Is Forever Living a Scam?

Filed in Product Review by on November 16, 2015 12 Comments


Product name: Forever Living

Product owner: Rex G. Maughan


Price:Free to join

Verdict: Recommended? Yes and No


Forever Living is an MLM company, sometimes called FLPI (Forever Living Products International) based in Scottsdale, Arizona and has been around since 1978. The company manufactures and sells aloe vera-based nutritional supplements, cosmetics, health products.

The company is active in over 150 countries. The also have bee products, dietary supplements combined with vitamins, ginseng, fish oils and other supplements.

The company is very successful and though many people on the internet call it a scam, it’s not a scam because it’s free to join, they have physical products, they provide support to their distributors and it’s simply an MLM company.

MLM doesn’t always mean it’s a scam. The truth is that there are people who love MLM type of business and there are those who hate MLMs.

To be honest, it’s not my cup of tea, but it doesn’t mean I’m going to write a biased review. I will show both positive and negative sides of the program and it’s up to you to decide whether join this program or not.




Pros of Forever Living

  • Free to join
  • You can ask for refund
  • Some training material
  • Support


Cons of Forever Living

  • This business is not for everyone
  • Their products are overpriced
  • This is not a money making opportunity, this is just a network marketing company
  • Requires strong face to face sales skills


Inside the program

Is Forever Living really a scam?

As I said above, Forever Living is not a scam, it’s an MLM company and has been around for many years. They have thousands of distributors throughout the world and their company is still growing.

Some people call it a scam only because it’s an MLM or because their products are overpriced. But it’s true that you can find the same products for a lower price. But Forever doesn’t force you to buy their products. It’s up to you to buy them or not.

From this point I can’t say that their company is scamming people. If I would say so that wouldn’t be fair and my opinion wouldn’t be objective.


More info on MLM

The truth about MLM companies is that most of them are scams and very often there are many complaints about them on the internet. In my recent article about Multi-level programs I explained in details what MLM was all about.

But even if most MLM programs are scams it doesn’t mean that every opportunity is a scam. In my article above you will find a list of MLM programs I’ve reviewed and if you take a look at these companies you will realize that most of them have serious issues.

Some of them have even been shut down. Very few are legit and Forever Living is one of those companies that are in a white list of MLM programs.


Direct selling

In most MLM companies, when you join them, you have to buy extremely expensive products, trainings in order to promote them and make money. In this particular case with Forever Living you too have to buy products in order to be able to promote them and make money.

That’s the nature of MLM programs. You need to have strong sales skills and be able to convince people to buy the products or otherwise you won’t make any money.

Like any other MLM, Forever Living has a strong support team and they will teach you the same stuff, i.e. to start first with your family members, friends, neighbours etc.

And you have to become an annoying sales person and start pushing Forever products here and there in order to make a few bucks and you have to convince all people around you, family members, friends, etc to join Forever Living and start promoting the same stuff.

Because the most money can be made only through building your downline, i.e. people under you. The more people you can recruit to this business under you, the more money you can theoretically make.

All this means that if you are not a sales person and can’t be an annoying promoter of expensive stuff then this opportunity is not for you.





FLP 360 is a new approach

FLP 360 is an online service that allows you to build 4 websites and start promoting Forever Living products online. That’s great, but the problem is that Forever Living team has no any experience in affiliate marketing and they don’t provide any training on how to promote their products on the internet.

Having websites doesn’t mean anything because if you don’t know how to drive traffic to your website you can’t make sales. There are various methods to drive traffic to a website, such as SEO (search engine optimization), video marketing, email marketing, paid advertising (PPC,CPV, solo ads).

Without all this knowledge you won’t be able to promote any products even if you own the most amazing product in the world. In this sense, Forever Living can’t help you and you have to struggle on your own. BTW, all this knowledge requires a considerable amount of time to learn and apply it.


No promises

The good part of Forever Living is that you will not find any promo material on their website that promises you quick profits in x amount of time which is great and an honest approach. This is really important so that you know what you can expect from Forever Living program.


Forever Living products

They have personal care products, weight management,cleaning products, bee products, skin care, Sonya cosmetics, essential oils etc. They manufacture all their products and don’t have any third party products.

Products are good but they are not as fantastic as they are described by Forever Living promoters. There are other alternative products on the internet which means you have to compete with other companies and distributors.

Forever Living is not the only company that adds aloe vera ingredient to almost all their products and thats’s why promoting Forever Living stuff doesn’t look like to be an easy process.

MLM companies like Forever Living always describe their products as never seen before magic formulas that cure almost all diseases on earth, but in reality it’s not more than advertising.



Forever Living is a socially responsible company

Forever Living is helping people throughout the world. It’s more than simply a financially successful company.They have a charitable foundation, provide disaster relief services, help disabled people.In short, Forever Living is a socially responsible company.




Forever Living as a business opportunity

Note: Don’t take this video as an advertisement or guarantee of earnings


Can you become rich with Forever Living?

The question is: Can you become rich with Forever Living? The answer is : Yes and No. First off, you must understand that if you are looking for a legit money making program that will teach you how to make money online then you should know that Forever Living is not the right choice for you.

Forever Living is simply an MLM company that has physical products and if you want to become a face to face sales person and have enough strength and desire to convince other people to buy Forever products and join under you then it’s a good opportunity for you.

In this case you must understand that it will take a lot of time and effort before you can grow your network and earn a solid income.

In Forever promo video you can see Forever members who receive fat checks from the company, drive luxury cars, live the lifestyle they have always dreamed about, but you must understand that success never comes easy.




How to get started with Forever Living

In order to get started with Forever Living you have to buy Forever products at 15% discount. This requires some investment, Touch of Forever Combo Pack $414.70 or less.

If however you decide to leave the company you are free to do so and although Forever promises to buy all the products back from you that you’ve purchased for the last 6 months, you should also know about Forever Living’s terms and conditions.

Take a look at their terms and conditions. Here is a link.


All this means that it’s not easy to get the refund and you can lose all your invested money. Also, in order to qualify for commissions you have to buy Forever products in certain amounts.

To become Wholesale Qualified you need to buy Forever Combo Pack for $414.70 or two case credits where a case credit will cost you $140 wholesale or $200 for retail.


Your Upline

Another problem that applies almost to all MLMs is that your upline, i.e. your sponsor who invited you to Forever Living will be the first person interested in pushing you more and more products because the more you buy the more commission they will earn.

But the good part is that your sponsor will be always interested to help you and answer all your questions because their success depends on people like you, i.e. their downline.So, the support is good.


Final word on Forever Living

1. From all the above said it becomes clear that Forever Living is NOT for everyone. This is a very specific opportunity that requires strong face to face sales skills.

2. Their products are way expensive and it’s not easy to promote them on the market.

3. Forever Living is not a money making program. This is just an MLM company looking for distributors with strong marketing skills, i.e. face to face sales person.

4. Forever Living is not a scam and anyone can try it for free if you feel it’s for you.

There is a much better opportunity that is free too and doesn’t require having sales skills. My recommended program has everything you need to start your very own money making website.



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My name is Rufat. I'm the founder of Your Income Advisor. My goal is to help others succeed online, by exposing scams and reviewing top rated products. I can help you start your own business online

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  1. Riaz Shah says:

    Hey Rufat,
    Wow I have to admit, forever living is a catchy name – made me look twice, like its an immortal thing or something like that.

    The products do seem great but I find it very overpriced and it’s no wonder why too – MLM is involved. Anything with MLM involved is never good and although the program is great, I don’t think it’s something that I can go well with.

    I get irritated when people try to push me to join their schemes. Awesome review nevertheless, thanks for taking the time to write this.

    • Rufat says:

      Yes, they are overpriced and it applies most of the time to all MLM companies. This one is not bad and you can possibly make some money. But it really depends on many factors.

  2. Usman says:

    excellent website here, a great overall review of the product and i liked the honesty behind it. It’s good the way you demonstrated how it can or cannot work for you. This is important because most of the time people think they’ll get rich overnight which is NOT true.

    Overall great website, will be sharing around.

    • Rufat says:

      I really appreciate Usman that you like my review. I really did my best to bet honest when writing my review. I don’t think Forever Living is a scam. It has been around for many years and is still successful. But when it comes to money making opportunity this program is probably not the best option out there.

  3. Kelly says:

    Forever Living Products…This company has been here for a very long time and I know people who have experienced success and failure with the company. Multi level marketing is for some people, that I have come to understand, Its not for everybody. My aunt is into Green world products and she made me buy lots of supplements I haven’t used just to support her ministry. Good review though.

    • Rufat says:

      Yes, this true that this company has been around for many years now, they have their plants, manufacture their Forever Living products, and fact I can’t say that this is a scam. This is a legit, program, but MLM company with their own specific approach to making money. This is really good that you can share your knowledge about this program and it’s true that some people are successful with it while some are not. Because some websites online try to call Forever Living a scam only because of their approach to business. I understand that many MLM programs online are scams such as Wake up now or Empower Network, but we can’t compare those two with Forever Living. They are absolutely different programs. EN and Wake up now are complete scams while Forever is not. But in my final opinion on this program I clearly explained what Forever Living is all about and explained what people can expect from this program. This is a very specific program and is not for everyone. If they feel they can be successful with it then that’s ok.

  4. Marcus says:

    I don’t really like the look of this, and one thing kind of confuses me here. You say that Forever Living is free to join, yet you say that you can get a refund. This doesn’t make sense, surely? Unless you are referring to the products that you buy once you are a member?

    Anyway, anytime I see the word MLM I feel like I want to run a mile in the opposite direction. It just makes me think that I am going to get conned into parting with my money and then persuading others to do the same.

    • Rufat says:

      Yes, Marcus, Forever Living is free to join compared to many other MLM programs like Empower Network where you need to choose a membership package in order to join the program. In this particular case you don’t have to pay for joining, but you need to buy Forever products in order to start selling them and making money. In this sense you can get refund and this is what I mean. Generally speaking, I agree with you and like you I don’t like MLM and never recommend it. I have an article on MLM in which I clearly explain everything about MLM and what people can expect from such a program. But I don’t think that all MLMs are scams, especially Forever Living is a very well know company that has been around for many years now, they have plants, offices all over the world, they manufacture their products themselves. How can I say that its a scam? It’s simply impossible. But they have a different approach to their business and I don’t agree with them. So, it’s my choice, my opinion. I think before calling any program a scam we should provide enough facts to not look ridiculous in the eyes of other people. Anyway, I’m not a big fan of MLM and in my review I explained everything what people can expect from Forever Living and anyone who finds their approach attractive can join their program. In the meantime I’m giving another option, a free program that anyone can try and I believe it’s a much better alternative to Forever Living opportunity.

  5. roamy says:

    Hi there Rufat
    Since l stumbled on your site some time ago,l keep coming back because you have wonderful posts.
    l first heard of forever living some years ago when l attended one of their high dollar seminar in Zurich.
    After they explained things out and l learned it was an MLM,it was done for me there was noway l could join MLM as im not a social person and could not do the face to face hawking forever living demanded.
    Even after deciding Forever products were not for me all those years ago,there were times l always thought,what if it could have been the business for me?”but after reading your review,im convinced it was the right decision not to join.
    Thanks for taking away my doubts.
    Cheers Roamy

    • Rufat says:

      It’s good to know that you could see the program from inside and make your own decision. It’s very good experience when you can meet the people who promote an opportunity and see what it’s about. It looks like you are not an MLM person and myself too. I don’t like and I can’t sell anything face to face. Not everyone can do this and that’s why very few people can be successful with programs like Forever Living. I personally think you have come to the right decision. I don’t like annoying MLM distributors that take advantage of any chance to promote a product for the sake of commission. I don’t like MLM products because they are always expensive and they are always “fantastic” and “cure” all diseases on earth and “solve” all problems.

  6. Lynne says:

    Hi Rufat
    Thanks for sharing about Forever Living. I see MLM opportunity and immediately I am put off. I am not fond of Multi Level Marketing companies at all.
    Most of them are scams and even the ones that aren’t are just over-priced products as a disguise to get people to recruit others.
    Not my cup of tea, I’ll wait for your next reviews to come out :)

    • Rufat says:

      It’s not my cup of tea either. I agree that most MLMs are scams, but to be honest, not every MLM opportunity is a scam. I don’t like that those sites that review money making programs and opportunities try to call everything a scam only because they don’t like the program. Or for the sake of showing their desired opportunity in a favourable light. I think it’s a wrong approach. People are not stupid. They read many reviews on different sites and compare the information and then make their own decision. Even if you call something a scam and your readers will learn form other sites that it is not a scam you will lose trust. That’s why you need to be honest when reviewing products. Forever Living is a legit company and it’s impossible to say that it’s a scam only because it’s an MLM. They don’t force anyone to buy their products. It’s up to you to buy their products or not. If you are an MLM fan that’s your own business, it’s your choice. But I never recommend MLM and there many reasons for that which is clear from my article.

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