Tuesday, July 1, 2014

doTERRA July 2014 Promotions

Welcome to July, and welcome to the summer heat, family vacations, bug bites, and no school! Needless to say, things start to get a bit crazy around our place in the summer, but it's still the best time of the year in most respects. With a new month comes new promotions and incentives, and for July the promotion is mostly targeted towards people thinking of becoming a doTERRA Wellness Advocate.

doTERRA is calling this their "Share the Gift" promotion, and it's something I've seen at least once a year since signing up -- in fact, it was the promotion going on when we first signed up! The requirements are pretty simple: place a 100PV or larger enrollment order, and you'll receive 50PV in product points that you can use on a future order. What's nice about this promotion is that pretty much everyone I know who enrolls in doTERRA does so with one of the enrollment kits, and all of those will be more than 100PV so you automatically get the bonus points -- and that's in addition to any other bonuses (e.g. if you start with the Natural Solutions Kit, your LRP percentage begins at 15% instead of 10%). So if you haven't signed up yet but have been thinking about doing so, why not enroll today and get an additional $50 worth of product at no charge?

Of course, the downside to the promotion is that it's only available for new enrollments -- it's not even available for someone that is currently a Preferred Member who converts to a Wellness Advocate, though I admit I haven't really ever understood the point in being a Preferred Member; you save $10 at enrollment but lose 5% of the discount, plus all of the other benefits like the Product of the Month, compensation plan, and other bonuses. Speaking of the Product of the Month...

This month, any LRP order of 125PV or more (made between July 1 and July 15) will receive a free 5ml bottle of Serenity. That's basically a $11 value, so if you're doing the minimum 100PV LRP order in order to participate in the doTERRA business, spending $25 extra will get you $36 worth of product. Plus it will get you and your team that much closer to the Power of 3 Bonus -- which could mean $50 in earnings if you can get three of your first level Wellness Advocates to all make 100PV LRP orders, and then combined you need at least 600PV in orders (including your own order). Anyway, Serenity is a great oil blend that helps calm you down -- or calm your children down if they're in the midst of throwing a tantrum, which is when we often use it! It can also help you get to sleep more quickly and sleep more soundly, plus it just smells nice.

There's one other incentive going on of course, and that's the 10% off discount on a particular product. This month it's the Clear Skin Foaming Face Wash, which is one of the products my wife really likes. We're going to have our daughter start using it as well, and since it's 10% off this month, why not buy two? (Yes, that's what we're doing if you're wondering.) It works great keeping your face looking clean and healthy, and the black cumin essential oil gives it a distinctive smell that's hard to describe -- but I like it. (Just don't tell my wife about my "borrowing" of her face wash; if it's in the shower, I figure it's fair game, right?) Other oils in the face wash include Melaleuca, Litsea, Geranium, Eucalyptus, and Ho Wood, and additional plant extracts help in other ways, but you can read about that on the product brochure.

And that's it for promotions this month. If you're wondering what sort of things we use regularly, our LRP order for July includes two Clear Skin Foaming Face Wash (each usually lasts about two months before we need to order more), one TerraZyme digestive supplement (one month's supply), some On Guard+ softgels (just in case -- this might last for a month if there are sicknesses going around, or four months if everyone stays healthy), two Pore Reducing Toner (again, one for mom and one for our daughter who is growing up so fast!), and one On Guard Toothpaste (lasts about two months for four of us using it daily). That gets us up to the 125PV mark where we qualify for earnings and get the Product of the Month; if you want to do 150PV to work on the Power of 3 Bonus, add in something like Balance, On Guard, or DigestZen and you're there -- and Lemon is always an easy add-on if you're just short of some PV mark you need to reach, and if you're looking for insect repellent don't forget the TerraShield!

Monday, June 2, 2014

doTERRA June 2014 Promotions

In the "on again, off again" world of doTERRA promotions, June appears to be one of the better offers this year. I have several oils that I always like to keep on hand, and this month you can get three of them with a 200PV order. Yes, that's a chunk of money, but consider: if you've been doing the LRP (Loyalty Rewards Program) -- and really, you should! -- you earn up to 30% bonus points on your order, plus you also earn Shipping Rewards Points, which if you place the order online means you get 100% of the shipping costs back in the form of free products. Now on top of all that, if you place a 200PV order you'll receive the Product of the Month as well as the 200PV promo, which means roughly $60 more in free product. So what's the promo for this month?

doTERRA is calling this their "Dual Defense" promotion, and even if you're not as likely to get sick during the summer months, you can stock up for next winter. Every 200PV order will get you an additional 15ml bottle of On Guard and a 15ml bottle of Breathe. Wholesale value of those two is $52, while the best online price you'll find is around $57.20. Use the On Guard to help fight colds, and then tack on some Breathe to help clear up that stuffy nose -- it's a double whammy!

Of course in the process of qualifying for the above promotion, you'll also hit the 100+ PV mark which means you're eligible for commissions and other earnings. Anyone serious about doTERRA as a business already knows you need to order 100PV a month, but maybe some of you aren't on board with that aspect yet. If not, you're potentially missing out on the Power of 3 Bonus, Unilevel Commissions, Fast Start Commissions, and Performance Pool earnings. It all adds up, but you have to share the oils and enroll new Wellness Advocates to make it worthwhile.

Every LRP order of over 125PV also gets a free Product of the Month, which for June 2014 is a sample size 5ml bottle of Balance. This is another great oil, and one that I've used for bug bites, hemorrhoids, anxiety, or just because I happen to like the smell -- some people are attracted to different essential oil scents, and for me the Balance blend just hits the right notes. So whether it's for final's week, the first day of school, a stressful job, or anything else where you're feeling out of sorts, Balance is a nice way to feel more in control of your emotions. There's also a cool video showing the effect of Balance on blood flow, which is what led me to try it on hemorrhoids, and my experience has been good with that issue so while I haven't seen that promoted anywhere else, you might want to give it a shot "down there" if you're experiencing any discomfort.

Last (and least?), the monthly 10% off promotion can help you get ready for all the joys of summer camping, as TerraShield is on sale. I haven't had the greatest of luck with avoiding bug bites, mostly because it's a bit of a pain to remember to douse yourself with TerraShield every time you might be in a situation where there are biting bugs (mostly mosquitoes). Sadly, TerraShield doesn't do anything to help if you've already been bitten, so it requires you to be more proactive, and it's not one of my favorite essential oils in terms of scent (the citronella is what gets me), I don't really want to put it on unless I'm sure I'll need it. Your mileage may vary, naturally, and I'm sure there are some people that will actually enjoy the scent of this blend. Either way, it's not one of the more expensive oils at least, and my personal preference for applying it is to mix 25 drops or so in a 4 oz. spray bottle with water, then shake it up and spritz everywhere you might want protection from insect bites. That tends to work for me, and it's easier/faster than trying to apply one drop at a time to your arms, legs, hands, feet, neck, etc.

That's it for this month, and let me just say: welcome to summer! As a resident of the Evergreen State, I love when the weather starts to clear up and I can see the sun regularly. Time to get out biking again, and I really need to get ready for the annual STP ride. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

doTERRA May 2014 Promotions and Incentives

Stick around long enough and you'll find a pattern to doTERRA's promotions. March was the Deep Blue promotion, which was extended into the first 15 days of April, and just like the Frankincense promotion on December that was extended into the first 15 days of January. After the big promotions, there's a "cooling off" period where you generally don't see a major incentive to make larger orders, but that's fine -- after all, unless you're really doing well with doTERRA, 200PV orders every month would be pretty excessive!
This month, there's a Mother's Day Promotion (I believe this is still available, even though Mother's Day is past), where for $35 you receive 5ml "sample size" bottles of Balance, Serenity, and Whisper as well as a "free" Hand and Body Lotion. I'm not sure why doTERRA suggests the lotion is "free", though, as I basically consider all of the products as merely discounted for buying the package. Purchased individually (and using the 15ml/3-pack price divided by three where applicable), you would normally spend $50.65 wholesale to get all of the products in the Mother's Day kit, so you basically save $15.65. Note that the kit is worth 30PV and not 35PV, but that's typical of doTERRA's bundles. Incidentally, I believe the promotion initially came with just the three oils, in a balsa wood box; the kit now omits the box I think, which is why you get the lotion.

There are some other promotions that are still ongoing, including the Springtime Blossoms (aka Jasmine and Rose) promotion where signing up new IPCs/WAs (Wellness Advocates) can earn you a free Jasmine and/or Rose -- four for a 5ml Jasmine, seven for a 5ml Rose, or eleven to get both the Jasmine and Rose. Note that each new IPC needs at least a 100PV order to qualify -- and if you're reading this and are thinking about signing up, I'll make you a deal: join under my team and I'll send you $30 of additional doTERRA products of your choosing! This offer is only good through the end of May 2014, but if you're interested, send me a note.

Next up in the current promotions, there's a 10% off promotion on the Deep Blue Roll-on in May. This is a bit of an odd time for that discount, of course, as last month and the start of May had the Deep Blue Promotion where you could receive a free Deep Blue Rub and 5ml Deep Blue with each 200+ PV order. I have successfully "stocked up" for the year I think, so I'm in no hurry to spend $57.60 to get a $64 product right now.

Finally, the Product of the Month (available with an LRP order of 125PV or more shipped before the 15th, so hurry!) is Cedarwood. This is the full 15ml Cedarwood bottle, which is pretty cool -- it's a $13 wholesale price regularly, which means you're paying a 1.5:1 ratio (more or less) to go from 100PV to 125PV. Often, the Product of the Month has a value of only $7-$9, so this is one of the better offers. Cedarwood was one of several new products introduced at the 2013 Elevate Convention, and as mentioned in an earlier post, it's useful for helping with skin conditions like eksema, ceriacis, bug bites, dandruff, acne, etc. as well as certain types of hair loss (alopecia).

Happy (belated) Mother's Day to all of you women out there, and happy oil sharing and using as well!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April 2014: Promotions, Incentives, and New Products

So I've been on a bit of a break with posting about doTERRA, not because I stopped using it but rather because I've simply been too busy with other obligations. I missed writing about the March promotion, which is actually a great one: you get a free Deep Blue Rub and a 5ml Deep Blue with any 200PV order. Well, the good news is that for the first 15 days of April, that offer has been extended. If you missed it last month, you can still get a free DB+DBR -- or if you're like my family, you can get a second pair of DB+DBR this month! After all, with the regular 100PV LRP order, or 125PV Product of the Month LRP order, it's not that much more to add on to get over $60 worth of additional doTERRA products! Note that last year's incentive was better, as you received the DBR with a 10ml roller bottle of Deep Blue; I guess $94 or so of free products was a bit too much to hope for on a regular basis.

There are other "goings on" at doTERRA as well. We're no longer call "Independent Product Consultants" (IPCs) for instance; we're now "Wellness Advocates" (WAs I guess, which works twice for me since I live in Washington). Starting April 1 there's another incentive, which is a yearly option as far as I can tell. Yes, it's time for the Jasmine and Rose enrollment push, called "Springtime Blossoms" this year! The details are the same as last year: sign up four new WAs/IPCs with a minimum 100PV order between April 1 and May 31 2014 and you will receive a free 5ml Jasmine oil. Jasmine is not normally a doTERRA oil that you can buy, so this or convention are the only way to get Jasmine -- and it's a $267 value. If you sign up seven new WAs/IPCs in the next two months, instead of Jasmine you receive a 5ml Rose essential oil (a $567 value -- yikes!) Finally, 11 new WAs in the next two months (each with a 100PV or greater initial order) will net you both the 5ml Jasmine and the 5ml Rose -- and that's in addition to the regular incentives.

Also worth mentioning to potential new WAs: this offer is also available to them! So if they sign up and then get four friends to join, they also would receive a 5ml Jasmine. Incidentally, if you know someone that was once active with doTERRA and they have been "off the wagon" for more than 12 months, they can also count as a new enrollment.

The Product of the Month for April is another good one: DigestZen is 10% off. (Wouldn't you know we just purchased more last month? Murphy strikes again!) DigestZen is the "help with digestive issues" essential oil blend, and you can use it for heartburn, diarrhea, nausea, and other stomach issues. It can be taken internally or rubbed onto your abdomen (or both). I have some friends that swear by its potency for helping deal with heartburn, and I've personally had it help with nausea. Note that the 10% off promotion does not apply to the DigestZen softgels.

Moving on, there were also some recent new product introductions. All three are softgel capsules, so they're basically packaging up an existing product into a pill form for easy use -- though one of the new products is only available as a softgel. First is a Zendocrine essential oil softgel -- 60 softgels for $32.67 retail. I would guess that like some of the other softgels, the price is the same but the quantity you receive is lower, and don't confuse the Zendocrine softgels with the Zendocrine dietary supplement (confusing, I know). Next up, Slim and Sassy is also going to be available as a softgel, with a price of $46 retail/$34.50 WA price for 90 softgels. I'll be honest: despite trying it (heavily!) for a few months, I don't feel S&S is really all that effective for me, but maybe it will work better for some of you. Last but not least is the new TriEase Seasonal Blend softgels, which are designed to treat seasonal allergies -- which comes a bit late as our heavy pollen season is already well under way! Anyway, 60 softgels cost $30 retail/$22.50 WA price. Note that the Zendocrine softgels are not yet available; they will become available for purchase in May; the other two however can already be ordered.

Finally, there are two other pieces of information to pass along. The next doTERRA worldwide conference, Aspire 2014, will be held September 17-20. Tickets are selling out fast (well, technically they're already gone), so if you want to attend you better decide soon! The price is $169 if you order before the end of May. There's also a discounted price of $149 that includes a free 10ml Past Tense roller bottle for new WAs/IPCs if they buy tickets within 30 days of joining doTERRA. I believe new IPCs are still able to buy tickets even though they're all gone, but I might be wrong.

The last one is another cool bonus for those of you ordering monthly LRPs: Shipping Rewards Points, which will start accruing in May. Any order that's shipped to you will receive SRP points, and these have the same value as LRP points -- 1 SRP/LRP is worth $1 of product, so 32 points gets you a free On Guard oil as an example. The SRP points are earned on any order shipped, but you only get 50% of the shipping cost for regular (non-LRP) orders and LRP/enrollment orders, while you get 100% of the shipping costs back as SRP points for online LRP orders -- so basically, your shipping costs come back to you as free product (minus $3 per 100 points redeemed). The program will only apply to US and Canada residents, however.