doTERRA Review: Life-Changing Products Or a Pyramid Scheme?

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doTerra homepage is a very colorful and gives information about essential oils.

Essential oils, health & wellness, supplements, and nutrition. All these industries have been booming in the last few years and new MLM-companies have been popping up almost every other day. doTERRA is one of them. Maybe one of your friends has recommended their products or the business opportunity for you?

In my doTERRA review, I’ll show you more in detail what kind of products they provide. In addition, I’ll analyze their business opportunity and give my opinion about it. I advise you to read this article carefully and spend the next 1-3 minutes with me. 🙂

NOTE: I am not affiliated with doTERRA so I don’t earn any money for writing this article. The sole purpose is to inform you about their opportunity and to help you to make a good decision.

doTERRA Review

Name: doTERRA

Founded: 2008

Type and Products: MLM Company. Health & Wellness + Essential Oils.

Short Review: doTERRA provides high-quality products but in my opinion, they are massively overpriced. Personally, I prefer using normal products instead of paying the “MLM-extra” for getting these products. However, I know that many people enjoy using doTERRA products and I’m happy for them.

As a business opportunity doTERRA is relatively typical in MLM-scene. Commissions from product sales and downlines. Rewards and bonuses for reaching higher levels.

If you are looking for a way to make money from home, I would rather recommend getting started with this step-by-step training for free.

is doterra a pyramid scheme
doTerra homepage is a very colorful and gives information about essential oils.

What is doTerra?

Founded in Utah back in 2008, doTerra is an MLM company that produces essential oils. doTerra is a Latin term that means ‘gift of the earth.’ doTerra is a multi-level marketing network marketing company.

This means that an individual can make money by selling doTerra products as a retailer or by referring new consultants to partake in DoTerra’s compensation plan. This company now has over two million advocates in almost 100 countries who have already signed up to their MLM system.

You have probably heard of some other similar network marketing companies that are selling essential oils. For example, Melaleuca, Wakaya Perfection, Young Living, etc. The industry has literally exploded in the last few years like you can see in the image later.

doTerra Products

This company rewards representatives who actively promote their essential oils and refer new representatives. Here are some of their products you could promote as a distributor:

  • Essential oils
  • Single Oils
  • Proprietary blends
  • doTerra On Guard Products
  • DoTerra Breathe products
  • Deep Blue Products
  • DigestZen Products

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Other products include personal care, supplements, weight management pills, Kits & collections, Healing Hands, and Accessories for Essential Oils such as car diffusers and so much more (Essential oil diffusers disperse the oils as a fine mist in the air, which our bodies then absorb through the respiratory system.)

Essential Oils industry is expanding daily with more people looking for such products to enhance their day to day lives.

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Essential Oils graph on Google Trends from 2004 to a present moment. You can see a huge growth between 2012 and 2015. 

Even though doTERRA products are extremely expensive they are enjoying extremely positive reviews on Amazon. There are thousands of customer reviews on their products. Over and over again, customers give them a 4- or 5-star rating on a scale from 1 to 5 stars.

doTERRA promises a lot of health benefits ranging from:

  • Mood enhancement
  • Boosting the immune, respiratory, and circulatory systems
  • Relief of minor discomforts
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Despite their highly expensive price, doTERRA is enjoying of positive reviews on Amazon.

Essential Oils and Aromatherapy – Do the Products Really Work?

Essential Oils therapy, commonly known as Aromatherapy has been in practice since the beginning of the century. Essential Oil therapy uses plant’s aroma-producing oils that help support overall health and well-being of an individual. These oils are derived from plant’s leaves, stalks, bark, flowers, or roots which are mixed with denser substances such as lotion, alcohol, or oil then put on the skin or sprayed in the air to be inhaled. The oils can also be massaged into the skin or poured into bath water.

These essential oils then interact with your body’s hormones and enzymes causing changes in our body’s functions. Our sense of smell is so powerful that it has a significant impact on our feelings. Depending on the types of oil used the fragrances from the oils sends impulses to the part of the brain that controls memory and emotions, relieving stress and promoting calmness and relaxation.

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According to, aromatherapy is the fastest growing area of complementary medicine in the United States. However, remember that aromatherapy can’t replace the current medication because it does not cure major illnesses.

Aromatherapy is also a controversial subject. Some people say it doesn’t really work. What is your opinion about it?

Some people love DoTerra’s essential oils but definitely not all. They are said to protect individuals from infectious diseases, help cure restlessness, stuffy noses, colds, and even uplift moods. On the other hand, many customers report that products aren’t better than their 5 times cheaper counterparts on Walmart or Amazon.

Anyway, if you want to join doTERRA, you must have first-hand experience of their positive effects. Otherwise, it wouldn’t really make sense to promote their products. Let’s take a look how you could make money with their system and how much people are really earning.

How to Make Money on doTERRA?

To become a consultant for doTERRA, a new specialist will need to pay a registration fee that will give you access to all their products at a wholesale price of 25% below retail price. doTERRA offers kits ranging from $150 always up to $2,500 (wholesale price).

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Different doTERRA Packages

Once this fee is paid, you’ll have a few ways to make money:

  1. Becoming a distributor for Doterra products and sell them at retail price.
  2. Refer new distributors and earn a commission on all of their sales.
  3. Make money through their reward programs and bonuses.

Their marketing videos naturally show you pictures of smiling people who say, “doTERRA changed my life. I am so happy about this opportunity. I never believed I could live a life like this.” You know these MLM-stories, don’t you? 😉

According to studies conducted, +95% of doTERRA advocates earn less than $10,000 annually. This means that only 1% make more than $200 per week in commissions for doTERRA.

Almost nobody who joined doTERRA as an advocate was able to generate an income equivalent to a full-time income. For those who sign up for business, it’ll be tricky for you to earn as much as you’d expect per year. Overall, it’s clear that doTERRA members receive less than a full-time income.

Of course, there is always that 1% on the top who make a big income. But as I always say, it doesn’t tell about the quality of this system but more about the quality of their character. You can succeed in almost any business if you have a hard-working and a persistent character. The following graph shows the earnings of doTERRA leaders.

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doTERRA leaders make good money but only 0,5% of all members end up in this category.

Then you just need to choose the products and industry that you love. If you think it’s not so easy, I recommend taking a look at this opportunity. I’ll ask you again after a year or two because I’m sure you’ll succeed if you follow that step-by-step training. 😉

DoTerra Compensation Plan

When you order your doTERRA products to sell on a monthly basis, you will earn reward credits. You can make up to 30% of product value back as product credits. For example; if you purchase $100 worth of wellness products and you’ve shown repeated loyalty to the program, you’ll receive 30 credits that you can use to buy other available products.

Other bonuses such as Founders’ Club are available for the elite consultants. This club is exclusive to those individuals who have made it into the top 25 product consultants in their countries or region. If you manage to make it into the Founders Club, then you shall be eligible to earn more bonuses by making a share of the total market sales volume. This means that you’ll be potentially earning more rewards than everyone else.

This video explains their compensation plan more in detail with simple terms. The video pretty enticing and encouraging but notice that it’s created by doTERRA team and contains promotional material.

The most profitable way of making money on doTERRA is recruiting lots of people to your downline. Then you can earn passive income when your team members are making sales.

Conclusion – Is doTERRA Worth It?

If you want to earn real money, then you must be ready to buy tons of their products and sell them on market value plus recruit a lot of advocates that will sell their products as well. This way, you’ll be able to earn a percent from all your sales plus a few bucks from your advocate’s sales. (And this “few bucks” can grow quite high if you are a persistent recruiter.)

My recommendation is that you join doTERRA only if you love using their products. When you have first convinced yourself you can then convince others as well. But if you are not sure about the effectiveness of their products I don’t see any reason why you would join their system.

Making money with doTERRA or any business requires tons of efforts. Success doesn’t happen overnight but after repeating successful actions day in and day out.

I know from my own experience that earning a living from home is exciting but also requires discipline. Still, it’s possible for anyone (especially for you). This step-by-step training taught me how to make money online at home or even while I’m traveling.

I’m sure it will help you as well. In addition, I offer my 1-on-1 support all the way until you succeed. Notice that this training is not a MLM-system and it doesn’t cost anything to get started.

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What do you think about doTERRA products and a business opportunity?

Do you also prefer earning money from home rather than having a 9-5 job?

Let me know in the comments below! :)

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  1. I myself am pretty sure they are a scam. Yes, lavender has a calming effect but that’s not what I’m talking about. I Work with A Lady that uses them, sells them, and thinks they have all these magical properties.

  2. This is a big opportunity for those who have enough money who are willing to multiply their earnings and a fluent at the same time good communicator is the ideal person to try this business. Not all are gifted and has the ability to manage or to succeed in this kind of marketing.

    1. Yes, all people aren’t interested in recruiting and selling all the time. For those people MLM-programs aren’t optimal systems. I believe that those people could also learn all necessary skills if they want but it’s good to do something you’re passionate about because then you’ll have motivation to stick through the “hard times” and setbacks.

      After listening to tens of experienced entrepreneurs and analyzing my own experiences I have realized that everyone has faces adversities. But the difference between successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurs is how they deal with those adversities. Successful learn the lesson and use it in the future in their advantage while unsuccessful entrepreneurs give up or move to the next “opportunity”.

  3. One thing I always say that skins products can sell quite well in Nigeria if the marketer is connected to the people that work in top offices and can buy these type of products. The thing is that going into doTERRA can work for someone already experienced in multi-level marketing of skin products in my country. I will tell my friends about that.

    1. I’m always interested in hearing your thoughts about the life in Nigeria and how these programs would work there. I have never been in Africa (only 1 weekend in Morocco and Ceuta) so I don’t have yet personal experience about it. I must visit in the future.

      By the way, do you think Nigeria is safe for a foreigner? Which places would be the best ones?

  4. MLM programs are not really for every body, but they are people who are making huge figures from this, but it looks like you need more money to make money with this, buying the product and then reselling them, which requires talking and conviction. They are guys who can talk you into buying things you have promised not buy. There are the type that really fits in this MLM programs.

    1. Yes. It’s possible to make big money with MLM-programs. Some people have become millionaires by joining these programs and working their way up in the pyramid. However, it requires years of hard work and persistence.

      Usually, it also requires tons of investments before you start earning good money. Like you said, “it takes money to make money.” However, you can compensate quite well if you are willing to put enough “sweat equity”. Mark Cuban talks about it often. It means hard working 🙂

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