Melaleuca….Are they really a green company? I beg to differ….Clearly Toxic!!!!

I was on a journey to find a job I can do from home.  I was on the work at home moms website and clicked on an ad.  To make a long story short, I was brought to Melaleuca.  I thought hmmm, I can buy safe products for my family and also make a business out of this.  The first thing I didn’t like about this company was that I had to sign up to purchase 35 product points a month, which seemed a lot for my family.  Oh yeah, and if you didn’t order, you had to have a back up order on file and they would automatically send you that and charge your card.  Well I gave it a try, ordered my products, and received them a week later.

One of the personal products I purchased was body wash.  Renew body wash for adults and Koala pals for my sons. I don’t know if the person who tried to sell me on Melaleuca didn’t think that I would look at the ingredients in these products.  Lets just say….

Renew body wash and Koala pals –

Some of the ingredients:

PEG 80 Sorbitan Laurate, is not safe to use on injured or damaged skin.  There is also a strong evidence of being a human skin toxicant and is a primary skin irritant.  Not good for everyday use, only limited use.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine, is  a skin sensitizer – an agent that can induce allergic reaction in the skin or lungs.  Again not safe for everyday use, only safe for limited use.

Fragrance, is a known human immune system toxicant.  Also has a score of 8 for high hazard.

I could go on and on about the ingredients on these products.  How can a “wellness” company sell products like these or How could anyone promote this company? These are 2 questions I have.  This company is not a green company.  They claim that Johnson’s baby wash is harmful and toxic.  Well most of the ingredients in Johnson’s is also in there koala pals body wash.

I sent an email to the woman who signed me up for Melaleuca with the same questions. Of course, I never got a response.  Obviously I was right in my findings and she couldn’t fight for her “Company”. Well I deleted my account with Melaleuca and I will tell as many people that I can about this company.  They are not a green company!!! Also I have heard through other blogs that they do test there products on animals.  Not sure how true that is though.

*****I got my ingredients information from the website.  Very informational site!!  Check it out!!!

***** Also, I have found a company called California baby, I purchased products from them that I use for my 10 month old. Their baby products are made from plants and all natural.


190 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Steve Cappabianca on August 26, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Melaleuca proudly boasted about their $5000 donation to help pass California’s Prop 8.


    • What does that have to do with being a green company?


      • Posted by Marcia Carrasco on December 21, 2013 at 10:11 am

        Well they to dress a wolf with a sheep’s clothes! I got their products and also there is a website call said that they are not honest in when its time to exposed the ingredients I’m going to cancel too.

    • Posted by Lindsei on May 21, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      I love these types of questions. They usually come from someone who has only used wikipedia as a source-basic no no in all researches done for my Phd. Please read below
      Cocamidopropyl betaine is a surfactant that comes from coconut oil, and it’s a common ingredient in many liquid skin cleansers . Surfactants are detergents that allow water to wash away the oil and dirt from your skin by decreasing the surface tension of water and making it easier to wet your face. Surfactants are both lipophilic — oil loving — and hydrophilic — water loving — which enables them to remove dirt and oil from your skin.
      Some surfactants are harsher on skin than others, but cocamidopropyl betaine typically doesn’t cause irritation . In fact, it’s often used in cleansers because of its thickening and foaming properties, which help moisturize the skin . Cocamidopropyl betaine is even found in many baby soaps and shampoos. However, some people can have allergic reactions to the chemical compound. If using cosmetics that contain cocamidopropyl betaine cause your skin to redden, itch or flake, talk to a dermatologist — the surfactant can cause contact dermatitis .


      • Cocamidopropyl betaine is suspected to be an environmental toxin by the Environment Canada Domestic Substance List and contains nitrosamines! Cocamidopropyl betaine also contains the impurities 3-DIMETHYLAMINOPROPYLAMINE and COCAMIDOPROPYL DIMETHYLAMINE, which are classified as toxic or harmful in the European Union and shows evidence of immune system toxicity. Yes, these are different countries, but don’t you think they know something that we don’t? Our US government just doesn’t care what is put into our products, and therefore, we cannot trust ANY company that allows these types of chemicals into their products.

      • On a recent Melaleuca product presentation. Person said no parabens in any of products. Renew lotion lists two parabens as ingredients. BS again. Also, stated no aspartame in gum. Sweeten with xylitol. True. But, in the second ingredient list of Exceed gum sucralose listed. Again. Deceptive BS.

    • I think anybody anywhere can find something about anything that is negative but I know for sure instead of buying products full of toxic chemicals in my local super market I will be ordering from Melaleuca. I know that just the two of us will spend our $70.00 USD or so easily in a month and I prefer scientifically tested proven products.


  2. Posted by Noel on September 4, 2010 at 3:18 am

    Well if that person did not answer your questions I will. We Ok, first of all we don’t sell you any products ! We sell you a preferred costumer membership for $29.00 USD FOR THE 1ST YEAR & 13.00 USD THE FOLLOWING ONES so you can have the privilege to have SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN and when I say SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN we CHALLENGE any one to do so and we will provide you with the PROOF that these products we manufacture are in far superior to anything out in the market. That’s what you were sold on ! and not the business opportunity that has provided many families to have a better life in all aspects of it, specially financially ! and offcourse with hard work and dedication. Also as a Company we have a track record of 25 years manufacturing these products were over 600,000 households are enhancing their lifes, and were 95 % of them keep buying every month after month for years and years !!! People like Dr’s, Attorneys, every proffessional acupation you can think of and non proffessional also,NOW donn’t you think all these people have not done their research before joining ??? Well the answer is obvious THEY JOINED ! WHY ??? That’s the answer to your 1st question, and the second one , well it’s obvious that person was not prepared for your questions or maybe decided not to bother with it because we are very well aware of our competitors and why there is no one like us ! and sometimes it is better to just let go but, if you like we can talk about it and I myself will show you all the facts regarding our products from the ones your using now ! And maybe you would like to give it another try and who knows you might also be interested in working together promotimg wellness ! and earn twice as much in twice less time ! Now it hasn’t been bad for me going into partnership with a company like that with a PROVEN DOCUMENTED TRACK RECORD and this is not something I just say to BRAG but WE CAN PROVE IT because we TALK with the THRUTH !!!


    • No, I do not want to join Melaleuca again. This is your opinion and thank you for it!!! Their is no way I can fill a 35 product point order every month. That is ridiculous. I would be buying stuff I don’t need. I don’t agree with products being sent to you if you do not shop in a certain month. I like freedom of choice and like to shop on my own time, when I need a product.

      I guess I had higher expectations of Melaleuca. I thought I was going to see on the ingredients list all natural ingredients. That wasn’t the case. I use California Baby for my child and if you look at the ingredients list, there is not one thing on there that is in Koala pals. Koala pals and Johnsons had alot of the same ingredients, that is what I was astonished by. I am not here to put any company down, but when you look up in the household products database. There are known cases of people being allergic to *Cocamidopropyl betaine

      **Cocamidopropyl betaine *is an amphoteric surfactant used increasingly in cosmetic products. We describe 20 cases of cosmetic allergy to *cocamidopropyl betaine, *all were caused by shampoo or shower gel. 8 patients were hairdressers, who had occupational allergic contact dermatitis from shampoos. We recommend patch testing *cocamidopropyl betaine *1% aq. routinely in hairdressers with dermatitis of the hands, and in all patients suspected of suffering from cosmetic allergy.

      Granted alot of these products are not good for you when used in excess, probably why some hairdressers have an allergy to it.

      YES, This ingredient is in most of the personal products out there today and it is hard to find something without it or alot of the other ingredients out there on the market. I am on a search for a NATURAL product and I will continue my search and my research on products. Thank you!!! * *


      • Posted by Luiza on November 9, 2010 at 10:04 pm

        Guys you are so jelous about Melaleuca ,the whole Europe know Melaleuca we never never heard about your company. Guys you are so jelous, envy is the weapon of the incompetent.Think about.

      • I am not sure what you are trying to say. I am in no way jealous of Melaleuca and I also don’t have any clue to what company you never heard of. Please clarify!!!

    • A agree with Noel – I have been a satisfied, successful customer and Director for 3 years – I love Melaleuca – it has improved my family’s health and my own – since being on the wonderful vitamins my blood pressure and cholesterol medicine has been reduced (my mother has actually been taken off of her cholesterol medicine completely) and we have been illness free for 2 years – I attribute this to Melaleuca! I have a family of 6 and shopping with Melaleuca has helped me to reduce my monthly household expenses! We will ALWAYS be loyal Melaleuca customers!


      • Thank you for your opinion. I found that Melaleuca was way to expensive and did not have the money to put into it every month. Glad you are having a good experience with them. Just by cutting back on red meat, a person is able to reduce their blood pressure and cholesterol. Just an FYI.

      • Posted by Doreen on September 18, 2010 at 1:45 pm

        I am a vegan 🙂 Already know the horrible things meat can do to your body – not to mention how horrible it is for the animals!

      • That is great, always wanted to try some vegan foods. How is tofu?

      • Posted by Judy Coleman on June 3, 2014 at 11:37 am

        Hi my name is Judy. Yes I have no problem telling you who I am. I am Multi Chemical Sensitive and was so excited when I heard about Melaleuca and being a healthy product. Very few people understand this illness and believe me you wouldn’t wish this on your worst enemy. I really thought these products would be a real life changer for me.and I was so excited and relieved to find these kind of products. I went to a presentation one evening and went to use the washroom. While in there my lips started to get red and sore on the inside. Unfortunately for me my sense of smell is 10 times more than anyone that does not have this problem. I also am considered lucky to get reactions so quickly as most people don’t have this immediate reaction and signal that something is wrong. She was burning a wax pot in there and when I came out I asked her if she was burning a scented candle in there and told her the reaction I had.. When she told me it was one of Melaleuca products I was devastated. She came out to me a few minutes later and told me she put the candle out and opened the window. I was so caught up in the whole presentation that I clung to every word she said. By the time I left I had a sore mouth and a horrible horrible headache. But was still very hopeful and excited in this product. That was on a Wed and she gave me a sample of Renew skin therapy. On Friday I was taking my mother to an appointment and I pit the Renew on for the first time and left right out the door.By the time I got to my Mom’s house 10-15 mins away my mouth was already bothering. me. By the time we got to her appointment I had a terrible headache, my mouth was really sore and I was aching all over and my voice was was already starting to get raspy.. I was taking my Mom to laser therapy for pain as this therapy took away my pain. When Tina came out she mentioned I didn’t look well and the way I was rubbing my body I looked like I was in pain. Which I was so she gave me a treatment to help me. .By the time I got home I had heart palpatations and my breathing problem. I immediate looked and the Renew ingredients and right there it said fragrance. I couldn’t believe it !! Yes these are the nasty symptoms of Multi Chemical Sensitivity. I was crushed . I had dreams of being a great spokesperson for this product to verify how healthy a product it really is.I then started thinking back to the presentation and instead of being caught up in what was said I realistically thought about what was really said.Pyramid? How many people do you have under you that you make money off of. And how many people do they have under them that you both make money on. And so on and so on. She makes biggg money off this product and it’s not from buying products for her family. The prices are atrocious yet nothing even the product books didn’t have prices in them. Everything was based on points and I was so caught up I didn’t think to ask what this amounted to in $ value..Also throughout the night it was constantly mentioned about such a safe product they didn’t have childproof lids them. Then I started thinking. Well I have never bought any products with safety lids on them unless it was a prescription or Tylenol or something.,She had people there telling their stories and yes they claim it helped them heath wise but it was mostly about how the money they made changed their lives . I wasn’t there for that I was there for health reasons. Two out of two products I had a reaction to. Thank God before I bought them and got caught up in all this mess. I don’t have $70.00 dollars a month. I can go to The Health Basket and get natural healthy products whenever I want and buy only what I want and know that they are healthy natural products that don’y have child proof lids on them either at a price that is affordable for me. And HEALTHY. Am I jealous about Melaleuca? Not likely . I am crushed that they are not the healthy lifestyle products they claim them to be. My only guilt of being incopetent ( by the way you spelled this wrong but I’ll spell it your way) is that I Got caught up in theb whole evening and presentation. I should have checked into this product myself and really all I had to do is read the ingredients on the website where it has the word FRAGRANCE. I buy all natural fragrance free products and that living healthy. Scientists involved means unnatural products not Healthy products . I am very very sad to discover this.. I was very ill for 3 days and my daughter wanted to take me to the hospital but I just wanted to be in my own home and nowhere else. I also knew that my breathing and chest pains weren’t bad enough and if it got any worse I would let her know. This ended up being an experience that made me really ill and concern for my family. I would not want to see anyone else go through this and no it’s not jealousy by any means

      • Wow, I can’t believe that happened to you! Do you think you may be allergic to tea tree oil? I did write the post about Melaleuca a while back, but still believe in what I wrote.

    • Posted by shelboyd on November 2, 2011 at 12:33 am

      “Ok, first of all we don’t sell you any products ! We sell you a preferred costumer membership for $29.00 USD FOR THE 1ST YEAR & 13.00 USD THE FOLLOWING ONE”

      What you just described makes it a pyramid scheme. If I wanted to buy just the product could I? I have no desire to sign up to sell anything. (Not Mary Kay, not Melaleuca, not Scentsy…etc.) What I want to know is can a customer order just the product without signing up?


      • Posted by shelboyd on November 2, 2011 at 12:34 am

        PS. I don’t want to give you a false lead, I’m not interested in being a customer either. I’m asking for clarification for others that might.

      • Hi, this is April, the owner of Color Your World Green. No you can’t just shop for these products without signing up for them. There are a lot of business’s out there designed like this. I stay away from them. I can find much better products without having to be a member of a website. Thank you for your post : )

      • Posted by anissia on August 8, 2012 at 7:45 am

        Yes you can just order products, they do have an occasional shopper option

      • Posted by deanna on May 30, 2013 at 1:35 pm


      • Posted by Ruth Webster on June 18, 2013 at 6:44 pm

        Wrong. It is NOT a pyramid scheme. Do your own research. I have been a member for over 15 years and have NEVER been pressured into building a business. I use their products because they are superior, I save money, and I like their business ethics.

      • Posted by Jenn on January 29, 2015 at 8:24 am

        Pyramid schemes are illegal and when money is exchanged w/o any product or service. So, no, Melaleuca isn’t a pyramid scheme. Because they are a manufacturing company, you can’t purchase w/o a membership, but you can create a ‘direct customer’ account which will allow you to shop when you want as long as it’s w/i 3 month spans, but not each month and not the 35 product points. The purpose for the points and monthly is because they are international, but also just as Procter and Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and such, they have a agreement with Wal-Mart or Kroger that they will purchase a specific amount each month to keep their shelves stocked and so the manufacturer knows how much they will need to produce to meet those demands. Melaleuca is a manufacturer and needs to meet consumer demands, so they need to know how much they need to be prepared to manufacturer month-to-month to meet consumers demands as well. Makes sense … they are manufacturing as you are shopping … love that I receive fresh products when I shop.

      • Posted by Audi Dolan on February 8, 2016 at 2:44 pm

        Yes you absolutely can by without being a preferred customer

    • Posted by Cdn on November 1, 2015 at 1:02 am

      I have been with melaluca for 11 months and two months ago asked about a product. I asked them to back up with official statement I could provide intetested customers. I got nothing so it becomes hearsay. Where’s the proof?


  3. Posted by Elle on September 8, 2010 at 4:24 am

    I joined Melaleuca 3 months ago and so far I am wholly unimpressed. Having to commit to 35 points per month is ridiculous. I am single. I cannot possibly purchase enough stuff. I have enough cleaning products to last me a year. Their biggest push is the Oligo vitamins. I take an all natural liquid vitamin already. No matter how many times I hear the pitch, no matter how much science they claim is behind their product, a pill is never going to absorb better than a liquid. The protein bars, etc. are very expensive. I just placed my order and spent $73(included shipping and $20 loyalty dollars) All I ended up
    with wS 2 bites of their version of febreeze, one month supply if vegetable capsules, 10 diet bars, 10 protein bars, one month supply if vitamins. I can spend the same money and get two weeks worth of healthy groceries!!!! The sales pitch is that you will save money. I don’t think so! And, prices if you are not a member – are they nuts? Outrageous. I’m looking at there ad now… they say you save 25% using their Vitality Pack over buying the supplements individually. Well, mist people are taking a multi vitamin/mineral product and not buying separately. It’s all word games with them.


    • Posted by tawnie on March 12, 2011 at 11:29 pm

      i joined up and became a distributor. i found out they are not green!!! they told me wrong info about the pay plan as well.i canceled. i found another co that is all green and you make 3 times more$$$. you also can just buy what you want whenever you want online
      interested ?


      • I am already with a company named J. R. Watkins. Thank you anyway!

      • Posted by Jeanette McMurtry on October 1, 2013 at 7:32 pm

        what is the company you chose over melaleuca?

      • The company I was using was Watkins, but I don’t deal with any company anymore.

      • Posted by Donna on November 27, 2013 at 6:14 pm

        I’ve been a really happy customer shopping with Melaleuca for over 9 years. Best decision I ever made for my family. If you “joined” which nobody does (we open our account and shop direct- no contract and account could be cancelled very easily at any time) and read your information kit, you would see that their are no distributors. People shop directly with the manufacturer. Right from the get-go the info you were privvy to iyou didn’t look at. I really get upset when I read these untruths, because if it wasn’t for Melaleuca I would not enjoy the health I have today. People like you are ruining a good thing for other people. Melaleuca NEVER claims to be all natural… their claim is that they offer safer for your home products combined with the best of science and nature. They will never use an ingredient that will hurt us or the environment. The Better Business Bureau awarded them the Torch award for being a company that operates with exemplary business practices. If what they said was untrue they would be sued. Look at
        I have nothing to gain by posting, but hope that some other can benefit and not listen to this nasty heresay. What a shame.

      • Yes! Witch company is it?

      • Posted by Donna on June 8, 2017 at 8:13 pm

        You need to educate yourself where Melaleuca is concerned. They do not have distributers. They are an online shopping club. Actually the leading online wellness company in all of North America. No toxic chemicals in any of their products. check out

    • Posted by Mike Wilkes on June 10, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      I kept the 35pt while being unemployed. It’s a health & wellness company. If you don’t care about your health then this is not for you, because you can easily purchase 35pt a month in just vitamins alone, and being able to have a residual income to boot. I feel great and I’m getting a residual income WHAA-WHOO!!!


      • I get my vitamins through Rainbow Light and I love them. I pay 30.00 for a 5 month supply. An all natural vitamin that is pretty cheap to me.

      • Posted by John on January 12, 2015 at 3:34 pm

        Nothing on the Rainbow Light site matches the pricing that you represented.

      • Which pricing? I dont order directly from the rainbow light site.

      • Posted by Idilma on September 3, 2015 at 1:46 am

        This review is from: Rainbow Light Kids One MultiStars, Fruit Punch, Chewable Tablets, 90 tablets (Health and Beauty)
        I’m very disappointed in Rainbow Light for this vitamin. I have been a loyal customer to Rainbow Light for many years, and buy several of their food-based vitamins to help keep my health under control. I purchased this children’s multivitamin and was very excited to find a food-based vitamin for my kiddo. When we received the vitamins, I gave one to my daughter, and she ate it. She didn’t like it too much (“Yuck, Mommy, yuck!”), but I figured I could put it in her morning oatmeal, or maybe in yogurt to get them in her. For no real reason, I glanced at the label, and realized that this vitamins weren’t 100% natural, and not completely food-based as it claims…it contains the synthetic versions of folic acid and B-12 (which is derived from cyanide) rather than the “Active” forms of the B vitamins (methylfolate, aka “folate”, and Methyl-B12). I assume Rainbow Light is using the cheaper synthetic versions of these vitamins for cost reasons, but for about 40-60% of the population, these vitamins are useless because of a mutation in the MTHFR genes. I know for a fact that my and my daughter’s body is unable to convert these synthetic vitamins into anything useful due to our MTHFR mutations, and in reality, it is harmful for us to be taking them. When I realized all of this, I promptly set up a return to get my money back. It certainly makes me rethink buying my other vitamins from this company.

    • Posted by Ruth Webster on May 18, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      I have been a Melaleuca Marketing Executive for 15 years. This, AFTER joining and being totally ripped off by the bigger so-called “wellness companies” out there. One of the biggest is, in my humble opinion, Shaklee.

      Why? Because ONE of the things they promote is a product called Basic H. Now, Basic H is a great product, but costs $10 for 16 ounces. They advertise that it “makes the water wetter.” Very true, but that is because it is a SURFACTANT, which changes the chemical surface of the water. THIS is what makes the “water wetter,” and you can do exactly the SAME thing with over-the-counter dishwashing detergent.

      The other one, we all know about Quixtar, and Amway — perhaps THE biggest pyramid scheme out there. They used to require weekly orders, their Nutrilite vitamin factory (I used to work there) at the time was making products for every drug store in the country, and this was BEFORE they were bought out by Amway. That said, the content of their multi-vitamins did not change. They ALSO advertise the “carbon signature” in over-the-counter vitamins. EVERY vitamin has a “carbon signature,” and will turn black (talking about multi vitamins here) when you put them in the oven. THIS IS CAUSED BY THE SUGAR CONTENT, NOT THE CARBON!! I have a degree in Food and Nutrition, specialty in Dietetics, so I have learned how to investigate the ingredients in food and supplement products.

      Before I joined Melaleuca, I had already been burned by several of these companies. I swore “never again,” before I was introduced to Melaleuca.

      Then, I was hit and seriously injured by a drunk driver. One of the things that happened was that the air bags and ALL of their included chemicals hit me square in the face, causing me to INHALE all of those chemicals. I was IMMEDIATELY inflicted by NUMEROUS environmental allergies. I was also a single parent and was looking to save some money.

      My friend told me that these products were environmentally safe. I didn’t know if they were biodegradable, but I wanted to get rid of the phosphates in my cleaning products.

      The very FIRST thing I noticed was that my clothes were immediately cleaner. I began adding one capful of Sol U Mel to every load of wash along with the products, and I noticed an immediate difference. Further, this is the ONLY product out there (OTC stuff) that can be used to remove ink stains, gum, paint, etc., and other stuff that are a nightmare to remove, WITHOUT leaving an oily residue on your body and clothing. I used the major OTC product and had to wash my clothing six or seven times to get them clean.

      I also use less in the cleaning products I use. You, of course, must take the time to pay attention to the instructions. Before I use my laundry detergent, I water it down by half so that, when I use the drip-back cap I can use a whole capful and not have to worry about 1/2 capful or using too much. IT IS ALSO AVAILABLE SCENT FREE. $16.99 for a 48 oz. bottle (my price) will do 96 loads of wash. Like any other laundry product, you CANNOT overload your washing machine, and you must PAY ATTENTION to what you are doing. A 96-load bottle of Tide@ costs MUCH MORE, does NOT rinse out all the way, and leaves a LASTING scent on my clothing. Further, I had to stay with a friend who had 6 dogs, which left my clothing with a horrible scent. I had to wash my clothing THREE TIMES because I was out of Melaleuca products. I SAVED one load, washed it with Melaleuca (at the Laundromat), ADDED one capful of Sol U Mel, and it got rid of the odor completely.

      There is also no residue in my fabric softener dispenser, something that Downey and other softeners use.

      My son uses the acne products, they work better than anything he has tried.

      I use their skin softening lotions, I love them. Also love the tooth polish. There is NOT a single product that I have not liked. I even substitute their other household cleaners in my carpet cleaner; I use less and my carpet gets cleaner and smells better. I also do not gunk up my carpet cleaner.

      I recently ordered a candle set, for at least 50% less than Scentsy.

      I take Melaleuca vitamins, particularly Estraval, and it is the ONLY one out there for me that works to help alleviate hot flashes and the wonderful things that go along with menopause. This IS in addition to prescribed medication, by the way.

      I could go on and on, but you get the picture. It is true that some people ARE allergic to the ingredients in the products. My granddaughters cannot use some products. It is ALSO very true — and I have learned this through YEARS of poor health, reading and investigating on my own — that WHAT you EAT has a lot to do with HOW your body REACTS to topical creams.

      Melaleuca is NOT a pyramid scheme. Any marketing executive will tell you that. Why? Because you are NOT forced to present the products or the program 3 to 5 times a week, you do NOT have to attend meeting after meeting after meeting at a cost, and you ARE completely able to just use the products for your own home.

      I have out that I save money, my clothing is cleaner, I feel better, etc.

      Also, 18 months ago, I very nearly died from an e.Coli infection in my knee joint after surgery and being infected by my roach invested apartment property (I have NEVER had roaches anywhere I live) and the little buggers crawling on my food, and believe me, they CAN do it no matter HOW MUCH you wash your produce. My infectious disease doctor is an absolute EXPERT in the area of supplements and how they can improve your health. I asked him if he was familiar with Melaleuca, he said it was a great product. I trust him implicitly. I take many more supplements — specific to certain things — and have found that my blood work is better, I feel better, and I am healthier than I have been in years.

      I have NEVER, EVER tried to build a business. I would NEVER go anywhere else, and believe me, I have tried it all.

      Say what you want about this company. I am healthier today because of their products. I have NEVER had a problem using 35 product points either, because it is the SAME stuff I would pay a bundle for at Wal Mart, only better quality.


      • Posted by Ben on May 10, 2014 at 11:27 pm

        Thank you! Your response put things more clear to me. I see lots of responses that are melaleuca positive and some negative. I dont know the person who wrote this article or anything, but to me it just sounds like some one who was not happy. It does not mean everyone is not. so they were looking for petty things to try and get people to join them in what ever they are doing. I am going to ask a friend about them. He is a scientist. but your testimony is very helpful. BTW I started a week ago and I feel tremendous with just the vitality pack! I have cirrhossiss and diabtes so this is a life saver for me! I am also getting my sister on it to because she has MS!

      • Yes, just because I wasn’t happy with the company. I am not going to bash people that like the company. When writing this blog post, I had no idea so many people would respond to it.

      • Posted by mikeyd90650 on October 20, 2014 at 2:12 pm

        Please – everyone of you should learn a few definitions. Neither Melaleuca, Amway, Shaklee, or many others are “pyramid schemes.” The biggest identifier of a pyramid scheme is that they have no products or services. These are MLM or “multi-level marketing companies.” Some Melalueca people are claiming (because their CEO did so) that they are not MLM that they are “direct to consumer. Well apparently their CEO is not aware of what MLM is either. Because you ship direct to consumer does not mean you are not MLM. MLM is word of mouth. It is having levels of payouts (which they all do). It is referral based. Everyone has a shot at making a successful business. I am a Melaleuca preferred customer and I also rep another company called 4Life. MLM is not a bad thing. Unfortunately, like so many things in life, a few unethical or over aggressive people have given MLM a bad name.

        So while you are all knocking each other around, you might get a few terms right and be nicer to each other. My wife has sensitive skin and she knows what she likes to use. There are some Melaleuca products she likes but she doesn’t use the skin care nor does she use the 4Life skin care.

        Unfortunately there is a whole market about ‘being natural” that in many ways is just as biased and misrepresented as the other products. In the 70s there was a big study done that said Cyclamates would give you cancer. Perhaps. But the study done was giving rats the equivalent amount of you or me drinking 20 2-liter bottles a day for 20 years. If you drink 20 2-liter bottles of just about anything a day, maybe even water, you are bound to get something wrong with you.

        I won’t even go into the Vegan thing. Good luck with that. I’ll take a nice healthy steak and green salad please.

        God bless all of you and your passion for trying to do good.

      • Posted by Ruth Webster on November 13, 2014 at 3:14 pm

        To each his own. I use Melaleuca because it is ALL I can use after I got severe allergies from breathing in chemicals from airbags that hit me directly in the face when I was hit by a drunk driver.

        I believe that reports of toxicity are greatly exaggerated, or I would be sick all the time. Also, knowing and having met Frank vanDersloot, I can tell you that IF the products in his company were toxic, they would NOT be on the market. This company has an incredible quality control record. Still, not everybody can use their products. I have been using Renew body wash for years — no skin sensitivity OR allergic reaction.

        My home is cleaner, smells better, and I have NO allergic reactions.

        Regarding Shaklee and Amway, I could NOT agree more. I am allergic to Shaklee products, Amway products made me very sick, and they are ALL overpriced and lie to their prospective business “partners.” Their “vitamins” are toxic, and their “testing techniques” (yeah, right) to “prove” their so-called “quality” are highly suspect. I am also allergic to Bare Minerals, and every type of skin care currently touted on television and the Internet — but have been using Melaleuca Skin Care for years with no problem. When you have an autoimmune disorder as I do (Eczema), you have to — by sheer necessity — do your homework, and I have. Either that, or spend a lot of time in a Dermatologist’s office with skin burns.

        I am in Melaleuca for my own personal use. Never tried to recruit team members.

      • Posted by JP on January 21, 2015 at 8:16 pm

        99% of breast cancer tissue contain parabens. Melaleuca Renew lotion contains two parabens. This is wrong. Green Wash BIG time.

  4. Thank you for the ingredients list!!! Did you cancel your membership yet?


    • Posted by Elle on September 12, 2010 at 9:52 am

      Your welcome. I have not canceled yet. It’s difficult due to the relationship. I am trying to figure out how to bow out gracefully.


  5. Posted by Doreen on September 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    In response to vegan food 🙂 – I have some great recipes – if you like – I can post a few on here. I don’t know if you are in the Orlando , FL area – but there are 2 really good vegan restaurants – Ethos Kitchen and the Garden Cafe. 🙂


    • Sure you can post some recipes, Thanks. I am in PA, but there is a restaurant about an hour from me that makes vegan food. Would like to check it out sometime.


  6. Posted by hanna on September 30, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Hi, I want to quit Melaleuca. I have forgotten monthly order more than a couple of times in the past. What they sent me automatically is always expensive and heavy ones. So, I ended up paying more than usual while usual is already expensive.

    I forgot to order two months in raw during the summer while I was out of country, they sent me exactly the same products. Tough & Tender (I have tons of bottles already), Sol-U-Mel (very expensive) T-36 Melaleuca oil (who needs this 2 bottles in 2 months), Tub & Tile (does not work well), Renew Intensive Skin Therapy (that has petroleum known to cause skin cancer), and Pain-A-Trate Cream (I don’t have much pain to the degree to use up 2 tubes in 2 months.) This is crazy. I was mad I had to send them back to them. I spent shipping fees -another cost-. They don’t have good customer care. If you follow customers purchase tendency, they can widely choose what customers need instead of sending the same expensive products consecutively. So, I like to quit. But in some other reviews, there were complaints about how difficult it is to quit. In that case, I have to contact my friend who works for FTC, Federal Trade Commission.


    • Hello Hanna, It is not hard to quit at all. I wrote them a letter and told them I wanted to quit and included my member id. I told them not to charge my card for anything or I will go to the Better Business Bureau. Also, a little hint, Go into your account and change your expiration date on your credit card. You will notice that you can’t change the card, but if you have the wrong expiration date on there, the transaction shouldn’t go through. I also went onto my account and changed my address to a bogus one. They weren’t gonna send me stuff I didn’t want lol.


      • Posted by Donna on April 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm

        The products that you receive are what you choose yourself when you set up your account, to be sent “in emergency” in case you forget to place your order. You can simply go to your account and change your emergency order contents yourself or personalize it whenever you want. It is YOU who controls your account. No one else.

        If you are away for a few months, just suspend your account until you are back.

        Or change your status from a preferred customer with a loyalty rewards benefits – to a Direct customer who simply buys what they want when they want. 🙂

        No need to go in and set bogus info….

        Download a cancellation form from your account and fax to 1.888.528.2090 and fax prior to the 25th of any month to count for that month. It’s simple.. a no brainer…

      • Wow! ayedsena
        You want to slam a company for its behavior, but you have no problem in not only falsifying information, but encouraging others to do so. If you want to quit, just quit. Just be honest no games required. Too much drama!!!

  7. Posted by Mary on October 10, 2010 at 4:54 am

    It is very easy to close your Melaleuca account, all you have to do is send them a letter in writing by the 25th of the month saying that you would like to close your account. That is it.

    I am like Noel and DEW, I’ve used Melaleuca since 1987, I love their products! I am single and purchase over 75 product points a month, but I use EVERYTHING from them. I never buy make-up, cleaners, candles, vitamins, hair products, deodorant, dental products etc from the store, just groceries. I’m sorry that some of you have had a bad experience but it sounds like some people where not completely aware of how Melaleuca works, all the information is in the membership kit and enroller should over everything with new customers.

    Best of luck.


    • Posted by meli on May 7, 2014 at 10:35 am

      i am new to melaluca and have been researching the company I am so glad that I came across this website and to see members have spoken up it has given me so much insight as to what I will be doing. I would love any more useful info as to how the products help. I have been watching the videos and i Can See this is just what my family needs.


  8. Posted by Doreen on October 12, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Thank you, Mary 🙂 Melaleuca has truly been a blessing to our family – improved health, no more nasty cleaning products and a business that is helping us achieve our goals! – We are paying down our debt and will be able to pay cash for our kid’s college expenses 🙂


    • Posted by G.Addams on July 26, 2012 at 5:40 am

      I just joined. Are you still experiencing success with the company? Can you tell me how you got your business up to the level of success you described? So far in speaking to my family and friends, the reaction has been all negative. Any tips?


  9. Posted by Doreen on October 12, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    A favorite vegan recipe: Chickenless Noodle (or rice) soup
    2 packages Morning Star chicken meal starters
    10 cups “Better Than Bouillon” vegetarian chicken broth
    1 cup sliced mushrooms (baby bellas are good)
    1 cup chopped carrots
    1 cup chopped celery
    1 cup chopped onion
    2 -3 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
    1 package soup noodles (star or alphabet) or rice or ~6 servings of thin spaghetti


    Cut “chicken” strips into bite sized pieces and fry until brown in Smart Balance margarine.
    Combine broth and vegetables and let simmer until tender. Cook noodles or rice.
    Add “chicken” and yeast. Heat through and add noodles or rice to individual bowls.

    Serve with fresh bread 🙂

    I have served this to my “I have to have meat” friends and they love it and swear it isn’t vegetarian!!

    Hope you enjoy


  10. Posted by Kristy on October 30, 2010 at 4:26 am

    Well I contacted a friend from highschool that has recently posted she signed up with Melaleuca and she has been with them for a couple of months now. I am totally understanding the have to purchase 35 points a month thing (not likeing that commitment), and how only the savings will be seen if you switch to them on all your house and health needs. But my concerns are after spending the last 5 hours looking at reviews and how the pros and cons pretty much weigh the same for a first time sign up it is all to scary. I don’t work and we have a family of 5, I really want to go greener and save money and make money too. I am always looking for a work from home mom job. So really my questions to you ladies is, since they still have some products with harmful chemicals in them which is really a greener way and save money at the same time way to go? Is this company REALLY a good company to go with to make money? Do they sale themselves? I am aware that I have to work for the money to get people to sign up, but is it a really hard job to do? I don’t have time to host parties and drive all over town to meet and greet people. There has been so many people in the reviews wanting to cancel their memberships that, that is a scary signup as well. I guess I am just really confused at this time. I haven’t signed up just yet, but I was about to earlier today. Sure was a good thing I haven’t until I look at and get further reviews.


    • I get alot of my green products from They are also affiliated with Some of the products I purchase are California baby (for my kids), Tom’s of Maine (toothpaste), Babyganics (cleaning products), seventh generation (cleaning products). I am also like you, I am not working, at home with a l yr old and looking to work from home. I just recently started taking an online Medical transcription course. I am loving it so far and I will get to work from home once I graduate. If you have any other questions, just email me.


      • And also, if you order from, you can get a percentage off. Check out my main blogs and you will see my referral code. Thank you!!!

  11. Posted by Tickledgreen on November 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Wow!!!! April, you have amazing etiquette and grace because that first person defending Melaleuca was pretty “passionate” about making you like the company. LOL! Geez… anyway, I love how “SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN” is thrown around (not just in this instance) like it means something. When people say, well, it’s “scientifically proven that ….” I listen politely and then ask, “Who funded the study?” I believe the Corn Refiners Association and large soda companies were trying to convince the American public that High Fructose Corn Syrup was “nutritionally the same as sugar” with their “scientifically proven” studies as well. Yet, many neutral doctors, nutritionists, and neuro-degenerative disease specialists have written countless literature to the contrary and about the detrimental effects that AGEs (advanced glycation end products) such as HFCS have on the human body. To that first commenter – do you really think a company would scientifically prove data other than what is in its self interest? I’m not accusing Melaleuca of any wrongdoing or misrepresentations, but how probable is it that a company is going to announce, “Well, ya know, I know my ingredients are not safe, and will probably kill you … my scientific studies prove so!” UH …. NOT.

    Anyway, I was too approached by a Melaleuca business opportunity as well. I don’t particularly care for how elusive the rep was regarding the details of the company’s products either.Since the questions that I had about the company were not so easily answered in the hour or so long presentation, I set out on the internet to find them. Needless to say, it has been very informative. I told the sales rep that I more than likely would not be interested in becoming a customer; I’m a pretty primitive individual. By that, I mean, all of my cleaning products are various combinations of any of the following ingredients : Castille soap, soapnuts, lemon juice, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, lemon oil, lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, and/or filtered water from my berkey water filter. I have been more than content. How’s that for green? = )

    Furthermore, I am very happy with my vitamin selections, most of them came from Shane Ellison’s “Over the Counter Natural Cures” (they cost less than $10 a piece). Keeping most aspects of life simple seems to be effective.

    It appears that with Melaleuca, one just can’t be a customer who buys small quantities of products inconsistently. If that is true, that’s pretty unfortunate because I think the company may be forgetting that these products are “induced consumption” household goods; they will change in relation to income. Who can afford to be trapped into spending, especially during a recession.

    My great grandmother who lived well into her late nineties used to tell me before she passed, “don’t let your education outsmart your common sense.” If your common sense tells you that you can get the same effect by making it yourself at a fraction of the cost, or if the business makes you commit to buying things that you don’t want every month, then there isn’t enough “scientific proof” in this world to outsmart those decisions.

    Thanks for the blog, by the way, because it sheds some light on the dark enigma of Melaleuca products for those of us who haven’t jumped in.

    P.S. You can also lower your cholesterol with Brewer’s yeast. People hear high cholesterol and get freaked out, but cholesterol is essential for your body. Rather than having your cholesterol levels tested, test your “Oxidized Cholesterol LDL.” You can get it done by Shiel Laboratories and you go to for more information. And no, I’m not affiliated with them in any fashion.


  12. Posted by Chem. Major on November 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Just curious as to how you know anything about these chemicals? A cosmetic database might give you an overview of the chemicals used but not necessarily what they do and how they react with other chemicals. Cocamidopropyl Betaine is called a skin sensitizer because it reacts with harmful metal ionic compounds that sit on your skin causing the irritation in the first place (nontheless cause cancer). If you have an allergic reaction to this compound it isn’t because of where it comes from or how it’s made, you body just doesn’t like it. You can get these reactions from even the most organic compounds put into any type of wash. It’s all in what works for you. I don’t believe bashing a whole company because of one product you didn’t agree with wasn’t working for you.
    Not to mention the website you are looking at these compound’s chemical properties on might have some good information but the website is like wikipedia where people can put in the opinionated knowledge rather than actual chemical property information. PEG-80 Sorbitan laurate is a mild surfactant again, yes…however the reason why it can be harmful are due to the IMPURITIES of the compound. Not necessarily the compound itself. This can be harmful to certain aspects of your body, not necessarily your skin. It’s no different than the entero-bacteria needed in your intestines that if placed in your vagina cause a bladder infection. Certain parts of your body aren’t supposed to be exposed to certain chemicals no matter if they are completely organic or synthesized. Keep in mind the medicine you take is synthesized as well if you go completely against synthesis or man made products. Hope you do not take ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
    You have to keep in mind the reactions these compounds take part in when exposed to other compounds that are present inside and out of your body. The lotion you use from one store could have a compound in it that if using a product with PEG-80 Sorbitan laurate would cause an irritating by product you wouldn’t expect.
    Make sure you look at the compounds as a whole, and not just single out certain aspects of these compounds without knowing what it’s reacting with to cause harmful effects.


    • Thank you for the information. I was more upset about this company claiming to be better than others and really they use the same ingredients as an over-the-counter product. I really thought they were too expensive and I was told that all I would have to do is switch stores. Well I don’t spend $50-$75 a month on personal products and that is what they wanted me to commit to and if you didn’t commit to it they automatically charge your card and still send you products. That is what I mostly didn’t like about it. I was also told that some of the reps family had allergies and it was cured by using these products. Sounded like a sale gimmic to me. I understand fully about the chemicals in the products. Thank you again for you opinion.


      • Posted by Mike Wilkes on July 25, 2012 at 3:05 pm

        All I know is, now that I am using Melaleuca antibacterial hand soap, bath soap, hair shampoo and dish washing liquid. My hands no longer break out, blister or itch anymore. What a blessing. Love this stuff. Whatever they have in those store products, Melaleuca doesn’t. Thank you Melaleuca if your reading. Member since 6/2010 been using soaps since day one. This was the first test and they passed with flying colors.

      • Posted by Kelley on October 2, 2014 at 4:54 pm

        Hi. You have over 370 products to choose from, not just personal care items. There are 5 product divisions. If you do not want to order every month, then be a direct customer and order whenever. There is no auto ship.

    • Posted by Ruth Webster on May 18, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      Exactly. I am DEATHLY allergic to CoQ10 in ANY form!! My doctor has never heard of this, but I happen to have a very sensitive system.

      Don’t bash the whole company. If you got a bad experience from a Marketing Executive, ALL you have to do is call them. Believe me, they DO care and they WILLj solve the problem, even if it means ejecting the member.


  13. Posted by Doreen on November 20, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Sorry some of you have a negative opinion of Melaleuca – my family and I have been using the products for 4 years now – and yes my daughter’s eczema is gone and my husbands asthma has improved since switching to these products – my mother and I have also been taken off of our cholesterol and blood pressure medicine since using their vitamins and supplements – the business is just a bonus – I just tell friends and family about Melaleuca – they become members and the checks come in monthly – I have had nothing but positive experiences with Melaleuca and so have the people that I have introduced to Melaleuca. If you don’t like the company – that is okay – you are entitled to your opinion – but it is a great company and the products are wonderful.


  14. Posted by Jeanne on November 30, 2010 at 4:19 am

    I understand both sides of the Melaleuca opinions. I have been a customer since 2003. Yes at times it is difficult to make the product points because some months you don’t need the 35 points and then some months you may need more. I never got over 5 people to sign up and since they have all discontinued their memberships. I never thought I was going to quit my job and become rich, maybe supplement my income, but that never happened either. Now me myself, I don’t like all the products, so I choose what I like with Melaleuca and the rest I buy elsewhere. It is a personal choice of course. Sometimes I order products for my friends whom don’t want to join but may like one or two of their products to get my points for the month. I have alletgies to soap powders and find that the detergent that Melaleuca sells is good for me and I do save money there. We have well water and no more of those pink stains. So the laundry products I like over the other options from the stores. I have a higher end dishwasher that states to use powders and without all the additives so I buy the 7th generation products, Melaleuca only sells liquid form. I only wear makeup on special occasions,so I don’t waste money on that. We have psoriasis in my family, and the Melaleuca products help control the condition so its good. The renew lotion with some extra tea tree oil added is a good mosquito repellent. Skin so soft is more expensive, and the rest are more chemicals. I am a tea totaler so I like Melaleuca tea bags, prefer Herbal. Melaleuca changed to all tooth polish, which I hate, so I buy else where. Have contemplated a time or 2 to cancel my membership and I still may when I find something better and just as or more effective. But for now, the products that I do purchase are a better choices for me than what I can get in the stores. I am thankful that I do not have asthma, high blood pressure and only a mild case of psoriasis. Anyway just thought I’d share my thoughts.


    • Posted by Rocky on May 31, 2012 at 1:02 am

      You might look at the products that VITACOST.COM has to offer. All natural & holistic products. You buy only what you want and if you purchase over $50.00 shipping is free.


  15. I just started developing a website about profitable home offices and I’m interested in finding a holistic healthy living type of network marketing business that I can add into my holistic home office business. Any suggestions?


  16. Posted by Mindy on February 20, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Hi everyone! I am writing this just for the info toeveryone. As I sit writing this from my bed, I am recovering from a severe allergic reaction to meleleuca products. I was rushed to the ER at 3 am this morning with rashes, vomiting, diahrea, black outs and with my throat swelling shut! I know for certain it was from the products I used mainly the Renew lotion as I liberally applied to dry areas as directed on the bottle. Woke to swollen hands and feet, followed by the other symptoms above. I have never had an allergic reaction to anything before. The ER drs also told me this was a reaction to thoseproducts as well. I will see an allergist soon to determine what exactly in those products I am allergic to. In the meantime I must now carry an epi-pen everywhere I go because another reaction could be fatal according to the drs. I am not against melaleuca but I say all this to say be aware of what u are using and all of the ingredients. I did like those products I purchased and they worked great, but unfortunately if I want to live I can no longer use them.


    • I am so sorry to hear that, I hope you are feeling better!! I was in no way trying to slam a company, I just want people to do their research. My opinion about Melaleuca is not a good one. Thanks for sharing with us what happened to you.


    • Posted by Pat Glogg on July 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      It may very well be the melaleuca oil. I cannot tolerate eucalyptus oil – it causes my throat to constrict, even though it should have the opposite effect! My grandfather smoked unfiltered Camel cigarettes for 70 years and had less emphysema than my mother who never smoked(my grandmother made him “go ‘moke outside,”so I don’t think it was second-hand smoke in my mother’s case). I believe each one of us is unique in how we react to products and ingredients. Use your common sense is the best advice for anyone.


    • Posted by Casey Uggen on June 23, 2014 at 12:34 am

      Melaleuca is full of toxins; can’t be sold in Europe or Canada. Only the US FDA would approve the chemicals they use in their body or food products. This brand is not for people who usually shop at their local Whole Foods or co-op; this stuff is a step up for Target and Walmart shoppers. Although their cleaners are good. They should just stick to cleaning supplies and no one would be so confused…


      • Posted by Kelley on October 2, 2014 at 4:55 pm

        Melaleuca is sold in Canada and Europe. You are incorrect.

      • Posted by Donna on October 25, 2014 at 1:17 am

        In regards to your comment Melaleuca is not sold in Canada and Europe. That is false. Melaleuca operate in 18 counties across the globe including Canada, Germany and the UK… very successfully

        In response to Melaleuca’s products not being FDA approved… wrong again. The products that make health claims that need approval y the FDA have been approved.

        Before you write untruth, get the facts straight

      • Posted by Derron on October 18, 2014 at 3:51 am

        Actually your wrong… Melaleuca is a big seller in Germany. All this misinformation on a wonderful company is making me sick.

  17. Posted by victoria on February 28, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I have been a customer of Melalueca for almost two years. Before using Melalueca cleaning products I had a chronic cough. I have noticed since using their cleaning products that I do not cough much anymore. However, I do understand, as the Chem Major mentioned previously, people can be sensitive or allergic to different things, natural or not, i.e., allergic reactions to pollen, or some spice or food, even if has been taken right off the plant. On the flip side, some people have no reactions to anything. Anyway, I also like the cleaning products because they are concentrated. For instance, for a regular size laundry wash load, you only need 1/2 ounce of detergent-1 ounce if its heavily soiled. In other words, the products may look expensive at first glance, but what is happening is that water is not added to the products; they are not “watered down” so you do have to use as much. I also love the dental products. Since I have been using Melaeuca dental products, two different dentists have told me that my mouth and teeth are really clean and one told me that whatever it is I’m doing, to keep doing it. There are other products that I use that I like and buy on a regular basis. I will be honest to say that there are some that I can’t use because of the fragrance that is added as I am sensitive to some but not all perfumes. However, when I go the the grocery store and pass by the cleaning aisle I always think to my self “thank goodness I don’t have to go down that aisle anymore and have to smell all those cleaning products and to into a spasmatic coughing spell.”


  18. Posted by Anne on March 24, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Wow! I’m so glad I stumbled upon this post. I recently signed up with Melaleuca to try to find an alternative treatment for my son’s ADHD. I was actually online looking for answers when I came across a post on Circle of Moms about how removing toxins from her home and using Melaleuca’s vitamins helped her daughter who is no longer on medication for her ADHD. The post had no mention of Melaleuca anywhere. In the post she put her email address and offered to share her experience. So I emailed her because I was amazed that her daughter was no longer on medication for ADD. I wanted to hear more of her story. She emailed me back and told me to call her so I did, but when I called her the phone call became more than just talk about remedies for ADD/ADHD. It soon morphed into a conversation about workng from home. I was also told how the products have helped people with eczema, infertility, high blood pressure, and more. Her talk alone made me nervous, but I was desperate to try something other than prescription medication to help with my son’s ADHD so I decided it couldn’t hurt to try. After I signed up, I kept getting phone calls from her everyday prompting me to work on the business aspect of the company. She wanted me to hurry up and try to sign up my family and friends. It finally got to the point where I told her to back off and told her I wanted to cancel. She was so apologetic and told me she didn’t mean to push, but I think my mind is made up. I also don’t believe I can meet the purchase point requirement each month. Even after calculating the vitamins I would order from them it only came up to 28 product points for a total of $45 already. And the fact that she kept pushing me is making me nervous about the products really working at all. Another thing she told me before I signed up, “How would you like it if you could make $5000 a month by doing absolutely nothing? Would you still go to school if you could earn that kind of money from home?” Come to find out after I enrolled she told me she only makes $300 a month. I’m not out to make quick cash. I’ll be going to school full time for my BA in Computer Science. There is so much more to this story. I just don’t have time to post it all right now. I wanted to share my experience and I’m hoping this thread isn’t dead and I still hear from other people.


    • Thank you for telling your story. There is no way you are going to make $5, 000 a month with them part time, maybe if you put 10 hours a day into it for 7 days. I was speaking with someone from another company and they have been doing there business for 4 years part time and are only making about $500 a month. This thread is definitely not dead. Good luck in getting your Computer Science degree. I am 34 years old and looking to go back to school. I am currently a stay at home mom. Much luck to you!!!


    • Posted by Ruth Webster on May 18, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      Obviously an unethical distributor, which you would find anywhere, in any business.


    • Posted by Francisco on May 30, 2013 at 6:08 am

      Anne, have you found the solution to your son’s ADHD? I believe this has to do with toxins. The documentary on McDonalds “SuperSize ME” shows clearly the connection.
      There is a wonderful product I promote, but you can buy elsewhere, for detoxifing: Dr Miller’s Holy Tea. The battle will not be easy, but possible. Hope it helps


  19. Posted by Ignorace isn't bliss, its bred on July 2, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Basically sounds to me like most people don’t know what they are signing up for. Sounds like the products are good, Seems to me most of the people on here enjoy the products and the business. Sounds like the complainers didn’t read their contract before they signed. Don’t blame your ignorance on someone else. Sure it was hard to cancel, sure there products aren’t all green, sure you read the contract? I mean you may not think your bashing the company, but when you work for a competing company and post links to(JR Watkins) ALL of your testimony becomes INVALID! Nice try…you must work in advertising/journalism, or sabotage industry……I look at when a person starts a blog, says they are not “bashing” them, but does, and then says here take a look at this……Ummmm RED FLAG! Get a life! And I’m NOT a melaleuca customer FYI


    • I just thought I would take the opportunity to tell the people about a company I felt was better than Melaleuca. I actually am not involved with any company as of right now. Like I said before in plenty of my comments, this is my blog and opinion and everyone is entitled to one, Thank you!


    • People need to go to to check out their personal care products and to check out their cleaners. I sell and the products are amazing. You can actually read and understand the ingredient list. The cleaners are not on EWG yet, because the company is so new, but all you have to do is go on the website and read the ingredients and you will understand why they are safe to use. Wake up world!!


  20. Posted by Rhi on July 15, 2011 at 12:56 am

    I appreciate how respectful you are of everyone’s opinions and posts here ayedsena. I am always looking for green products and ideas on better products. However, I have recently signed up with Melaleuca about 6 months ago and I can say that it has greatly impacted mine and my families life for the better. No “GIMMICK” here. In response to ingredients being linked to allergic reactions, just about anything can trigger an allergic reaction. Peanuts and wheat have had caused severe allergic reactions in people. Whats more natural than those ? Whole wheats are recommended for better digestive and overall health. Also certain seasons are considered “Allergy Seasons” because of an over abundance of pollen. I have done a lot of research before I joined this team. Do your Green stores have a money back guarentee also? I have had nothing but awesome customer service, and they are focused on maintaining happy customers. I called our cell phone carrier and got shuffled around for about an hour and a half just to come to the same conclusion we proposed in the first place. Which is what you get with most places, NOT Melaleuca. As for having to spend every month I propose two ideas…#1 You dont need toothpaste, body wash, deoderant, laundry detergent,cleaners, dishwasher soap, cereals, and vitamins every month? I now have a family of 8, but even before I could easily spend $50-$60 on those items on a month to month basis. (Now we spend about $150-$200). I calculated out the costs and iT IS CHEAPER when you do your math. I have and Engineer for a husband so he is all about numbers and doing your research. He believes in the company as well. #2 I also have a business that I had invested a lot of money in. (Daycare), IF YOU ARE DOING YOUR BUSINESS RIGHT there will be an upfront investment and that will be ongoing during all the time you are in business. You have to maintain your business with supplies, advertising, equipment,employees in some occasions, etc. so why is a $29 start up fee and monthly order of $50-60 considered a bad investment? If you are going tolive up to the excuse that you cant afford it in the “RECESSION” then get a normal job at McDonalds or something. Or make another investment and go to school. Anything worthwhile will take an investment. Melaleuca does have a way you can buy directly without being Prefered but you save more on making a commitment to shop every month. There are numerous companies that have the same type of monthly shopping rewards program. In closing I have made money with Melaleuca it more than covers what we spend a month, so saying that you cant make a good income is not valid. It depends on your personal desire and motivation. Just because you dont agree with it doesnt necessarily make it bad. I do respect that you are very concious about what products you use and that is good. You failed to mention the lack of Type A carcinogens in Melaleuca products. That is why they state Johnson and Johnson is harmful.Its because of the formaldyhyde used in Johnson and Johnson. I would elaborate but I think I could go on forever. I recommend doing your own research and not just base your opinions on a few links. In closing my family has had better health, and has benefited overall from this company and I think results speak louder than skepticism.


    • Posted by Rhi on July 15, 2011 at 1:04 am

      I would also like to add that I may not know it all, but I dont think anyone really does. I just dont believe in pointing out fault in everyone and everything. By the way Im sorry about some of the typos in the previous paragraph. Please dont bash a good company. Unless you really know everything about the company, which I doubt you do, theres no reason passing such a condemning judgement about them.


      • If you do some research about Melaleuca you will find a lot of negative things, as with any company. I am stating my opinion on what I went through with Melaleuca and what I didn’t like about them. Have you read any of my other blog posts or have you just focused on one. I am currently signed up with a company called Watkins, they are a very good company. I love their products. I just didn’t feel the same with Melaleuca and I have the right to state that. I have been a member of the site cafemom and belong to a green group on there. If you think I bashed Melaleuca, you should hear these people talk about how green they are NOT. As far as Watkins, the thing I liked the most is that you were not obligated to buy something every month. You have the freedom to shop whenever you want. I am not promoting any company right now, I am not interested in MLM’s. It just is not where the money is!! You are lucky that you are making money with this. I don’t have the time. I am currently a stay at home mom and maybe I have too much time on my hands lol. I am also looking to go back to school for Web design and multimedia. Good luck with Melaleuca, just wasn’t for me.

    • Posted by Doreen on July 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm

      Thank you Rhi – I am always amazed when people complain about the expense with Melaleuca – I don’t know any other store that offers a 100% money back, satisfaction guarantee on all their products – for a full 60 days -and 90 days on the vitamins – you don’t like them – you get all your money back! Plus – gives you $100 in free products and 15% back in loyalty shopping dollars. As far as value – when I can do over 100 washes for less than $16 and get 96 fl. oz. of window cleaner for $5.69 and 96 fl.oz. of tub cleaner for the same – and I don’t have to worry about “blowing up” because I am mixing caustic chemicals – I consider that a good deal! The elimination of statin drugs and my family’s allergies and eczema is priceless – I make over $2000 a month with Melaleuca – but if I never earned another penny, I would still shop at this store!


    • Posted by Rocky on May 31, 2012 at 1:51 am

      I appreciate all of the comments that I have read on this thread. I was approached by a friend from college who wanted me to join his business. After a few days of phone tag, he put me on a 3 way call with the person who got him involved. Of course the whole idea of having a part time business with a residual income is enticing. I just dove in. I signed up! The best way to find out about things is to get in the trenches, is what I thought. I bought the “Value Pack”
      I am a single person with a roommate & I buy, Organic, Natural products whenever possible. When I buy food. I buy organic. When I buy skin products I buy: 1-Organic, if that is not an option it must also be part of other restrictive standards: 2-Not Tested on Animals, 3-Biodegradable, 4-Renuable/Sustainable resources. So I buy: Dr. Bronners, Tom’s of Maine, Kiss My Face, Jason, and others… you catch my drift.
      I am in favor of Standards and I believe in regualtion to protect our citizenry.
      What I find alarming about the Melaleuca products is that they use, in all of their documentation, very allusive verbiage. “Scientifically Proven” & “GREEN”. What does that mean? Who are the scientists? What have they studied and who pays them? Green? because their products are “Concentrated?” Those are all completely obtuse generalities. There is no “SUBSTANCE” to those claims… they are MEANINGLESS. That bothered me. Instinctually I felt uncomfortable about the products since I could not find substative information about the products.
      i told my friends leader that in a conversation & the next call I got was from a person at the next level.. What bothered me was that there are only 2 products out of 350+ that are organic (crackers) & one other thing. I told them that I liked the business model, I mean really, if you are going to purchase products to do laundry, to clean house with and use regularly… and if indeed they are better for the environment, your health and our planet… why wouldn’t you want them to be products that in so purchasing them… you pay yourself back for your consumer loyalty?
      I told my friend when I signed up. You know, this company is asking for your customer loyalty. It is that simple. So I wanted to try their products. Remeber all we have as consumers is our buying power. So… when you purchase something, you in essence are saying that you agree with the way they manufactured it, how they pay their employees, how they extract that product and you are VOTING that the company meets your ethical and moral standards. If you are a distributor, you must really BELIEVE that the company is in earnest, or else you are just a greedy, PIMP, selling stuff for personal gain without regard to how it was acquired.
      I am CANCELLING my account tomorrow morning with him.
      It has been a month + a week or so.
      I cannot replace the superior products that I do buy, with products that are as harmful and made of the same chemical based ingredients that you find in Proctor & Gamble products that are made with GMO, petroleum based & animal tested products that I so abhor!
      They should think about doing GOOD & not just making money. Our natural resources are precious and need to be protected and we will never improve our society unless we learn to be the care takers of the planet.
      BTW… He is a MIT ROMNEY supporter… would like to do away with EPA standards & FDA regulations, so that he could put as many pollutants into waterways & atmosphere in the large scale production plants necessary to create more Melaleuca products.


      • Posted by Mike Wilkes on July 25, 2012 at 4:04 pm

        Here’s another opinionated person with no facts to back them up, praying on individuals who will believe what they are saying

      • Have you ever researched the ingredients in the products? I will gladly take my rainbow light vitamins. The fact is that Melaleuca’s products are not all natural.

      • Posted by Donna on April 10, 2013 at 3:18 pm

        Hi Rocky… You can find these green practices at

        Melaleuca was thinking Green before Green became popular!
        Safer for your home – Safer for the Earth – Safer for your Family!

        Melaleuca has been a pioneer in environmental wellness since the company’s inception in 1985. It’s one of THEIR core values. When Melaleuca began calling itself “Melaleuca”The Wellness Company,SM they set the bar pretty high. They established the idea that Melaleuca was not just a company that sold products people wanted or needed, they created products that delivered real value, that had the power to enhance lives.

        Their approach was to combine the very best of nature, validated by science, to create effective products that you couldn’t find on grocery store shelves.

        This approach demands that they make and market products that are safer, more effective, than those of their competition. To accomplish that goal, every ingredient used to make their products is based on their guiding principles of value: safety, effectiveness, purity, ideal source, and minimal environmental impact.

        When you buy Melaleuca products, you’re buying products made with ingredients that surpass the average. That value comes through every time you touch, feel, taste, or use their high quality products.

        Here is a short list of some of Melaleuca’s greenest practices.


        Sustainable, Natural Ingredients
        Melaleuca’s one-of-a-kind wellness products are procured from sustainable, natural sources whenever possible. From passionflower to jojoba and psyllium to Melaleuca Oil, these ingredients are renewable gifts from Mother Earth.

        No Caustic Chemicals
        Melaleuca has taken a firm stand against chemicals that not only pollute the environment, but also pollute our homes. You will not find chlorine bleach, chemical fillers, phosphates, ammonia, aerosols, formaldehyde, high or low PH chemicals (PH balanced & non-alkaline), or other caustic substances in Melaleuca’s products.

        Cleaner Waterways:
        Melaleuca cleaning products contain no phosphates. (Phosphates are inexpensive chemicals used by many detergents to soften water.) Phosphates used in household cleaners can negatively impact the environment by causing unwanted algae growth in rivers, ponds, and streams. This algae can choke off the natural oxygen supply in the water, killing plants, fish, and other animals, severely altering the balance of the ecosystem.


        Responsible Packaging
        Melaleuca sells high-use, value-sized concentrated products. This requires less packaging All packaging materials are compatible with recycling, including plastics, corrugated cardboard, and paperboard.

        Product Concentration
        Many of our products are concentrated. In fact, many are super-concentrated. Some are 6X concentrated. If we can concentrate a product, we will. Concentrated products mean less packaging, less waste, and lower fuel costs.

        Reusable Mixing Bottles
        Instead of buying pre-mixed, pre-diluted cleaners that come in their own disposable bottles, Melaleuca allows you to purchase concentrated products that can get mixed in bottles that get used over and over again. Why throw away a perfectly good bottle just because you’re out of products?


        Melaleuca uses only ingredients that have been thoroughly tested and recognized as safe by the world’s leading regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Scientific Committee on Food of the European Union. In addition, the ingredients in our personal care products have been certified by the Natural Products Associated (NPA). Our food, supplements and pharmaceutical products are manufactured to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) standards, and we have received certification from NSF, a leading global provider of ongoing, non-profit product testing and material analyses.


        Melaleuca constantly strives to limit our impact on the environment. Our practices, including concentrating our formulas, using biodegradable ingredients, and avoiding ingredients known to pollute homes and waterways, are all part of a larger corporate plan that includes massive recycling efforts and reliance on natural lighting and alternative fuels to reduce waste and limit energy consumption. We are constantly adopting and innovating new ways to minimize the company’s impact on the world around us.


        Melaleuca seeks out the most beneficial ingredient sources available. We choose ingredients based on their performance as demonstrated both in peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as our own studies and observations. We do not include ingredients solely based on folklore or common perception, and we do not eliminate ingredients because of Internet myths or misconceptions. We are always striving to improve our products and willingly make any ingredient change that offers our customers better performance or better value.

        When choosing an ingredient supplier, Melaleuca chooses those whose gathering and refining processes comply with our values and standards. Melaleuca and our suppliers undergo ongoing regular quality checks to ensure that the ingredients we choose , and nothing else, make it into the final products.


        The majority of the ingredients used in more than 350 Melaleuca wellness products are natural or naturally derived. Whenever it is effective and ecologically feasible, we seek natural sources for our ingredients. When natural ingredients do not meet our stringent levels of effectiveness, we look to ingredients that are derived from natural sources or sources that still allow us to maintain our strict environmental standards.


        Recycled Product Bins
        Melaleuca uses reusable plastic bins in our warehouse to transfer products from facility to facility instead of disposable corrugate, as is the practice with most manufacturing sites. When the bins can be used no more, they are sent to recycling and are turned into fiber optic cable tubing.

        Large-Scale Recycling Initiatives
        Throughout our manufacturing process, we recycle every material we can, including corrugate, plastic, and metal drums. Even the excess plastic generated from our bottle-making process is reused.


        A Brighter Distribution Facility
        Our large distribution center in Idaho Falls uses skylights to cut down on power. The lights that are used are more efficient, using 30% less electricity than regular fluorescent bulbs. These lights automatically shut off when nobody is in the facility.


        Smarter Shipping
        Melaleuca boxes are packed with air pillow void fill instead of bubble wrap or packing peanuts. Air pillows save fuel and landfill space while allowing more units to be shipped per truck.

        Sustainable boxes
        Every Melaleuca shipping box is made of 30% post-consumer material and is certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (


        Greener Marketing
        Even how we tell you about our products is responsible. After all, what is more eco-friendly than word-of-mouth, customer-to-customer marketing? Our flagship publication, The Melaleuca Country catalogue, is printed on recycled paper. It is also recyclable. For information on where you can recycle these and other publications in your area, visit

        Better Value Ingredients Symbol
        This symbol is used throughout The Melaleuca Country catalogue to call attention to products that exemplify Melaleuca’s high standards of purity, effectiveness, ideal source, and minimal impact.

      • Posted by Donna on April 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm

        Rocky, here are some of the scientists.and universities that Melaeuca’s Marketing Department works with. They are not paid by Melaleuca. These are independent studies. If you google the scientists, you’ll soon see that the scientists are top in their fields. Melaleuca does in fact use MANy organic products (even in their cleaning products).

        You may want to see some of the research at

        Dr. John Folts – University of Wisconsin – heart health
        Dr. Lawrence Wang – University of Alberta – Access Bar
        Dr. Lynn Perks – Brigham Young University – Idaho – heart health
        Dr. Gary Buettner – University of Iowa – Oligofructose
        Dr. Andrei Komarov – George Washington University – Oligofructose
        University of Winnipeg- Renew Cream
        Dr.Bruno Fink Noxygen Science Transfer & Diagnostics GmbH Elzach Germany
        Dr. William L Diehl-Jones- University of Manitoba – Intestinal Absorption of Oligo
        Brunswick Laboratories- Provex CV

        Also check out http://www.youtubecom/melaleuca to meet some of the scientists or to learn about some of the science.

        Hope this helps.


      • Posted by Donna on April 10, 2013 at 3:46 pm

        Ouch Rocky… in response to you comment about animal testing- did you ever ask Melaleuca their position on animal testing, or are you going by hearsay, because I find many of your comments above to be very misleading and misinformed.

        I spent alot of years trying to improve my critical state of health, and I did alot of homework. Used many products, did mail orders, had companies even courier their products to me… Melaleuca has got to be one of the first companies who could provide me with info in writing, backed by scientific publications with many independent studies from various scientists and universities backing their claims.

        “They should think about doing GOOD & not just making money. Our natural resources are precious and need to be protected and we will never improve our society unless we learn to be the care takers of the planet.
        BTW… He is a MIT ROMNEY supporter… would like to do away with EPA standards & FDA regulations, so that he could put as many pollutants into waterways & atmosphere in the large scale production plants necessary to create more Melaleuca products.”

        Melaleuca has gone public with their stance on animal testing.When I questioned it because of hear-say, I was happy to receive a letter in my mailbox within one week, duly signed by the president and CEO himself.

        This is what it read

        ” Dear Donna______I am writing in response to your questions regarding Melaleuca’s position on animal testing. Let me begin by telling you how much we appreciate having you as a Melaleuca customer and by reassuring you that Melaleuca has never tested its personal care or home care products on animals, nor will we ever do so!

        ” Melaleuca is absolutely against cruelty to animals! We have never allowed nor will we ever tolerate the cruel treatment of any animal in the forwarding of our business. I grew up on a farm and throughout my childhood I had several animal friends whom I affection for and who I feel returned that loyalty and affection, including several dogs, cats, cows, a horse, and a baby pet hawk that I raised after it had fallen from its nest. I nurtured that hawk until it was old enough to turn loose. Animals have played an important role in my life, and today my wife and I (and our kids) own two dogs, a cat, and several cows and horses.
        ” I have a confession to make: While I will usually carry a spider outside and turn it loose rather than smash it, as I write this letter, I am wearing a leather belt and leather shoes, and yesterday I had a hamburger for lunch and fish for dinner. I am not a vegetarian, nor do I put animals on the same plane as humans. If I had to make a choice between animals and people, in my book, people come first.
        ” Our first run-in with PETA occurred in 1993. That year we were preparing to bring out a new dog shampoo. In its annual questionnaire, PETA asked us once again to commit to not test any of our products on animals. We told them that we would not, except, of course, we planned to test our new dog shampoo on dogs; i.e. wash a few dogs to make sure it performed properly. PETA insisted that any testing was prohibited–even shampooing dogs! We argued at length that we were not hurting the dog, only shampooing it. They argued back that rules were rules and if we could not fill out their form with an absolute statement that “we will never test any product on animals,” then we would not qualify to be on their cruelty free list. We found that absurd! And we were eventually removed from their list in 1997.
        ” Since then, PETA has found us in violation of their policies in two other instances. One instance occurred when a company called Natural World was advertising that its cleaning products were safe for children to play with and even drink. Melaleuca had concerns that at least one of these products appeared to be potentially harmful, and that children may be harmed by drinking it.
        ” Melaleuca commissioned a laboratory to test the safety of one of Natural World’s products on ten rats. The rats died a horrible death. The test proved that the “safe for children” product was deadly poison. Natural World was forced to cease its “safe for children” claim. In retaliation, Natural World turned over the results of the tests to PETA. Our position is that we potentially saved several children from serious injury, and perhaps even death. PETA’s position is that a rat’s life is as valuable as a child’s life, and that no child is worth sacrificing an animal. That sounds preposterous to me, but it is the absolute position of PETA.
        ” In Melaleuca’s quest to enhance and prolong life, we have been developing a product called Provex CV, a product that will greatly increase cardiovascular health. Our research and progress to date indicate that we may have found a natural product that will greatly reduce the risk of heart disease, the number one killer in America.
        ” The University researching the merits of this product has now done several human tests to prove Provex CV’s effects on platelet activity and LDL cholesterol oxidation in the blood. The Ethics Committee at this University, along with most other universities, will not allow human tests to be done on a product until the product has been proven safe and effective on animals. Prior to performing human studies to prove Provex CV’s effectiveness, Melaleuca commissioned that the product be tested on dogs first. All of these tests proved very successful, and the testing that was required to be performed on dogs stopped.
        ” The result is that we now are able to test on humans and we feel that mankind has been greatly helped with a product that will prolong human life and ultimately vastly lower the risk of heart disease. PETA’s position is much different than ours. Again, their position is “Absolutely no testing on animals!” and, “No human life is worth risking an animal’s life.”
        ” Let me refer back to my leather belt and the hamburger I may have had yesterday for lunch.
        ” The animals from which my belt and the hamburger came are no longer living. I do not feel any guilt at all for using their products as long as they were killed humanely and did not suffer. In our opinion, whoever would put human life and animal life on the same level, or state that a rat is equal to a child, are just plain overdoing it.
        ” In our quest to save life, we refuse to tell PETA that we will never again test our cardiovascular products on animals. Therefore, believe it or not, PETA has denied Melaleuca’s request is that it be listed as cruelty free. Melaleuca has never tested its hair care, skin care, cosmetic or home cleaning products on animals. To do so would be unnecessary and senseless. We would never knowingly allow any animal to suffer. Melaleuca is definitely cruelty free, even though we do not appear on PETA’s list.
        ” This has been a rather long answer to a pretty short question as to our stand on animal testing. I hope you will find our answer satisfactory and that we will have earned your continued loyalty as we continue with our mission to “Enhance the Lives of Those We Touch.”

        “Sincerely,….Frank L. VanderSloot…President and CEO


      • Posted by Ruth Webster on May 18, 2013 at 10:54 pm

        His political leanings have NOTHING to do with this business. I suggest you look at how he was harassed by the IRS along with all of the hundreds of others who have been harassed to speaking out against our fearless leader, and I am being sarcastic about those two words. When even Billy Graham and Franklin Graham have been audited repeatedly and investigated and harassed, I think your comment is out of line!

  21. Posted by Nana on June 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    To answer the question, “can you buy products without signing up with Melaleuca?” Of course you can. Simply find a Melaleuca distributor. But, you will pay the highter price if you are not a distributor.


    • Posted by Rachel on November 2, 2012 at 1:11 am

      If you like formaldehyde in your baby’s wash and shampoo, choose Melaleuca! They use the byproduct Tetrasodium EDTA, just like Johnson and Johnson! Ha, what a joke! Not a wellness company, rather an illness company!


      • Posted by Harmony on February 19, 2013 at 9:29 am

        Hey so i called Melaleuca cause you know you can ask any questions & also did a little research on “tetrasodium edta”… It is a preservative that has a 36month shelf life but not formaldehyde or a known carcinogen. It is chelating agents which softens hard water, bring the PH levels in balance, so that the soap is effective to break down the dirt/grim to remove it gently & in the process it binds metal ions making them inactive.
        Thank you very much for ask about this, please let me know if you have any other concerns. Harmony

        These site are very informative, especially this first site where he explains that an ingredient like lye is very harmful until it is mixed with other ingredients.

        Tetrasodium EDTA is used as a chelating agent, or to put it in layman’s terms, it makes hard water become soft. As water makes its way through the water cycle, it sometimes picks up metal ions such as calcium and iron. These metal ions can make water hard, which is a problem because hard water won’t get you clean. Body washes, shampoos and other cleansers work as surfactants, which are responsible for attracting dirt and oil and pulling it off your skin so it can be rinsed away by water. The only problem is that surfactants also attract the metal ions found in hard water, hindering the surfactants’ ability to cleanse your skin. That’s where tetrasodium EDTA comes in. As the chelating agent, it neutralizes the metal ions in hard water and allows the surfactant to do its job. The end result is soft water and squeaky clean skin .

        More scientific information:
        EDTA (ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid) and its salts are substituted diamines. HEDTA (hydroxyethyl ethylenediamine triacetic acid) and Trisodium HEDTA are substituted amines. All of these ingredients function as chelating agents in cosmetics and personal care products. Chelating agents, also called sequestrants, are ingredients that have the ability to bind with and inactivate metallic ions to prevent their adverse effects on the stability or appearance of cosmetic products.

      • Just for the record, Tetrasodium EDTA is a preservative that’s made from the known carcinogen, formaldehyde and sodium cyanide. It is also a penetration enhancer, meaning it breaks down the skin’s protective barrier, going right into your bloodstream. Many companies trying to be “natural” will use Tetrasodium EDTA instead of parabens to preserve their products. To me, this sounds no better.

        After taking a look around, that site that was referred to by Harmony looks straight out of the P&G propaganda mill! Ick. No thanks.

    • Posted by Donna on April 10, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      There are no distributors of Melaleuca products. You buy directly from the manufacturer. It’s simply happy customers who share the store they shop from with other interested people. They open their account with Melaleuca so they can shop direct with Melaleuca (the manufacturer) – as Direct customers they can buy what they want, when they want with no obligation (exceptional products at reasonable prices).
      Melaleuca offers a Loyalty rewards program for more frequent shoppers who buy from them every month. By buying a m/m amount (35 pts approx. $55-65/mo) then that qualifies them for the loyalty rewards program and offers them great benefits for their loyalty. They receive benefits that they’d never get from traditional stores and better pricing.
      It’s simple. If you happen to find a friend who is a preferred loyal shopper then perhaps they would order some products for you at the same prices they get. It’s not more complicated than that. 🙂


  22. Posted by Leah on November 1, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Sorry to hear about all your bad experiences I can personally say I signed up to help a family member out and I have had no issues with the company so far. I spend the same amount of money buying products that I am happier with and the ones I don’t like I don’t get. Which trust me I don’t like the oral health care line, body washes etc. but what I have found I love are the products that I am currently buying. I wont tell which as I don’t want you think I am trying to sell the company but what I do know is even some of the other companies all natural things can be harmful to humans. Try taking a few college science classes and you will discover this. I hate to break it to you but unless you are growing it yourself there is still a chemist behind the product all you can do is select the ones that work best for you and your family and have the least toxic chemicals.
    Myself and my sons all have sensitive skin and so far the products I have selected to use have done wonders… no more rashes and no more eczema bumps so what I do know is the what products I have found I like I am sold on and I too don’t work but attend classes my husband is the only provider for a family of five and when we did the math and compared the items we liked to the items we were already buying even after shipping it was comparable. We were not promised it would save us money or make us tons of money. What we were promised is like with any other business; we could choose just how much we wanted to get out of it. I have currently being with them for over six months now still have not signed up anyone and don’t plan on it not that I am saying I wouldn’t be willing to if someone approached me but I won’t bug or pressure them into it. All I was asked to do is that if I do like it to share it with my family and friends which is what I do. But than if you think about it we all do any time we find a product we really like if the topic comes up but if it don’t I don’t go out of my way to do so unless it really did amaze me; and if they want to try it; I get it for them, if they don’t it does not bother me its their choice, I don’t pressure and don’t beg. Matter of fact the only time I have even spoken about it outside of my inner circle is now and once when someone was talking about how much she hated not being able to find a cleaner that would work on something and I told her I loved mine and so far was the only one I could find that did not leave behind a residue. So as I said before it all depends on who you get and compared to what you buy in the local stores the products have so far been a healthier choice for me and my family and we are only spending what we would have spent in the stores.


  23. Posted by Christina on November 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Wow you would be a great politician. So will any one just answer this question please (with out any other arguments)
    Why does Melaleuca have the above 3 mentioned toxic ingredients in thier products?
    Which by the way are “scientificly proven” to be harmful.


  24. Hi everyone. I would like to express my opinion if i may. I am really excited about Melaleuca. My sister has been doing it as a business for about a year and a half, and in that time she has grown it to over a six figure income. They give her a car allowance of $400 every month and her last 3 checks have been $10k, $14k, and $12k. and she is not slowing down. She makes that kind of money because the company has bonus pools and different incentives for building your business. However, as her business stands right now, she can go on vacation for a month and because the company has a 95% re-order rate. Her residual income for the month would be $5,000. Not to shabby for doing nothing huh?

    I personally have been a customer for over a year. I have a 14 month old boy and it was important to us to detoxify our home. Their cleaning and laundry products are fabulous!

    I understand your complaint about some of the ingredients, and I wish they were all natural and organic, etc. I know they are not perfect, but i do believe they are working towards being perfect. Also they do say science based. And yes they DO have the scientific papers published. I have read them. I am going to “Launch” on Saturday were they will be unveiling new products and I’m really excited about it.

    I would like to clarify a couple of things I have read on here.

    #1: Melaleuca is NOT an MLM. There are no multi levels of distribution. The manufacturer sells direct to the consumer. Its called consumer direct marketing. If you look at most business models they actually ARE pyramids. Can the guy in the mail room ever earn more than the CEO? Nope! Well in Melaleuca you can earn more than the person that enrolled you. That certainly is NOT the way MLM companies are set up. Melaleuca just has a very unique business model, and ppl don’t know how to categorize us. So they throw us in the bucket with pyramid schemes and MLM companies. Its sad really, and the hardest part of doing this as a business is creating that para dyne shift so ppl see you for what you truely are. A proven, 27 year old, Billion dollar, dept free company that makes GREAT products. Maybe not 100% but so what? Ok, so I would only use 85% of them. Show me another company that pays out 51% of every dollar earned BACK to their loyal customers!
    I had a wonderful business doing architecture before the bubble burst back in ’08. Since then I have really struggled financially. I now have a family to provide for and I am just SO HAPPY that my sister introduced me to Melaleuca! The sky is the limit!

    #2: I would like to say simply that the 35 point monthly commitment is WHY Melaleuca works so well as a business. Its the most ingenious part of the company! It is WHY the company has a 95% re-order rate, and it is also WHY if you do this as a business your products will be at your door, and more importantly your CHECK will be in the mail!

    In closing I would like to add that in order to be successful in this you have to have a passion for it. This is not a bad company. We have testimonial after testimonial of how ppls lives are greatly enhanced by using our products. Is there room for improvement? ABSOLUTELY! Is it a VERY affordable VERY viable “Plan B?” You BET it is!!! And in this economy? That is saying allot!!!!

    Thanks, Scott


  25. Posted by Mary Brower on January 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I also joined this “green” company on the insistance of my niece telling me what a clean company it was and no chemicals in their products. I got my first order and when I opened the box I got an immediate headache from the smell of fragrance! Gosh when did a fragrance become non toxic. I found it very difficult on their website to figure out how to cancel the membership and they still sent me another order after I finally got it cancelled and I sent back the procucts at my expense and they kept calling me telling me I owed them money and I sent them a nasty email asking them how could I possibly owe them money when they charged my credit card for the order and then I paid almost $10 of my money to ship back something I did not order. The 35 points they require is confusing to say the least as I thought that meant you just spend $35, no that is not the case. So what I found was it usually took an actual expense of $50 to $70 to get that many points as each item has a point value so you have to spend much more in actuall dollars to get the 35 points and I did not like the idea of being forced to buy something each month. What about free commerce? I am so glad I am done with this company and will never go back. I am not learning to make my own soap and personal care products.


    • I wish Melaleuca would get “cleaner’ with all the ingredients. Suralose and acesulfame potassium in many food/nutritional products. Ammonia in antiperspirant. Dimethecoin, petrolatum, parben in Renew lotion. Fragrancae and parfume listed in several products. As people become more educated on ingredients Melaleuca will have to get better or customers will leave and Melaleuca will have to enroll more and more to keep pace. Right now 4% of customers leave each month which equates to approximately just under 48% of customers which were on the books as of January 1 of any given year. Get more towards the really safe/organic type on ingredients and Melaleuca would the best. Until then, not so. My opinion.


      • Posted by Donna on December 31, 2014 at 1:15 pm

        I think it is very important to understand the ingredients that Melaleuca does in fact use. They have teamed with some of the top scientists & universities around the world to develop these safe products. They would never use an ingredients that will harm us or the environment. You mention sucralose, and it’s dangers. You should ask more questions instead of coming to conclusions, because their science in their products have been “first in the worls discoveries” which is why they have so many patented products. Let me educate you a little on the sucralose in their products.

        Sucralose is made from sugar. Melaleuca replaces a hydroxyl group with a chloride (salt).
        Result is a sweeter part of sugar without the calories and the sugar part.

        This has been tested extensively over a 20 year period and the amounts tested were over 100 times more than what a normal adult would consume in one day., and even at 100 times- it was still safe for even pregnant women and children.

        Because it doesn’t have the sugar part, it won’t affect insulin productions.

        Pls refer to link at

  26. Posted by Angel on February 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I am torn…..I love their shampoo and conditioner and their eye-liner. I wish those were the only things I could buy without having the 35point commitment. I cant afford to keep stock-piling all of the other crap just to keep up with the points. I dont care for their cleaning products because I clean my house with vinegar and baking soda, just like my grandma used to because she was poor and just like my mom used to because we all have allergies to bleach and other cleaners. All I want is their dang shampoo and eye-liner….I am ultimately going to cancel because I am having a baby and thus quitting my job and my husband doesnt make enough for us to pay $70 a month in crazy supplies…..


  27. Posted by Donna on April 10, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    After being a happy Melaleuca customer for 9 years, my son-in law sent me the link for this page. Having been through cancer, I was lead to Melaleuca- safer for your home products. After reading your blog, I quickly realized that you didn’t have all information that you would need to make a well-informed choice for your family. It’s a shame the person who enrolled you didn’t return your call. I have been blessed to find Melaleuca. Our home has had many positive results with the products. We’ve cleared a 30 yr problem of eczema after only 2 weeks by switching our laundry soap, body wash, and using the Melaleuca Renew Cream. My daughter was chronic asthmatic and hasn’t used a puffer in almost 9 years since we converted our home. We all had allergies and used to take Reactin & Claritin ritually from May to September, and we no longer have allergies. We hardly ever get sick anymore and if we do, it lasts a day or 2 instead of a month. I was critically ill do to a car accident and was able to work myself off of 23 medications per day and shooting insulin 3 times daily by giving my body what it needed with Melaleuca’s nutritionals. For this reason, I too had decided to partner with Melaleuca, because I thought every person needed to know that there were solutions, and that there was a company that really cared. It’s never too late, but I thought I’d take the bitter taste out of your mouth and give you your answers if I may.
    First, marketing executives simply give information. If people like what they see we help them open their accounts so they can buy directly from the manufacturer. People can simply buy a few items as they need it, without any obligation. They are receiving exceptional quality products at very reasonable prices. Melaleuca does however, offer a “Loyalty Rewards Programs” offering loyalty rewards benefits to those who actually “switch” stores and buy on a monthly basis. Hence the m/m requirement of 35 product points which equates to approx. $55-$60 monthly. This is in no way in addition to people’s budgets, but simply redirecting what they are already spending for better, safer, more effective, and more cost effective, natural based, scientifically documented products.
    Melaleuca will never use an ingredient which can hurt us or the environment. They could not make claims that were note true, or they would be held liable & accountable. They actually have their own channel on youtube where you can see the science behind their products. Feel free to check it out
    Something else of interest, Melaleuca has in fact won environmental excellence awards, amongst many other prestigious awards. You can vist to see the criteria that it took to win those awards and gain positive recognition.

    Melaleuca is currently the leading wellness company and are in 16 countries. They are privately owned, 100% debt free, have surpassed a billion dollars in annual sales. All this growth is based solely on word of mouth. Melaleuca doesn’t advertise – they rely on happy customers to share it with others. Over 1,000,000 homes shop at Melaleuca on a monthly basis. So they must be doing something right. I’ll repeat.. that growth is based on “word of mouth”.

    Something else to put your mind at ease. Melaleuca has teamed with the top scientists worldwide, and work with many of the top Universities right here in North America. So everything is scientifically developed and clinically proven before being offered into our homes. Many of these kinds of products have jaw dropping effects and are unique. Many have patents. Feel free to see some of the research report at or feel free to google some of the scientists working hard to develop these “safer-for-your-home and environment” products (reputable scientists who are top in their fields.)
    Universities that Melaleuca works with
    Here are some of the names and universities our Marketing Department work with.
    Dr. John Folts – University of Wisconsin – heart health
    Dr. Lawrence Wang – University of Alberta – Access Bar
    Dr. Lynn Perks – Brigham Young University – Idaho – heart health
    Dr. Gary Buettner – University of Iowa – Oligofructose
    Dr. Andrei Komarov – George Washington University – Oligofructose
    University of Winnipeg- Renew Cream
    Dr.Bruno Fink Noxygen Science Transfer & Diagnostics GmbH Elzach Germany- Antioxydant power of Oligo
    Dr. William L Diehl-Jones- University of Manitoba – Intestinal Absorption of Oligo
    Brunswick Laboratories- Provex CV

    The renew cream you claim to be toxic is in fact not. You may see the research report at, and watch a video explaining the science behind the product at

    Melaleuca offers over 350 products through 5 families of products.
    1) Ecosense- household cleaning & laundry (Melaleuca is registered with every poison control center in Northa America, has sols over 35,000,000 bottles of their products and in almost 28 years- has never had 1 hospitalization. They don’t even require safety caps on their bottles).
    2) Melaleuca is a registered pharmaceutical company that offer a natural pharmacy whereas many of the products are powered by T36-C5 Australian tee-tree oil. Product are guaranteed to not have any side effects and you’ll soon see they actually are extremely effective and cost much less than pharmacy brands. Just type in tea-tree oil at
    3) Bath & Body- all your personal hygiene from head to toe for women, men & children
    4) Sei Bella skincare & cosmetics
    5) Vitality for Life- nutrition & vitamins for men-women-children-prenatal and 50+
    Their vitamins are now documented in scientific journals to be #1 world wide. You may see this science, ans well as the patent at
    and you may see a CBS news report when Melaleuca actually made history with their revolutionary discovery.

    When you first became a member, you received an information kit., with all the information you needed to guide you. If your lead enroller didn’t return your calls you could have simply talked to a product specialty support line at Melaleuca. 1-800-742-8094, Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm MST (as written in you guide that you received).

    Lastly, your membership fee of $29.00 is a one time fee that is 100% refundable should you cancel your account in your 1st 4 months of enrollment. The $29.00 covers your information kit, business info to start your business, a dvd explaining the consumer direct marketing program, a booklet explaining all your membership benefits AND $120.00 of free products in your 1st 5 months that you get to choose (to help you convert your home, and so that you may see the difference between the products you currently use vs. the products that Melaleuca has to offer.

    Hope this clears up any misconceptions and anxiety. As a mother and grandmother myself, I understand your concerns and that you want the best for your family or loved ones. I believe the best decisions are made when people have clear facts. If I missed anything, pls feel free to contact me, and I’ll direct you to the best place to get your answers. If you do try the products or company again… I’d hope you come to love them as much as I do, and would want to share it with others. Kind regards..donna


  28. i would really enjoy an explanation on wether or not this is a gmo free product line …


  29. Posted by Steve on May 14, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    I’m also generally skeptical. I’d like to see the ingredients list myself, but can’t seem to find it. Would you mind sharing?


  30. My husband and i ended up being so relieved when Louis could finish off his investigation using the precious recommendations he gained while using the web pages. It’s not at all simplistic just to continually be releasing guidance that many the others could have been trying to sell. We really take into account we’ve got the website owner to appreciate for this. Most of the explanations you have made, the easy web site navigation, the relationships you can assist to create – it is all excellent, and it’s really letting our son and the family imagine that the situation is entertaining, and that’s exceedingly indispensable. Thanks for all the pieces!


  31. Someone SERIOUSLY needs to understand what SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN means! They did THEIR OWN RESEARCH, not INDEPENDENT research!

    First of all, they use GMO soy in their shake packets. Soy is problematic for a lot of people and has a direct effect upon the human body. Not to mention if they were so CONCERNED with HEALTH/WELLNESS they would use NON-GMO ingredients!

    They disclose CERTAIN ingredients and if you UNDERSTAND SCIENCE, you would check out MSDS sheets on the ingredients.

    They use A HIGH PERCENTAGE of KNOWN ALLERGENS in their products!

    Also, what HEALTH & WELLNESS company uses a UNNAMED SOLVENT in their cleaning products.

    People who are ‘touting’ this are either hungry for money ie medical professionals as its an easy source of passive revenue or a bored housewife who isn’t trained in the most elementary sciences aka chemistry.

    Not to mention they CLAIM that their fabric sheets don’t contain FORMALDEHYDE like other companies. WRONG! Other companies use CHLOROFORM not FORMALDEHYDE! Also, what chemical is used to deposit the OILY residue on the towel ‘loops’ to make them appear ‘soft’!

    As President of a medical foundation we have INDEPENDENTLY researched their products/ingredients, and it’s safer for the ENVIRONMENT not HUMAN HEALTH!

    It’s a MULTILEVEL Marketing ‘company’ and you are FORCED to DRAG/LIE/COERCE others to come under your name, for that SMALL override of their sales.

    This is a PYRAMID SCHEME and the uneducated people join it with promises of $$$$$$.


  32. Look at page 3 of this INDEPENDENT report and then compare with the chemicals listed in their fragrances.


  33. Outstanding post but I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this topic?
    I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Kudos!


    • I just don’t find Melaleuca’s products to be very natural. I can find other products online that are so much better. I often use and for my natural products. I also love I am not required to spend a certain amount each month and I also have the freedom to choose from different products that I love. Melaleuca is not on my list of companies I care to purchase products from. I am sure some of Melaleuca’s products are ok, just the whole business idea and the products I received were not very natural. I have to admit though, I do use tea tree oil for various things. Thank you!


      • Having read thru their posted list of ingredients, I find them to be questionable and not safe for those with any type of fragrance/chemical allergies. With my foundation I specifically inform people to avoid this company as it’s all ‘green rhetoric’ hype.

      • Posted by Ruth Webster on July 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm

        It is clear that you know little or nothing about a fine company. I have been using these products for well over 15 years and if I have a problem with ANY product, they GLADLY take it back for a full refund. My clothing and linens are cleaner, I feel better, am healthier, etc. They DO NOT advertise themselves as a “Totally Green Company,” NOR do they advertise themselves as “100% BIODEGRADABLE,” so do your homework.

        It is also VERY clear that you are trying to solicit members for your so-called “foundation,” so be honest about it.

      • I do NOT solicit people for our foundation, we do NOT have members! I don’t know what you think we do, but, apparently, you are under the misguided impression I want to ‘generate members’!

        Do your homework!

        So, before you try to impose your ‘propaganda’ that they have drilled into you, find out who you are challenging. They use HARMFUL PRESERVATIVES in their product/s such as phenoxyethanol.

        Read it for yourself

        “Potential Acute Health Effects:
        Extremely hazardous in case of eye contact (irritant). Very hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant), of ingestion, of
        inhalation. Inflammation of the eye is characterized by redness, watering, and itching. Skin inflammation is characterized by
        itching, scaling, reddening, or, occasionally, blistering.
        Potential Chronic Health Effects:
        Extremely hazardous in case of eye contact (irritant). Very hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant), of ingestion, of
        inhalation. CARCINOGENIC EFFECTS: Not available. MUTAGENIC EFFECTS: Not available. TERATOGENIC EFFECTS:
        Not available. DEVELOPMENTAL TOXICITY: Not available. The substance is toxic to kidneys, the nervous system, liver.
        Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage. Repeated or prolonged inhalation of
        vapors may lead to chronic respiratory irritation.”

        Take a few chemistry classes, LEARN the chemicals that you are buying into, then challenge a former chemistry major.

        People should know about ingredients such as this.

  34. Posted by cody on June 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    It makes me very glad I trusted my intuition when I was going to use Melaleuca for a career…. I really need to be able to work from home and daycare just didn’t work out but I knew there was something not right when they wouldn’t answer a lot of questions about the things I asked what ingredients and stuff! I’m looking more into things like that put me on the path to figure out what GMOwell for that I was never even aware I’ll try to find anything and everything natural and good for our home and family I make my own cleaning supplies and beauty supplies out of coconut oil sweet almond oil jojoba oil grapeseed oil essential oils and vinegar baking soda and peroxide!! Learning new things daily


    • Hello Cody,

      If you are looking to work from home, I may be able to help you. I have done my research for years and am finally working from home myself. Just email me through this blog and I will answer any questions you may have. Also, it is great that you are trying to live a all natural life and are thinking about your family when doing it. Keep in touch!


  35. Posted by Carrie on June 19, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Wow…thanks April; am I ever glad I found this page! I have just ALMOST signed up with Meleleuca after logging into the webcast info session. I am very much into returning to truly pure, all natural, high quality, completely cruelty free (vegan, preferably) products. I, too, cannot afford to spend $75 a month on personal care products. It’s very frustrating….I have been trying to find a means of earning supplemental income (I already work a full time office job) where I can work my own hours on any given night or weekend day. Well, I guess it’s back to the drawing board, although, I will take a look at Watkins and others mentioned here. Also, thanks for the tip; I will check that out! I also love Rainbow Light supplements. Also love Beauty Without Cruelty products. Perhaps my stragegy should be to find a higher paying office job that would allow me to purchase the green products, get a massage now and then, basically be able to fully engage in healthy living-wellness without always being so financially strapped! This would also allow me to donate to animal protection causes, etc.


    • Hello Carrie,

      Thank you for reading my blog post! Melaleuca was not for me. If you are looking to work from home. I may be able to help you. I am currently working from home and love it. A great forum to check out is


  36. Posted by Molly on August 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I”m cancelling my Melaleuca account ASAP. I don’t care how many people buy it or how “SUPERIOR” these products are over others (what the heck does that even mean?!) IF THERE ARE CHEMICALS IN MY PRODUCTS, I WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH THEM. PERIOD. There’s no arguing that.


    • Posted by Donna on November 27, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      Water is a chemical. Melaleuca will never use an ingredient that will hurt us or the environment. They couldn’t make safer claims if they were not true. They would be sued. I was critically ill and in hospital for over 2 1/12 years. Melaleuca supplements improved my health and I was able to get healthy again and off of 23 medications. I’ve been a happy customer for over 9 years. My daughter no longer uses asthma puffers since we replaced our home products with Melaleuca’s Ecosense laundry and cleaning, we got rid of all my allergies in our family, after 30+ years battling with eczema it disappeared after 2 weeks by switching my laundry soap-body wash and using their Renew Cream. I’m sorry you had a bad experience, but whatever your experience, I think you need to inform yourself a little more. …. Just a really happy and satisfied customer 🙂


      • Posted by Molly on November 27, 2013 at 7:26 pm

        Oh I’m informed. It sounds like I’m way more informed then you are. If you truly understand what you are consuming and what Melaleuca products are made of…I think you would change your mind as well. Have you read the ingredient labels?!? “Grease fighting agent” is NOT an ingredient. Go look on your products. See if you are happy with the ingredient list. And if you call them to ask them what is in their products they tell you “Its a trade secret and proprietary info…”. I don’t want to mix my own concoction and steal their potion. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT IS IN MY PRODUCTS I’M PURCHASING!! And if you think companies will NOT put any harmful chemicals in their products, you are crazy. I ask you to read “Not Just a Pretty Face” it’s on It will BLOW your mind.
        And about your “they wouldn’t put harmful chemicals in products, bc they would get sued”….I ask you to Google: Melaleuca lawsuits. It’s mindboggling to me how people are not informed and continue to purchase from such ‘green washing’ companies such as Melaleuca.

      • Posted by Derron on October 18, 2014 at 4:09 am

        lol googling melaleuca lawsuits give results of FAILED lawsuits againt Melaleuca. Melaleuca backs up what they claim!

  37. Posted by Laura on August 29, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Wow! I am glad I stumbled upon this post. My sister just signed up to sell Melaleuca and has been pressuring me to do it. I keep refusing. I think she is nuts.
    I currently clean with only natural products that cost less than anything else I have ever purchased. For less than $20, I have enough cleaning supplies to last 3 months.
    For windows, I use lemon juice or vinegar and newspaper (you can also use the pages out of last years phone book if you have one). Perfectly sparkling and nontoxic!
    For countertops and scrubbing more soiled surfaces, I use baking soda paste and a magic eraser sponge. Again, works like a charm.
    For light cleaning, I put vinegar and water in a spray bottle with 3 or 4 drops of lavender essential oil – spray and wipe clean, and it smells wonderful.
    Straight lemon juice works on stains, and if they are really bad I use hydrogen peroxide. Just let it sit a few minutes. This works on mildew in the bath, too.
    I also swear by Magic Erasers – those things will work when nothing else will.
    Salt and ice with a bit of lemon juice will clean glass coffee pots and they will sparkle.
    Toilets benefit from a mix of vinegar, water, a couple drops of dish soap and about 25 drops of tea tree oil mixed in a bottle and used to clean the inside and outside. The mixture also is a natural disinfectant and can be used for surfaces.
    I use Seventh Generation HE laundry detergent. $20 for 98 loads, and low-impact on the environment as far as toxicity goes. I have a recipe to make your own detergent, and I am going to try it soon. It uses Borax, Zote soap, Oxyclean, Baking soda and Washing soda, can be mixed and left as a powder in an airtight container. Total cost is less than $10 and yields about 200 loads.
    Another completely natural option are soap berries. They cost about $18 for 10 oz and yield 150 loads.
    Just some thoughts, but you can find more here if you are interested.
    FYI, Melaleuca is the name for the Tea Tree in tea tree oil, and has both anti-fungal and antibiotic properties. Lavender essential oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Both smell great!


  38. Melaleuca is way better than what anyone will by at the store.


  39. I also signed up for Melaleuca, but started researching their ingredients. I was very disappointed to find that some of them were in a “medium health risk” category. I was super excited to possibly sell healthy products and use them in our home, but just cancelled the membership within a week, as I did not feel their products were as safe as they had advertised. This is not to say that some of their products were in a more healthy category, but I was looking for a company in which all of there products were safe and healthy. Thanks for posting.


  40. Posted by Charity on November 7, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Hi everyone! I recently signed up with Melaleuca and am researching it myself. Nobody claimed the products were “All natural” or “100% organic”. I was told that they are a healthier alternative(not the “best” not the “healthiest”) to some of the stuff we are already using. For a lot of people it is hard to go 100% natural/organic for one reason or another. I view Melaleuca as a small step in the right direction. I also started referring friends because I view doing so like couponing. You don’t get that much compensation but it is enough to pay for my products each month which is great! I have a family of 4 and we all have sensitive skin. I was having bad reactions to the old shampoo/conditioners and laundry detergents i was using in the past. I also have family members with exzema. We were looking for a change anyways. Im enjoying trying out the products they have and researching. Thank you for being apart of my research! So far I have found some products my skin reacts to still and some that I am fine with. My family members with exzema have had great results using melaleuca’s line. I am happy with things so far. It’s not for everyone, but its not a horrible company either. 😉


    • Posted by Jeanette McMurtry on November 27, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      THey are very misleading. I was looking to sell natural products as part of a mission to help people remove daily cancer risks and was so excited about Melaleuca until I found they are full of the same toxic ingredients cheap grocery store products are. Just look at their so called Green Household cleaners. They have two labels in hopes that you won’t discover the truth. The top label says 4% natural, 95% other ingredients. I called to find out what those 95% OTHER ingredients were taht didn’t fall into the natural category. Top secret. Then I noticed the second label conveniently hidden under the first label. Peeled off the first label and found the HAZARDOUS TO ANIMALS AND HUMANS label and poison control directions. So cleary not natural like they claim and by using 4% plant ingredients so they can say they are natural when they are not meets my definition of scam, fraud and unethical. By law they don’t have to list cleaning supply labels but they do personal care. Compare their lotions with Suave, the cheapest product you can find and they are almost identical. Their top selling lotion has petrolatum a gas derivative in it. That can’t be considered non-carcinogenic. And it is not the safe kind of Petrolatum they try to tell you it is. It is the most dangerous form on the market and any of it is simply not healthy. So to find your answer like I spent hours trying to find. read the labels. compare melaleuca labels with other truly natural ingredients out there and you will find a huge difference. For truly natural personal care, try Juice Beauty or Mychelle, products are so food and plant based you could eat them and they have been backed up by third-parties as truly organic. You won’t find Melalecua on those lists. BEYOND DISAPPOINTED.


  41. If you are looking for the cleanest line out there, visit Full ingredient disclosure, effective, versatile, affordable, you shop on your own time and it;s shipped directly to you. Win/Win. Period.


  42. I love this article/blog. I am feeling so duped right now by my Melaleuca “sponsor”. Melaluca themselves to not claim to be all natural but a wellness company. Really artificial sweetener in some products. Petrolatum and dimethicone in others. Wellness or not as my “sponsor” said, “don’t you want to rid your home of toxins?” Well of course I do that is why I likely won’t order from Melaleuca again.


  43. Posted by Jhannah on February 25, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    I found Melaleuca while doing a search on what causes ear infections. My daughter had 10 double ear infections by the time she was 11 months old. She had seen an ENT and we were told she was going to need tubes. I started researching. I found that Meleleuca offered a safer shampoo and other shampoos were sometimes the cause of ear infections. I decided to give it a try. My daughter never had another ear infection after switching and she just turned 10 years old. She also never needed tubes. The toothpaste is also a great example of how wonderful these products are. I work in the dental field and I recommend the Melaleuca toothpaste to all my patients. Since we started using their toothpaste, my family of 5 have never had another cavity and my husband and oldest child used to be very prone to decay. I stand by this company and their products. For those of you who have “tried” this company out for a very short time. (Meaning you really did not give it a chance) I feel sorry for you. You don’t know what your missing.


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  45. For those of you who don’t like Melaleuca, and believe it’s too expensive, just go back to buying your supermarket products. There is no obligation to buy from Melaleuca if you don’t want to. Those of us who are reaping the rewards of safer, concentrated, less expensive products with the opportunity to build a business for a measly membership fee, under $30.00 will gladly continue to do so. Thank you Melaleuca!


  46. Posted by Judith on March 17, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I am concerned about the renew because of the petroleum product in it. I am a recovering cancer patient, and even though I love the product and it feel just great on my skin. Petroleum products can cause skin cancer, and that it much worse to have than missing out on the renew I will have to find another product that is equal to it. Don’t other people care about the health aspect of this?


  47. Posted by Alexis on May 4, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    April, thank you for your evidence based facts. I live in Austin Texas and believe firmly in supporting local companies that make products that work WITH OUT toxic ingredients. I also try not to waste. I just set up my account today and I am quickly regretting it. The woman who signed me up was very nice, and I have nothing against her. Everyone has a choice when it comes to making money, using products and supporting companies. But she definitely talked up the GREEN benefits quite a bit. Everything she said made me more and more excited. But if you are like me and spend HOURS in the grocery store looking and the ingredients on everything you pick up. (may be a vegan thing), then you know that I was asking her about what the products contain. I was told that I would not be able to see the product label till I signed up and joined the site. My first mistake was believing her and jumping into it. My second mistake was not researching for MORE hours before I signed up. I also am very displeased at the amount I need to buy every month. I feel like it may be a way to get me to just hand out free stuff to people. I am just ONE person with a boyfriend who has NO hair. I thought 35 points was practical. NO WAY. This is about as consumer whorish and wasteful as it gets. Sheesh I am mad at myself because I expected more from myself. AH well. I haven’t found 1 thing I would buy. Now what do I do. Never again. I will stick with Natural Grocers and Wheatsville Co Op


  48. I know this is an old post. Just wondering what products you currently use? I just found a new company that is all natural, organic, and TOXIC free. It’s faith based and they are more worried about spreading the word about unhealthy chemicals rather than just selling you products. They have impressive ingredients and a great reward system for buying 🙂 check it out if your interested


    • Hello, Sorry I haven’t been on here in awhile. So many things have happened in the past year and a half. I did look into your website and love the concept and what you are doing!


  49. Posted by Brian Adamz on July 1, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Dear friends, I have happened upon this blog as a new distributor of Melaleauca products. I am 61 and was seeking an extra income. I also like better quality products. In reading the defencive remarks and ways people have given their opinions here I would like to comment,.

    This attitude ( Sales Pitch) “we don’t sell products”……!!! are you for real??

    My goodness… i didn’t get into a business that doesn’t sell products. If I dont sell products then there is no income.

    Point two… I know what we buy in stores and the companies behind them. I have seen and come to learn that we have been poisoned by the products we eat and use on our bodies. If you can find me a company that can produce products that are completely perfect please let me know. Also make sure they are at the price an average person can afford.

    As for the 35 points,.,, yes I personally don’t agree with that. However, if a person used the business model the way it was developed to be used… we can get our products free! Just by having a few customers. I also have people who hate the 35 point thingy but want products. So I order them and get the points and then supply them. Thus i don’t ever have to order my back up order.

    Please look at attitudes as you read. The attitudes I see are competitiveness, attack, slanderous, anger, and so on. Then it ranged on people with veggy opinions and animal abuse etc. My goodness there is such an infintile group of people acting like they know what they are talking about and all it is — surely… is their opinions.

    Scientific proof is needed to prove all points on subjects such as poisons in products. Also the food and drug act and government restrictions on companies should be lobbied so we could actually trust products being brought upon us unsuspectively. Opinions are worthless.

    I can say that I have found some products to my liking and others not so much. However, my goal was to find products I would feel much more competent in selling or representing.

    One other thing I saw was i was told this is not an MLM. However, it does have a pay structure that pays on levels. People have been all up in arms against MLM’s. I too have had such an attitude. I have grown up some over the years. People in organizations can act like thieves or act like true business people. I hate hype in many of the organizations. I didn’t find any hype in my presentation and no one told me i was going to get rich. In fact I was told to slow down and learn the training if i wanted to be successful as this is not like many mlm’s.

    I was wrongly informed as to saying we don’t sell anything but a membership. Upon further discussions and being involved I have found I actually do try to promote better wellness in the home. Vitality has enhanced my health. I do feel better using the soaps and safer not having to have child proof caps in the home.

    Please understand, I lost several customers due to the 35 point system. That truly sucks. I like others have opinions also that could be develled into and exploited as I have seen in this blog. I choose to see reality. THERE ARE NO PERFECT COMPANIES OR PRODUCTS IN THIS EARTH THAT ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE POOR.

    I travel to Asia and see horrid living conditions. I see them eating and using products in the need to survive that we could blame the whole world for allowing. This western society is so spoiled that we think our opinions are as God. Whoops ,,, I used the G word.

    Common get real….have we got nothing better to do than to spend our time on the internet seeking out things we can waste our time putting org’s down and finding fault with the world. We all know it is going to hell in a hand basket.

    Why not instead get on board and do SOME good. Be helpful, lend a hand, get some customers so you can make the money for the 35 pts, Or with all your energy go develop the products you suggest we need without the chemicals you see as bad.


    How much is a box of baking soda…$1. Wow a health tip,….. this is actually documented and has been noted as a cure for cancer. Guess what .. Melaleauca, Amway or not other giant group of wellness products ever told us that. Why,… because they are in business to sell products that are good and of great value in our system or society.

    They aren’t claiming to be a company of curing products. They aren’t into Pharmasuticals.

    Get off your duff and quit all your strife and complaining and become useful to the world. Anyone who can only complain and bitch and tear down others is of no use to me. They only want to speew their POISON into my mind because they are failing at life.

    I truly want to encourage you… DO SOMETHING>>> talk is cheap. !!


  50. Posted by Julie on July 22, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Simply put, Melaleuca sells overpriced products that are not USDA approved, NOT made in the USA and DO contain many of the same chemicals found in products sold in stores. They ARE a pyramid scheme meant for the top dogs to get wealthy. Why anyone would pay so much money for items that they REALLY don’t need is beyond me. But, to each his own. I will keep Target, Cub and Walmart in business because they provide thousands of local jobs. Something Melaleuca cannot claim!!


    • Posted by Donna on September 3, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      Oh you must be right… lol There’s something untrue about EVERYTHING YOU JUST SAID THERE. Overpriced products? What a joke. Melaleuca compares their products to name brands on the market..they improve on the quality and make it affordable for “everybody” to have an exceptional quality at a reasonable price. Some of their products ARE USDA approved, and many do not have to be because they don’t contain drugs. So educate yourself before you make those comments. As for being a pyramid? I don’t think so!!

      You really don’t know about this company, do you? Products people don’t need?
      They offer household laundry, cleaning products, homecare, natural pharmacy, dental care, haircare, skincare, superior nutrition, nutrition for athletes, organic foods, weightloss, shake based nutrition, brain health, digestive health, prenatal, children’s products, heart health, personal hygiene products from head to toe, cosmetics. etc etc etc. They’ve teamed with top scientists and Universities around the world to develop these safer for your home products., and you can see research reports at Bonus is they stand 100% behind their products, offering full refund of the value of the product against an empty bottle. As a manufacturer of LOCAL products (yes they manufacture their own products AND operate their OWN plants and use local ingredients) BUT they guarantee the products will be better quality than anything you can find on the market or your money back against an empty bottle-no questions asked. They are natural based, more effective, safer for your children-home-environment. No safety caps or child-proofing your home. And costs much less than leading brands on the market. Melaleuca rewards loyal customers with a ton of benefits that they would never get from the Walmarts, Targets, grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. But I guess in your eyes, people really don’t use these kinds of products

      They are America’s first ever “Consumer Direct Marketing” with a ton of awards & public recognition “Proven Excellence” in the last 30 years. check out (Maybe you can learn here what the “top dogs” are doing to help make a difference for families, or environment, and how they fund 100% orphanages.
      But you keep supporting Walmart where almost everything is made in China, and is full of water, or chemical fillers, or toxic substances. Maybe you should do your homework on Walmart and you’ll quickly learn about all the sweat shops they support. Oh ya, let’s all work at Walmart for m/m wage. Darling..nobody makes money at Walmart..but the Waltons!

      Let me ask you a question…. would you freak out a little if someone in your family accidentally ingested a product from Walmart? Think any child has ever been rushed through emergency because their child ingested a product from there? If “you really did your homework” as you say, you’d quickly learn that hundreds of thousands HAVE!!

      Melaleuca is registered with every poison control center in North America. They’ve sold over 35 million bottles of their products and never had one hospitalization (let alone death). So keep doing your homework, call the poison control center and see for yourself.

      Actually while we’re at it..let’s look at some of the awards they’ve won.

      Full listing of Melaleuca’s Awards
      Image Year Award Title Country Description
      Melaleuca 2008 The Better Business Bureau presents Melaleuca with The BBB Torch Award United States
      of America The Better Business Bureau honors Melaleuca for its example of ethics and integrity in dealing with customers, employees and the community.
      Frank VanderSloot 2009 Frank VanderSloot – Entrepreneur of the Year United States
      of America American Solutions recently honored Mr. Frank L. Vandersloot, CEO of Melaleuca, Inc., as the 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year from Idaho.
      Frank VanderSloot 2001 Frank VanderSloot – Entrepreneur of the Year United States
      of America Ernst & Young, CNN, and USA Today name Melaleuca President and CEO Frank L. VanderSloot “Entrepreneur of the Year.”
      1998 Idaho Business Leader of the Year United States
      of America Idaho State University recognizes Melaleuca President and CEO Frank L. VanderSloot as Idaho’s ‘Business Leader of the Year.’
      2013 The Heritage Achievement Award United States
      of America To recognize extraordinary citizenship and commitment to their community, Frank and Belinda VanderSloot were presented the Heritage Achievement Award by the Bonneville County Heritage Association on Aug. 29, 2013. The award honors Frank and Belinda for their vision, efforts and financial donation to completely restore the historic New Sweden School building and generously donate its use to the newly formed American Heritage Charter School.
      2000 Inc. 500 Hall of Fame United States
      of America Inc. Magazine inducts Melaleuca into its Hall of Fame for its accomplishment of being the only privately owned company in Inc. 500 history to make the list five consecutive years while maintaining an “A” profitability rating each year.
      2005 Better Business Bureau Hall of Fame United States
      of America The Better Business Bureau places Melaleuca in its Hall of Fame.
      Melaleuca 2012 Better Business Bureau Congratulates Melaleuca for Continued Commitment to Ethics, Community, Employees and Customers United States
      of America The Better Business Bureau honored Melaleuca at its Trusted Business Celebration for its accomplishments as a past recipient of the BBB Hall of Fame Award in 2005 and the BBB Torch Award in 2008.
      2007 Salvation Army Others Award United States
      of America The National Salvation Army awards Melaleuca its highest National honor for the company’s efforts to help victims of Hurricane Katrina
      2007 Frank VanderSloot inducted into The Idaho Hall of Fame United States
      of America The Idaho Hall of Fame inducts Melaleuca President and CEO Frank L. VanderSloot in the state’s Hall of Fame. Frank L. VanderSloot joins the Hall of Fame with other prominent Idahoans, including Governor C.L. “Butch”” Otter and former Governor Jim Risch
      1991 Blue Chip Enterprise United States
      of America Melaleuca accepts the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Blue Chip Enterprise’ award, which recognizes companies that overcome great adversity on their way to success.
      1990 Melaleuca Inc. 500 United States
      of America Inc. Magazine lists Melaleuca as the 37th fastest growing privately owned company in the United States.
      1991 – 1994 Melaleuca Inc. 500 United States
      of America Melaleuca continues on the Inc. 500 list for the next four years as one of the fastest growing privately owned companies in the United States.
      2008 Circle of Humanitarians United States
      of America The American Red Cross recognizes Melaleuca for its charitable response to Hurricane Katrina victims.
      2005 Exceptional Support United States
      of America The Department of Defense thanks Melaleuca for its exceptional support to the men and women of the Minnesota Guard and Reserves.
      2008 Innovative Company of the Year (Finalist) and Innovator of the Year (Finalist) United States
      of America The Stoel Rives Idaho Innovation Awards named Melaleuca as a finalist in two categories.
      2008 Mayor’s Energy Efficiency Award United States
      of America Both the Mayor of Idaho Falls and Idaho Falls Power awarded Melaleuca for its participation in the IFP Switch Program. Melaleuca’s efforts saved 544,408 kWh, the largest energy savings of any of the program’s participants, significantly aiding IFP and Idaho Falls enjoy clean and reliable electrical service.
      2009 Hong Kong Award for Environmental Excellence Hong Kong Melaleuca awarded for demonstrating “a high commitment to environmental protection and waste reduction.”
      2008 – 2009 Caring Company Hong Kong The Hong Kong Council of Social Service and the Hong Kong government awarded Melaleuca for building “a caring community spirit through cultivating corporate citizenship and strategic partnership among the business, public and non-profit organisations.”
      2004 Healthy Workplace Award United States
      of America The American Psychological Association awards Melaleuca with the ‘Healthy Workplace’ designation.
      2005 Education for Life United States
      of America The Direct Selling Association honors Melaleuca with the ‘Education for Life’ award.
      2003 Environmental Excellence Award United States
      of America The Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry recognizes Melaleuca for environmental excellence.
      2008 Melaleuca awarded the Silver Beaver –
      Boy Scouts of America United States
      of America The Boy Scouts of America awarded Frank L. VanderSloot the Silver Beaver, the highest honor that can be given by the Grand Teton Council.
      1996 – 2002 Outstanding Service to Community United States
      of America The Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce honors Melaleuca President and CEO Frank L. VanderSloot for outstanding service to the community: “In recognition of your dedication and unflagging commitment to the [principles] of regional cooperation and economic development.”
      1996 Employer of the Year United States
      of America Development Workshop, Inc., recognizes Melaleuca as ‘Employer of the Year.’
      1998 Distinguished Community Service United States
      of America Boy Scouts of America’s Grand Teton Council recognizes Melaleuca President and CEO Frank L. VanderSloot for his continued support of the annual ‘Scouting For Food’ campaign.
      1999 Improving the Quality of Education United States
      of America Idaho School District 91 recognizes Melaleuca for improving the quality of education in Idaho
      2000 Commitment to Idaho’s Children United States
      of America The Idaho State Board of Education recognizes Melaleuca: The Wellness Company® for outstanding contributions, dedication and commitment to Idaho’s children.
      2001 Dedication to Community Award United States
      of America The Idaho State Police award Melaleuca for involvement in the community of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County..
      2001 Excellence in Education United States
      of America The Direct Selling Association awards Melaleuca for encouraging and funding education.
      2002 Healthy Workplace Award United States
      of America American Psychological Association
      2006 Melaleuca Day United States
      of America The mayor of Saint Paul, Minn., declares June 30, 2006, ‘Melaleuca Day’
      2008 The Gold Award Australia The Australian Customer Service Awards presented Melaleuca with this award, saying, “Melaleuca really stands out as one of the very best [companies] we have worked with.”
      2008 Leader Business Achiever Award Australia Awarded for the large retailer category by the Australian newspaper group Leader.
      2008 Most Valuable Person United States
      of America The Idaho Republican Party recognized Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot as Most Valuable Person for his resource contributions to the party. (By way of information, the Governor came in second.)


      • Hello Donna,

        I think we get the fact that you love the company! I wrote this blog post years ago and it still gets a lot of views. I had no idea it would blow up like this!

      • Posted by Donna on October 25, 2014 at 1:20 am

        This blog should be closed down… So much untruths throughout the entire blog….

      • Never said wasn’t FDA approved. You can’t close a blog for opinions. Freedom of Speech is a wonderful thing!

  51. Posted by Donna on July 30, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Blogs like this really are just for venting nonsense, and most often the people who write this negative stuff are truly uninformed. It’s too bad that angry uninformed or uneducated people ruin a good thing for others.

    I’ve been a customer over 10 years, and am blessed to have been introduced to Melaleuca. The products have helped get rid of eczema, allergies, asthma puffers in our home…and helped me regain my health and get off alot of medications. Not to mention the quality of the products are unlike anything I have ever used before.

    They will never use an ingredient that will hurt us or the environment, and just because you do not understand the science behind the product doesn’t give you all the right to trash the company. Maybe you should google the scientists behind these products- they are top in their fields and some products have undergone decades of research before even coming into our homes. These scientists would not risk loosing their reputations be being involved with a scamming company.

    For all you people relating them to MLM, well I did a little search, and again you need to inform yourselves. Melaleuca is NOT MLM
    All MLM companies are registered under law -article #55A with the Bureau de la Concurrence Canada- Federal Enterprises ATS pour les sourds Bureau de la Concurrence Canada (English: Competition Bureau)

    Melaleuca’s Business Model is Direct to Consumer sales. Registered under law article #32 as a private company. Clients can receive cheques, unlike MLM companies where clients are clients and cannot receive cheques.

    Maybe you should also go and see the prestigious awards and recognition that follow this company for their exemplary practices.

    Blogs like these should be closed. Very saddened by most of these comments


    • It is called Freedom of Speech! I have an opinion and so do others. I do not look down on someone because of their opinion, therefore, neither should you!


      • Posted by Jason on May 27, 2015 at 8:29 pm

        As Dilbert so eloquently put it, “ignorance is not an opinion.”
        You had a bad Melaleuca experience. You shared your opinion on the company. That’s fine.
        Claiming it’s an MLM, that Renew has parabens, that there are better vitamins… All of that is misinformation. By sharing it, you are not sharing an “opinion”, you are sharing falsehoods.
        Is it still protected? In the same way that any falsehood is protected, yes… In the most tenuous way possible under the Freedom of Speech.
        Many have shared the accolades, science, and patents the company has. Additionally, 64% of the people who shop have never shared it with anyone, and of the remaining 36, 24 have shared it with less than 5 people. Meaning almost 89% of the over 1 million customers shop month after month because they like the product. If the products didn’t work, or weren’t a better value, there would not be such a high number of preferred members who just shopped.
        But please, continue touting how bad the company is.

  52. Posted by Lucy on September 1, 2014 at 2:33 am

    Unfortunately like the first blogger I was sold on the products safety. Well what a LOAD of HOGS WASH you only need to read the ingredients list to discover these products are not safe at all !! Thank goodness I’m an educated purchaser and once reading the labels worked it out. But rather a fool for taking someone’s advice instead of doing the initial research myself. I hope other non suspecting people don’t get caught out as the marketing is only there to try and pull the wool over.


    • Posted by Donna on September 3, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      Which products & ingredients would you be referring to Lucy? Because when I first became a customer (over 10 years ago), I too had the same reaction as you and erroneously became the “ingredient police”… but upon doing my homework (which meant actually asking for and receiving the studies to back their products up…and not believing alot of hogwash on the internet from these “on line mafia sites that will say good things about you if you pay them”)..I found that not only were the products safer AND more effective AND smarter choices for our environment AND not only did I save money but received a ton of loyalty benefits that Walmarts/Grocery stores/drug stores don’t give..AND they worked better than these other so called natural products on the market… but my family got rid of all health concerns (eg. no more eczema, no more asthma pumps or allergies, no more colds, no more irritable bowel, we don’t even get colds anymore.I’m am totally confident that Melaleuca will never harm us or the environment..and am happy that I stayed open minded and decided to research from credible sources.

      It’s too bad you feel the way you do, I think you’re missing out. I belive Melaleuca would have been sued along time ago if they were not ethical and were saying things that were not true. Don’t you? Try calling the Better Business Bureau who tracks companies that are not credible…and you’ll see that Melaleuca have a AAA+ rating with the better business bureau.


  53. There is finally a company that has full ingredient disclosure, are certified ToxicFree & no monthly requirements. A membership based buyers club where you choose what you buy & when you want to buy it. I have tried all of the products and they are amazing & true to what they say they are. And they are cruelty free which Melalueca is not. They are a great example of Greenwashing. Makes me sick.


  54. Hi! Thank you for this post! I had previously been an I knowing melaluca user as well-encouraged to use the renew on my son with eczema. I had no idea about the ingredients! I just joined the SAFEST products company in the beauty products industry. It sounds like you know your stuff and 99% of this job is informing everyone to start digging (like you did) into their products and checking them on the EWG. If you’d like to chat after reading about this company making waves in this industry, shoot me an email and we can exchange numbers.


  55. I am a Melaleuca customer and am not entirely satisfied. There are a few of their products that I really love – but these are VERY few. Not enough to make my point minimum each month. The rest are kind of shoddy. For a green company, they use a lot of ingredients that I wouldn’t have in my house. Acetaminophen for one, and Sucralose to name another. Lots of soy, which is one of the top food allergens in the world and almost always GMO. Overpriced bath and beauty items that aren’t really as good as their “free market” counterparts. Month after month I scour their website trying to find acceptable things to round out my order but it is in vain. I end up buying things I don’t want or need because I want to hang on to those few items that are worth their weight in gold.

    The items I like are: Mela Power laundry detergent, Mela Bright, liquid dish soap, Diamond Bright automatic dishwasher detergent, SoluGuard, and Rustic Touch. That’s about it. So for the past three years, I have looked for other products to round out my orders only to be disappointed. Their make-up isn’t any less expensive than other brands and it isn’t really as good as the competition. Their skin care line is a “secret” with “proprietary” ingredients which is just a euphemism for “we are ashamed that our formulae are not as high quality as the competition”.

    Their factory locations are secret and they will not divulge where the products are manufactured. (I know this because I tried to get my Mom on board to help me meet my quota. She only buys USA made goods and so I checked for her. They hemmed and hawed and skirted the issue and would never actually tell me where they source their products.)

    I tried their supplement line for awhile, but that was a bust. SO much of their supplement line relies on soy or some other ingredient that I cannot have in my body. My doctor is also a Melaleuca customer and she is in agreement with me about the Melaleuca supplements. She likes their cleaning products, but says that the supplements are not bio-available, despite the fact that they advertise bioavailability in their products in a very big way. Anyway, I never saw any benefit from the supplements when I tried them.

    So I am in a quandary. Melaleuca has a few foundational products that are worth having, but not enough to help me consistently meet my quota. Their sleazy responses when I inquired about their skin care formulae, and their factory locations has left a bad taste in my mouth and every month when I place my required order, I experience a growing sensation of crawling skin and aversion to this company. Are they really green? I don’t know. In my humble opinion, green should never include GMOs, Sucralose and acetaminophen, so I suspect that they probably are not green. I am slowly grinding down to a cancellation of my membership.

    But I will SO miss those few products that I have grown to love and depend on. 😦


    • Posted by JP on January 6, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Excellent post. It is true, in my opinion too, Melaleuca is just a border line company now in regards to most of their products. As people become educated with all the other truly Green companies and their products the conclusion is there are much better products available. Dimethicone and petrolatum in Renew lotion. Sucralose in many food products. Yes, and soy too. Aluminum in antiperspirant. Fragrance listed as ingredient in several products. Glycerin, acesulfame potassium, sodium alkyl sulfate listed as ingredients in tooth polish. (Compare this to I am really disappointed too, as I have come to realize Melaleuca’s products being “greenwashed” by the company.


      • Posted by JP on January 21, 2015 at 8:21 pm

        Parabens in Melaleuca Renew Lotion. Not good!!!!!

      • Posted by Donna on January 22, 2015 at 10:39 am

        Oh lord. Don’t believe everything you read on the internet. Get the facts straight. People like you ruin it for everyone else. Are any of you scientists that can make that judgement call on Melaleuca Ingredients? Are you the ingredient police? Do you realize how much research and studies go into the development of Melaleuca products? Sometimes decades. Ever google the credentials of the Universities and Scientists that team up with Melaleuca to develop THESE safe products?
        First, Melaleuca has a AAA rating with the better business bureau. They would never achieve that rating from the BBB if they were not a company that operated with the utmost honesty and integrity. They would be sued for making false claims, and would never receive patents from the US Board of Trade. They do not have harmful parabens in their Renew lotion… as for the fragrances, they are natural fragrances from flowers and other natural ingredients…
        but let me address SUCRALOSE ::: Sucralose is made from sugar. Melaleuca have replaced a hydroxyl group with a chloride (salt). Result is a sweeter part of sugar without the calories and the sugar part.
        This has been tested extensively over a 20 year period and the amounts tested were over 100 times more than what a normal adult would consume in one day., and even at 100 times- it was still safe for even pregnant women and children. Because it doesn’t have the sugar part, it won’t affect insulin productions.Pls refer to link at and educate yourself.

        As for Aluminum in their antiperspirants:::aluminum salt is the active ingredient in antiperspirants. next phase is it dissolves in sweat. Underarm moisture dissolves aluminum salt, forming a gel. Then the gel creates a temporary “plug” at the top of the sweat gland, reducing how much sweat is secreted onto the skin’s surface..then bathing removes the antiperspirant gel. Studies from leading cancer Institute including the National Cancer Institute indicate that there is no evidence linking the aluminum salts in antiperspirants and the development of breast cancer. Scientists have NOT found a link between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study following more than 4000 people over several years found that there was no increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease among people using antiperspirants that contain aluminum salt.

        Some of the myths about aluminum and cancer can be traced back to an email rumor from 1999 that gets rewritten and reissued just about every year. With all information from internet, it’s critically important to analyze the source, see where the “research” came from and ask “Who benefits from this?” As sad as it may seem, there’s alot of money and publicity in fear mongering, and with the ease of spreading information online, the trend is not likely to end anytime soon.
        For additional reading about aluminum, you can visit the following websites and inform yourself.
        The National Cancer Association
        The National Cancer Institute
        Alzheimer’s Association

        Btw, did you know that aluminum is the 3rd most naturally abundant element in the environment, found in food and water, as well as pharmaceuticals and a wide range of consumer products? The amount of aluminum absorbed through the skin from antiperspirants is significantly less than the average daily exposure from food and water. Check that out at

        I’m a cancer survivor, and was introduced to Melaleuca in 2004. Best thing that ever happened to our family. We got rid of asthma puffers, allergies, eczema (after battling with medicated creams, cortisone creams and prescription creams from dermatologists for over 30 years -AND BY CHANGING MY LAUNDRY SOAP TO MELALEUCA’S MELAPOWER, USING MELALEUCA’S RENEW BODY WASH AND RENEW LOTION- IT DISAPPEARED IN JUST 2 WEEKS, AND HAS NEVER COME BACK OVER 10 YEARS LATER). People need to know that indeed a company like this exists, and products like these do exist.

        So there you have it…don’t believe everything you read on the internet, take the time to better inform yourself with reliable studies from reliable sources…. you’re missing out on some exceptional products. Most green products are not as green as you think… 99.9 % of so-called green products make false, misleading or unsubstantiated claims according to a study a few years back by TerraChoice Environmental Marketing.

    • Posted by Donna on January 22, 2015 at 11:03 am

      Two points that have now been scientifically documented:

      1. No other mineral supplement is more bioavailable than Melaleuca’s Oligofructose Complex. None Period. End of Story!

      2. Taking multivitamin and mineral supplements other than Melaleuca’s may be destroying most of the antioxidants in your small intestines! That’s before they can be absorbed into your bloodstream – leaving the cells of your vital organs unprotected from the barrage of millions of damaging free radicals generated every second.

      Profound Research you can verify yourself.

      1) They are published in The Nutrition Jornal
      Rabovsky et al. Nutrition Journal 2010, 9:61

      2) They are also published in the Free Radical Biology of Medecin (which is the most prestigious Scientific and medical Journal). You can view a copy of the abstract at


      4) You need to see this Independent study by one of the top researcher facilities in the world. If you don’t know them, google them. Indisputable and profound results

      5) They have received 2 patents on the vitamins to date
      u.s. patent no. 8,273,393
      u.s. patent no. 8,697,158


      • Posted by Martha Hershberger on February 23, 2015 at 10:50 am

        do you all know about siselinternational IT IS A CHEMICAL TOXIN FREE COMPANY I love the products skin care line I used meleluca at 1 time I am glad I stop when I did I heard they are not chemical toxin free where is the passion and love to help people get there health back instead of money money?? sisel Tom the owner he is an amazing guy he knows he is a biochemist and a scientist if you have any ?s feel free to call 717-687-0163 email is and we’ll send some links Love ya all

  56. @ayedsena I’ve been reading all your comments on this post. You have many facts wrong. I think you need to just take this entire post down. You attack several people’s character when you yourself are suggesting to others to do unethical things to this company. Do you not think there is something wrong with that?


    • I am not sure what unethical things I am telling people to do to this company. I had a bad experience and I am allowed to talk about it. I did not bash a person by name. So who’s character did I attack????


  57. Posted by Cheryl Machado on March 19, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    The monthly demanded purchase is a ridiculous way to do business. Many of the products are great, but they are not natural. 600,000 households after 25 years is a far site less than the millions of households serviced by other companies. I really believe as more and more people try to use natural products, if these products were in fact natural and consumers weren’t being strong armed into buying the preset amount every month, the numbers would be a great deal higher.


  58. Posted by Donna on April 2, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    I also signed up excited about natural products that are safe for my grandchildren. The first package came and I opened and smelled everything… guess what!? Migraine an hour later! Coincident? ?? I don’t think so. Im going to reseach this. Thanks for sharing!


  59. there is a new company that I believe you would be interested in looking into. The Healthy Home Company, they are certified toxic-free, organic, and more. To learn more about them go to
    Hope you find out what works for you.


  60. So I’m just going to throw out that I found a company I love more than Melaleuca, which astonished me! If anyone is on the look out, or simply curious, go check out Healthy Home Company! They have the Toxic Free certification, which was one of my biggies with my littles in residence. I am absolutely loving everything I’ve tried so far, and no requirements for orders! You simply can’t beat them in my opinion! If you’re interested go check out: best of the best in my opinion!


    • I checked out healthy home company and it is very interesting. It may be something I would be interested in.


      • Posted by Jasmine on August 12, 2015 at 4:26 pm

        If you’re interested, feel free to click on one of the Healthy Home Company links above, and there is contact information at the top left hand side of the page. Anyone would love to assist you and answer any questions you might have!

    • Posted by Karl on August 12, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      Melaleuca could become a true tidal wave. Simply by making even safer products. Get rid of artificial sweeteners. Get rid of fragrance, parfum ingredients. Melaleuca was ahead of others back in the day. Not so now. The one big thing Melaleuca has is it is a debt free company so will be around as other similar companies will go bankrupt. It really amazes me that Melaleuca continues to use truly questionable ingredients. Another example is aluminum in deodorant. Just get rid of it as an ingredient. The researchers and scientists and product formulators know what to do to get more customers and to get more customers to keep buying year after year. Just get it done and people won’t quit after reading labels after they get Melaleuca products.


      • Posted by Donna on August 12, 2015 at 8:52 pm

        Hey Karl, before you start posting untruths and tarnish the reputation of a really truthful and honest company, why don’t you inform yourself. When you mention Quote “It really amazes me that Melaleuca continues to use truly questionable ingredients. Another example is aluminum in deodorant. Just get rid of it as an ingredient” Unquote

        First, Melaleuca would never use an ingredient that would harm us or the environment, and secondly their products have been tested for safety, with third party research. Their products are made with the best of science AND nature.

        So let’s do talk about Aluminum in their antiperspirants::: aluminum salt is the active ingredient in antiperspirants. next phase is it dissolves in sweat. Underarm moisture dissolves aluminum salt, forming a gel. Then the gel creates a temporary “plug” at the top of the sweat gland, reducing how much sweat is secreted onto the skin’s surface..then bathing removes the antiperspirant gel. Studies from leading cancer Institute including the National Cancer Institute indicate that there is no evidence linking the aluminum salts in antiperspirants and the development of breast cancer. Scientists have NOT found a link between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study following more than 4000 people over several years found that there was no increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease among people using antiperspirants that contain aluminum salt.

        Some of the myths about aluminum and cancer can be traced back to an email rumour from 1999 that gets rewritten and reissued just about every year. With all information from internet, it’s critically important to analyze the source, see where the “research” came from and ask “Who benefits from this?” As sad as it may seem, there’s alot of money and publicity in fear mongering, and with the ease of spreading information online, the trend is not likely to end anytime soon.
        For additional reading about aluminum, you can visit the following websites and inform yourself.
        The National Cancer Association
        The National Cancer Institute
        Alzheimer’s Association

        Btw, did you know that aluminum is the 3rd most naturally abundant element in the environment, found in food and water, as well as pharmaceuticals and a wide range of consumer products? The amount of aluminum absorbed through the skin from antiperspirants is significantly less than the average daily exposure from food and water. Check that out at

  61. Posted by Karl on August 12, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Is it OK to assume that Melaleuca should, after almost thirty years in business, have a lot more than 1,000,000 customers. I hear presenters of Melaleuca say how a 100,000 customers joined just last month. And, this statement has been out there for at least the last twenty years. Do the math. A lot of customers dropping out. Why? Products are not as clean and green as you would expect.


    • Posted by Donna on August 12, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      ??? I’ve been a Melaleuca customer over 11 years, I’ve never heard a statement (100,000 customers joined Melaleuca last month)… however … they have a documented monthly reorder rate of 95% (average across the board)
      Retention in my own business is 98%
      Don’t know where you get your info, but it is incorrect.


  62. If you are still looking for an opportunity as a stay at home mom please contact me! Beautycounter is an amazing new company of of Santa Monica that is committed to getting safe products into the hands of everyone! Check out the YouTube video called Introduction to Beautycounter. Amazing, safe products and unbelievable business opportunity!!!! Looking forward to talking to you.


  63. Check out Ava Anderson Non-Toxic. I’m sensitive to chemicals in Fragrance and I’ve had good luck with them. Also NaturOli for shampoo. Love it!


  64. Posted by Diane on February 20, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Thanks for the info! I want to cancel my membership! Don’t see a form, so can you explain step by step what I need to do?


  65. Posted by Youre crazy on December 25, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Dont believe everything you read on the internet. Fragrance is harmful? Better stop wearing perfume.


  66. Posted by hensley on January 19, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    I think you are full of shit. didn’t find anything anything negative about Melaleuca or toxic chemicals in their product


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