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Skinny Body is a trendy health MLM, should you join?

Skinny Body Care is a wellness network marketing company with a line of beauty and cosmetic products that are manufactured in ultra-modern facilities using pure and natural ingredients.

They offer a pretty innovative compensation plan, making Skinny Body Care a popular opportunity for moms who want to work from home.

So have I been involved?

This video explains:


All good? Let’s continue…


Skinny Body Care has a network of dedicated distributors who are committed to health, wellness, and beauty (see: Herbalife, BeautiControl, or Sunrider).

The company was founded in 2010; Ben Glinsky, founder and CEO, hosts monthly conference calls about company news.

Skinny Body Care products feature proprietary plant extracts and enzyme formulas. Distributors who sell these products directly to consumers are supported through conference calls conducted weekly by team leaders, and regular regional and national meetings.

By selling through distributors who can work from home, Skinny Body Care reduces overhead and can redirect those funds to product research and development.


Skinny Body Care sells weight loss, weight management, and skincare products directly to consumers through its distributors. While the number of products Skinny Body Care sells may seem limited, it is tightly focused on health and wellness. And don’t let the heavily hot pink website fool you – these products aren’t aimed at women only!

The company’s weight loss and weight management products include Skinny Fiber and Skinny Body Max diet supplements, plus HiBurn8, taken once daily before bed for people looking to lose weight while they sleep.

Ageless and Instant Youth, anti-aging and anti-wrinkle skin care formulations, can help consumers look as beautiful as they feel. Skinny Body Care products feature natural ingredients, and are easy to use:

“Skinny Fiber”
Natural dietary fiber formula
Ingredients include Glucomannan and Caralluma Fimbriata
Stops cravings while fostering healthy digestion
Just two capsules with a glass of water before meals

“Skinny Body Max”
Boost your metabolism
Enzyme-based formula
Ingredients include Glucommanan, Pure Cayenne Extract, and Garcinia Cambogia
Two capsules twice per day, taken with water

Syrup formula
Taken nightly
Works while you sleep
Ingredients include Vitamin B6, Collagen Hydrolysate, Ginseng Root, Melatonin, Aloe Vera, and Chamomile Extract

Anti-oxidant skin care serum
Features Collagen, Glycosaminoglycans, and Elastin, plus natural fruit and vegetable extracts
Replenishes skin’s moisture
Prompts cell renewal that can foster younger looking skin

“Instant Youth”
Minimizes signs of aging skin, from wrinkles to enlarged pores
Works immediately
Effects last for hours
Anti-oxidant formula
Ingredients include Retinol and Ceramides

Products may be sold in individual bottles and jars, although to get the best deal, it’s possible to purchase them in multiples, like bonus packs and value packs of three or six at a time, at a cost savings.

Customers can sign up for auto-ship and receive their favorite products monthly, automatically. Skinny Body Care products are sold with a money-back guarantee.

Compensation Plan

The compensation details are so important, they say it twice (no joke – the first sentence about the percentages paid for compensation is repeated on the website). Products are assigned a business volume (BV), and distributors earn a percentage based on the BV amount they sell.

Commissions progressively increase as distributors’ sales and distributors’ downline organization sales increase; commissions are based on product sales alone.

Skinny Body Care offers various compensation plans, from the Fast-Start Enroller bonus and Fast Start commissions to the Monthly Enroller bonuses; some of these even pay weekly. Residual commissions make it possible for you to earn income tomorrow based on the hard work you do today to introduce Skinny Body Care to new customers who become distributors themselves.

New distributors may qualify for multiple levels of commission through several programs. For example, let’s say you sell one product package with a 50BV in your first month; you’ll earn 40% Fast Start Enroller Bonuses, or $20. Get an extra 10% for each customer you bring in on your first level, and you can earn a total of 50% that month, or $25. Then, add to that your Fast Start Commission of 10%. These commissions are paid weekly. Additional commissions are available as your rank within your team increases, too; additional commissions may be paid monthly.

While potential earnings cannot be guaranteed, there exists a robust opportunity for compensation through several levels of downline distributors – all the details are posted on the company website, if you can get through the sometimes dry program descriptions.

Distributors are subject to some fees and minimums; for example, there’s a website activation fee of $10 (paid only once), and distributors must maintain at least 50BV worth of sales per month to maintain distributorship. (Having an off month? No problem. Personal sales are ok but not required.)

Distributors have the freedom to sell through a variety of outlets, per the company’s policies and procedures manual. Company training materials and regular conference calls with team leaders dedicated to growing your business and sharing new product information can help distributors succeed.

Distributors are subject to a code of conduct; ethical business practices are outlined. The contract renews yearly, and for folks who already have set themselves up as a business entity, that’s ok, too. Skinny Body Care distributors work as independent contractors so they have the flexibility to run a home based business and set their own hours.

The policies and procedures manual is worth a read – it includes details on how and when distributors get paid, inventory, ordering processes, the auto-ship program, the company’s return/refund policy, and more.


Skinny Body Care’s exclusive Skinny Fiber, Skinny Body Max, HiBurn8, Ageless, and Instant Youth health and wellness products are available only through company distributors. These products are made with natural ingredients, and available in single bottles and jars as well as money-saving packs of three and six, with an auto-ship option as well. Customer satisfaction is assured with a money-back guarantee.

If you’re interested in owning your own business devoted to health and wellness, becoming distributor opens up a variety of compensation plans based on sales, with the option for picking up extra commissions and bonuses based on your downline organization’s sales.

The company’s website offers a brief description of its products, along with information about distributor opportunities, including company support, policies and procedures, and compensation plans.

But it’s the same sad story of selling an opportunity to make money, where the few at the top get all the profits and the rest of the 99% are left to fight for the scraps. The MLM industry is flawed.

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Zija review: Nutritional supplements from moringa

Zija is a nutritional products network marketing company capitalizing on the healthful properties of moringa.

In May 2017 they acquired Xango, making them a bigger force in the health MLM space.

Run by a pioneer inventor in the herbal supplement industry and propelled by a top Harvard scientist, Zija is setup to do big things.


We’ll take a look at exactly what Zija is celebrating. You’ll find out whether the science is there to support the claims made about moringa. You’ll also discover how well their International compensation plan stacks up in a sea that’s brimming with nutritional energy drinks (hint: Tru Vision, Isagenix, and Visi).

First let’s find out about moringa.

Moringa Oleifera is a tree found in the foothills of the Himalayas known for its drought-resistant properties (1). The seedpods are eaten in Africa and Asia. The leaves are the most nutritious part and are eaten in Southeast Asia. The flowers are said to taste like mushrooms.

There seems to be no question as to the high nutritional value of moringa. It’s a good source of protein as well as vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and phenolics (2).

But delve a little deeper and the clinical studies aren’t there yet for many of the claims made by Zija Interntional. More on that below.

Who is Zija International? The founder of Zija is Ken Brailsford. He is credited with inventing herbal encapsulation, and with helping to bring moringa to the supplement industry after watching a documentary about the health benefits of consuming parts of the moringa tree.

Mr.Brailsford is actually something of a “star” in the herbal supplement world. He started Nature’s Sunshine in the 1970s, to capitalize on his new herbal encapsulation methodology. He ran that until 1979 when he left to become a stockbroker because of a noncompete clause with Nature’s Sunshine (3). He later went back but fully retired in 1997 until he founded Zija years later.

The company is based in Lehi, Utah and boasts an executive team of “experienced MLM professionals.”  That would include CEO Rodney Larsen who was hired to promote the growth goals of Zija. Mr.Larsen has been with ZI since 2006 and his LinkedIn profile shows no other data before that year. Some Zija affiliate websites do mention that he worked for NEXX and a branch of NuSkin Entrprises before joining Zija.

President Brad Stewart’s profile mentions that he has managed his career “through vision and faith”. He has been involved in network marketing his whole life.

Executive Vice President Darrell Eyre started as an Amway distributor and has been in network marketing for 25 years.

COO Michael Hershberger has over 15 years experience in management and IT and an MBA.

The takeaway: apart from the Chief Operating Officer, Zija International is run by people who have pretty much always worked in network marketing. The founder is recognized as an important figure in herbal supplement history and founded one of the oldest and most successful herbal supplement companies in the world.

Zija International is a BBB accredited business with a rating of A+.


The ZI products can be divided into three categories: moringa, ameo, and ripstix. Headed by  Harvard Medical School valedictorian Joshua Plant, the scientific wing of Zija International is actively engaged in formulating new products based on moringa and other botanicals.

Moringa is believed to support a wide range of health benefits, including anti-inflammatory support, improved digestion, improved mental clarity, increased energy, anti-aging, immune system support, and blood glucose level regulation. All of these benefits are listed on the Zija International website.

Scientific evidence and clinical trials, however, are hard to find.

There is one agricultural study  where mice and ruminants were given moringa tea. It was found that the white cell count in the mice who drank the tea was significantly higher. Mice also experienced reduced inflammatory responses.

In that same study, Moringa also improved cell viability in sheep and goats, and reduced oxidative stress from internal parasites. No effect on the gut health of pigs was observed, however (4). The results of this study have only been published informally to date.

The same Ag & Tech school that’s conducting that study is also looking into the use of moringa to promote animal health. Specifically, they’re researching moringa’s effects on the immune system (on B and T cells). In addition, they’re studying moringa’s effects on growth rate and performance of pigs. However, at this time it’s merely stated that more research is needed (5).

There is also a World Health Report citing the use of moringa in the use of water treatment in developing countries (6). But so far, not much has made it into the National Institutes of Health’s PubMed system.

The takeaway: moringa is incredibly nutritionally dense, but clinical studies are needed to support many of the health benefit claims made by Zija Interntaional.

Essential oils produced with clinical-grade standards and Zija’s exclusive patent-pending certification system.

Ripstix Hydration and Fitness Line – these are energy drinks in powdered form. Fitness supplements containing L-arginine (8) and electrolytes, they also contain fructose which some people try and stay away from.

Compensation Plan

There are tens of thousands of independent distributors working for Zija International. They have access to an extensive network of Zija training modules, including videos, an app, audio training, all of which is measured by a series of exams.

It’s the only MLM known to have a certification process for its distributors. Not only that, but every 90 days, distributors must re-certify. Passing exams means higher pay, too (7).

This is similar to how non-MLM companies handle their training. For example, public school teachers get pay raises when they pass graduate-level courses from accredited institutions of higher learning.

So what if Zija operates its own training, testing, and certification program in-house: it’s far above and beyond what you’ll see in other MLM companies.


1) IBOs profit by purchasing products at wholesale prices and selling them at retail (up to 25% profit).

2) Qualify to earn commission by being on autoship for at least 75 PV per month.

3) Get 10% of sales made by your personally enrolled recruits.

4) Team commissions and further bonuses as you advance in rank.


Zija appears to offer a good product. They have done a lot of things right and have a unique niche in the competitive nutritional supplement industry. But the income potential isn’t worth my time.

I’m not saying Zija International is a bad company – they’re not.

With any MLM, peddling products to your family members and friends at church might work for a couple months…maybe over a year if you’re lucky.

In the end, it’s still the sad story of selling hype and chasing the hot opportunity.

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