Scentsy Review — Is it a scam?

Scentsy is a candle and fragrance MLM that sells tarts, warmers, and other nice smelling items.

The company was launched in 2004 by Orville Thompson and Heid Thompson. Since its birth, the company has grown substantially, allowing for it to offer the Scentsy Family Foundation in 2009, an organization which offers philanthropic support with scholarships totaling $8 mil (USD) as of this writing.

Essentially a fragrance supply M2M company focused on aromatherapy.

Scentsy offers aroma products and makes no claims of boosting a person’s health and wellbeing.

It is simply providing a tranquility and an association of a scent to a person. While this could spark memories, it may not.

The point is that the company is not claiming to be on the edge of science (though they do have a science about us section), nor are they stating that those who use their products somehow get a micaceous change of their mindset. So, for a product standpoint, they are fairly transparent with great reviews.

An up and comer in the same category is Party Lite. Take a look at our review, here.

Products

Simplicity, Authenticity, and Generosity are the core of the products.

The CEOs of the company have stated that these values attached themselves to the company and that they were not marketed in. While this may or may not be true, it does go quite a way to build the transparency of the company.

Products are offered in the Summer Collection, Scent, Warmers and Diffusers, Laundry, Clean, For Her, for Him, Kids, and Specials.

Laundry Liquids can be purchased in several scents ranging from Black Raspberry Vanilla, French Lavender, Honeymoon Hideaway, to Citrus and White Tea& Cactus. Unlike the cup based liquid detergent which dominates the market, the laundry liquid offered by Scentsy is pump based.

If a person follows the directions and uses 4 pumps for a large load, they could use the product on up to 50 loads. Keeping this in mind, the cost of $16 is rather low when compared to other brands on the market.

Velvet Hand Cream is sold in a very small container of 2oz.

This cream is extremely concentrated. Creams are numbered 09, 34, 36, 82,88, or 16. The number corresponds to the fragrance used. Much like the numbers of paint would be to the hue, so it is here. For example the 09 is crushed pineapple, coconut milk, and exotic Vanilla. 88 is Japanese Plum, White Petails and Vanilla.

Shampoo, shave, and Shower bar is intended to offer a three-in-one solution for men.

The soap is 4.5 oz and is offered in No 4 (cedarwood) and No.11 (Citrus Pressed). Since it is a shave bar as well as a bathing bar, it can be expected that there will be substantial suds from the bar. Yet, this is an assumption based on the product description and not on customer reviews.

Scentsy Bars are cubes which go into a warmer (sold by the company).

These melt down and omit the fragrance corresponding to the bar that is selected. This product is the cornerstone of the company and so there are quite a few scents available. Unlike the other products, the scent is clearly defined such as Apple Crush, Mariposa Lily, Toffee Butter Crunch, or You’re My Buttercup Scentsy Bar. Currently 71 of these fragrances are available at $5 per bar.

No weight loss promises. No revolutionary science. Just awesome smelling gifts that people love.

Compensation Plan

When you look into joining Scentsy, the first thing that you note is the clear, it will cost you $99 to become a consultant.

However, unlike other M2Ms the $99 covers products and the starter kit. As most companies showcase the benefits, looking at the join page does not give too much information apart from the startup cost. You must look at the asterixis and the fine print.

Consultants earn 20 percent on the first 1000 points in Personal Retail Volume. After the initial PRV you earn 25%. Bonuses are based upon rank and if your sales exceed the monthly 2000 PRV required for active status. Take a look at this screenshot for a bit more detail.

Scentsy follows the DSA (Direct Selling Association) code of ethics. You can find the specifics of the DSA on their site.

Apart from joining Scentsy you can also host a party. The sales from the party goes to rewards on products. The rewards are based upon the sales from the party and you do receive free products as well as 50% off of products based upon the sale volume.

Specifics of the compensation plan could not be found without scheduling a consultation with a Scentsy representative. Those wishing to know more about the compensation program are encouraged to contact the company directly and have documentation sent.

Recap

The compensation plan of the company could not be found and so the only information to be gained is on the rewards and the benefits of the loyalty program and party hosting.

Granted, there was a bit of information about the point rewards, but not enough to really make an informed decision as to whether the company is worth investing in or not. Ensure that actual payoffs are given and not just discounts and free products.

Also, calculate the required cost of products per month and weigh such against the possible payouts. If you are spending more than you are making, it is not worth joining.

Should the company not have a yearly rate, and if the PRVs are not outrageous, this may be a creditable way in which to do M2M. It is a break away from the standard health and beauty products which seem to oversaturate this market, which may give the advantage to the aspiring independent contractor.

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