If you are a part of any sort of vegan beauty Facebook group, you have probably, at some stage, been spammed with information about a cosmetic brand called Arbonne. My first experience dealing with Arbonne was when I first started up Flawless and Pawless, when I was approached by an Arbonne representative.
“You’re all about cruelty-free beauty, working for Arbonne would be perfect for you to make lots of money on the side!” – wow, this sounds great! Tell me more – “the starter kit for you to sell is actually 10% off at the moment, so it’s really good value for you to start up your Arbonne business!” – okay, this sounds a little too like a pyramid scheme.
Multi-Level Marketing is a form of business strategy used by direct sales companies. The company encourages their existing representatives and distributors to hire new representatives and distributors, and by doing so, the majority of the new representatives and distributors’ sales profit goes to those of the already existing representatives and distributors. A bit confusing, right?
Basically, Multi-Level Marketing is a very controversial sales strategy due to its similarity to a pyramid scheme, which is illegal. Pyramid schemes work in such a way that any sales that are made by any employee goes to the people above them, in an endless cycle to endorse wealth in the original employees and encourage incentive to hire more. In many cases, pyramid schemes cause all employees to lose all of their profits- there is a great documentary on Netflix at the moment on the nutrition giant brand Herbalife, which you should definitely watch to learn more about how these pyramid schemes work.
Anywho, as a cruelty-free cosmetic expert, I will not bore you with extensive information about Multi-Level Marketing (there are some great books, sites and documentaries out there on this matter alone). The reason why I am writing this article is because Flawless and Pawless has come to the decision NOT to support Multi-Level Marketing cruelty-free and/or vegan brands on this site. The reason for this is that I do not wish to provide what may seem like a biased opinion about the products from these brands. Multi Level Marketing Brands are also a no-go area within the vegan cosmetics industry. Although some of these cruelty-free brands are certified cruelty-free, it is against my role as an honest cosmetic expert to be promoting brands that spam the nation with forced claims.
Below is a list of the cruelty-free Multi-Level Marketing cosmetic brands that Flawless and Pawless will not be supporting on this site:
- Forever Living
- Neals Yard Remedies Organic
- NYR Organic
To add to this, here are the Multi-Level Marketing cosmetic brands that test on animals that Flawless and Pawless would never dream of supporting:
- Mary Kay
- Nu Skin Enterprises
DISCLAIMER: This decision for Flawless and Pawless not to support Multi Level Marketing brands is a personal decision, as by supporting these brands my role as Ireland’s cosmetic expert could come across as biased, and I am aware that the vegan community are highly against the promotion of these brands.