Company Name: Perfectly Posh
Update 2017: Since I've been inundated with fanatic Posh sellers on my initial review, I've changed the name of the article to reflect more precisely what it's about. This is a review of the income opportunity, as compared to other similar income opportunities and “work at home businesses” that I've done myself, or reviewed in the past. It's my opinion that selling soaps through network marketing is not very lucrative for most people, so Posh is not the best way to go if you want to create a sustainable business.
Details why are in the “product breakdown” and “opportunity breakdown” section.
If you like their soaps, great. Keep buying them. If you make some cash on the side, great. Enjoy your hobby. I have no issues with that.
My main issue is Posh being pitched as a great way to make supplemental INCOME. A few hundred bucks on the side is not an income in my opinion. My website is about starting an online business you can rely on for years, not some chump change while you chat with friends over the weekend.
What Is It?
Another MLM targeted at women, which sells pamper and luxury products.
To be honest, there isn’t a lot about Perfectly Posh that makes it stand out. Sure, the products look kind of cool, but there isn’t a shortage of soaps and body butter products already on the market. At the same time, the commission scheme for the company is pretty typical and certainly puts distributors at a disadvantage.
Perfectly Posh is a bit of an odd name for the company, especially as the product selection doesn’t really have much to do with the concept of posh. Instead, the company is promoting products focused on the idea of pampering. The selection of products includes things like hand cream, foot products, skin cream, bath bars, face wash and much more.
The products themselves are fairly unique, largely because you wouldn’t find those specific flavors and descriptions from other companies. For example:
At the same time, the products are a bit on the expensive side ($9 for a bar of soap?). In many cases, people would be prepared to pay the higher prices, simply because most people assume that pampering is going to be expensive. Likewise, people often think that higher price means better quality even if that often isn’t the case.
However, the higher-than-normal product prices are still a bit of an issue, as they decrease how many people you could sell to. After all, spending $9 on one block of soap is really a bit extravagant, even for a treat.
I haven’t seen a lot of talk about the quality of the products, which isn’t that surprising. Realistically, there is a huge number of different companies that sell similar products and for the most part, they are all pretty similar. I mean come on, you can get handmade, high quality soaps on Etsy in any scent you can think of.
EDIT: Check the comment section! It seems that PP has created such a rabid fanbase of soap enthusiasts that they can't handle any bit of criticism of the company. OK, fine. If you like the soaps, pay $9 for them. None of my business. But the fact remains that you can find similar soaps for the same price for cheaper at other companies. The fact that so many insane people have berated me in the comment section for even suggesting that their soaps are not 100% amazing is pretty disheartening.
There are some product reviews on Amazon for many of the items, but they aren’t especially helpful. For example, many products just have one or two reviews and those reviews seem to be pretty biased. The soap below is one example of this, as both reviewers were people saying you should buy from a distributor.
In other words, there's nothing really special about these products. There are good reviews and bad reviews. If you like them and want to sell them, that's great. But it's all a matter of opinion, just like any other product out there. Your job as a marketer and salesperson will be to get people to change brands or try a new brand. Are you ready to make a convincing argument of why someone should buy a $9 bar of soap?
Can you really spin it so that Perfectly Posh products sound better than anything else out there?
Chunk Soap Review (Finally)
Well, 99% of the comments in this post say, “You didn't try it, so you cant' say anything about the company.”. Though I disagree, I acquired a bar of “chunk”. It was a $5 version, not a $9 version. My review? Yeah, it was a good soap. For $5, I would even say it was a great soap! Smelled great, look like you could eat it, and for five bucks I can't complain.
- Would I pick up this soap over any other soap in the grocery store? Probably not. It's just a bar of soap.
- Does it last longer than another other type of soap out there? Nope. Probably will last a few weeks, just like anything else.
- If I had a friend selling this would I seek them out to buy a $5 item? Nope. I'd probably just buy from Amazon or switch to another brand. Convenience is important to me.
- Does this make me want to sell it to friends and start a soap/lotion selling business? Not at all. Just not something I'm interested in.
I see the appeal of selling “day spa” related items, and the community aspect women enjoy in MLM. I can see how some people would enjoy recommending products to their friends that they like! However, limiting yourself to a single brand makes you a salesperson, not an honest, objective friend recommending products. Keep that in mind!
OK, now I tried it. Now I can have an opinion on it.
More Updates 2017: . A lot of gals ripped into me in the comments for saying that women are targeted by MLMs. Here's an interesting article (from a woman) called How Multi-Level Marketing Targets and Destroys Female Entrepreneurs
The opportunity side of Perfectly Posh is pretty much what I’d expect. You start off by buying a starter kit, which offers a range of products along with business tools. In this case, the kit costs $94 plus shipping and tax – so you’re spending quite a bit just to get going.
Distributors for the company earn 20% commission for sales on the first tier and 25% once they move up to the next rank in the company. That's not too bad! In fact, 25% commission is good compared to many programs I've reviewed. The trouble is that you are selling small-ticket items, so 25% of a $10 item is just $2.50. You need to sell a lot of items. Do you know that many people personally? Probably not. That's why it's almost impossible to make money with MLMs unless you have a website.
As a general rule, the amount of money you make actually selling the products tends to be pretty low since you're selling IRL. Even a large 20% commission on a $10 item is only $2 per sale.. Instead, most income will come from bonuses and your downline. Now, a downline refers to the people you recruit, the people they recruit and so on. This is the core part of this type of business, which is also known as a multi-level marketing business (or MLM).
Essentially, the idea is to increase your downline as much as possible and to also increase the amount of sales the people in your downline make. Doing so helps you increase in rank in the company and also helps to increase your income, like so:
This model is what makes earning money so difficult. Realistically, you need to recruit a decent number of people into the company and have them also be effective at recruiting. Doing that is exceptionally hard.
How many people do you personally know that would be willing to invest the time and money needed to be successful in the business? Probably not many. But, you would need to find people like that to get anywhere in the company. Likewise, those people would have to find others and so on.
Honestly, there aren’t even that many people out there that have an interest in this type of company and have the resources to be successful. Often, this means that distributors might be able to recruit one or two others, but are never able to build a successful downline. The end result is that they never earn much money.
MLMs, Women and Success
Perfectly Posh is yet another MLM company that targets women. This pattern is incredibly common across many different MLMs and it extremely manipulative. One reason for this seems to be that many women end up staying at home and raising their families. As they do this, women often end up looking for ways to make a little money on the side and MLMs exploit this concept.
This type of company makes it sound like you can have the best of everything. They suggest that women can earn money without having to give up their time with their families. At the same time, they are even presented as ways to be more social, because you are interacting with friends and potential customers.
But, all of this is manipulation, plain and simple. Your chances of making any money with an MLM are small and your chances of making a decent amount of money are tiny. In fact, you'll end up spending a lot of time away from home building your business since you have to meet people face to face to recruit them and sell. Are you going to drag the kids along to your meeting with a client for while you pitch the products? Are you going to take your kids to their home and have them run around while your friend examines the products? These are things you've got to consider!
Realistically, MLMs take advantage of people's business inexperience. Failure is built into the system. If everyone could recruit successfully and build a downline, then everyone in the world would be a Perfectly Posh consultant. If you want a good idea of the challenge of MLMs, take a look at this quote from an MLM report by the Consumer Awareness Institute:
To make matters even worse, a lot of people actually lose money in an MLM.
After all, you have to buy a certain amount of product to stay active and most companies push members to buy much more than they would otherwise. For example, distributors are often encouraged to buy a large selection of products so they can show those products off to potential customers.
As you can probably imagine, that approach can get expensive quickly.
I’ve personally seen a number of people fall into the trap of MLMs. Often they did make some money from sales, but they ended up spending much more than that on products. They would justify that approach by saying that they wanted the products. However, they wouldn’t have actually spent that money otherwise.
In many cases, people mightn’t pay that much attention to how much money they spend, but will get excited about any money they earn. So, it can take quite some time before distributors realize that they aren’t actually getting anywhere. At the same time, those distributors will be recruiting friends and family into the company and convincing them that it is a great opportunity for earning money.
That pattern is one of the reasons I get so concerned about MLMs. Not only are they ineffective as an income approach, but they often suck in people who really can’t afford to get involved.
Earning income from any MLM is always harder than it sounds. You might know some people interested in buying products from the company, but that doesn’t mean those people are going to help you run your business. A few sales in the beginning is great, but is it a sustainable business model?
Besides that, most people end up trying to sell products to friends and family, while also trying to recruit them. That approach can often lose you friends, which is just one more reason not to even get started.
This is not a “bad” company or scam. I just don't believe the products are good enough to get excited about, and I don't think the multi-layer compensation plan will help anyone profit significantly here.
Update Friday July 1: I see there are a lot of upset ladies about my review. This is just not a company that I would recommend to a friend or for someone starting an online business. Just my opinion based on my experience selling things online.
MLM VS Affiliate Marketing Online
As I mentioned earlier, the MLM model is difficult. It is possible to make money (and some people do), but most people don't. In fact, most people end up losing money buying the products for themselves. That makes you a customer, not a distributor!
The thing is that you CAN work for yourself by selling products you love. By building a simple website and promoting products you've tried or want to buy yourself, you can make money online. It means you don't have to recruit friends and family, you don't have to post on Facebook, and you don't have to stick with one brand. If you think home spa treatments are fun and that's what you'd like to build a business about, go for it! Make a website and reach millions of people online instead of just your close network of friends.
You can learn how to make a simple website through online training. You'll find free resources here on my website, including my 20-lesson series that you can read/watch, without even joining an email list!
I made a website about computer software a couple years ago and now it allows me to work full time from home. I love writing articles for it and talking to other people enthusiastic about the software, and I don't even have to sell it to anyone in my family or try to get them to join a “club”.
What do you think? Would you build a website for women looking to pamper themselves, or would you pick a different topic? Do you think selling soaps is an exciting business venture or just another run-of-the-mill biz op? Let us know in the comments!
Oh ya, and what do you think of all the rude people in the comments? Do you think they are helping Perfectly Posh by telling me I'm an idiot or are they dissuading potential sellers from getting involved?
Whatever type of product you decide to promote, it's important to own your own website to grow your business.
Parties only work if you have a network of friends with money in their pockets. Network marketing only works if your friends are interested in joining business opportunities.
With a website you can reach the entire world, and only promote great products to people interested in what you have to say. Plus, you open up doors to multiple streams of revenue like affiliate sales, ad click revenue, paid advertising, and even selling your own digital products.