Saturday, August 8, 2015

doTERRA Athlete's Kit: New Product and Cost Analysis

doTERRA recently launched a new product, the doTERRA Athlete's Kit, and as the name implies it's targeted at athletes. The kit includes the following: 5ml bottles of Breathe, On Guard, Lavender, Melaleuca, and Peppermint, plus a 120ml (standard size) tube of Deep Blue Rub. You also get a handy carrying case for the oils and DBR, which can be repurposed for carrying other oils as well as you see fit. Let's quickly start with the benefits -- for athletes -- of the various products.

Breathe is a respiratory blend, which can help minimize the effects of seasonal threats. On Guard is a protective blend designed to boost your immune system and help protect against environmental threats. Lavender is a calming oil, so tense and stressed out athletes can relax and chill out before or after events. Melaleuca is great for cleansing and rejuvenating effects on the skin. Peppermint can invigorate you when your fatigued or low on energy. And finally, Deep Blue Rub is great for soothing the aches and pains of sore muscles.

That's all well and good, but there are a few things you need to know before you run out and buy the Athlete's Kit. First, it does not qualify as an enrollment kit, though you can of course order it as part of an enrollment. I always recommend enrolling with at least a 100PV order, and in the case of the Athlete's Kit, it's valued at 65PV and has a wholesale cost of $75 -- so you'd want at least 35PV more product, assuming you're going for the 100PV mark.

The second aspect is perhaps the more interesting part of the kit. All of the oils are 5ml bottles, which means two things: first, they're not quite as valuable -- so if your locker got robbed, you're not out quite as much money in products. (Probably not the biggest concern, right?) Second, since the oil bottles are all one-third the normal size, it makes it a bit more difficult to determine whether this is a good value or not. Have no fear, however: I like math, so I'm here to run the calculations for you.

Breathe normally costs $20, On Guard is $32, Lavender is $21, Melaleuca is $19, and Peppermint is $20.50. Combined, those five oils would normally set you back $112.50, but you're getting one-third the quantity, so it's more like $37.50. Meanwhile, the Deep Blue Rub is a regular sized tube, so it has a value of $29.25. So, all told the value of the Athlete's Kit is $66.75...except there's still that convenient bag (worth a few dollars at least). Add in the fact that you don't have to buy full size bottles and get five oils, and it's actually not a bad deal. It's good enough that I put one in my monthly LRP order, at least in part because my wife wanted it.

Ultimately, I'd call the value a bit of a wash, but it's a nice way to see if you like these oils. If you're an athletic type and you find the kit and oils to be really beneficial, then you can replenish your stock with full size oils as needed. Or if you want an extra doTERRA bag that can hold five oils, it's a nice option.

Interestingly, doTERRA also offers the Athlete's Kit in bulk quantities of 10 and 100 kits at a discount, which is something of a new tactic from the company. The pack of 10 costs $725 (a 3.3% discount) and is worth 600PV, so assuming you're doing LRP orders with 30% bonus points, you lose 50PV * 0.3 = 15 bonus points ($15 in oils) but save $25, a net savings of $10. The pack of 100 (for those that really like to have a lot of extras, or maybe for a sports team/school) has a price of $7000 and is worth 5500PV. Assuming an LRP order (and remember that technically, LRP orders are not supposed to be resold), you're now saving $500 over the regular price but losing 150 bonus points.

I'm not sure who exactly other than larger sports groups and stores would want to buy that many kits at a time, but I do find it interesting that at present, you can find the Athlete's Kit on Amazon for $68.99 -- less than you would pay even if buying in 100 bulk quantity. Hmmm. Either people are buying in bulk on LRP and counting on the 30% bonus points, or something else fishy is going on. But if you're not a doTERRA Wellness Advocate, it's the best price you're likely to find.

Monday, August 3, 2015

doTERRA August 2015 Promotions and Incentives

Welcome to August: time for the heat, and time to continue the Precious Petals promotion -- as well as my personal bonus challenge for July/August. (If you want to know where you are in the standings, just fire me off an email!) That mostly means this month is going to be more of the same compared to last month. If you're not really pushing to make doTERRA a business, and/or you're not doing LRP, there's nothing other than the current Product of the Month and 10% discount to discuss.

Let's start with the Product of Month, then. This month, any 125PV or larger LRP order processed by the 15th will also receive a 5ml bottle of Breathe. My family goes through Breathe quite quickly, especially during cold/flu season, or when seasonal allergies are around. As the name implies, it helps clear up the airways... a bit. Sometimes, though, I have to say that Breathe isn't enough for me. Minimizing the effects of seasonal threats isn't the same as totally eliminating them, sadly. I should also give a shout out to the Breathe Respiratory Drops, a nice alternative to cough drops. The value of a 15ml Breathe is $20, so effectively spending $25 extra on oils only gets you a $6.67 bottle. But if you're doing LRP anyway, it's not a bad deal. (For my team again, if you're ever close to 100PV and need a bit of help, send me a note and I'll see what I can do!)

The other promotion right now is 10% off the Zendocrine Softgels. These help cleanse the body of toxins and free radicals that can slow the body’s systems down, leaving a heavy, weighted feeling. They also help support healthy liver and gallblader function, and provide purifying effects against unwanted substances in the body. These are all good claims, and anyone looking at doing a cleanse should check out the Zendocrine Softgels (as well as the Zendocrine oil blend). If this is a product you use regularly, now is a good time to stock up for the year.

Do note that the Zendocrine Softgels are essentially a capsule version of the Zendocrine oil blend and are not the same as the Zendocrine Detoxification Complex. I tend to use the oils directly instead of softgels (e.g. for On Guard and DigestZen), but sometimes the straight oils are a bit too strong and the softgels allow you to swallow without tasting. Except, you'll still probably "taste" the oils for the next hour when you burp. LOL. The pricing ends up being roughly twice as high, meaning if you make your own softgels you could get roughly 120 capsules vs. the 60 capsules. There's definitely a big element of convenience, however -- making your own capsule takes at least 30 seconds per capsule in my experience, and is prone to spills and other mishaps.

And that's it for August. Note also that the doTERRA Alive convention is coming next month -- probably too late to register, unless you're a new doTERRA Wellness Advocate, in which case there's usually a special option to buy tickets at a discount within 30 days or so of signing up. (Note that as far as I know, tickets are non-transferrable.)

Saturday, July 11, 2015

A Challenge for My Team

I've thought about doing something like this for a while, and this month I'm going to give it a shot. You know how everyone likes getting extra free stuff or bonuses from doTERRA? And you know how they have/had the Sunsational Flavors promotion in June and the first part of July? And don't forget the current Precious Petals promotion where you can earn a free 5ml bottle of Jasmine and/or Rose oil! Well, here's my offer to maybe help you take things up one more level.

First, a few disclaimers. 1) You have to be a member of my team, meaning if you look in your upline listing it has to show my doTERRA number (278150). 2) You must have an LRP order of 100PV or more each month during July/August -- new Wellness Advocates only need to do LRP after the first month, but don't forget to set it up when you join! 3) You have until the end of August, should you choose to participate. 4) In the event of more than two people qualifying, the winner will be the one that signs up more people, or if it's a tie, the first person to reach the final result. 5) doTERRA isn't condoning this, but I can't think of any reason why this would be a problem (but you do have to be in an "open market" for doTERRA).

So, what's my challenge? How about a personal promotion: along with the Precious Petals incentive, if you can sign up two (or more) new Wellness Advocates, each with a 100PV or larger initial enrollment order, I will send you my Sunsational Flavors kit. That's "only" a $44 or so value, but think of it as a bonus for at least trying to earn a free Jasmine/Rose oil -- and if you actually sign up four people, this is just a free extra from yours truly. I'll even pay for shipping.

But let's take it one step farther: for anyone under my team that signs up four new Wellness Advocates (100PV minimum sign-up order) during July and August, I will send you any single oil or product with a wholesale price of $75 or less. So that means anything up to and including Immortelle, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lifelong Vitality Pack, etc. I'll even do multiple oils provided the total is less than $50 (so you could get five Lemon oils if you really want). The only restriction is that I won't do kits or accessories, so no diffusers. Sorry.

My intention here is to give you all a separate reason to "shoot for the moon" and get sharing. Sign up four people (or more) and not only would you earn the Jasmine ($175 retail value), but you could also grab another $75 oil as a gift/incentive from me, and if you're the winner of the competition you'd also earn the Sunsational Flavors kit. So, sign up four people before the end of August and you could get an additional $300 worth of product as gifts/bonuses. And of course you'd still earn the normal Fast Start and other commissions on anyone you enroll. I think that's pretty awesome and I'm looking forward to seeing how this goes. If it doesn't work at all, no harm done, and if it's really beneficial than I will look at doing more competitions in the future.

Final comment: please don't try to "game" the system -- signing up and then quitting and asking for a refund or similar actions. If you do something against the standard doTERRA policies, I reserve the right to disqualify you. This is intended to be a competition in good faith. Sign up new Wellness Advocates in the normal way, and please help them learn about the oils and get excited about using and sharing doTERRA with others. If you have any questions, please contact me -- my email and other information should be available via the doTERRA Virtual Office in your "Upline Listing".

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

doTERRA's Nutrient Pack: the Pros and Cons of Supplements

Like most MLMs, doTERRA has one particular product that they like to push more than anything else. It's their Lifelong Vitality Pack (LLV), and while I won't say it's a bad product, from the marketing side there are many things that make this a good item to push. The biggest reason to push this sort of product is that the recommended use means you will want/need to order more, every single month.

In other words, if you like LLV and feel it helps you, and you want to use it, there's no reason whatsoever to not sign up as a Wellness Advocate and do a monthly LRP order. It's as simple as that.

Is it worth the $80 every month to take a good multivitamin supplement plus some other stuff? That's a bit more difficult to say. I know that personally, I feel I get more benefit out of using the various essential oils, and with a wife and three children, we can certainly find enough reason to order 100PV or more of product each month. Which is not to say that we never order the supplements -- my wife likes the TerraZyme, for example.

There are two packs, the Daily Nutrient Pack (DNP) and the Lifelong Vitality Pack (LLV), the main difference being that DNP gets you the multivitamin (Microplex MVp) and essential fatty acid (xEO Mega) and costs $60, while LLV also adds the cellular health and energy supplement (Alpha CRS+) and costs $80. Now doTERRA has created even more reason for you to consider ordering some of their supplements as opposed to just sticking with the essential oils. So first, we have the two packs:

Lifelong Vitality Pack: $79.50 wholesale, 60PV. This is the good multivitamin, essential fatty acid, and cellular health formula that we all know and love. Ordered separately, the three parts would cost around $150, not that anyone would pay that much. The Alpha CRS+ on its own is $69.50 wholesale, so $10 extra gets you the Microplex MVp (normally $39.50 wholesale) and xEO Mega (normally $49.50 wholesale).

Daily Nutrient Pack: $59.50 wholesale, 50PV. Similar to the above, but without the Alpha CRS+.

If you order the DNP or LLV -- and this is important, it has to be on an LRP order! -- then you can add up to three other supplements at significantly reduced prices. They're also lower PV, so you still can't hit your monthly 100PV minimum just by ordering supplements, but you can come pretty darn close. Here's the quick rundown of options, with an analysis of the pricing benefits.

Microplex MVp: $20, 10PV. As noted above, this is normally $39.50, so basically you can get it for half price. Note however that you now only receive 10PV, plus you would already get this with either of the two core packs. If you want extra, however, this will help. It provides 22 essential vitamins and minerals to support normal growth, function, and maintenance of cells.

xEO Mega: $20, 10PV. Again, you'd get this with either of the packs, so this is to provide you with more xEO if you want it. The normal price is $49.50, so this is more than half off. Among other benefits, xEO Mega promotes healthy cardiovascular, nervous, and immune system function; supports healthy joint function and comfort; and provides important modulating nutrients for healthy immune function.

Mito2Max: $20, 10PV. Normally $39.50, this is another "half off" deal. Mito2Max has many benefits, including enhanced stamina, efficient use of oxygen, improved mental energy, and reduced effects of fatigue and stress.

Deep Blue Polyphenol Complex: $20, 10PV. This one is normally $59.50, so you're paying one third the regular price. This is a newer supplement, designed to be used in conjunction with Deep Blue and Deep Blue Rub. It includes proprietary, standardized extracts of ginger, curcumin, resveratrol and other polyphenols to soothe aches and discomfort, and has a fast-acting boswellia extract shown to help support muscle and joint comfort and function.

TerraZyme: $20, 10PV. Wholesale is $37.50, so not quite half off. TerraZyme supports healthy digestion and metabolism of enzyme-deficient, processed foods. It also speeds conversion of food nutrients to cellular energy, promotes gastrointestinal comfort and food tolerance, and supports healthy production of metabolic enzymes. In layman's terms, and for my own experience, it basically helps reduce gas and bloating -- which my wife appreciates.

PB Assist+: $20, 10PV. Wholesale is $34.50 normally, so this is the "worst" deal of the bunch, but it's still a significant savings. This is a probiotic that supports healthy digestive functions and immunities while creating an unfavorable environment for unhealthy elements. It also helps boost GI immunities.

IQ Mega and A2Z: $25, 10PV. This is a "kids kit" of supplements, normally $39.50, though it's already discounted in the kit form (it would be $54 ordered separately). We give this to our children, though not regularly -- they like the A2Z chewables but dislike the IQ Mega. Yummy fish oil, right? The list of potential benefits is large, and it's basically a good multivitamin and essential fatty acid one-two punch for children.

My advice: look for other probiotic options (e.g., fermented foods) and skip the PB Assist+ -- did you know you get tons more good bacteria in a single forkful of raw sauerkraut? Cheaper that way too, though it can be a bit time intensive. But the multivitamins and TerraZyme are certainly worth a look, and if you want to try the Deep Blue Polyphenol Complex, this is a way to get it far cheaper than normal. I also like that you can get the kids supplements at a discount. Note that if you're at 30% Loyalty Rewards, however, you're not saving quite as much.