to none and is Super amazing in making you look younger.. ….. so much actually that I have landed myself a partner 11 years my junior and people think we are the same age :-) I am not changing my skincare regime! They also offer 45 days $ back guarantee so if it doesn’t work send it back.


Lynn October 30, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Retinyl Palmitate is illegal in Canada in higher doses because it can become highly toxic. Arbonne’s Dr. Peter is working on removing it from our products. And you’re telling us to use MORE? No way.
Source: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/705545/RETINYL_PALMITATE_%28VITAMIN_A_PALMITATE%29/#


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. October 31, 2013 at 2:58 pm


I think you are getting confused with the different retinoids and how they should be used.



Simon November 14, 2013 at 11:01 am

Did anyone note the advertising for alternative skincare products on this page?

I think that says it all…


Jess November 15, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Hi Rick,
It seems I use different Arbonne products from others that have posted (and I do not sell it) so I thought I could add a different perspective.
I am 7 months pregnant, and wanted to find a line I was comfortable with ingesting or putting on my skin. The products are not 100% botanical, but my consultant never told me they were. She said they are the best of nature and science. So the idea that the ‘active’ scientific ingredient is number 28 in the list seems in line with that.
They let me sample the products for 4 days before I made any decision on what I wanted – if anything!
Over the last 6 months I have started to use different products:
- herbal tea and vanilla protein mix (made with stevia, not aspartame etc)
- toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner (no more psoriasis!! woohoo!!!), and the aromatherapy scrub. My husband says I have never felt smoother :) .
- calm line – I am 33 but I don’t think I need anti-aging just yet, and I get tons of compliments
For me these products have been great, and I can’t wait to get the baby line when my little one arrives.
Hope everyone finds what works best for them! It truly makes a difference (especially when you get rid of previous skin conditions).


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. November 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Hi Jess,

Thank you for posting your experience. When I wrote “active”, I was referring to any ingredient (most are natural) which are proven to reverse signs of aging. I do appreciate your honest and sincere comment.



Nilu December 7, 2013 at 8:45 am

I am no consultant of Arbonne, but I have tried using the products because I had no luck with anything else and was not seeing results. I was always getting pimples so I became frustrated with everything. I didn’t want to try Arbonne because I thought it was a scam, but I said to myself what am I losing from trying? they have an amazing return policy and the consultants were very knowledgable, more helpful from my doctors, or people you purchase at the mall. So I gave it a try thinking well i am just gonna return it back whatever. So I bought it tested it out, i didn’t want to believe it was working for me, i did before photos and after…everyday i said i didn’t want to believe it was working. After 3 weeks passed by I was blown away with my skin….just the fact that i wasnt even breaking out…my skin never looked so healthy. If you can spend so much money on alcohol and dresses and gowns etc….skin care is nothing with regards to price when you get the discount. I am very frugal when it comes to products and purchasing things, but when you see results and you get the discounts….you are paying less money for quality…quality that you will never get else where….quality that will show you results!! I am happy that i was open minded to atleast try…give it a chance…and i think in life thats how it should be. If you close all your doors…you will miss out on something that is worth more than anything else…


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. December 11, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Thank you for your thoughtful and sincere comment.

I’m glad you are satisfied with the results.



Samantha Maline December 18, 2013 at 9:04 pm

I’m seeing a very interesting shift occurring in the skin care industry in relation to these blogs and comments. The internet has taken much of the marketing away from retail, word of mouth, and direct sales. Now, if you want to market yourself, just go get into arguments online challenging credible sources with misinformation and made-up conclusions.

Sometimes being a part of this industry is frustrating. I am an Esthetician like other commenters here. As an Esthetician I look to doctors and scientists and even (gasp!) pharmacists to provide higher levels of education and experience that I can use in my own practice. It seems that the “layman”, which includes many of these MLM reps, don’t understand the hierarchy going on here. If what the doctor, or scientist, or pharmacist tells you doesn’t jive with what your up line (this is a new term for me so forgive me if I miss use it) tells you, then let’s bash them until they tell the TRUTH!

Reality of skincare folks. There’s no brand or ingredient that works for everyone. What’s good for one is not right for another. Your skin, and in fact your whole body, is a unique chemistry to you alone. Scientists spend thousands of hours in labs researching them, doctors and pharmacists spend thousands of hours interpreting them, and estheticians spend thousands of hours administering them. You would be wise to listen to people who have dedicated their lives to understanding ingredients , skin, and the complex processes that occur between them.

There’s no “miracle cream”, there’s no “breakthrough”, there’s only the time-tested ingredients and our continual efforts to find a way to get them into your skin “better”. All companies are interested in separating you from your dollars, it’s just about whether or not they do it honestly. So many lines, especially MLMs, make the most preposterous claims, all the time! It’s up to you, as the consumer, to educate yourself. And if you can’t do that, then trust the people who do (scientists, doctors, pharmacists, estheticians).

It’s time that people understand that they can not take a training seminar in an MLM start up and suddenly become peers and critics of the professionals. You are not educated, you are not experienced, and it’s clear you don’t know what you’re talking about to anyone who does. And yes it does bother us because you’re hurting our livelihood. The average consumer does not know how to tell the difference between you and me (well maybe they can). And when their “consultant” steers them in the wrong direction for the hundredth time, it adds to their general distrust of the part of the skincare industry driven by sales. A part that is equal amounts important and off-putting. We need our clients to buy skincare, not to line our pockets, but rather to see results. If they’ve bought this and that from the latest and greatest with big promises that didn’t deliver, there’s a point where a consumer will throw in the towel.

Sometimes that happens before they meet me.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. January 6, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Very good comment, Samantha. The ingredients are more important than the marketing hype. No one has the “miracle cream” but there certainly are ingredients proven by the literature to improve signs of aging.




Erica January 9, 2014 at 8:06 pm

I have used Arbonne Swiss formulated products for years. They have been making great products for over 30 years. I have used for about 25 years. And before you ask NO I don’t sell it, just love it. No reason to bash other companies products very child like.


Laura January 24, 2014 at 10:17 am

Thank you ! My sentiments exactly!
Cynical use of a company name for personal gain.


Janine January 15, 2014 at 1:34 am

I just started using RE9 Advanced samples (the anti-aging one) after seeing my sister’s skin looking better then mine (she is 3 years older)- she’s the one who told me she was using the serum and night cream and where to get it. I don’t care if it’s a scam or not; the results speak volumes. If anyone’s really concerned, ask for free samples first, that’s what I’ve done. The results are fantastic (smooth like a baby)- so I googled the product to find out more and this article came up. I wonder if the writer has even tried using the products? As for me, I am about to actually purchase the face cleanser and serum, because the samples hooked me in. I look good now and that’s good enough for me!


Laura January 24, 2014 at 10:15 am

This is a shameless vehicle for self advertisement! Another cynical ploy to leverage income off the back and by damming another companies reputation! Your website like many other websites makes me tired. You truly have no shame!


Nicola February 1, 2014 at 1:27 am

Different products work for different people.

Negativity is a learned mindset that only people who have a lack of something in their lives tend to display.

Perhaps they feel jealous that others are doing well in the industry. Such a pity for you that your life is so dull that all you have to worry about is other people.



Natasha February 3, 2014 at 11:12 am

I am not an Arbonne consultant, not do I have any association with them. Just a customer, and I have had really nice results. The Genius has helped old acne scars after only a week, (and usually only every second night), and the serum(which is for sensitive skin, hence the attention to gentle moisturizers and emulsifiers, and less medicinal ingredients. The cleansers and moisturizers have saved my chronic dry skin, and really helped with hormonal breakouts. Just my two cents, but for me, it’s money well spent. I also use the diaper cream on my son when he has a rash(clears it within a day or so), and on the eczema on my hands, and I am really happy with that line too!!


Heather February 6, 2014 at 11:22 am

I read an interesting article by Dr. Peter Matraver’s where he talks about Arbonne using retinyl palminate at the levels mandated by the US FDA, Health Canada, and Eoropean Union. So maybe that is why it is so low on the ingredient list. He’s following the rules.


Angel February 9, 2014 at 5:58 pm

I was searching online for information regarding allergic issues that others may be having since I seem to be allergic to the products. My entire face and especially my eyes are swollen and itchy. I started off with the whole RE9 line along with the Intelligence Genius Nightly Resurfacing Pads. I scaled back to only the night time regime but still had the same results. I’m disappointed because I no longer will use any of the products. I myself will be going back to Dr. Perricone’s products that I purchased at Ulta which I had good results. It may seem strange but I had no issue with his products. I have no idea what could be so different between the two.


Jennifer March 15, 2014 at 8:12 pm

The only comments allowed are the negative… Not the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS that make up 34 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE!!


maureen March 4, 2014 at 6:52 am

I used Arbonne instant lift gel RE 9 and my face swelled up and is covered in red bumps.


Karen K March 6, 2014 at 2:21 pm

I became a consultant BECAUSE I saw results. Not all consultants can be lumped together, by saying that just because we are a consultant, we will give Arbonne a good reveiw. I actually tell guests at my spa parties about the few products that I DON’T like that Arbonne makes. (Don’t tell the company I said that!) ;)

Basically, every skin care product works different for everyone. Of course, Arbonne isn’t a miracle product. But for those it does work for, it really works. And that is why most Arbonne consultants became consultants. They became passionate about a product they found that finally works for them, and can’t hold back their passion for it. That was how I felt. And, I need to get out of debt, sooooo, rather than raving about prdoucts to my friends, and not getting paid for it….why not get paid for telling others about something that worked for me? I have before/after pictures of their Intelligence Genius product, and how much it decreased my rosacea/redness. I am super happy to finally have an almost normal face!

Going through the ingredients lists of many of our products, it seems the scientific ingredients are towards the bottom of the list. Not towards the top, as many people claim. The SeaSource Detox line is so good, that organic salons in the area are using it on their clients.

People can say what they want about Arbonne. As for me, even if I discontinue selling, I will never discontinue using. :)


Dianne March 6, 2014 at 5:03 pm

I wish you could see my face right now my neighbor gave me some RE9 samples and my face looks swollen and like I got the worst sunburn of my life. I have family pictures this Sunday and some people have said this will not go away for a couple of days and advice to make this go away quicker?


Jennifer March 15, 2014 at 8:10 pm

I HAVE BEEN USING the ENTIRE RE9 (anti aging) line for 9 years!! Including the SERUM, which all happens to be the BEST on the PLANET!!! I have tried thousands of products the last 4 DECADES and this is the FIRST line that I saw RESULTS WITHIN 3 DAYS!!! I am a LIFE LONG PRODUCT USER!!! Try it before you knock it!!!!


Patricia Appleby March 20, 2014 at 5:40 am

Hello, I disagree with your claim every product has some type of preservative and if you haven’t used the product I don’t believe you should be claiming it doesn’t work. I am an expert in skin and this product does work and it has given opportunity in this dismal economy to many women for a second income. Dr. Perricone’s skin products also have unfavorable review (see below)
New findings by the Cancer Prevention Coalition http://www.preventcancer.com, have brought Dr. Perricone skin care products into an unfavorable light. “Nanoparticles, less than 1/10,000 of a millimeter in size, readily penetrate skin, and can invade underlying blood vessels and produce body-wide toxic effects, including brain degenerative disorders, and nerve damage,” stresses CPC Chairman Dr. Samuel S.. Epstein, MD. Dr. Epstein is professor emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at the University of Illinois, at Chicago School of Public Health, and the author of Toxic Beauty, published by BenBella Books in 2009.”
I am not impressed with negativity and bashing of companies that do work and have changed people’s lives.


Heather March 21, 2014 at 8:23 am

First of all, Arbonne is plain and simple an MLM. I find all MLM’s to be predatory in nature, enticing people to join in as sellers, promising them a handsome living as they pressure all of their relatives, friends, neighbors and random strangers to buy the product so they can profit. I got stuck going to an Arbonne “party” recently, and I felt that it would be rude to the hostess if I didn’t buy something. Normally I wouldn’t care, but this person was someone my daughter works with and my kid was trying to make a good impression. Not only that, but we were the only ones who showed up, so having the hostess go through her whole spiel and then not buying something felt very awkward. Anyway, we got sucked into buying this crap and I am NOT impressed. Now my daughter and I are getting a bunch of calls and e-mails asking us to consider becoming consultants, too, and our firm “no thank you’s” are not being heeded. I frankly don’t like using my friends to make a profit from, and I think people who do ought to be ashamed of themselves. This stuff is WAY overpriced and it’s nothing special. I wish I had never gotten pressured into going to this “party” in the first place — it cost me a bundle and I’m not impressed with any of it.


Mike March 22, 2014 at 10:27 pm

You are a very smart man, because you got your blog post to rank high in Google search for “Arbonne” and most people won’t take the time to dig very deep. I just can’t take an article mindlessly titled “Arbonne…Scam” serious when it’s written by a competitor. Again, I applaud your effective marketing strategy…but kinda shady…


anne April 5, 2014 at 3:53 pm

If you have to resort to criticizing another company to sell your products, I am very sad for you. If your products are good, that is wonderful and they should stand on their own results. Not the criticism of others. Tsk. Tsk. Not everyone will be your customer and not everyone will be an Arbonne customer. There is no way to serve everyone. Just as no doctor or insurance company could serve EVERYONE who needs their service. A company should never have to criticize another to make their own products sound better. Wow, I am so thankful that this is what Arbonne consultants teach each other!


Anita Womack April 9, 2014 at 7:18 am

I am not affiliated with Arbonne or any other company. I was just a consumer who got suckered into buying this high priced stuff and wish I had never heard the name Arbonne. I bought several products and within 3 days of using it my face started breaking out. I call the girl whom I had bought from who tells me to continue using the products as she said it wa normal for my skin to break out because arbonne products are such high ended items that they were detoxing my skin of impurities. Really? I’m sorry but I have never had anything else break my face out like this and sure wasn’t going to keep using something that I paid a high price for. It took 2- 3 weeks for my face to clear up after stopping use of the stuff. Then it has been a nightmare trying to send the stuff back to get a refund even though there is a 45 money back guarantee for any reason that you don’t like the stuff. I even had to chase the girl down to get the proper paperwork, pack the stuff myself and pay for return shipping. Then to top it off, I am told I won’t get reimbursed a $20 fee I paid for preferred customer. Calling the 1-800-arbonne number is a joke also as I have went that route and was treated like a second class citizen. I will never buy from this company and I sure wont endorse the company. I know how customer service is supposed to go. I will not stop until I get someone to listen to me from arbonne or I will go higher than them.


J Collins April 9, 2014 at 8:52 am

Okay, let’s grow up.

Some people like and use Arbonne… Some don’t.

Some people like and use your product… Some don’t.

I like Arbonne, but I also like other products. I also dislike some products that my friend’s love.

I don’t agree with negativity towards a specific product, but I believe in positive recommendation. Don’t tell me about the products I don’t want to use, tell me about the products I DO want to use!

Regardless of what you think about MLM companies, it seems to be giving a lot of people a living. That has to work right? If it wasn’t paying their bills, I too would be sceptical.

Each to their own, positivity over everything and after all, if you find something doesn’t work, move on to the next thing. Don’t dwell on it, because we are ALL different.

I’m sure your products have loyal customers, and so does Arbonne so it seems. Just chill. It’s OK!


Stephanie May 23, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Yes thank you! Everyone has different skin types and have adapted to the toxic products they use day to day. The reality is that in America pretty much every cosmetic product we use on our face and body has toxic imgreidents such as parabens that have been deemed to cause cancer. arbonne was formulated in Switzerland which is “botanically based” but with no harmful imgreidents. Do research people, Europe has banned 1200 ingreidents considered toxic to the body while the us has banned only 10 out of that 1200. So I rather stick with arbonne considering that it was formulated in Europe, that being said I don’t trust any cosmetic product made in the us. That is the simple truth. Buying these products are not just for you to simply look young and beautiful but it is strictly to protect your body of harmful chemicals. I’m well aware that network marketing has been an unpleasant topic for the many Americans that have failed but just like any other business you must work hard. I hope that doesn’t alarm anyone, but in this company you have to work your tail off and success is not unlikely. You determine your failure. Whether the product worked for you or not it is the one of the few that follow strict European standards. Thank you.


Nigel April 25, 2014 at 10:30 am

Interesting read!

I do not work for Arbonne and I know nothing about skincare or chemistry.
I was invited to a friends ‘Business Launch’ this week. She did not give any details of what the business was, which made me think…
Turns out it was Arbonne. She has signed up as a ‘consultant’ and has invited her ‘friends’ to support her business launch. In fact, after the two hour presentation by her ‘Upline’ they were almost desperate to enroll us as ‘consultants’.
I could bore you with my opinions on this for hours, but I won’t.
My biggest concern is that the presentation never really went into the products! There was talk of pure and natural ingredients, Swiss formulated etc but no real detail and no testing/trying the actual products.
If you go to buy a car, you drive it!
I was handed some nutritional stuff, and I’m no expert, but I have diabetes so I am becoming accustomed to ‘reading the label’ and as far as I can tell it was made of sugar and caffeine. No wonder its meant to give you a boost!

Bottom line: My experience of Arbonne was about adding me to the bottom of a familiar shape, we’ll loosely say is ‘triangular’, rather than really trying to sell the product for the benefits to my health.

Rick, you may well be trying to promote your products but what you have done is spend some time looking at the competitors product and giving your professional opinion and tips on testing products. And if nothing else, sparked conversation which may help many people!

My opinion? Don’t trust a company that pushes its business package (including the golden carrot of a white Merc) over and above its products. Follow Ricks advice and see what works for you…


Diana April 30, 2014 at 2:15 pm

It’s interesting that we don’t read any anti comments against your product line Doctor.


model May 3, 2014 at 7:01 pm

This product is definitly bad, i’ve fell for the perfect skin trap. After elminating dairy, sugars, and any unhealthy foods from my diet. I tried this product. MISTAKE! I listened to the best case scenerio, with out asking the average outcome. Arbornne has left my skin filled with acne. Even in places I NEVER had trouble with. Drugstore brands has given me better results the only difference i payed a ton of money for this. Ive had this product for a month and used the full acneline. I will be requesting a refund within the next 15 days


in good faith May 5, 2014 at 3:33 am

Hello, in supporting a friends new business venture I purchase a number of products form the Arbonne range. I had never heard of the make before and had been faithful to my MD Formulations which has been excellent but soon to be discontinued in the UK. within one month of using this product my face has become senstive to the point of developing burn like spots. I have actually had to stop using it to save my skin. I was sold the natural ingredients line and now have an appoinment booked with a reputable qualified skin beautician to get back on track.


stephanie May 23, 2014 at 2:09 pm

All that matters is that the product works for a majority for the customers and that it’s safe to use. The company is not falsely adverstizing that and I think you should be happy for them :) I’m a 16 year old girl who owes her embarrassing skin problems to this product and I will happily defend it ,however sir your critic for this skin care care line was horribly invalid. you never mentioned anything harmful and toxic arbonne uses, so there was no use of your unnecessary critical analysis. It doesn’t surprise me though that you took the time to type this up due to the company’s increasing popularity, even so the good results will continue to show and their claims will stay true. Good luck to you, and hopefully you can benefit your customers like arbonne has.


lynnea May 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Is there any way to get a complete list of ingredients for the products? The website does not list ingredients by products, just a general list of things that could be in them. I am highly allergic to certain things and would need to know EXACTLY what is in each product. They don’t seem to be very consumer friendly in this respect.


victoria June 1, 2014 at 1:40 am

I don’t like you.


Alex June 6, 2014 at 10:14 pm

My friend gave me some samples of re9 to use and 2 Masks(one an fc5 and body/face clay mask). I have tried tons of masks my favorite being glam glows line… And I have to say I was impressed with both particularly the fc5 mask. on application i felt an intense tingling Minty feeling. After a few minutes the intensity began to fade. As I looked in the mirror with the white mask still on I could see every pore on my nose be cause the mask had seeped so deep into my pores ( just like my glam glow mask). For me this is a great sign! I will be ordering this mask from her. As for the re9 It seems like a good product but the price really gets me so I will hold off.


Anna June 9, 2014 at 8:58 am

I am not a consultant of Arbonne but I have bought their products from a friend who is a consultant and I absolutely loved every thing I bought and can’t wait to try their other products.
I believe they need to put more samples out there for everyone to try their products.
They are just in one word “AMAZING”


Robin June 16, 2014 at 6:44 am

Thank you Stephanie. I’m using it on my son with great results! I had someone try to sell me Neruim? OMG read the ingredients on that product!! I will take Arbonne any day!!! ALL botanically & purest product proven!!


Amanda June 16, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Like any business/ company/ job role… arbonne and its consltants are trying to do a job. It is your job as the consumer to understand what you want from a product and insist on trying the products before purchasing.
I am not a consultant but am a makeup artist and business analyst, so i have done my fair share of analysis on these products and any products i use on my clients and my body…. My nephew & niece suffer from exczema and the arbonne baby products have been so helpful for them…. I personally really like the makeup range also, especially the BB cream and foundation. Everyone is entitled to hate or love the product and what works for some people may not work for everyone. We all have different skin types and are at different stages of life so that in itself is going to result in different outcomes for each individual.
I have been to an ‘arbonne party’ or whatever you wish to call it, and the consultants allowed me to take products home and try them, more than enough product to try for over a week…. Also they have a returns policy, im not sure what that is but if you dont like the product or it does not agree with your skin, you can return it and get a refund.


Donna June 17, 2014 at 12:01 am

When I began using Arbonne, it was a sample pack of each of the RE9 products. I was on my way to a 2 week trip to family – without my husband. I took the sample pack with me. When I returned -2 weeks later – the first words my husband said were ” you are beautiful! What have. You been using on you face?”
I have used Arbonne ever since & don’t look anywhere near my 56yrs


Antoniette June 17, 2014 at 8:07 am

i belleve you have to try something to acutally comment on it. i went to a Arobnne party at a house, they made us try on samples and explained the product to us. Yes, its a bit pricey but i though i give it a go. That was in dec 2013, i am almost done my products-thats how a little goes a long way. I went to a Derm dr with a friend and the dr actually stated to me, you have amazing skin!!! yes from a skin dr-and my husband just the other day mentioned, i noticed lately how good your skin looks! So, i just bought another set of products. I do use the RE9 line i am in my early 40′s and i personely think, if it works than there is no price to it!!!


Fiona July 7, 2014 at 9:05 am

Its a networking gimmick, a modern sales triangle. Making desperate people who need to provide for their families hand over money. The active ingredients are so low on the list that they will have no benefit. The active ingredients should be the first 5 listed, otherwise you really are wasting your money on water based emollients and preservatives. I looked into doing it, but I have knowledge as a skincare specialist and I researched, plus knew what to look for. They were aggressive with selling to you and when you say no, they are difficult and unpleasant with no support. Interesting experiment, not a way I would like to portray beauty, skincare and wellbeing. Aggressive and constant bombardment.


Suzy July 16, 2014 at 11:17 am

I am an Arbonne user. I love the products but first let me explain why I wanted to leave a comment on here…. When I first purchased the product about a year ago I was super skeptical. Everyone I knew told me I had been ripped off. I was upset at myself for spending so much money on the re9 cream and kit. I searched online and read articles like this and felt terrible. Prior to buying Arbonne I used to buy Privage and many other expensive lines such as Dior and Lamcome. I had been switching products for almost 10 years prior to Arbonne thinking I was getting amazing results but continuously would get a few major pimples from time to time on my chin and forehead. I didn’t realize until I switched to Arbonne what a difference it would make to have the right cream.

I didn’t want to see the product go to waste so I decided to just use it and had told myself that I would just switch back when the product was gone. .. But then I started to see major results and have never gone back since.

After using the product for about three weeks I noticed a major change in my face. I used to get a few large pimples every month around my jaw. Since I started using Arbonne I haven’t had any major pimples at all. My face is always clear and I just love this stuff. Everyone tells me that I have great skin and I love it. I also buy the makeup and its amazing. 0 pimples or breakouts this stuff is amazing.

Don’t let the ingredient list fool you the science behind them work!


Elan Juliette July 23, 2014 at 11:10 am

Everyone has their own opinion on what’s good, what’s not, what works, what doesn’t. One brand is not going to be for everyone. HOWEVER, in my personal experience, I can honestly say that I literally have never heard one negative experience about Arbonne’s products working for people.
I understand why you have written this article and the motives behind; You’re a proud founder of BioRenew Skincare and you want to sell your product! Nothing wrong with that. ON THE OTHER HAND, ragging on other brand names for your sake is entirely unprofessional. My advice would be to stick to what your product has to offer and if it’s really THAT perfect, the product will speak for itself and people will buy it.


Susan Murray August 6, 2014 at 10:51 am

Of course you’re going to trash Arbonne. They are your competitor! But I do agree with you on trying samples. You should do that with all skin products if possible. If you purchase a product from Arbonne that doesn’t work for you, return it to your consultant within 45 days of purchase and they will gladly refund you (no questions asked.) The consultant will take care of sending it back so you don’t have to bother with that part. Their motto is “pure, safe, beneficial”. So please look at the ingredients of all skin care products you purchase. You would be surprised at what’s in most of them!


Lisa Marie Jean-Pierre August 30, 2014 at 10:47 pm

As an esthetitian, Bodywrapper and lifestyle & weight management coach ,i am also an arbonne customer for 8 years, consultant for just over a year, i am pleased with the products as they have offered diversity in not only meeting my needs,that of my family and now clients. Long story short, all the toxins in my life, brought underlying issues to the surface. Through Poor diet and unnurturing lifestyle choices, i developed: hirsutism; polycistic ovarian syndrome and Hyperthecosic hyperplasia , Adrenal Hyperandrogenism. Over the course of 15 years i suffered in silence, in my own ignorance of all this. I was a serial vegetarian and vegan for 10 years.but nothing changed until i focused on health and not a quick fix, in 2012 . Arbonnes detox tea allowed me to begin detoxing, in combination with other natural remedies i infused and created myself, that i still use to keep my blood, clean, helping my organs to function at an optimum level, but also allowing for any and all things i put in and on my body to work. Point is, if you are living a toxic life-style, that is where your path is laid. I have gradually added other Arbonne products to my daily routine as my overall system improved, primarily the womens essentials daily multivitamin pack continues to help me balance my hormones, digestion and mental attitude. As a woman of color, i am renewed in living a healthy happy life, with the benefits of the Arbonne Brand, at the same time acknowledging that there is no quick fix to anything in life. Dont depend on any bottle or brand to live healthy, holistically, it is up to you to work in conjunction with them all to live whole- Namaste


Melissa Saetra September 6, 2014 at 4:41 am

Ok, does Arbonne claim to work %100 of the time?? NO!! Does it work %100 of the time, absolutely not, and they do not claim it any other way, in fact, their 45 day MONEY BACK is for that small percent of people that it doesn’t work on!! Be smart, if it didn’t work for you, bring it back! There’s not one product out there that works for everyone. Give us all a break and respect those whose lives have been changed due to using chemical free products!


Elana September 7, 2014 at 6:52 am

I am a professional makeup artist and I just want to say I love the arbonne products I use. It is not this line so I can’t comment on the RE9 products. The line I like is FC5. I held of on buying for a long time because of the price but once I bought it I loved it. I have very dry skin and it’s very sensitive. I could see and feel the difference in the moisture of my skin the first time I used it. I’m a product junkie so I’ve tried a lot of skin care and so far this is my favorite. 2 of my friends are consultants for arbonne and both of them gave me samples and told me about the benefits of arbonne. But I didn’t really listen because I like to try the product and see what it did for me. I’ve heard it all before and I didn’t believe it could be that good because I’ve tried so many products that supposedly did the same thing. But after using this a few day by skin started clearing and became a lot more even and more moisturized. I decided to buy just the basics and add on from there depending on what I needed at the time. Skin care is an investment and you need to find what works for you. Keep in mind that toxic chemicals in skincare gets into your bloodstream.


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