One of my good friends recently joined doTERRA and asked if I would be interested in it, as well. I’m not one to just jump into something like this, so I did a lot of research before giving her an answer. There are plenty of people wondering if doTERRA is a scam, so I figured I’d share what I learned.
There are a surprising amount of good things about doTERRA. I hadn’t even heard about it before my friend told me, so I did a lot of research and I liked what I saw. Here are some of my favorite things about the company.
1. The compensation structure. Rather than see diminishing returns the more people sign up under you and under them, etc. doTERRA actually makes it worth your while to help your downlines build their business, by giving you a higher commission for each level below you. There are also multiple ways to earn, by selling retail (you get 25%), commissions from downlines (2-7%) and a Fast Start Bonus, which is 20% of everything a new Wellness Advocate purchases in the first 60 days.
2. NO selling necessary. I hate selling and truth be told, I kind of suck at it. So when I learned that there is no monthly minimum, no need to sell and basically no obligations at all, it really appealed! Of course, there are bonuses and incentives for actually selling or purchasing a certain amount, but it is in no way necessary.
3. Free stuff. Who doesn’t love free stuff? Every month, the company gives away bottles of oil to anyone who makes a purchase of 125PV (around $125) or higher. In March, it was Wild Orange. Sometimes, they have special offers so you can get even more goodies for free, depending on the size of your order.
4. The oils. I’ve tried the oils. The first time I smelled them, I thought it was weird that lavender smelled so . . . wild. It was like I’d crushed the plant between my fingers, not that sweet lavender smell that we get used to from perfumes and stuff. It wasn’t what I expected, to be honest. BUT, once I started using them, I realized that they actually work. I was pretty skeptical going in, though I do like natural medicine. One oil blend in particular, DigestZen, completely changed our family’s way of life. You can read about that here.
5. Helping Hands. doTERRA has set up a program that helps communities in countries where they harvest their plants. One is here in Guatemala, where cardamom is grown. Team leaders come down here to work on the plantation, help build schools, etc. and basically improve the community where they are working. In exchange, the members of the community follow the growing practices laid out by the company and receive fair payment for their work. You can learn more about Helping Hands here.
So, every business has it’s downsides, right? doTERRA is no different. There are definitely some things that I’m not so keen on. These include:
1. The origins. doTERRA was formed by people breaking away from another oil company and quite frankly, it sounds rather unethical. Now, there are many different versions floating around, so I don’t know what the real story is, but this is something that made me think. That being said, everything else since then seems to check out, so I think they’re okay. Just got off to a rough start.
2. Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. This is the only company in the world with CPTG oils. That sounds really good until you realize . . . the company actually invented that, so it’s not necessarily anything special. That being said, they do appear to go through extensive testing and hold their oils to very high standards, so while this isn’t an official “grade” it could be.
3. MLM. Who hasn’t heard terrible things about multi-level or network marketing? You may have even tried it before. I know I have and my experience was horrible! So that was something that really put me off the whole idea of the oils from the start. After a lot of research, however, I came to the conclusion that network marketing isn’t inherently bad, but it can be badly executed. I think, from my personal research and observations, that doTERRA is a worthy company and is easier to work with than most networking companies.
4. The prices. Okay, essential oils aren’t cheap, but when I first looked at the prices for doTERRA, I nearly choked. The price depends entirely on the oil. Frankincense is harder to get, so it’s more expensive than, say, lemon, which is pretty darn cheap. Once you start to really look into it, the prices make more sense, but of course, they are still high because the idea is to get people to become Wellness Advocates to get 25% off.
The End Result
Is doTERRA a scam? My final decision is that it’s not. There are a few things that I’m not sure about, as previously mentioned, but overall, the company seems solid and is working well. I had a chance to meet James Bybee here in Guatemala and talk to him. This really sealed the deal because he and his wife are Blue Diamonds and joined the company very early on. I expected someone who would be dismissive and/or pushy about sales, but what I found was a really nice guy who loves the oils and is totally laid back and down-to-earth. We sat and chatted for an hour and I was convinced that this was a good company by the time I said goodbye.
So, did I join up? Why, yes, I did. While my upline (who is directly below the Bybees) made it to Gold in just 2 months (normally takes well over a year or two), I haven’t shot up quite that fast, but I have seen some success in the business and am building my team.
Interested in joining this rather unique business or learning more about it? You can contact me via my doTERRA Facebook page or check out the company here.