Thursday, February 5, 2015

doTERRA February 2015 Promotions: Cypress and Verage

This month is a "quiet" month typically, as there are a few ongoing promotions but nothing new has been announced. So while the New Year, New You promotion continues, all we really have to discuss right now are the updated Product of the Month and 10% Discount items. I suppose I can also mention that the latest edition of both the doTERRA Leadership and Living magazines are available as well, if you'd like to read those or use them as something to get people involved with doTERRA. They have some great articles and stories as well as other ideas to help you get started and stay motivated, so if you haven't checked them out I'd recommend them.

Moving on to the Product of the Month, for February it's a full 15ml bottle of Cypress oil. I've had friends successfully use it with children that are having bed wetting problems... and I've also had friends where they say it didn't help at all. It's a woodsy oil and I find it has a pleasant aroma, and I've also used it on my wrists to help with soreness due to RSI. The normal price is $14 wholesale, or you can find it on Amazon for $17, so really we're talking about spending $25 extra beyond the normal 100 PV LRP order to get $42 worth of product -- not a bad deal at all.

The 10% discount item is something I admit we haven't had a chance to use yet, the Verage Immortelle Hydrating Serum. The wholesale price is normally $65, but this is one you can also get as part of a kit, the Verage Care Collection. I suspect some people are buying the kit and selling the individual items online or something, as you can currently find the Verage Immortelle Hydrating Serum for just $46.50 at Amazon -- though I don't know how long that will stick around. The Care Collection contains four products, Verage Cleanser, Toner, Immortelle Hydrating Serum, and Moisturizer; purchased separately the wholesale price is $140, but in the collection you can get them all for $84.50.

On a related note, I don't know for sure why doTERRA decided to do away with several of the old Essential Skin Care products and create a new Verage series, but I believe it had to do with changing the formulas to remove some questionable ingredients. By changing the name, they can ensure people won't read outdated information on ingredients and such.

The old Facial Cleanser for example contains: Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycol Stearate, Laureth-4, Melaleuca alternifolia (Melaleuca) Leaf Oil, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Macadamia ternifolia Seed Oil, Brassica juncea (Mustard) Sprout Extract, Brassica oleracea italica (Broccoli) Sprout Extract, Brassica oleracea botrytis (Cauliflower) Sprout Extract, Brassica oleracea capitata (Cabbage) Sprout Extract, Brassica oleracea acephala Sprout Extract, Wasabi japonica Root Extract, Cucurbita pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract, Maris Aqua (Sea Water), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Retinyl Palmitate, Panthenyl Triacetate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, and Polyether-1 -- whew! That's quite the long list, isn't it? 31 ingredients, with many that have scientific names I would have to look up to pronounce.

By comparison, the new Verage Cleanser ingredients are: Water, Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Glycerin, Sodium Olivoyl/Cocoyl Aminoacids Fructoside, Xanthan Gum, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Citrus Sinensis (Wild Orange) Oil Expressed, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Herb Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Melaleuca) Leaf Oil, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopherol, Sodium Levulinate, Citric Acid, Citrus Aurantium Amara Fruit Extract, Citrus Reticulata Fruit Extract, Citrus Sinensis Peel Extract, Sodium Anisate, Benzyl Alcohol, Lactic Acid, and Sodium Phytate. That's 23 ingredients, and doTERRA has product sheets explaining each one. So basically, that's why they phased out the old and brought in the new.

Friday, January 2, 2015

January 2015: Happy New Year (New You), More Frankincense, etc.

Since doTERRA first launched, every December in time for Christmas they have offered the Frankincense promotion. I'm not sure about the first few years, but since I joined up in 2012 they have also followed up with an extension of the Frankincense promotion into the first 15 days of January. That has happened once again, which means if you put together another 200PV order for this month, you get a second $70 value 15ml bottle of Frankincense. And you know I'm definitely going to do that!

Last year doTERRA also started a "New Year, New You" promotion, which is being offered again this year. The short summary is that if you hold a class in the first two months of 2015, you can offer attendees an extra incentive to join doTERRA. Register your class and anyone who attends and then signs up with at least a 100PV order (and who wouldn't do at least 100PV!?) and then has a 100PV or larger LRP order the next month will receive 100 Rewards Points. In other words, they get 300PV or products for the price of 200PV, not to mention any other incentives that they might receive.

Note that this is also available to anyone who signs up right now! So if you've been thinking, "Yeah, doTERRA sounds like a good MLM to work with", now is a great time to join up! Think of it this way: you join at a class this week, and you get together with your upline contact (the person who helped you sign up) and say, "I want to do my own class next week!" Register for the New Year, New You event and then when people come to your class, they too have a chance to receive an extra 100PV of doTERRA products. You could even do more than one class!

Let me run a few numbers by you if you're still hesitant. If you can get 10 people to a class, and if your upline contacts are worth anything, you should be able to sign up at least three people, and four or five isn't all that crazy. But let's just stick with 10 attendees per class and a 30% sign up rate. If you do one class and sign up three people, and they want the extra 100PV of product so they do a 100PV sign up order and a 100PV LRP next month, that means you have 600+ PV of orders. Fast Start bonuses pay out weekly at 20%, so right there you would receive around $120 in Fast Start bonuses.

But that's being very conservative, because most people that sign up will want either the Family Physician Kit ($150/110PV) or if they're really interested they should get a diffuser with their kit. The Home Essentials Kit comes with the Petal diffuser along with nine of the most popular oils in 15ml bottles and a 5ml Deep Blue bottle, with a price of $275/225PV. On average, I'd suggest anyone signing up is more likely to buy closer to 150PV on their first order, and another 125PV on their LRP order (so they receive the free Product of the Month), meaning three people would more likely give you 825PV in volume and $165 in Fast Start bonuses.

Get people to sign up before the 15th with a 200PV order and they also get the free 15ml Frankincense, while you potentially earn an even better Fast Start bonus! And if you do this twice with two classes, and you're well on your way to creating sustainable supplemental income with doTERRA, and you can help improve the health of your friends and family in the process. So if you're interested in doing this and you want to sign up with my team, please send me an email after you register and let's talk! I'm more than happy to help you reach your goals, and if I can't I'm sure my upline leaders can.

Moving on, let's also talk about the Product of the Month for January: Grapefruit. No, it's not the Pink Grapefruit, but that's okay because the two are basically the same -- just two different sources to make sure the supply is available and renewable. Grapefruit is reportedly great for helping combat candida yeast, among other things, and you get a full 15ml bottle (a $16 wholesale value). It's one of several citrus oils as well, which always have a nice invigorating smell.

Finally, if you're interested in a 10% discount, the DDR Prime Softgels are 10% off this month. I actually don't really like the softgels, simply because I did the math and determined the 30ml bottle of DDR Prime essential oil blend is a better deal. But I will say, the softgels are very convenient and don't taste bitter, which the oil blend generally does. I've also been buying the On Guard, DigestZen, and TriEase softgels -- always good to have on hand in a pinch!

Anyway, welcome to a new year, and let's all work to make the world a better place, one small step at a time. I'm also trying to get motivated to do the annual STP bike ride again this summer, which means right about now is a great time to start training -- just in time for my New Years' Resolution to exercise more. I've got a fitness band to help me track my steps at least, so that's one step in the right direction. :-)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

doTERRA December 2014: It's Frankincense Time Again!

It's that time of year -- snow, lights, Christmas trees, music, and a wonderful feeling of sharing, giving, and joy. I love Christmas, especially watching my two little boys eagerly anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus. (My 12-year-old still loves Christmas too, but I think she's finally figured out that there's a bit more going on than meets the eye. Hahaha.) doTERRA also loves this season of the year, and as usual they are running their Frankincense promotion for the month of December.

It's the same as before: make any single order of 200PV or more -- LRP, retail, whatever -- and you will get a free bottle of Frankincense. Of course if you do it on an LRP order, you also receive bonus points and the free Product of the Month. So while my order this month ended up being about $230 with shipping and tax, I will actually receive about $320 worth of product.

Here's the thing: Frankincense is an awesome oil, and we use it regularly on our two boys. We've also been using InTune on the older boy, and his change in behavior in preschool has been noticed by the teachers, which is awesome. He's still as boisterous as ever, but the combination of InTune and Frankincense on the spine every night is definitely helping with his ability to focus. Anyway, Frankincense is not a particularly cheap oil, and I have a confession: other than the bottle that came with the initial starter kit, I have never actually paid for Frankincense, at least not directly. How can that be?

It's easy: I know every December doTERRA is going to run a Frankincense promotion, so I try to queue up as many 200PV orders as possible. Get friends and family that only buy on occasion to shop with you, pool the orders, and it's entirely possible to get two or even three free bottles of Frankincense! The same applies to Deep Blue and Deep Blue Rub (typically in April there's a promotion), and Immortelle (usually in July I think, maybe August). So plan ahead and try to hit 200PV on months like this one and you can avoid paying for some nice oils.

Besides the Frankincense promotion, doTERRA's Product of the Month is a 5ml bottle of Holiday Joy, which has a lovely Christmas smell. It's a blend of Wild Orange, Nutmeg, Pine, Cassia (basically a cinnamon scent), Cinnamon Bark, and Vanilla Absolute. Put some on a pine cone and visitors will take notice of the smells of the season as they enter your home. (And if you're doing a doTERRA party/class, this is a great one to use as a demonstration right now!)

The final promotion going on for December is the usual 10% off sale on Wintergreen. This is a natural source of methyl salicylate as well, so there's actually a child-proof cap on the bottle, and it smells like a super potent version of Wintergreen gum. Basically, it's good for helping with joint aches and pains, and it's one of the main ingredients of Deep Blue. So this month you can buy a bottle for $14.40 wholesale instead of the usual $16.00.

If you're wondering what I put on my order for the month, along with cashing in 200PV worth of Rewards Points (yay!), I did 200PV of product so I can get the Frankincense. We were running low on a few oils, so I stocked up on those as well. Three On Guard ('tis the season for colds and flu as well -- blech!), one Serenity, two Rosemary, one DigestZen, an one DigestZen Softgels ends up being exactly 200PV if you're curious (with a total price of $204.50 + tax + shipping). As for the "free" Bonus Points, I grabbed two more DigestZen, one InTune, on Lavender, one Eucalyptus, one Ginger, and one Wintergreen. Not a bad haul if I do say so myself.

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.