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Arbonne Review

About Arbonne

Arbonne Review

If you have ever been approached by an Arbonne Consultant and are not sure what all the commotion is about, then you’ll want to continue reading this Arbonne review.

Claiming to enhance your beauty from the inside out, Arbonne is one of the veterans of clean, vegan, eco-friendly products.

It’s no wonder then they boast 398k Instagram followers. In this review, I will give you all the details from top to bottom on how this brand takes a holistic approach by selling products for the skin, body, and mind.

Did I mention that you, yes YOU, can become an Arbonne consultant, start selling their products and earn an income from the comfort of your home? 

But is this brand truly cleaner than the rest of your cosmetics? Can it be your go-to brand for all skin and nutrition-related needs?

Stay tuned as I give you our honest opinions about their products and ingredients, their trademark “not-to-use” list, and pyramid scheme, along with some downsides of this company. 

Overview of Arbonne

Arbonne Review

Founded in Switzerland by Peter Mork in 1975, Arbonne comes from a beautiful lush-green village in Switzerland named Arbon.

Inspired by nature and realizing that drug-store cosmetics contain several harmful chemicals, Mork decided to create this company to offer a cleaner, plant-based alternative to mindful consumers. 

In 1980, Arbonne established its head office in Irvine, California. Not only are their products vegan and gluten-free, but their company also claims to “seek” third-party certifications to test their products for safety and purity.

This Arbonne review wants to mention that seeking third-party certifications is not equivalent to being third-party certified. 

Also, even though several of their nutrition products are non-GMO verified, unfortunately, their cosmetic products are not. However, I would like to inform our readers that this company has an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau and is a proud Certified B Corporation. A certified B corp means that the company meets certain environmental and social expectations. 

Being a part of a Certified B Corporation, it has goals set by 2030 to reduce its plastics in packaging by 50% and use post-consumer resin instead. Also, it plans to be 100% GMO-free by 2030.

Only time will tell if Arbonne meets these goals mentioned proudly on their website. What I do know is that it has been carbon-free since 2017. 

What’s even more unique is its ingredient policy, where Arbonne has a trademarked list of over 2,000 ingredients that cannot be used in its products. Some examples of these substances are phthalates, parabens, and polysorbates, which can cause havoc to your body by disturbing your hormones. 

I’m not sure why Lorazepam, an anti-anxiety drug, made it to the list! What cosmetic or health product ever has a medication mixed in it anyway? Let’s switch gears and talk about their business model. 

To keep it short and sweet, once you sign up to become a consultant for a nominal fee, you can start selling their products without any solid background in nutrition or health. Remember your Mom having friends selling Amway products? Yes, it works similarly. 

You profit from how much you sell and who you recruit and you get commissions when that recruit sells and signs up other people. Get it? It’s like endless marketing, or should we say money-making scheme.

Most consultants are women, such as isolated housewives who can work flexible hours and feel confident through a side income. With the rise of social media and loss of income during COVID-19, Arbonne took off and used vulnerable women as their prey, enticing them with promises of a Mercedes to give an example. 

Since most of your customers end up being family and friends, you run into the risk of losing a friend or two by being extraordinarily pushy and desperate to sell a product. 

I’ll talk about some of the ingredients they use shortly, but for now, this Arbonne review would like to point out some of this brand’s highlights.

Highlights

  • Products are vegan and use gluten-free
  • Has been around for a long time 
  • Can become an Independent Consultant for some income 
  • Certified B corporation 
  • A+ rating on BBB
  • Wide range of products
Arbonne Review

Arbonne CleanTox Herbal Detox Tea Review

Arbonne CleanTox Herbal Detox Tea Review
Arbonne CleanTox Herbal Detox Tea Review

Made with gut-soothing, liver-loving, and kidney-supporting ingredients, this Arbonne review will now hone in on one of their products: CleanTox Herbal Detox Tea. However, the term “detox” is somewhat misleading. 

If you aren’t aware, it is your body’s job to detox. It’s detoxing as we speak, thanks to your kidneys and liver. Any unwanted substances that do your body no good mainly go through the kidneys or liver, after which they end up in the gut for elimination.

So, as you can see, your kidneys, liver, and gut need to be in good working order to do their jobs. Things like the hustle and bustle of everyday life, pollution, and our Standard American Diet (or the SAD diet, since it is sad) make these organs work harder. So, at times they need extra support.

This is where Arbonne CleanTox Herbal Detox Tea comes in handy. A box of 20 bags costs $20. If you are a Preferred Client member, you can get it for $16. Let’s take a look at some of this tea’s ingredients.

Ingredients Label

Each tea bag contains a proprietary blend of herbal ingredients including:

Milk Thistle: Silymarin[1] found in milk thistle acts as an antioxidant and prevents toxins from binding to the liver cells. In short, Milk Thistle supports the liver. 

Peppermint: Menthol in peppermint is cooling and provides relief to digestive symptoms such as gas, bloating, and abdominal cramps. A review article[2] analyzing 9 studies shows that peppermint oil can provide symptomatic relief to IBS patients. 

Dandelion root: These weeds often growing in your backyard have liver-supporting[3] properties and act as a diuretic[4], helping you eliminate the toxins from your body via urine. 

Sweet Fennel: This herb can be found in many kitchens and is known for its digestive properties[5], such as helping with bloating, gas, and diarrhea. It also has antioxidant[6] properties, helping reduce the load on your liver and kidneys. 

Elder Flower: This herb has antioxidant properties helping to support the immune system along with some diuretic[7] properties. 

Nettle: This herb has antioxidant[8] properties. In one study[9], nettle was beneficial for men with benign prostatic hyperplasia as it helps flush bacteria out of the urinary system. 

Parsley: We all know this culinary herb seen in grocery stores. This herb is bursting with antioxidants and is especially rich in vitamin K, which helps the blood clot and protects the heart and bone. Studies[10] show parsley also has a diuretic effect helping our livers and kidneys. 

Uva Ursi: Similar to parsley, this small shrub also has diuretic benefits. 

Licorice Root: This root has anti-inflammatory properties and has some studies[11] to prove its effectiveness in relieving digestive symptoms such as GERD. However, the form oflLicorice root used in these studies is DGL. The state of licorice in this concoction is not DGL, and it is also in minimal quantities since it is listed last in the ingredient list. 

I don’t have information on the material the tea bag is made of. But, we know that if the tea bag is made of paper, sometimes the form can be bleached, and harmful chemicals such as chlorine and dioxins can be found.

Eventually, they get into our bodies and make the liver work harder because it needs to detoxify these chemicals. Loose-leaf organic tea is the ideal choice if you are in the market for one. It makes for a more robust flavor and creates less waste and no chemicals.

I would have liked to see Arbonne making loose leaf tea or being more transparent about what’s in their tea bags, especially since one of their mottos is transparency.

Nutritional Value

There are no calories in this tea, and I don’t know the amount of each ingredient present since it is a proprietary blend. The total amount in each tea bag is 2g.

Benefits 

Each ingredient has been included here thanks to its strong natural abilities to help cleanse your body. Some help introduce antioxidants and help your digestive system, while others clean out your urinary tract and help your liver when it needs it.

By drinking this tea, Arbonne says you will give your organs a boost in detoxing your body from all of those nasty chemicals, pollutants, and fried foods.

How Does It Work

As you can see, all ingredients have some properties to help detox your body, from its antioxidant capacity, liver, kidney, or gut support. The cumulative action of all elements in this blend then assists the body in eliminating toxins. 

How to Take & Dosage 

Pour 8 oz of boiling water into a cup with a detox tea bag in it. Steep for 5-10 minutes. The brand recommends drinking only one tea bag per day at the most. 

This Arbonne review will switch gears to a protein powder with an added caffeine boost

Arbonne FeelFit Pea Protein Shake Coffee Flavor Review

Arbonne FeelFit Pea Protein Shake Coffee Flavor Review
Arbonne FeelFit Pea Protein Shake Coffee Flavor Review

Are you looking to add some extra protein to your diet for muscle-building purposes or add more variety to your diet? This Arbonne FeelFit Pea Protein Shake Coffee Flavor is a vegan, gluten-free protein for those who can’t or choose not to take animal-based protein powders such as whey. 

What’s unique about this protein powder is that apart from three kinds of protein, it also contains added vitamins and minerals for extra support to your health. The good news for coffee lovers is that this protein powder is coffee-flavored and can be used to make iced lattes and cappuccinos.

Each pack of 30 servings retails for $89, and if you are a PC member, you can get it for $71. Let’s take a closer look at its ingredients. 

Ingredients Label

The three kinds of plant-based proteins used in this powder are:

  1. Pea Protein: This is a protein extracted from peas that act as a complete[12] source of vegan protein. Also, it is one of the easily digested[13] plant sources of protein.
  2. Rice Protein: Made from rice, this type of protein is also very easily digested and absorbed. It has the added benefit of being hypoallergenic.
  3. Cranberry: Although an unheard source of protein, cranberry protein powder can be a good source of antioxidants, fiber, and protein, especially when combined with other proteins like in this blend.

Arbonne trademarks it into a protein matrix blend. There is also added 35mg of caffeine in this powder so if you are trying to stay away from it, choose a different protein powder flavor. 

There are also several added vitamins and minerals and added as well:

  1. Ginseng: Ginseng is also in this powder, a herb used in Chinese medicine for brain functioning, elevating your mood and energy levels.  
  2. Alfalfa: A perennial plant that is related to peas. It is a great source of vitamins, minerals, and even protein. It has a deep history of medicinal use.
  3. CoenzymeQ10: oQ10 is a naturally produced substance in the body and stored in the mitochondria, energy powerhouses. Coq10 plays a role in energy production and serves as an essential antioxidant protecting your cells against damage.

This powder has some added gums in inactive ingredients, such as xanthan gum and guar gum. Apart from cane sugar and refined white sugar, stevia leaf is a non-caloric natural sweetener in the powder.

Also, the word natural flavors is a little shady because the company is allowed to use that term and add any “natural” ingredients to enhance the taste of the powder. Were you wondering how many calories and sugar are in each drink? Keep reading this Arbonne review as I give you the low-down.

Nutritional Value

In each two-scoop serving of this protein drink there are 160 Calories, out of which there are 3g of fat, 8g of added sugars, and 20g of protein. There is also 3g of fiber to help keep you full and 35mg of caffeine.

Although the amount of caffeine varies in coffee, on average, this is almost half of an average cup of coffee. 

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of this product.

Benefits 

The cumulative benefit of this product is to keep you feeling full and satisfied, along with building muscles, especially if you are working out. It can also act as an additional source of vegan protein if you are looking for a variety.

How Does It Work

The combination of proteins helps you build muscle, boost your energy, and help keep you full. The added vitamins and minerals fill up the gaps in your diet by adding extra nutrition. And caffeine gives you that extra boost to get you through your day. 

How to Take & Dosage

Mix two scoops of this powder in water or dairy-free milk of your choice, such as almond milk. The instructions say that you can take up to two servings of protein powder a day. I recommend you don’t drink this at night due to its caffeine content. 

This Arbonne review will now discuss its final product: EnergyFizz Ginseng Fizz Sticks

Arbonne EnergyFizz Ginseng Fizz Sticks Review

Arbonne EnergyFizz Ginseng Fizz Sticks Review
Arbonne EnergyFizz Ginseng Fizz Sticks Review

Have you ever reached out for a can of pop or a sports drink for a performance boost? Do you find coffee too bitter? Don’t worry, as Arbonne has made EnergyFizz Ginseng Fizz Sticks for someone just like you!

It will give you that much-needed sustained energy boost and will help you focus, so you can easily complete that long to-do list. 

This fizzy drink is tasty and easy to drink, coming in citrus, pineapple, pomegranate, strawberry, and blood orange flavors. It also has natural caffeine from green tea and guarana.

With added nutrients such as antioxidants and vitamins, this drink comes in individual pouches and is a great pick-me-up for you busy bees.

Each pack of 30 stick packs retails for $65. For PC members, it retails for $52. Keep reading this Arbonne review as I highlight some other features of this product. 

Ingredients Label

Apart from natural caffeine, this product contains other nutrients like panax Ginseng, Coq10, and taurine. There are also added B vitamins such as B2, B3, B5, B6, and B12. These B vitamins give you a range of benefits, so you’ll love this supplement.

In addition, there is chromium, sodium, and potassium as added minerals. 

How is it sweetened, you ask? With cane sugar and stevia extract. This product also contains dextrose, a simple sugar like glucose usually obtained from corn.

So, there are three different types of added sugars in this formulation. There are also gum arabic and natural flavors in this product. You know how we feel about that! 

Let’s take a look at the nutritional value of each packet.

Nutritional Value

Each stick pack contains 15 Calories, out of which there are 4g of carbohydrates and 2g of added sugars. There is 55mg of caffeine in each stick and 100 mg of panax ginseng extract. Lastly, 50 mg of coq10 and taurine (an amino acid).

Benefits

The ultimate goal is to give you instant energy, thereby focusing by increasing mental alertness. Ultimately, having this in the morning or mid-afternoon is ideal to use as a pick-me-up. 

I already spoke about the benefits of Ginseng and CoQ10. B vitamins present in this concoction play an essential role in energy processes in the body. 

Taurine is an amino acid that the body can produce. Usually, natural sources of taurine are animal-based[14]. So, this amino acid, which is typically present in sports drinks, present in this powder is derived by synthetic means since it is vegan.

Also, the benefits of taurine lie in energy production and improving exercise performance.

How Does It Work

Caffeine in the body increases the production of hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, which increase the blood sugar levels in the body, thereby giving you a jolt of energy. However, this energy is not long-lasting, depending on each individual’s metabolism.

Apart from the caffeine in this drink, the B vitamins and substances like ginseng and Coq10 also help the body in energy production, thereby helping you focus and improve your mood. 

All-in-all, this product is a better substitute for your daily coffee or sports drink as it has added nutrients and is low in sugar. 

How to Take & Dosage

Mix each packet into 8 oz of water, mix and enjoy. The brand doesn’t recommend drinking more than three a day. I don’t either, as that would add to your daily sugar consumption.

Please consult your healthcare practitioner if you are pregnant, nursing, or have a health condition. The product is also not recommended for kids.

This was just a glimpse of a few products from this brand. This Arbonne review will now elaborate on some other details of this company. 

Who Is Arbonne For?

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Arbonne is for adults looking to naturally improve their health. They have skincare, makeup, and nutrition-related products, so it is mainly catered to women who are not only looking to feel beautiful but also reflect that inner beauty through their looks. 

Arbonne Side Effects

Arbonne Review

Though side effects are rare, some symptoms can occur if the dose is exceeded. Since the Arbonne Detox tea is a blend, I don’t know the exact amount of each ingredient. Digestive issues like bloating, gas, diarrhea, and nausea.

Also, licorice root can lead to high blood pressure[15] if consumed in excess. 

For the Pea Protein Powder, if you are allergic to legumes such as peanuts, you should not take this product since pea is also a legume. Also, if you are sensitive to caffeine, do not consume this or the Ginseng Fizz Sticks as they both contain caffeine. 

In the Pea Protein Powder, each serving contains 460mg of sodium which is relatively high and something to watch out for if you are on a low sodium diet. 

Do not consume these products if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking any medications, or having medical conditions. Always talk to your doctor before starting these products.

Arbonne Reviews: What Do Customers Think?

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There are no customer reviews on their official website. However, I looked up other sources such as Influenster and found the Herbal Detox Tea averaging 4.7/5 stars over 141 reviews.

One pleased user said: “I love the detox tea. I was a big coffee drinker until I discovered detox tea and fizz sticks. I haven’t had coffee in 2 months. I have more energy now than before and no afternoon crash.”

Another satisfied customer reported: “I really loved this tea. Definitely on the pricey side, but very calming and relaxing. It has a very soothing taste and it’s good to wind down and help to relax at the end of the day. I would recommend this product if it is in your budget.” 

On Amazon, I found the Ginseng Fizz Sticks rated 4.7/5 stars over 111 reviews. Out of these reviews, 83% gave a 5-star rating. One delighted buyer said: “These are the BEST flavor sticks I have found. I use one each morning in a 64oz Yeti tumbler and it starts my day off right! I love the citrus flavor. It’s the only caffeine I have and they were recommended by my doctor.”  

When it comes to the Pea Protein Shake Coffee Flavor, I found some reviews on abillion.com where one user said: “A new favorite! So delicious with ice and almond milk and gives a great coffee flavor without the caffeine jolt.” 

Many reviewers complained about the cost of the products and how you have to pay a premium price for a nominal product. I’ll leave it for you to decide, but the price and marketing scheme is certainly off-putting.

Is Arbonne Legit?

Arbonne Review

I’m sure you’re wondering if any red flags are associated with this company. This company does have a marketing scheme in place and several proprietary products and lists under its belt. They are not guaranteed to be third-party tested as well. 

However, they have been around for a long time, are vegan, and are a Certified B Corporation, which says something about the brand name. All in all, this Arbonne review believes that this company is pretty legit. 

Is Arbonne Worth It?

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If you are still confused on whether to buy their products or not, then suffice it to say that if you believe in their business model and have tried their products that work for your health, then I give you the green light.

Although they are somewhat well-researched, they are not organic, and some cosmetics even have GMOs in them. To top it off, they are not labeled as third-party tested and come with hefty price points.

I’ll let you weigh the pros and cons of this company.  

Arbonne Promotions & Discounts 

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Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any promotions or discounts at the time of this Arbonne review. 

Where to Buy Arbonne

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Arbonne suggests buying from Independent Consultants or their website. They do not recommend you buy from online retailers like Amazon, where the quality of the products may be compromised. 

FAQ

Arbonne Review

Is Arbonne vegan?  

Yes, all Arbonne products are vegan certified and made from plant-based ingredients. 

Is Arbonne gluten-free? 

Although all products are made without gluten, they are not all made in gluten-free certified facilities so cross-contamination can occur. The Pea Protein Powder Coffee Flavor and Ginseng Fizz Sticks are certified gluten-free. 

What is Arbonne’s Shipping Policy?

For orders under $100, the ground shipping rate is $10. The shipping rate goes higher as you spend more on their products. These are the prices for regular clients. If you are a preferred client or an independent consultant, then shipping prices vary. 

The prices for each country vary so we suggest you check their shipping policies on their website. 

What is Arbonne’s Return Policy?

They offer a 90-day refund on their products where the shipping fees is non-refundable

How to Contact Arbonne

If you still have questions about Arbonne or their products after reading this review, you can contact them over the phone at 1-800-ARBONNE.They are available Monday to Friday, from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm PT, and Saturday from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm PT.


For more vegan products, check out these brands we’ve reviewed:

KVD Vegan Beauty Review

Nature’s Way Vitamins Review

Double Wood Supplements Review

It Works Slimming Gummies Review

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