After the post the other day, I've had a few people ask me exactly how they go about signing up and whether they really get $50 in free products. To answer the second part first: yes, you really can get $50 worth of free products, as long as you meet the necessary 100PV signup order. The 50 product points are credited to your account within 24 hours; I have mine already. It really is as easy as that, with the only "catch" being that you pay a $3 processing fee when you redeem the $50 in product points.
So if you're wondering what you should buy as a signup package, my recommendation would be to start with the Family Physician with Slim and Sassy Kit. It's $150 and gives you 110PV, so you qualify for the free 50PV. The Family Physician kit is normally $125 on its own and gives you 5ml bottles of Lavender, Lemon,
Peppermint, Melaleuca, Oregano, Frankincense, Deep Blue, Breathe,
DigestZen, and On Guard. Just to run through those items, with the "estimated price" (normally you buy these in 15ml bottles, but the kit comes with 5ml bottles so I use 1/3 the regular oil price):
Lavender is good for calming and helping you sleep. (~$7)
Lemon is a mood enhancer and cleanser—put a couple drops in a glass of water if you like. (~$3.33)
Peppermint works great for reducing bad breath (though it's potent if you take it straight!), and it can also help with headaches. (~$6.83)
Melaleuca (also known as "tea tree") is good for healing and cleansing. (~$6.33)
Oregano is a cleansing product and is also good for digestion. I've heard it recommended elsewhere for combating yeast infections. (~$8)
Frankincense is supposed to be one of the best essential oils around (think of the wise men: gold, frankincense, and myrrh). It supports the immune system, helps relax, aids in healing, and lifts the mood. (~$23.25—one of the most expensive items in the kit)
Deep Blue, aka "Super Bengay", is good for joints and sore muscles. A couple drops is more potent than a very large gob of Bengay in my opinion—use sparingly! ($32)
Breathe, as the name implies, is for your lungs and respiratory system. I use it at night and while it doesn't always keep me from snoring, it seems to reduce the amount of snoring and help me (and more importantly my wife!) sleep better. ($6.67)
DigestZen is a product that's great for people who get heartburn, and my friend says it starts working for him within a minute or so of ingesting the oil. That's a heck of a lot better than chalky Tums, and I've had a few occasions where I wish I had something this effective. I've heard people have also successfully used it to calm stomachs of kids with flu symptoms. ($10.33)
On Guard is the all-in-one cold fighter, as well as a cleaner and disinfectant. I've had success with it helping to fight off a cold personally (I felt one coming on, took a few drops about eight times during the day and the next day I was feeling fine). Highly recommended if you have kids, and if you can't handle the spicy cinnamon taste just put a few drops in a gel cap or rub it on the bottom of your feet. ($10.67)
Slim and Sassy is part of the introductory package but not inherently part of the Family Physician Kit normally. You get a 15ml bottle of this blend that's designed to help you curb hunger pains, improve your mood, and calm your stomach. ($24.50)
Approximate total for all essential oils: $138.91.
This kit also takes care of the usual $35 enrollment fee, however, and it includes the doTERRA IPC Introductory Packet (introductory DVD, Getting Started training DVD, Opportunity brochure, Essential Skincare product brochure, Product Guide, Essential Oil Usage Chart, Lifelong Wellness product brochure, lid label set, welcome letter, compensation and bonus information—around $5.80 value, maybe a bit more). So, all told you spend $150 (plus tax and around $10 shipping) and you get around $180 in product and additional information to get you started. More importantly, the kit is work 110PV, so you qualify for the 50 product points signup reward.
If you'd like even more stuff to start you off, I'd suggest looking at the Home Essentials Kit. That gives you all the same oils as the Family Physician Kit but many are in 15ml bottles. You also get a PastTense 10ml roll-on applicator, which is designed to aid in stress and help recover from headaches. Here's the full kit contents and wholesale pricing: Frankincense (5ml, ~$23.25), Lavender ($21), Lemon ($10), Melaleuca ($19), Oregano ($24), Peppermint ($20.50), Breathe ($20), DigestZen ($31), On Guard ($32), Deep Blue (5ml) ($32), PastTense (10ml, $18.50), doTERRA IPC Introductory Packet (~$6), Enrollment ($35). Total value is $292 and you pay $250. Or if you're sure you're going to do this as a business (or you just want a bunch of stuff to get you started, including a diffuser), you can go for the Natural Solutions Kit like we did.
Are you ready to sign up and join the doTERRA organization? Here are the steps you can take if you'd like to skip all the training and get straight to the products (though I suggest going to a doTERRA pow-wow at some point just so you get a better feel for what the company is about and have a chance to sample some of the oils).
1) Go to the doTERRA signup page, choose your country as appropriate, and then you can pick between becoming an Independent Product Consultant (IPC) with a 25% discount or you can become a Preferred Member with "up to" a 20% discount. There's no potential to earn money or free products as a Preferred Member, so don't even bother with that—signing up as an IPC and getting the free 50 reward points is by far the better decision even if you don't plan on doing anything with the business aspect of doTERRA.
2) Put in your Enroller ID and Sponsor ID as appropriate—there's no point in leaving these blank (and you actually can't sign up without an Enroller ID), so if you're reading this and find my information useful please use my ID: 278150.
3) Fill out the rest of the form. Why do you need to give doTERRA your Social Security Number? Simple: you have the potential to make money with doTERRA, and any earnings will result in them sending you a 1099 form for taxes. You might not like that idea, but it's actually really great if you're not already self-employed. How so? Everything you buy as an IPC from doTERRA can be written off as a business expense! You have to get to know the product, and you can't really do that if you don't use it, so the $150 or whatever you're spending on the initial signup is a tax write off.
4) Select the item(s) you want, finish off the form, join the Loyalty Rewards Program if you feel so inclined (it makes sense if you're going to do doTERRA as a business, or if you simply plan on using a decent amount of product each month), and you're done. Place your order, and if your experience is like mine you should get your kit in about three business days (e.g. I joined on Wednesday and got the package on Saturday—hooray for Saturday delivery from the USPS).
--== doTERRA Skeptic ==--