Our trial run with Melaleuca

So we recently were told about this company called Melaleuca. In a nutshell, it’s a MLM (Multi-level marketing – not to be confused with a pyramid scheme as there truly are legal differences).

Let me just put this out there right now in the essence of full-disclosure. I’m not typically one who enjoys sitting through a sales pitch. If you have something to sell me, tell me first what it is, then tell me the main points about it, then give me the price. That’s it. Odds are good that, if I have to sit through a sales spiel, it will be such a big turn-off that I’ll flat turn you down. I’ve been known to cut off many a sales person, telling them to get to the bottom line straight away. We agreed to sit through this spiel because I liked the guy who asked. His full-time gig is in advertising, which we purchase. Because we already had a relationship with him, I agreed to listen/view the pitch.

One of the things that bugged me as I was sitting through the presentation was that, when viewing the slideshow and even as I flipped through the catalog, no ingredients were disclosed other than that they do not use formaldehyde and they touted themselves as a natural and very “green” company. I won’t lie; my suspicions were raised because, to my way of thinking, if you are so proud of your products, brag about it by showing me the ingredients in one or two. No such luck. After waiting for the spiel to be over, we thought, what the heck, we’ll give this stuff a shot. They promise a money-back guarantee so it’s not as though we’ll be out anything in the long run.

Our products arrived today. As I was looking at each of the labels, I noticed that there is a lot of vagueness. Take the hand dishwashing liquid, for instance: Three biodegradable grease-cutting detergents, water-softening agent, buffering agent, colorants, fragrance, T36-C5 Melaleuca Oil, and preservative

Yeah, well, it’s pretty hard to look up any of those ingredients on the SkinDeep database, isn’t it?

I then decided to check out the kid’s line of Melaleuca. I wasn’t crazy about the fact that all of their kid’s toothpaste contained fluoride – the kids’ current toothpaste does not. Additionally, I pulled up Melaleuca Koala Pals Tear-Free Body Wash. Well, here. See for yourself:
After checking out the various ingredients on Skin Deep, here are the worst offenders:

Cocamidopropyl betaine
PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate
PEG-150 Distearate
Benzyl alcohol
Tocopheryl acetate
Amylcinnamyl Alcohol – REALLY BAD STUFF
Benzyl Salicylate – REALLY BAD STUFF
Butylphenyl Methylpropanal – REALLY BAD STUFF
Hexyl Cinnamal

Suffice it to say that I’m very unsatisfied thus far. I don’t see how the claim made to us that Melaleuca’s kid’s line is safer and better than Johnson & Johnson could in any way be credible, unless “safer” truly is a relative term nowadays. Instead, it appears as though we’ll be sticking with The Honest Company, Burt’s Bees, Seventh Generation, and various others for our kid’s products as well as Seventh Generation for our kitchen and bath cleaning products.

3 thoughts on “Our trial run with Melaleuca”

  1. Hi! My husband and I both have been on a search to detoxify our homes and bodies. Especially after finding out that we all have heavy metal poisoning. . Im curious as to what childrens products you use. We are curretly using baking soda for a lot but kids hate the taste for brushing teeth lol! I dont blame them.. any help I would very much appreciate!……also melaluca is tea tree oil.. we use it for a lot of things its has amazing health helping properties!

    1. Thanks for reading.

      I’m actually planning some upcoming posts regarding some of the products we use – stay tuned! 😉

  2. This is the same way that I felt about the Arbonne parties I had attended. The ingredients lists would mention key ingredients and when you would ask about the “rest” of the ingredients you would get told that the company was working to take out the most harmful ingredients and that some things couldn’t be removed but at least they used plant based versus animal based of this ingredient. I agree all the info should be on the label and complete. Oddly enough my friends who use Arbonne and swear by it also use Melaluca. As for cleaning products, I have some great ingredients in my house, vinegar, baking soda, essential oils and hydrogen peroxide, castille soap that I use to make cleaners. Here is my favourite all purpose cleaner – http://www.oprah.com/world/Gorgeously-Green-All-Purpose-Spray

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