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Old 03-16-2010, 09:42 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Went to a "party" last night for Melaleuca- of course it SOUNDS great, but does anyone have experience with their products??

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My parents were part of that company when I was a kid, but I don't remember much about it. We used their cleaning products and whatnot. I just make my own stuff these days, so I'm not familiar with anything they make. I do love me some tea tree oil, though! I use it for skin conditions, cuts, insect bites/stings, etc.

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I haven't tried their products, but I know the company changed hands in the 90's I think, and they restructured and took a new direction.

But I got asked to look at their stuff recently too and would be interested to know what people think.

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LOVE their products.

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I was able to purchase from a friend who was a seller, but she sold for rock bottom prices to just her friends.

The products are concentrated and have lasted a long time. I use the cleaning sprays. The only thing I don't like is the smell. The Tub n Tile is especially rank and DH hates it LOL

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We signed up for whatever account you can get to save money [5 years ago]. I signed up for a large order of everything we needed-- lots of cleaning supplies, mainly. I didn't understand that they were going to try to automatically send that to us every month! Which is crazy because that stuff lasts forever. We refused to accept any of the extra packages and the original stuff that we bought [mostly] lasted for three years. I liked the smell, liked the products, but didn't like dealing with the whole MLM-type company. We use different things now.

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Around here I guess you have to be a member and then buy only for your own use and you have to order every month. I have a friend who is a member and she has a over supply of stuff and will give it to me. I LOVE the tough and tender seriously that stuff cleans ANYTHING. I have some of the other cleaners and lotion and they do work great! I don't think they are all that natural anymore (if ever I don't know) but for my tough jobs I do pull them out. Normally I just use vinegar and water with some TTO in for good measure.

I don't think the tough and tender has a bad smell but am not sure I have smelled the tile cleaner lol. The stuff I have used doesn't have the old melaleuca stuff used to have though.

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I used their products for a while and I thought they were fine. I don't like the fact that they don't put the ingredients on the labels. I also don't like the chemical smell of their cleaners. I am chemical sensitive and I felt like I needed a gas mask to clean my bathroom. Yuck! I also don't like that you have to spend a specific amount of money to be a part of it. The products are very expensive if you aren't signed up for the discount. That turns me off for sure.

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I've been a member for almost a year. I have a monthly point total I need to purchase each month. If I don't place my order by a certain pont they automatically ship out items that meet my point quota. Mine is 35 points and I typically spend $72 a month that includes shipping.

I like alot of there cleaning products. I also buy ALL of my tee tree oil thru them. My kids love there toothpaste. I have atleast a 2yr supply of automatic dishliquid. I have a friend of mine who is "working" the buisness and makes about $700 a month doing it. enough to quit her part-time mom job and work from home. For me I'm not a sales person. And while there products are good I don't know if Its something I'm going to stay with long term I sometimes resent having to purchase each month because honestly I don't always need those items monthly. I wish they had a 3mo option point value wise. For now I'll stick with it. But long term like I said not sure.

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I signed up to get some information a few years ago. At that time I was unsure of whether I wanted to "sell" as a work-from-home job, or just buy their products for use in my home. I was bombarded with phone calls and emails and the people I spoke to were always very persistant and persuasive. That was almost 3 years ago and I still get an occasional call or email. I don't like the whole MLM business thing. Not for me. And I don't want to be "forced" to buy products I might not need. I decided it's just not for me.

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A friend of mine IRL sells it and has used it for years. I sat down with her to hear her speil and to compare buying from my frontier co-op. I can buy stuff that is much less expensive thru frontier and since I have several people who order 3-6 times yearly, I can just do a small order for $250 and be fine. I order every other month and my portion is usually about 75-$100. That was the one thing she could not overcome an objection to.

And yes, not a big fan of the mlms as it is.

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I've been a member for almost a year. I have a monthly point total I need to purchase each month. If I don't place my order by a certain point they automatically ship out items that meet my point quota.
Ugh, that's what I hated! Especially when we were on such a tight budget at the time! It almost seemed unethical to us.

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Mine is 35 points and I typically spend $72 a month that includes shipping.
That would be a LOT of money for us to spend on cleaning products and tea tree oil for one month! Like I said, each cleaning product bottle lasted us YEARS.

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I know someone who sells it and swears by it. She gave me a little bottle of TTO, and I have to say, I loved it. So I looked into ordering more and was shocked at the prices and structure of the company.

I cannot imagine spending $75 in a whole YEAR on cleaners and TTO, much less each month. I use vinegar, baking soda, TTO, and Bon Ami for serious scrubbing. It's probably about $25/year for cleaning supplies at our house and I have no obligation to spend what I don't want to/can't in any given month.
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They sell alot more items than just TTO and Cleaning products. They have a whole line of make up from Nicole ******, A full line of shampoos, lotions, tooth paste aswell as fist aid supplies, and other over the counter medication. Vitamins aswell as some food items. I like there candles aswell. I purchase there bubble bath for my girls as they both have eczema and Melaeuca's bubble bath doesn't irratate them. They also have some great toothpastes.

So $72 (which also includes shipping) Ususally has seveal toothpastes, bubble bath, tto (I usually go thru a 1 oz bottle every 6 weeks because I use it for alot of things) I purchase my shampoo and most toiletries thru them etc.

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OK, i looked at some reviews for Melaleuca (i'd never heard of it before). Even if they are an "honest" company and it's "easy to cancel" (some things that have been refuted and promised), i'd hesitate to join anything that's going to take that much money out of my bank account every month for cleaning/personal products. Most of that stuff you don't even need. The following cover all our household and personal cleaning: baking soda, washing soda, borax, soap, vinegar, salt. That's it. That's all we need. But we all have our own tastes, i know. I'd just hesitate (and by hesitate, i mean, run from) any company that's trying to suck me in like they seem to. It's just weird that if you don't spend what you said you would spend, they'll go ahead and take that money out of your account. KWIM? And to sign a contract for cleaning products? Hmmm....

Then again, if you're a savvy SAHM who could sell fire to the devil--by all means! I don't have that talent.

So they're not really green? Anybody have a resource to back that up? I couldn't find anything, and they say that they're SO green.
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They sell alot more items than just TTO and Cleaning products. They have a whole line of make up from Nicole ******, A full line of shampoos, lotions, tooth paste aswell as fist aid supplies, and other over the counter medication. Vitamins aswell as some food items. I like there candles aswell. I purchase there bubble bath for my girls as they both have eczema and Melaeuca's bubble bath doesn't irratate them. They also have some great toothpastes.

So $72 (which also includes shipping) Ususally has seveal toothpastes, bubble bath, tto (I usually go thru a 1 oz bottle every 6 weeks because I use it for alot of things) I purchase my shampoo and most toiletries thru them etc.
Still, when I buy shampoo, it usually lasts me 8 months to a year. First aid supplies and toothpaste we also buy very rarely-- they just last forever. Bubble bath and vitamins are the only thing we'd buy monthly but for those and natural cosmetics and lotions, I have brand loyalty elsewhere-- and probably pay less for them anyway.

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I joined with the intention of earning money. For several months I ordered my minimum every month, receiving a bunch of products I didn't need and/or could find cheaper locally. It's not only MLM, it is "pay to play." A better salesperson or someone who really BELIEVED the membership was worth its benefits could have recruited members & turned it into an income. But with most of the things I was unimpressed, and they are not very "green" at all. Their skincare products definitely do not live up to my standards and the food items we got were just awful. There were a few things I did like, such as the toothpaste. But for me it was not worth it. For someone who doesn't make their own cleaners, takes lots of supplements and doesn't mind if they are synthetic, uses tons of handsoap or decorative candles, etc., it would probably be easy to use up the minimum every month. But the way I see it, there is something wrong with a company that only makes its products available to members who are then forced to order at least a certain amount every month. If what they are offering lives up to its promises, then they wouldn't need to do that.
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I love Melaleuca products!!!!

our monthly order consists of my prenatal vitamins hubbys multivitamins and a couple other things we need at the time its different each month!

They have such a variety of items its not just cleaning stuff. BTW their cleaning stuff is all natural and not harmful to children or the envirement. Everything is ultra concentrated which means it is cheaper than store brands. I am a rep but super shy so I am def. not pushy! lol and yes you can cancel at any time its not difficult...


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Ohhhh yes, I'm very familiar with Melaleuca - I am asked daily about them (people equate my company to being "comparable" - when in fact, it's VERY different). Here's what I know...

 

It's ALL about the INGREDIENTS.

And Melaleuca isn't exactly honest and transparent about what they put into products. They market themselves as "natural", "pure", "safe", "organic" etc. - but they don't inform their own consultants that they are actually FULL of toxic ingredients. Look at this comparison, for example:

 

MELALEUCA KOALA KIDS BODY WASH INGREDIENTS - water, Sodium trideceth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, PEG-150 Distearate, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum, Polyquaternium-10, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate, Avena Sativa (oat) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Chamomilla Recutita (chamomile) Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera (green Tta) Leaf Extract, Amylcinnamyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methypropional.MELALEUCA KOAL KIDS BODY WASH INGREDIENTS - water, Sodium trideceth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, PEG-150 Distearate, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum, Polyquaternium-10, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate, Avena Sativa (oat) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Chamomilla Recutita (chamomile) Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera (green Tta) Leaf Extract, Amylcinnamyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methypropional.

 

AVA ANDERSON BODY WASH - cocos nucifera (organic coconut) oil, olea europaea (organic olive) oil, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe) leaf juice, kosher vegetable glycerin, butyrospermun parkii (organic shea) butter, lavender and chamomile essential oils and calendula officinalis (organic calendula) extract.

 

You literally have to wade through dozens of chemicals with the Melaleuca brand before you get to something that's actually SAFE!

 

My own research led me to join the Ava Anderson Non-Toxic Company - a company that truly "walks the walk" when it comes to disclosure, purity, and non-toxicity. We are actively involved in helping get legislation as part of the "Safe Chemicals Act" in the Senate right now, in fact...and all of our products are rated 0-1 by EWG! No parabens, PEG’s. synthetic “fragrance”, hidden ingredients such as phthalates, nitrosamines or formaldehyde, no Glycol, sodium laureth sulfate, petroleum byproducts or animal testing. All products are gluten-free, most are Vegan and all of the packaging is recyclable! We also don't have "monthly purchase minimums"! I've been both a customer and consultant for Ava for over a year -- please message me if I can help you in any way!


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