Monday, January 26, 2015


What was I looking for?

A gluten free product line

When we were first diagnosed with celiac disease I started looking for cosmetic products that were not only individually gluten free but where the entire line was gluten free. The problem I had over an over again was that some of the products in the line of skin care would be gluten free but others were not which led me and my family to have reactions from cross contamination to all products. Our doctor advised us that even one exposure a month was enough to keep us from healing the celiac disease.

Free of harsh chemicals

Additionally during this time period I kept reading articles about studies that were being done on side effects of parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, benzene, and phosphates. I remember during this time a friend said she tossed out all their children's bath products because literally she felt like she was bathing her kids in carcinogens.

Reasonable cost

I personally couldn't find products that did not contain these ingredients and were at a reasonable price.

How I found Arbonne

I was offered the opportunity to review Arbonne's line of Anti-aging skin care. I jumped at the opportunity because I literally had at this point been looking for exactly what Arbonne offers for 3 years. 

Their products are formulated without:
  • animal products or by-products
  • parabens
  • formaldehyde-donating preservatives
  • phthalates
  • formaldehyde
  • alkylphenols
  • benzene
  • triethanolamine
  • monoethanolamine
  • phosphates
  • polyethylene glycol
  • petrolatum
  • bisphenol-A
  • gluten
  • synthetic dyes
  • triclosan
  • hydroquinone
  • artificial colors
  • artificial sweeteners
  • artificial flavors
  • cholesterol
  • trans fats

My review of Arbonne's RE9 Advanced skincare line

Aside from gluten free and safe products I was also looking for something that was effective but did not:
  • puff up my skin to decrease lines and leave it deflated the next day
  • leave my skin feeling sticky
  • trade fine lines or wrinkles for acne and black heads
  • effective at reducing fine lines and wrinkles
When I first opened the sample kit I was so impressed by the look and feel of the packaging. It was very well put together and thought out. The instructions and order of the skin care products was easy to use.

I was also impressed by the clinical findings listed on the packaging:
  • After 24 hours
    • 83% of women reported improvement in skin firmness
  • After just 4 weeks
    • 92% of women reported reduction in the appearance of wrinkles
    • 96% reported reduction in the appearance of fine lines
    • 100% reported improvement in skin texture and smoothness
    • 100% reported improvement in skin moisturization
The sample kit I received included their RE9 Advanced, antiaging skincare line.

  • Smoothing Facial Cleanser
  • Regenerating Toner
  • Intensive Renewal Serum
  • Corrective Eye Creme
  • Restorative Day Cream with Broad Specturm SPF 20 Sunscreen
  • Extra Moisture Restorative Day Creme Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen
  • Night Repair Creme

Day 1

Step 1.

The first thing I noticed about the Smoothing Facial Cleanser was how incredibly good it smelled. Almost like oranges? It was soothing and relaxing. I felt pampered. And this was really the first time in several years that I had felt that way. My skin felt noticeably tighter. 

I literally called to my husband saying how much I loved the system after using this first product! And then did the same after each step. He found me pretty hilarious :-)

Step 2.

Following the instructions on the package next I applied the Regenerating Toner. I found that this made an immediate difference in the blackheads on my nose. 

Step 3. 

The Intensive Renewal Serum made my skin feel more hydrated and rosy and has ingredients that are clinically proven to hold in moisture and firm the skin. I was amazed at how little I needed to apply to feel coverage over my entire face.

Step 4.

The Corrective Eye Creme felt smooth and luxurious and helps reduce lines, puffiness, and dark circles. Again, I was amazed at how little of this creme I needed to apply. Literally it was a drop smaller then a pencil eraser for both eyes.

Step 5. 

This first day I was using it at night so I applied the Night Repair Creme. Prior to being introduced to Arbonne I had used so many night cremes and they always left my face sticky to the point, with the latest creme, that it would literally stick to my pillow. I cannot stand feeling the weight of products on my face! But this one was excellent because it made my skin feel smooth and hydrated without feeling residue. 

Day 2

I noticed when I woke up how much smoother and more even my complexion appeared. I again applied the system this time using the Restorative Day Creme Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen. I decided I wanted to really give the system a run for its money and put on a full coverage foundation and full face of makeup. Normally anytime I wear foundation I have horrible blackheads and pimples by the next day. 

What shocked me was the night of the second day after applying the toner I LITERALLY had a long standing blackhead that was on my cheek pop out on its own! I had been working on getting that pore unclogged for what seems like years! Instead it just popped out on its own after a day of wearing a full face of makeup. Now this really shocked and excited me!

Day 3

By the end of day three I was really sold on how wonderful the product line was. My skin had never looked or felt better. I actually found that the red area about the size of a golf ball on my left cheek was gone. I've had it since I was pregnant with my first baby and had never thought it would go away. I loved how wonderful my skin looked and felt and most importantly it was so nice to take those 5 minutes twice a day and do something for myself. 

Day 4

Day four was when I ran out of the facial cleanser and toner. I still had a good amount of the other products left! This really surprised me because I didn't expect to see such a difference in my skin over such a short period of time. Additionally, I didn't expect the .1 oz samples to last for 3 days of twice a day applications. It was so nice to get such a wonderful product that lasted so long!

I just want to mention that my wonderful husband indulged me and allowed me to try the products 1 time on his face! It was shocking how much younger and healthier his skin immediately looked. As he said "You can really see the results when someone has never done anything with their skin other than use soap and water." So funny!

Extensive Product Line

I really love that Arbonne carries such an extensive product line. 

Their skincare line includes: anti-aging products like the RE9 Advanced system, everyday products like FC5, a line for those with sensitive skin "Calm", and an acne fighting line of products Arbonne Clear Advantage. They even have a baby skin care product line.

The makeup line contains foundations that range from the lightest skin tones to the darkest. 

Its so wonderful to see a company in which you can literally do one stop shopping for so many health and beauty needs!


I knew I really wanted to use the system after having tried it but was concerned about the cost of the items. This was when I found out the great deals when you are a Preferred Client or a Consultant with Arbonne.

  • Preferred Customer
    • Register for $20
    • 20% off retail
    • Enroll in the Arbonne Special Delivery Benefits allowing you to receive Virtual Voucher Rewards  
    • Preferred Client Specials and Incentives
    • Complimentary product when ordering $150 in product during start month
    • Preferred Advantage Program allows you to receive rewards for items you buy.
  • Independent Consultant
    • Start a Business for $79
    • 35% off retail
    • Eligible for Independent Consultant Specials and Incentives
    • Earn commissions for introducing Arbonne products to others 
    • Complimentary product when qualified with $150 in orders during your start month.
    • Jewelry, trips and more as recognition for your success.
    • Vice Presidents Qualify for Mercedes Benz-Cash Bonus Program
Literally these two programs have such amazing rewards that you are able to buy specially selected products worth 125 retail for 25.

Taking what I now knew about the savings provided by Arbonne's Preferred Customer (PC) and Independent Consultant (IC) Programs I compared their prices to two other brands that I had used prior to being gluten free: Lancome and Clinique. 

  • Arbonne- PC-$28.80, IC-$23.40
  • Clinique- $16.50
  • Lancome- $27-40
  • Arbonne- PC-$20, IC-$16.25
  • Clinique- $16
  • Lancome- $22-30
  • Arbonne: PC-$22.4, IC-$18.2
  • Clinique- $20
  • Lancome- $32

Night Creme:
  • Arbonne: PC-$35.2, IC-$28.6
  • Clinique- $53.50
  • Lancome- $51-192
*The prices given for Arbonne only include the 20% and 35% off not maximizing the rewards programs or other offers.

Why I became an Arbonne Independent Consultant 

At first I honestly was only going to join as an Independent Consultant for the 35% discount and loads of freebies that are offered. :-) What I loved was that the minimum to remain a consultant was only $1,200 in volume FOR THE YEAR! And if you didn't reach that volume you were able to become a preferred customer with no consequences! When we looked at our budgeting software we were already spending very close to the required volume on products that Arbonne offers. I loved the idea of being able to buy skincare, makeup and nutritional products without having to worry about the ingredients!

Why build a business

While I was sharing how much I loved the products with friends and family so many were interested that I felt like there is a real need for these products in the community.
Here is why I decided to build a business. 
  • Compensation plan makes sense, is generous, and promotes sustainable success 
  • I love giving makeovers!
  • Professional presentation materials provided
  • Guidance and support by a team
  • System for success well laid out
  • Arbonne University provides free training
  • Extensive product information training series for consultants
  • Bi-weekly  and weekly training calls
I joined less than a week ago. My Sponsor has been in touch probably 6 or 7 times. The Area Manager has been in touch several times with words of wisdom, guidance, and encouragement. And when I had a questions about long distance presentations the Area Manager passed me directly to the Regional Vice President. The Regional Vice President immediately responded to my question by setting up a meeting time that worked for my family!

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the thorough review. I love Arbonne too!