Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Details of doTERRA's New Share Program

One final update for the day is that doTERRA is offering a new Share Program to help new Wellness Advocates get started. You can read the brochure if you'd like, but sometimes people just get more confused instead of becoming informed. The simple explanation of the Share Program is this:

New Wellness Advocates will get 15% in share rewards from purchases made by people they enroll, along with any orders those people make, for the first 60 days after they sign up. In addition to these 15% share rewards, the new WAs will still earn a Fast Start bonus, but it will be 15% instead of the usual 20%. So basically, you have the potential to get 30% in bonuses off the PV value of all the people you enroll for 60 days.

If that doesn't make sense, let me break it down a bit more. If you sign up as a Wellness Advocate on October 1, 2014, for the next 60 days you have the potential to earn 30% in bonuses on people you enroll instead of the normal 20% Fast Start bonus. So from October 1 until November 29, any orders placed by people you enroll will give you 15% Fast Start and 15% share rewards, based on the PV of the order. You Fast Start bonus is paid out in cash weekly, while the share points are rated at one point per PV ordered.

That sounds good on the surface, and it's an incentive for newly enrolled WAs to get sharing, but there are some fine points you need to consider. First, you're not guaranteed to actually earn any reward; there are six kits that you can choose as a reward, but the smallest kit requires you to earn at least 500 credits. Put another way, you would need to have people that you enroll order at least $500 (500 PV) worth of product in order to earn just the base level gift package. (Note: 15% of $500 is $75, so at the 500 point level you receive a $75 kit.) Other gift kits you can earn require you to earn 1000 or even 2000 credits.

That might seem like an insurmountable task for a new Wellness Advocate, but in reality it's not that bad. Most people you actually sign up will order somewhere between 125 and 500 PV worth of product, so enrolling four people in your first 60 days of doTERRA would get you a gift -- and if you can find one person that wants to really get started and order a big kit, that would get you a gift. So let's talk about the gifts next.

There are six gift kits available, two at each tier (500/1000/2000 share credits). The 500 credit kits are the Active Life Kit (one bottle of Mito2Max, one tube of Deep Blue Rub, Peppermint Beadlets, and a Lip Balm -- a $75 value) and the Root to Tip Kit (Protecting Shampoo, Smoothing Conditioner, Healthy Hold Glaze, Root to Tip Serum, and a 15ml bottle of Tangerine essential oil -- a $77.50 value).

At the 1000 credit tier, the Healthy Style Kit contains everything in the Root to Tip Kit and adds a Lifelong Vitality Pack (total value is $152); the other option is the Spa Facial Kit, which includes the new Verage product line (cleanser, toner, moisturizing serum, and moisturizer), the Reveal Facial System (both tubes), and a 15ml bottle of Tangerine oil (a $147.50 value).

Finally, the 2000 credit gifts are the Home Guard Kit (Lifelong Vitality Pack, two tubes of On Guard Toothpaste, On Guard Beadlets, one 15ml On Guard oil, On Guard Throat Drops, 15ml Tangerine oil, On Guard Laundry Detergent, On Guard Foaming Hand Wash -- with one dispenser -- On Guard Cleaner, and last but not least the Aroma Lite Diffuser -- a total value of $304.45) or the Luxury Collection (everything in the Spa Facial Kit along with a 15ml bottle of Serenity oil and the new Lotus Diffuser -- a $302 value).

Whew! That's a lot of stuff to cover, and I'm not even done yet. If you happen to be a real go-getter and earn sufficient credits, you can earn multiple rewards as well -- so let's just say you go nuts and earn 4000 credits; you could get both the Home Guard Kit as well as the Luxury Collection. Or you could get eight of the 500 credit kits, four of the 1000 credit kits, or however else you want to distribute your credits.

Wrapping things up, again you need to know that you only earn Share Credits during your first 60 days; at that point you automatically switch over to the normal 20% Fast Start bonuses. You also have to redeem any Share Credits within your first 90 days, and if you don't share enough to earn at least 500 credits you basically get nothing. You can also opt out of the program at any time (e.g. if you'd prefer to simply get the 20% Fast Start bonuses). Finally, since this is a new program from doTERRA, it's being made available to all existing Wellness Advocates -- you just opt in and then you have 60 days of sharing.

I know that personally the Share Program is pretty cool sounding, but despite my penchant for blogging about all things doTERRA I'm unlikely to actually earn the 500 credits needed to get to the first tier of rewards. I typically only sign up a few people each year, and not all of them stick with doTERRA, so we'll see if I can do any better in the next 60 days. Of course, if you want to help me out and you're not already a doTERRA Wellness Advocate, by all means sign up under me and let's get sharing!

And on a final note, none of the above kits are available for purchase -- you have to earn the kits and then they are shipped to you free of charge. Of course you can always go out and purchase the products on your own, so it's not like you have to earn the kits. I wouldn't be surprised to see some of these turned into new Enrollment Kits, but we'll have to wait and see on that.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

doTERRA New Product: On Guard Toothpaste Sample Packets

Okay, this isn't really so much a new product as it is a new option for people that are trying to share doTERRA. Some things don't really lend themselves to sharing, and I don't know about you but if someone were to say, "Hey, I have this great toothpaste that you should try," I'd be a little hesitant to take them up on the offer of sharing their tube. Okay, maybe that's not entirely true, as I'm sure my wife would tell you: I probably wouldn't hesitate to try out the toothpaste, but most people are likely to be a bit more reserved when it comes to things like sharing toothpaste. Hahaha....

At the same time, if someone really wanted to try the On Guard toothpaste, buying a whole tube is a bit expensive ($8.50 wholesale, $11.33 retail), and if they -- or you -- don't like the toothpaste, you've got a whole tube to get through. Personally I am hesitant to throw out anything that is useful, and I know I've "suffered" through some tubes of toothpaste in my life where I looked forward to finishing the tube so I could move on to something that I liked more. (For whatever reason, Aquafresh and Colgate toothpastes have never really been something I like to use, but I've gone through tubes of both brands many times during my 40+ years.)

Anyway, doTERRA probably heard enough requests for sample packets of the toothpaste that -- just like they did last year with Deep Blue Rub sample packets -- they announced at the 2014 Aspire Convention that they now have On Guard toothpaste sample packets. The cost is $3.50 wholesale for Wellness Advocates, or $4.67 retail. You get ten 2g sample packs for that price, compared to a 113g tube, so there's definitely a price premium. Still, it's much easier to share small samples.

Personally, I've been using the On Guard Whitening Toothpaste for more than a year, and I think it's a good product. I use it on my children as well, since it doesn't have anything that would be harmful if they happen to swallow some while I brush their teeth. I can't say that I've noticed any whitening effect on my teeth by using the product, but then I'd say the same for all of the other "whitening" toothpastes that have been on shelves for 20 years or more. My wife also swears that regular use of the On Guard toothpaste has helped us avoid some of the cold bugs that go around during the winter, and let me tell you: the rainy northwest has plenty of those it seems.

Compared to other mass produced toothpaste brands, you'll pay about three or four times as much per tube for the On Guard toothpaste, but if you compare to "all natural" toothpastes it's probably only twice as much as some, and not even as expensive as others. A tube will also last quite a while as you don't need a huge dollop of toothpaste; I'd say a single tube lasts about two or three months, and that's with sharing the tube among myself, my wife, and my two little boys.

New doTERRA Product: Correct-X Ointment

My wife and I had a conversation the other day about doTERRA and their introduction of new products each convention. One of our concerns is that they may leave behind their roots -- essential oils -- as they go off chasing revenues and create new products. Her desire is simply this: doTERRA is welcome to explore other products, but every new product should have some tie to essential oils; otherwise it feels like doTERRA is "just another big MLM corporation".

Up next on our list of new products from the 2014 Aspire Convention is Correct-X, and so far doTERRA is sticking to their roots. This is a skin care product designed to help skin return to a healthy state after being distressed. That stress could come from a variety of sources -- acne, cuts and scrapes, etc. I do have to wonder how different Correct-X is from some of their other skin care products, but this appears to be more of a "use as needed" rather than a "daily use" sort of product.

In terms of ingredients, Correct-X is chock full of essential oils. It includes numerous oils known to help with healthy skin and other skin conditions -- Frankincense, Helichrysum, Melaleuca, Cedarwood, and Lavendar. In addition, it contains other plant extracts that have beneficial properties. Bisabolol has compounds known to promote cell growth, Jojoba helps with hydration, and Amurense Bark helps with inflammation.

The price for a tube of Correct-X is actually not too bad: $12 for Wellness Advocates or $16 for retail customers. Based on those prices, it's safe to say that the amount of some of the oils like Frankincense and Helichrysum is quite low, but that's okay I suppose. Like the other new doTERRA products, Correct-X officially went on sale on September 22, so this if you're like me you can pick this up with your next LRP order.

New doTERRA Product: TerraGreens

With the 2014 doTERRA Aspire Convention now over, there are a bunch of new products to cover. Sadly, I had way too much on my plate this month so I was not able to attend, but perhaps next year I can make it. That's neither here nor there of course, so let's start talking about the new products from Convention.

First up is the new dietary supplement, TerraGreens. This one is actually quite interesting to me, as my wife and I have a juice that we pull out on occasion. I think the best way of describing TerraGreens is that it's a powdered form of what you would get from juicing a bunch of green vegetables. What vegetables? Well, it contains a blend of kale, dandelion greens, spinach, parsley, collard greens, broccoli, and cabbage -- and that's just the start. Also part of the blend are wheat grass, alfalfa, oat grass, and barley grass.

On the fruit side of the equation, it has pineapple, guava, mango, goji berry, mangosteen, and acerola cherry. All of these ingredients are powdered versions of the respective vegetable/fruit juice/grass, if you're wondering. Then, just to make things interesting, TerraGreens also contains some lemon and ginger root essential oil. (I'm not sure how you add essential oils to all the remaining powders without having them evaporate, but whatever.)

Take one scoop of the blend, add it to a glass of water (or some other beverage), and drink: presto! Instant green juice, sort of. Wait, why only "sort of"? Well, it's simple really: you can't get the same exact result with a powder that you would get from juicing fresh vegetables and fruits. I would guess there are ways of at least getting somewhat close, and I'm sure TerraGreens has a lot of nutrients, but I'm not convinced it's as good as making a fresh glass of green juice.

Of course, there are some other benefits. I speak from experience when I tell you that juicing is a major pain in the butt! The first step of course is having all of the vegetables and fruits handy, which can consume quite a bit of refrigerator space. Then you have to prepare any of the fruits/vegetables you want to juice, which means at the very least washing them and perhaps cutting out portions that you don't want to juice (e.g. apple seeds). Once that's all done, you fire up your juicer and send all the stuff through, and certain items definitely don't create much juice -- e.g. kale and other leafy greens. And when that's done and you have your glass of juice, you of course still have to clean up, and my juicer at least can take a good 5-10 minutes to get everything cleaned.

And then there's the price of juicing. Do you realize how expensive it is to make a nice glass of green juice? I'd say at a bare minimum we're talking about $1.50, and probably $3.00 isn't too far out of the question for some recipes -- especially if you happen to use organic vegetables (which you probably ought to consider if you're juicing). The cost of TerraGreens on the other hand is $28 per container for Wellness Advocates (or it's $37.33 if you're not a doTERRA WA) and you get 30 servings per container, so about $1 per glass.

How does TerraGreens compare to an actual green juice, though? And it's not just about nutrients, right -- how does this stuff taste? Well, that's a more difficult question to answer. I'll see about ordering some next month, and I'll report back then. If it doesn't taste too bad, maybe it's not the same as a green juice! Hahaha... I always told my mom when I was young, "Well, this must be good for me, because it tastes terrible!" (Or alternately, "This can't be healthy, because it tastes so good!") Seriously, though, I've had some pretty awful tasting juices over the past year since getting our juicer. The list of ingredients doesn't look very tasty, but it can't be any worse than the kale, garlic, ginger, carrot, and apple juice that I use when I feel any sort of cold coming on.

The core of the debate is still this: if juicing fresh fruits and vegetables is the best way to get a concentrated shot of all the nutrients, creating a powder from fruits and vegetables is pretty much the opposite of what you want. It's interesting to see doTERRA even making this product, as they often have several presentations on the importance of eating healthy, which includes avoiding processed foods. I'm sure TerraGreens has some good benefits, but it's definitely highly processed. Anyway, check back next month for my actual taste testing.