About Arbonne

By HighYa Research Team
Published on: Sep 30, 2013

Founded in 1975 by Petter Mørck, Arbonne is a direct sales company that distributes beauty and health products made from botanical ingredients. Arbonne focuses specifically on anti-aging, skin and body, cosmetic, and nutrition products, which are tested and developed in their Irvine, CA Research and Development Laboratory. Arbonne’s Scientific Advisory Board is staffed by real doctors and health professionals who “provide insight, information and innovation” for their products.

Important Considerations About Arbonne

While the purpose of this review is to focus on Arbonne’s products, and not their compensation plan, there is one point that should be made. Arbonne consultants are not required to have any prior education in cosmetology, aesthetics, or nutrition—which is a lot like asking a high-school vitamin shop employee about the latest in bodybuilding supplements.

This, in combination with the fact that consultants earn commission for each sale they make, means that their advice is often biased.

Arbonne Products

Arbonne positions themselves as a high-end, plant-based, green, natural company. As such, their personal care products are made without:

  • Animal products or animal by-products
  • Parabens
  • Formaldehyde donating preservatives
  • PABA
  • Benzene
  • Mineral Oil
  • Petrolatum
  • Phthalates
  • Toluene

In addition, Arbonne’s nutrition products are made without:

  • Artificial colors
  • Artificial flavors
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Animal products
  • Animal by-products
  • Cholesterol
  • Saturated fats
  • Trans fats

However, Arbonne products are not 100% natural. Based on our research, some of the ingredients contained in their products include hydrogenated castor oil, sunflower, safflower, and canola that are not certified to be GMO-free. In their defense though, Arbonne only claims to be “natural-based,” and not 100% natural, or even all-natural. In addition, all of their products are FDA-approved.


  • Arbonne products are backed by a large company in business for more than 30 years. Definitely not a scam.
  • Arbonne can be a good transitional product between lower and higher-end skin care products.
  • Safer than many other products on the market.
  • 45-day money back guarantee on all products (Note: Shipping fees are non-refundable).


  • Arbonne has a lack of openness about their ingredients, which are not listed on their website.
  • Products are not 100% natural and include GMO.
  • Some may consider Arbonne products relatively expensive when compared to others on the market.

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Average Consumer Rating: 3.4
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Bottom Line: 60% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 9 out 13 people found this review helpful

    It's fantastic for what it is!

    • North Carolina,
    • Jun 26, 2018
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    It's so easy to buy a lot of these products and only use a few. It's definitely important to be selective. I personally have found that it's working wonders for my sensitive skin. I also love how it's vegan and doesn't test on animals. Compared to store brands, this is very high-quality stuff (the products I've tried, anyway). I love the eco-friendly message too! All around 5 stars from me!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 34 out 57 people found this review helpful

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    • Alberta, Canada,
    • May 5, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I regret ever putting this garbage on my face. I do not have sensitive skin. I went to an Arbonne party two days ago. My face is still puffy red and blotchy! I always have nice brown flawless skin! I'm so mad.

    And these people don't care about you, all they want is some sucker to buy their crap and join their scam.

    Save your money and your skin. Baby lotion and coconut oil is the way to go. Puffy eyes, cold cucumbers. Forget this crap!

    Disgusted! Grrrr.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 29 out 33 people found this review helpful

    Arbonne anti-aging really works!

    I've been using Arbonne's RE9 Advanced anti-aging line for about ten years now, and it really did take away most of my wrinkles and made me look a lot younger! My skin feels great because I also use the makeup and it can breathe. I liked it so well and received so many compliments on my skin that I started sharing it with others.

    The information contained in this article is EXTREMELY out of date and was not correct in 2006 when I started using it! All of the ingredients are listed and freely available on the website. Arbonne self-regulates according to European standards, which ban about 1200 chemicals in personal care products. The U.S. bans only about 10. Arbonne is vegan, gluten-free, and never in its history was tested on animals. It is only tested on human volunteers.

    I'm a breast cancer survivor, and it is important to me to be able to use products that are as free of harmful chemicals as possible. That is why I use Arbonne. The fact that it worked on my skin to take away wrinkles is a real plus!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 17 out 21 people found this review helpful

    Great Results

    • Canada,
    • Jun 25, 2015

    I use Arbonne products daily and my mom is a consultant. Everyone's skin is different and we all react to things differently. You may have sensitive skin while someone else may have combination skin or whatever the case may be.

    I suffer from Acne and have tried everything from eating better. Acne laser treatments (which has helped a ton) and Chemical Peels which have also helped with some scarring from the acne but since I have started using the RE9 line, my skin has gotten a lot better.

    I have had no reactions at all to the products and would definitely recommend trying it at least. Not just for a week either, ask someone for a couple sample packs and if need be ask to try a couple different products.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 32 out 48 people found this review helpful

    Very bad result.

    • Jun 23, 2015

    I was recently offered the RE9 range to trial for 4 days and it consisted of the cleanser, moisturizer and toner, after three days I got red patches around my mouth this was back in November 2013 and they are still there. I am very disappointed with this product and wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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