Monday, June 29, 2015

June 2015 Promotions and Incentives: Sunsational Flavors

Some of the promotions from doTERRA are really great; others, not so much. I hate to be a party pooper, but the "Sunsational Flavors" falls squarely into the latter category for me. They had a similar promotion last year, and I got the four pack of 5ml bottles containing Cumin, Dill, Spearmint,and Tangerine, but I haven't had a lot of use for any of them. Perhaps I'm not looking in the right places, but as less common oils they're simply not as heavily researched -- and the fact that doTERRA even bills these as flavors for cooking suggests there may not be too many major health benefits.

Anyway, the offer is as usual: make any single 200 PV order and you get a free Sunsational Flavors kit. The offer is valid for the month of June 2015, which of course is mostly over now. Sorry for writing late! But I'm posting this for posterity.

Assuming the rough value of Tangerine is similar to other doTERRA citrus oils, that 5ml bottle is worth maybe $5, or $10 if you want to be generous. Spearmint is probably similar in cost to Peppermint and Wintergreen, which means it's also worth about $5. Dill is sort of out on its own; maybe it's like Oregano, or maybe it's like Rosemary, but let's call it $7.50. Last is Cumin, again not something you can normally buy from doTERRA, and likely worth $5-$7.50. Add all that up and by purchasing $200+ worth of product, you're getting $20-$30 "free". Or as a high water mark, at least on place is selling the Sunsational Flavors Pack on Amazon for $43.

Compared to the $60+ in product you receive with the annual Frankincense, Immortelle, and Deep Blue promotions, this is positively skimpy. Obviously if you were already intending to order 200PV or more, it's a nice bonus, but if you're normally doing 100-125PV the additional $75+ to get the four free seasoning oils isn't the greatest value. Which is why I passed on this one, though others probably love it. (But I view doTERRA oils a bit like Pokemon: Gotta catch 'em all! And that's why I did get the kit last year. Hahaha!)

I did however order my 125+ PV to get the Product of the Month, which was the 115ml FCO (Fractionated Coconut Oil) that is commonly used as a carrier oil to dilute the more intense oils. We use this frequently, especially with children -- e.g. putting FCO and Melaleuca on my boy's arms to help with skin conditions. In fact, we were low so I bought an FCO as well and doubled up.

The final promotion this month is a 10% discount on Juniper Berry. This is one of the less common oils, introduced last year, and it's only available in a 5ml size bottle. The normal price is $19 for Wellness Advocates, so you can pick it up for $17.10 this month (if you hurry). As for uses, Juniper Berry supports healthy kidney and urinary function, may benefit problematic skin areas, acts as a natural cleansing and detoxifying agent, and helps relieve tension and stress. Too bad this wasn't part of the 200PV promotion, eh?

There's a chance the Sunsational Flavors will continue into the first part of next month as well, but I wouldn't count on it. Then again, if more people feel like me doTERRA might have some extra inventory to clear, so who knows? Have fun with your oils, and remember: gotta catch 'em all!

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.