Wednesday, May 6, 2015

doTERRA May 2015 Promotions: Mother's Day and More

Mother's Day is nearly here, so it's no surprise that doTERRA has some special offers for the month. Some of the offers are compelling, others... not so much. Let's quickly go over what's happening.

First, there's a Mother's Day scarf offer, limited to four per person (Wellness Advocate), that costs $20 and counts as 10PV. You get a colorful scarf along with a 5ml bottle of Ylang Ylang, and the scarf has a little patch specifically for placing essential oils (as the oils could stain the rest of the material). Ylang Ylang is an oil for moods as much as anything, bringing feelings of joy, bliss, and contentment. It's also considered something of an aphrodisiac in many cultures. The cost of Ylang Ylang is normally around $35 for a 15ml bottle, so the 5ml bottle is effectively worth $12, and the scarf costs you just $8. Here's the thing: I think the scarf is ugly, and doTERRA's "how to use your scarf" video is laughable -- it's a scarf, not a vest! But some people might like the way it looks, so have at it.

The main promotion going on right now is called Join the Journey, and it's for new Wellness Advocates. New enrollees that order at least 100PV on their initial order will receive an additional 50PV in bonus points, which they can use on a future order. It's not a bad deal if you're thinking of joining doTERRA, but it's not something existing members will benefit from. It's basically a way for us to try to convince people to sign up, which is similar to what happens most months. If you're a preferred member, you can also receive the 50 bonus points for upgrading. Remember that 100PV is not the same as $100, but if you buy any of the enrollment kits you'll meet the requirements. All upgrades/enrollments must occur between May 1 and May 31, 2015 -- so if you enrolled at the end of April, unfortunately you missed out.

The Product of the Month for May is Lemon, so any LRP order processed before May 15 will receive a free 15ml bottle -- a $10 value. We always like to have Lemon around, and it's a nice additive for drinking water. Just don't put it into plastic bottles as it can eat into those. We have a couple of these Ello bottles that work well. Slim and Sassy is also on a 10% discount this month, so if you like the metabolic blend you can save a couple dollars per bottle. It's another good additive for drinking water, though I personally find the straight citrus oils taste better than Slim and Sassy. As for weight loss aspects... well, I think good nutrition and an exercise program are far better than a few drops of an essential oil. Slim and Sassy may help, but without exercise and the right foods it's not going to do much in my opinion.

Perhaps the best news of all is that spring is here, the weather -- at least in the Northwest -- is getting nice, and getting out for camping, exercise, etc. is in my plans for the near future. Enjoy the world around you, let go of things that are holding you back, and have a great summer!

Monday, April 6, 2015

doTERRA April 2015 Promotions and Incentives

All of the Wellness Advocates that consistently take advantage of doTERRA's monthly promotions know that the special "buy 200PV to get a great gift" opportunities only come around about once a quarter. Last month was the "Dive into Deep Blue" promotion, where you could earn a free 5ml Deep Blue essential oil and a tube of Deep Blue Rub.

As has frequently happened in the past, this promotion has been extended into the first 15 days of April. So if you missed it last month, now is your chance -- or if you're like me, it's a time to stock up on a few other extras as well as getting more Deep Blue. This is a $60 value (give or take), so by ordering 200 PV on an LRP order you effectively end up with around 330 PV worth of value (30% LRP rewards plus the Deep Blue).

Along with the continuing Deep Blue offering, the Product of the Month for April is DigestZen, so you can get an extra 5ml DigestZen oil blend if you place an LRP order before April 15. DigestZen is normally $32 wholesale for a 15ml bottle, so this is basically an $11 free bonus for ordering 125PV or more on an LRP order. As the name implies, DigestZen supports a healthy digestive system, helps with stomach discomfort, and it's great to have to help stave off nausea among other things. (My wife just used some last night in fact.)

Finally, the 10% off for April is on Melaleuca, normally $20 per bottle so this month it's $18 wholesale. Often called "tea tree", Melaleuca is good for improving your skin and helping you look and feel healthier. It also has cleansing properties, supports your immune system, and is good for cleaning scrapes and bruises.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

doTERRA March 2015: Dive Into Deep Blue Incentive

March has rolled in like... well, more like a lamb where I'm located, though maybe others are feeling it's a bit more lion-like? Anyway, with the new month comes a new promotion from doTERRA, and this is a good one. As with most previous offers, this one requires you to purchase at least 200PV worth of product in a single order; do that and you get both a 5ml bottle of Deep Blue along with a 4 oz. tube of Deep Blue Rub. Wholesale price for these two is normally $62, so that's a great deal (and best price you'd find retail would be Amazon, where the two products would cost $67).

There are a couple other items to note. First is that this time, doTERRA is limiting the number of Deep Blue promotions any single account can receive to four -- so four separate 200+ PV orders can be redeemed this month. Second, the promotion is for March only, so from March 1 to 31; anything before or after those dates doesn't qualify. There's also a note saying you can ask for an exception if your order is over 175PV but not over 200PV, but there's no guarantee you'll receive it.

Both products are great for soothing pain and soreness in muscles and joints -- and I'm glad I have some right now, as I got tackled by my nephew recently and he ended up causing me a sore lower back. I should be okay in a week or so, but in the meantime I'm putting some Deep Blue on my lower back a couple of times per day, and especially right before bed; it feels much better, let me tell you!

Along with the Deep Blue promotion, doTERRA is also offering a free 15ml Wild Orange for any LRP order of 125PV placed before March 15. Since I've already placed an order for 200PV, this is basically a free extra (normally valued at $10). Wild Orange is good for purifying and it also is a great mood enhancer.

Last but not least, there's a 10% discount this month on the On Guard Foaming Hand Wash with two dispensers. Note that this discount does not apply to any other On Guard products, so if you just want the Foaming Hand Wash refills, you'll pay the regular price.

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.