When someone asks me if essential oils are a scam, or if Young Living is a pyramid scheme, I take pause and do some research. There are a lot of articles and videos illustrating both sides of the story. Some people claim that its a scam and others extol the amazing benefits of essential oils in their health and wellness. So which is true?
Young Living is a "network marketing" company as you cannot purchase their products at retail stores. Members can become "independent distributors," but it is not mandatory. There are no monthly sales quotas, no annoying selling techniques (though I am sure that different people will approach it differently), and no up front investment in products to sell. If you sign up someone under you - you get commissions and so on and so forth- that's it. Do you have to sell them the latest greatest thing or pressure them to buy more products? Nope, if they sign up for Essential Rewards they will have a monthly order, but you don't have to sign up for it or if you do any find it hard to manage spending money monthly, you can always cancel the rewards program and rejoin at any time. There are also a lot of perks and bonuses whether you are just a member or an independent distributor. Of course the people at the top are making more than the people at the bottom - that is kind of how companies work.
Thinking about other companies and corporations, couldn't they all be considered pyramid schemes? Let's take any company that sells beauty, health and wellness products for example. How much does their CEO make? Most likely, they are making MILLIONS of dollars a year in total compensation including salary, benefits, stock, retirement funds etc. Now, how much do the senior managers make? mid-level managers? administrators? distributors? and retail sales people? I would be willing to bet that that graph would look a lot like a pyramid with the CEO at the top.
Personally, I like talking about essentials oils and how they have changed and improved my life in terms of health and wellness. I send out samples for friends to try and will be hosting online and in-person workshops starting in May 2017 -- if they are interested in becoming a member great! If not, that is not a problem either. I'm not a fan of obnoxious sales techniques. I'm not cold calling or knocking at doors. Mostly I just mention what I am doing with essential oils on my website and social media properties or in personal conversations with friends and colleagues - That's it! When friends reach out to me for more information, I am always happy to chat with them about their interest in essential oils.
Owner, Restorative Aromatics and NAHA Certified Aromatherapist Level One. This blog focuses on aromatherapy education and other essential oil related topics.