My doTERRA Review – Do Essential Oils Sell?
Having been a member of an MLM company that sells essential oils a number of years ago, I was intrigued and interested in finding out just how successful a person can be when selling essential oils and similar products.
In my doTERRA review we will look at some tools that the company provides, the difficulty of climbing the ranks, and other important factors to consider before signing up.
Let’s jump in and explore the doTERRA company!
(By the way, I am in no way affiliated with doTERRA).
What Is doTERRA?
Basically, doTERRA is a MLM company, established in 2008 in Pleasant Grove, Utah. The name is a derivative of the Latin word, “gift of the earth”.
Of the several founders of the company, three of them were actually executives at Young Living (another MLM company that sells essential oils and similar products).
This understably caused a little friction between the two companies, and some legal action took place in the years following the start up of the company.
There were allegations of use of synthetic chemicals in the essential oils, but nothing came of the lawsuit, as there was a lack of scientific evidence, and both companies seem to have moved forward 🙂
Over the years, however, the company has had to be warned by the FDA that they cannot make claims that the oils are possible treatments for Ebola, cancer, autism, etc, as false claims were being made.
As recently as 2018, there have been accusations that some “wellness advocates” have shared personal testimonies with potential customers of the oils benefiting them or their children in such ways, in order to get around the restrictions given them.
Now, moving on from the legal facts 🙂
In a nutshell, the company produces essential oils of a supposed high quality, and the Wellness Advocates (people who sign up to be independent distributors) sell the products and recruit others to sign up in their down line to also sell products.
Wellness Advocates receive commission from their own sales, as well as from the sales of the people they have recruited.
doTERRA’s website claims that the retention rate of their customers and Wellness Advocates is 68%, which is quite a bit higher than the industry standard average of around 10%.
Is There Any Training?
This is a HUGE problem within the MLM community as a whole.
I know from personal experience that there is a horrible lack of training in most companies. After signing up, you are basically on your own and have to come up with your own methods of obtaining customers and recruiting down line.
I have to say, this is not the case with doTERRA.
The amount of training available, even to those that are not yet members, is enormous.
I appreciate the fact that there is a lot of material available to the average person that may be trying to make a decision whether to sign up.
Granted, the company website will of course only provide positive information and testimonials, so you are doing the smart thing by doing your research!
The 4 levels of training available are:
1. Empowered Life
This branch of training includes a monthly webinar that provides up-to-date information on products and marketing strategies.
2. Empowered Success
Helping you to launch your business is the focus of this training.
3. Empowered You
This is actually very impressive. The training begins with the CliftonStrengths test, which will give you a very accurate list of your top character traits.
The point of this, I’m assuming, is to be aware of what your strengths are so that you can use them to your advantage.
I’ve actually gotten a list of my strengths with this method, and they were eerily accurate and brought to light things that I wasn’t aware of about myself.
4. doTERRA University
Here is where you can find updated information on products and things going on in the company.
So, as you can see, there is a lot of training available, and in a MLM company, training is crucial. It can make or break your business. Plus, you don’t want to be giving out inaccurate information to your customers and recruits – and training is how you stay in the loop.
How Much To Join?
The initial cost to join is $35. You’ll have to renew every year at a $25 cost.
Not too bad if you’re uneasy about signing up. You won’t lose much if you decide to stop.
You can purchase kits and training materials after signing up for an additional cost, but that’s all up to you.
At sign up, you can choose to purchase a starter kit, and if you do that the membership fee is included in the kits price.
Compensation – How Much Can I Make?
OK. You know my reviews are honest!
If you sign up as a doTERRA Wellness Advocate, chances are, you will make
a. No Money
b. Have about a 5% chance of making up to around $1000 annually.
This isn’t to say that you can’t make money, but, as with pretty much all MLM companies…the people at the top are bringing in the most money. That’s just the way it is.
The compensation plan is actually very long, and a little difficult to understand, but below I have provided the 3 most popular ways to earn:
1. Fast Start
This commission is paid out weekly.
It applies to the first 60 days of your enrollment.
You must have 100PV loyalty rewards if you plan on participating in this. (Not the best news because you only have 60 days).
You are eligible to earn anywhere from 5 – 20% commission on people that you sign-up, or people that sign up under your own personal recruits.
Again, this is not without spending money, as you must have 100PV.
2. Power of Three
a. You receive $50 when you personally refer 3 Wellness Advocates, reach a Team Volume of 600, and all 3 referrals are meeting the 100 PV requirement.
b. You are paid $250 when your personally referred recruits reach the $50 power of three requirement (listed just above)
c. You receive $1500 when 3 of your personally recruited members reach the $250 power of three requirement.
This continues on and on. Keep in mind, every member that is involved in this bonus must meet the 100 PV requirement.
3. Retail Sales
As a Wellness Advocate, you will receive 25% commission on whatever your personal customers buy.
And of course, the shiny object that draws most people into MLM is the opportunity to earn an income from all the referrals in your down line or team.
When someone that is signed up under you in some way makes money, you ultimately make money.
How much money is the question.
And the answer, unfortunately, is not much. The money funnels up until the people at the top have most of it.
Below Is A Commission Plan Chart:
To See The Entire Commission Schedule, Click Here.
If I am thoroughly unimpressed with compensation plan and chance to make money, I am of a completely different mindset when it comes to the tools available.
You have the option to download materials such as eBooks, images, PowerPoint tutorials, videos, etc in order to extend your reach in recruitment.
Below is an example of part of the tools and training offered:
This access to tools gives you the chance to teach those in your down line more about their opportunities, or to inform customers on the benefit of the products sold.
It’s also possible to purchase handouts in bulk form.
Overall, the tools are many.
How Much Support Will I Have?
I think the answer to this question is largely dependent on who you sign up under. In MLM, if you have the correct tools and training, you can make-do.
However, to have support from the person that referred you is invaluable.
They have experience with the inner workings of the business, and can give you tips and tricks on how to accumulate referrals and sell more product.
Of course, if you have questions, there is contact information on the website.
So, What’s The Final Word?
Well, overall, doTERRA is definitely not a scam.
However, if you intend to make a large sum of money, the numbers show that you will likely be disappointed.
If you head over the website, be careful about the claims that they make about potential earnings.
Remember that these numbers are based on absolute best case scenario, and the chances of making any money at all are pretty slim unless you really work the business.
I would also say this:
Proceed with extreme caution when listening to the sales pitch and learning about the products.
A lot of false claims are made by MLM members across the board, and you’ll need to be sure that if you sign up, you are not encouraged to give people information that is misleading.
It will come back to bite you.
In the end, it’s pretty harmless to sign up to be a Wellness Advocate. But don’t go in with your hopes too high.
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope I’ve helped you out today!
Are you a member with doTERRA? Have you been in the past? Leave a comment below with your experience!