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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?


According 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!”

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

  1. bethers says:

    *tell
    **their

    Darn autofill.

  2. rebecca says:

    This Carol B. is comical!!

  3. CN says:

    WTF! Really? In response to your post; Is Scentsy a deceptive MLM company that uses fraudulent tactics and sleazy independent consultants to sell dangerous, overpriced products?

    Jesus Christ–are you kidding me? Carol, go take a valium or something. You have not a clue as to how great Scentsy products are–and no–I do not sell them. But I know people who do, including a niece, who I do not appreciate you referring to as SCUM selling a SCAM product! While I do not agree with the tactics you described in marketing, to attack a company and their product because of one bad incident that really has nothing to do with their product, is just wrong.

    You sat down and typed a tirade against a product that is actually pretty wonderful with absolutely NO facts in front of you other than you just HATED getting TRICKED into attending a Scentsy party. I am kind of thinking your co-worker did not trick you at all and I wish (oh how I wish)she would happen upon your filthy little comments, because you would probably be sitting down at the good old unemployment office. But don’t worry! There is always marketing. Hey, maybe you could become a Scentsy consultant!

    Before you go off on Scentsy, referring to it as a glorified air freshener(whatever, Carol), maybe you should try the product? Research the company? Do some comparables? KNOW WHAT THE HELL YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT? And WTF? Dangerous? Really? Where did that come from and where did it go, since I only see it in the heading of the post with no proof to back up the word. And overpriced compared to what? Since the only other product I know of on the market with a trusted brand name and similar product would be Yankee Candle, I am thinking Scentsy products are probably within the same price range for comparables and not overpriced.

    Scentsy is an absolutely WONDERFUL product. I can state this because, unlike you, Carol, I have actually researched the company and use the products on a daily basis. I have been using two burners (I have a big house) for over two years to battle the not so wonderful scent of inside dogs.

    Yes–some DUMB ASSES actually have indoor pooches in plurals. Anyway, before Scentsy, I did try all sorts of products, which NEVER really worked and would just mask the odor for a hour or two. Some of those products are friggin POISON to your pets and HELL on your home furnishings not to mention what they are possibly doing for the person breathing in their fumes. Scentsy is not toxic, is food grade wax and if you happen to have ever spilled one, like I have, you will appreciate the clean way it removes from surfaces, unlike a regular candle. I can leave my house with my scentsy on. When people visit my home, instead of ewwwww de Pomeranian, they ask me what I have been baking and immediately head to my kitchen, thinking they are going to get a treat.

    Anyway, since you so blatantly attacked the company and this website has rebuttal capabilities, here are some Scentsy facts for you, straight from their website, which, by the way, features a FORBES “100 Most Promising Companies” banner. But what the hell do they know–right?
    I say–they are doing pretty good for a company that has its first location listed as a 40′ foot ocean container on a small Idaho Sheep farm. And to go from $140,000 in revenue in 2004 to $535 million in 2011 aint too shabby, either. The wax is manufactured in Meridian Idaho, so a true USA product and the company is privately owned, held and operated by Orville and Heidi Thompson. Scentsy is sold in the US, Canada,Guam,Puerto Rico, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Germany, so a whole lotta “stupid” people in a whole lotta countries, matter of fact, over 200,000 Independent Consultants if their website is not LYING, like you, Carol. Speaking of lies, about the use of the word dangerous, again a direct quote from their website;

    Scentsy Bars do not contain or release harmful phthalates. However, a small percentage of Scentsy Bar fragrances contain extremely low levels of non-harmful diethyl phthalate (DEP) which is commonly used in fragrances to help blend ingredients and to make fragrances last longer. DEP is thoroughly tested and is consistently regarded as safe for use in fragrance by several government bodies including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the European Union Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCP). Scentsy follows all safety standards regulating the use of DEP set by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA). DEP has a reputation for creating suspicious byproducts when burned, but because Scentsy Bars are melted, not burned, the combustion that causes such byproducts doesn’t occur

    Scentsy has won many awards from various distinguished organizations. They really don’t need a endorsement from the small potatoes amongst us, but if I were going to make a prediction about their future in marketing, I would put them right up there with the likes of Avon and Mary Kay. They will be around awhile, but even with their proven track record, it doesn’t hurt to stand behind a product and call bullshit when you hear it.

    This is personal, but I have to say it, Carol. Your little work fantasy tags you as a BITCH, but not the same grade of BITCH as me. I am a MEGA Bitch. No marketing scams here–I earned it. I worked a lot of years at a lot of different jobs. I left all of them of my own accord and on good terms, so I could return if need be. I live way out in the country now, but I have lived all over the place, including some pretty metro areas, like Los Angeles, and Portland and I have ran across your type before. If I had a co-worker like you scheming to land my job, you would be out in the parking lot for a ass kicking. When the world does its final round around and you and I become cave dwellers again, I will be melting my scentsy in the bark pile to freshen things up while you try to figure out how you are going to sharpen your pencils without your electricity.

  4. CN says:

    Hi–this morning I made a post about a comment posted to your website in rebuttal to a statement made about the product Scentsy. I found the comment in a search when looking for products on google. I have since read some of the comments you allowed to be posted on your site by a anon poster “guest” and I really have no desire to have my comments taken completely off task so that someone can attack things like my education, etc. for the sake of entertainment, so please do not use any posts I have previously sent to you. I thought you were a legit sight for, as your title suggested, complaints, and not one of those places where a malicious anon. guest can just come in and sling the shit. Guess I should have read farther.

  5. LOL says:

    lol…you’ve got to be kidding me. Someone’s a bitter soul. Scentsy is wonderful. Get a life.

  6. MaryAnn Kramer says:

    Hey Crazy Carol STOP EATING THE TARTS THEY ARE NOT MEDS.AND MAYBE IF YOU WERENT SO FREAKN RUDE AND CLEARLY SELFISH YOU MIGHT HAVE SOME FRIENDS AND YOU WOULDNT HAVE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SOMEONE WHO IS TRYING TO SUPPLEMENT THEIR INCOME. I BET YOUR NOT NEW IN TOWN YOU PROBLY GOT CHASED OUT OF THE LAST ONE WITH PITCH FORKS AND FIRE. GET YOUR FREE MEALS AT THE MISSION AND STOP TAKING ADVANTAGE OF PEOPLES KINDNESS. SIGNED ONE OF THE IN HOME SALES CONSULTANTS THAT YOU REFERRED TO AS SCUM FOR TRYING TO EARN EXTRA MONEY TO PAY THEIR BILLS. GROW UP CAROL THATS WHY YOU DONT HAVE ANY FRIENDS.

  7. Guest says:

    Congratulations. The Psychotic Housewives of Scentsy have a new spokespsycho: MaryAnn Kramer. Are you related to Jim Kramer, the crazy stock guy who advised people to invest in Bear Sterns 6 days before it went bust? (Wait, his name is Cramer, not that Scentsy CONsultants would have known the difference).

    I know you are all desperate to pretend you are real businesspeople with legitimate businesses but, sorry, gals, you are not “consultants.” Who are you kidding? Real “consultants” are professionals who get paid good money to help real companies make important business decisions… not housewives, grocery clerks and secretaries who want to delude themselves that they own a business.
    What do you Scentsy CON-sultants consult about?
    Whether to choose the Banana Nut Bread scent or the French Toast?
    Whether Iced Pine is more “Martha Stewart” than Cozy Fireside?
    Whether you’ll be less lonely with “Quiver” or “Lucky in Love”?
    How much your fat, apathetic Hubby will love the Angler warmer (see, it has a fish on it!)?
    How well the Toscana warmer goes with your tacky, pretentious furniture and tasteless decor?
    How well a charitable donation warmer will mask your superficial, self-absorbed true self?
    At least call yourselves CONsultants if you must, because people who manipulate their relationships with friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances into a commercial enterprise are con-artists, even if on a petty, small dollar level. Consultants… please!

    While most Scentsy CONsultants mask their black hearts and true intentions with a phony smile, Maryann Kramer reveals their true attitudes. They think they are being “kind” and generous by providing Costco or Sam’s Club pastries, and that since you are “taking advantage” of their free food and drink, you OWE them a hefty purchase of the overpriced crap you’d be better off getting a Walmart.

    Potential Scentsy customers: Read Maryann Kramer’s the hateful and meanspirited insults she heaps on poor Carol. If you don’t allow yourself to be taken advantage of by your scheming, shameless Scentsy CONsultant, she is thinking the same words about you… and probably telling others.

    If Psychotic Housewives of Scentsy ever becomes a reality show, Maryann Kramer gets my nomination. She speaks what all the rest of you CONsultants are thinking in your scheming, multi-level marketing brains.

  8. LD says:

    Wow. I can’t believe the mannerisms of some people. Did you not learn anything as a child.

    Yes people have a right to an opnion in the caseof this conversaion it is to like scentsy or not like scentsy. I have no issues with people stating that they dont like the company and they feel it is over priced. Fair enough. But to sterotype all independ consulants is silly. No I do not feel like ALL scentsy consultant are SCUM and LIARS.

    The person who tricked you was wrong to go about it the way thet did, but did it not present you with the opurtunity to meet new friends which appeared to be something that was important to you? You have a choice at those parties to buy something or not. Consulant should not hold a gun to your head and say buy or die. Cuz they would most likely got to jail.

    I am involved with scentsy and passion parties. It how i’ve paying my way through college. I try and give everyone the best deals and people dont mind spending a little extra on my business because its supporting me. With these parties Ive met some pretty amazing people. People whom if I was not doing the parties I would have never had the opurtunity to meet. Its a great socializing option.

    My main point of this comment is just to say its not okay to be disrespectful to people. That include tricking people to come to parties if that is your intention or scrutinizing a company and the people that work for it just because its not your cup of tea

  9. Partner says:

    Marci wrote: ” I am, in fact, one person, have an LL.M. and am currently working on my S.J.D.” As a real lawyer, this proves how much of a liar you are. You can only get an LLM after you get a JD, and you cannot be a lawyer if you don’t have a JD. Not to mention wtf is an SJD?!

  10. Guest says:

    Partner, thanks for exposing Marci’s lies once and for all.

    You see, guys, the problem with multi-level marketing schemes like Scentsy is they bring out the worst in lots (not all) people.

    Scentsy con-sultants can’t be content with just saying: “I sell these overpriced air fresheners and if you buy a bunch of them I get to keep some of your money.”

    No, they have to make out Scentsy like it’s some enlightened charity changing the world, protecting your children from Black Lung, etc. And they have to hide the fact they think they can make $$$ from friends and family.

    When you blur the line between friendship and family relations with a slightly deceptive commercial enterprise, lies start happening.

    People like Carol’s coworker start inviting people to sales pitches disguised as social gatherings. People like Marci start lying about her success, the success of Scentsy, and how Wal Mart candles “release dangerous chemicals, including carcinogens, into the air my children and guests breathe”

    Scentsy people should just be careful that they don’t end up being as annoying and hated as the sleazy Amway salespeople. Amway started out with the same tactics, and we all know how annoying and sleazy Amway people seem.

    Let stores do the selling. If you want to socialize while making money, get a job as a greeter at Walmart.

  11. Guest 2 says:

    Guest, that was truely inspiring and thoroughly enjoyable.

    I had never heard of Scentsy before and am unlikely to ever try it. In my opinion, if you need something like this in your home then you have a small cleaning problem that you should probably address …

    If you LOVE the product and your friends LOVE the product, it only leads me to believe that you all fit into that large socio-economic bracket where such products are required because of the very small area left in your home to maneuver between your bed and the computer desk, or the tiny space on your lounge in front of the tv.

    Save a fortune – teach your pets to toilet outside and call the hoarding show for some free advice!

  12. Bye bye Shitsy says:

    Finally, the Scentsy scam is over and all of those crazy Mormons can retreat back to their marble caves.

    Scentsy is a scam. It’s always been a scam in regards to how many +3000% markup you pay on those China products. You pay 6 people when you buy their crap.

    Scentsy masquerades as a benevolent company but they are really manipulative, evil Mormon bastards that will soon be gone.

    THANKS TO SAMS CLUB FOR PROVIDING REASONABLY PRICED ALTERNATIVES.

    Scentsy, and their shitbag consultants, your day is OVER. About damn time.

  13. KD says:

    Good lord, children! I feel like I just walked in to a jr high catfight! Both sides could take a lesson in “growthehellup.” How embarrassing for you all!

  14. Bratch says:

    AMEN, KD! I really have to wonder where some of these strong opinions are coming from… There are more worthy causes than Scentsy for your passionate opinions.

    I am weighing in AS a Scentsy Consultant (or ‘con’sultant** as one writer was kind enough to call us). I think the blanket insults and assumptions are disgusting. I’m shocked at such bullying behavior by grown adults. You can’t lump everyone into the same category based on your own negative feelings or experiences. You’re probably the same people who say that all Arabic people are terrorists. Disgusting.

    I began selling Scentsy to supplement my own love for the product. I was buying so much that I felt I might as well just become a consultant and get a return on what I was spending. I had a house-fire due to a candle vs. cat accident, so flameless and non-toxic is high priority for me.

    Once I signed up, people started coming TO ME. I don’t do a big shpeal. I don’t push product. I NEVER disguise a party as a social gathering. I don’t try to convince people to host parties (I’ve been to a large number of these types of parties, it’s my least favorite thing about them – the pressure). I’m not selling it to make the money, but the money is a bonus when it does come in. If someone seems iffy, I tell them to go away and think about it and if they would like to order they have my number. As for the price of the product – I believe the product to be worth every penny. I’m happy spending the money for a superior product as opposed to the knock offs. If you don’t want to spend the money for the Scentsy brand (or Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Mercedes, etc etc), there are other brands that offer the same type (albeit lower quality in MY opinion) of product for less.

    ** @guest – Consultant: A person who offers expert advice in a particular area. I have worked as a consultant when I was an Interior Designer, and I have a pretty good idea of what I consultant is. It’s a pretty broad term.

  15. scentsy says:

    Scentsy and the people who sell it suck. Plain and simple. Haha

  16. Beech says:

    The only crime I see in this writing, would have to be the poor grammar and ignorance shown. Rock on Dumbass, rock on.

  17. KC says:

    She’s just mad cause she doesn’t have any friends.

    Scentsy is awesome! (And NOT overpriced, I might add.)

  18. rgb says:

    Scentsy is ok, the woman who founded it here in Idaho is smart and hardworking, and their consultants and customers are complete idiots. PT Barnum said it correctly, there is a sucker born every minute. Companies like Scentsy and Amway thrive off of these suckers. And the only people making any real money is the lady at the top, laughing as she cashes those checks. It isn’t about the candles, it’s about the suckers that you sign up who think they will get rich selling this crap.

    You have to lie and invite people to parties that are actually snake oil sales presentations. Have fun, suckers.

  19. Wendy says:

    I have been a Scentsy “consultant” since February 2012. I also have a full time job, am a full time student, and am an awesome mom above all else.
    Say what you will because what I know is based on facts and NOT subjective opinions. Do your research!

    1) Scentsy, Inc. was awarded the 2012 DSA Ethos Award.
    2) Forbes Magazine named Scentsy, Inc. to its 2011 list of America’s 100 Most Promising Companies.
    3) Scentsy, Inc. ranked in the top 100 companies on Inc. Magazine’s elite list of the fastest-growing, privately-held companies in the United States.
    4) Scentsy, Inc. has been a BBB Accredited Business since 11/13/2009

    By conducting a Scentsy fundraiser in March I was able to donate 100% of my commission from that event ($706) to a young lady who is raising money in order to participate in the 2013 United World Games. Can you explain to me the fault in that? Where does the scam come in … because I am truly confused.

    Let’s not forget that we are all born with a little something called “free will.” If you don’t like the products, don’t purchase them. If you can’t afford the products, then don’t purchase them!
    A credible Scentsy consultant follows all Scentsy Family Policies and Procedures.

    Carol B … I am truly sorry that you were misled by your coworker and assure you that this is NOT how all Scentsy consultants conduct business.

    RGB … I did not become a Scentsy consultant because I thought I was going to get rich. I became a consultant because I loved the products and saw it as a way to motivate myself to become more outgoing and social.

    Guest 2 … To insinuate that Scentsy customers might have a pathological disorder shines light upon your own insensitivity. There are no words to combat your ignorance therefore I digress.

  20. Chris says:

    “speak my mind”. I sure will… how rude of you all. can’t you see that Carol felt tricked into going to a meeting, when she thought her coworker was trying to be friendly in inviting her to a social gathering? ok, so maybe she did hate on Scentsy a bit. but the majority of her statements were in regards to her frustration. be understanding people.
    I partnered with a company that manufactures safer for your home cleaning products. I am outgoing and love to talk to people, listen to their needs, and try to set a meeting where I can show them how our company can meet those needs. while I’m not here to bash Scentsy, our company actually manufactures a less expensive wax melter. $11. cheaper than Walmart by a few bucks… with less expensive wax. we also sell direct to the customer, about 400 products that people need and use every day. we have competitive prices too. some better than Walmart. right now we have $1 enrollments. lasts the first year, then only $12 to renew. we’ll save you money on things you already buy.
    I’d love to talk to you and answer any questions you may have. Chris White at [redacted] thanks, and have a great day!

  21. Hil Tay says:

    ok, here is my thought on your post. You are rude. I get that your “friend” lied to you and that is the real reason why you are angry. You should not be re-directing your anger towards a company that is in no way shape or form a scam. Scam by definition is a A fraudulent business scheme; a swindle. YOU did NOT have to purchase a thing, and Scentsy does pay their consultants and produce product to their customers, so no they are not SCAMMING anyone. If you do not want to buy. you do not have to. I think that you are just angry that you wanted to make a new friend and that she tricked you. the company did not. so please do you research before slandering the name of a good company. again, yes they might be over priced but you do not have to buy a thing, get over it. go buy your Glade and a new pair of shoes, make new friends and get the F over it. Thanks!

  22. Hil Tay says:

    and to Bye bye Shitsy, we are not going anywhere, (most of us, that don’t trick ppl) are good ppl trying to support our families and people love scentsy. so guess what? WHAT ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE!! our days are not numbered and we will fight to do what we love. You don’t like Scentsy, DON’T BUY IT and move on with your life. WHY in the hell would you waste your time bitching on the internet about a company that you hate? seriously, i hate certain companies but I just avoid them instead of being a jerk and going and bitching online about them. I get that she had an issue with a person, that unfortunately was a consultant and gave us a bad name, but for real do go and just bitch. ugh!

  23. Hil Tay says:

    and guest 2….shut up

  24. Scentsy is Stinky says:

    So Scentsy gathers up these sad, needy women like Hil Tay, who rally behind Scentsy and defend it like they are fighting for a cure for cancer rather than peddling freaking air freshners.

    We know, we know, they are the world’s best air fresheners, they are organic, range-free, blah blah they are still freaking air freshners and air freshners are a very miniscule part of normal people’s lives. The way you guys get all emotional and rail against Glade and whatever WalMart sells much cheaper indicates that you have some sort of mental and/or hormonal imbalance. Normal people are rolling their eyes behind your backs, believe me.

    But Scentsy wasn’t making enough $$$ from the masses of sad needy women who want to blabber on about their air freshners but can’t sell jack squat, so they came up with the cancellation policy below. It was brilliant, because it forces sad needy women to buy their own overpriced crap off their own websites in order to be allowed to pretend they own a business or have a life.

    And if they aren’t willing to buy enough of their own crap, then their downline is stolen from them and they are kicked out of the YaYa Sisterhood. So much for one big loving Scentsy family.

    “a Consultant needs 150 or more points in PRV in at least one calendar-month within a contiguous three-month period. Consultants who do not meet this activity requirement will be cancelled on the first day of the fourth month. For example, if a Consultant doesn’t achieve 150 PRV points in either April, May, or June, their account will be cancelled on July 1.

    “If a Consultant doesn’t reach 150 PRV points for two consecutive months, in the third month, a checkmark will appear in the “Will Cancel” column in their performance report on the Workstation until 150 PRV points are earned. The 150 PRV points can come from individual customer orders, party orders, or online orders made through the Consultant’s Personal Website (PWS)”

  25. Hil Tay says Scentsy “is in no way shape or form a scam”

    Really? How about a fraud? Do Scentsy con-sultants disclose that they are pushing a crude oil product made in china that could be emitting formaldehyde for you and your children to breath?

    Here’s the skinny from OrganicSlant.Com:

    “Scentsy is a typical wax melt (tart or wickless candle) that you put in a Scentsy warmer (heated by a little bulb). They also have plug in gizmos which are like Glade Plug Ins and the plug in devices from Bath & Body Works.

    “Most Scentsy reps are actually unaware of what is in the products they are selling. Talking to a Scentsy rep you will most likely hear “Scentsy bars and bricks are safe and good for the environment because the scents are from 100% natural fragrances.” They are really passionate and truly believe that what they are selling is truly wholesome.

    “Of course there is no such thing as an all-natural oil scented like birthday cake, blueberry cheesecake, or “Central Park Pralines.” It’s just not possible.

    “Some facts about Scentsy based on their website & literature.

    *Scentsy products are petrochemicals. When you burn Scentsy, you are buying a product made from crude oil. To be more specific, paraffin wax is a bi-product of the refining process to make gasoline. Scentsy calls this a food grade paraffin, but it is still a crude oil product and is the same stuff used as a bottle and jar sealant when making preserves.

    *The Scentsy site claims that the warmers do not burn wax so that there aren’t any nasties released into the air. They neglect to mention that you can still inhale what is released from their product. According to Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society, burning paraffin can contain formaldehyde. So, yes, your Scentsy product may not produce soot, however, formaldehyde may be released into the air when your wax is melted. Your walls and furniture may not have the stains from soot, but your body may be breathing in toxic chemicals.

    *They also say something else highly questionable. They make the statement that vegetable waxes cannot produce a good product. There are hundreds of beeswax and soy companies out there making great products!

    *Their website also states that they use 15-18% fragrance oil in their products. In another words, Scentsy is adding higher concentrations of artificial fragrance to each product. This means that you are facing a greater health risk then burning a “non Scentsy” scented candle. Using 15-18% fragrance oil is actually quite extreme. It is crucial to mention that they use ARTIFICIAL fragrance oils, which are linked to asthma, cancer, and more. (for more information on this link between airborne toxins and chronic health issues go to http://www.mercola.com and enter “danger of airborne toxins” into the search engine)

    *Scentsy boasts that they use fragrance oils without phthalates, but your typical “fragrance oil” may contain over 100 different chemical compounds such as amines, ethers, ketones, lactones, terpenes and thiones. Many also contain benzene derivatives, aldehydes, and other toxins shown to cause cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders, neurological disorders, and allergic reactions. These compounds also get into the air and can have grave effects on the ecosystem. Notice that they do not mention their oils are free of other toxic chemicals.
    INGREDIENTS: (directly quoted from Scentsy website)
    “A secret combination of ingredients is used to create a pool of melted wax, which is transformed into a wickless candle bar. Scentsy uses a food-grade petroleum based wax.”

    In other words, they’re not going to tell you what’s in there – the ingredient list is secret. What this melts down to is whether or not you trust a company with your life and the life of everyone living in your household. When you buy a product, you place a vote with your dollars to let that company know that you don’t need to know what they put in their products, whatever is in there is okay with you, you’d rather remain in the dark. Consumers who buy products without full disclosure typically fall under the “ignorance is bliss” category because they would rather not have to think about ingredients or possible consequences.

    So, Scentsy is no different that any standard paraffin wax melt, just priced higher than most of them. Surely you do not want to make your home smell nice with toxin laden products that will damage the health of your family AND your pets? Many people choose to give candles and perfumes as gifts to our loved ones, so be sure to know what is in them.

    Does Scentsy contain phthalates (certain chemicals known to cause endocrine [hormone] problems)? No. Although, this only rules out one category of toxins as the ingredient “fragrance” can hide many, many ingredients under that single term without disclosure, some of which may be toxic or unsafe. Since Scentsy (and many other companies) refuse to openly disclose their actual ingredients, it is IMPOSSIBLE for any consumer to make an educated decision about the safety of their use.

    Beware: Some candle companies avoid the phthalate question. Some companies, like Gold Canyon Candles, are tricky with wording by saying they “do not use phthalates which are known to cause problems” – notice the wording to avoid answering the question – they won’t say they do not use ANY phthalates. This is a red flag.

    On top of the “secret combination of ingredients” used to synthetically fragrance (read: chemicals created in a lab to make an artificial scent), they admit to using petroleum wax. Petroleum is also what is used to make gasoline. It is not an eco-friendly product in getting to the resource (think about the Gulf BP drilling mess), manufacturing (it pollutes tons of water and creates huge messes to refine it into petroleum from crude oil), or disposal.

    “Although they claim on their website that they were unable to find a vegetable based wax that held their scents, many other companies have proven it can be done and it can be done well! There are plenty of soy and palm wax candle companies whose waxes hold essential oils perfectly for long periods of time. Perhaps the problem is not the vegetable wax, perhaps the problem is the cocktail of chemicals being used for fragrance? Just a thought.
    SAFETY CLAIMS:

    (directly quoted from the Scentsy company website)
    “Scentsy Warmers only warm the scent out of the wax – the wax remains in the warmer, thus there is no danger of chemicals being released into the home.”

    No danger of chemicals being released? Really? Fragrance oils are made from chemicals created in a lab. The fragrance oil is completely released until the wax is unscented. Obviously, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that you are inhaling chemicals from the fragrance and CHEMICALS ARE BEING RELEASED INTO YOUR HOME AND BODY.
    Made in China

    Made in China. Need I say more about the same people that brought you melamine in adulterated milk, lead in hundreds of thousands of toys and organic, organic food. Like I said, need I say more.

    From http://www.organicslant.com/0000151-the-danger-of-scentsy-candles.html

  26. Alena says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHA – Scentsy smells good, point blank. And it is like the only thing allowed in dorm rooms and barracks by the fire marshall. PROs: Smells great, and wont burn the house down, dosent leave soot marks on walls, and cleans up out of carpet with steam cleaner. CON: Warmers can and will break if falls, a bit expensive, not sold in major stores.

    Now if scentsy could have babies with Doterra… thats a million dollar idea ;)

  27. Alena says:

    OH YEAH! WHY CANT PEOPLE BITCH ABOUT DIAPERS! THATS A DAMN SCAM! SOOOOOOOO EXPENSIVE…… OR VITAMINS…. MEDICATIONS COMPANIES,,,, THATS WHERE OUR MONEY GOES.

  28. Jasam says:

    Chill out people geee let people buy what they want to lol

  29. Anonymous says:

    It wasn’t a scam! She said for a get together so technically she didn’t scam u

  30. Susan says:

    When I was introduced to Scensy I thought it was a great alternative to candles that we never burn out completely. Although the fragrances do not last long, we have enjoyed them in our home. Recently I have a concern as a countertop Scensy caught fire, made a crazy noise, which I unplugged immediately, and black smoke can out of the Scensy fast and furiously. Needless to say we ran it outside fast and the bottom of the Scensy was blown out. My message is do not leave them on when not at home.

  31. No Non-Scentsy says:

    “a countertop Scensy caught fire, made a crazy noise… black smoke can out of the Scensy fast and furiously… My message is do not leave them on when not at home.”

    Susan: thanks for the warning, but I think those Scentsy fumes may have gotten to you. Your Scentsy burst into flames and billowed black smoke and your advice is don’t leave them on when not at home????

    How about DON’T USE SCENTSY THEY MIGHT KILL YOU!

    What if you were in the shower or fell asleep?

    WAL MART has lots of cheaper alternatives that smell great and won’t burst into flames and kill your family.

    PLUS you don’t have to deal with greedy, pushy, arrogant. phony women pressuring you into buying an overpriced unsafe product. I swear, these Scentsy women are worse than the losers who sell Amway, but they think they are all that…

    news flash: you’re not.

    Snuff out Scentsy… and live!

  32. No Non-Scentsy says:

    Anonymous’ comment reveals the deceptive mind of Scentsy reps. They can justify anything in their minds:

    “It wasn’t a scam! She said for a get together so technically she didn’t scam u”

    Somebody uses friendship and camaraderie as bait to lure a new person into a high pressure sales situation where she will be asked for money, and it’s ok cause she was invited to a “get together”?

    It’s ok to deceive and trick someone as long as you don’t “technically” scam them (because you used the words “get together” instead of “non-commercial social gathering”).

    Based on the comments here, I’d suggest you avoid both Stinktsy and the despicable hags who strongarm unsuspecting women into buying their crappy air freshners.

  33. Mike says:

    I was seriously injured by Scentsy fumes in the workplace. Scentsy refused to tell my doctors what they exposed me to. If anyone thinks these products are harmless they are either trying to sell them to you or cover up the industry lies about how dangerous fragrances really are. Anyone trying to defend Scentsy or any other fragrance product needs to provide ingredient lists to make any kind of argument regarding the safety of these products. I realize these companies have manipulated the government into allowing them to self regulate but that does not relieve them of the social obligation not to destroy peoples lives. If you try to spin the true nature of these products without disclosing what is really in them you are not only lying but you are perpetuating a plague on society that is in my experience significantly worse than cigarettes. If these products are truly not harmful which I know they are since I have been injured by them TELL US WHAT IS IN THEM or stop trying to harm us with them.

  34. tamera says:

    Sentsy is over priced just so u crazy ass people know the woman who wrote the novel saying carol should be fired well the consultant sending emails out at work should actually be fired for miss use of company time and equipment and Walmart has the same shit for $2 a bar I get mine there. And if I ever caught an employee using company time and equipment to sell this over priced wax yeah I would can then faster than you can say sentsy!!!!!

  35. Alex says:

    Funny conversation, and hilarious opinions all around.

    Here’s the REAL deal.

    MLM’s (for the most part) aren’t ‘scams’ what they are is…

    Just Plain Stupid

    Most of the products are terrible. They have no chance
    of being sold via traditional marketing channels, so they
    rely on their ‘uplines’ and ‘downlines’ to tug at the heart
    strings of the friends and co-workers of ‘independent
    associates’ in order to move product.

    Do you doubt what I’ve said?

    Ask yourself these 2 questions then:

    1. Why aren’t these products being sold via traditional (read: real)
    marketing channels

    2. Why do 99.5% of people who start MLM businesses FAIL? There
    are actually a few reasons, but one of the BIGGEST is the products
    are absolute CRAP.

    Have a wonderful day!

  36. The beast under your bed says:

    Hey you jack wagons have nothing better to do then diss ladies selling scentsy. It’s not like they are selling a fake product, and if you don’t like it don’t buy it . My wife just became a consultant and she is happy and the people who she sells to are begging for the product. Scentsy consumers are sold on the product because of the performance . Sorry you were abused as a child and hate everything in the world ………… and to the lady who got invited to the scentsy demo …….. sound’s like you enjoyed the company …… what did you have planned a game of gold fish or something. ….

  37. No Non-Scentsy says:

    “The beast under your bed” writes “My wife just became a consultant…”

    Seriously? Housewives who sell chinese-made air fresheners are consultants? Do a lot of homeowners commission high-level odor abatement studies? Does she do living room environmental impact studies? Is she a certified odor-ologist? What did she do her dissertation on, the effect of pumpkin-spice on methane expulsion in the post-defecation bathroom environment?

    “she is happy and the people who she sells to are begging for the product…”

    Begging? Really? That’s amazing! You should videotape them BEGGING for scentsy and post it on YouTube. I mean, I’ve heard of hungry people begging for food. Homeless people begging for spare change. Junkies begging a heroin dealer for a fix. But desperate suburban women BEGGING for a mochadoodle fix or jonesing for a dose of Pear Blossom to put in their sweatshop-made ceramic warmer… I’d like to see that!

    ” to the lady who got invited to the scentsy demo …….. sound’s like you enjoyed the company …”

    Yeah, I’m sure she was asking for it. And despite her protestations, deep down she enjoyed being lured to someone’s house under false pretenses and shaken down for money… NO really means YES, right? You tell yourself that when you and your high-level “consultant” of a wife do the same to people unfortunate enough to be your neighbors, family members or co-workers.

    People who push Scentsy or Amway or Melaleuca or Mary Kay or Herbalife or NuSkin or Shaklee or other useless crap are entrepreneurs and “con-sultants,” and not tacky, greedy, annoying, & horrible, horrible people. You keep telling yourself that.

    And congratulate your accomplished wife on becoming a “consultant.” Looks like her years of academic accomplishments, hard work and professional development finally paid off!

    I mean, it’s not like you can earn an important title like “Consultant” simply by buying a $99 starter kit!!!! Right?

  38. Party Plan Leader says:

    What’s funny about this post is that… You clearly have NO IDEA that Scentsy is NOT MLM. Scentsy is “direct sales”. Completely different. And scam it is not. The “Direct Sales” industry is actually in the top category for smartest business practice.

    I can confidently say that with my “direct sales” company… I make more than any of you in here. Not even a neurosurgeon hits my wage.

    So thanks to Direct Sales & the opportunity to grow & help others… I don’t have to whine about wax, candles, warmers.

    Because the very Walmart, Sams Club, Target… Or Whatever store you shop at, sells the same stuff made in China you use everyday. I bet you can’t find more than 5 things in your home that’s made in USA!

    Oh and your “scam” comments…. Pyramid??!! Isn’t your everyday job a pyramid? I mean, there’s YOU at the bottom, then up is your boss, your bosses boss, then the owner. Hmmmm…. Pyramid? Lmao!

  39. No Non-Scentsy says:

    Gotta love these guys! Every time these Scentsy sales hacks post they reinforce how fundamentally dishonest they are. Is there no lie you guys won’t tell to sell a Chinese-made stinkpot or two?

    Party Plan Leader writes “I can confidently say that with my “direct sales” company… I make more than any of you in here. Not even a neurosurgeon hits my wage.”

    You make more than $500,000 (average neurosurgeon compensation) selling Chinese stinkpots? Well, I make more than $10M in my business working from home in my underwear. What’s my business? I just lie about my income on the internet, just like Scentsy reps like Party Plan Leader!

    Party Plan Leader writes: “Scentsy is NOT MLM. Scentsy is “direct sales”. Completely different.”

    My bad. I stand corrected. From now on, I’ll call Scentsy a “fraud” instead of a “scam,” and Scentsy reps “pathetic liars” instead of “snivelling, deceptive weasels.” Completely different.

    Party Plan Leader writes: “Walmart, Sams Club, Target… Or Whatever store you shop at, sells the same stuff made in China”

    So Scentsy sells the same made-in-China crap as Walmart, Sams Club, Target only WITHOUT the convenience and low prices? Where do I sign up???!!!

    Party Plan Leader writes: “Pyramid??!! Isn’t your everyday job a pyramid?”

    So, you’re saying Scentsy is a pyramid scheme like my everyday job (minus the steady paycheck & respectability) and sells the same crap as WalMart (minus low prices and 24/7 convenience). You ARE a good salesperson! No wonder you make more than your psychiatrist… I mean neurosurgeon!

    Party Plan Leader writes: “The “Direct Sales” industry is actually in the top category for smartest business practice.”

    Yes, the direct sales industry was named “Smartest Business Practice” by Direct Sales Industry Magazine for 30 years in a row! (btw MLMers LOVE to make up fake awards and phony designations and never cite a source)

    Party Plan Leader writes: “I don’t have to whine about wax, candles, warmers.”

    Me neither! I just buy Glade Air Freshener like normal, well-adjusted human beings. It even masks the odor of skeevy Scentsy sales pitches!

    By the way, “Party Plan Leader” was the official title used by Chinese Communist Chairman Mao Tse Tung, was it not? Party Plan Leader Mao forced intellectuals to do humiliating work for no pay. Is that the insidious plot Scentsy and its Chinese partners have planned?

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