Despite operating for over 20 years, it is surprising that you can't find many successful SeneGence distributors.
And while many believed that the company products are FDA approved, the truth is just the opposite.
You may have been here because you are introduced to the company and the business opportunity.
In this review, we will discuss the pertinent things to help you decide if it is worth joining the SeneGence business opportunity.
I know your time is valuable, so I've done a quick summary for you below...
Quality of Products
SeneGence products contains "unique" ingredients that keeps your skin healthy and young. However, the same products contains harmful chemicals, some are proven to cause cancer!
Cost to Join
The company advertise that you only need $55 to join and become an official distributor, but it turns out it will cost you a few hundreds to over a thousand dollars to make this business profitable.
Difficulty of Success
It is possible to make money (a little) by selling SeneGence products on your own, but recruitment is still the source of decent income. Over 95% of people fail in the entire MLM industry.
Profitability of the Business
If you can purchase at least $1,500 of products per month, then you'll earn 50% profit on every sale. And if you manage to build a huge number of distributors under you, SeneGence compensation plan will pay you a lot in product sales commissions.
Training and Support
SeneGence requires it distributors to pay $550 for the training package. If you don't have the means to pay for this (especially if your new), you'll be left on your own devices to figure out how to make this business work and of your sponsor's ability to show you the ropes.
Overall rating : 2 / 5
SeneGence (aka SeneGence International) is a veteran multi-level marketing (MLM) company that sells cosmetics and skincare products.
It has been around for almost 2 decades, and for all those years, there are only few success stories from its distributors.
I believe its because of the nature of the business where recruiting, building and managing a sales team is a must.
You'll also need to purchase at least $1,500 on products every month just to enjoy the best profits.
What is SeneGence?
Founded by Joni Rogers-Kante in 1999, SeneGence (aka SeneGence International) is among the most established Multi-level Marketing (MLM) companies today.
I dare say this because I've seen many companies failed only after their first 3-5 years, and for a company to survive for over two decades, clearly SeneGence is doing something right.
According to Joni, the company's success is because of its superior products. She and her team, she claims, had to "travel to the other side of the world" (Yasur Volcano in Vanuatu) to collect unique ingredients with potent rejuvenating properties.
One would admire Joni's determination to create the "products that help rather than harm your skin." (The company tagline)
But while you may picture Joni's pursuit for the ultimate skin-care products as a fantastic adventure on foreign lands and volcanic mountains… I think it may be exaggerated.
Like all MLM companies, personally, I think Joni's trip is more like striking an exclusive deal in a boardroom. My hunch is that Joni did strike a private agreement with a pharmaceutical company, or they spend money to buy over one. Well, this is how I picture it...
Nevertheless, the ingredients they found on that "exploratory trip" are said to be the reasons why the SeneGence products are the best.
Here's a list of what SeneGence and many of its distributors claim about their products.
- Formulated with FDA approved ingredients
- Created with reoccurring natural ingredients
- Made under a "Pharmaceutical Grade" rated manufacturing facility
- Not tested on animals and contains no animal bi-products
- Gluten and GMO-free
- Do not contain any wax or lead
What does SeneGence Sell?
The company sells a wide range of cosmetics in different categories that include:
- Anti Aging - Products that contains some of the most effective anti-aging ingredients made by botanicals, potent antioxidants, essential vitamins, and the company's proprietary formula SeneDerm.
- Lips - Lip products with the patented LipSense liquid color. Waterproof, does not kiss-off, smear off, rub off, and they "do not dry out your lips."
- Eyes - Color line with a unique combination of essential ingredients and a patented long-lasting color technology ShadowSense.
- Body - Products to keep your skin beautiful and radiant looking. Made of a proprietary blend of SenePlex and botanicals.
- Hair - Designed to enhance the volume, thickness, strength, and shine of your hair using SenePlex, SenePeptide, nourishing vitamins, and botanicals.
- SeneGence for Men - Each product contains natural botanicals like green tea, aloe vera, and chamomile - specially formulated for men's skin.
Now, all these product lines appear revolutionary and astonishing, but something about them caught my attention while taking a closer look at the labels.
While some distributors claimed that SeneGence products are FDA approved… Many of them actually contain chemicals and ingredients that can be harmful to you.
Let's start with the company's most popular product, SeneGence LipSense.
Not only LipSense but other SeneGence product lines also contains harmful ingredients such as parabens (a carcinogen), parfum/fragrance, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), and PEGs.
Plus, only the company really knows what's in the proprietary blends, e.g., SenePlex, so you may want to do a fact check before using any of these products.
Is SeneGence FDA Approved?
Many distributors tout that LipSense and SeneGence products are FDA approved based on the company website.
This is a dangerous statement made by the company (image below) because distributors can use this context as marketing material, which they shouldn't.
The true meaning of this is that all SeneGence products are formulated with FDA approved ingredients.
However, the FDA DID NOT approve any of these products. By the way, when did the FDA ever approve any cosmetic products? (Source)
Do SeneGence Products Work?
Amidst the "impressive" claims of the company regarding its products, something doesn't add up.
Many of the SeneGence reviews I found were coming from unsatisfied customers.
I'd say, on average, 3 out of 5 says negative things, which is somewhat weird because the company claims that their products are the best.
To be fair, it could be that negative reviews are prevalent because contented customers usually don't bother to write a product review.
But it doesn't change the fact that many have suffered physical damages after using LipSense and other products.
For LipSense, complaints vary from drying of the skin, developing acne, blisters, peeling, and other skin problems.
Could this be the result of the ingredients on the products? Dryness and cracking of the skin, hmmm... I can think of an ingredient that could be responsible for this.
But the company seems to imply that denatured alcohol has nothing to do with the customer's bad experience.
A representative explains the three reasons why denatured alcohol is in it. Funny that keeping your skin from drying and cracking isn't one of those.
But SeneGence's claim of having superior products might not be the only thing it failed to uphold.
As it turns out, even the company's money-back guarantee is a let-down.
Getting A Refund is Almost Impossible!
The company denies many unsatisfied customers with a refund. Weird because SenegGence claims to have a "100% Satisfaction Guaranteed" policy.
One customer was denied because she's a distributor of the company. She's told that even if she is unsatisfied with the product, she is not eligible to return them.
Does this mean that distributors have to force themselves to use/sell the products that don't work?
And when buying products directly from a distributor, always ask for a receipt or proof of purchase. Because one customer said that the company didn't issue her refund because she couldn't produce any receipts.
Finally, in the case of allergic reactions, some customers are required to procure a medical certification to get a refund.
I get why companies hate to issue refunds. But wouldn't you agree that these reasons are absurd? In my opinion, it appears as if SeneGence isn't really sincere about its refund policy.
If you've had a similar experience, did you ended up getting your refund? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
SeneGence Lawsuits You Should Be Worried About
A class-action lawsuit is brewing against the company.
Someone who claimed to have suffered physical injuries after using LipSense is looking for witnesses.
If it turns out that more people have the same terrible experience, it could cause a serious blow on the business of SeneGence.
And even if there's no class-action lawsuit to develop, these negative vibes could already impact you (as a distributor) if your prospects have done their research.
I don't know about you, but I will not promote (or buy) a product that will probably cause harm to anyone.
Drying and cracking of the skin, blistering, and a burning sensation on the lips, these are the things that others experience as well.
As of now, there aren't any new lawsuits against SeneGence, but two older lawsuits have already been resolved.
Real Cost of Joining as a Distributor
While the company proudly advertised that you only need $55 (renewed yearly) to become a SeneGence Independent Distributor, it is likely more than that.
This is because when you met with your sponsor or the distributor that recruits you to SeneGence, I am pretty sure that he or she will ask you to buy any of the product packages even if they are considered "optional."
They will tell you some spiel about how you should "be a product of your product first" before you go out selling to others, which actually makes sense.
While it may be a sales strategy for your sponsor to make profits… It's also true that to promote your products effectively, you must have a pleasant experience first.
So instead of just spending $55 to join, you may end up paying hundreds or even over a thousand dollars - not to mention the shipping and handling fees.
Prices of SeneGence Optional Packages
These optional product packages contain different bundles of discounted products.
Fast Start Pack ($1,195) - This comes with products worth $3,500 in value.
$ignificant $ene$eller Pack - Products with $795 in value.
Qualified Distributor Pack ($345) - Products with $830 value.
Glamour Demo Pack ($295) - Bundle of products with $1000 Retail value.
Lips Pack ($75) - Products with over $200 in value.
I would say that these packages can be a good option to start your SeneGence business. I'll explain why below.
You can make money with SeneGence by (1) selling the company products (Personal Sales) and (2) by building a sales team (Recruitment Commissions).
But as simple as it may seem, earning a decent income is tough.
You would think that selling hot products like LipSense could easily make you a decent income, right? It isn't the case here.
Because unlike other cosmetic MLM companies like Jeunesse, Avon, Beauty Counter, and Mary Kay (Joni's previous company), where you'll immediately enjoy product discounts upon joining, it's different in SeneGence.
Your discount depends on the PV points you accumulate per month. The PV is ½ of a suggested retail dollar price of the products you order.
And though many women indeed use SeneGence products, you will need to spend a lot of money first to get good profits.
Orders between $2 to $199.99 in a specific month entitle you to a 20% discount on your next purchase within the same month. And for you to earn 50% profit for every sale, you'll have to order at least $1,500 worth of products first.
Your distributor discount will be as follows:
- 1 - 99.99 PV = 20% discount
- 100 - 299.99 PV = 30% discount
- 300 - 749.99 PV = 40% discount
- 750 PV and up = 50% discount
This is why I mentioned earlier that the optional product packages could save money since the products included on them are already discounted… Compared to purchasing each product individually at retail prices.
For example, the Fast Start Pack can earn you up to $3,500. But it will cost you $1,195, and there's a possibility that you won't be able to sell all the products.
On top of the upfront investments to enjoy the best discounts, you'll probably need to turn yourself into a recruiting machine if you wish to make a lot of money in this business.
SeneGence's Downline Commissions is paid out on a Unilevel structure to 5 levels deep. You will earn a percentage of all the product orders made by your entire team.
In a Unilevel structure, your direct recruits will be positioned at the first level of your organization. Then the recruits of your recruit will be on the 2nd level, and so on.
To qualify for Downline Commissions in a specific month, you'll need to have at least 100PV in the same month. When this qualification is met, you'll earn:
- 10% from the first 100PV of your 1st level.
- 20% from the first 100PV of your 2nd level.
- 30% from the first 100PV of your 3rd level.
- 5% from the first 100PV of your 4th level (You'll need to have 200PV to earn this)
- 5% from the first 100PV of your 5th level (You'll need to have 300PV to earn this)
Your potential earnings are limited only to the first 100PV of each person in your team. You won't earn any commissions from their products orders 101PV and above.
Group Sales Volume (GSV) Bonus
This is where the number of recruits really matters. With this payment plan, you'll earn 2-10% from all the accumulated PV of your entire team after their first 100PV.
If 5 people in your team manage to accumulate 1,000PV each after their first 100PV, you can earn up to 10% of that. And 10% of 1,000 multiplied to 5 is an easy $500!
Imagine your potential income if you have 50,100 or more people on your team.
However, to qualify for this commission, you'll need to have at least 5 direct recruits in your first level, 5 people on each level (2-5), and 300 personal PV.
Feel free to check out this video for educational purposes and if there is some information you want to verify.
SeneGence rewards decent profit margins for every product you sell, but the higher income will still come from recruiting people.
Unfortunately, building and managing a sales team and convincing other people to buy your products is not easy.
Challenges of a New Distributor - If you decide to be one
1. You'll Eventually Run Out of Prospects
In SeneGence, where recruitment is a must, you'll need to learn how to find constant leads and prospects to make this business work.
Many people who join an MLM business quit after only a few months, some didn't even earn back their initial investment, because they run out of people to sell their products or recruit to their team.
While it is true that you can turn to your warm market (friends, family, and coworkers) at first, what happens next? Are you going to spam on social media? Talk to strangers? Are you going traditional by handing out flyers?
Most top earners of MLM companies like SeneGence are those who use this strategy to leverage the Internet and get a seemingly endless supply of leads.
2. You Must Have The Right People On Your Team
Speaking of your warm market, remember that MLM is not for everybody.
While your warm market might be there to support you at first, based on my experience, they aren't likely the kind of people who will build a business with you.
Therefore, finding the right people who share the same beliefs and ideals with you is crucial when building your sales team. You'd want the people who believe in your products and are not afraid to do whatever it takes to succeed.
This program has taught countless top-earners to attract the right people for their business rather than chasing after them.
3. Lack of Proper Support and Training
Proper knowledge and skills are essential to succeed in MLM, and I am terribly disappointed to learn that SeneGence requires distributors to pay $550 for the Distributor Training Package.
It is the company's responsibility to equip its distributors with the tools to succeed, and it doesn't make sense that they charge fees for it. Does SeneGence only care about profits and doesn't care for the success of its members?
Isn't it enough that distributors are already acting as "unpaid" labor force that promotes the company's products? Food for thought.
4. Distributors are Encouraged to Keep Inventory
Even though SeneGence claims that distributors aren't required specific monthly orders, I think this is deceptive advertising.
Distributors are required to have at least 100PV ($200) to qualify for Downline Commissions and 300PV ($600) for GSV Bonus.
Furthermore, distributors who can throw more money to the company by ordering tons of products per month enjoy better discounts.
As a result, some distributors got burned after ordering tons of products.
Without a precise method of how to sell them and no regular customers, they end up with tons of unsold goods in their basement and a heap of debt to be paid.
Is SeneGence a Pyramid Scheme?
I believe that SeneGence is a legitimate MLM company.
It doesn't pay you directly whenever you recruit someone. You will only earn money every time there is a product sold.
Nevertheless, there is no denying that better income in SeneGence is for those who managed to build a vast network of distributors under them.
But this is my opinion. Anything you can contribute to this matter will be very much appreciated in the comment section below.
Are SeneGence Distributors Making Money?
I found it weird, disappointing even for a company that has been around for over 20 years not to have an official income statement.
There is no way (yet) to tell how many SeneGence distributors are making a decent income and how many ended up in regret.
But if this doesn't deter you from joining SeneGence, then consider this.
Through my personal experience, I'd say that you can earn a little money with amateur marketing skills and by targeting your warm market.
But, if you want to make a lot of money, your skills have to go far beyond convincing someone, you know.
You'll have to go beyond your comfort zone, master network marketing skills, reach out and convert cold leads, and you'll probably need to stomach tons of rejections.
Many people are not willing to go the extra mile, which is why over 99% of people fail to make a decent income in MLM.
A survey done by the FTC seems to agree with me.
If you are or were a distributor, I invite you to share your income proof in the comment section below.
I honestly believe that SeneGence isn't a pyramid scheme, nor a scam. However, whether the business is for you or not depends on a couple of things.
First, why do you want to join SeneGence? Is it because you have a pleasant experience with its products and you want to share it to other, or because you think you can make easy money?
Second, you must be comfortable selling to others. Sales are the bread and butter of MLM business. You must also have the skills to build and manage your team.
Finally, you must accept the fact that MLM is not for everybody. You might have to stomach ton of rejection before you'll taste success in this business.
Nonetheless, SeneGence products are loved by many, and it's possible to succeed financially with this business.
Thank you for reading this SeneGence review. I sincerely hope that you find this information useful.
If by any chance, you realized that SeneGence is not the business opportunity you are looking for, then you may want to check out this program instead.
It is a program that taught me everything about starting an online business, and it has provided me with the opportunity to make a six-figure income from home.
Here's My Humble Journey to Success if you are interested.
And if you have any questions about SeneGence, its products, or its business opportunity, let me know in the comment section below.
Until here and whichever business opportunity you decide to join, I wish you all the success in the future.