Nerium Scam Video

Update 2017: Nerium sued for causing chemical burns to face of customer.

Can a cosmetic cream help you defy age? Many business opportunities have been built around creams and pills that help you feel and look younger.  Incredible claims are made about how effective these creams and pills are.  Few have been found to be scientifically effective. Is this type of business opportunity a great way to make money?  My subscribers have requested I take a look into Nerium.  Here is what I have found.

Nerium Scam Claims

Live life on your own terms

Enjoy financial freedom

Have fun and help others to have fun

You can take control of your destiny with this opportunity!

Nerium offers a simple proven system.

What better way to earn a part-time to a full-time income then by sharing products you love?

Here is how the business opportunity is presented:

Nerium Scam Presentation Video

Nerium Scam Reality

Nerium was launched in 2011 by Jeff Olson. Before Nerium he launched The People’s Network, which merged with Pre-Paid Legal.

In my opinion, Nerium is a product-based pyramid scheme. Nerium sells its products to Nerium Brand Partners who recruit multiple, new Brand Partners. They, in turn, purchase Nerium products and recruit yet more Nerium Brand Partners in an ever-growing pyramid.

Don’t expect to easily find negative reviews online for Nerium. Nerium’s multilevel marketers are trained to systematically bury them. At a training session for Nerium’s multi-level marketers the trainers spell it out: “If people are going on the internet to look up negative stuff on Nerium, our positive stuff is going to get pushed down. We want to dominate the first three pages.” – Source sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

Cost

Brand Partner Basic Kit: $49.95

  • Personalized marketing websites
  • Training materials
  • Marketing materials
  • Online Business Center
  • The Slight Edge by Nerium Founder & CEO Jeff Olson
  • Success Planner
  • Compensation Plan

Starter Pack: $249.95

  • Brand Partner Basic Kit
  • 3 Bottles Night Cream
  • 30-day access to the Nerium Edge

Bronze Pack: $499.95

  • Brand Partner Basic Kit
  • 4 Bottles Night Cream
  • 1 Bonus Day Cream
  • 30-day access to the Nerium Edge

Silver Pack: $999.95

  • Brand Partner Basic Kit
  • 14 Bottles Night Cream
  • 2 Bonus Day Creams
  • 30-day access to the Nerium Edge

Gold Pack: $1749.95

  • Brand Partner Basic Kit
  • 30 Bottles Night Cream
  • 4 Bonus Day Creams
  • 30-day access to the Nerium Edge

Nerium Edge: $29.95 monthly

The Nerium Edge is a subscription of several online resources. You will receive access to the GoShow, Deductr, and Nerium mobile apps. You will have access to the Real Life Library, Nerium Communications Center, and the Opt-In Capture Pages. You will also receive a monthly subscription of the Success Magazine, and the Message of the month.

– Source Neriumblog.net

Products

Mind Enhancement

NeriumAD

Firming Body Contour Cream

There is little or no chance to make money selling NeriumAD retail online when anyone can purchase the product from Ebay and Amazon $57.85 (Affiliate Link) for much less than the Brand Partner auto-ship price.

“I made my attempt, since apparently the bottle sells itself, and it honestly didn’t. I got my mom to buy out of the kindness of her heart, and she swears she hasn’t noticed a difference. I’ll admit, my face felt softer, but I took pictures and nothing physically changed. I could probably put any lotion on my face and leave it on at night and it’d feel better. The smell is off-putting as well, and my upline always told me I’d get used to it, even love it. Nope, never happened. I still think it smells like mold.” – Source Psmag.com

Ingredients

NeriumAD Night Cream

  • NAE-8® Proprietary Blend – Aloe Barbadensis Leaf – Nerium Oleander Leaf Extract
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf
  • Proprietary Protein – Collagen – Elastin – Glycosaminoglycans
  • Oryza Sativa Bran Oil
  • Stearic Acid
  • Cetearyl Glucoside and Cetearyl
  • Alcohol Glycerin
  • C14-22 Alcohol and C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside
  • Glyceryl Stearate
  • Ricinus Communis Seed Oil
  • Cetyl Alcohol
  • Olus Oil
  • Chondrus Crispus Powder
  • Sodium Borate
  • Dicaprylyl Ether
  • Hydrolyzed Quinoa
  • Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate
  • Dimethicone
  • Sodium PCA
  • Proprietary Blend – Caprylyl Glycol – Glycerin – Glyceryl Caprylate – Phenylpropanol
  • Parfum
  • Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate
  • Tocopherol

– Source Neriumsupport.com

Compensation Plan

Nerium Scam Compensation Plan Video

Nerium front loads their Brand Partners by having them buy large amounts of product when they signup.  The company will not issue a refund for, nor replace, any product previously certified as having been sold under the 70% Rule.  In order to qualify for commissions and bonuses, Brand Partner shall certify on the product order form that the Brand Partner has sold to non-Brand Partner consumers or used at least 70% of all products previously purchased at wholesale. – Source Nerium Policies and Procedures Manual

In my opinion, the compensation plan is clearly designed to promote the recruitment of Brand Partners and product consumption by Brand Partners and NOT retail sales to customers.

Here is one prime example:

Qualify to earn income in the Nerium International Compensation Plan simply by remaining “active” each calendar month. You can remain active by:
• Maintaining 200 PQV in sales to Personal Customers.
OR
• Maintaining 80 PQV from a personal Auto-Delivery Order (ADO).

You are required to sell over two times as much product to customers to remain active instead of just buying the product yourself.  

Team commissions are based on the commissionable volume generated from product sales made by your team. Team commissions are paid up to 10 levels deep.

Excessive levels in a downline is another sign participants are expected to sell primarily to their downline, rather than to the general public. This makes it an exploitative money transfer scheme. – Source The problem with 5 or more levels of compensation.

Click Here For The 2015 Nerium Compensation Plan

Residual income is not a new thing in network marketing. In fact Amway representatives were using the concept to scam people out of their money back in 1987.

“At various times between 1987 and 1992 the DiSalvatore attempted to induce the plaintiffs to invest time, money and effort in the “Amway system.

The DiSalvatores represented that the return from the Hayden’s investment in Amway, characterized as “residual income” would allow the Haydens to retire and receive a six figure income per year in return on their investment within two years.”

You can read more about it here in the Hayden Lawsuit vs. Amway Distributor.

Income Disclosure

Average annual income for Brand Partners $1,222.20.

From over 75,000 Brand Partners only 1009 made over $10,000 per year in commissions.

These earnings do not include expenses.

Click Here For The Nerium Income Disclosure

In my opinion, this income disclosure clearly shows that few people will make any significant amount of money with this product-based pyramid scheme.

Fake Before And After Pictures

Nerium Brand Partners have been caught using fake pictures to sell the products.

Ray Liotta filed a lawsuit against Nerium and some Brand Partners for using pictures of him. He has never used Nerium products.  This lawsuit was later settled.

Return Policy

Products: Nerium International™ is sure you will be happy with your order. However, if for any reason you wish to return your product, we gladly offer a 30-day, money-back satisfaction guarantee to all Retail and Preferred Customers. If a Retail or Preferred Customer is dissatisfied with any product for any reason, you may return the item in its original packaging, along with the original invoice, to Nerium International within 30 days of the purchase for a full refund of the purchase price minus shipping. The Customer is responsible for the cost of return freight.

Brand Partner Products: A Brand Partner who terminates his or her business relationship with the company has the right to return for repurchase on commercially reasonable terms currently marketable inventory including company produced promotional materials, sales aids, and kits in the Brand Partner’s possession and purchased for resale prior to the date of termination. For purposes hereof, “reasonable commercial terms” shall mean the repurchase of marketable inventory within twelve (12) months from the Brand Partner’s date of purchase at not less than 90% of the Brand Partner’s original net cost less appropriate set-offs and legal claims, if any. Original shipping costs are not refundable and customer is responsible for the cost of return freight. Any commissions, overrides, and/or bonuses paid to customer will be deducted from the refund. In addition, for purposes of this section, products shall not be considered “currently marketable” if returned for repurchase after the product’s commercially reasonable, usable, or shelf-life period has passed (shelf life will be deemed to have passed if the product package has been opened); nor shall products be considered “currently marketable” if the company clearly discloses to Brand Partner prior to purchase that the products are seasonal, discontinued, or special promotional products and are not subject to the repurchase obligation. The company will not issue a refund for, nor replace, any product previously certified as having been sold under the 70% Rule. – Source Nerium.com

The 70% rule makes it so that 70% of the product can’t be returned because it should have been sold or used.

Clinical Testing

http://www.nerium.com/science

Dr. Narurkar says there’s nothing on the Nerium website or in the summary of the clinical trial that he believes proves Nerium is safe. “Is this ‘real science’?” we asked him. “No, it’s not,” he said.

As for the ‘real results’ shown in the “before and after” pictures on the Nerium website, Dr. Narurkar opines: “so apparently this product also gave a brow lift, and improved frown lines? There are only a couple of things that do that, one is Botox and the other is a surgical brow lift,” he said.

Olson offered to provide KPIX 5 with further scientific evidence behind Nerium AD, but lawyers for Nerium Skincare, the manufacturing arm, later said that information was proprietary and they would only allow our expert to look at the data, not anyone from KPIX 5, and only if our expert signed a non-disclosure agreement. – Source sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

Since Jeff Olson is the ultimate mentor and representative of Nerium and anti-aging, here are two photos of Jeff.  In my opinion, it looks like he is aging like everyone else.

Jeff Olson

2011

Jeff Olson

2014

Jeff Olson2

Here is a comment from someone who lost a close relationship to this scam:

I would like to post a few comments because I have lived the Nerium Experience for the past 1 1/2 years and it has been nothing short of a nightmare! About a year and a half ago my boyfriends cousin approached him with this Nerium AD, immediately I laughed at the notion that a cream would erase all my wrinkles however was very open minded about it. My boyfriend and I went and met with who we believed was just his cousin but when we entered into the restaurant we were approached by not just his cousin but also another lady. Long story short, I have never believed in MLM (although I am sure there are many good ones) Anyhow both of these ladies were Nerium Brand Partners, so as we listened to their nerium pitch, focusing more so on the business side of it then the product itself, as they said “when do you want to sign up” I looked over at my boyfriend and said “I would like to try the product first, see how I like it as well as do a little research and we would get back to them in a few weeks” my boyfriend and I left and I was pretty open minded. That night they called my boyfriend and yes convinced him to sign up as a Brand Partner. The next day my boyfriend proceeds to tell me we were now “in business together”, of course feeling somewhat disrespected that the Brand Partners called him in spite of me asking for time to try the product and do a little research, he is much more of a pushover then myself, I am a small business owner so I do tend to do a lot of research before I jump into anything especially when it sounds too good to be true. Anyhow let’s fast forward into the Brand Partner Experience, I have to say I did not have anything to do with this product as I actually tried the product in which my face broke out terribly, when we brought it up to the Brand Partners they said that was normal…ugh! The difficult thing about all this is my boyfriend has become obsessed with this so called “Nerium Family” spending a LOT of money to go to Nerium conferences, has recruited family members and I could go on but I wont however will say he has been a Brand Partner for almost 2 years, no he did not get an ipad or Lexus but the money he has spent he could have bought one all by himself lol. Now for those who are “naysayers” or even so much as question their “Servant Leader, Jeff Olson” you are bad, in fact I operate a small business and my boyfriend has even thrown blows at me stating I am just jealous because Nerium is much bigger then my business will ever be..which in all honesty I could care a less I don’t specialize in Skincare lol! Now my boyfriend tells me that now Nerium is working on cures for cancer, Alzheimer and a few more diseases…and Nerium is so big and he is so excited to be part of it all. I have asked him the question “Do you really believe your nerium family is going to care about you if something happens and you decide to no longer sell nerium and make the up-lines money” sadly he is convinced they are all his friends and family, that they genuinely care about him and would never steer him wrong. In the past year and a half he has spent more money then I make during a year and says its an investment into his future. It has gotten so bad that we can’t even go on a nice date without him wearing a shirt and hat that has Nerium written all over it and even approaches the waitress about Nerium..honestly it has become embarrassing and I don’t even want to go anywhere with him anymore. His family is fine with it because he also has recruited his brother and nephew! This Nerium Experience has ruined every ounce of respect and admiration I have ever had for him. The sad part is their motto is “get real” so if you are a non believer the only real thing about it is, it ruins REAL RELATIONSHIPS, REAL LIVES, REAL FAMILIES, REAL FRIENDSHIPS..nothing real about a room full of strangers that call themselves family in my opinion. So after being with him for 5 years this Nerium experience has caused me to break things off with him because I can’t take it anymore, truth is I realized after doing a lot of research outside of anything Nerium posts I have found that it goes against any of my moral compass and I can not support nor be with anyone who believes Nerium is honest and wonderful. So beings I have been part of both trying the product as well as living the Brand Partner experience I can honestly say DON’T GIVE IT A SECOND LOOK…NOT THE PRODUCT OR THE BUSINESS because once you become any part of it you will loose real friends, family and relationships not to mention respect from many people who genuinely care about you..and when it’s all said and done all you will have left are a bunch of strangers who really care nothing about you and your well being but rather only how much money you can make them, and this will be your new FAKE Family!!!! Anyone who brings it up to me I say “Don’t look at it, Dont even go to a Nerium Party….and common sense is if you want good skin then eat better, take vitamins and take better care of yourself as common sense is beautiful skin comes from how well you take care of yourself!” and that is my experience with Nerium International..Dont Do IT!!!!! From Montana

Get Real!

– Source Stoppingscams.com

Nerium has used private investigators to dig up dirt on detractors.

BareFacedTruth created the following article: Nerium: Anti-aging Miracle or Get Rich Quick Scheme?

Here is how Nerium responded:

Nerium sells a skin care product known as NeriumAD face cream. Olson is Nerium’s chief executive officer.

Sanderson is the chief executive officer of a different company that also sells skin care products.

Sanderson and Taylor maintain an Internet blog called “BareFacedTruth,” which provides information regarding skin conditions, skin care ingredients, and product reviews. Sanderson and Taylor wrote articles on their blog criticizing NeriumAD and questioning its safety.

Olson responded by publicly stating he was hiring a private investigator to dig up dirt on the bloggers behind BareFacedTruth. – Source Courts.ca.gov

For additional information on the Nerium scam check out an excellent article by Lazymanandmoney.com.

Nerium Scam Conclusion

In my opinion, Nerium is a product-based pyramid scheme.  Personal use and the endless recruitment of new Brand Partners is the focus of the Nerium business opportunity. They offer a business opportunity that provides only a small percentage of Brand Partners with an above minimum wage income. Their primary product has been said to smell like mold and provides questionable results with questionable scientific backing. I would avoid the Nerium business opportunity.