The company was founded in 1985 when it was taken over by Frank Sloot who got rid of the previous company and name and brought the company's product line into compliance with FDA regulations. The company is now one of Idaho's largest privately owned companies. The company has established the Melaleuca Foundation, which is currently supporting an orphanage in Quito, Ecuador. So I can see that the company has a caring heart.
Melaleuca is also the name of a type of plant that has an essential oil called Ti tree (aka tea tree). Some people misspell it as "melaluca" or "malaluca". I have used tea tree oil products for many years on my horses as a topical treatment since it has great natural antibacterial and antifungal effects. Tea tree oil can be purchased from most any drug store or pet store for just a few dollars. One interesting fact is that the melaleuca plant is a valued plant in Australia and Hawaii, but is an invasive weed in some areas such as Florida where it is costing the state of Florida hundreds of thousands of dollars to try and remove.
The Melaleuca Wellness Company line of products includes over 300 items. These items include household cleaners, personal care items, candles, hygiene products, nutritional products, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. The company claims to have great environmentally friendly products.
First let me state that this review is NOT a scientific review of the Melaleuca products.
I do not doubt that the Melaleuca Company is a great company and that they have some really nice products that are better than your average drug store products. I do not think that Melaleuca is a fraud or a scam. I just do not feel that their dietary supplements are for me and my family. Even EPA certified environmentally safe does not mean that a product is biologically safe. A past university pharmacy professor of mine once said that "what is safe for the environment can sometimes be extremely toxic to humans."
When I looked at the ingredient list for the Melaleuca health supplements, I saw some chemicals that made me cringe. Each supplement that I looked at the label of, including even their children's health product line, had bad or even toxic chemicals. I saw ingredients such as
- sucralose (not to be confused with sucrose)
- silicon dioxide!
- chromium chloride!
Chromium Chloride is so toxic that it is on the Hazardous Substance List! It is known to exhibit genotoxic, mutagenic, teratogenic (reproductive hazard) effects on the body. If you check the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for chromium chloride you can find it has a LD50, referring to its lethal dose in order to kill 50% of a mouse population in studies. So could their child vitamin kill your kid if your kid got into the bottle and ate too much?
Silicon dioxide is found in many supplements from any store. It is not "toxic", but I found it interesting that ALL of the supplement labels for Melaleuca that I looked at … had this ingredient. Even the kids products had this ingredient. Silicon dioxide is the chemical name for SAND, just as sodium chloride the chemical name for salt. Now silicon dioxide is not harmful, but I do not understand why the need to put it into all of their products. One interesting fact about silicon dioxide is that it is the active compound in scouring cleaners, and is also used to make computer chips and many kinds of glass as well.
While I was on the Melaleuca official website , I found that they have a letter that lists the products that do not contain any ingredients found on the prohibited substance list published by the World Anti-Doping Code. Since not all of the products were listed, it means that in some of their supplements they do use ingredients that are on the World Anti-Doping prohibited substance list. This does not necessarily mean that those supplements will kill you, but if it is internationally illegal for an Olympic athlete to use some of the Melaleuca supplements, then that should say something.
Their compensation plan was not for me. Among many companies, I looked into Melaleuca at one time as a possible money making opportunity so that I could earn a residual income, since so many people are looking for ways to work from home. But when I found out that you have to have over 2500 people in your organization in the Melaleuca Company in order to make a six figure income, I lost interest in the business opportunity immediately.
I found another opportunity to work from home that pays a whole lot more for my time and is a lot easier for ordinary people to do successfully.
I can safely say that Melaleuca nutritional supplements were not for me and my family. I found a better supplement that I am extremely happy with. I have friends that use the Melaleuca products and I feel that the Melaleuca vitamins are better than your health food store vitamins and minerals, but I know that there are better out there. Why not use the very best?
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