SCENTSY MLM Scam Deceptive Advertising by Sleazy Independent Consultants?

October 21, 2012

Is Scentsy a deceptive MLM company that uses fraudulent tactics and sleazy independent consultants to sell dangerous, overpriced products?

ScentsyAccording to Carol B. it is.  We received this angry complaint from Carol, who felt that she was deceptively tricked into attending a sales presentation by a coworker.

Here’s Carol’s story:

“I started working at a new job in a new town.  Since I don’t know too many people here, I was really happy when a coworker sent me an email saying that she was having a few people over on Sunday afternoon, and she would love it if I would be able to come.

“I really appreciated her thinking of me, and I was really looking forward to meeting some new people.

“When I arrived, I found out that instead of a social get together, this was a home party and that my new ‘friend’ was an ‘independent consultant’  for some multi-level marketing scam called ‘Scentsy.’  Instead of a real party, I had to listen to a presentation about these stupid, overpriced warmers that melt scented wax with a light bulb.  She was pushing  these stupid warmers and wax bars packages for like $75 – $85.  The Scentsy plug-in warmers are glorified nightlights they sell for $20, and the tabletop warmers are like $35.  Of course, if you’re stupid enough to buy those you’ll have to buy their ridiculous scented wax bars for the rest of your life.

“I discreetly asked around and none of the other guests knew they were attending a sales presentation.  Yet still they allowed themselves to be manipulated into buying these ridiculously overpriced air freshners just to be polite.  I was the only one who didn’t buy.

“I have some advice to people who do these home parties like Scentsy and invite people under false pretenses:  You are scum.  You might think you are clever, and you might get some free products or whatever, but all those people you tricked, even the ones you tricked into buying and tell you they love the product, now know you’re scum and can’t be trusted.

“My advice to people who unknowingly show up to sales parties:  You should leave.  Or eat a bunch of their free food and then leave.  Do not buy a thing!  Make it clear you don’t appreciate being lied to and that if your friend needs money that bad she just should have asked you for a loan.  Do not be ashamed.  It’s your scummy host who should be ashamed.  Go buy yourself a Glade Air Freshner and buy some new shoes with all the money you saved!”

The only good thing that came out of Carol’s experience with the Scentsy home party is a new goal she has at work.

Says Carol:  “I now have a work fantasy that I will get promoted to supervisor over the sleazebag Scentsy consultant.   I will call her in for a meeting to discuss a promotion and a raise.  When she gets there, I’ll say ‘Oh, I didn’t mean a promotion and a raise!  Sorry!  The meeting was to let you know you’re fired!  Good luck with your Scentsy MLM scam!”




207 Responses to “SCENTSY MLM Scam Deceptive Advertising by Sleazy Independent Consultants?”

  1. Trista De Leon says:

    First of all, that is my graphic you’re using and I have a copyright. So remove it ASAP.

  2. ADMIN says:

    Trista De Leon:

    Could you please

    1) Substantiate that it is your graphic,

    2) Substantiate that you have the copyright

    Thank you,


  3. Guest says:

    More Scentsy nonsense. Of course Trista De Leon is lying… she’s a stinksy rep isn’t she? She’s one of these delusional self-important scentsy legends-in-their-own-minds “consultants” who come in all puffed up and demanding and then run away like little girls in a huff when they get challenged or exposed as the frauds they obviously are.

    How is that her graphic? Looks generic.

    I also like how she starts “First of all…” then never gets to a “second of all.”

    stay away from scentsy and the stinkers who pushit!

  4. Trista De Leon says:

    I’ve already chatted with you through email. I don’t do drama. Do what you would like to. I’ll file Copyright infringement and be done with it. Remember just because it’s on google.. does not mean it’s yours to take. :) Have a great day!

  5. ADMIN says:

    I take no pleasure in calling out Scentsy Star Director Trista De Leon and demanding an immediate public apology.

    The apology is not for me or UnhappyFranchisee.Com, nor is it for our readers whom Ms. De Leon misled. The apology is for the group of more than 400 hardworking Scentsy consultants across Canada, Ireland & the US who look up to Trista De Leon as a leader, mentor, role model and source of inspiration… as the guiding light in their wickless candle of entrepreneurship.

    Trista De Leon accused of infringing on her copyrighted work. She demanded that we remove a graphic of a cartoon woman that she created. She threatened us with legal action. And she hurt my feelings by calling me “rude.”

    Trista De Leon wrote “You are using my graphic on your site. I own the copyright… It’s mine. I did it with photoshop and have used it for years.”

    We researched the illustration in question and found that it was created by Lauren Burke, a graphic designer/illustrator in San Diego California, and licensed as stock by Getty Images and iStockPhoto. See:

    When we confronted Trista De Leon with irrefutable evidence that she had lied, she admitted that it was Ms. Burke’s illustration and Scentsy’s logo, and she had only created a background.

    Trista De Leon has racked up significant awards and achievements, including the 2009 Annual Mentor Award – Scentsy Wickless Candles, 2010 Annual Mentor Award – Scentsy Wickless Candles, Hawaii Trip Earner – Scentsy Wickless Candles, Dominican Republic Trip Earner – Scentsy Wickless Candles, Cancun Trip Earner, and Star Director status.

    Trista, with much recognition comes much responsibility. You have soiled the Scentsy reputation with black carbon-like stain one would expect from wick-based companies. We believe all those who began selling witless candles because of you would like to hear an explanation, or at the very least an apology.

    We think you owe them that much. Don’t you?


  6. Trista De Leon says:

    Wow, you are an angry person. Its sad that you feel the need to hurt people. Just wondering are you going to remove the image since you didn’t pay for the license to use or alter the image? Like I said, I created the graphic. I didn’t day that I created the girl. I paid to use the image of the girl. A lot of bloggers know this image of the girl has been around for years. You know what I’m sorry about? Wasting my time and giving you the pleasure to create drama to add to your blog. You’ve insulted me over and over just because of a request to remove an image that I’ve been using for years. I hope that you can find some happiness in your life and not feel that you have to treat people the way you do.God Bless You.

  7. ADMIN says:


    I appreciate and accept your apology. Even Star Directors make mistakes, but only super-Stars can apologize when they’ve wronged others! And you are a Super-Star Director in my book!

    Wow, you are an angry person.

    Trista, I admit that I was angered by your attempt to bully us with demands and legal threats. But then I put ROSE CHAMOMILE LAVENDER fragrance in my Scentsy warmer and was immediately transported to a romantic garden path with billowing chamomile, spikes of lavender and lush, and feminine rose notes. I now understand why those feminine rose notes have been long-trusted for their soothing effects!

    Just wondering are you going to remove the image since you didn’t pay for the license to use or alter the image?

    It’s allowable under the doctrine of Nominative Fair Use. It’s legal, unlike claiming a copyright to someone else’s work.

    Like I said, I created the graphic.

    At most, you put a colored background behind someone else’s illustration and a company’s registered trademark. I am glad you see the difference between what you did and what graphic designers go to art school to learn.

    You know what I’m sorry about? …giving you the pleasure to create drama to add to your blog.

    Apology accepted.

    God Bless You.

    Thanks! I don’t know why I keep sneezing. Hope I’m not allergic to billowing chamomile or spikes of lush!