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Arbonne versus Mary Kay: Which one is more natural?

Sheri says...I have been researching home based businesses. I really want to get into skin care/make up products. I am currently using Mary Kay and I am now looking into Arbonne. Which skin care line is the most natural and healthy for my skin and what business do women tend to benefit from most..Mary Kay or Arbonne or another skin care line I’m unaware of??? I’m just confused with so much information out there. Any help/suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!


PS-I am all about being natural and using natural products. My current primary MD is a natural path doctor as well and I only take supplements at this time. I work at a nursing home and I see the effects of a stroke, heart attack, dementia and skin disorders/cancers. I want to be on the right track!

Left Brain Loves MLM (not):

The most challenging part of this question was finding ingredient lists for either Arbonne and Mary Kay products. [UPDATE: Since this post was originally published in 2008, it has come to our attention that Argonne has added ingredient lists to their website.] You Beauty Brains in training should always be suspicious of companies that don’t make their ingredient lists easily available on their websites. Are they trying to hide something? Maybe not, but this is sloppy and irresponsible. Consumers have a right to know what they are putting on their bodies.

Neither is Natural

Trying to pick which is more natural, Arbonne or Mary Kay, is like trying to decide which feels harder, pudding or jello. There’s really not much difference and neither of them are natural anyway.

After some searching (not easy), I found ingredient lists for products from both Arbonne and Mary Kay. First, Arbonne Tranforming Lift Formula.

Water, PEG-20 almond glycerides, glycerin, butylene glycol, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3, palmitoyl oligopeptide, chondrus crispus (carrageenan), xanthan gum, glucose, cellulose gum, cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose, lecithin, tocopheryl acetate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, retinyl

palmitate, borago officinialis see oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, ascorbyl palmitate, panthenol, stearamine, hydrolyzed soy protein, glycine soja (soybean) protein, ruscuc aculeatus root extract, triticum vulgare (wheat) germ extract, pisum sativum (pea) extract, sodium hyaluronate thioctic acid, lactic acid, sodium PCA, polyamino sugar condensate, urea, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, betula alba leaf extract, trifolium pratense (clover) flower extract, symphytum officinale extract, nasturtium officinale extract, panax ginseng root extract, hypericum perforatum extract, carbomer, polysorbate 20, methylparaben, disodium EDTA, DMDM hydrantoin, diazolidinyl urea.

While they have loaded their product up with things like wheat germ extract, pea extract, and clover flower this doesn’t make them “natural”. There is nothing natural about Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Butylene Glycol or DMDM Hydantoin. This formula would fail any good granola crunching green group’s standards.

How about Mary Kay?

Mary Kay product: Timewise 3-in-1 Cleanser

Water, Mineral Oil, Glycerin, Isotheral, Neopentanoate, Bentonite, Cetyl Dimethicone Copolyol, Octyl Pelargonate, Neopentyl, Glycol Dioctanoate, Myristyl Myristate, PPg-26-Buteth-26, Sorbitol, Sucrose, Distearate, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Oleyl Oleate, Tocopherol, Comfrey Extract, Burdock Extract, Hops Extract, Yarrow Extract, Meadowsweet Extract, Hydrocotyl Extract, Coneflower, Extract, Camellia Sinensis Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethanolamine, Sucrose Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea, Carnauba Wax, Lactose, Methylparaben, Cellulose, Propylparaben, C9-15 Alkyl Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Lauramine Oxide, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Titanium Dioxide, Ultra-marines, Chromium Hydroxide, Green FD&C Red 4, D&C Red 33.

Natural? Forget about it. Only a natural newbie would be fooled by the greenwashing in this product. True green groupies would be aghast at the inclusion of Mineral oil and Propylene glycol in anything called natural.

This is not to say that neither of these products are good. Both appear to be formulated with some of the best technology available. I haven’t tried them, but they are likely to be high quality, highly functional products. But they certainly aren’t better (or more natural) than something you can get at the grocery store like Olay. They also aren’t more “natural” than a store brand like Burt’s Bees although even Burt’s “naturalness” is debatable.

Which Company Should You Work With?

If you want to know which to work for, I’d encourage you to read other people’s experiences of working for both Arbonne and Mary Kay. Be wary of anyone who is too positive or too negative.

My interpretation of these people’s experience is that it is tough to make money at either business. You have to buy your initial stock and then try to sell off all your product to get your money back. People do make money with both Arbonne and Mary Kay, but not many. They are both examples of Multi-level Marketing and these systems almost never make money for most hard-working sales people.

Multi-level Marketing Scams

For the most part, I find multi-level marketing (MLM) companies to be a bit of a scam. The good folks at Skeptoid explain the MLM problems nicely. Normally, a company pays you to sell for them. You get a salary or a commission and get compensated for your time. But in MLM companies, you have to pay the company for the privilege of selling for them. What a deal, not! And then you have to work hard to convert your friends and families into both customers and salespeople. Eventually, you will run out of people and your sales will stagnate and stop.

Start Your Own Business

If you are really interested in starting your own business, the first thing you should do is get the book Start Up Nation and head over to their excellent website. They provide all the steps you need to follow to get in business for yourself. My own suggestion is to start an online business because you can do all the work without leaving your house. Plus you don’t have to put up a huge investment as you do with companies like Arbonne or Mary Kay.

And if you want to start your own cosmetic line, find yourself a good cosmetic chemist and maybe they’ll help you start your own line.

Beauty Brains Bottom Line

Neither Arbonne or Mary Kay are more natural than the other. They use standard chemicals that everyone else in the cosmetic industry uses. Their business model is tough to follow to make any real money. And if you’re looking for a home business opportunity, these companies may not be the best choice for you either.

Do you have experience selling, buying, or using Arbonne or Mary Kay products? Leave your comments below.

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  • Rocio December 24, 2013, 5:32 pm

    You sure needed to make more research on this one! Arbonne is Vegan Certified, Gluten Free, Paba Free, it is Free of fragances, colors and all that stuff. It does not use MINERAL OIL!! It is also Botanical based. Mary Kay is NOT, they use all the crap I just mentioned! Also, Arbonne follows the highest standards they use in Switzerland which are the highest in Europe! Arbonne also has a Green Commitment that shows to everyone who wants to read that. They DO NOT use any animal product or by product and will NEVER test their products in animals or in the eyes of animals. BIG difference here! The ingredients are NOT hidden. Get a bottle from any Arbonne product and read it. They are all there. It takes TOO much money and space to print this in catalogs…Look at other companies they all do the same.
    The prices might sound too much but in reality are less than Clinique, Lancome, Este Lauder, La Praire, etc! In fact, Arbonne can offer from 20% to 80% disc. AND if you are a Consultant you will eventually get these products free! There is MORE to say…
    Sorry, but you need to do more research in this one.
    Have a great day!

    • admin December 24, 2013, 6:57 pm

      @ Rocio :Speaking of research, can you please show us a link to one peer reviewed piece of scientific evidence that shows there is a problem using properly refined mineral oil in cosmetics? If not then please stop referring to that formulation strategy as an advantage.

      • Rita November 23, 2015, 1:28 pm

        I will comment that as one with cancer in the family – I have listened since 2014 to all the podcasts from the Truth About Cancer Summit. ALL the doctors and practitioners curing cancer state to clean up your hygiene and skincare products- including petro chemicals – which are endocrine, hormone disruptors. Read Dr. John Lee’s book “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer” or Dr. Samuel Epstein’s book “Toxic Beauty” – and become a true “beauty brain” about ingredients found in our cosmetic and skin care industry. They will also cite studies conducted outside the U.S. which the powers that be in the U.S. would not allow to be published in the American medical journals – as it would hurt the economy. If you think the FDA is for us you are living with your eyes closed…just sayin’ – and I am not willing to put my family at risk as an ardent health advocate and researcher.

        • Randy Schueller November 23, 2015, 3:01 pm

          I’m astonished that a study such as you described wouldn’t be allowed to be published because it would “hurt the economy.” Do you have any kind of evidence for such an outrageous claim? If it’s true I’d like to get to the bottom of it and tell our readers.

          • Olivia November 30, 2015, 9:29 am

            Are you astonished? Really? Because my husband is a scientist in the skin care industry and he’s not astonished at all….

          • Randy Schueller November 30, 2015, 9:50 am

            Hi Olivia. Let me make sure I understand…

            In a previous comment Rita said that there are “…studies conducted outside the U.S. which the powers that be in the U.S. would not allow to be published in the American medical journals – as it would hurt the economy.”

            I said I was astonished if that’s the case.

            Now you’re saying that your husband, who is a scientist in the industry, believes that there ARE studies published in other countries showing that cosmetics are dangerous and that these studies are prevented from being published in the US by some shadowy “powers that be?”

            If that’s correct, I’d love to hear more from him about this. Can you guys site an example of a study that was published in Europe (or anywhere else) that was not permitted to be published here because it could hurt the economy?

            Without some examples this sounds like a conspiracy theory to me.


        • Brandi Pacovsky May 25, 2018, 11:38 am

          Thank you Rita interesting info, what skincare have you found to be more natural but effective?

    • Brooklyn January 9, 2017, 8:15 am

      How is Arbonne “gluten free” if their products contain wheat germ extract?

      • Randy Schueller January 10, 2017, 8:12 am

        That would be a good question to ask them!

  • Amanda January 16, 2014, 9:13 pm

    Mineral oil is a cheap, petroleum-based filler that cosmetic companies use to mass produce skin care and beauty products. The cells of mineral oil are too large to absorb into our skins’ pores, so you are right: science doesn’t show there is anything wrong with it, but it also doesn’t have a purpose. It sits on top of the skin and usually feels pretty good. Since it’s sitting on the skin it is not DOING anything. So mineral oil=Cheap filler. That is why Arbonne does not use it. Arbonne’s products are formulated without fillers, so it’s a highly concentrated blend of botanicals and science.

    • Randy Schueller January 17, 2014, 7:13 am

      Mineral oil is relatively cheap. It’s also a good emollient and occlusive agent which means that when it sits on top of your skin it prevents moisture from evaporating.

      • John March 27, 2015, 6:07 pm

        Mineral oil in a cleanser isn’t effective. Also means if you use a moisturize after cleansing that it isn’t getting in. It is also clogging pores and the purpose of cleansing is to get rid of dead skin cells and clean pores.

  • Ashley February 1, 2014, 10:42 pm

    For those of you who actually want to read the work of someone who researched this, I encourage you to follow this link. http://meghantelpner.com/blog/arbonne-pure-safe-cosmetics/

  • Tessie February 17, 2014, 12:47 pm

    1)This is an outdated product ingredient list because Arbonne has removed all parabens from its products since they have become a questionable ingredient. 2)Mineral oil is a byproduct of the oil and gas industry. Regardless of the controversy of whether it’s bad or good for skin or not, it’s a part of non renewable resource that is bad for the environment. Can you show me a peer reviewed scientific evidence that using products from the oil and gas industry is a good thing for our planet? 3) There are currently no regulations that I am aware of in North America for the refining process of petro chemicals in cosmetics. Maybe you can point me to the regulations? In the EU the refining process has to be proven, not the case in North America. 4) Ingredient lists are readily available from consultants- that’s the whole point of network marketing. 5) This whole article is of mute point because Arbonne does not claim to be all natural.

    • Shar February 19, 2016, 2:46 pm

      @Kellie McAdams Just wondering how Arbonne products stay fresh and last longer than a week or two, especially in damp bathrooms, if they have NO parabens in them? Parabens are not harmful, they are found in foods and most of your medicines. I have a hard time believing a company that says they have no parabens and their product has a regular shelf life. After 2 weeks that product would spoil.
      Maybe no ADDED parabens, which is different than none.

  • Kellie McAdams May 29, 2014, 9:04 am

    “You have to buy your initial stock and then try to sell off all your product to get your money back.” This is an absolute, 100% falsehood. I just became an Arbonne Consultant, and I did not have to buy any stock whatsoever!!!! I do not resell product!! I represent the company, provide customers with excellent customer service, and place orders. All orders are shipped directly to the customer. If I buy product, it is either for personal use or to use at a presentation with potential customers, and Arbonne does not REQUIRE either. At the same time, I would say that most if not all consultants do choose to use the products themselves and use products as a business tool for demonstrations. If a consultant didn’t believe in the product their selling, they aren’t going to be very successful. I think this is the same for any sales job, whether is Direct Sales or something else. Your interpretation is not based on facts. You also make it sound like starting your own business is easy and carries no start-up costs or risks!! That is absolutely the most ridiculous interpretation I have ever heard!! The fact is with Arbonne, you can start your own business for $80!! No trip to the bank for a small business loan or outside investors necessary! So, I really don’t see why you have such a negative opinion of Arbonne or any other direct sales business. It is an option, and a good one for many people. Starting a business is also great, so really your opinion is very confusing to me.

  • Hilary November 12, 2014, 8:43 pm

    Have you ever looked into the MLM company Younique. All products are chemical free and naturally based! Please come by my website and check us out!! http://www.youniqueproducts.com/HilaryL

    • Danni July 10, 2015, 1:05 am

      Sorry to tell you younique is full of mineral oil and all sorts of other junk

    • Rae August 28, 2017, 5:57 pm

      No younique rep should claim that they are all natural or chemical free. They use naturally based ingredients, safe chemicals and try to avoid toxins. However they still use some toxins and some unsafe “natural” ingredients.

      Arbonne is similar, but they are better at avoiding toxins. Neither company claims to be all natural. Both companies use science and proudly display this information.

      Mary Kay had recently brought out a line of paraben free products, however they still won’t admit that parabens are carcinogenic. (A 2004 study using 20 breast cancer tumours found parabens in all 20). It’s a shame that Mary Kay won’t admit that their previous and current products are harmful. They hide behind the shady FDA “standards”.

      No cosmetic company is perfect but at least Arbonne and younique are transparent and keep improving. 🙂

  • Mehro February 17, 2015, 4:19 pm

    I just switched back from Arbonne to Mary Kay, arbonne did absolutely nothing for my skin. Mary kay day and night repair cream is out of this world. Arbonne is just over priced and they market all natural which is hard to believe really.

  • Karen Blake June 12, 2015, 10:48 pm

    I am a Mary Kay beauty consultant and have been for quite some time. We are actually a duel marketing company not a multi level company. There is a huge difference. We do not have to buy inventory but it is

    encouraged. Why? If you had the option to choose to shop in 2 exact
    stores and one had inventory that
    you could pay for and take that day
    and the other had catalogs and wanted to take orders and mail your
    things to you which might take days or longer, tell me, which store would you shop at?

  • Deb June 29, 2015, 8:46 am

    You are misinformed. Neither company is about buying stok and then trying to sell it off. Any consultant who runs their business like that is going against their companies guidelines and could lose their licence. Building any business has it challenges and takes time mm businesses included. People seem to think that a low start up cost means easy money but, that is definitely not true.

  • Caitlynne November 5, 2015, 10:31 am

    Hello, I am a Mary Kay consultant and just want to put a little word in. Just to make it clear, Mary Kay does not claim to be all natural, however we do claim to have hypo-allergenic products, and products for very sensitive skin. If you simply read the overviews of our products on the website, you will not see claims for all natural, and if you want to see the complete list of ingrediants, all you have to do is contact a consultant. We will not refuse to show you anything because we are a company built on integrity and the golden rule. If you have any questions about our products or the business aspect, you can certainly contact me, and if I don’t have the answer on the spot, I will make sure to get it for you. I personally know 6 people who sell Mary Kay as a full time job, brining in about $40,000 a year, One of them will be retiring with $45,000 a month for 15 years, paid by the company themselves.

    • Julie March 13, 2016, 3:23 pm

      $45,000 a month? REally?

    • Barby April 14, 2017, 4:16 pm

      I am noticing the warm, honest comments of some of my fellow Mary Kay consultants and I want you to know, I appreciate you. Way to keep your tact when so much mis-information is shared. You show your Mary Kay spirit, and I love it!

      Yes, there are multiple inaccuracies I have found regarding this topic and our amazing company. Mary Kay’s website does indeed list the ingredients for each product in addition to information on how the science behind each product works, etc. It is correct that Mary Kay does not claim to be “all natural”. However, there is no company that can be all natural unless the product has almost no shelf life. If a company claims they are that natural, then use your product quickly. If you don’t have to use it quickly before it expires, then you were lied to. Also, I recently learned that there are 4 places all of the cosmetics in the United States are created (other than Mary Kay’s creation site, which only makes Mary Kay). Every other cosmetic company uses one of those 4 sites…using many of the same recipes, if you will, with different brand labels. One thing I love about Mary Kay is that the company is very passionate about waste, ensuring as much is recycled as possible. I realize there is some landfill waste but we actually meet Zero Landfill standards, and, for every so many caps (I believe it’s 10) returned to the company, the Mary Kay company has a tree planted. I’m sure the all-natural/not-at-all natural debate will continue for a long time.

      I think what’s so disturbing to me is the information provided her crushing so many women’s hopes of a wonderful career. Yes, it takes work, but in Mary Kay, there is no requirement to purchase inventory. It’s an intelligent thing to do but it is not a requirement, as the information above states. I did not purchase inventory and I am doing very well, having built my inventory gradually as I sold. I know many, many, many women who have made this company their career. I cannot even count how many women I know who have. They make much more than women I personally know in any other career…but, in Mary Kay, for many of us, it’s really not about the money. There comes confidence, life-long relationships, cars, cash, and diamonds…and who wouldn’t love that! lol I have a very close relative who does Mary Kay as her career. She has earned the use of 10 free cars and has held this as her career for 20 years. I began roughly 6 months ago and am close to going on target for my first car..and I say first because I knoooow there will be many, many more. I also know I will be able to make this my career if I so choose. Yes, you must work the business to make it your career…but isn’t that true for any business? Please don’t close your mind to Mary Kay the business based on the information provided on this site alone. You’d be doing yourself a disservice. God bless.

      • Peggy J Deiter September 18, 2019, 4:32 pm

        Ok, it is Sept 2019 . I have tried for 5 yrs to see the ingredients in ML products. It should be stated ON the container. I should be able to look at a product and see its ingredients B4 putting it on my skin. THERE IS NO, I REPEAT, NO PLACE ON THE MK WEBSITE THAT LISTS INGREDIENRS FOR A PARTICULAR PRODUCT. Oh , they have a long list of I gradients they use but not one that is produced t spe ific. Anyone e who puts something g on their skin without k owing what it is is asking for trouble. AND, I should not have to contact a consultant to find out. The last time I did that, SHE didnt know and had to contact MK to find out. And then, showed it to me, wouldn’t give e me a copy.

  • Sue November 14, 2015, 1:28 pm

    I would invite you to check out LBRI Pure n Natural Skin Care products. All LBRIs skin and body care products contain organically grown aloe vera as the very first ingredient (not water which dilutes anything good in the bottle) as well as loads of vitamins, minerals, herbs and botanicals. Nothing nasty, nothing harmful.

    LBRI is a direct sales company and customers do not need to carry inventory as LBRI ships all orders directly to customers (free shipping for all orders $60 and over).

    Please check it out (you can view all the ingredients) I guarantee you will be super impressed. Suenelson.lbri.com

  • Olivia November 30, 2015, 9:37 am

    It was challenging to find the ingredients in Arbonne products? This is a straight up lie, because the ingredients are clearly listed for every single item on the website! Arbonne is extremely transparent when it comes to its ingredients. In addition, no one claimed that Arbonne is natural! Arbonne is toxins free which means that they do use chemicals that have not been shown to harm you in any way, yet they removed chemicals that are known to harm you like parabens, petroleum, artificial sweeteners in their nutrition products, artificial dyes and perfumes. Also, when you become a consultant with Arbonne you do not need a stock and you do not resell! That’s another lie. I purposely call them lies because some people go on these unreliable websites for information and all you did in this article is take some facts and twist them. Pathetic.

    • Randy Schueller November 30, 2015, 11:49 am

      We wrote this article years ago and at that time we could not find ingredient lists. Thanks for pointing this out to us but there’s really no need to call us liars.

      • Adele February 22, 2016, 8:09 pm

        Then perhaps, as a responsible administrator, you should update or amend your blog to reflect more recent information, since a google search would result in someone finding your misinformation and misleading them to think things that simply aren’t true. Not saying you have to delete anything but an update below your original entry, like legitimate journalists do when they get new information.

  • Michelel February 8, 2016, 5:15 pm

    I do not know about other Network Marketing companies, but with Arbonne, Independent Consultants do not buy ANY inventory. You buy only what you plan to use for yourself. Customers order directly through the website and items are shipped straight to their home. Independent Consultants do not deliver products or stock products. As for the ingredients used, here is the link to every ingredient http://www.arbonne.com/discover/promise/ingredients.shtml
    Each product lists all ingredients used on the website so it is easy to cross reference. If I can help answer any other questions, please feel free to contact me through my website at http://www.michellemoser1.arbonne.com
    Have a great day!

  • Emily Hawk March 8, 2016, 4:08 am

    Mary Kay has never claimed to be all nature, but they have worked hard to continue being a safe, effective and top of the line. In 1998 and 2003, Mary Kay Inc. was recognized for its exemplary safety program and awarded recertification as a Star Work Site. In the United States, Mary Kay Inc. is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) registered drug manufacturing operation. This allows the Company to manufacture and distribute certain products classified as over-the-counter drugs, such as sunscreens and acne treatment products. The research team keeps abreast of each country’s various governmental regulatory agencies to ensure that products comply with regulatory restrictions and guidelines in the markets where Mary Kay® products are authorized to be sold.
    In 2005 Mary Kay Inc. gave $1 million endowments to support dermatology research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas to help stimulate groundbreaking research and help further advancements in the field of dermatology.
    Mary Kay Inc. is an active member of the Personal Care Product Council (PCPC). As a member, Mary Kay Inc. supports the organization’s Consumer Commitment Code, established to further strengthen industry safeguards for consumers and ensure the continued safety of all cosmetics products. To learn more about PCPC and the Consumer Commitment Code visit cosmeticsinfo.org.

    Also to make a correction Mary Kay is a Dual Marketing company, not an MLM. It does not matter what level you hold as a consultant or how much you sell, everyone receives the same commission on sales. Further more a consultants pay check will also never be effect by there “upline” like in most MLM companies. Commissions come directly from there side of the profit not the consultants.

    Inventory is 100% optional but statistics show that consultants are more success in their businesses. The company also provides a 90% buy back policy. If a consultant invests in product and is unsuccessful Mary Kay will buy make the product purchased within a year for 90 cents on the dollar.

  • Portia March 19, 2016, 10:03 pm

    Have you ever checked out Lime Light By Alcone?

  • Lisa March 7, 2017, 6:46 am

    I appreciate the discussion here, especially the admins comments regarding peer reviewed and scientific research. I’m really tired of companies touting “all-natural” as if everything nstural is good for you or ok just because it’s natural. And let’s just see… yep the all bad ingredients are guess what? All NATURAL. 😉
    Petroleum (from Greek: petra: “rock” + oleum: “oil”.) is a naturally occurring, yellow-to-black liquid found in geological formations beneath the Earth’s surface, which is commonly refined into various types of fuels.

    Thanks again.

  • Meg Huening March 13, 2017, 11:48 am

    A friend of mine, a Mary Kay rep received product for inventory but didn’t see until a month later that it was soon to expire. She says she is now stuck with non-sellable product. Comment? Can this happen?

    • Randy Schueller March 14, 2017, 8:47 am

      That’s a good question for Mary Kay!

      • BD Buntz March 29, 2017, 7:21 pm

        I am a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant and want to comment on the soon to expire inventory. That consultant should contact the company for a refund. MK is a company built on integrity and the golden rule. They will make it right, if this is true. I have a hard time believing that she was shipped old product because of the number of consultants and success of the business would dictate constant production and product turnover. But, if it’s the truth, they will replace the product at no cost to the consultant.

    • Barby April 14, 2017, 4:18 pm

      Yes! Contact the consultant and have it returned! We Mary Kay consultants are able to return product quickly and easily because our company wants the best for the customers. Definitely, have it returned and the consultant will enter in the reasoning to the company while she returns the product for full money back or a replacement product.

  • Sher July 30, 2017, 8:59 am

    Ok. I am doing a lot of research on Arbonne because sorry to break it to you, but Mary Kay is an awful company. I sold Mary Kay for a little while and once I started noticing the cleansing products and the treatments were complete crap I no longer believed in what I was selling. Shipping is ridiculous as well as the quota to be able to continue to make money from selling Mary Kay. I’m the beginning I felt like the skin care was great, but after using it more and more my skin did not have the same reaction and under my eyes started to crack from the products. It was actually a reoccurring thing that happened to my other family and friends as well. The start up kit was great for my single party. The number of facials they have you do and parties and stuff gets old. It doesn’t help. It just makes you an annoying Mary Kay consultant. Arbonne has better ingredients, they don’t test on animals, and you are not stuck paying the shipment for your customers like you are with Mary kay. So far Arbonne is winning. I am of course skeptical because I feel like I was tricked when I sold Mary Kay. I spent more money starting the company than I did making. They push you to get inventory. Arbonne does not push you to get inventory. Instead of paying a.couple hundred dollars for a.startup kit and a bunch of makeup and skin care you can’t personally use, you just pay $80 for the start up fee for Arbonne. Younique is not natural. I tried their mascara and not only does it flake.in your eye, but it also goes bad like any mascara..just buy some falsies and call it a day. 🙂

  • Ant August 8, 2017, 2:26 pm

    Honestly this was just a question about natural and which line benefits you. As to natural or not, I am not that familiar with Arbonne as there has not been a need to go that route so I have no intention of answering for or against. Mary Kay has never claimed to be ‘natural’ nor ‘organic’ (in case that comes up too in further comments). As one that holds a degree in Chemistry (biochm and organic chm) I can tell you that to get a natural product into a bottle it goes through a chemical process (not messing up the ingredients), so natural …..? Secondly natural is not necessarily the best for everyone as I know from first hand experience that there are many that have allergies to natural product, I for one cannot use herbal products or even that in its pure form. Mary Kay was recommended to me by my immunologist (allergy doctor) as safe and beneficial for me.
    Keep in mind ‘poison ivy’ is natural LOL as a by the way – hope you all have a good sense of humour.
    As to Mary Kay, I have been running my business here for 25+ years and I am not sure how one could get ‘roped in’ or tricked into the business. The option to purchase inventory, as many have mentioned is a choice, as it is when you have a retail store – stock it or not. Business decisions are your choice not that of the one that introduces you to the business opportunity.
    As to shipping costs, you can opt to take on the charge or ask your clients to. Any orders from any other company done on line charge shipping.
    Mary Kay also offers the customer 100% satisfaction guaranty where the consultant doesn’t bear the cost either and it is NOT a 30 day, 60 day or even 90 day guaranty – speak with your consultant, she’ll be happy to assist you.
    As a consultant you have the company backing of a buy back @ 90% and we don’t hide any of this, transparency through and through.
    As a reader you know MK is not MLM, but dual – in that you buy wholesale you sell retail, no middle ppl who have different commission based on how much ordered or sold.

  • erica August 28, 2017, 11:59 pm

    I have a coworker who recently started selling Limelight by Alcone. I haven’t done much research on it yet but from what I’ve heard it’s clean. I sell Plexus which has a cream that works all over your body, even your hair. One of the special ingredients is charcoal.
    on another note, the best thing for your skin is to drink lots of water. You’d be surprised what that alone can do. Also, working on getting your gut healthy helps a lot of things too. Which is the main focus of Plexus. Good luck with whatever decision you make. Remember, it never hurts to do your research and become well informed.

  • Allison Neal November 27, 2017, 7:42 am

    Inaccurate study. Arbonne is Vegan and Cruelty – Free. And , they do have an ingredient list available online and in their catalogs. Under each product is containing ingredients. There are over 1300 ingredients that are banned in Europe that are not banned in the U.S. Those ingredients are in most American Cosmetics. Arbonne does not use those 1300 ingredients in their products. Arbonne originated in Switzerland. It’s founding mission was to be a safe , pure company. And , they have remained their integrity for the last 37 yrs.

    • Tammy Walker July 27, 2019, 12:28 pm

      First of all, the FDA does not have a standard definition of “natural”. Each company can define that itself, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. All of Mary Kay products are plant based and tested thoroughly to ensure they are safe. MK holds over 1300 patents and has been in business since 1963. We have 100% satisfaction guaranteed forever and are backed by the National Cancer Research Institute for our spf and also have the Good Housekeeping seal of approval on many of our products. We don’t test on animals and are currently working with the Chinese government to help transition them to non-animal testing. We hold ourselves to European standards, which are more stringent than US standards. The best thing about Mary Kay business is there are no territories, no quotas and inventory is purely optional. You have “pink sisters” who will help you succeed. You have the option to make as much or as little as you want, depending upon how much or little you want to work. You can truly weave your business into your life. Mary Kay is NOT a pyramid OR a multi-level “scheme”. We are DUAL marketing, meaning the consultant purchases directly from Mary Kay and sells directly to the customer. All commissions are paid out of the company’s profits, not the consultants, directors, etc.

  • Tiffiny White February 27, 2019, 11:01 am

    Could I get the website where you found mary kays ingredient list. Ive been looking everywhere and cant find anything. Im trying to find the ingredients in the true dimensions sheer lipstick and its next to impossible.

  • Danielle M. Stuessel August 8, 2019, 10:30 pm

    Mary Kay new naturally skin care product line. Ingredients From Nature
    Each Mary Kay Naturally™ product contains its own unique blend of ingredients. Skin‑soothing sweet almond oil and olive oil, antioxidant‑packed cornflower floral water and vitamin E, moisturizing candelilla wax … these are just a few of the skin‑benefitting, naturally derived* ingredients infused in Mary Kay Naturally™ Skin Care products.

    Claims You Can Count On
    We want you to feel confident in our Mary Kay Naturally™ line, so every product is third‑party certified as natural according to comprehensive standards. The COSMOS standard requires evaluation of everything from the sourcing and processing of ingredients to the manufacturing of products and packaging.

    To learn more about the COSMOS standard, see cosmos-standard.org/the-cosmos-standard.

    Free of:
    What’s not in our products is just as important as what is! That’s why all Mary Kay Naturally™ products are free of parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrance/dyes and SLS/SLES.

    PSST … Mary Kay Naturally™ products are free of:

    P for Parabens
    S for SLS/SLES
    S for Synthetic dyes and fragrance
    T for phThalates

    Please also review allures news release