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My SIL is an Arbonne consultant. In fact, she's an NVP with Arbonne. She has done very, very well in a relatively short time -- she's only been a consultant for about 18 months and she's been an NVP for four months.
hopeelise, I think the consultants you were talking to must have been talking out their, ermmmm ... yeah, ears. Every consultant I've ever spoken with, every presentation I've ever attended, etc. has always been very honest about the nature of Arbonne products. They (the company) make a point to say that the products are not all organic or all natural, as they believe (and so do I) that a minimal amount of preservatives are needed to maintain the freshness and integrity of the products. They specifically state that they have chosen to use minimal amounts of preservatives so that their products don't go rancid on the shelf, as is an issue with some all natural products.
Also, they don't say that all other mascaras are made of bat poo, but that some are. And some are. Again, if you're hearing that all other mascaras have a base of bat poo, then your consultants are stretching the truth a bit. (I happen to love the Arbonne mascara, actually, because it works really well.) They're taking that "no animal products or by-products" part of the Arbonne business practice and making it into something it's not.
The products are botanically and herbally based. Not 100% natural. They are certified vegan, meaning no animal or human products or by-products (i.e. no foreskins, which is an issue for me). The company itself promotes integrity and strong, ethical business practices. Sounds to me that the reps you were talking to seem to have glossed over that part. More's the pity, as people will always find out the truth, just as you did, and then be put off of not only the rep but the products and company.