MLM Products for Floxies

Let’s talk about MLM companies.  First, MLM means multi-level marketing.  Avon, Mary Kay, Arbonne and Pampered Chef are all examples of MLM companies.  Their sales/distribution model is one in which independent sales reps (as opposed to employees) sell the products directly to consumers – typically by throwing parties and whatnot.  The “multi-level” part of MLM means that the sales people get other people to sell the product too.  So, Sophie is a sales person for Mary Kay.  Sophie gets Lori to start selling Mary Kay products.  Sophie will make money off of not only what she sells directly, but also what Lori sells.  So it ends up being a big pyramid in structure.  But it’s not a pyramid company, because pyramid companies are illegal – technicalities.  Anyhow, you make money based on how much of a product you sell, and how much of it the people under you sell.  That makes sense, right?  If not, google will tell you more.

The reason that I’m mentioning MLM companies is because there are several floxies who have been helped by products that are sold using the MLM model.

Before I go into what those products are, I’m going to editorialize a bit (it’s my blog, I do what I want! :p ).  The sales method does not say anything in itself about a product.  There are good and bad products sold through the MLM model.  There are also both good and bad products sold through the traditional retail model.  A product is not a “scam” just because it is sold through the MLM model.  There are some very good (or at least perfectly fine) products that are sold by MLM companies.  There are also some products that are crap that are sold by MLM companies.  Just like when you go to Target – some stuff is great but not everything is.

There are pros and cons for the consumer in buying from companies that utilize the MLM model.  The pros are that the sales person generally knows a lot about the product that s/he is selling, and you get to socialize while you shop.  The cons are that every sales person for a MLM company has an inherent conflict of interest.  The sales person has a financial interest in you buying in to the product – not just because they get a commission off of the sale (and all MLM products are marked up a significant amount), but also because they want you to believe in the product so much that you want to sell it.  So, it’s really difficult to tell whether a person who is singing the praise of a product sold by an MLM company was genuinely helped by the product or if they just want you to buy it so that they can make money.  (Also, there tends to be a lot of cult-ish Kool-aid being drunk in the MLM company culture.)

BUT, if someone believes in a product enough to want to sell it and to want to get their friends to sell it, well, maybe it’s just a good product and what I wrote above is just cynical.

Here are the MLM companies and products that have been reported to help Floxies:

  1.  doTerra essential oils –  Here is a post that Erin wrote about her experience with doTerra essential oils –  Several Floxies have reported being helped by the oils.  I can’t say that I know much about them, but I certainly believe the reports of the Floxies who like them (especially the ones who aren’t selling the oils and therefore have no conflict of interest).
  2. Asea –  They say all the right things about redox signals and complex cellular feedback mechanisms that are definitely broken in us Floxies.  I don’t know if Asea is actually a way to fix those broken feedback loops or if it’s just expensive salt water.  No clue.
  3. Isagenix – – Nutritional supplements of all types.  They have some amino acid blends that look interesting.  I’m not sure that you can’t get something equivalent from Whole Foods though.
  4. Zija – – I haven’t looked into it yet, but I heard from a fellow Floxie that it helped her a lot.
  5. Usana – – See comment below from Destruida

I have zero personal experience with any of these companies or products.  I don’t know much about them.  Each one has been reported to help a Floxie friend or two.  Will they help you?  I don’t know.  I certainly hope so – if you want to try them.  If you don’t want to try them because you don’t like the sales model, or because you read something negative about them on the internet, that’s cool too.  I recovered without using any of these products.  But that doesn’t mean that other people can’t be helped by these products.  Other people have been helped by these products.  So… there ya go.

Floxie friends who sell these products, feel free to put your contact info in the comments section of this post.

But friends, all of you, if you decide to sell these products, PLEASE do not try to get customers from the Floxie support groups.  That’s a tacky way to try to get customers and it will get you kicked out of the support groups.

With all that said, I am now off to an Arbonne party that my co-worker is throwing.  Hopefully I’ll get enough free champaign to make up for the dent in my wallet.


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9 thoughts on “MLM Products for Floxies

  1. Robin Tigernuts April 4, 2014 at 8:30 pm Reply

    Hi I have seen many questions in support groups asking “Does anyone know something that will help….” whatever issue. If someone sells something that has helped others with the issue, why hold back that info? I am in the support groups for resources. I understand we don’t want to be taken advantage of, but we are all adults & can make our own decisions. I appreciate your putting those sites up, I will look into them. I just wonder why you will put them up but not want those who sell them and know more about the products than you do to hold back from sharing the info. (btw I am not asking because I sell any of those products, I sell Tiger Nuts! But I do need all the resources I can get & would not consider it tacky if things are presented to me, so as a floxie I want to speak for myself, thanks!!).

    • Lisa Bloomquist April 5, 2014 at 5:35 am Reply

      Hi Robin,

      The people who sell the products mentioned are more than welcome to put their contact information up here. (I didn’t ask anyone’s permission before putting up the post, so I didn’t think that it was appropriate to list names and contact info.) I think that if people are open and upfront, they will also be welcome on the support group boards. (Please note that I’m not an admin of any of the groups so I don’t let anyone in or kick anyone out.) Unfortunately, some MLM sales people haven’t been very upfront in their approach to floxies in the past. If they put something up saying, “this helped me, so I sell it. If you want to buy it please contact me.” that would be appropriate. But people have been approached by MLM salespeople in shady ways with the salespeople making inappropriate claims. Claiming that one of these products helped you and proposing that it might help others is valid and appropriate. Claiming that it’s a miracle cure is questionable – mainly because, as far as I know, it isn’t true.

      My basic rule is this – don’t take advantage of people who are vulnerable, scared and desperate. Don’t use their vulnerability, fear or desperation to make a profit.

      There are probably just as many doctors who disobey the above rule as there are MLM sales-people who do. But still…it’s not okay for anyone to do it.

      I hope that you find help and relief! If it’s through one of the products listed above, that’s awesome. If it’s through something else that is mentioned in one of the recovery stories listed, that’s awesome as well. If it’s through something that you find on your own, even more awesome, and please let me and other floxies know about it.


  2. DS April 5, 2014 at 9:15 am Reply

    How do any of these products address broken/floxed DNA?

    • Lisa Bloomquist April 5, 2014 at 12:12 pm Reply

      Very good question. I can’t say that I know the answer though. Maybe a sales person from one of the companies can answer that question.

      Our DNA is breaking and repairing itself all the time. Just something to note.

  3. Destruida los Restos April 5, 2014 at 11:16 am Reply

    Lisa, you could add Usana to the list. I don’t sell them and no longer take them, but I recommend them. I’ve read some bad things about the company – people who think they’ll earn a lot as distributors and are disappointed, for instance – but I only know that the “Essentials” and Proflavanol are of high quality and have a noticeably good effect on many people, even very ill people. (But the tablets are huge and indigestible for old people.)

  4. Destruida los Restos April 5, 2014 at 11:27 am Reply

    I’ve just looked at the doTerra website… Think I need an ambulance… The prices! I use essential oils, have used them for many years, and I buy the same quality from a far wider range, for about one sixth to one-tenth of the price! And it’s from a very competent and dedicated small company of creative and diploma’d people.
    Essential oils are very powerful indeed; people with CNS or PNS problems should be extremely cautious and should learn more or take advice from a qualified person nefore trying them. Especially don’t use them undiluted on the skin – only in a carrier oil – but I know people who have a bad reaction just from a faint sniff, so do be careful.
    If ypou have any homeopathic remedies, keep them cool and well away from essential oils, bathroom cabinets or food cupboards, where there are strong smells to neutralise them.

  5. manxmandan April 8, 2014 at 5:10 am Reply

    Hi Destruida

    doTERRA prices are very high. I would agree they are expensive. I would also agree that the prices do not directly reflect the quality of product, in that the prices are obviously ‘inflated’ to ensure that there is enough profit from the product to ensure that other persons in the MLM chain receive their earnings too.

    However, what you are paying for also includes the brand name. With essential oils, it is important that a buyer can have full trust in the supplier. doTERRA have created that trust through the independent testing they carry out on each batch of essential oils.

    They only sell the purest oils that can be extracted from nature. Some say 100% pure, some try to be more ‘realistic’ and say 99.999% pure because of natural isssues. The important thing is there are no synthetics, fillers, chemicals etc.

    So yes, doTERRA oils are expensive – but what you get is a confidence that you are truly purchasing the purest oils.

    I am a doTERRA rep, so my view may be considered “bias”, but I do try to take a genuine, honest view on things, and I believe I don’t make any extravagant claims!

    Finally, doTERRA reps do receive 25% discount too, so that does help!

    Hope that helps to explain a little about why the oils are expensive. See my blog article on the trust of doTERRA here, and the testing of the oils here

  6. Louri Boilard (@LouriBoilard) May 6, 2014 at 11:55 am Reply

    Isagenix works amazingly although we must be compliant with the fda we can not say we cure anything. My niece is having phenomenal results with the Isa Protocol and Product B or

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