Rodan + Fields Review – Scam Or Legitimate MLM Business?

| April 16, 2011 | 23 Comments

Rodan + Fields Review imageWelcome to my Rodan + Fields Review!

Rodan + Fields Dermatologists is an Anti-Aging company that is changing skin and changing the lives of a multitude of Consultants across the U.S.

In this Rodan + Fields Review, I will be providing some background on this company, reviewing their products, and the Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) business opportunity that they offer.

Does Rodan + Fields offer a legitimate MLM business opportunity to sell their products, or is this just a pyramid scheme or scam?  Does this company offer the best home based business opportunity on the market?  This is my unbiased Rodan + Fields Review.

Company Details & History

Rodan + Fields Logo imageDr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, creators of Proactiv Solution, founded Rodan + Fields Dermatologists in 2002 to help people treat everyday skin care concerns.

Their product line was originally sold in top-tier department stores, and they very quickly became a leading dermatologist brand.  However, in 2008, Rodan + Fields withdrew from the department stores, and entered the direct selling market in order to provide access to their products to a much broader market.

This shift in business model would now compensate anyone who is willing to share their products with others.

Popular Products

Many of the products that you can find within the Rodan + Fields product line include:

  • Reverse

For brown spots, dullness, and sun damage.

  • Unblemish

For acne and post-acne marks.

  • Anti-Age

For wrinkles, pores, and other effects of aging skin.

  • Soothe

For sensitive, irritated skin, and facial redness.

  • Enhancements

Optimizes the results of your regimen.

  • Essentials

Formulated to maintain healthy skin.

Rodan + Fields Dermatologists gives you the opportunity to participate in a $2.5 Billion anti-aging market, and this industry is projected to double over the next 5 years.

MLM Business – How it all works…

The minimum cost to become a Rodan + Fields Consultant is $45 for a Business Portfolio.  However, you will be strongly encouraged to purchase a Business Kit, which will provide you with products to have on hand to showcase to potential customers, as well as critical marketing materials to help you achieve a successful start.  If you purchase one of these kits, your $45 Business Portfolio will be included.  There are three to choose from.

  • Rodan + Fields Skincare Products imagePersonal Results Kit – $395
  • Big Business Launch Kit – $695
  • RFx Express Business Kit – $995

Questions to ask!

Before making your purchase decision, I would strongly encourage you to research whether purchasing or not purchasing these Business Kits will effect your qualification for earnings within the Rodan + Fields Compensation Plan.  Typically, when MLM companies offer several packages to begin a business, the more expensive options are required to earn the maximum commissions and/or bonuses within that company’s pay plan.  You will need to learn if this is the case with Rodan + Fields.

Training & Support

As a brand new Rodan + Fields Consultant, you will contact friends and family members in order to sell products, and to recruit new Consultants into your organization.  These traditional forms of Network Marketing will be the basis of your new Consultant marketing training.

Rodan + Fields Review Conclusion

In my opinion, Rodan + Fields Dermatologists is a legitimate business opportunity, and is not a scam.  Skin care solutions are in tremendously high demand, and Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields have proven that they are leaders in formulating skin care solutions that address the needs of millions.

If you possess the desire to share the benefits of Rodan + Fields products with your list of friends and family members, I believe that they offer high quality products in a booming anti-aging skin care industry.

This concludes my Rodan + Fields Review!  If you have found this Rodan + Fields Review to be helpful, or have anything to add, please provide your feedback below!

Category: MLM Company Reviews

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Dave Fennell is the founder and editor of Marketing Methods Online and BloggerGo. Learn more about him here. You can also connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+
  1. Dave Fennell says:

    Dave Fennell wrote this Rodan + Fields Review for those who are researching the Rodan + Fields Business Opportunity. I would love your feedback. If you have any experiences with this company, whether good or bad, please share them here to assist others in their research efforts.

    I greatly appreciate your feedback and expertise, and others will too!

    To Your Success,

    Dave Fennell

    • tamala says:

      I have not been able to talk to any one life & am not sure this company is real. I can be reached by phone at 812-249-1404.

  2. Amber Boner says:

    I wanted to respond to your review as a second validation – I am a current consultant for Rodan + Fields and I can honestly say that everything you have written is true. I feel like this company is a gift, offering all of us a chance for a lifestyle that I have only ever dreamed about. It is definitely not a get-rich quick scheme, its a 3-5 year plan if you work consistantly at your business. All the tools you need to succeed are made available to you in forms of training – calls, webinars, weekly meetings in many areas, and a back office website with access to an abundance of information. Its a think-outside-the-box avenue to achieve your goals of financial and time freedom and i have personally seen many people be very successful – my mother being one of them. There has not been a company started like this in 35 years, since Arbonne, and this one is projected to surpass all other companies on the market. I am truly blessed to be in on the ground floor – that’s what makes this business so incredible right now. Being the first in a network marketing company can set you up for life. Just look at the individuals who were first in companies like Mary Kay and Avon. Those markets are very saturated. That’s why Rodan + Fields is so special. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.

    Thank you,

  3. Judy Lawson says:

    This company is everything you said and MORE!! I have been a consultant for almost 2 years and I have NEVER been happier at working ever before in my life and I’m 50 years old! Every day … I love it!!!

    Judy Lawson
    Executive Consultant

  4. yabis lolo says:

    Um…by definition this is a pyramid scheme. Pay money up front for “brand X” product. Contact and recruit friends and family. How is that not a pyramid scheme. The story concludes that this is not a pyramid scheme?? By what argument.

    • Dave Fennell says:

      Hello, and thank you for taking the time to comment. But actually, a pyramid scheme is defined as:

      A non-sustainable business model that involves promising participants payment or services, primarily for enrolling other people into the scheme, rather than supplying any real investment or sale of products or services to the public.

      So according to this definition, since Rodan + Fields offers a full product line of high-quality skin care products, they are not a pyramid scheme.

      Also, you must realize that pyramid schemes are illegal, and rightfully so. If Rodan + Fields were truly a pyramid scheme, the Federal Trade Commission would have shut them down long ago.

      But I do strongly agree with you, contacting friends and family members is not the best way to build a business.

      Thank you,


      • DW says:

        This product is good, but very expensive and is marked up. The consultants make a commission off what they sell, plus in order to get free shipping you have to be in some PC perks which forces you to order 80 dollars worth of product in order to get free shipping. I don’t want to have to spend $80 usually more every time i want one piece of the regimen. Plus I can’t find it on Amazon for cheaper, but actually switched products because i started to have a reaction to the anti-aging and it burned my skin. I was left with over $200 worth of product and all they suggested when you call the nurse is to buy a different regimen, no given me some type of credit towards a new product.

        I do believe it is a pyramid scheme as well. The consultants have a sponsor who gets a piece of her commission of what she sells, so the more people you sign on as consultants, the more $ you make off the product that they sell. Hum? You tell me the product isn’t marked up.

        • Katrina says:

          Are you a department store (Nordstrom, Macys, Bloomingdales, etc) shopper and purchase products such as Estee Lauder,(by the way, Estee Lauder owns 5% of Rodan and Fields)Clinique, or Lancôme? Have you priced these products? Rodan and Fields is developed by Stanford trained, practicing dermatologists. The same doctors who developed Proactiv for Acne. Do those products offer you a full 60 day trial period where you may return the empty bottles for a full refund if you are not happy? No, they don’t; or, are you a drugstore shopper who buys those products? Those companies do not offer a full, money back refund for empty bottles if not pleased. Rodan and Fields is not cosmetic, it is multi-med therapy backed by clinical trials, the products do what they say they will do. Not everyone can use every product. Pyramid? Do you work for someone else? Is there a supervisor? A manager? A Ceo? Stack those up and what do you have? A pyramid. When a real product is offered in exchange for money (any company out there), that is not a pyramid SCHEME. Yes, I am a consultant, I am working to build my business. The work I do now? It contributes to someone else’s paycheck. Unless you own your own business, that’s they way the world works. If you work for someone, they are making money off you.

        • Katrina says:

          One more note, do you realize that Mary Kay, Avon, Scentsy, Thirty-One, Princess House, Tupperware, etc…they are all multi-level marketing companies. A prospective consultant must purchase kits for all of these businesses. Rodan and Fields consultant kits (which you are not REQUIRED to purchase) is ALL product, you are not required to have parties, carry inventory, etc. You can make money on strictly sales alone, not just recruiting new people. Explain to me again how this is a scheme? Forbes calls this good business. Harvard Business Review calls it a ground floor opportunity.
          I call it a gift.

      • Kathyrn Smith says:

        Saying that a business is legit based upon not being shut down by federal regulators isn’t exactly a glowing recommendation. You may recall a gentleman named Bernie Madoff and a company called Enron who earned billions upon billions of dollars for decades before they were found out and shut down. I don’t think its a scam, exactly, but its not an ‘amazing business opportunity’ either, unless you love pushing overpriced face cream to make 5% commission. The company makes its money by selling the start up kits – just like Mary Kay, Cutco and other MLMs. 90% of the people will never recoup that cost because annoying family and friends and getting pressure from your “team” eventually wares thin. Long story short, if a company isn’t willing to invest in a sales force of some stripe, then they don’t truely believe in the product. R&F consultants are not franchise owners, they are customers and unpaid volunteers.

        • J says:

          Actually, even consultants have a 60 day money back guarantee on their business starter kit. If within 60 days you feel this isn’t the thing for you, you get your money back. Consultants are definitely not unpaid volunteers. They are earning commission. In the first month that Rodan and Fields became a direct selling company the company made more money than they did in the year they were number 1 in Nordstroms. They became a direct selling company because after extensive marketing research they discovered customers were coming into department stores to buy Rodan and Fields due to referrals, not advertisement. Direct selling and buying from direct sellers isn’t for everyone, but the business is credible and lucrative. When the doctors began selling ProActiv on infomercials they were ridiculed, but it quickly became very successful because it reached millions of people world-wide. The doctors try new things and it pays off. That’s what happening here. They took a calculated risk by pulling from big department stores so that the product could reach more people. I have never stepped foot into any expensive department store, but now I have access to a great product that is clinically proven and created by doctors with a combined 50 years experience.

  5. Linda Cadan says:

    Just this morning I had a scheduled conference call with one of the top producers.Being a professional RN with extensive experience in Skincare,Sales and Cosmetic surgery I was completely taken back from my first conversation with SARAH ROBBINS.Not only was she rude,unknowledgable and despondent to answer professional questions regarding the product line,sales people in my area and what the comparative analysis is regarding the product line. After a quick five minute blast of oh lets get started did she hang up in my face. If this is any indication of what this company does just to push products and mirror the old same model of a pyramid scam …Im sure if the public were to be educated she is not someone I would have representing my company. Trust me there are far greater products on the market ,less expensive and you are treated with courtesy.

  6. CBf says:

    I sell skincare for a store with many different product lines. The sales reps from each company are extensively trained on all the products. Than they come and train is on the products. Plus most of the reps went to school for skincare.

    I went to a friends house to hear about the rodan and fields products she was selling. She didn’t really know very much about skincare and a lot of her information was incorrect.

    The company is more concerned with recruiting than training their salespeople on product knowledge.

  7. Elena says:

    I signed up less than 60 days ago.. Spent the $1,025. Its not for me. How do i get my money back.

  8. Weezy says:

    It’s very simple…this “high quality skincare line” will allow anyone with a pulse to be a consultant representing their product. What a pathetic company.

  9. Brooke says:

    By definition, this company probably does meet the definition of a “legitimate” MLM. However, I HIGHLY recommend that anyone think very carefully before buying any products.

    After struggling with several skin problems, I decided to give their specialty skin care a shot. I wound up having a terrible allergic reaction to some of the products because the ingredient list did not disclose all chemicals, supposedly for ‘proprietary reasons.’ I knew I was allergic to glycogen and related chemicals, but they were not listed as ingredients.

    At that point, I just wanted to cancel the deliveries (you can’t simply purchase a product-they ship more monthly). I called and was told that I didn’t try hard enough to make the product work, and I needed to buy another month. I politely explained that I was allergic and could not use it again, but they insisted that I would ‘get used to it.’ I spoke to a call center person and a manger, and they refused to stop shipments.

    I finally filed a complaint with the BBB and had my attorney send a cease and desist demand, and it finally was cancelled under threat of lawsuit.

    If you really love their products and plan on using them for the extended future, this might be a good deal for you. Make sure it is though, because they will make you sue them to cancel the deliveries and monthly charges if you change your mind.

  10. jessica says:

    I think there are a lot of ignorant people on here.. Its sad that you can not act like an adult. I’ll have you know R+F consultants are educated People. Anonymous your a coward!!!

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