Monthly Archives: December 2016

Let me tell you a little story

about that essential oil MLM that everyone trusts so much (I did too once). I started using their products years ago when I was pregnant with my now 9 year old son. I used their “non toxic” shampoo on my babies only to find out “oops” there really ARE all these toxic chemicals in the products and the MLM just “didn’t know”. They weren’t listed on the ingredients label and the MLM claimed the manufacturer was using them without their knowledge. Nice. That was the beginning of the myriad of reasons to not trust that particular MLM.

I can share with you some places to find really good (even organic) essential oils online in much better prices that you’re seeing at that MLM. I’m not sure if I’m allowed to post the link so the company name (easily googled) of my favorite place is Mountain Rose Herbs in Oregon. I also buy all my herbs/spices (organic) in bulk from them…you can’t beat the savings, even with shipping (just get some neighbors to join in and split the bulk packages).

I make most of my own cleaners. White vinegar is your friend! Simply put some vinegar and water in a spray bottle and voila…you have your window cleaner (since you’re an EO fan, add some lemon for good measure).
Cheaper than any natural cleaner you could buy. 🙂

I have more tips…will be happy to share but I think this is veering WAY off topic so email me if you want some more of my homemade recipes for cleaning.

I suppose it depends on what you mean by “affiliate program”

There are affiliate programs that would be similar to rewards programs. If you purchase enough stuff on your credit card, you get discounts at certain retailers. If you accumulate enough mileage on an airline miles program, you can fly with any of their affiliates, which might include other airlines or rental car agencies or cruise lines or other types of businesses.

There are also buyer’s club-type programs in which you can purchase brand-name items at discounts by virtue of your membership.

The “affiliate programs” that give us pause (if I may speak for others here) are the ones that promise income for your involvement. There is a huge difference between being involved in a program as a consumer or as a member and being involved in it as a representative or an employee.

And some affiliate programs go out of their way to blur that distinction. Some of them even blur the nature of their relationships with other businesses that are affiliated with them. A/Q is the main example that comes to mind. There are many businesses that have a business relationship with A/Q, but to hear an IBO promoting it, you’d think it was a partnership. They are NOT partners, but IBOs think they are.

So the admonition to beware of these programs is not a condemnation of them, but it is solid advice to keep your eyes open for what it is they are trying to sell – products & services, or an “income opportunity.”


I have not found this to be true (so far). Even with being a staunch anti MLM person, I don’t have a problem with affiliate programs. I’m curious what everyone’s thoughts are on affiliate programs in general.