In my Melaleuca review, I am going to show you what makes this multilevel marketing company a scam (or not), and I will also show you my personal experience.
Although there may be many mixed reviews of Melaleuca, I would like to give you my personal and unbiased opinion of “The Wellness Company”, being that I am actually a former member.
Not only did I join but I quit and gave them another try earlier in the year, so you can bet that I have tried the old company (back in 2010) and the new company, which is what we have in 2018.
Just like every single multilevel marketing company out there, you are going to have some that love every single thing about the company, while there are others that want nothing to do with them.
So rather than being dramatic about anything, I want to give you a few things that will HELP you decide if this is a company you might want to join.
What is Melaleuca?
Melaleuca is a “wellness company” that provides organic based products.
Based in Idaho Falls, the company was started by Frank VanderSloot back in 1984 and is one of the longest running MLM businesses to date.
From supplements and snacks all the way to cleaning supplies and personal care products, Melaleuca is comparable to Amway, which is the first direct sales company that I was actually exposed to back in the 90’s.
Melaleuca is the first MLM that I have ever joined and it was all thanks to just one of their products that created quite a fuss with parents that had children with eczema.
My Melaleuca Journey
I first came across Melaleuca back in 2010 and I joined without even knowing what I was really involved with.
It all started with a call from my other half while I was at work and she said, “I need your credit card.” Of course she wasn’t going to get it that easily, so I asked what it was for. She mentioned this lotion that everyone is talking about that would help with our son’s irritated skin.
He had eczema and Melaleuca’s Renew lotion was the talk of town. She said she needed two hundred bucks and with the penny paying job I had, you can bet that I almost choked. She mentioned something about a business and I knew from that point that she was getting more than just lotion and I actually needed to be there.
I got there and lone behold, the application for an MLM “opportunity”. Being that I had an inner entrepreneur in me, I decided that it would be somewhat of a win/win situation. We get rid of my son’s eczema and we can possibly build a business that will eventually have me quitting my day job.
Things didn’t go as planned as the little win/win situation I thought I found wasn’t what I thought it was.
To make a long story short, I got the lotion and joined the business but none of them worked. I was backed up with products month after month with my bank account constantly getting sucked for $80 every single time. Something had to change so of course I ended up quitting.
I eventually came back because someone told me they changed their products and added a bunch of new stuff.
Now was that enough to keep me around?
Let’s get into the actual review so you can see for yourself.
The Melaleuca Products
Melaleuca focuses on the health and beauty industry and uses organic products. They offer products from household cleaners to skin care and almost everything your household need.
Being that I have a family of 6, I gave their new products a try. I got a nice little bundle that came with a bunch of goodies.
Here’s what I got.
- Some vitamins
- Laundry detergent
- Fabric softener
- Renew lotion
- Dish soap
- Bath soaps
- Toilet cleaner
- Glass cleaner
- Tub and tile cleaner
- Granola bars
- And some beauty products mom
I don’t want to spend too much time on this as I could probably go on and on about it but I’m sure a lot of you looking to join Melaleuca want to know more about the products, so I of course will give you exactly that. You can pick and choose to read what you want but I will go over each of them for the sake of those that are curious about specific products.
I also did a whole other post specifically for Melaleuca products, so you can check that out too as it is more in depth. I do think that the information below is enough, so
I had to do this one first because this is the same bottle that got us interested to begin with. Nothing changed from when I got it in 2010 but it is still probably their best product.
Although I have heard it working for a lot of others who had eczema, it didn’t quite do the job for us.
I can agree that it moisturizes the crap out of your skin and I do actually like using it.
Melapower and Melasoft (laundry detergent and fabric softner)
The Melapower detergent wasn’t something I was impressed with but it did improve from when I first tried it. If you have been to any of the Melaleuca workshops their Melapower is one of the products they really promote because of the fact that you use very little compared to your regular laundry detergent.
I like fresh smelling clothes my friend and that little cap doesn’t do it for me. From the bottle, it smells absolutely amazing and even right after you’re done washing and drying. However, the smell goes away pretty fast and you’re left with not so fresh smelling clothes.
I did try using more than the required little cap and not even that helped. On top of that, my clothes were starting to look a bit faded and it also felt as if they were getting weak.
A bottle of each product sits at home and I no longer use them to do my laundry.
Lemon Brite (dish soap)
Not a fan of this product either. It definitely smells great but it didn’t do as good of a job as some good old Dawn dish soap. Like the detergent, I used more thinking that it will help but that didn’t do it either.
When it came to the big jobs and dishes with a bunch of grease, I had to pull some Dawn out to get the results I wanted. Not the best product for cleaning dishes and I wouldn’t recommend it either.
Let’s start this one off with a little story that happened back when I first joined the company. Melaleuca has a product called Pain-a-Trate, which is some kind of pain relief cream. Thinking that this was the toothpaste, I started brushing my teeth and immediately spit it out.
Now about the real toothpaste or what they like to call tooth polish, let’s just say that I stopped ordering it. The opening of the tube only allows a small amount to be released and that does not do much for your mouth.
There is no minty feeling while you brush and it does not feel like it is doing anything. Sometimes more is less and vise versa but less is definitely not more when it comes to Melaleuca’s Tooth Polish.
As much as I want and probably need to take vitamins, none really seem to work for me and not even Melaleuca’s Vitality pack worked.
I had a bad reaction to one of the pills from their everyday supplement for men deal and I never took it after that. They are also not the cheapest products in their marketplace and just one order of men’s vitamins fulfilled my minimum purchase order to remain a qualified affiliate.
This is actually where I enjoyed the products.
The yogurt granola bars were a lot better than other brands and I did order them regularly. I thought they were going to taste like cardboard but they were surprisingly really good. Probably not something to brag about but I did like the popcorn.
At the end of the day though, the granola bars and the popcorn weren’t enough to keep me around. I did think that I could build a business around the company though as they have a ton of products but this just wasn’t for me.
The Melaleuca Business
This is the main reason why I gave this company another try, even if I don’t like the whole recruiting game.
Although I make my living completely online through affiliate marketing, I did think that this would be a great asset to my overall business.
Just like every other multilevel marketing company you have seen or will see, Melaleuca allows you to make money by simply sharing it with others.
Get someone to join under you and you can make some money. And if they get someone else to join and that other person get someone else to join, then you can have a nice residual income that is paid every month.
Most people look at the MLM business model as a pyramid scheme as that is how it is structured but that isn’t what Melaleuca is about. They have been around for decades and if they were some kind of Ponzi scheme, you can bet that the FTC would’ve stepped in and shut them down.
But that’s not the case and there is a little business that can be created if you do decide to join. The pay varies and is dependent on their compensation plan, so keep that in mind before joining.
The Melaleuca Comp Plan
Melaleuca has a decent compensation plan and they do pay for “multiple levels”. Get Joe to sign Jill and Jill to sign Bill and voila! You are bringing in some money. Repeat the process and you can make more money.
I personally have no problem with the MLM business model but it is not the easiest thing to do. At first, you will be motivated and driven to go out there and recruit, just to realize that things aren’t going as planned. Don’t worry, it happens to about 98% of anyone who tries their luck at MLM.
Melaleuca is a bit different than most companies as they work with a point system. You get rewarded when your downlines (people signed up under you) purchase their own products and the same thing applies when you purchase something. Your up-line (person who signed you up) gets a percentage when you make a purchase which is required every month to get a piece of the pie.
It is really that simple but we all know how complicated the whole breakdown goes so I’ll just leave that out of this review. However, I did think it is a lot more important to understand the type of income that its members are bringing in, so you can check that out below.
Pros & Cons of Melaleuca
Now just like everything in life, there is always going to be the good and bad and the same thing applies with Melaleuca. I am very unbiased but I believe that honesty is always the best policy. Here is what I personally liked and disliked about this company.
- Eco friendly products (great for the environment)
- Best product selection compared to any other MLM
- You can still shop without participating in the business
- Decent compensation plan
- Been decades (most MLMs don’t go past 5 years)
- Promote health and wellness
- Great packaging or products
- Products are not the greatest
- Requires some serious network marketing skills
If you want to make it with MLM you need to get some network marketing training or you simply won’t make it and that is why I have it listed as a con.
There are some programs that offer some training on that but they usually have some kind of hidden agenda that I don’t agree with but it is available if you would like to sharpen your network marketing skills. I personally like one called My Lead System Pro as they have an affordable plan, so definitely check them out if you would like to learn more.
Now if you aren’t really into the products and you are simply looking for a way to make more money, you might be interested in a program called the Wealthy Affiliate instead. Without any recruiting, I’m sure you’ll appreciate the type of business they teach.
That is the same business I am involved with and the way I was able to quit my day job and work from home full-time. I am a member there and I can help you get started if you’d like so definitely give them a try.
The Price to Join Melaleuca
Just like any multilevel marketer out there, one of the biggest thing when joining a work at home business like Melaleuca, you want to know how much it costs. With Melaleuca’s point system you need to purchase products that total 35 points which always added up to at least$80.
This is what you can expect to be a loyal paying customer of Melaleuca. This gives you a monthly order of the products of your choice as well as the chance to get others to join and shop, which will allow you to make money.
The cost if you want to stay active with Melaleuca – $80 minimum
Training & Support
The community with Melaleuca is just about the same as any other MLM business. You will get support from your up-line if you need any help with mostly anything but there is always support online and through their toll free number as well, which I rarely ever needed.
I had the worst up-line ever and this has happened to me a couple of times as their main focus is on making money, which is not how you should run an MLM business or any business for that matter.
She left me hanging and I would’ve done anything she told me to do but she wasn’t there for me which is the biggest reason why I quit.
If you’re going to sit on your behind then there is no business that is going to work for you.
Multilevel marketing is one of the hardest businesses to run, but it can make you work from home and make you some money which will be determined by your work ethic.
Is Melaleuca a Scam?
Melaleuca is not a scam and I would still recommend it over any regular job no matter what. With a solid track recode, the amount of time they have been in business, and the fact that they have real products is always going to be a plus for any type of business.
If you believe in something then stick to it and make it work.
Hard work and determination is going to be necessary if you plan to make it with any MLM company so keep that in mind before you commit to anything.
I hope you found my Melaleuca review to be helpful to you in one way or another and if you feel I missed something please let me know in the comments section below.
I remember the days when I thought that MLM was the only way out of the rat race until I found out about affiliate marketing. I was never into recruiting others for the sole purpose of making me money and that is what pushed me to find something different.
Thanks to a program called the Wealthy Affiliate, I have been able to work from home for the past 5 years. So if you think that recruiting is the only way to make a living outside of a regular old J-O-B, then you might want to check them out.
And if you do decide to join Melaleuca, don’t let anyone tell you that it won’t work because I believe that with some hard work and dedication, you can make anything work.
If Melaleuca seems like the right business for you, I say go for it.
Besides that, I hope this review served its purpose and has helped you make a smarter decision.
Good luck and thanks for reading!
Owner: Frank L. Vandersloot
Price: Auto-ship of at least $80