How MLMs Ruin Friendships - My 100% Honest Nerium Review

How MLMs Ruin Friendships – My 100% Honest Nerium Review

By Ian | Negative Reviews

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If you’re reading this post someone is probably trying to recruit you into Nerium, and you’re trying to figure out if the product is any good, whether or not it’s a scam, and possibly even if you’re experiences thus far are common company-wide. In this 100% honest Nerium review I’m going to share my real-life experiences with the company and the product, and hopefully help you decide whether or not promoting or buying Nerium is right for you.

I don’t usually review MLMs here on StoppingScams — the closest I usually come are products like Empower Network a.k.a. iPAS2 and Digital Altitude.

I am not a Nerium Brand Partner, and I don’t make any money selling the product. I’m just an honest guy on the internet doing my best to make sure people can find truthful, unbiased information about work-at-home opportunities when they need it.

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Why I’m Creating this Post in the First Place

Long story short: Instead of becoming a Nerium Brand Partner, per the repeated pestering of a long-time friend, I focused on building an independent, full-time internet business.

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Nerium

$500-$1,000
+ $80/mo. for A.D.O.
"Recruiting" Required?
Does it deliver?
Is it easy to get help?
Contact the owner? : Depends on Sponsor
Step-by-step training?
Easy to follow?
Is the training thorough?
Is the training up-to-date?

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I spent over two months evaluating Nerium’s product, company, and sales training because a friend of mine that’s been very successful in another network marketing company made the switch to promoting Nerium and was very excited about the way the company was run and their compensation model. He also assured me that the company was very young and I was getting in pretty close to the ground-level, which is the Holy Grail of MLM opportunity.

Unfortunately, I still haven’t decided whether or not this person is my “friend” anymore. We’ve known each other for almost ten years and always swapped entrepreneurial news/interests and caught up every few weeks on each other’s businesses and how they were doing. It was a healthy, inspiring relationship.

Texting between my Nerium friend and I

My friend’s recruiting numbers: Less than 2 in 100 earning a Lexus
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Ever since I expressed the slightest interest in reviewing Nerium and considering promoting it, our friendship has quickly changed. I feel more like a savory, mouth-watering sales prospect than a friend and our relationship has changed to a rigid, “let me send you a piece of network marketing news every couple of weeks” acquaintance rather than something that’s mutually beneficial and no-pressure.

I won’t share this person’s name because I still hope to continue being friends someday and I respect him as a businessperson, but he is one of the top recruiters for Nerium (as he was in his last MLM organization) and there is a decent chance that readers of this review are being recruited by the same person due to the sheer volume of recruits he’s signing up.

And before I go any further, I have made very clear to my friend that I am no longer interested in Nerium but I continue to be followed-up with and treated like a sales prospect. This isn’t a situation where I started dodging him for no reason and didn’t communicate properly – I expressed my concerns and clearly said “I’m not interested” but he will not let up, which seems to be rather common across Nerium’s Brand Partner network from what I’ve read online.

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My Initial Concerns: The Product’s Validity

I have a very firm rule that I do not give on at all, whatsoever – if a product isn’t excellent, I will not promote it. I don’t care how much someone pays me. If I can’t believe in the product, then I won’t try to convince anyone else to believe in it either. I expressed this to him immediately, and he referred me to a Nerium-funded research study. If you know what you’re doing, you can hire a research company to say almost anything you want them to say, so I had to dig further.

I tried the product myself (my friend mailed me a sample) and, although I’m only 26 at the time of writing this review, I have very subtle crow’s feet from too much smiling and laughter (a “problem” I’m happy to have) which I saw improve over the 5-day Nerium trial period. There could be a lot of reasons for this, however, so I kept on digging.

The first place I turned to was Amazon.com, since I’ve found that their reviews are usually pretty dependable. The product only had a 3.5 star rating, which at first seems fairly acceptable until you factor in the fact that this data is skewed and not completely unbiased.

Amazon customer rating of Nerium Night and Day Cream

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When you’re shopping for, say, a phone case on Amazon, you can pretty much trust the rating because the product owner and their friends/family can only leave so many reviews, giving you the peace of mind that almost all of the reviewers have no ties to the company. This is not the case for Nerium. Every Brand Partner’s business is affected by this rating, therefore many of them are absolutely going to log on and review the product positively since they’re selling it.

So I decided to do even more digging, and quickly found this review from a site run by a couple of doctors that I found very balanced, well-researched, and informative. I also noticed many commenters were experiencing the same high-pressure sales from friends and family members as I was, leading me to believe this has something to do with Nerium’s sales training. Then I found a San Francisco news report that made me raise an eyebrow as well. I also found another doctor negatively reviewing the product on her site which raised even more serious concerns for me.

It seemed like everything I was finding not produced by Nerium or one of their Brand Partners cast serious doubt on the validity of the product. Even if it produces short-term results that continue as long as you’re using the product, it can be due to irritation/inflammation of the skin which isn’t necessarily healthy.

I found a lot of concerning information in this stage of my review, but I kept digging and talking with my friend about the company.

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The Nerium Success Pack and Training

As I mentioned, my friend is pretty well connected and respected within this company so he pulled a few strings and sent me the training/documentation from Nerium’s Success Pack, which I’m very glad I didn’t spring the $500 minimum for. I’m not glad because the training wasn’t impressive, I’m just glad because I ultimately decided the company was not a good fit for me and I wasn’t out $500 as a result.

Nerium's Success Pack bundle

There’s a lot of stuff included. There’s Nerium order forms, self-development audiobooks, information on hosting your Nerium party/opportunity presentation, etc… My friend is an experienced network marketer and he said that he’s never seen a company set their Brand Partners up for success so well, which I don’t doubt, but I still wasn’t able to get past the negative information I had uncovered about the product.

Everything included in the Success Pack

Nerium’s Success Pack unbundled
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A Slightly Less Confusing Compensation Plan

One thing that I really liked about Nerium vs. my friend’s old MLM (which he approached me about as well) was how much easier the compensation plan was to explain. If you do this, you get a free iPad. If you do this next, you get a “free” Lexus (I place free in quotation marks because this is a lease that they’re paying for right now, if you dip below a certain volume you’re still in contract for that Lexus). If you get to that level, you should have approximately $X,XXX in monthly income due to your volume alone.

Nerium's Lexus Bonus program details

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I liked that, but I can’t explain how unwavering I am in my belief of not promoting a bad product no matter what I’m compensated with. You could pay me thousands of dollars for every person I sign up and I still won’t promote the company if I don’t believe the product and company are setting my referrals up for success.

Coming Full-Circle, Nerium’s High-Pressure Sales Tactics

Ultimately it wasn’t solely the lack of unbiased, positive reviews and research studies that pushed me out of seriously considering Nerium – my friend/Brand Partner did a lot of the work too. I clearly expressed that I had discussed it with my wife and that, due to the fact that I was inexperienced with MLM/network marketing, I was choosing to stay the course with my already successful internet marketing business and other, non-MLM entrepreneurial ventures.

I also expressed a serious concern about damaging relationships I have with friends and family members by going “warm-market”, which prompted him to tell me that we didn’t need to go warm market and we could still figure it out (which was very different than his previous recommendation that I should absolutely go warm-market and approach friends/family members).

As I shared earlier from one of our text conversations, my friend continued to try to use his success within the company to persuade me to sign up under him. An existing Brand Partner’s success has nothing to do with what level of success you will achieve. In my friend’s case, he has about a six year head start on me regarding the network marketing industry so to expect those kinds of results would be ludicrous.

Texting between my Nerium friend and I

My friend’s recruiting numbers: Less than 2 in 100 earning a Lexus
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Telling me that you have recruited over 400 people and only 7 of them have earned a “free” Lexus does not incentivize me to promote this company. He’s in a great position with a very highly positioned mentor that is passing him referrals as well, so presenting these numbers has absolutely no bearing on how much I will make if I join the company. It may cause other people to get excited, but I’ve had enough business experience over the years to know that another entrepreneur’s success with their developed skill set does not indicate any future success if I tried my hand at the same business/industry.

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Besides, having less than 2 people out of 100 achieve the most heavily preached goal within the company is fairly bleak in my opinion. If I join a company for $500-$1,000 and encourage the others to do the same, but 98 out of 100 of them don’t achieve the most heavily incentivized goal and possibly lose money and/or damage relationships – I’m personally failing A LOT of people, and I’ve avoided promoting other products in the past for this exact reason.

Since my long-time friend was now only contacting me with more reasons to join Nerium, I stopped replying to his communication. I’d made my choice clear, and unfortunately he was not respecting it. Now our conversations are completely one-sided, where my friend just sends me periodic updates and articles that try to get me excited about running an MLM business.

Today's conversations with my friend

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What It All Came Down To, and What I Decided In the End

As I’ve mentioned a couple of times in this post, due to the high-pressure sales pitch I was receiving from my long-term friend and what the unbiased information I could find on the product was indicating, I ultimately decided promoting Nerium was not for me. I didn’t want to damage relationships the way my friend has recently damaged ours, and I couldn’t find enough credible, unbiased information to convince me that the product was as legitimate and safe as the company claims.

Remember, just because someone you know or someone you’ve met is doing well with Nerium is not at all an indicator of your future success with the company. Just because the company is growing rapidly does not indicate that the product is incredible – that can be artificially created by a high-paying commission structure and high-pressure sales tactics. Just because you hear about a trip to Cancun or someone earning a free Lexus does not in any way predict whether or not you and your referrals will be successful within Nerium.

Ultimately I couldn’t determine the product’s safety and effectiveness through credible third party medical verification. In addition to that, even my friend with 6+ years in network marketing/MLM had less than 2 out of 100 people earning a “free” Lexus, how much could a new network marketer like me really set my referrals up for success?

Just because I can make money selling this product and opportunity to other people was not enough. Since I couldn’t fully verify that I would be selling a 100% medically vetted, safe product through sources outside of Nerium’s network and I couldn’t be sure that the opportunity I was selling would set others up for success, I personally passed on endorsing and promoting this product.

I hope you’ve found this information helpful, and I wish you all the best of success with your business ventures within and outside of Nerium International.

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"Recruiting" Required?
Does it deliver?
Is it easy to get help?
Contact the owner?
Step-by-step training?
Easy to follow?
Is the training thorough?
Is the training up-to-date?

Nerium

$500-$1,000
+ $80/mo. for A.D.O.
"Recruiting" Required?
Does it deliver?
Is it easy to get help?
Contact the owner? : Depends on Sponsor
Step-by-step training?
Easy to follow?
Is the training thorough?
Is the training up-to-date?

My Training

FREE
"Recruiting" Required?
Does it deliver?
Is it easy to get help?
Contact the owner?
Step-by-step training?
Easy to follow?
Is the training thorough?
Is the training up-to-date?

Share Your Thoughts Below! But Please Be Respectful

I’ve been really surprised by some of the disrespectful, visceral, flat-out hateful comments that people within Nerium’s network have left on anything that doesn’t sing the company’s praises. I love open dialogue and hearing other perspectives, but please keep your comments relevant to the Nerium review above and respectful. If so, I will approve and reply to them even if they’re contradictory to my opinions.

Thank you all for stopping by! Stay safe out there!

About the Author

I've been in internet marketing for over 10 years, and I've purchased dozens of illegitimate products for the sole purpose of evaluating them and exposing the truth about these products to anyone who's thinking about purchasing it. I never let money influence my rating of a product and your success/safety is my absolute highest priority. Don't want to buy a product? Register for one of my 100% free internet marketing training courses>>

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(172) comments

Muriel September 29, 2014

Hi there Ian, I really like this post of yours. Very informative and you break down the various aspects. Great job!

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    Ian September 30, 2014

    No problem Muriel, I’m glad you found it to be helpful! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment to let me know you were here. I really appreciate that!

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Jennifer September 29, 2014

Nerium International sounds to be to much work if you ask me, Since I am apart of Wealthy Affiliate, I have learned so much with all that WA teaches, and I am still learning. I have tried a few other MLM’s before But I would rather be simply an Affiliate, then an MLM. I hate pushing products and cold calling, with a passion. That Is why I choose affiliate marketing so I can choose the products that I am interested in. And perhaps someone else is interested and wanting to learn more about that particular product. You have done a great job with this article, very informative. Thanks again.

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    Ian September 30, 2014

    No problem, Jennifer! I’m glad that I could help. It’s definitely a lot of work, but then again, what business isn’t? Even an affiliate marketing business takes an incredible amount of time and effort to build up, but as you’ve touched on one of the biggest bonuses to me in affiliate/internet marketing and why I prefer that business is no need to recruit others or approach friends and family members. That’s a big deal to me, as I have a very skeptical circle of friends/family and would HATE to sign them up and risk watching them fail. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Jennifer! I really appreciate it.

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    Deborah Norman December 25, 2016

    Hi Jennifer, I thought that at first also, however what I have perfected quite by accident is that all I do is talk to people that I come into contact with. Im out shopping anyway, so while I am shopping for other products I just introduce myself to who ever I start talking to at the shops which is something I did anyway and tell them in about 30 seconds what my new home business is and show my before and after photo and give them a card, Its 10 mins work a day, the I will do some posts and send out a few emails. thats it. so easy. I actually enjoy the social aspect and have fun. So say I go in to a salon to have my nails done-while Im there getting them done I just tell everyone about what i am doing and pass around my photo and a few cards, thats it, Im am there anyway getting a service so I swap. If I walk past a stall with a new business owner I take their cards and hand them out as I think all small business that is local need to support each other, then they hand out my cards. its easy once you know. Hope that helps.

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    Jacquelyn Tobin January 8, 2017

    Statements like this are part of the problem. Recruiters say same thing in every mlm. Just wear the product. It sells itself. Hand out a few business cards. Strike up conversations, make a few calls. Calling you on mlm sales BS.

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Cathy October 1, 2014

My good friend (still is) is one of the top sales person in his MLM team. When he knew that I was going through some rough patches in my career, he offered to give me some ‘inspiration’ – met up for drinks, listen to my rants and eventually showing me the ultimate ‘opportunity’.

I wouldn’t say that I take the bait. I wanted a way out and here’s my friend trying to help me so why not. So I spent months learning about the company’s products, gaining personal insights into the world of marketing, finance and economy in ways I never knew existed.

But…after taking a break from work, I bumped into affiliate marketing and finds it more appealing to my way of life and dealing with people. When my friend asked why I stopped attending the company’s workshop, I told him that, thanks to his inspiration, I have started a big project and it’s all good for my career in the long run.

I think he understood what I meant and for that, I guess we are still friends.

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    Ian October 3, 2014

    Thanks for stopping by, Cathy! All MLMs are far from created equal, and as far as all of the MLMs I had looked into in the past, Nerium was probably the most promising and I’m glad my friend is doing well there (I just couldn’t get past what I was reading about the product from many consumers and almost any credible medical professional that wasn’t affiliated with Nerium). I’m really glad you’re enjoying affiliate marketing and that your business is growing, though! Everyone’s personal preferences play a big role in what type of business is right for them, and it sounds like you and I were cut from the same cloth – pursuing MLM over affiliate/internet marketing just doesn’t feel like it’s right for me.

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      Teri Cottone December 10, 2016

      I find this uninformed and frankly a ploy to recruit people. I was in the cosmetic industry for years. Nerium actually does have the 3rd party testing even some medical brands don’t have. The research was conducted by a 3rd party called ST&T research. I was too arrogant to even try the product. It wouldn’t be effective for someone 26 years old however it does more for loose skin than many medical brands I’ve tried. It takes being consistent and in my opinion it doesn’t have enough moisture.
      I agree with your assessment in recruiting but the product itself is miraculous if it contains NAE-8 extract.

      The product line is expanding and as far as MLM goes I believe it is typical the products themselves however are not. . The things people do to justify their actions I personally find abhorrent. The personal development and training given in the beginning was hands down fabulous but too many don’t practice what they preach. It creates a culture of cut throat competition which is the very thing they say makes MLM different. Part of it is the compensation plan. It is created to keep the top people working. Signing under someone who has to keep their top people ranked is part of the problem IMO. The products however are stellar. I don’t like 21st century payment and marketing structures. Period. It is creating I got screwed so I will screw you culture.It I hope Capitalists turn their ways around or this next generation will end it which will be detrimental. If people have doubts about the Nerium Products Google ST&T research and Dr Larry Fann. They wouldn’t have staked their stellar reputations for a start up company.

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        Ian December 11, 2016

        Thank you very much for sharing your perspective and insight, Teri. I think it’s helpful and informative for community members finding and reading this review.

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        Judy July 26, 2017

        Many Netium Reps. are having cosmetic procedures and giving Nerium the credit. Sick of all the propaganda!

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          Darlene October 9, 2017

          I am 55 years old and getting saggy skin on my face and fine lines and look 55. I have tried many expensive products. I am also not interested in MLM but when I was asked to try the day and night cream I thought why not I have tried just about everything else. After the first night I was just about sold on the product but by the third day of using the product I was definitely sold!!!! I am amazed at how young my face looks! I have had several compliments on my face and now it’s only been 5 days. I am not a partner but want to continue buying the products. I have told several people about the amazing results I have gotten. My upper lip was getting very thin and lots of wrinkles just above lip and believe it or not it actually feels and looks like I had injections. I also don’t think the products would work well on younger skin

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          Wynter January 7, 2018

          A mere 5 DAYS of use certainly isn’t long enough to provide ANY review of a skincare product. Please come back in the Spring at the earliest to share.

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          Elle January 11, 2018

          I agree! I have been using Arbonne products for almost a year now and I can say that in the first week of use, my skin was softer, but I didn’t see real change until about 30 days after using the product. 6 months into using the product, my skin is healthier and clearer that it has ever been. That being said, I don’t trust anything that says results can be seen in a day or a week. It was only after using the products that I chose to sell the products. I don’t promote the products I have not tried, until I use them and know they work! Please, just don’t sell the line that your skin changed in a week! I agree, come back in a few months and tell us that you are seeing results. 🙂

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Evelyn October 1, 2014

I had to read this article as I can relate to this story. I never heard of Nerium, but I’ve been involved in the MLM industry before. I personally believe that these types of business models doesn’t work period. Here’s why!

In your article you state that your friend is successful in the MLM industry. Now he leaves one successful business and goes to another. I’m sure he got a lot of the people that was in his previous downline to go to this new Nerium. I’m sure he pitched to his old downline, it’s new and you got to get in fast before you’re in the bottom of the totem pole and I will help you make money with Nerium.

A lot of people go because all they care about is making money. It’s a people joining people business that hides behind a product to make it seem “legal”. If he was so successful in his first MLM business, why did he leave? I seen this all the time in the MLM industry. That is why I don’t want to be apart of that. You will be surprised how much money these “high in ranking” people don’t make. Sometimes these cars are not even cars they own, it’s leased out. I haven’t researched Nerium or know their compensation plan nor do I care to. The people at Nerium may own the cars and the compensation plans may be great.

Lots MLM businesses change their compensation plans all the time. They usually start off with a great compensation plan, then they change it or make new rules as they go. People be careful with types of businesses. It’s best to just stay away from them period. Don’t get your friends and family involved in the mess either. Sorry for being so harsh on this comment I just want people to know how I feel and what I’ve seen and experienced.

I hope someday you and your friend will be friends again. This is a great article. I don’t blame you for doing your research and deciding against building a business based on just making money. The business model is very important and so is the products. All the best!

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    Ian October 3, 2014

    Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave such a passionate and personal comment, Evelyn! I honestly don’t think my friend is remotely as bad as a lot of people I’ve seen in the industry over the years, but you’re right – I really felt like he had a head start on contacts/people within his network to recruit after being successful in the industry for many years. I too hope that we can go back to the friendship we used to have prior to my initial interest in Nerium, and I’m really confident that he’s going to be incredibly successful within the company, it just wasn’t for me and I wish that had been acknowledged and respected a bit better due to our long-term friendship of many years.

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    Duncan February 4, 2017

    MLM is a legitimate business model. We have huge companies that have been around for years! Amway, Juice Plus etc etc. So no one can say that it does not work.

    How many people succeed in business? How many businesses shut down after a year or two?

    MLM is like any other business. It suits some but not everyone. The recent shenanigans

    with companies being fined is forcing MLM companies to acquire more customers. Believe

    it or not most MLM companies have more customers than distributors. Affiliate

    marketing

    also takes work. Anything worthwhile does.

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Destiny February 8, 2015

I would like to post a few comments because I have lived the Nerium Experience for the past 1 1/2 years and it has been nothing short of a nightmare! About a year and a half ago my boyfriends cousin approached him with this Nerium AD, immediately I laughed at the notion that a cream would erase all my wrinkles however was very open minded about it. My boyfriend and I went and met with who we believed was just his cousin but when we entered into the restaurant we were approached by not just his cousin but also another lady. Long story short, I have never believed in MLM (although I am sure there are many good ones) Anyhow both of these ladies were Nerium Brand Partners, so as we listened to their nerium pitch, focusing more so on the business side of it then the product itself, as they said “when do you want to sign up” I looked over at my boyfriend and said “I would like to try the product first, see how I like it as well as do a little research and we would get back to them in a few weeks” my boyfriend and I left and I was pretty open minded. That night they called my boyfriend and yes convinced him to sign up as a brand partner. The next day my boyfriend proceeds to tell me we were now “in business together”, of course feeling somewhat disrespected that the brand partners called him in spite of me asking for time to try the product and do a little research, he is much more of a pushover then myself, I am a small business owner so I do tend to do a lot of research before I jump into anything especially when it sounds too good to be true. Anyhow let’s fast forward into the Brand Partner Experience, I have to say I did not have anything to do with this product as I actually tried the product in which my face broke out terribly, when we brought it up to the brand partners they said that was normal…ugh! The difficult thing about all this is my boyfriend has become obsessed with this so called “Nerium Family” spending a LOT of money to go to Nerium conferences, has recruited family members and I could go on but I wont however will say he has been a brand partner for almost 2 years, no he did not get an ipad or Lexus but the money he has spent he could have bought one all by himself lol. Now for those who are “naysayers” or even so much as question their “Servant Leader, Jeff Olson” you are bad, in fact I operate a small business and my boyfriend has even thrown blows at me stating I am just jealous because Nerium is much bigger then my business will ever be..which in all honesty I could care a less I don’t specialize in Skincare lol! Now my boyfriend tells me that now Nerium is working on cures for cancer, Alzheimer and a few more diseases…and Nerium is so big and he is so excited to be part of it all. I have asked him the question “Do you really believe your nerium family is going to care about you if something happens and you decide to no longer sell nerium and make the up-lines money” sadly he is convinced they are all his friends and family, that they genuinely care about him and would never steer him wrong. In the past year and a half he has spent more money then I make during a year and says its an investment into his future. It has gotten so bad that we can’t even go on a nice date without him wearing a shirt and hat that has Nerium written all over it and even approaches the waitress about Nerium..honestly it has become embarrassing and I don’t even want to go anywhere with him anymore. His family is fine with it because he also has recruited his brother and nephew! This Nerium Experience has ruined every ounce of respect and admiration I have ever had for him. The sad part is their motto is “get real” so if you are a non believer the only real thing about it is, it ruins REAL RELATIONSHIPS, REAL LIVES, REAL FAMILIES, REAL FRIENDSHIPS..nothing real about a room full of strangers that call themselves family in my opinion. So after being with him for 5 years this Nerium experience has caused me to break things off with him because I can’t take it anymore, truth is I realized after doing a lot of research outside of anything Nerium posts I have found that it goes against any of my moral compass and I can not support nor be with anyone who believes Nerium is honest and wonderful. So beings I have been part of both trying the product as well as living the Brand Partner experience I can honestly say DON’T GIVE IT A SECOND LOOK…NOT THE PRODUCT OR THE BUSINESS because once you become any part of it you will loose real friends, family and relationships not to mention respect from many people who genuinely care about you..and when it’s all said and done all you will have left are a bunch of strangers who really care nothing about you and your well being but rather only how much money you can make them, and this will be your new FAKE Family!!!! Anyone who brings it up to me I say “Don’t look at it, Dont even go to a Nerium Party….and common sense is if you want good skin then eat better, take vitamins and take better care of yourself as common sense is beautiful skin comes from how well you take care of yourself!” and that is my experience with Nerium International..Dont Do IT!!!!! From Montana

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    Ian February 9, 2015

    I can’t tell you how sorry I am to hear you’re going through all of this, Destiny. My heart sank more and more as I read through your comment. This is just terrible, and I can’t imagine all of the ways this has impacted your life. If I can ever help with anything or do anything for you at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m not sure what it would be, but if you ever think of anything just let me know.

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    Steph July 10, 2015

    WOW! This sounds like what is happening to my mom!!! I have tried to tell her the research I found on Nerium and she won’t listen to negative reviews. Nerium has almost totally consumed her time as well as her full time job. My mom has earned a free iPad and is close to earning a Lexus. She is right now downstairs discussing Nerium with a lady who has earned the Lexus (I think, but I don’t know bc I haven’t seen the paperwork).
    I’m happy for my mom, but I am sooooo sick and tired of hearing about Nerium. You can be successful, HOWEVER it depends on your experience and how many people you know. I credit my mom’s success to her having an MBA and experience. She tried to recruit me but it didn’t work. She has had Nerium parties before and the look on some ladies faces says it all. One key question that is never answered or thoroughly talked about is ingredients and a third party research to back Nerium up. & she is dead set on using Nerium techniques.
    If anyone tries to sell me Nerium I will not be afraid to say it’s a piece of shit & I would rather OWN a Lexus.

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      Christine Hoban January 1, 2018

      👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Well said!!!! I’d rather OWN a Lexus on my own terms as well. Actually, I don’t even like Lexus’. Imagine being able to buy a car you want!!!!

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    Teri December 17, 2015

    It sounds like you weren’t sponsored well either. So many vetted MLM people with bad habits came to Nerium. It is a great product. I feel your pain. 5 hours a week??? More like 5 hours a day to be marginally successful. I wish their compliance team did more to make people play fair. There are certain cliques within the company that make it hard. <3 There are others that are wonderful. The first thing said, is your business won't grow past your personal development. Then why do they continue to allow unethical people to keep working.
    The flagship product is great!

    The reason they refer to it is a family is to have you living in a bubble with like-minded people. There are good people there. Creating a team of runners is a full time proposition. If you wouldn't go into traditional business with a certain person, don't let them sponsor you. I'm sorry you had such a negative experience. I did too but allowed it. I spoon fed certain people my prospects. Stupid me! ( At the time I was in a small town.) If you really listened, Jeff warned us. This is with any MLM company. I still use and love the product. I have extensive experience with skincare. Nerium AD night treatment isn't for younger skin unless you have certain issues. Even people who will pay $300 for a moisturizer don't want to get a monthly bill. I've heard they may change the model to stay active. If they do, I may reconsider. Again I really dislike hearing about people who bust their butts to no avail. It is the way the comp plan is structured. You can only place 4 deep at lower ranks, so even if you have a runner, you can't place underneath them to help. You have to keep your SR ranks SR to hold your own. Even though I understand why the company structured it this way, they know human nature. I struggled with that myself. On the flip side someone high ranking not in my geneology helped me tremendously and got nothing out of it. Jeff Olson warns us over and over, you just had to listen. Good luck to you in anything you choose to do…

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    John Doe January 12, 2016

    It’s unfortunate that in the MLM Industry most of the individuals have no sales background. They have no idea on how uncover need and sell benefits. Ultimately you have to show value to you customer. Once you have been successful in doing this than and only than ask for the money. I have been approached by many individuals to sell Nerium, Rodan & Fields among st others.. NOT INTERESTED is always my response due to the fact that they are not trained to sell.. All they want is you hard earned money! These companies will never last!!!

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    Naaman February 12, 2017

    i have been a brand partner now for 3 years. I don’t practice pressure tactics talking about Nerium. If people are not interested I leave them alone.

    It really depends on how you run your business. Nerium does work and the compensation plan is great. Personal development Is more important than pushing product. Educating myself about skin care, the affects of brain activity EHT, then educating the people around me. The use of social media websites also assist me and my team.

    You have to become an expert about your product. Be a professional not a jerk. Some products and opportunity are going to appeal to people some are Nottingham and that’s okay.

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      Johanna August 24, 2017

      Thanks for the comment. I am wondering if you’ve been paid well and got your lexus yet? I am thinking of joining.

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    Derek October 15, 2017

    CBC News did a mini documentary on skin care products and an expert in the field who is a chemist and makes the different creams for some of the largest companies in the world said “if you are spending more than 25$ on skin cream you are wasting your money. Most of the other ingredients are just for the story behind the product.” These specific products were approved by Health Canada too, so other products might just be putting stuff in their product that is harmful and not helpful.

    Aging is what we do. We are human. These anti-aging creams etc are just emotionally triggered purchases. No matter how much cream you put on your face or how “amazing” a product is made out to be you are going to die. So, invest your money and your time into memories with those you love.Take vacations, go out with family and friends, and live your life. These products are BS and photo shopped, plus they are expensive and not sustainable as goes for the market they are sold in.

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Rachelle March 2, 2015

Thank you so much for this informative and easy to understand review of Nerium. My friend is currently a brand partner and has recruited many mutual friends to join her in this “exciting business opportunity.”
Our friendship has suffered greatly. She missed my daughters 1st Birthday for a Nerium conference….among many other things.
My Facebook wall is a steady stream of nerium advertisements. Join now – it’ll be as big as Google! It only takes 5 hours a week! Dont you want to work at home so you can be with your kids?
There is a definitely a cultlike mentality within this nerium family which easily is threatened and offended if you question their product.
im sorry but when did we stop taking pride in creating our own businesses from scratch with integrity and hard work!
If a friend did that , i would support in a heartbeat.
i will not be supporting nerium.
Thanks again.

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    Ian March 2, 2015

    I’m so sorry to hear about your experiences, Rachelle. I see many parallels here with what I experienced with my friend, who I eventually de-friended on Facebook hoping to send a clear message that I was not interested. I’m happy for his success, but it saddens me a little that our friendship meant so little to him once it came time to approach me about this “opportunity”. I don’t regret not joining to this day, and I’m happy that sharing my experienced is resonating with and helping people like you. Thank you for sharing your story too.

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Jane Doe March 24, 2015

I have my own small business that I am growing–just me–no overhead–starting up and I, too have been approached by a friend who is part of the Neurium group. I’m noticing a play on my sympathy–“I understand your time is a factor….and what if you could pay it forward?” As if this is a case of me being a good sanitation or going straight to hell for saying “no.” Helping starving children is paying it forward. Helping people in your community and worldwide is paying it forward. Spending a ton of money and pushing something on your friends through coercion, manipulation, and guilt-tripping, in my opinion, is not paying it forward. It’s just bad business.

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    Ian March 25, 2015

    Very well said. I couldn’t have put it better myself.

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    David Stapleton November 14, 2015

    Hi Jane,

    That was very helpful! I am about to start my own business in the health area. My colleagues here in Australia have signed up with Nerium at an entry level stage and are doing their best to entice me in. As a scientist I have had a close look at their products and am not overly convinced and less so when I hear about what can happen to your friendship groups!

    Thanks,

    David

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      Cheryl September 13, 2016

      I’ve had positive experiences with Nerium thus far! My son is ADHD/Dyslexic and the EHT has helped him with many things. He even stated that the Nerium “medicine” worked better than his blue and white pill, and nobody twisted his arm to say it. In fact, we weren’t even talking about Nerium at all! The eye serum has also show results, both short and long term. I’ve had a pharmacologist who was happy with the ingredients. Why are people disgusted? I know that some brand partners are way too pushy, but not all are. I feel the products are very good and if you work, then you will be rewarded! I feel like some comments are from those that are upset because maybe they didn’t succeed? Maybe not, but maybe so.

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        Maria February 12, 2017

        Cheryl,

        I’m so glad to see your sons positive results with EHT! I use it daily. My 88yr old parents started using it and both are amazed at their recall returning.

        I’ve had super Results with all their product. How long did it take me to get all my sun damaged wrinkles? 63yrs and after 9months on AD Night Cream my wrinkles have decreased substantially. And I don’t want to or expect to look like a 30yr old. Just letting it repair some of my damaged skin! It’s all in feeling good about yourself!!

        I’m with You completely that many will talk down Nerium because only 3% will become successful entrepreneurs and the other 97% will continue working making their bosses dreams come true!!

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michelle April 1, 2015

I wanted to thank you for your article. I have a friend who joined nerium and he is extremely involved with them. I definitely agree with the above comments stating that they are cult like. It’s like they are brain washed. I mean the company focuses on recruiting more sellers instead of their products. When I heard about the ingredients it disgusted me. Especially when I’ve had others try to recruit me. It hurts that my friend is involved in this as he saw it as a way to get out of a desperate time financially. But we have to live and learn. Thank you:) Sending love, light, and healing energy!

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    Ian April 2, 2015

    Thanks a lot, Michelle! I’m glad you found it helpful, and I’m glad you stayed away as well 🙂

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Lowery April 14, 2015

I have to say I fell for the “bait” of Nerium. And after going on 3 months of trying to sell it, I got 1 Preferred customer, made $11.50, and lost $500.00. That we could have used for something else. I am a stay at home mom, with 3 kids, my hubby has a good job, but I wanted an extra income. My friend who is high up in the company made it look so easy, as well as several others I know. One girl laughed and talked about how easy peasey it was, and got her first partner the very first day she started. It has not been easy peasey for me. I have talked to well over 30 people, never got partners out of it like they said on the training. I feel like I wasted a lot of time, and money, that I will never get back. Shattered dreams I was hoping for with this.Very, very bummed about it.

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    Ian April 15, 2015

    I’m so, so sorry to hear about your experiences, Lowery. That’s a heartbreaking story, but I greatly appreciate you taking the time to share it so anyone else researching Nerium here might be able to factor it into making their decision of becoming a “Brand Partner” or not.

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Caroline April 18, 2015

Thank you Ian, for providing this information. I first heard about Nerium from a younger co-worker about a year ago. When I was in my 20’s, I had an experience with an MLM, in which I went to the meeting, bought the starter kit and then upon the realization I’d have to push it on family and friends, quickly got out of it and just used the products in starter kit myself, because I did really like them. So, not much was lost. So when my coworker told me about nerium, I told her I’d try it. I was going to buy one, but when I found out it was about $100, she said I could do a 5 day trial first. I did that and cannot believe how horrible it was, Each day was a struggle. I couldn’t even do it for more than 3 days. The smell was nauseating and my skin got so dry. Instinctively, I felt that continuing its use would be detrimental. This lead me to do online research about the product and like you said, most of the information is written by them. I found the barefaced truth site and was glad that people were expressing the truth on that site. I felt pretty confident that it was a matter of time that they would be exposed for defrauding so many people with such a horrible and possibly dangerous product. So, recently, I see another Nerium post on Facebook and much to my dismay, someone in my accupuncture office has samples of it in the waiting room. I just now looked at the barefaced truth website and all info about nerium is gone, or at least I can’t find it. And when you google barefaced truth nerium they have their own nerium advertisement debunking all of that information. This shows how much they are aggressively trying to prevent the public from knowing the truth. To me, this type of greed is really “over the top”. Do not walk away from Nerium. Run as fast as you can. This is not about skin care. It is purely about greed.

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    Ian April 19, 2015

    I couldn’t agree more. What you said about BareFaced Truth is unfortunate. Maybe Nerium mailed them a cease and desist letter (not uncommon for owners of sites like this). It’s a way to bully people out of their rights to free speech, and unfortunately it usually works, leaving consumers less informed and the company more profitable. Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experiences – I’m glad you found my review and could contribute another perspective to the community here 🙂

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    Kimberley M. October 31, 2015

    OMG, I had the same experience with the night face cream (smell was nauseating, WAYYYY dried out my skin…even still over-dry days later). And it made my face sweat like crazy! So nasty. And I could only stand to use it ONCE. I didn’t even make it to bed with it on my face, I had to wash it off after an hour or so. I normally use totally natural/organic face stuff, but my hubby’s boss & wife are into Nerium up to their ears, and I honestly wanted to try it just so I could see if it worked for me or not (figuring if not, then at least that might shut them up). But no, this morning I just got a pkg on the doorstep from Nerium. They are trying to get my husband hooked on their EHT product now. I’m concerned because who knows how they decaffeinate the coffee beans they use? If it’s a supplement, maybe they could actually get around current food standards and use chemicals for that. AND, if you put the term “decaffeinated” on your product, you don’t have to include a caffeine content. I read that, depending on the type of bean (for example, Robusta vs Arabica), removing the 97% required to call it decaffeinated could still leave a fair amount of caffeine. In addition, the Huperzine-A can cause GI upset, although he doesn’t seem to have a very sensitive system. What worries me for him is that Huperzine-A can cause high blood pressure, which he IS prone to experience. Oy. I think he maybe also wants to be able to shut this guy up by at least trying the stuff. I hope he’ll be careful about it.

    Thank you for this article, Ian, in a way, it’s comforting to know the pushing is so common. It gives me even more confidence in my position that the products are crap (so I don’t just feel like the oddball whose experience just randomly goes against the so-called study statistics), and that the sales is all about building numbers (in one’s own organization). That’s not “relationship building”, it’s relationship USING. It’s like they have joined a new religion, which gives them (or I guess in this case, leads them to believe they can easily get) some kind of magic brownie points for everyone they convert…which just means buying a “starter kit”, not actually believing anything.

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      Ian November 1, 2015

      Hey Kimberly! Thank you so much for taking the time to share all of your experiences. I’m equally delighted that you found this post comforting and helpful as I am disappointed that you’re going through all of this. Hopefully your experiences will go a long way toward helping others finding this post decide whether or not this is a path they want to wander down.

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Dee April 25, 2015

I was so glad I came across your site. A friend of mine has been relentless in trying to get me to try Nerium, even after I said repeatedly, that I was not interested. This friend also has tried to get me to try their brain supplements, even though once again I said, not interested. I now get endless product emails and invites to Nerium product parties. It all made sense, after I read what you wrote.

Thanks!!

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    Ian April 27, 2015

    I’m glad I was able to help, Dee! I’m sorry that you’re experiencing this (I despise what Nerium is doing to friendships all over the world) but thank you very much for sharing your experiences with the community!

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