Young Living Oils Scam – A perspective on the Business

young-living-mainName:  Young Living
Price: $40 (Minimum)
Owners: Gary Young

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Is Young Living a worthy opportunity?

Today I am not going to debate whether the Young Living Essential Oils are actually beneficial to human beings or whether other brands of essential oils are better than Young Living’s. We all know the benefits of Essential Oils and how it can help with our health (I will speak a little about how distributors violates the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act below).

Young-Living-Gary-YoungWhat I am going to discuss is the business side of Young Living and whether is it worth it for you to join as a distributor.

Young Living is a Multi-Level Company (MLM) which started its operation in 1993 by Dr. Gary Young. Gary Young’s vision is to bring the highest quality Essential oils to the market given that there are many altered or adulterated oils which were ineffective and harmful back in the day.

While the company is legit, there are definitely things that you should consider before joining Young Living. Things like whether or not the product is a need to many? Whether there is a demand for the product? Whether you will get proper training to sell the products? Whether the product is over-priced in the market? And many more.

In this review, I will cover most of the questions that I have brought out above. I hope you will take my words for consideration before you join Young Living.

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How to join the  Opportunity?

To join the opportunity and become a distributor of Young living, you need to purchase its minimum product package (Starter Kit). Young Living’s product packages range from $40 to $160.


Once you have purchased the Starter Kit, you are officially ready to be a distributor of Young Living.

Do You Get Proper Training?

Young-Living-ebola-scam-alertIt depends really. There are so many teams in Young Living and if you would have joined the wrong team then you are setup for failure. This is one thing I do not like about MLM companies. The training are never consistent and distributors receives different information through different group leaders. If you would have join a team who focuses on door-to-door sales, then your direction for marketing strategy will be door-to-door sales, if you join a team who focuses on selling online, then most likely you will follow your team. You get what I mean. Your team leader decides your success and failure.

Because essential oils are such dedicate products (it is sometimes seen as a drug), anyone can easily violate certain rules and regulation in its country. Without proper training and guidance, distributors will violate those regulations unknowingly. A recent scandal about how the essential oils of Young Living can cure ebola disease have caught the eye of The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States. FDA have issued an official statement to the owner of Young Living to take down those “Rumours” circulating the internet. Check out the link below:

Young-Living-FDA-WarningThis is the result of improper training of its distributors which lead to the unethical selling of the Young Living products. The products were never tested and proven that it can cure diseases but yet its distributors were being “Creative” or rather unethical in their marketing techniques.

I do not blame the foot soldiers in Young Living (People like you and me who would join Young Living as a new distributor) but I blame it on its leaders. Imagine you join as a new distributor in Young Living and your sponsor or upline emphasises that this Essential Oil can cure cancer, naturally you would want to promote the product to cancer patients because you want to help them. But if you would have done further research and due diligence, you would have known that there are no clinically proven results to your sponsor’s claim.

So as I mentioned, it is really up to your sponsor or upline to determine your success and failure in the business, but of course your own hard work as well. I suggest you think twice and do much due diligence before joining any MLM opportunities.

Is this Business Suitable for anyone?

Definitely not! If this business is suitable for anyone, then there wouldn’t be a 95% failure rate. There are certain characteristics that you need to encompass in order to be successful in the MLM business.

The first question I always ask people when they are about to join an MLM company is, “Are you passionate about the product you will be selling?”, second question will be, “Are you willing to go all out to promote the product (by going all out I mean pestering everyone you know and also strangers to buy a product from you)?” and third question will be, “Will you persist on to be successful even if you do not see much results after a year?”.

I get answers like “Yes, Yes and Yes” from most people, but most of them quit after 3 months. Why? It is because they do not have the strong mentality to face tonnes and tonnes of rejection. In the sales line (By the way MLM is in the sales line), there are bound to be rejections, tonnes of it in fact. Many people take it to heart mostly because their close friends and relatives rejected their offer. It is only a small group of people who can withstand such rejections, those are the people who can succeed in the MLM industry.

One thing that I am certain about is that if you are not comfortable being a salesperson, you will most likely fail in this business. So it is really up to you to decide if you should join Young Living or an MLM company.

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Do you really NEED essential oils?

As FDA said, it is not scientifically proven that essential oils will cure diseases, in fact, if used without due care will cause further harm to a human body. Below you will find an extract of the letter from FDA to Young Living:


Clearly, scrapping all the “awesome effects” of the essential oils which is deemed unsafe by FDA, what is the use of essential oils then? Sure there may be positive effect plus great scent but don’t expect miracles to happen. If products of Young Living were to be approved by FDA as a cure for diseases, then it will be an easy sell. At this point, I can’t find any reason that anybody will have a need to buy Young Living products. There is abundance of cheaper and better essential oil brands nowadays, will there be a “need” for Young Living’s essential oils? I will let you decide…

My Sincere Advice to You

Like yourself, I have been wandering around many opportunities trying to find ways to make extra money. I searched for years but I didn’t make any money. I’ve joined many MLM companies like World Ventures, 5 Minute Mogul, DS Domination, Usana, Empower Network, Shopping Sherlock, but none of them ever made me any money, in fact I lost quite a bit of money to them.

You are free to join young Living though. Personally I have got nothing against Young Living as a company, but I just had to let you know the pitfalls before you enter the business so that you can be prepared of what is coming to you.

If you take my advice to stay away from MLM companies, I have an alternative solution for you to make money online. The way is Affiliate Marketing. Affiliate Marketing is one of the best ways to make money online. There’s no selling, there’s no keeping records of inventory, and many more advantages. However, you must beware that there are many scams in the Affiliate Marketing industry as well. I went through the hard way to find my #1 Recommended Affiliate Marketing Course. There is no other place that provide a hand-holding course better then my recommendation.

If you ever need advise on making money online, I am always here to help. You can contact me at my details below. As always, I invite your input on Young Living. Let me know if you have any thoughts and I shall be more than willing to discuss it with you. All you need to do is leave a comment below. If you find my article useful, please help to share it by clicking on the social media buttons (Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus) below. Thank You!

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Hoilistic Touch - Reply

Jack, maybe it’s time for an updated review on YL . First, People can now purchase YL products from retail stores, health food stores, Chiropractors, etc. but at RETAIL prices. Now you can say for sure – that’s an expensive oil. Why pay retail when a person can get that same exact oil for 24% less? It doesn’t make sense to me, to pay retail when I can get it cheaper. Not only that, they have an incredible Rewards program. Because I am a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and work on the reflexes, I needed to restock my oils. Follow me on this – I purchased a little of $300 in essential oils this month from YL. Had I purchased those oils at the Retail store – I would have paid $100 more – ouch – and only received those oils. BUT because I participate in the free Rewards program, I received $183.25 in free oils PLUS I was given back $75.38 in my YL Savings account. The retail store would NOT have refunded me $75 nor would they say, “Here, you just got blessed with an additional $183 of more product.” Second, only people that are continually sharing the product/company will grow a customer base and/or make money. Third, at this point in time YL owns 8 farms, grows and produces those essential oils. That takes a lot of money and time. That is why most essential oil companies are brokers, private labeling their products that they purchase from a vendor – they aren’t interested in purchasing land, growing the plant, distilling, etc. They just private label and resell those oils. Third, education is the key to using essential oils. That is why I became an aromatherapist; to learn and to educate others. I cringe at the unsafe practices of some people. I take special care of the people in my group with lots of education.

    Jack Cao - Reply

    Hey Debbie,

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts!

    Yup I agree with you, its time to update this review. This was written years ago, and many things have changed. Thanks for the reminder!

    Have taken your points into consideration. 🙂

    ~Jack (BareNakedScam)

    Hope Franchise - Reply

    You are saying the EXACT same things one of my close friends said after she got roped into YL. For years she tried to sell that crap. She eventually quit her job because her mentor brainwashed her into thinking that the reason she couldn’t make any money selling oils was because she was too busy with her decent-paying, full-time job. She’s now filing for bankruptcy and just lost her house.

john - Reply

YL and doterra are both scam companies. i was a Distributor for YL and what a joke. I spent over $2,355.26 and i earned nothing in return. false hopes and lies about how you can be working from home.. BS even eBay has there oils for cheaper then there site.. so how would anyone be able to make money from these scam companies?

    Jack Cao - Reply

    I guess you were roped into the business the wrong way. You see, when you enter a business with the intention of “making money”, and it doesn’t work, you’ll definitely call it a scam. However, if you have first hand positive experience with the products of the company, and you’ve decided to promote the products, your mindset would have changed. I don’t believe Young Living is a scam, the same with Doterra. It is the people who promotes the business as a home based business opportunity that gives these companies a bad name.

    ~Jack (BareNakedScam)

    John - Reply

    I use oils for making soap and home made nasal decongestants to relieve allergies, basically olbas oil at a fraction of the cost. I buy them from eBay or in local stores, as they are far less expensive than what the pyramid scheme yl oils get sold for. Also I know these are not medicines or miracle cure alls, but are oils used the ways I described.

Mishel - Reply

ok, I may be bias, because I love essential oils and YL.
But there are a few incorrect statements within your review.
Yes most mlm (and all business for that matter) have a high failure rate. In fact in the mlm industry, the people still with the company is 0-10% with 10% considered good.
YL retention is 64% up to 85% for people who join the monthly rewards program.
This is unheard of in mlm and shows the product is loved by people who join and loved because they see a difference in their lives.
There are peer-reviewed studies on the benefits of essential oils. A simple google will show you that.
Oils could get fda certified, but that would mean you’d have to get them via prescription and a dr, so it’s not something wanted by the industry. It’s better to keep it as it is.
There IS extensive training, and we are well taught how to be FDA compliant. We have to speak of the systems oils support, not talk about specific conditions that an oil may help with. I guess with so many millions of users around the world, some more aggressive and some will do anything to get a sale, it’s hard to control people and what they will say to get sales. Some probably even believe the crap coming out of their mouths (fingers lol)
CBD oils is similar, you see reps constantly talking about it curing cancer, don’t think they can do that either, but they do!
Regardless of the business, I will now use oils to the day I die, so will my kids because they see the benefits, which are too numerous to mention here.
I do believe in multiple streams of income, so agree with your stance on affiliate marketing, but don’t discount an MLM you love and believe in being a good business choice, in fact with support, training, low barrier to entry, it’s actually a good business model. Many a millionaire has been made from mlm and you are rewarded by your work, you don’t have to wait to be promoted by your boss. 🙂

    Jack Cao - Reply

    Totally agree with you Mischel! If you truly love the products of an MLM company, it makes perfect sense to promote the products. Successful MLMers are the ones who live and breath the products of the MLM company because they truly believe that the products can help others. That goes to say that they are Long term customers with the MLM company.

    Honestly, I like the products of Young Living. I use the Young Living Thieves oil in the car to help with my sinus problems, but I didn’t particularly like the smell of it though.

    Anyways, thank you so much for sharing your experience with Young Living.

    ~Jack (BareNakedScam)

Estelle Bonnet - Reply

Your statement about “scientific proof” is false. The FDA violations have to do with how the product was marketed, regardless of the scientific evidence. According to the FDA, only something they pre-approve as a drug can be marketed as having the ability to treat an illness. If a substance has not been preapproved, this does not mean that the substance “has been scientifically proven” to have no affect on a body function, system, etc. There are many studies on PubMed that show scientific evidence for beneficial effects of substances that have not been pre-approved by the FDA. However, once a company decides to market a product to the public, they are not permitted to make drug claims without pre-approval. On the other hand, a product that is labeled as a dietary supplement, which is the case with some essential oil products, are allowed to make claims that the product supports a body system or function, as long as there is evidence. No pre-approval from the FDA is required in this case. Therefore an essential oil product could lawfully say that ABC essential oil, labeled as a dietary supplement, can support XYZ system of your body . If someone was confused about how to market their Young Living products, they now have trainings and you can just mimic what YL does on their own website. You also can just read the label of the product. As for comparing MLM versus affiliate marketing, I started to do both this past summer. I have not gotten one sale from my affiliate programs. However, I made over $300 my first with YL and I only put in about 10 hours of work. There are definitely some really great systems for achieving success with YL or MLMs in general. You just need to do the research. Eric Worre, who is an expert in the MLM world states that you should not rely on your upline or team that joined for your own success. Do the work yourself and attract the type of people you want to join your team. I’m not knocking affiliate marketing. However, this article is blatantly biased towards affiliate marketing. That’s fine to favor one over the other. However, I felt the points made to support this were not balanced or accurate.

    Jack Cao - Reply

    Thanks for your input Estelle, I really appreciate your honesty.

    Whether it is MLM or Affiliate Marketing, we all can agree that it won’t work for anyone. It really depends on the indidvidual.

    We’ve tried both ways to make money, and you’ve found YL and I’ve found Affiliate Marketing.

    Which ever it is, they are legitimate opportunities.

    I’ll probably re-write this review to sound more balanced.

    Thanks for your input once again.

    ~Jack (BareNakedScam)

Mara - Reply

I was a member of the “nothing but oils” Facebook page among a few others and also a buyer of YL oils until today…

Today I saw a post from this woman whom said:

” I have family that swears the smell of any oil makes them sick with headaches and nausea ANY suggestions to over come this… I may diffuse just a drop or apply on my body and still they react like I am evil incarnate because the get ill. and no it isn’t me.”

Joni Jeager-reed stated: There is always gonna be people like that we come across Karen. Some are just overly sensitive . I personally just advise more dilution or taking the the oils in a capsule! Don’t let it get to you. Where one is different, there are 20 more waiting to hear about oils from you!!

Another poster stated: Matthew , my son lives in a nursing home. He used to have a roommate that swore every time I diffused in the room his eyes would burn. well he was a bit of a drama queen to the staff & about everything that ever happened-i told him “no it doesn’t. you’d be the first person i ever heard that from!”
that being said…i have heard but never researched to confirm, they people who have that kind of reaction to our oils have bodies that are toxic.

Another poster stated: do you have any thoughts on this?

I posted: I personally get headaches and allergy effects from diffuser but love the smells. I use a mixture of oils on my face with zero issues.

A poster stated: It can happen with people who have sensory issues…However they would have similar and more exaggerated responses to synthetics too. Most likely it is people who are used to popular synthetic fragrances-it cab take some time to switch over out bodies. I did have a patient once who was sickened by the diffuser in the office. I was just diffusing lavender and she swore it smelled like rotten cigars and was burning her lungs (seriously? 3 drops in the diffuser only) Everyone else that day had commented on how wonderful it smelled. I knew she was very sickly and so attributed in to that.

Now everyone, the next post submitted was by me in which I believed was a mutual fair and correct statement. Everything typed above I was able to screen shot and share but my next comment was Deleted and blocked from every Young living site possible therfor I am unable to type out exactly what was said. The words are not word for word but purely by memory of what I wrote.

Everybody now a days has side effects to everything good or bad and that The negative side effects does not mean the product is bad or perfection but just may not be for them. That this is a money making buisness therfor sellers and avid users will always have a rebuttal in regards to negative side effects posted. I also stated that both sides of the fences may not like the post but its the truth. There was a bit more to the post and not demeaning in anyway but simply explaining to others that yes… the oils are effecting some people… EVERYTHING is this world has a side effect, good or bad but doesn’t declare it harmful to the world but harmful to some.

I personally did not see anything wrong with stating the obvious! I did NOT bash Young living in any way… I did not ride the boycott train because I was a young living customer up until a few hours ago. There was no point/agenda or conflict with Young Living until now. I find it disturbing that I would be blocked and banned from Young living social media and such because I stated the harmless truth. Yes, people are in business with young living… Yes, this is for most their bread and butter to support their families but I find it frightening that they banish a member for involving themselves in a communtiy post about a product. Im sorry, I think that people would rather know the good and the bad of a product you heavily promote considering its all about ingesting,inhaling and applying. God for bid someone dies from this product because the Sellers would rather keep their pockets fat by only promoting how wonderful the product is and ignoring the potential side effects for some.

Not every person effected by this product is sickly or insane. They are having their own REAL individual experiences. I will Never buy or promote Young Living ever again. I find something very wrong with the “CULT” mentality they have.
I say “cult” because it is just that. I hope the FDA does shut them down and people open their eyes. Ive watched the Facebook videos that one member does and I knew I didn’t belong when all she does is crazy bulging eyes clearly showing she is not stable and her very own product is apparently messing with her nervous system.

The Young Living Cult will respond with Im mad because I got kicked out or blocked… Im getting revenge… I didn’t have a problem with it until now…

and the answer is yes, no. yes…!!!

I am angry… I am angry for my freedom of speech being taken away because they felt their bread and butter was for what ever reason threatened without being asked. No explanation….just banned!!

Revenge? Nah…

If you read this post then you’d see if I had any issues prior to this…

TanaBabe - Reply

I’m sorry, but you are wrong! I have a mixture I use of Young Living and it takes my migraines away every single time where FDA approved meds will not touch.

FDA is nothing more than a gov’t scam itself.

I have fibromyalgia and at times I can’t get out of bed, but I also have a mixture that works within 10 minutes.

You need to put your money where your mouth is and stop downbeat this wonderful company.

I do t know how I made it without it! Every time someone down naturally find a cure for some disease, the big boys KILL them. They never will find a cure. ITS A RACKET,

Steph - Reply

I have been able to earn a full-time income with this company within two years and it has been a wonderful journey. However, I loved the products myself before I started sharing them with others. I can see why people are skeptical of MLM’s, and I don’t believe 100% of people will be successful in an MLM. I truly do believe you do need certain personality qualities, and family support to be successful at this business. However, the proof is in the pudding and these oils have really worked for me and my family.

EarthAnnie - Reply

Young Living is an awesome company! Incredible products that are good for the Earth and the life that exists on the Earth. The compensation plan is remarkable. MLM is not a scam if you’re with the right company. The sky is the limit and your money is not wasted if you’re filling your home with products that do the body & earth good. I found your review honest from your research. I love YLEO and being a part of something BIG. Our team and leadership is supportive and fun. We are strict in compliance and we help others with finding abundant health & wealth.

Zurainny Ismail - Reply

MLM is a curious business, isn’t it? I mean, if a product is really that good & reasonably priced, why not put it up in stores & let it compete in the market like all other products of its type? But I’m afraid YL keeps expanding its business globally.

Tch - Reply

Cool, even though suspicious.

Dan Labbe - Reply

Good review thanks for the info.

Doug - Reply


Great review of Young Living! I wonder how big the company is by now if it started in 1993. Anyway, I steer clear of MLM companies because I’m not the best salesperson, so thanks a TON for the heads up!


Rufat - Reply

Great post Jack! Glad to know that you expose another scam known as Young Living. What I know from my experience is that if a program is a MLM one that means you must stay away from it to be on the safe side before you spend your hard earned money. To be honest, it’s not important what program you are talking about because if a program is a MLM, it’s enough to make a decision. The fact is all MLMs have a bad reputation on the internet and there are always tons of complaints around them and I don’t think Young Living is the exception.

Benito - Reply

First and foremost, I would like to thank and commend you for invite newbies who who would like to learn how to become successful with their online business. I will surely connect with you on Facebook to learn from you. Thank you once more for some honest reviews and a job well done. Will come back again.

Steen Rasmussen - Reply

To put it short. I am not participating more in something where I do not understand money in business.
Whether it is a good or bad product does not really matter.
If I do not understand the business and the payment I do not feel it has a purpose to spend time on it.
So far there is not anyone with an MLM business that has made me understand the Compensation Plan

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